People & Business: Dec. 26

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Northern Light Mercy Hospital observed the 100th anniversary of its founding by the Sisters of Mercy on Dec 12 by partnering with the Maine Historical Society to launch an online history of the hospital on the Maine Memory Network, a website that features historical essays, photos and oral histories.

“From the founding of the hospital during the influenza pandemic of 1918 to today, our hospital’s journey and evolution is a story of health care, people, our community, and what’s at the heart of everything we do here — the work and vision of the Sisters of Mercy,” said Charlie Therrien, president of Mercy Hospital. “It’s been the steady leadership and focus shown by the Sisters of Mercy over the years that has helped this hospital adjust to the times and remain an indispensable place to receive compassionate, patient-centered care. I invite everyone to learn more about our rich history by visiting this fascinating online resource.”

Katahdin Trust recently held a year-end celebration in honor of its 100th anniversary at each of its 16 locations with refreshments and special giveaways.

Hires, promotions, appointments

Portland Ovations announces the addition of Linda Nelson in the role of deputy director. Nelson has been a member of Maine’s artistic community for over two decades and, in 1999, co-founded Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House. She is on the board of Maine Association of NonProfits, and a mentor at The Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute.

Maine’s 62 newest police officers recently graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro, and the following officers will be filling the ranks at local police departments: Devin Hook, Bath Police; Whitney Burns, Brunswick Police; Danae Dostie and Christopher Mitchell, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office; Ivano Stefanizzi, Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office; Matthew Burnell, Jesse Dana, Jeffrey Drew, Justin Fritz, Ian Leitch, Kevin Nielsen, Adam Pelletier, Nevin Rand, Brian Rollins and Michael Walton, Portland Police Department; and Daniel Purinton and Taylor Stroup, South Portland Police.


The Rines Thompson Fund, a component of the Maine Community Foundation, has awarded grants to Greater Portland Landmarks, to expand educational programs; Portland Public Library, to translate resources into five languages to serve the immigrant community; and Environmental Health Strategy Center, to promote early childhood health by reducing exposure to arsenic in wells in rural Cumberland County.


Effective Jan. 1, 2019, all Paving Maintenance Supply Inc. stores will be renamed Crafco Pavement Preservation Supply Centers. The move aligns the 13 nationwide locations with parent company Crafco.

Open for Business

Boston Financial Management, a wealth management and investment advisory firm headquartered in Boston, is opening an office in The Thomas Block, 100 Commercial St., in Portland.

Portside Real Estate Group officially opened its fourth office last week and celebrated the official opening of the Cape Elizabeth location with a holiday gift drive in partnership with the Opportunity Alliance. 


HP Hood was recently recognized for its outstanding industrial wastewater management with the 2018 Industrial Achievement Award presented by Maine Water Environment Association. Rebekah Sirois of the Portland Water District and Ben Pearson of the city of Portland jointly present the award to Jerry Witham, production manager at Hood.

Sea Bags, a Portland-based company that manufactures items made from recycled sails, has been selected for the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence. The award is presented to a for-profit business that demonstrates a balanced combination of manufacturing and service excellence and a steadfast commitment to employees, customers and the community.

NelsonKurier, located at 615a Congress St., was the Best Overall winner of this year’s Holiday Window Display Contest in downtown Portland. Around 60 businesses decorated their storefronts for the annual competition.

Bringing up the rear, owner James Plunkett from Little Bigs bakery and catering in South Portland stops by Maine Veterans’ Homes in Scarborough on Dec. 19 to drop off 100 handmade turkey pot pies for residents to enjoy. In the foreground is employee Austin Shields.