Tri-County Literacy becomes Midcoast Literacy

The Tri-County Literacy Board of Directors and staff have announced the nonprofit organization will now be known as Midcoast Literacy. “We substantially increased our services and outreach efforts over the past decade,” said executive director Donald Lader Jr. “And in the process, became aware of some confusion around our ‘tri-county’ designation. We want people to know we serve Sagadahoc, Lincoln, and northern Cumberland Counties and believe changing our name to Midcoast Literacy clarifies our regional service area.” Lader added that nothing else about the organization is changing, including the address at Midcoast Maine Community Action Center, at 34 Wing Farm Parkway in Bath.


Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living honored local volunteers Len and Liane Giambalvo with the annual Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living Senior Service Award on Sept. 18. For the past five years, the Giambalvos have served the greater Scarborough community as volunteers for the Scarborough Food Pantry. Additionally, the Pantry will also be recognized for its commitment to helping the hungry in Scarborough and neighboring towns. The Scarborough Food Pantry and the Giambalvos were each awarded $500 from Scarborough Terrace.

Francis Ferris of Earle W Noyes & Sons Moving Specialists in Portland was selected as United Van Lines’ Van Operator of the Month for May in the category of Household Goods.

The David Banks Team closed the sale of Clapboard Island West in Falmouth on Sept. 14, for just over $4 million. The sale is the highest recorded real estate sale in Cumberland County for 2018. 

News from nonprofits

Avesta Housing, which is headquartered in Portland, was recently named as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Maine. The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of the Society for Human Resource Management – Maine State Council and Best Companies Group. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick announced that The Big Swing, the organization’s annual golf tournament, raised more than $41,000 to support its mentoring programs for local youth.

The Opportunity Alliance has achieved national accreditation through the Council on Accreditation. TOA is the community action agency for Cumberland County, providing services to over 20,000 people every year. COA evaluated all aspects of TOA’s programs, services, management and administration.

The Good Food Bus, a mobile food market operated by St. Mary’s Nutrition Center and Cultivating Community in Lewiston, is reaching more shoppers during its third year of operation at Bath Iron Works, Gorham, Westbrook and Lewiston/Auburn. According to Kirsten Walter, director of the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, this year the program has seen an almost 80 percent increase in transactions, and 600 people have joined the new membership program.

Hires, promotions, appointments

Psychology Specialists of Maine, based in Brunswick, recently welcomed Meredith Charney, Ph.D., who previously worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as a staff psychologist and as the director of psychotherapy and training for the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and Complicated Grief Program.

Clark Insurance has hired Jessica Doucette and Timothy Forte as business account executives in the Business Insurance Department, and Chrissy Rioux joins the company as an account manager. Clark Insurance is an employee-owned agency with offices in Portland, Falmouth, Gorham, Windham and Saco.

OceanView at Falmouth welcomes Don Wessels as the sales associate for its new satellite community, Cumberland Crossing by OceanView, in Cumberland. Wessels brings over 30 years sales experience, most recently at The Highlands of Topsham. OceanView has also hired Tamera Vogel as assisted living and memory care sales consultant.

PortMA, a marketing analytics and research company in Portland, has hired Katie Clark as COO/Research Director.

Rachael Powers, who has been a full-time apprentice at Hobbs Funeral Homes in South Portland and Scarborough, has passed the Maine State Board of Funeral Services exams and is now a fully licensed funeral director.