ecomaine names winners of Recycling is a Work of Art contest

ecomaine chose six winners in its Recycling is a Work of Art contest earlier this month from among more than 15 entries chosen to design and paint one of the companies “silver bullet” single-sort recycling containers. The following local residents will receive a $500 stipend and up to $500 for painting supplies: Bomb Diggity Arts in Portland for its hearts and recycling theme; Spenser MacLeod of Portland for his cartoons demonstrating the do’s and don’ts of recycling; Hannah Rosengren of Portland for her theme of upcycling planters for pollinators; and  Cecile Williams of Yarmouth and her theme of ocean plastics and a recycling octopus. 

The artists will receive their containers in early May, and will paint them throughout the month, after which they will be placed into ecomaine’s regular circulation so residents across Maine will have the chance to see and use them. 


Bangor Savings Bank Foundation recently awarded $125,000 in grants to 17 nonprofit organizations in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, including the following: Catherine Morrill Day Nursery, Portland; Foundation for Portland Public Schools; Girls on the Run Maine, Portland; Southern Maine Agency on Aging, Scarborough; My Place Teen Center, Westbrook; and Scarborough Education Foundation. In addition, The Center for Grieving Children in Portland and Sanford received a Community Matters More grant.

Bob Dunfey, volunteer race director for The Maine Marathon, announced the five marathon beneficiaries for 2019 are Eastern Trail Alliance, Rippleffect, Girls on the Run, WinterKids, and Portland Community Squash.

Avesta Housing Development Corporation will receive $425,000 from NeighborWorks America, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, announced. The funds will support efforts to develop and preserve affordable housing, revitalize and sustain neighborhoods, and create jobs across the state.

Giving back

Smith & Wilkinson, an executive search and leadership consulting organization based in Scarborough, made a recent $2,500 contribution to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.   


Portland resident Tom O’Connor is one of several Mainers that will join over 1,000 advocates nationwide on Capitol Hill at the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement Advocacy Forum, March 31 to April 2, in Washington, D.C. 

Hires, promotions, appointments

South Portland-based Sebago Technics engineering and surveying firm has promoted Andrew Strout to director of Geographic Information Systems.

Ken Ginder of the law firm Verrill Dana has been elected president of the Maine Employee Benefits Council.

Amanda Goddard, MD, has joined Maine Medical Partners – Pediatric Specialty Care, Division of Infectious Disease. Goddard comes from Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, where she was recognized by Boston Magazine in 2018 as a “Top Doctor.” 

Protect Our Care Maine announced that Vivian Mikhail, Esq. will replace Rebecca London as state director. She joins POC Maine after more than eight years in the Attorney General’s office.

Portside Real Estate Group announced Liam McCoy joined the newly opened fourth office in Cape Elizabeth as a broker.

Springborn Staffing has promoted Sandi Marks to director of operations.