People & Business: July 20

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New Ventures

Agnes Maynard, an 82-year-old Brunswick resident, was to be honored as the first lobby customer on opening day, July 18, at the new Brunswick Bangor Savings Bank branch. Maynard was born in 1934 in a house on the site of the new bank branch at the corner of Maine and Mason Streets. Bangor Savings will give Maynard a $100 savings certificate to deposit into an account.

The opening of the Brunswick Bangor Savings Bank branch marks the final project in a $10 million expansion into southern Maine. Bangor Savings has opened two new Portland branches since January and renovated its Portland corporate headquarters last year. The bank now has 16 branch locations in York and Cumberland Counties.

Bangor Savings will celebrate the latest opening with a week of fun and free food-themed activities. The bank will provide free vouchers to customers and the public to use at food vendors  set up near the bank building: July 25 – Marshmallow Monday with The Marshmallow Cart from 2-4 p.m.; July 26 – Taco Tuesday with Taco the Town food truck from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; July 27 – Whoopie Pie Wednesday with Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe from 1-3 p.m.;  July 28 – Thirsty Thursday with Twist ’n Dip ice cream milkshakes from noon-2 p.m.;  July 29 – Foto Friday with Oh Snap Photo Booth from 10 a.m.-noon.

Trust Your Gut, Inc., a health and wellness service for adolescents, was recently opened by Kelly Taxter, LCPC. Services include individual and group sessions; weekly sessions can be held in homes, at the Cumberland office at 133 Orchard Road, or in the community. 

In the Spirit

Deacon Matthew Gregory was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert P. Deeley this spring at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, just miles away from where his journey began as a South Portland native and graduate of Cheverus High School.

The Rev. Jim Kiker was recently installed as the pastor of United Baptist Church, 1 Elm St., Topsham. Kiker and his wife, Deb, moved to Topsham from Wamego, Kansas, where he served as a pastor for over a decade.

Fr. Antonydass Pichaimuthu has been appointed hospital chaplain at Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital, both in Portland, effective Aug. 1. Pichaimuthu is also the parochial vicar of Good Shepherd Parish.

Hires, promotions, appointments

Workers’ compensation specialist The MEMIC Group has announced the appointment of John R. Yao as senior vice president and Chief Information Officer to direct, plan, and oversee the development, implementation and security of MEMIC’s information systems and technology.

News from nonprofits

The American Heart Association in Maine recently appointed several new members to the board of directors. Catherine Desrochers is an account executive with Norton Financial Services and member of the Go Red for Women Luncheon Executive Leadership Team. Linda Whitten is manager of human resources at AAA Northern New England and member of the Southern Maine Heart Walk Executive Leadership Team. Nichole Hardy, a heart valve surgery survivor, is general manager of Pottery Barn. Sarah Porter is a two-time stroke survivor and project director with the University of New England Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition.

Eight local nonprofit groups were awarded a total of $47,258 from The Maine Women’s Giving Tree, a local philanthropy that focuses on the needs of women, children and families in the mid-coast region: Pine Tree Society of Bath; Family Crisis Services, Independence Association, Oasis Free Clinic and People Plus Teen Center in Brunswick; Embrace a Vet of Harpswell; Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, based in Topsham; and Home to Home in West Bath. 

The YMCA of Southern Maine recently received a $8,000 grant from the Undapassawana Fund of the Maine Community Foundation for its Early Learning Readiness Program. Early Learning Readiness is designed to help close the gap that exists for children in under served groups.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance announced new online resources for women with military service designed to empower under served women veterans to assert their legal rights. The resources, accessible at, include interactive tools, multi-media resources, and legal referrals for women with military service.


The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has awarded a $5 million grant to Maine Medical Center for the creation of a statewide initiative to improve the prevention, early detection and treatment of lung cancer in Maine. The Maine Lung Cancer Prevention and Screening Initiative is a four-year multi-institution, multi-disciplinary collaboration of Maine health care providers and stakeholders.


Jake Ryan, founder of Open Bench Project, a maker space on Thompson’s Point in Portland, was named an Innovative Small Business when 10 Maine businesses were honored this spring by SCORE Maine, a national nonprofit that connects entrepreneurs with mentors.

Lucas Tree Experts, a utility vegetation management and residential tree company headquartered in Falmouth, has been awarded the Best Safety Innovation Award by the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association, one of Canada’s occupational health and safety leaders.

Senator Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, has been recognized by the American Legion for her advocacy efforts on behalf of Maine’s veterans as chairwoman of the Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee. The Maine Affordable Housing Coalition also named Volk its 2016 Elizabeth H. Mitchell Housing Leadership Award winner.

The Elizabeth H. Mitchell Award is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in addressing Maine’s affordable housing problems.

Saint Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Residence of Portland has been elevated to the level of “4-Star Facility” by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The level is based upon factors that include health inspections, care quality measures in place at facilities, and staffing ratings.


At Last…Salon & Day Spa, located at 185 Park Row in Brunswick, is approaching its sixth year in business along with the business’ annual silent auction, be held  July 30 to Aug. 13. This year’s recipient will be Seeds of Independence – Program Grit. The auction will take place at the physical location and on the Facebook page.