People and work: January 11

Maine Children’s Home Christmas Program Director Amanda Simmons accepts a $100,000 donation from Marden’s. Contributed / Maine Children’s Home


Marden’s surplus and salvation collected and donated $100,000 Children’s home in MaineChristmas program. The donation is a combination of $84,000 from Marden’s clients through the company’s Red Stocking program and a $16,000 gift from the Marden family. Marden’s has run the Red Stocking program for MCH since 2006. MCH provides new clothing, winter essentials, toys, books and games to Maine families facing financial hardship.

Norwegian Savings Bank of Maine donated more than $1 million to nonprofits in 2022, including Tedford Case and Central Coast Hunger Prevention Program in Brunswick and the following organizations in Portland: Wayside Food Programs, Ruth’s Reusable Resources, Preble Street Resource Center and Food Pantry, Maine Works, and Friends of furniture.

Mary Beth Ranger started a bottle drive at First Tracks Cumberland and raised $3,000, donating Futures for Standardbreds. Ranger’s husband, Bruce Ranger, is a New England racehorse.

Recruitment, promotions, appointments


Jay Beck of Brunswick has been promoted to commercial loan officer at Maine Finance Authority. He was previously an agency accountant and previously worked as an analyst at a Portland-based cost management firm.

Andrew Lynch he was promoted to chief financial officer for Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Portland. Lynch joined the company in 2018 as a financial controller, and prior to that he worked in the financial risk management department for General Electric (GE) Capital Aviation Services.


Sadie Bliss was engaged by Hay Runner as director of special projects. Greg Clarke he is employed as the director of marketing and strategy. Bliss has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit arts in Maine. Clark has 15 years of experience and has served as Director of Marketing for Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty in Boston. Hay Runner is a woman-run business in Portland designed to help with home ownership and maintenance.


Melissa Curran is engaged as an associate for clients in Broad public relations in Portland. Previously, Curran served as the marketing and communications coordinator for the Girl Scouts of Maine.


Maine Craft Portland won the best overall score in 2022 Portland Downtown Holiday Showcase Contest with an artist rendering Lisa Pixley.

Other winners include Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine for community selection; Still a good reason for the best topic; Fried hollandaise for the most original; David Wood Clothiers for the best use of the product; Blue lobster for the most likely spread of joy; and Gus and Ruby letterpress for the best use of color.

A display of Tatebanko scenes, or paper dioramas, inside giant festive woolen hats created by Lisa Pixley for Maine Craft Portland. Contributed by / Portland Downtown

Open for business

Sea Dog Brewing Co. has opened a new location in Scarborough, the sixth in Maine. It is located at 3 Cabela Boulevard and is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

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