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Posted June 14, 2011, at 3:53 p.m.

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Bank manager

HAMPDEN — Sunny G. Somers of Searsport has joined the Katahdin Trust Co. as manager and retail services officer.  In her new role, she will be responsible for retail lending, business development and the daily branch management of Katahdin Trust Co.’s newest branch opening Monday, June 20, in Hampden.

A native of Winterport, Somers brings more than two decades of experience in the financial services industry to Katahdin Trust Co. She began her career as head teller at Fleet Bank and later joined Camden National Bank where she served as branch supervisor with responsibility for the origination of consumer and business accounts and loans and worked closely with branch operations. Recently, she was a loan officer with Maine Savings Federal Credit Union in Bangor.

She has received numerous customer service awards during her career.

New dining option

DAMARISCOTTA — Savory Maine, owned by Grace Goldberg, opened May 27 at 11 Water St. On its lower level, the business features local organically grown food products, environmentally friendly gift items, casual dining and takeout orders. Its upper level, to open in several weeks, will feature an expanded menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

New staff member

CAMDEN — The Camden Harbour Inn recently announced an addition to the staff at Natalie’s Restaurant. Alejandro (Alex) Marchesini joins the restaurant as manager and sommelier. Marchesini participated in the Boston University two-year wine program and received sommelier certification in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from the Buenos Aires Culinary School.

Lobstering business workshop

UNION — An Alternative Enterprises Workshop, scheduled by the Maine Lobstermen’s Association and the Maine Sea Grant program, will be held 5-8 p.m. June 29 at Thompson Community Center, 51 South Union Road. Lobstermen participating in the TAA program who want to attend should RSVP by calling 967-4555 or email lobsterrsvp@gmail.com.

Mentoring director hired

ROCKLAND — In January 2011, Big Brothers Big Sister of Midcoast Maine added Penobscot County to its service area. With the addition of this county, BBBSMCM has expanded its staff, and Dolly Van Fossan recently was hired as the community-based mentoring director.

After spending three years as a Big Sister in Gratiot County, Mich., Van Fossan decided she wanted to have a bigger role with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. A job posting on the national website led her to midcoast Maine, where she hoped to live near the ocean while applying her knowledge of sociology to the “real” world and serving youth in a new community.

Van Fossan graduated from Alma College, a private, four-year liberal arts college in mid-Michigan, where she also worked as a Web writing intern. “I believe even the smallest acts of good create positive, indelible impact in the world,” Van Fossan said. “Because of that, I am eager to support mentors in building meaningful and unforgettable friendships with youth.” In her spare time, she enjoys swimming laps, reading and writing fiction, and spending time with her one-eyed calico, Kitty.

As part of the Penobscot County expansion, BBBSMCM has opened an office at the Bangor Y on Second Street.

Insurer earns designation

CAMDEN — Linda St. Clair, an Allen Insurance and Financial business insurance specialist, recently was awarded the designation of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, one of the most prestigious designations in the insurance industry, which is held by less than 5 percent of insurance professionals.

The CPCU designation is conferred by The Institutes, founded in 1942. Insurance professionals who earn the CPCU designation must pass eight rigorous undergraduate- and graduate-level examinations, meet experience requirements, and agree to be bound by a strict code of professional ethics.

St. Clair, of South Thomaston, joined Allen Insurance and Financial in 2003. She serves business clients from the company’s Camden office. When she’s not at work, St.Clair enjoys traveling, camping and spending time with her grandchildren.

New development director

ROCKPORT — Five Town Communities That Care has announced that Alex Owre has accepted the newly created position of director of development for the organization. Owre brings to Five Town CTC a background in PR, marketing and nonprofit communications at diverse organizations. He is a 2009 graduate of the Midcoast Leadership Academy. Before relocating to Maine in 1999, he lived in the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, West Africa.  He is an active member of the local community, coaching soccer and cross-country in Appleton, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Five Town CTC has been working since 2003 to promote healthy youth development and to reduce the incidence of problem adolescent problem behaviors such as substance abuse, suicide, violence, delinquency, school dropout and teen pregnancy.  The organization provides direct service programming, support for other agencies providing prevention programming, public information, training and technical assistance related to its mission.  For more information about Five Town CTC, visit www.fivetownctc.org, email info@fivetownctc.org, call 236-9800 or stop by the offices at 219 Meadow St.

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