People & Business: Jan. 10

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Aging-in-place program open for business

Portland Area Villages, the region’s first comprehensive aging-in-place network, has officially launched.

The network provides services to seniors living at home and in need of basic, everyday assistance with transportation and light household tasks.

Portland Area Villages is a volunteer-led program affiliated with the national Village to Village Network.

Those wishing to sign up are asked to complete a simple application form. The annual membership is $250 for an individual and $325 for a household. Some scholarships are available and the Portland Area Villages program is open to anyone 50 or older who lives in Greater Portland. Contact Carol at 370-1896 or email to to get started or for more information.

“The entire point of the program is to help seniors remain safely in their own homes, retaining as much independence as possible,” said Elaine Mullin, president of the Portland Area Villages board.

For instance, over the winter, seniors can get help with snow removal and taking out the trash, as well as setting up or taking down seasonal holiday decorations, according to Mullin.

Volunteers also provide transportation to medical appointments, hair appointments, senior centers, and grocery shopping. They will also conduct home visits or phone check-ins. All volunteers are vetted and undergo background checks, Mullin added.

“Portland Area Villages is a wonderful experience. The drivers and volunteers are positive and caring. Everything is very timely and done well,” said a local 68-year-old who took part in the program’s pilot.

Freeport attorney new partner at Preti Flaherty

Preti Flaherty’s partnership has named Freeport resident J. Andrew Cashman as partner. Cashman is a member of the firm’s Government Affairs Group and works in the firm’s Augusta office. He previously practiced as an associate.

Cashman focuses his practice on general business regulation and improving the regulatory climate for businesses. A former adviser to Gov. John Baldacci, Cashman served as the director of Boards and Commissions and was the primary adviser on thousands of appointments to hundreds of state boards and commissions. An influential voice in Maine politics for more than a decade, he has been recognized for two consecutive years as a Rising Star in Lobbying by Super Lawyers. 

Hires, promotions, appointments

Effective Feb. 1, Fr. Amandus Sway has been appointed as chaplain at Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital in Portland. Sway now serves as the parochial vicar at the Parish of the Ascension of the Lord in the Kittery area. Born in Tanzania, Sway was ordained to the priesthood in 2001, and has served at two different parishes in South Africa.

Kevin G. Libby recently joined Portland law firm Troubh Heisler, where he will focus on civil litigation with an emphasis on insurance law, personal injury, professional negligence, construction law and product liability.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty announced that Tammy Ruda of Gorham has joined its Greater Portland real estate office as a senior vice president.

PDT Architects of Portland has hired Dylan Lawton as an architectural designer. Lawton, who has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Roger Williams University, is currently working on projects for Casco Bay High School in Portland and Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. 

Mona Freeman Wilkinson has been promoted to VP of Personal Insurance and is now an officer at Portland-based Clark Insurance. In addition, Freeman announced a new structure to the personal lines team: Adele Nichols and Shelby Hamilton have been promoted to team leads for personal insurance and will also coordinate work flow, training, and will mentor new employees.





Gene Denham presents holiday donations from the Wawenock Sail and Power Squadron to Salvation Army Bath-Brunswick representative Missy Stuart. The local squadron is a unit of the United States Power Squadron. Founded over 100 years ago, USPS, also known as America’s Boating Club, is the world’s largest private, nonprofit boating education organization.

Close to 50 families were impacted by the success of a holiday food drive conducted by Chrysa Baker, an agent with Century 21 NS Group in Falmouth. Baker will be spearheading a drive to benefit theFalmouth Food Pantry in February that will focus on toiletries,