People & Business: March 21

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Bangor Savings sets starting wage at $15

Bangor Savings Bank has raised the minimum rate it pays employees in all positions to $15 per hour, effective Feb. 25.

It is the bank’s third minimum wage increase since January 2016 and supports the company’s objective to pay a living wage to all employees, regardless of location, position, or whether they are full time or part time.

The wage increase will impact about 40 percent of the bank’s 836 employees in Maine and New Hampshire, either by bringing them to the new minimum or through a “compression” wage adjustment. The company’s minimum wage is now $5 more than the state of Maine’s minimum wage, and more than double the state of New Hampshire’s minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

“The initiative … stands as an investment in the communities where we each live and work,” said President and CEO Bob Montgomery-Rice. “The wage allows employees to save and provides an ability to spend. That spending, in turn, strengthens local businesses and the towns they serve.”

Eco-maine excellence awards announced

Allagash Brewing Company and Ruth’s s Reusable Resources received top honors in the Business Leadership and Community Leaders categories at the 2018 ecomaine eco-Excellence Awards ceremony March 6. The top winners were selected among 18 award recipients from 11 ecomaine member communities.

Allagash Brewing Company, the top winner in the Business Leadership Category, as of 2015 managed to divert 99.75 percent of all waste from landfills. The challenge was met by the use of solar panels, light zoning and conversion to LED lighting, and free air, which used naturally cold Maine winter air to reduce electrical usage by more than 104-megawatt hours.

Ruth’s Reusable Resources is a nonprofit organization that receives surplus supplies from businesses and has transferred them into the hands of students and classrooms for 24 years. Ruth’s has diverted millions of pounds of plastic and other materials from landfills, eliminated over 472,400 pounds or 236 tons of paper, and over 160 tons of cardboard, saving trees, oil, billions of BTUs of energy, landfill space and energy. 


Norway Savings Bank celebrated employee achievements for 2017 at its annual Employee Awards Banquet in February. Among those honored was Janel Danforth, assistant vice president of retail operations, who was named Employee of the Year, and Steve Whitney, executive vice president, Risk, IT and Deposit Operations, was given the President’s Award. 

The Maine Justice Foundation recently honored two Portland attorneys who exemplify the foundation’s mission to ensure that all Maine people have access to the justice system. Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, presented the Howard H. Dana, Jr. Award to Nan Heald of Pine Tree Legal Assistance and the New Lawyer Award to Stanley R. Tupper III of Frederick, Quinlan and Tupper.

Yarmouth resident Gary Bergeron, who has been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 2009, has been promoted to first vice president.

Hires, promotions, appointments

Casco Bay Wealth Advisors of Brunswick and Portland announced Sheila Menair is now a principal of the firm. Menair is a certified divorce financial analyst who has been with the company for five years. 

Burgess Advertising & Marketing recently added four new staff members. Account Manager John Spritz most recently managed an economic development initiative hosted by the city of Portland and the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Account Manager Julie Salvato works with University Disability Consortium as a client relationship manager. Digital Media Coordinator Becky Williamson has a dozen years of experience writing and posting for social media and a blog, creating videos for her own YouTube channel, as well as SEO, analytics and web development. Controller and HR Manager Tammy White brings nearly 30 years of experience managing financial and human resources.

New England Cancer Specialists announced the following staff additions: Dr. Chiara Batteli, a breast cancer specialist, will be the new practice president; Dr. David Benton will be lead physician for the Brunswick office; and Dr. Devon Evans will be lead physician for the Scarborough office.

The Connectivity Group, a technology integration company based in Falmouth, has made several new hires. Jim Barrick is a new Senior AV Sales Engineer. Barrick has over 20 years of audio-visual experience and was most recently employed at Northeastern University. Dane Courtois is AV Field Engineer with 12 years in live recording and sound reinforcement. Jason Hewitt is now the National Project Manager. Hewitt has over 17 years of experience with audio-visual project management.


On March 7, 2008, Addison Woolley Gallery opened its doors for the first time and just celebrated the collective’s 10th anniversary. The group now shows about once a year at the UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center (formerly CTN) on Congress Street. “We are a tightly knit group of artists who have become very good friends,” said Susan Porter. “We support each other’s talents and personal triumphs and disappointments and are very proud to remain together.”

Giving Back

Atlantic Federal Credit Union has announced a $100,000 donation to the All Saints Parish “Founded on Faith, Building the Future!” Capital Campaign. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to construct a new multipurpose building on the St. John’s campus in Brunswick. The All Saints Parish is made up of seven churches in the Mid-Coast, including St. John the Baptist Church in Brunswick.


Sen. Rebecca Millett, D-Cape Elizabeth,at right, welcomed Dr. Sue Woods of South Portland, to the Maine Senate as the Doctor of the Day in February. Woods practices internal medicine and works with a substance use treatment center.