New Additions

Suzanne Johnson, attorney and partner at McTeague Higbee, recently announced the permanent addition of Longshore pulmonary and hearing loss claims and Social Security Disability to her areas of practice. Johnson has been with McTeague Higbee for 15 years, representing clients in elder law, probate, estate planning, and asbestos exposure claims.

New Businesses

Carol Emerson recently announced the launch of Custom House Business Services LLC, a new consulting business specializing in accounting, human resources, operations and personalized business coaching. Emerson has over 25 years of experience working in small businesses overseeing accounting, forecasting and budgeting, financial analyzing, human resources and employee benefits administration, operations and overall business coaching. She works with clients throughout the greater Portland area as well as Lewiston/Auburn and Brunswick.


Robert Smalley, a manager in BerryDunn’s financial services group, was recently selected to attend the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s third annual Leadership Academy this fall. This intensive program was designed to develop the skills necessary to become the next generation of leaders in business, industry, government and the accounting profession.

Maine Angels, a company founded in 2003 to enhance regional economic development, recently announced the election and appointment of their new officers and executive committee. Sandra Stone, principal at Sea Cove Solutions is the new chair of Maine Angels; Don Gooding, executive director of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development is now the vice chair; Samuel A. Ladd III, president of People’s United Bank in southern Maine is treasurer; and Richard E. Curran Jr., founder and president of Spinnaker Trust is secretary.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine recently elected its new board president and appointed new board members. Larry Rubinstein of Scarborough will be the group’s new president. In his new role, Rubinstein will lead the coalition as it works to organize a major week-long bike ride across Maine; he has been a member of the board since 2005. Three new board members were also appointed: Joel Savilonis of Auburn, Pamela Fischer of New Gloucester, and Peter Hall of Falmouth.

Sarah E. Helming, SailMaine director of programs and events, was recently appointed to serve as a board member for the Interscholastic Sailing Association. The ISSA oversees secondary school sailing throughout the United States.

Portland Ovations recently named Kendall Harnett and Eileen Phelan to their Board of Directors. Harnett, a Yarmouth resident, works with a Chicago director to produce documentaries and corporate films for organizations such as the American Hospital Association, Chicago Housing Authority and Goodwill, and teaches film and design classes at Southern Maine Community College. Phelan, a Cape Elizabeth resident, is the vice president of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Portland and started her career in the film and television industry in New York City. Switching gears and entering publishing, Phelan worked for The Village Voice as the marketing and promotions manager.

Bath Savings Institution President Glenn Hutchinson recently announced the election of the bank’s newest trustee, Kevin T. Burns. A resident of Falmouth, Burns is the vice president and treasurer of Quality Containers of New England, located in Yarmouth. Burns was elected to the bank’s Board of Corporators in 1999.

Bernstein Shur announced that attorney and shareholder Arnold Macdonald has been appointed to serve on the American Bar Association Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Commission, which supports legal aid for those in need. A longtime champion of IOLTA, Macdonald’s new role as commission appointee will involve assisting the Maine branch of IOLTA in channeling funds from participating attorneys to provide civil legal aid for the poor, law-related education and administration of justice programs.

Hurley Travel Experts recently announced the appointment of Beth Skypeck to the 2011-2012 Travel Advisory Board for Bonnier/Virtuoso. Skypeck, a Cape Elizabeth resident, has been a travel advisor for nearly 20 years and specializes in Caribbean destination weddings and honeymoons.

New Location

Kathe Mickunas, proprietor of PassionFlower Farm, recently announced that her floral design business will return to its original family flower farm as of January 2012. Through its transition, PassionFlower will continue with phone orders, bouquets for local delivery, and special event flowers.


Three Portland Police Officers recently graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, officially joining the ranks of the Portland Police Department. The officers, Kali Hagerty, Kristan Steele and Edward Ireton, were selected from a pool of more than one hundred candidates who had taken the Portland Police exam.

New Website

The Alex Tanous Foundation for Scientific Research recently launched their new website, The group is very excited about the new features the website will offer and they invite submissions of articles or upcoming events.

Thank you

In November 2011, Prouts Neck Association Community Grant Program awarded Scarborough Athletic Council a $200 grant. Scarborough Athletic Council would like to formally thank and recognize the Prouts Neck Community Grant Program for this gift. The grant will be used towards funding college scholarships for Scarborough graduating senior athletes and team managers.

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