People & Business: Oct. 7

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Norway Savings CEO named to national board

Norway Savings Bank announced that President and CEO Patricia W. Weigel of Falmouth has been elected to the American Bankers Association board of directors.

“I’m honored that the ABA, which represents America’s banks, has asked me to serve on its board. Our industry, which employs 2 million people, extends more than $10 trillion in loans and safeguards $13 trillion in deposits, plays a large part in supporting the U.S. economy,” said Weigel. “In my role, I’ll represent America’s banks and, more specifically, the Maine banking industry.”

At its annual convention in New York City, the ABA elected Weigel and nine other bankers from across the country as new board members. They join 21 other bankers who are serving terms on the board.

Hires, promotions, appointments

iBec Creative, a digital agency specializing in data-driven website and e-commerce design, development and marketing, promoted Emily Drappi to director of strategy. Drappi is a Bowdoin College graduate and serves clients from iBec’s new headquarters at 177 High St. in Portland.

The Connectivity Group, a design/build technology infrastructure and integration company in Falmouth, announced Paul Heath has been hired as the new security sales engineer and Faye LaCasse is a new accounting analyst.

The Beacon at Gateway, a luxury apartment community located at the corner of Haigis Parkway and Payne Road in Scarborough, welcomes Mike Moore as maintenance manager.

Ben Viola joins Sebago Technics as senior project engineer. Viola recently retired from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, where he served as environmental engineer for the Portland office for 20 years. Viola lives in Scarborough and serves on the Scarborough Sanitary Sewer District.


The American Cancer Society recently presented Theresa Huck of Portland with a Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award. The award is the most honored accolade by the Society in New England, recognizing Huck’s accomplishments over seven years of volunteering. Huck is the event lead for Relay For Life of Greater Portland and has volunteered with other programs and events, including Making Stride Against Breast Cancer of Greater Portland, Amazing Place Adventure Race, and Portland Sea Dogs Mother’s Day 5K. Huck works at Mercy Hospital in Portland.

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, has recertified Mid Coast Hospital with advanced certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The certification demonstrates the hospital’s ability to provide the highest level of care to ensure the best possible outcome.

The Maine State Chamber of Commerce honored John T. Leonard with the Alton “Chuck” Cianchette Business Hall of Fame Award at its annual dinner Oct. 17. Leonard was recognized for his leadership and contributions to Maine, including his 24-year tenure as president and CEO of The MEMIC Group.

Local Preti Flaherty attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 list of New England Super Lawyers: Jonathan S. Piper, of Falmouth, for business litigation work; Sigmund D. Schutz, of Falmouth, for environmental litigation work; and David B. Van Slyke, of Yarmouth, for environmental law.

Rev. Joseph Lamarre Memorial Post 2197 of the VFW presented a plaque recognizing Sports Clips of Topsham for its participation in the national Sports Clips and VFW “Help A Hero” scholarship program. Although relatively new to the area, the Topsham facility has been actively participating, donating more than $1,000 to the national effort last year.

On Oct. 25, Portland Empowered and Director Emily Thielmann received the Maine School Boards Association Distinguished Service Award for outstanding work in helping families engage in their children’s education and for championing parent and student voices in improving educational outcomes. The group’s goal is to increase leadership opportunities and knock down barriers for students and parents when it comes to deciding matters such as curriculum. Its aim is to make learning more student-centered.

Giving Back

Hannaford Supermarkets has announced their contribution of $50,000 to Full Plates Full Potential to help combat child hunger. 

“Hannaford is committed to partnering with schools and community organizations to make sure our children can access healthy food,” said Maile Buker, vice president of Marketing for Hannaford Supermarkets. “By supporting Full Plates Full Potential in this work, we are investing in our community.”

Full Plates Full Potential is Maine’s only statewide nonprofit working to end childhood hunger. The work is accomplished, in schools and nonprofits, by fully utilizing the reimbursable U.S. Department of Agriculture child nutrition programs. 


Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation presented Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine with a check for $25,000 at the Triple Play event at the Portland Boys & Girls Club on Oct. 23. From left are state Rep. Erik Jorgensen, D-Portland, Robert Clark, and Bill Whitmore with Club members.