New Ownership

Dave Langley is now owner of Paws Applause Natural Pet Supply & Grooming Salon, in the Oak Hill Plaza in Scarborough. Paws Applause founder Diana Locke retired to pursue her interests in small business development and consulting. Langley is a life-long dog-owner and former educator. 


David and Carl Hanson, along with their team, moved IIS Financial to new offices at 707 Sable Oaks Drive, Suite 203 in South Portland, and 45 Memorial Circle, Suite 104 in Augusta. IIS Financial is a financial consulting firm that provides comprehensive financial, investment, Insurance and retirement services to individuals, families, estates and corporate clients.

Jillian Kanter of Swampscott, Mass., joined Broadreach Public Relations in Portland as public relations executive assistant. Kanter will maintain the smooth operations of the firm while assisting in client and media relations, general strategy and tactical planning.

New Hires, Promotions and Appointments

Denise Taaffe and Tony Payne were selected as chairwoman and vice chairman of the University of Southern Maine Board of Visitors. Taaffe, a certified public accountant and an alumna of USM, is a principal and director of the audit practice at Baker Newman Noyes in Portland. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants, the USM Business Advisory Council, and a board member and treasurer of the Girl Scouts of Maine. Payne is the business development director for Clark Insurance in Portland. He has served as the director of the Alliance for Maine’s Future, vice president of underwriting and marketing with Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company, New England region vice president of communication for OneBeacon Insurance, and president of Maine Media. The USM Board of Visitors was established in 1998 to advise the president on community and regional needs, advocate for the university and to assist with fund raising.

Murray, Plumb & Murray welcomed new attorney Stacey Neumann to the Portland office. She will introduce a new area of practice to Murray, Plumb & Murray by focusing on criminal defense with an emphasis on white collar defense. Neumann serves as an adjunct professor at the University of New England. She is a member of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Maine Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Michael Schuler joined Portland’s Choice Realty as a sales agent. Schuler lives in Scarborough with his wife Kristin and their two sons.

Diane Davison was named the first executive director of the Friends of the Eastern Promenade. Davison is a founding member of the organization and has served as president of the board for several years. She also currently serves as chair of the city of Portland Parks Commission. Davison has been an involved community activist since moving to Munjoy Hill over 20 years ago. She has been an effective leader in many Eastern Promenade projects including a revival of the Portland summer concert series, various trail improvement projects and the rehabilitation of Fort Allen Park. 

TD Bank promoted Nicholas J. Weightman to small business relationship manager in Portland. He is responsible for providing a range of lending and deposit services to the small business community throughout Portland and the Lakes Region, including Westbrook, Gorham, Windham, Standish and Bridgton. 

Pauline Hanson joined Tedford Housing as homeless prevention case manager. Hanson is working one-on-one with individuals and families in the mid coast who are facing economic challenges including the possibility of losing their home.


The Maine Public Broadcasting Network announced the winners of the 2013 Life is Better with MPBN Contest. Amanda Berry of Freeport was randomly selected as the grand prize winner and was awarded a 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 S provided by Lee Auto. Thomas Tietenberg of Waterville, Jeanette Steinke of Plainfield, Wis., Kathryn Macleod of Falmouth, Bernie Horowitz of Portland, William Bridgham of Durham, and Mary Beth Teas of Brunswick each won Kindle Paperwhite 3Gs. The contest ran May 1 through June 30, with anyone donating to MPBN entered into the prize drawing.


Andrea Goodrich, 22, of Freeport, was accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Peru Sept. 11 for training as a public health education volunteer. She will live and work in a community, helping health providers strategically plan and manage information systems to strengthen links between health facilities, organizations and communities. Goodrich is the daughter of Gary and Shelley Goodrich and a graduate of Freeport High School. She attended University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., where she earned a bachelor of arts in global studies. 

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