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Smart Growth Awards

Three midcoast businesses and initiatives received recognition from the Friends of Midcoast Maine at its annual meeting in June. The prestigious annual Smart Growth Awards were given to Lyman Morse for the proposed mixed-use, five-story building in downtown Rockland, to The Village Cafe and Bakery in downtown Waldoboro and to the 15 Gateway 1 communities in midcoast Maine for continuing their collaboration in planning in transportation issues.

Lyman Morse of Thomaston was recognized for its plans to build a five-story, mixed-use building overlooking Rockland Harbor. Cabot Lyman accepted the award and noted his appreciation for this recognition.

Village Cafe and Bakery of downtown Waldoboro was recognized for contributing to the downtown fabric of Waldoboro by offering a commercial storefront and adding to the vibrancy of village life. Receiving the award were building owner Jeff Hurd and business owners Liz Petruska, Susan Price and Jessica Hunter.

Fifteen Midcoast Gateway 1 communities were recognized for their continued collaboration on integrating transportation and land use decisions, policies and issues, for collaboratively working to address regional planning issues. They are Brunswick, West Bath, Bath, Edgecomb, Newcastle, Damariscotta, Nobleboro, Waldoboro, Thomaston, Rockland, Rockport, Camden, Lincolnville, Belfast and Stockton Springs. George Parker of Damariscotta and Rob Nelson of Newcastle accepted the awards on the behalf of their communities.

Samoset spa director

ROCKPORT — The Samoset in Rockport has added a spa director to its team to wrap up its final piece of a $2 million renovation project. Julie Slade has been appointed to the position. Before joining the Samoset, Slade owned Elegant Nails in Camden, where she was the massage therapist, aesthetician and was involved in the day-to-day operations and employee management. She obtained massage therapist education from Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro and aesthetics education from Capillo Institute in Augusta. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.

Art market

ROCKLAND — Ashley Megquier is the creative force behind Bowerbird Handmade, a small art business based in Belfast offering sea glass, beach stone and fine silver jewelry. She is mostly a self-taught artist who likes to work in a variety of media. Her work will be featured at the next Rockland Art Market held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays at Harbor Park. For more information, visit

New staff member

ROCKLAND — Bartender Mike Bumiller recently joined the staff at Cafe Miranda.

Gallery open

WINTERPORT — Silver Willow Gallery, a nonprofit, Maine-artisan gallery, has opened at 115 Main St.

The gallery was opened by artisans Sue Runnells Berryhill, Lisa Taylor, Kat Tarbet and Nancy Davies Tang. The women are planning community outreach programs that bring beading and jewelry making to women in need, the elderly, and the young. They hope to provide a place for local Maine artisans to sell their work and to create cross-marketing programs among other local businesses that will benefit local companies.

The gallery in Winterport carries the works of artisans from across Maine and includes paintings, photographs, cards, quilts, glasswork, pottery, jewelry, soap, birdhouses and more.

For more information, call 223-1075 or email

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