People & Business: April 24

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The Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust has received the 2013 Community eco-Excellence Award for Cumberland after being nominated by ecomaine board member and Cumberland resident Susan McGinty. The awards are presented annually for contributions in preserving local ecology by ecomaine, a nonprofit, municipally-owned, single-sort recycling and waste-to-energy operation. The land trust has protected 650 acres located on 19 properties.

Falmouth Town Manager Nathan Poore has received the 2013 Community eco-Excellence Award for Falmouth following his nomination by Falmouth’s Recycling & Energy Advisory Committee. “Through his commitment to helping Falmouth citizens realize their vision of a more sustainable town, through his attention to detail and follow-through, and through his knowledge of regulatory processes and funding mechanisms, Nathan makes change possible,” committee members wrote.

Yarmouth Clam Festival Director Mark Primeau won the 2013 Community eco-Excellence Award for Yarmouth. Primeau was nominated by the Yarmouth Recycling Committee after improving the 2012 festival recycling and reuse options, especially for food vendors. More than 2 tons of recyclable paper, tin, plastic, and cardboard was diverted from the waste stream. In addition, returnable bottles and cans and cooking oil were collected for recycling or fundraising.

The Maine and New Hampshire offices of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage received the Silver Award, along with several other awards, at the Cartus Broker Network International Conference. The Silver Award is one of three excellence award levels presented to Cartus Broker Network members and is based on performance results related to a wide variety of goals including customer service, cost management, and effective analysis and marketing of homes. 

Jessie Grearson, of Falmouth, won both first and second prize in the dessert division of King Arthur Flour’s Sweet Victory Challenge with her recipes for maple nut sandwich cookies with maple cream filling and simply elegant maple tarte tatin with maple cloud cream. A panel of judges that included food writers and top Midwestern chefs selected five finalists in each division/category based on creativity, appetizing description, ease of preparation, and appropriate use of maple syrup and King Arthur Flour.

Good Deeds

People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, has awarded $3,000 to Maine Special Olympics in South Portland. Special Olympics provides year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The programs offer participants ongoing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and share their gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other athletes and the community.

The Jewish Daily Forward, the premier national Jewish newspaper, named Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld of Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh in Portland, as one of the 36 most inspiring rabbis in America.

New Hires, Appointments and Promotions

Dr. Lynn M. Bak, of Yarmouth, joined the board of directors of Make-A-Wish Maine. Bak also recently served on the board of directors for Caring Unlimited of Maine.

Murray, Plumb & Murray announced Kelly McDonald has been made a partner of the firm. McDonald joined Murray, Plumb & Murray in 2005. He litigates many different types of cases in both state and federal court including commercial, real estate, construction disputes, land use, bankruptcy, and products liability litigation.

PORTopera welcomed Elizabeth Astor, April Ylvisaker, and George E. Hissong to its board. PORTopera is Maine’s only opera company performing fully staged operas with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.

CEI Capital Management LLC, a leading investor of new market tax credits, hired Jackie Estes as loan servicing and cash manager. In this role, Estes will work with customers to provide accounting and loan oversight to a growing investment portfolio. She complements a team overseeing investment, asset management, compliance and administration.

Expansions and Moves

Tilson, a Portland-based IT and telecom services company, recently expanded its Northeastern wireless construction business unit by hiring six Maine-based tower climbers and taking on a large network deployment in New York. In a separate deal, Tilson acquired the assets and hired the team of a wireless construction company headquartered in Foley, Ala. The deal included a new warehouse, garage, local fleet vehicles, and laydown area in Foley, as well as immediate deployments for cellular and microwave sites in northern Florida.

Katahdin Trust Company Jon Prescott President and CEO announced the relocation of its Scarborough Commercial Loan Office to  144 U.S. Route 1, directly off Interstate 295. The new office houses commercial lending operations for Katahdin Trust Company, and Maine Financial Group operates as a loan production office of the bank.

Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy moved from Lincoln Street in Brunswick to the Red Mill in Topsham on April 1. They are the first tenants in the new brick building situated next to the Sea Dog Brewing Company. The new office overlooks the Androscoggin River and has private treatment rooms, a fully equipped gym and an expanded reception area,

The Arts

Local Muscle, a Portland-based moving company, has expanded and converted its original truck into an “art truck” for displaying art and hosting public performances. There is no charge for artists to display or sell art in the truck; the purpose of the program is to give artists more exposure and to encourage people to contribute to the arts economy. The dedicated 16-foot “art truck” served as Local Muscle’s original moving truck, but as the company grew, the decision was made to retire it and devote it to free public art displays. Graphics for the art truck were designed by local artist, Jared Goulette and professional sign artist, Will Sears.