Wednesday May 11, 2011 | 11:02 PM

Senator George Mitchell was one of four Maine leaders to be inducted into the Maine Business Hall of Fame this evening during a dinner at the Marriott Sable Oaks in South Portland. Senator Mitchell, who represented Maine in D.C. from 1980 to 1995 and is currently the U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, is pictured above with Junior Achievement of Maine President Amy Thomas, who handed out the Laureate Awards that feature a sculpture designed by Scott Stearman.

Junior Achievement gives the awards each year to people who've contributed to Maine's economy and sense of community and can serve as role models for the students who participate in Junior Achievement's K-12 financial and business literacy programs.

Following the Senator into the Hall of Fame was Brenda Garrand, founder and CEO of marketing communications firm Garrand. Ad Age named her company one of the top marketing and media companies to work for and President Clinton named her Maine's delegate to the White House Council on Small Business.

Brothers Bill and Bruce Chalmers, who own Chalmers Insurance Group in Bridgton, received the Laureate Award together. Chalmers Insurance is one of the largest insurance agencies in northern New England and the company is known for its support of the community.

Before the awards were handed out, Erin Martin a middle school student at St. James School in Biddeford spoke about what she's learned from Junior Achievement.

During the reception before dinner, a group of third graders from the Wentworth Intermediate School in Scarborough charmed guests by showing the city called Sunnyville that they and their classmates created as part of a Junior Achievement curriculum that explores municipal planning. From left, they are Kyle Bass, Evan Morgan, Sydney Kokos, Sarah Callahn and Samantha Brodeur.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the May 15 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram, where I'll have more photos and additional details from the party and about the honorees.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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