People & Business: June 9

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Seaweed Shelter was attended by, from left, artist David Wilson, Portland mayor Kate Snyder, Dinah Minot of Creative Portland, artist Eric Hopkins and Greg Jordan of Greater Portland Metro. Contributed / Creative Portland

‘Seaweed Shelter’ Celebrated at Thompson’s Point

Community leaders and elected officials celebrated new art for bus shelters by Maine artist David Wilson during an informal ribbon cutting on June 1.

The installation, titled “Seaweed Shelter”—a Gothic seaweed fantasy at the Portland Transportation Center at 100 Thompson’s Point Road—was inspired by Maine’s rocky seashore and elaborate wrought iron gatework in Portland’s West End.

The artist was born in Kirkintilloch, Scotland, and moved to Maine in the 1970s. A painter, graphic artist and designer, Wilson earned an MFA in painting from Syracuse University in New York.

Wilson’s Shelter is the final installation for Phase I of The Creative Bus Shelter Initiative, but Creative Portland recently received a second grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to expand the project to include up to four other art installations. Creative Portland will publish an open call for artists from Maine in August.

Waynflete praises Talbot Ross


Wayneflete has announced that alumna Rachel Talbot Ross, class of 1978, has been named recipient of the Klingenstein Alumni Award 2021. The award recognizes alumni whose efforts at the local, national or international level have had a broad and positive impact.

Talbot Ross is a ninth-generation Mainer who has devoted her career to public service and social justice. In addition to serving as director of the City of Portland for Equal Opportunities and Multicultural Affairs for more than two decades, she led the NAACP in Maine and founded several nonprofit organizations, including Maine Black Community Development, Maine Freedom Trails, and the Martin Luther King Jr. comrades. Rachel chaired the Maine State Advisory Committee of the US Commission on Civil Rights and of the African American Collection of Maine, housed at the University of Southern Maine.

Talbot Ross is serving her third term at Maine House, where she represents the Portland neighborhoods of Parkside, Bayside, East Bayside, Oakdale, and the University of Southern Maine campus.

A group of dedicated members of the Falmouth Lions Club have worked hard to build a wheelchair ramp for Pat Marsh and her 90-year-old husband, who have lived in Falmouth for over 55 years. Contributed / Falmouth Lions Club


Summit Natural Gas of Maine team members were honored to assist the town of Falmouth at the Pine Grove Cemetery for Memorial Day in locating veterans’ graves. according to Paul Lewis, of Summit, employees of the company’s Volunteer Time Off program, which provides up to 20 hours a year of paid time off to volunteer, have plotted veterans’ final resting places for the city’s website to allow public access. to GPS.

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Healthy Food Fund grant program has distributed 7.5 million pounds of free, healthy, local produce to low-income families in the region over the past two years. The amount distributed equates to nearly 30 million servings of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables reaching households in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Organized by Town & Country Federal Credit Union, the 27th Annual CU Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge has raised $36,000 to support the Maine Children’s Cancer Program in a virtual three-on-three free-throw game from April 12 to May 8.

Recruitment, promotions, appointments


The City of South Portland has promoted Karl Coughlin from Windham to serve as director of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront. Coughlin has served as deputy director of the department since 2017 under former director Kevin Adams, who resigned in January 2021.

Nate Frank Franca joined Bar Harbor Bank & Trust as vice president, portfolio manager. Franck, who lives in Gray, signs up as a community investment financial critic for the United Way of Greater Portland.

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