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New Hires

Maine Fiber Company Inc. (MFT) of Portland recently hired Jeff McCarthy as vice president of business development. He will lead MFC’s business development efforts, working closely with telcom providers seeking to use the Three Ring Binder to provide reliable, high-speed Internet access to their customers.

Richard Morrone recently joined the Holden Agency/Employee Benefits Solutions of Portland as the director of Employee Benefits. He is responsible for providing strategic direction and working with sales staff to establish new partnerships and clients while retaining existing accounts.

Drummond & Drummond of Portland is pleased to announce the addition of three new associate attorneys to their firm: Lauren A. Thomas joined the foreclosure department, Nicholas R. Loukes joined the commercial real estate practice, and Andrew P. Pierce joined the litigation team.

Cherry Pond Designs of Jefferson, N.H. recently hired Polly Finlay of Cumberland as its vice president of sales. She will direct the strategic planning of Cherry Pond Designs which includes the development and implementation of sales management, sales planning and customer relations.

Mercy Health System of Maine hired Greg Fanaras M.D. as a new physician for its pulmonary, critical care & sleep medicine department located at Mercy’s State St., Portland site. Fanaras will assist the practice in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary lung disease and sleep disorders.

Mercy Health System of Maine hired Wayne Kruithoff M.D. and Frederick Poulin M.D. as cardiologists at Mercy Cardiology, located at the State St., Portland site. They will assist the practice by providing a wide spectrum of cardiology subspecialties to patients, including ancillary services like EKGs, stress tests, echocardiograms, and more in their offices.

Kate Nicholoson, a certified yoga instructor and nutritional coach, has joined InspireME of Bath. This new partnership will provide clients with even more personalized tools and services to help meet their fitness and health goals.

Allen & Selig Realty of Freeport added Phoebe Chandler to its roster of agents. She has earned the designation of a seniors real estate specialist and is a member of the Portland Area Coalition for Elder Services.

Chrissy Walls of North Yarmouth was hired by Yarmouth Boat Yard as the parts manager. She will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Parts Department.


Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named the following attorneys at Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry as the 2012 Lawyer of the Year for Portland in the following categories: Land Use & Zoning- Kenneth M. Cole III, Falmouth; Litigation-Land Use & Zoning- William H. Dale, South Portland; Criminal Defense: White-Collar- Joseph H. Groff III, Cape Elizabeth; and, Litigation- Trusts & Estates- Deborah M. Mann, Cape Elizabeth.

Gifford’s Ice Cream has won an unprecedented second overall grand champion award at the dairy industry’s most important competition, repeating the honor it earned in 2010. Gifford’s “World’s Best Chocolate Ice Cream” was named Grade A & Ice Cream Grand Champion in 2011. No other business has won the Grade A & Ice Cream Grand Champion award twice.

Breast Care Specialists of Maine, an affiliate of Mercy Health System of Maine, was honored at the Cure Breast Cancer for Maine Luncheon with the organization’s Outreach and Education Award recognizing outstanding leadership in promoting awareness of breast health in Maine.

“Mercy: The Last New England Vampire,” by Sarah L. Thomson, published by Islandport Press of Yarmouth, earned the silver medal award in the Young Adult Fiction-Horror/Mystery category of the 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.

Kevin Cashman of Apogee Adventures, Brunswick, was the recipient of the 2011 Pacesetter Award. The Pacesetter award recognizes individuals, groups, businesses, and organizations that have consistently demonstrated extraordinary commitment, dedication, and service to the advancement of Adventure Cycling’s mission of inspiring others to travel by bicycle. This can include creating safe bicycle touring routes, getting kids to enjoy multi-day bicycle trips, inspiring others through large multi-day events, and more.

Briggs Advertising of Bath took home two silver awards in the prestigious, international W3 Awards which honor outstanding websites, web marketing, web video, and mobile apps created by some of the best interactive agencies, designers, and creators worldwide. The awards were given for and their website design for North Yarmouth Academy.

Portland Buy Local is pleased to announce the winners of the 4th Annual Indie Biz Awards recognizing leaders among Portland’s vibrant independent businesses and community organizations and showcases the impact that independently owned businesses have on Greater Portland and the state of Maine. The 2011 winners are: Soul of Portland: Longfellow Books; Flavor of Portland: Silly’s Restaurant; Portland’s Best Kept Secret: Lucid Stage; Environmental Hero: Portland Farmers’ Market; Community Hero: Sebago Brewing Company; The Business with No Front: Portland’s Farmer’s Market; Global Hero: Coffee By Design; Best New Business: Athlete’s Touch; and, Portland Icon: Micucci Grocery & Wholesale Foods.

Vreeland Marketing & Design of Yarmouth was honored by the Maine Public Relations Council for excellence in social media and technology at the 2011 Golden Arrow Awards.

The Maine Arts Commission announced the 2012 Artists’ Fellowship Awards – one of the nation’s highest awards for individual artists made by a state arts agency. The four recipients will each receive a $13,000 grant award. This year’s four fellows are: Allen Lowe of South Portland for performing/media arts, Claire Guyton from Lewiston for Literary Arts, Morrigan McCarthy from Portland for visual arts, and Richard Stanley of Southwest Harbor for traditional arts.

Good Deeds

Samuel Kern is serving on his final project with the AmeriCorps NCCC and will be graduating from the AmeriCorps program Nov. 17. Some of his accomplishments with AmeriCorps include 1,271 students mentored, 5 historical buildings renovated, 9 miles of trail brushed, 36 homes mucked and gutted, 100 hours of individual service projects.


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