People & Business

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Members of the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) nominated and approved three new members to their board of directors. John Swenson, of Bath, has been a member of KELT’s Stewardship Committee for two years and serves as the Volunteer Preserve Steward of Sewal Woods off Wiskeag Road in Bath. Betsy Ham, of Bowdoinham, is a project manager of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, working with landowners to protect properties of significance to people and wildlife in mid-coast Maine. Nancy Perkins, of Bath, is secretary for Bath’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee and develops curricula for the Maine Audubon using digital habitat data and GIS mapping software.


Malcolm L. Lyons was honored at the Maine Trial Lawyers Association Legends Dinner for his extraordinary contributions to the Maine legal community and civil justice. Lyons is a partner in Pierce Atwood’s litigation practice group and has been with the firm for 34 years, now leading the firm’s plaintiff practice.

David Marsden of Portland, a Re/Max By the Bay real estate agent, has ranked third in Maine for sales volume between January and September of 2011.

The Girl Scouts of Maine’s Advancement team won first place at the Golden Arrow Award for their annual appeal campaign collateral. Additionally, team members Connie Goulatis, Courtney Smart, William Sumner and France Shea were honored with the Best of Show Award for campaign materials that received the highest scores for content, originality, design, and effectiveness.

Gordon Merrill, store manager at Skillins’ Greenhouse in Brunswick, has been named Employer of the Year by the Independence Association of Brunswick, a non-profit organization that places special needs clients with local employers. Merrill has worked with the organization for the past 10 years, employing six individuals with special needs during that time and contributing approximately 4,000 hours of volunteer support.  

At the Independence Association dinner in Oct., Theater Project founder and Artistic Director Al Miller was the recipient of The Charles & Frances Payne Award. The award is given to a community member in recognition and appreciation for distinguished service to the Independence Association in supporting people with developmental disabilities and their families.

The March of Dimes named Geraldine Tamborellie, director of the family birth center and the NICU at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, as recipient of its Volunteer of the Year award. She was recognized for her outstanding commitment to the Maine Chapter of March of Dimes and her ongoing work to prevent premature births.

At the recent YMCA Annual Recognition Awards, Freeport-based organization Seeds of Independence was presented with the Youth Development Award.

Cool As A Moose was honored as the 2011 Maine Merchant of the Year at the annual meeting of the Maine Merchants Association. The company was chosen because of its commitment to Maine as a locally-owned business; its statewide presence with locations in Bar Harbor, Brunswick, Freeport, and Portland; its investments in downtowns with its relocation to Brunswick; its use of social media to expand marketability beyond the Maine border; and for working to help other small businesses in need.

Good Deeds

The Osewantha Garden Club of South Portland recently  donated a bench to the city that was placed in the park across the street from the South Portland Community Center on Nelson Road.

Heather Sisk, of Yarmouth, joined millions of Americans by volunteering for Make a Difference Day, the nation’s largest day of community service. Sisk joined 400 University of Evansville students who volunteered at 25 nonprofit organizations around Evansville, Ind. Students helped with beautification and landscaping, painting, and working with children in parks and community centers.

New Hires

Sarah McIntyre recently joined Casco Bay Home Care of Yarmouth as a care manager. Her compassionate approach and 11 years of experience allow her to effectively support clients and their families in navigating the complex and overwhelming phase of the senior years.

Mercy Health System of Maine recently hired Toby Fitzgerald to its All About Women practice located at 195 Fore River Parkway. Fitzgerald will assist patients in obstetrics and gynecology care.

Verrill Dana hired Seth S. Coburn, Andreea Sabin, and Matthew A. Bahl to their Portland office. Sabin graduated from Boston University and has served as a law clerk at Adida, Mathieu, Buisson, S.C.P. and as a summer associate at Ichay & Mullenex Avocats, both French law firms. Coburn graduated from Boston College Law School and recently earned the Kenneth R. Clegg Award for Excellence for earning the highest combined score on the Maine Bar Examination in his first attempt at passing a bar exam. Bahl will be working in the labor and employment, and franchise and dealership groups.

Drummond Woodsum recently hired Erin Feltes, Kimberly Pacelli and Rodney A. Lake to its firm. Feltes is a new member of the public sector group specializing in school law. Pacelli will be working in trial services, business services and the public sector. Lake will be focusing on structuring business transactions, advising nonprofit entities, and resolving tax controversies.

Bernstein Shur has added three new staff members to its Portland office: Associates Laura Ernst and N. Joel Moster and Information Technology Director Matthew Kramer. Ernst joins Bernstein Shur’s business law practice group focusing on intellectual property and technology, providing client assistance with trademark and branding issues surrounding developing business and consumer technology. Ernst is now a member of the firm’s municipal and regulatory practice groups focusing on assisting clients in complex regulatory matters before the Maine Public Utilities Commission, property taxation, assessment appeals, Maine Tree Growth Tax Law and general municipal law. Kramer brings 15 years of information technology experience to the firm, formerly serving as manager of systems engineering at Boston University and a systems programmer/engineer for Liaison International Inc. in Watertown, Mass.

New Location

Allen & Selig Realty has moved to Freeport at 208 US Route One, just north of the Big Indian.

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