The board of trustees of the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset has announced that Kerry Hadley has stepped into the position of gallery manager. Hadley brings a depth of strategic and organizational management experience that is well suited to a nonprofit gallery. As manager of the Camden Opera House for 16 years, and before that, as executive director of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, her goal has always been to enrich and cultivate community, at the same time helping grow the nonprofits with which she has been involved.

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“The Maine Art Gallery is a gem of a place,” said Hadley, according to a news release from the gallery. “It’s so close to downtown, yet located in a beautiful historic neighborhood. I look forward to helping the deeply dedicated and accomplished board bring more awareness of the gallery and its diverse offerings.”

Hadley comes to the gallery in time to help launch a new season of exhibits, beginning with the Members Show that runs from May 15 to June 5. Five more shows fill out a season that runs until Oct. 17. In addition to the regular show schedule, the gallery is holding an online auction of art from May 1 to June 15.

“Kerry’s energy and enthusiasm for helping us to succeed gives us a marvelous boost after a year of solitude,” said Wendy Ross Eichler, gallery board president. “We’re very excited about the upcoming season and new opportunities for accomplishing our mission to advance the fine arts for adults and children in Maine.”

Hadley and her husband Craig make their home in Owls Head, and have two grown sons.

The Maine Trial Lawyers Association elects Lauri Boxer-Macomber as president

AUGUSTA — The Maine Trial Lawyers Association recently elected Lauri Boxer-Macomber as president of its organization, placing her at the head of an executive committee that is, for the first time in its history, majority female.

“I am honored to take on this important leadership role with the MTLA during a time when the organization has made firm commitments to safeguarding access to justice during the pandemic and ensuring that diverse voices and experiences of Maine people are recognized, included and heard in our leadership, membership, and the Maine Bar,” Boxer-Macomber said, according to a news release from the association. “Our justice system improves, and we all benefit, when our three branches of government and the organizations working with them reflect the spectrum of experiences and perspectives in our society.”

The election took place at the association’s annual business meeting in March, and Boxer-Macomber, of Portland, will serve as president of the organization for the 2021-22 term. The association also elected Susan Faunce as president-elect, Jason Jabar of Yarmouth as treasurer, and Lisa Cohen Lunn of Bangor as secretary. Chris Lewis of Cumberland, who served as president during the 2020-2021 term, remains on the executive committee as past president.

Deanna Lavoie, Abby Davis join Fontaine Family Team

Fontaine Family – The Real Estate Leader welcomes the addition of Deanna Lavoie and Abby Davis to the team at its Auburn location.

Lavoie grew up in Buckfield and attended Buckfield Jr. S.r High School. She then continued her education at Worcester State University, graduating with a double major in biology and chemistry and a minor in marketing. She obtained her sales agent license, and is a member of the National Association of Realtors.

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Lavoie was groomed at a young age on how to multitask and deal with the pressure of a busy schedule. She enjoys work that requires strategizing and problem solving, and she has more than 10 years of experience as a business professional.

Lavoie’s ultimate goal is to provide outstanding service making processes easier for others.

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Davis primarily grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and attended Lawton High School in Lawton, Oklahoma. Her four-year tour in the United States Coast Guard allowed her some traveling before settling in Maine. She began her college education at Hesser College in New Hampshire, graduating with an Associate of Arts degree in paralegal studies. She then continued her education at University of Southern Maine graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in political science.

Davis resides in Auburn and is the mother of three children.

The Fontaine Family Team serves eight counties – Androscoggin, Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc, Oxford, Kennebec, Franklin and Somerset – in two locations, one in Auburn and one in Scarborough.

Bangor Savings Bank donates nearly $1.2M in past year

BANGOR —With 2020 certain to be remembered for COVID-19 and social unrest, Bangor Savings Bank focused its charitable giving in precisely those areas. The bank finished its fiscal year giving nearly $1.2 million in gifts and grants to Maine and New Hampshire organizations addressing those critical areas. As the nation continues to grapple with the ramifications of the pandemic, Bangor Savings Bank remains committed to addressing the urgent and ongoing needs brought on by COVID-19 and the country’s deep-rooted history of systemic racism and social inequity, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

“Supporting our communities through corporate giving, grant-making, volunteerism and creative community partnerships are central to Bangor Savings Bank’s promise,” said Bangor Savings Bank President and CEO Bob Montgomery-Rice, according to a news release from the bank. “Throughout the pandemic, our team has worked quickly and passionately to offset its devastating impact by identifying and supporting the organizations providing critical aid to our communities. We also provided aid to organizations working to address racial and social injustice, structural unfairness and economic disparity, all longstanding issues intensified by the historic events that transpired over the past year. We recognize there is more work to be done and remain committed to helping lead meaningful change in the communities we serve.”

The financial grants and gifts were distributed from two different giving sources: The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, and the Bangor Savings Bank Corporate Giving Program. The nearly $1.2 million contributed toward COVID-19 relief and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts was just part of the $3.2 million the bank and its foundation invested into the community during its fiscal year. Other areas of giving included culture and arts, workforce development, education, and social and civil services.

Over the course of the bank’s Fiscal Year 2021, which ended March 31, the foundation distributed nearly $500,000 in grants across 29 organizations.

Additionally, 64 community nonprofits across the regions received almost $700,000 from the bank’s Corporate Giving Program,.

Local Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Grants:

COVID-19 Relief
Atlantic Partners EMS Inc. — Kennebec County

Good Shepherd Food Bank — Statewide

United Way of Eastern Maine —Statewide
Veggies to Table — Lincoln County

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives


Healthy Homeworks — Cumberland and Androscoggin counties
Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine — Kennebec County


Combined COVID-19 Relief & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives



The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges — Statewide

Maine Department of Education — Statewide

Partnership for Oral Health — Statewide


Waldo County Woodshed — Waldo County

Corporate Giving Program Recipients in Maine:

COVID-19 Relief




Good Shepherd Food Bank — Statewide

Maine Bankers Association — Statewide

Northern Light Health — Statewide




The Yellow Tulip Project — Statewide

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives





Community Concepts — Androscoggin County




First Light Learning Journey — Statewide

Greenlight Maine — Statewide




Maine Justice Foundation — Kennebec County
Maine Women’s Lobby Education Fund — Kennebec County

Mumbai to Maine LLC — Lincoln County


Somali Bantu Community Association of Maine (Little Jubba) — Androscoggin County


Combined COVID-19 Relief & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives


Maine College of Art — Cumberland County



Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction

Financial services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full-service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Full-Service Investor Satisfaction Study, according to a news release from the Hallowell office.

The study measures overall investor satisfaction with 24 full-service investment firms based on seven factors: product offerings, problem resolution, convenience, digital experience, financial advisors, value and trust.

The firm scored 770 in overall satisfaction, 38 points over the industry average. A deeper dive indicates that Edward Jones also scored highest in trust, convenience and problem resolution.

“We are incredibly honored to be named by investors as delivering the highest level of satisfaction, especially during a year of challenge and volatility,” said Edward Jones Managing Partner Penny Pennington, according to the release. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve our service experience and deepen relationships as we live our purpose — improving the lives of our clients and colleagues and, together, benefiting our communities and society.”

Edward Jones has ranked highest in investor satisfaction by J.D. Power for several years.

The 2021 U.S. Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 4,392 investors who make some or all investment decisions with a financial advisor. The study was fielded from December 2020 through February 2021. For more information, visit jdpower.com/awards.

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