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MEREDA'S Annual Real Estate Forecast Conference set for January 27

MEREDA'S Annual Real Estate Forecast Conference set for January 27

The Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) Annual Forecast Conference, which each year attracts more than 500 attendees from around the state, will be held this year on Thursday, January 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME.

“The Forecast Conference has grown to become the most important gathering of the year for all the key players in Maine’s commercial real industry,” said Tom Lea, MEREDA President, and Senior Vice President and Group Manager of Commercial Real Estate at Peoples United Bank. “The conference provides a unique opportunity to take stock of the economy and gain insights into where our industry is headed in the months ahead.

New Year Baby at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

New Year Baby at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital welcomes first baby of 2011 Emil W. McGuirl Doerfler, born 8:05 a.m. on January 3, to Kelly McGuirl and Dr. Walter Doerfler of Dover Foxcroft.  The new baby weighed 9 pounds 2 ounces and is 21 inches long.  When asked why they chose a hospital one hour and a half from their home, the proud parents were quick to share that Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and its Women Care team offer a gentle birthing experience and was recommended by friends.  They visited the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital website and decided on the Midwives of Maine Coast Women Care.  They were not disappointed with their choice as the whole experience including the wonderful nursing care in the hospital was worth the extra drive - plus Kelly had her own doctor right on board. 

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Physician Appointed to National Commission

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Physician Appointed to National Commission

Thomas Bugbee, MD, of Blue Hill Family Medicine has been appointed to serve as a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ (AAFP) Commission for Continuing Professional Development.  The Commission is one of seven that direct AAFP policies and programs. 

Dr. Bugbee has practiced medicine in Blue Hill since 1991.  He is currently employed as a physician with Blue Hill Family Medicine, the largest physician practice of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital.  Since January, Dr. Bugbee and his colleagues have cared for local families during more than 17,800 patient visits.

“Our hospital is as strong as its physicians,” says Greg Roraff, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital’s CEO.  “Those of us who live in rural settings are especially grateful to providers like Dr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service Project Grants Awarded

Recently the Maine Commission for Community Service challenged communities across Maine to develop volunteer service projects that unite community sectors in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Our challenge was met with an overwhelming response of 26 grant applications. We are happy to announce, the Maine Commission for Community Service, awarded 16 organizations $500 grants to implement Martin Luther King Day of Service Projects.
We encourage local citizens to contact a project in their community and take part in the Martin Luther King Day of Service. This special day of service is an important way for Maine’s people to experience the significance of service, volunteerism and collaboration amongst their neighbors. These service projects will not only impact their communities, but celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and his commitment to service, non-violence, and diversity.

Downeast-Area LNG Activist Wins NRCM's 2010 "People’s Choice" Award

The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is pleased to announce that Vera Francis of Perry has won NRCM’s 2010 People’s Choice Award, for her work protecting Passamaquoddy Bay.

     NRCM’s People’s Choice is one of the organization’s Environmental Awards, which it gives each year to an individual or group whose actions have made a real difference at the local, regional, or state level in the protection of Maine’s environment. The People’s Choice Award provides an opportunity for citizens across the state to nominate someone in their community who has worked selflessly to protect a special place or otherwise has made a difference for Maine’s environment.

     Vera Francis was nominated for her efforts to keep a liquefied natural gas (LNG) company out of Sipayik (Pleasant Point), Maine.