Friends of Casco Bay recognized the following people at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Event and Members Meeting: Darren McLellan, who has volunteered  for 20 years; Will Everitt, the Friends’ development director; Mac Passano and his wife Beth Howe, who have been water quality volunteers for 10 years and five years, respectively; Don Gower, water sampler in Harpswell for five years; Stephen and Roberta Brezinski, who sample water quality on the Royal River in Yarmouth; Lauren Leclerc and David Brenneman, both professional wetland scientists who have been testing the water at in Harpswell for five years; and Michael Heskanen, honored for five years in the Stewards Program. 

Assistant Professional and Junior Golf Director John Mullen of The Woodlands Club in Falmouth has been named to U.S. Kids Golf’s annual list of Top 50 Kids Teachers. The award recognizes the world’s most outstanding youth golf instructors, and Mullen was chosen from among nearly 400 applicants.

Todd Reagin of Maine Medicare Options LLC has received an award from Martin’s Point Generations Advantage as one of its Top 10 in Medicare supplement sales for the state.
The Maine Real Estate & Development Association presented CPA Jason Favreau of BerryDunn in Portland with a 2016 Volunteer of the Year award.
Portland auction professional Sophia Rosendo recently received her designation as an accredited auctioneer Real Estate from the National Auctioneers Association’s Education Institute.

Wright-Pierce, a water, wastewater and civil infrastructure engineering firm, designed and provided construction administration engineering for the Mattabassett Water Pollution Control Facility upgrade project in Cromwell, Connecticut, which won a National Recognition Award in what is considered the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry.”

Brunswick-based Green Bee Craft Beverages is the recipient of Whole Foods Market’s Local Producer Loan Program, which helps small, independent companies grow their businesses.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization, has been reaccredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a national board that recognizes conservation organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement.

Daniel Bonner, chief operating officer for Spurwink, was recognized for 35 years of service.

Hires, Promotions, Appointments

Broadreach Public Relations, a communications and business consulting firm located on Portland’s waterfront, welcomed Emily Paul as its newest public relations specialist.

The following new hires were announced at Baker Newman Noyes in Portland: Dan Gayer, of Cape Elizabeth; Gilda Bryand, of Portland; Greg Knight, of Portland; Josh Lapierre, of Freeport; and Stephanie Richio, of Cape Elizabeth.

Gelato Fiasco of Brunswick announced that David Barber has joined the company’s board of directors. Barber was the president of Barber Foods of Portland before it was sold to AdvancePierre.

Mainestream Media’s WHTP Hot 104.7 in Scarborough hired Samantha Sylvia as the radio station’s new promotion director.

Verrill Dana announced that attorney Kelly A. Donahue has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property Group in the Portland office.

Portland-based litigators Curtis Thaxter LLC have hired Rebecca Klotzle.

Nurse-midwife Erica Richards has returned to Mercy All About Women in Portland.

Theresa Hodge of Topsham has been promoted to senior vice president and senior commercial lender, and Julie Wagoner of Yarmouth has been promoted to senior vice president of community development and commercial lending at Bath Savings  Institution.

Maine Public Relations Council recently named Dan Marois, a longtime member and past president of the organization, its new administrative director.

New Ventures

Land of Treasure, located at 2 Wharf St., in the Old Port, will open Saturday, March 12 as the first store in Maine to exclusively offer handicrafts and jewelry from Burma (Myanmar). Husband-and-wife owners U Shwe Tun and Aye Mie Mie, who are both from Burma, are now United States citizens living in Portland. Land of Treasure will feature items from each of the 14 states and regions of Burma, including organic lacquerware,  gemstone paintings, scarves and bags,  hand-carved smoking pipes and fine jewelry made from the famous rubies of Mandalay. A portion of their profits will go to support educational development in Burma.

Maine Medical Center has received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of up to $950,000 over the next three years to launch a new residency program in preventive medicine. The program will provide education for residents for a two-year program designed to provide experiences in public health and leadership.


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