People & Business: May 4

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Rose Marasco of Portland, one of “Maine’s most prolific living photographers” who is “a versatile photographer and an inspiring, insightful teacher,” will be honored with the Sarah Orne Jewett Award at The Maine Women’s Fund’s sixth annual Leadership Luncheon and awards ceremony. The event will be held May 18 at Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. This year’s event celebrates Maine women in the arts, and Marasco was chosen as a “Maine woman who exhibits the attributes of the women in Jewett’s works of fiction: true grit, independence, courage, humor and discipline.”

For the second year in a row, Landry / French of Scarborough won the top award in the Building Category by The Associated General Contractors of Maine. This year the award was given for the complete restoration and renovation of the 110-year old Charles E. Moody School at the Good Will Home Historic District in Hinkley.

Mike Wing and Bonnie Zacharias were recipients of the CHANS Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award for being “the most dedicated and accessible CHANS Hospice Volunteers in 2016, providing compassionate care to hospice patients in need.” Mid-Coast Parkview Health honored more than 500 volunteers last month at the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern.

Freeport Community Library announced the winners of its 2016 Edible Books Festival. Child Category: Funniest – Elijah and Gia McClelland, “Lady Pancake and Mr. French Toast”; Most Creative and Best in Show – Isla Wilson, “Fairy Houses”; Most Bookish: Ellie Winter, “The Art of Clean Up.” Adult Category: Funniest – Johanna Hanselman, “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”; Most Creative – Suanne Williams-Lindgren, “The Nest”; Most Bookish and Best in Show – Kathy Leggett, “The Princess and the Pea.”

The Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter recognized significant contributions made by volunteers and supporters during a reception at the Blaine House April 19. Felicia Garant of Falmouth received the Marilyn Paige Founders Award, given to a volunteer who shares the same passion, drive and leadership of the chapter’s founder. Lea Rust of Falmouth received the Collaborative Spirit Award, which recognizes a volunteer who exudes the true spirit of the Maine Chapter and its mission. The Corporate Champion Award was bestowed upon Unum, in recognition of “a local company that goes the extra mile to support the Maine Chapter and those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.”


Chimani, Inc., a Portland-based developer of mobile app guides to the outdoors and National Parks, is featured in the most recent issue of Outside Magazine, a national publication that highlights recreation destinations, industry influencers and outdoor products. The May issue spotlights the centennial year of the National Park Service, as well as notable people and places related to the parks, including Chimani’s CEO and co-founder, Kerry Gallivan.

Hires, promotions, appointments

Gary Currier has been named the executive director of Avita of Brunswick, a senior living community owned by Northbridge Companies which is scheduled to open this fall. Currier brings more than 30 years of long-term care experience with a focus on memory care. Bethany Tyler has joined Northbridge Companies as the sales director at Avita of Brunswick.

Fr. Donal MacVeigh, S.J., an emeritus professor at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey, is serving as part-time hospital chaplain at Mercy Hospital and Maine Medical Center, in Portland, and part-time parochial vicar at Our Lady of Hope Parish, which includes St. Joseph Church and St. Pius X Church.

Michael Briggs is new general manager at Inn by the Sea, a boutique hotel in Cape Elizabeth. An industry veteran with extensive resort management experience, Briggs is responsible for the resort’s overall operation, and will supervise construction of 12 cottage-style suites scheduled to open June 2017.

Acadia Benefits Inc. in Portland has hired Portland native Mike Burton as vice president of Business Development.

New Ventures

Patrick “Paddy” Badcock and his wife Susan recently bought the Golf Learning Center in Cumberland, which the two have been operating since 2011. Badcock, who is a Class ‘A’ PGA Professional, has also worked as head pro at Sable Oaks and, more recently, as general manager of the Brunswick Golf Club.

The Distance Project, a premier Maine strength and conditioning center, has opened a new, cooperatively owned strength and conditioning center. A team of roughly 40 athletes will rent and manage the property at 291 Route One in Freeport.