2019-02-28 / News

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Pepperell Mill Campus will soon make 51 more apartments available for rent, bringing its total to 151.

That’s on top of the 121 businesses that operate in the mixed-use campus and employ more than 500 people.

The apartments will be available for prelease as soon as the Pepperell Mill Campus launches its new website in mid-February.

The announcement of the apartments is being made in parallel with the mill’s rebranding and website redesign, led by Portland-based branding and media company, Trueline.

The website, officials say said, is “especially for the commercial side,” as it allows businesses operating in the mill to have a landing page instead of creating their own, standalone websites.

Any business operating in the mill has access to the same contracting services Eastland used to create the apartments, meaning they don’t need to find outside tradespeople to provide services ranging from plumbing to installing Wi-Fi.

Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution announced several promotions across a variety of departments and branches.

Melissa Boilard has been promoted to vice president. Boilard joined Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution in 2001 and became assistant branch manager of the Saco branch in 2007. She was promoted to her current position as the human resources generalist in August 2014.

Alie DiCarlo has been promoted to vice president. DiCarlo came to Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution in 2005 as assistant compliance officer and has been the learning and development manager since 2008.

Joe Reardon has been promoted to vice president. Reardon started with Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution in 2006 and became assistant branch manager of the Old Orchard Beach branch in 2013. He was promoted to his current position as branch manager of the Westbrook branch in 2018.

Lisa Bowdler has been promoted to assistant vice president. Bowdler joined the company in 2001 in the South Portland branch. She has held a handful of roles within the retail side of the bank as well as within the business banking area and has been in her current role as business loans project administrator since 2015.

Jena Walton has been promoted to assistant vice president. Walton started with Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution in 2002 in the Saco branch. She became a loan servicing clerk in 2004, and was promoted to her current position as retail loan servicing supervisor in 2012.

Julie Cyr has been promoted to assistant vice president. Cyr joined the company in 2003 in the Saco branch and worked in retail banking before taking on her current role as information services specialist in 2013.

Andrew Grantham has been promoted to assistant vice president. Grantham began his career with Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution in 2004. He has been in his current position of core operations specialist since 2009.

John Mondor has been promoted to assistant vice president. Mondor started with Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution in June 2007 as a seasonal teller. In December 2011 he started in the fulltime role in the marketing department and was promoted to his current position as marketing officer in January 2017.

Matt Grenier has been promoted to assistant vice president. Grenier joined the company in 2008 in the Old Orchard Beach branch. He has held various roles within the branches leading to his current position as assistant branch manager of the Scarborough branch since 2015.

Sarah Gonneville has been promoted to assistant vice president. Gonneville started with Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution in 2012 in the South Portland branch and has been in her current role as assistant branch manager of the South Portland branch since 2016.

Jean Cosgrove has been promoted to floating customer care officer. Cosgrove joined Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution in 2007. She was promoted to customer care specialist in 2017.

Casey Dunham has been promoted to customer relationship associate. Dunham joined the company in 2017 as a teller in the Saco Branch.

Dan Brochu of Volk Packaging Corporation in Biddeford has been promoted to the position of supervisor of the special projects division. Brochu has been with the company for 18 years. He was previously a customer service representative.

Biddeford residents Sean Hasey and Chrystina Gastelum have opened a massage therapy practice, Hark House, at 180 Main St. in Biddeford, moving from a space in Portland.

They have over 20 years of experience practicing massage and bodywork. Their work includes deep tissue, Swedish, Thai, Shiatsu and other modalities. The name Hark House comes from the idea that as one recognizes their bodies and listens, they can have more agency their our own comfort and function. “House” is the place where it happens and “hark,” in its simplest definition, means “listen.”

While office hours are by appointment, Hark House will offer seated massage at the indoor Saco River Farmers Market at 40 Main St. each Saturday through winter.

For more information, visit www.harkhouse.me.

Maine Community Bancorp, the mutual holding company that owns Mechanics Savings Bank and Biddeford Savings Bank, announced that the minimum wage for full-time employees will increase to $15 per hour.

The increase, which took effect Jan. 1, is part of Maine Community Bancorp’s commitment to being an employer of choice in the state of Maine. The wage increase affects 67 percent of the organization’s 77 hourly employees and is $4 per hour higher than the Maine minimum wage.

“The wage increase recognizes the value of everyone’s service to Maine Community Bancorp, especially our hard-working customer service and operations staff that make us so successful,” said Jeanne Hulit, president and CEO of Maine Community Bancorp, in a press release. “It is also further demonstration of our commitment to attracting and retaining talented employees who can help us grow stronger together.”

“The minimum wage increase is more than just an investment in our employees; it’s an investment in our communities,” said Jon Oxman, chairman of Maine Community Bancorp Board of Directors. “By increasing the living wage, we’re helping build solid financial foundations for our staff, allowing them to save and to reinvest their money by spending at local businesses. Our employees deserve the same level of financial security that we strive to provide our customers.”

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