Class of ’84 Fall 2017 Class Notes

Louise Soucy

190 Main Street

Southwest Harbor, ME 04679



Although the calendar says July as I write this, we are having a cool day (55 degrees) and I find it fitting that I am writing the fall column. By the time you read this, my husband and I will be empty nesters. My daughter will have started her junior year at Michigan State and my son his freshman year at UConn. We have received many suggestions about this transition time and I am excited for all of us! We have season tickets for the UMaine football games and hope to see some of you there!

The Maine Edge recently interviewed Nick Di Paolo, who released a comedy album “Inflammatory” in the spring. Nick, a Danvers, MA, native, is a comedian, actor, and radio/podcast host. The album can be downloaded from iTunes.

Dr. Peter Kohler, an ophthalmologist, is one of four owners of Eye Care of Maine, which was named the 2016 Business of the Year by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. Eye Care of Maine is based in Waterville with additional locations in Pittsfield and Greenville. The practice is staffed by four ophthalmologists and four optometrists. Peter received his medical degree at the University of Vermont and did his residency training in Kansas City, MS. His specialty is cataract and refractive surgery.

Paul Cook is among 19 former coaches and players who will be part of the fourth induction class of the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame. Paul grew up playing basketball in Lubec, where he scored 1,800 points in high school. He is owner of a Bangor-based real estate, investment management, and brokerage business.

Saco and Biddeford Savings Institution has named David A. Jones as a Network Support Specialist. Prior to joining the bank, Jones worked with The Tech Guys and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine.

Donald Bolduc is returning to Millinocket to be with his family after serving as the Skowhegan police chief since 2015. He has accepted a position with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy. He said his first job in law enforcement was as a corrections officer at the Penobscot County Jail in 1986.

Pam Laskey is the owner and director of Maine Foodie Tours. The company works with local, culinary-based businesses, from restaurants to retailers, to create tours with itineraries that offer unique tasting experiences. Tour locales include Portland, Kennebunkport, Bar Harbor, Rockland, and Camden. They have been honored with the “Leader in Tourism Excellence” award from the Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The commissioner of Maine’s Department of Transportation (DOT), David Bernhardt, has been chosen by the board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials to serve as its next president for 2017. The group is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. David was appointed commissioner by Governor LePage ’75G in February 2011. Prior to that, he served in several top positions at the Maine DOT, including director of maintenance and operations.

Thank you for sending me your updates! Keep them coming and I will get your news in the next issue!