Town or School Name :
Alna
County :
Lincoln
Your Title :
Select Board Chair
Land Line Phone Number :
650-521-4795
2022 Winner Name :
Pete Tischbein
2022 Winner Address :
36 Colpitt Rd, Alna, ME, 04535
2022 Winner Achievements :
Whereas the Town of Alna has a Planning Board charged with administration of town ordinances, and

Whereas the citizens of the Town of Alna rely upon the faithful interpretation and application of said ordinances to all matters that come before the Planning Board, and

Whereas administration of said ordinances requires great patience and attention to detail, and occasionally benefits from the judicious deployment of tact, diplomacy, and thick skin, and

Whereas administration of said ordinances benefits tremendously from professional knowledge and domain expertise acquired by members of the Planning Board, and

Whereas the Town of Alna relies upon committed volunteers to make E V E R Y T H I N G work, and

Whereas Pete Tischbein has served in various roles on Alna’s Planning Board for 30 years, and

Whereas Pete has demonstrated tremendous patience and attention to detail, and

Whereas Pete consistently demonstrates an unparalleled depth of knowledge relevant to his role, and

Whereas Pete is generous with his knowledge, through which he helps all his colleagues to serve the community better, and

Whereas Pete has consistently provided the highest example of sustained community service over several decades,

Now therefore the members of Alna’s Select Board, on behalf of all its citizens, do hereby thank Pete for his many years of service and recognize that service by awarding him the 2022 Spirit of America Award.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Camden
County :
Knox
Your Title :
Town Manager

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Town or School Name :
East Millinocket
County :
Penobscot
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
Peggy Daigle
2022 Winner Address :
43 Spring St, East Millinocket, ME 04430
2022 Winner Achievements :
Peggy Daigle (who has been a town Selectman) has served East Millinocket and other communities in a number of
capacities over her career & recently has been spearheading redevelopment of the Mill site.
2022 Second Winner’s Name :
Cameron McDunnah
2022 Second Winner’s Address :
Cameron McDunnah, East Millinocket Police Dept, 125 Main St, East Millinocket, ME 04430
2022 Second Winner’s Achievements :
Cameron McDunnah, East Millinocket Police Chief, has worked diligently to provide police services for Millinocket, East Millinocket, and Medway. He is a true champion of the police force, and he also serves on the East Millinocket School Board.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
GardinerTown
County :
Kennebec
Your Title :
Acting City Manager
Land Line Phone Number :
207-582-4200
2022 Winner Name :
Raye Anne DeSoto
2022 Winner Address :
35 Farm Family Lane, Gardiner, Maine
2022 Winner Achievements :
Raye Anne is a teacher at Gardiner Area High School. She understands that teaching goes well beyond the four walls of the classroom. In recent years, she established an Interact Club for students who are interested in the characteristics that Rotary embodies. The Interact Club continues to grow in membership and currently has more members than its parent club Gardiner Rotary #6301.
Interact students, under her guidance are very involved in any community projects that Rotary is taking part in. She has instilled in the group that this is their community and their actions today will have a lasting impact locally for years to come.
As a teacher in this community, Raye Anne knows how vulnerable out youth are and it has been a dream for years to have a food pantry at the school. What started as a “snack drawer” quickly blossomed into a food pantry that not only feeds the students but their families as well. Raye Anne and the Interact Students box up snacks and deliver to all the local elementary schools. Her classroom has a kitchen set up and students can make meals for themselves.
Prior to Covid there was also a clothing section of the pantry as well as hygiene products. Raye Anne knew that many students at the high school were unable to participate in gym class as they did not have the appropriate footwear and partnered with Rotary in writing a grant for sneakers and boots. Through that grant Rotary was able to provide over 150 pairs of sneakers/boots to the students at the high school.
Most of this is done on her own time, long after the school day ends. She is a true mentor to her students as well as most of us who know her. She leads by example and truly does not “leave any student behind”. She is tenacious but kind. She is tough on students who need it but also the first to sing their praise. She is fostering the future of Gardiner Rotary in these young adults and she is so deserving of this recognition. She is the “Spirit of Gardiner”.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
st-albans
County :
Somerset
Your Title :
Administrative Assistant
2022 Winner Name :
Robert Davids
2022 Winner Address :
370 Square Rd, St. Albans, ME 04971
2022 Winner Achievements :
Robert Davids has served 20 years on Planning Board & played a key role with Comprehensive Plan. He also has been very active in Lions for decades and even has served as its District Governor.
2022 Second Winner’s Name :
Eleanor Davids
2022 Second Winner’s Address :
370 Square Rd, St. Albans, ME 04971
2022 Second Winner’s Achievements :
Eleanor Davids has served as Lions Club President, on Town Budget Committee, with Friends of Library and with Literacy group.

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Town or School Name :
Woolwich
County :
Sagadahoc
Your Title :
Town Administrator
2022 Winner Name :
Friends of the Nequasset Cemetery
2022 Winner Address :
Friends of the Nequasset Cemetery, c/o Carol Grose, 45 Weston Rd, Woolwich, ME 04579
2022 Winner Achievements :
Friends of the Nequasset Cemetery is a volunteer group of about 8 people that has been doing so much and in a variety of ways to maintain the cemetery.

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Town or School Name :
Northport
County :
Waldo
Your Title :
Town Administrator
2022 Winner Name :
Northport Broadband Internet Committee
2022 Winner Address :
16 Beech Hill Road, Northport, ME 04849
2022 Winner Achievements :
The Northport Broadband Internet Committee (NBIC) has worked tirelessly and with extraordinary dedication since forming in early February 2021 and its members truly demonstrate the "Spirit of America."

The inadequacy of internet access in Northport – indeed, in many cases, its total absence – was made abundantly clear in 2020 when the pandemic forced people into their homes for working and learning remotely. The Select Board recognized that it was impractical and prohibitively expensive for individuals to secure high-speed internet on their own and asked for volunteers to form a broadband committee to try to bring high-speed internet to every home in this rural community. They met for the first time in early February 2021 to begin this daunting task.

The NBIC began meeting weekly, at first remotely (made difficult by the terrible internet access even some NBIC members have), and later in-person, sometimes for more than two hours. Several members had no experience with broadband or information technology, just a desire to help the Town. And yet they have accomplished a great deal over nearly 40 meetings in the past year.

Starting from scratch, they first had to determine what resources already existed in the Town, and what resources would be necessary to bring high-speed “future-proof” internet to every home. They met with vendors and applied for grants, and even won a modest grant early on in the process. By the time of the Town Meeting in June, they had secured a vendor who promised to wire 45% of the Town’s homes with high-speed fiber optic cable.

At the same time, the NBIC also solicited proposals for a feasibility study for wiring the rest of the Town – along dirt roads, between wooded hills, and up lengthy driveways. The NBIC continued to meet weekly, discussing, debating, and reviewing the merits of the proposals that they received. They consulted experts, asked the submitters follow-up questions, and even checked references in communities that had used them for successful roll-outs of fiber based on their feasibility studies.

With the results of the feasibility study, they asked the vendor already committed to wiring nearly half the Town to finish the job, and the vendor agreed. The NBIC presented its plan to the Select Board and asked for a Special Town Meeting to commit the Town's entire ARPA funds allocation to support broadband infrastructure. On February 26, 2022, the Special Town Meeting unanimously approved that allocation, further demonstrating the NBIC's perseverance and the importance of their work.

The NBIC has been meticulous, thoughtful, careful, and always focused on delivering high-speed internet access to every home and business in Town. The NBIC’s members have given generously – beyond generously, even – of their time, attention, and energy. Since February 2021, they have held nearly eighty hours of public meetings, with untold additional hours spent outside the meetings by each member, researching and preparing for the next meeting. All of this has been done on a strictly volunteer basis.

Although it will still be a few years before Northport is fully wired, the only reason that we have gotten as far as we have so quickly is because of their tireless efforts, which have gone so far above and beyond expectations. They deserve the thanks and praise of the Town of Northport, and the Spirit of America award.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Damariscotta
County :
Lincoln
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
John Roberts
2022 Winner Address :
Damariscotta Fire Dept., 27 Massasoit Dr, Damariscotta, ME 04543
2022 Winner Achievements :
John Roberts has served as Damariscotta’s Fire Chief and also as Chamber of Commerce President, doing an exemplary job in both roles.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Town of Sabattus
County :
Androscoggin
Your Title :
Treasurer
2022 Winner Name :
Michael & Connie Boisvert
2022 Winner Address :
136 Marsh Road, Sabattus, ME 04280
2022 Winner Achievements :
Michael & Connie Boisvert have donated in the past and again this year $25 Hannaford gift cards to 20 families in need that live in the Town of Sabattus.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Anson
County :
Somerset
Your Title :
Selectman

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Town or School Name :
Sagadahoc County
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Biddeford
County :
York
Your Title :
Mayor
Land Line Phone Number :
207-286-9385
2022 Winner Name :
Diane Cyr
2022 Winner Address :
20 Buzzell Road, Biddeford, ME 04005
2022 Winner Achievements :
Diane is the driving force behind the Biddeford Cultural and Heritage Center, a non-profit that she leads to “celebrate, preserve, share and teach the culture, heritage, diversity and history of Biddeford, its people and surrounding communities”. As President, Diane is responsible for developing local programming like the Biddeford Hall of Fame and cultural Cuisine events, as well as organizing committees and writing grants to ensure the organization runs smoothly behind the scenes. Diane is also a member of the Biddeford Historical Society and the York County Genealogical Society of Franco Americans.
She is the heartbeat of the BCHC, and her passion has allowed it to expand and do more and more, every year.
2022 Second Winner’s Name :
Robert Cyr
2022 Second Winner’s Address :
20 Buzzell Road, Biddeford, ME 04005
2022 Second Winner’s Achievements :
Bob and Diane are such a talented, charitable team. Bob serves as Secretary of both the Biddeford Cultural and Heritage Center and the York County Genealogical Society of Franco Americans, and he is also a volunteer on the City’s Downtown Development Commission and a part of the Biddeford Historical Society, to name a few of his commitments. He can also often be found behind a grill serving up food for events like the City’s annual Family Fun Festival or preparing food for local Cultural Cuisine events. Both individuals are always willing to give of their time and talents and do so under the radar, as they do not seek accolades, but simply want to assist others in the community.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Sweden
County :
Oxford
Your Title :
Chair of Selectmen
2022 Winner Name :
Sweden's ESRB Team
2022 Winner Address :
Sweden Town Office, 147 Bridgton Rd, Sweden, 04040
2022 Winner Achievements :
Honoring Sweden's ESRB Team - "The coalition of seven Maine towns known as
the Eastern Slopes Regional Broadband (ESRB) Committee sought and has been
awarded a $72,000 planning grant for developing options to bring fast and
affordable broadband internet service to the Western Maine towns of
Brownfield, Denmark, Fryeburg, Lovell, Stoneham, Stow, and Sweden.

The ESRB committee is made up of volunteers and municipal leaders from all
of the member towns. Subcommittee work in communications, grant writing,
community engagement, and other tasks is moving forward with representation
from each town."
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Allagash
County :
Aroostook
Your Title :
Town Clerk
2022 Winner Name :
Faye O’Leary Hafford Library
2022 Winner Address :
894 Allagash Rd, Allagash, ME 04774
2022 Winner Achievements :
Faye O’Leary Hafford Library has been serving its community since 1998. The library is known as a cultural center and for its newsletter & its Kids Corner; it seeks and applies for grants, has conducted raffles and other fundraisers to support its programs. Teacher and writer Faye O’Leary Hafford started the library & Director Randi Jandreau (Faye’s daughter) plays the key role in its operations today.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Town of Livermore Falls
County :
Androscoggin
Your Title :
Town Clerk
2022 Winner Name :
Jim Finley
2022 Winner Address :
PO Box 167, Livermore Falls, ME 04254
2022 Winner Achievements :
Jim Finley has been the public address announcer at football games and other youth sporting events for over 30 years.

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Town or School Name :
None
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Oxford County
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Winterport
County :
Waldo
Your Title :
Town Representative
Land Line Phone Number :
2075579910
2022 Winner Name :
Ellen Van Vranken
2022 Winner Address :
185 Stream Road, Winterport, ME 04496
2022 Winner Achievements :
Chaired town talent shows to raise funds for local schools. Raised funds over 7 years to fully fund varsity hockey at local high school. Choir director at St. Gabriel's Church. Ran local vacation bible school open to all children. Chair of local plant
sales to fund community plantings and scholarships.

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Town or School Name :
Casco
County :
Cumberland
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
Holly Hancock
2022 Winner Address :
961 Meadow Rd, Casco, ME 04015
2022 Winner Achievements :
Holly Hancock has served as Assistant Chief of Fire & Rescue for 20+ years, as a Selectman and a librarian - she’s done so much to help her community in those capacities and in other ways.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Town of Baldwin
County :
Cumberland
Your Title :
Selectmen Assistant
Land Line Phone Number :
207-625-9107
2022 Winner Name :
Mary Cobb
2022 Winner Address :
P.O. BOX 205 HIRAM, MAINE 04041
2022 Winner Achievements :
Municipal Resolution
The 2022 Baldwin Maine Spirit of America Foundation Tribute honors Mary Cobb for commendable community service.

A Resolution by the Select Board of the Town of Baldwin as Follows:

Whereas, Mary severed as a highly regarded fifth grade teacher in the Baldwin Consolidated School for twenty-one years. During this period she developed a fifth grade Baldwin History curriculum to teach the history of the founding and development of the town. The course included information on landmarks and the early settlers. This information has contributed to a widespread knowledge and appreciation of the early Baldwin history among current residents.

Whereas, Mary was the Baldwin Elementary School liaison with the 2002 Bicentennial Committee and led the efforts of many townspeople to host a Winter Carnival in addition to numerous summer activities to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Town of Baldwin.

Whereas, Mary continues to make lasting contributions to the social and historic fabric of Baldwin. As a talented artist, she has collaborated with another local artist to create eighteen watercolors of historic landmarks in Baldwin which they framed and presented to the Baldwin Historical Society.

Whereas, Mary remains an active member in several social groups in Baldwin and the greater community and a friend to all, contributing her talents in innumerable ways to the betterment of the town and the adjoining communities.

Therefore, Be it Resolved by the Baldwin Select Board, in sincere gratitude and appreciation, that Mary Cobb is hereby recognized for her exemplary citizenship and outstanding contributions to this community, with the 2022 Baldwin Spirit of America Foundation Tribute.

Selectmen: James Dollof, Dwight Warren, Robert Flint
13 Jun 2022
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Town of Milo
County :
Piscataquis

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Town or School Name :
China
County :
Kennebec
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
James Lane
2022 Winner Address :
60 South Rd, South China, ME 04358
2022 Winner Achievements :
James Lane for his 30 plus years of service to the town. First as
constable, then added ACO. He eventually gave these positions up. Then once
Jim retired from the state, he came back to work for the town as a flagger
and later added the back up ACO position and now fills in as needed at the
transfer station and helps during elections.
2022 Second Winner’s Name :
Sandra Isaac
2022 Second Winner’s Address :
557 Hanson Rd, South China, ME 04358
2022 Second Winner’s Achievements :
Sandra Isaac for her work with China for a Lifetime Committee and
China Village Fire Department
Third Winner 2022 Address :
Ronald Emery, 267 Alder Park Rd, South China, ME 04358; Elaine Philbrook, 32 13th Fireroad, South China, ME 04358; Scott Pierz, 14 23rd Fireroad, China, ME 04358; Anita Smith, 25 Parmenter Ter, South China, ME 04358
Third Winner 2022 Achievements :
Ronald Emery for his work with the China Boy Scouts

Elaine Philbrook for her work with the Community Forest at China Schools.

Scott Pierz for his work with CRLA and CLA
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Anita Smith for her work with the Community Forest at China Schools..
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Town of Cranberry Isles
County :
Hancock
Your Title :
Select Board Member
Land Line Phone Number :
207244-4475
2022 Winner Name :
Richard F. Beal
2022 Winner Address :
PO Box 43, Cranberry Isles, ME 04625
2022 Winner Achievements :
Richard Beal served many years as a Selectman, including a number of years as Chair, and so much to help the people of his community over that span.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Prospect
County :
Waldo
Your Title :
Town Representative

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Town or School Name :
Town of Bingham
County :
Somerset
Your Title :
Chair of Selectmen
2022 Winner Name :
St. Peter’s Food Pantry
2022 Winner Address :
St. Peter’s Food Pantry, c/o Violette Tibet’s, PO Box 55, Bingham, ME 04920
2022 Winner Achievements :
St. Peter’s Food Pantry has been open two days/month and provides desperately needed nutrition to many Bingham and nearby community families experiencing financial hardship. It’s organizers also operate a Thrift Store.

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Town or School Name :
Norway
County :
Oxford
Your Title :
Town Representative
2022 Winner Name :
John & Leone Callina
2022 Winner Address :
John & Leone Callina, c/o Roland Blake Jr, 40 Pikes Hill Rd, Apt 1, Norway, ME 04268
2022 Winner Achievements :
I am one of the cooks at the Norway Grange #45 & I would like to nominate
John & Leone Callina for the Spirit award. All through the COVID epidemic
they kept the Saturday morning breakfast going by making it a drive-through
at the grange; serving 40-50 people a Saturday from 2021-2022.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Cumberland
County :
Cumberland
Your Title :
Administrative Assistant
Land Line Phone Number :
Denny Gallaudet 207-400-1719
2022 Winner Name :
Cumberland Climate Action Team
2022 Winner Address :
290 Tuttle Road, Cumberland Maine 04021
2022 Winner Achievements :
CCAT's vision is to facilitate a reduction of 50% in greenhouse gases by the Cumberland community by 2030.
We have been very pleased with our progress to date. First, using the UNH campus carbon calculator (the higher ed gold standard), we estimate the carbon footprint of Cumberland 68,000 metric tons CO2e. Over 90% of those emissions arise from the 2700 individual households in the community mostly from heating fuel and gasoline for car travel. For this estimate, we received technical help from the Greater Portland Council of Governments and Colby College. Second, we now have an operational and expanding CCAT web site. Lastly, MSAD51 has been very receptive to working with us. A major piece of their strategic plan is environmental stewardship. Also, they are mindful of their sizeable carbon footprint, which we estimate at 4,300 metric tons C2Oe in 2015 – the equivalent of 200 households. They have already taken action by converting over to natural gas for heating and implementing an efficiency program through Siemens. For FY2017, they are budgeting 1) sufficient REC’s to make all their electricity use carbon free and also 2) three level II charging stations to support use of electric vehicles. The second largest component of their carbon footprint (behind heating) is the daily commute of 400 staff and 200 high school students. Our CCAT has agreed to fund raise half the cost of the charging stations. Also, under Superintendent Jeff Porter’s able leadership, they are weaving climate change understanding into both the curriculum and student activities.

Added June 2016:

MSAD51 has recently begun planning for a Performing Arts Center and a bond referendum in November 2016. As this project could result in big increase in the carbon footprint of the campus, we are working with the Building Committee to consider designs that are carbon neutral.

Town Government has a much smaller carbon footprint consisting primarily of the fuel expended by the Police and Public Works Departments. As more fuel efficient vehicles become available, they are worked into the vehicle fleet. One major asset of the Town is close to 1000 acres of Town Forest in several locations. As the Town is committed to managing this forest sustainably, it has a natural offset to its carbon emissions. We are working with a licensed forester to quantify this offset. Lastly, the Town was moving forward to consider a solar farm on its 5 acre capped landfill; this is now on hold due to the recent LePage veto.

Our ongoing challenge will be to find ways to motivate our 2700 private households to reduce their carbon footprint. Anecdotally, there seems to be a general apathy to taking action by the general public. One first step we are taking is to offer a brief course on this subject in the Fall 2016 Adult Education program. It will teach individuals how to calculate their own carbon footprint and to develop a plan to cut it by 80% - in line with the Paris Accords. This turns out to be simpler and cheaper than most believe, thanks to emerging technologies such as air source heat pumps and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
2022 Second Winner’s Name :
Denny Gallaudet
2022 Second Winner’s Achievements :
Chairman, Cumberland Climate Action Team

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Town or School Name :
DIXFIELD
County :
Oxford
Your Title :
Deputy Tax Collector and Clerk
Land Line Phone Number :
2075628151
2022 Winner Name :
Robert McPhee
2022 Winner Address :
51 North Street, Dixfield ME 04224
2022 Winner Achievements :
Robert McPhee has shown great dedication to the Town of Dixfield. He is actively involved in community events and exhibits Dixfield pride.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Bremen
County :
Lincoln
Your Title :
Town Clerk
2022 Winner Name :
Melanie Gilbert
2022 Winner Address :
Melanie Gilbert, Harbormaster, Bremen Town Office, PO Box 171, 208 Waldoboro Rd, Bremen, ME 04551
2022 Winner Achievements :
Melanie Gilbert has provided valuable service to her community over the many years she has served as Harbormaster of Bremen.

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Town or School Name :
Brownfield
County :
Oxford
Your Title :
Administrative Assistant
Land Line Phone Number :
2079352007
2022 Winner Name :
Carol Noonan, Jeff Flagg and the SMAC staff
2022 Winner Address :
695 Dugway Rd., Brownfield, ME 04010
2022 Winner Achievements :
Carol Noonan and Jeff Flagg, the owners of Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, have always been grateful for the support that this community has given them and is always looking for ways to give back. When the Pandemic began and with the State under quarantine, the venue had to close its doors to concerts. With all the food that they had on hand, they decided to share it with the community and this started ‘family meals’ with them serving the elderly that were homebound and families in need. This program continues to this day.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Burnham
County :
Waldo
Your Title :
administrative assistant

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Town or School Name :
Town of Greenville
County :
Piscataquis
Your Title :
Deputy Clerk
Land Line Phone Number :
207-695-2421
2022 Winner Name :
John & Margarita Contreni
2022 Winner Address :
PO Box 1753 Greenville, ME 04441
2022 Winner Achievements :
John & Margarita Contreni are deserving of the Spirit of America Award due to their dedication and service to the Greenville community.

I first met John and Margarita in July of 2019; at that time they were working on the Canopy Project for Greenville. They spear headed this project- planting new trees in the downtown and Junction Wharf areas.

John and Margarita serve on various Boards and Committees not only within the Town of Greenville, but also throughout the State. Both of them attend and participate in our Select Board meetings as well.

In the summer months John can be found early in the morning pulling a wagon full of buckets of water for giving the town’s flowers and shrubs a watering. John has been instrumental with grant writing for our new proposed Public Safety Building. He dedicates countless hours “behind the scenes” in helping to make Greenville prosper. John is the Chairperson of the Greenville Planning Board, he is also the chair of the budget committee; this committee works with the Select Board and myself, the Town Manager on the budget for the upcoming new fiscal year.

Margarita is the President of the Moosehead Lake Economics Development Corporation, working on various projects; including the new public park near our downtown. This park has direct access to Moosehead Lake, with boat docks, allowing boaters to dock and walk to our shops and restaurants. Margarita is also writing grants for our revitalization for our public beach- Red Cross Beach. She has been dedicated to this project through not only her grant writing, but her organizational skills, keeping us on course for achieving deadlines for the grants. This project will move the public beach to a public park. She is also on a committee for helping bring workforce housing to Greenville.

Their focus has always been to promote and better not only Greenville but the Moosehead Lake Region for the people that live, work and enjoy all the area has to offer. John & Margarita volunteer not only their time but their expertise whenever called upon.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Town of Canaan
County :
Somerset
Your Title :
Secretary to the Selectboard

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Town or School Name :
Town of Sebec
County :
Piscataquis
Your Title :
Clerk/Treasurer
Land Line Phone Number :
12075648367
2022 Winner Name :
Veterans Memorial Crew
2022 Winner Address :
Veterans Memorial Crew, c/o Susan Dow, 28 Bowerbank Rd, Sebec, ME 04481
2022 Winner Achievements :
This memorial was originally constructed by Neil Johnston (deceased) and the rock work around the base and planter was done by Isaiah Hill.
In 2012 for our bicentennial Nils Peterson constructed a new name board and put it in to replace the old one. Danny Dow and Ralph Dow Jr. gathered and presented an up to date list of veterans from our area to be printed. Susan Dow, a former selectman, takes care of the flowers and always has red, white, and blue flowers for memorial day. They all do a wonderful job
2022 Second Winner’s Address :
North
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Town of Carmel
County :
Penobscot
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
Douglas L. Small
2022 Winner Address :
32 Fuller Road, Carmel, ME 04419
2022 Second Winner’s Achievements :
In 1938, Douglas L Small was born in Carmel and lived in what is now 20 Hampden Road and moved to what is now 893 Main Road in 1941. His family then moved to Damascus in 1945 when his father got home from the war.
Doug has always had an interest in helping his community. Around 1948 Bob Noyes and Doug built a couple of buggies from used lumber and old wheels, they built boxes as bodies and hauled gravel from a small deposit on Ricker Hill to fill the local potholes.
From 1949 to 1950, starting at the age of 12, he was a janitor at Damascus School. Doug was paid $70 for the entire school year and happy to do it. He graduated from Carmel High School in 1956.
At the age of 18, Doug married Gloria Murray on July 20, 1957.
Doug joined the Air National Guard in September 1955 and served until his retirement in 1985. He spent fourteen years of that time as a Command Post Technician, the first native Mainer to be employed in that position.
Doug began serving on the Board of Selectmen in 1964 and became a Town Assessor in 1967. He mowed the Town cemeteries and worked as the sanitation department, taking care of the town dump from 1967 to 1970. He is also a founding member of the Historical Society. For years he worked diligently, along with many others, to make Carmel Days a success until the Town took it over and made it what it is today.
For the sum of $2538, he built concrete and steel bridges spanning the streams on Haskell Road and Marcho Road in 1969. The bridges were eventually replaced by wider and longer ones when the roads were widened in later years.
After leaving the Air National Guard, Doug became self-employed working on home renovations, roofing, siding and painting. He then began creating fences and playgrounds from 1985 to present day. He has donated numerous hours installing fences and play equipment at the Rec Field.
In 2018, Doug made a gracious donation of the land that is now known as the Damascus Landing. Including his most recent term on the Board of Selectman, he has served over 50 years and has made a tremendous impact on the betterment of the community.

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Town or School Name :
Town of Chelsea
County :
Kennebec
Your Title :
Town Manager
Land Line Phone Number :
207-582-4802
2022 Winner Name :
Shawn Ramage
2022 Winner Address :
17 Ledge Hill Drive Chelsea ME 04330
2022 Winner Achievements :
Fire Chief for 20 years. Never refuses helping residents who need assistance.
2022 Second Winner’s Name :
Lynne Brackett-Holmes
2022 Second Winner’s Address :
37 Clark's Ln West Gardiner ME 04345
2022 Second Winner’s Achievements :
Operates the Chelsea Food Bank. Unselfishly delivers food to those unable to pick it up.
Third Winner 2022 Address :
107 Gelnridge Dr #12 Augusta, ME 04330
Third Winner 2022 Achievements :
Volunteers at Chelsea Food Bank. Delivers food to those who need food seven days a week. Works with AFC to prepare Grange for monthly Senior Lunches.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Vienna
County :
Kennebec
Your Title :
Selectperson
Land Line Phone Number :
2072933892
2022 Winner Name :
Lisa Goucher
2022 Winner Address :
7 Mason Rd. Vienna, ME 0360
2022 Winner Achievements :
Lisa is an invaluable member of this community as she cares for, watches over, checks in on, and loves our elderly residents. Many are able to stay in their homes because of her care and kindness. She has been doing this for years with so much skill and compassion. We are delighted to nominate her for this award.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
City of Caribou
County :
Aroostook
Your Title :
City Manager

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Town or School Name :
Fairfield
County :
Somerset
Your Title :
Town Clerk
2022 Winner Name :
Thomas Munson
2022 Winner Address :
59 High St, Waterville, ME 04901
2022 Winner Achievements :
WHEREAS, Since 1995 Thomas Munson has volunteered and contributed diligently
serving the Town of Fairfield and the greater community in various
capacities including: Fairfield Town Council, Fairfield Economic and
Community Development Committee; Fairfield executive board and marketing
committee representative to KRDA FirstPark, Rotary Club of Waterville
fundraising for local charities including Fairfield welfare program and
Alfond Boys & Girls Club, Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce; Airport Committee;
striving for economic progress and strategic planning with progressive
insight and strong leadership; and



WHEREAS, Notwithstanding his regional volunteer service; Thomas Munson has
aided the greater community via his real estate expertise; brokering the
Gerald Senior Housing and restoration project realizing substantial federal
funding, historical preservation, energy efficiency and securing a permanent
location for the Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry; continuing to broker
Industrial Road connector expansion to promote business; increasing downtown
development; expanding Fairfield's economy and tax base; showing up randomly
with treats for municipal personnel negotiating extreme weather events, ever
an ambassador for Fairfield with an enthusiastic smile and his infamous
one-liner "in three words or less"; and



WHEREAS, the Town of Fairfield and its citizens cherish the ongoing efforts,
positive influence, inspiration, community involvement and achievements of
Thomas Munson; now therefore,



BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Town Council of the Town of Fairfield, do
hereby recognize Thomas Munson for these outstanding accomplishments and
acknowledge and reward his dedication to this community with the 2022 Spirit
of America Foundation Tribute.

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Town or School Name :
Lincoln County
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Farmingdale
County :
Kennebec
Your Title :
Town Clerk
2022 Winner Name :
Sharian Rodrigue
2022 Winner Address :
31 Burke St, Farmingdale, ME 04344
2022 Winner Achievements :
Sharian Rodrigue generously donates time to the Hall-Dale School community K-12. Also has donated supplies and clothing to the school, helps school food pantry and Boosters Club.
2022 Second Winner’s Name :
Richard Trepanier
2022 Second Winner’s Address :
7 First St, Apt. 1, Farmingdale, ME 04344
2022 Second Winner’s Achievements :
Richard Trepanier generously donates time to the Hall-Dale School community K-12. Also has donated supplies and clothing to the school, helps school food pantry and Boosters Club.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Somerville
County :
Lincoln
Your Title :
Clerk/Registrar of Voters
2022 Winner Name :
Frank Hample
2022 Winner Address :
100 Sand Hill Rd, Somerville, ME 04348
2022 Winner Achievements :
Frank Hample served years on the RSU 12 School Board, played a key role on Somerville Broadband Committee and currently serves on the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission.

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Town or School Name :
Skowhegan
County :
Somerset
Your Title :
Executive Secretary
2022 Winner Name :
David Bucknam
2022 Winner Address :
225 Water Street, Skowhegan, ME 04976
2022 Winner Achievements :
Community Outreach; Board member of Kennebec Behavioral Health, Somerset Public Health, Skowhegan Rotary, American Legion, Maine Chief's Association, Somerset/Kennebec District Chiefs Association, Masonic Lodge, Valley of Augusta Scottish Rite, York Rite and Kora Shrine, Alfond Youth Center Unified Sports; started a non-profit called Canteen-19; received the following awards: Patriotic Award from the U.S. Military, Community Impact Award from the Chamber of Commerce, Citizenship Award from the Skowhegan/Madison Elks Lodge.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Ashland
County :
Aroostook
Your Title :
Town Representative
2022 Winner Name :
Lendell Tarr
2022 Winner Address :
157 Exchange St, Ashland, ME 04732
2022 Winner Achievements :
Lendell Tarr is an Army veteran who has been Ashland's Recreation Director for 30 years. He is very well liked in the community and, if anyone needs anything, Lendell is there to help. He volunteers at the local food pantry and takes Senior Citizens for bus trips when they need him to. You can find
Tarr mowing lawns for folks in the summer or driving his big orange and black bus (that he painted himself) to take a bunch of kids somewhere. He is looking forward to retirement but will be missed greatly!
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Washington County C
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Town of Corinna
County :
Penobscot
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
Marsha Doherty
2022 Winner Address :
PO Box 211, Corinna, ME 04928
2022 Winner Achievements :
Marsha Doherty has lived in Corinna almost 72 years. She and her husband Lionel (Danny) raised their two children, Billy and Tracy, in Corinna while she was an active part of her community. She worked at several restaurants in and out of Town, at Pittsfield Shoe, Snowflake, picking potatoes and haying for area farmers, as a Weight Watchers instructor, and as a school volunteer for ten years.
While in high school, she began her many years of PAL cheering. She went on to be the cheering coach for the Corinna Junior High Cheering team. Not only was she a Girl Scout leader, she was also a Cub Scout leader.
Marsha is a take-charge kind of person. She has been the President of many organizations, such as the Corinna Legion Auxiliary, the Nokomis All-sports Boosters, the Corinna Elementary Sports Boosters, and the Corinna Trailblazers ATV club. Marsha is a true trailblazer, being elected the first woman Selectman for the Town of Corinna.
As a school volunteer, she decorated the Corinna Elementary School for all their concerts. She would also brighten the hallways and cafeteria walls for the children to enjoy. She was a regular volunteer for the school lunch snack programs. As the Chairman of the Corinna Elementary group, she organized the building of the bleachers for the town ballfields.
Marsha is a great fundraiser organizer! She has organized fundraisers for the Corinna School defibrillator, for the Corinna Health Center, and many more organizations and projects that were grateful for her helping hands and ability to raise funds.
She obtained a grant for the Fire Department, which allowed them to purchase a Jaws of Life, a Thermal Imaging Camera, a foam machine and a gurney for the ambulance. Marsha was made an Honorary Fireman by the Fire Department for her efforts to obtain the grant contributions for the Fire Department.
Marsha was the Chairman for the Town’s 175th anniversary celebration, and for many years for the annual Corinna town celebrations. For many years, she would decorate the Town for Christmas and she still organizes an annual “Santa for Children” Christmas party.
For her unselfish dedication to volunteering in her community, Marsha has received the Citizen Legion of Honor Award, the 2020 Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor where she devoted 500 hours or more of volunteer service to the community during the past twelve months, and has been nominated for the Jefferson Award for her public service. She has set a high expectation for community service for all residents. For all this and more, we honor Marsha for her dedication and devotion to the Town of Corinna. Congratulations, Marsha!

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Town or School Name :
Waldo County

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Town or School Name :
Piscataquis County M
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Harmony
County :
Somerset
Your Title :
Selectman
2022 Winner Name :
Gloria Bagley
2022 Winner Address :
16 Streamview Dr, Harmony, ME 04942
2022 Winner Achievements :
Gloria Bagley has done so much to help people over years, and Gloria’s efforts are very much appreciated.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Hermon
County :
Penobscot
Your Title :
Town Clerk
2022 Winner Name :
Kenneth Locke
2022 Winner Address :
Kenneth Locke, c/o Kim Locke, 10 Wendy Acres Dr, Hermon, ME 04401
2022 Winner Achievements :
Kenneth “Emmett” Locke touched many lives during his 65 years on earth. He was the best role model and would go above and beyond as a father figure to numerous individuals.
2022 Second Winner’s Name :
Bobbie Pelletier
2022 Second Winner’s Address :
Bobbie Pelletier, c/o Jessica, 146 Stone Wall Drive, Orriington. ME 04474
2022 Second Winner’s Achievements :
Bobbie Pelletier displayed integrity, character and a passion for service to others. Assigned as a supervisor of the Hermon Deputy Program by Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, he always had a smile on his face and was compassionate and well-liked. He is remembered for his community involvement all across Hermon - If anything was going on, he was contributing to its success.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Trenton
County :
Hancock
Your Title :
Town Administrator
2022 Winner Name :
Steve Corson
2022 Winner Address :
1014 Bayside Rd, Trenton, ME 04605
2022 Winner Achievements :
Steve Corson served 33 years on Trenton Volunteer Fire Department, including 7 years as its Chief.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Oakland
County :
Kennebec
Your Title :
Selectman
2022 Winner Name :
Terry Borman
2022 Winner Address :
130 Birch Meadows, Oakland, ME 04963
2022 Winner Achievements :
Terry Borman has been a key member of the Oakland Flower Committee and of the Oakland Food Pantry.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Somerset County
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Orland
County :
Hancock
Your Title :
Selectman
2022 Winner Name :
Debbie Freeman
2022 Winner Address :
PO Box 192, East Orland, ME 04431
2022 Winner Achievements :
Debbie Freeman devotes herself to service within our community. During
spring, summer, and fall, she runs a donation barn, where she receives
donated items and then sells them for whatever donation feels right to the
person taking the item. It may seem a small thing, but her endeavor is
actually large in scale. She is not only helping to keep objects out of
landfills, and helping folks in our rural area have access to affordable
items for their homes and businesses, she also gives away all of the
proceeds, which have been substantial. Debbie works at the barn full-time,
and takes no compensation for her labor.



She has donated thousands of dollars to our local volunteer fire department,
and in 2021, was presented with a plaque and given an honorary membership in
the Orland Fire Department. She has helped us to purchase much-needed
forestry pumps, gear, and other equipment. And she flies a fire service flag
and banner at her donation barn to help raise awareness and foster respect
for volunteer fire service.



Debbie also donates a great deal of her time and money to the Cub Scouts,
where she is very active.



And she also quietly conducts other generous acts of volunteerism, such as
inviting adults with developmental or other disabilities living in assisted
living homes to come once a week on a "shopping" trip, where they get to
pick out anything they want for free from the barn. It's a delightful field
trip for these folks and puts many smiles on faces.



She has helped neighbors and community members who needed medical equipment
or modifications to their homes after surgery or illness. When a member of
the Penobscot Fire Department was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease-a
young man with three children-she raised and donated a significant amount of
funds to help him and his family during the long and difficult experience of
his care.



Debbie is always looking for ways to be of service. She does this quietly
and with diligence, and with no expectation of praise. We believe that she
is the exact kind of person that the Spirit of America Foundation is seeking
to honor."

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Town or School Name :
Baileyville
County :
Washington
Your Title :
Deputy Clerk
2022 Winner Name :
Alvin Hanson Sr
2022 Winner Address :
Alvin Hanson Sr., c/o Alvin Hanson, 39 Chase Rd, Baileyville, ME 04694
2022 Winner Achievements :
Alvin Hanson Sr. served in the Navy, helped the Recreation Department and did a number of other things to assist people of his community. ‘Alvie’ was a true icon in Baileyville,
2022 Second Winner’s Name :
Patricia Hanson
2022 Second Winner’s Address :
Patricia Hanson, c/o Alvin Hanson, 39 Chase Rd, Baileyville, ME 04694
2022 Second Winner’s Achievements :
Patricia Hanson worked at Woodland High School for over 40 years. She played the Pomp & Circumstance graduation march for over 30 years and remained active in the graduation ceremony even after her retirement. Patsy was a Communicant and Organist for St. James the Greater Church in Baileyville, where she played for many funerals and weddings. She was a true icon in Baileyville.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Wade
County :
Aroostook
Your Title :
Deputy Clerk
2022 Winner Name :
Farmers of our Community
2022 Winner Address :
Farmers of our Community, c/o Wade Selectman Donna Turner, Washburn Town Office, 1287 Main St, Washburn, ME 04786
2022 Winner Achievements :
Farmers of our Community are a huge and critical part of Wade; the town would be lost without them.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Sidney
County :
Kennebec
Your Title :
Admin Assistant to the Board of Selectmen
Land Line Phone Number :
207-547-3159
2022 Winner Name :
Dale Blethen
2022 Winner Address :
3275 West River Road, Sidney, ME 04330
2022 Winner Achievements :
The recipient of this year's Spirit of America Award is presented to a person who has been a resident of Sidney since the 4th grade. During our award winner's tenure as a resident of Sidney, Dale has been a volunteer fire fighter and a member of the Sidney Athletic Association. While with the SAA, he coached numerous sports including baseball. If a child on his team had difficulty getting to and/or from practices or games, Dale would pick up and drop off the child so they had the opportunity to participate in sports. Dale has helped form a high school hockey club league for local high schools which led to school sponsored teams. He was a member of the Sidney Masonic Lodge for 50 years - Serving as Master several times and was a Grand Officer for the state. He helped run the “Bikes for Books” program for the Masons, was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader. He has won the George Meany award for outstanding service to scouting by a union member. In addition to the information provided, Dale is a leader at the Second Baptist Church in Sidney and is involved in the running of the Food Pantry and many activities at the Church. He is President of the Springer Cemetery committee and is actively involved in upkeep and care of that cemetery.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Manchester
County :
Kennebec
Your Title :
Vice President SOA
2022 Winner Name :
Margaret Harrington
2022 Winner Address :
1040Prescott Rd, Manchester ME 04351
2022 Winner Achievements :
I would like to nominate Margaret Harrington for the Senior nominee for the Spirit of America . Margaret is a long-time resident of Manchester and over the past several years has been very active in volunteering her time as well as her talents.
After becoming a member of the Manchester Community Church Margaret has proven herself to be an invaluable to the church and the church family. She has volunteered in many capacities in assisting as a greeter/usher, being a member of the Futures Committee where she has volunteered to bake beans for our many baked bean suppers as well as set up for the event, help by putting in many hours to get ready for our yard and rummage sales, offering to help the church Youth Group in their activities as well as regularly showing up at church to see what has to be done, no matter what.
Margaret was asked to become a deacon of the church and is now serving her second term as a deacon. She involves herself in many aspects of the workings of the church and is a go-to person whenever the need arises. She is always ready to help in whatever capacity is needed.
I consider it a privilege to nominate Margaret for the Spirit of America award as she is certainly an asset to the church as well as the community.
2022 Second Winner’s Name :
Manchester Lions Club
2022 Second Winner’s Address :
P O Box 1, Manchester ME 04351
2022 Second Winner’s Achievements :
To Whom It May Concern

I am strongly recommending the Manchester Lions Club for a Spirit of America Award in 2022. They do a myriad of important activities on an on-going basis and have added more during the last few years to provide hope and raise the spirits of the people of Manchester and surrounding communities during a difficult time of dealing with COVID and other related restrictions.

To list a few of their on-going activities, they have continued to (1) screen and assist kindergarten children with sight problems in the local school district; (2) collect, repair and distribute glasses, hearing aids and cell phones; and, (3) provide special recognition to honor community veterans and seniors by offering drive-thru suppers with available delivery service. Over the last few years, they have gone beyond any reasonable expectations by providing many more full-course and delicious take-out suppers (come rain, shine or snow!) on a regular basis. I cannot over emphasize the positive impact of this effort on local citizens. Additional special projects have included the installation and repair of a new lighted crosswalk between the Town Office and the Manchester Community Church and the delivery of Thanksgiving food baskets to families in need in the area.

It is my pleasure and honor to recommend the Manchester Lions Club for a Spirit of America Award.

Don Sweeney
72 Myrtle Street
Manchester, Maine 04351
622-4536
Third Winner 2022 Address :
346 Pond Rd, Manchester ME 04351
Third Winner 2022 Achievements :
I would like to nominate David Weeks for the Spirit of America award.
David is a member of the Manchester Lions Club. As a member, for two years he spent many hours coordinating the Home and Garden Show. Each year he works on the Senior Luncheon and drive through meals with preparation and delivery of those meals. He is also coordinating repairs of the ballfield as well as working on other community projects.
As a board member of the Wayside Chapel, he was instrumental in the installation of a much needed water filtration system.
David is always willing to help a friend or neighbor when the need arises. David is definitely an asset to our community and I am privileged to call him my friend.
David Weeks is certainly worthy of the Spirit of America Award.

Sheila Knowles
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Nowhere
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Portland
County :
Cumberland
Your Title :
Chief of Staff

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Town or School Name :
Hodgdon
County :
Aroostook
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
Adopt-a-Block of Hodgdon
2022 Winner Address :
Adopt-a-Block of Hodgdon, Hodgdon Baptist Church, 846 Calais, Rd, Hodgdon, ME 04730
2022 Winner Achievements :
Adopt-a-Block of Hodgdon (based at Hodgdon Baptist Church): is an
inter-denominational organization that conducts food and clothing giveaways
to assist individuals and families in need. An offshoot of a larger chapter
in Houlton, AABH makes a huge impact in its own community with the help of
donations of parishioners, Hodgdon Jobs for Maine Graduates and others."
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Monmouth, Maine
County :
Kennebec
Your Title :
Chairman of Select Board
Land Line Phone Number :
207-933-4677
2022 Winner Name :
Monmouth Masonic Lodge
2022 Winner Address :
736 Main Street, Monmouth, Maine 04259
2022 Winner Achievements :
Monmouth Masonic Lodge
Throughout the many years of their existence, the Monmouth Masonic Lodge has generously donated to many community groups.
During 2021 they have given $3,000 to the Cottrell-Taylor Christmas Basket Program for Hannaford gift cards, $3,000 to the North Monmouth Foodbank, $1,500 to Project Graduation for the Monmouth Academy Class of 2021, $3,000 to support the Meals on Wheels Program for Monmouth citizens, and $1,500 to sponsor the Monmouth Schools VEX Robotics Program.
Monmouth is a better place because members of such community organizations that work tirelessly and selflessly to help others. And there are many: The Monmouth Lions Club, the Methodist Church Backpack Program, the Camp Mechuwana Summer Food Program, the Cottrell-Taylor Christmas Basket Program, the Vestry, Monmouth Fire Department Auxiliary, and Monmouth Firefighters, as well as many recognized community members. You are all priceless treasures.
2022 Second Winner’s Name :
Pat Amero
2022 Second Winner’s Address :
30 Berry Road, Monmouth, Maine 04259
2022 Second Winner’s Achievements :
Pat Amero
Pat Amero worked at Monmouth Academy for almost 53 years.
After she graduated from the Academy in 1960, the Academy trustees, who ran the school at that time, decided that the principal needed to have a secretary, and Pat was hired as MA’s first secretary.
She worked in the main office until 1966 when it became obvious that she was pregnant. She was told she would have to resign.
Then in 1975, when Rick, her first born, was in school and her second son Anthony was 4 years old, she returned to Monmouth Academy as the guidance secretary and served in this position until 2021 when she retired.
While working at MA she also was an advisor to the cheering team, the student office aides, an active member of the music boosters who organized and helped sell Birthday Calendars as a fund raiser and organized the annual Valentine Tea for senior citizens with the help of the student National Honor Society and other student volunteers.
Many Monmouth Academy students best remember her as the lady that you could go to talk to about any concerns and problems you were having, and she would always provide an understanding ear. Through the years she provided hundreds of students with a ready smile and kind and caring words and advice if they wanted it. They could depend on her as someone they could go to if help was needed. If they wanted to see the guidance counselor, she was the person who would make this possible. For faculty members she was the person to see if you wanted background information on students.
Some students used to ask her if she would come to an activity they were going to be participating in. She and her husband, Dick, drove many miles traveling to watch student events.
During her years serving students and faculty she went from using manual typewriters, to electric ones, to electronic, and then to computers. When she began, she used mimeograph machines and cut stencils to make copies and then used photocopiers.
She was the person who helped organized graduations and gathered and arranged all the awards and scholarship presentations. She made it so the annual senior graduation went like clockwork for everyone involved. She kept all the students’ confidential permanent records and report cards that teachers would use to put grades on and send home to parents.
Pat came to Monmouth at the tender age of 22 months and was raised by her grandmother, Elizabeth Hutchinson, on a farm on Main Street owned by Burt Robinson. She went to the Center School, and then to Monmouth Academy. She met her husband, Dick, at a dance hall in Litchfield called Purgatory while he was on leave from the Air Force. They were engaged before Dick was shipped off to Formosa (now called Taiwan). While he served the 19-month tour of duty she wrote to him every day. She has lived all her life in Monmouth, except for one year.
Dick and Pat were married on December 11, 1965, at Saint Francis Church in Winthrop. They raised two sons, Rick, a former MA teacher and principal and now Superintendent/Director of Waldo County Technical Center, and Anthony, a teacher and athletic administrator at Forest Hills Consolidated School in Jackman.
During her 52+ years at Monmouth Academy Pat served 8 principals and 13 superintendents. She said there was never a day when she didn’t look forward to going to work She says it has been an amazing life working with so many wonderful students and teachers. She misses them every day.
Now she stays busy helping at a local nursing home, antiquing, following MA and Forest Hills teams, and reading.
Pat Amero is another of the dedicated selfless people who serve our town and make it the fine place it is.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Town of Bowdoin, Me.
County :
Sagadahoc
Your Title :
Finance Administrator
2022 Winner Name :
Greg West
2022 Winner Address :
780 Lewis Hill Rd, Bowdoin, ME 04287
2022 Winner Achievements :
Greg West has provided outstanding service to his town and its people as Deputy Chief of Bowdoin Fire & Rescue.

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Town or School Name :
Lewiston, Maine
County :
Androscoggin
Your Title :
Community Relations Coordinator
2022 Winner Name :
Recovery Connections of Maine
2022 Winner Address :
105 Middle St, Lewiston, ME 04240
2022 Winner Achievements :
Recovery Connections of Maine is a multi-phase recovery program for substance use disorder, which includes an intensive outpatient program, individual & group counseling, as well as referrals to medical providers. Recovery Connections is also very active in the community to build awareness and to bring hope to others.

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Town or School Name :
North Yarmouth
County :
Cumberland
Your Title :
Executive Assistant to the Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
North Yarmouth Historical Society
2022 Winner Address :
10 Village Square Rd, North Yarmouth, ME 04097
2022 Winner Achievements :
North Yarmouth Historical Society was founded in 1973 to preserve and protect the town’s historical resources and treasures, and it has done so in exemplary fashion ever since.

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Town or School Name :
Easton
County :
Aroostook
Your Title :
Town Manager

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Town or School Name :
Madison
County :
Somerset
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
Stephen Foshay
2022 Winner Address :
1 Madison Ave Madison, ME 04950
2022 Winner Achievements :
This year the Madison Select Board is pleased to recognize Steve Foshay for his years of dedication to the community. Steve was born and raised in South Portland in the 1940’s. By 1965 his family had moved to Madison to start Foshay’s Market on Glendale Street. Local markets like Foshay’s, Veneziano’s, Ferris’ and Christophers thrived for many years.
Steve worked hard as a young man with jobs at Campbell’s True Value and Lessard’s IGA. He also worked as a maintenance man for the Town Office for several years. In the 1970’s and 80’s Steve was active with the Chamber of Commerce in Madison and Skowhegan and was an active member of the committees organized to celebrate ‘Father Rasle Days’.
When Madison did not have an active chamber or business alliance, Steve took it upon himself in 1990 to operate Foshay’s Information Booth near the Main Street intersection. People could stop and find out what’s going on in town from Steve and his many contacts around the state and community. In 2021, the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce provided Steve with a brand new building to continue the information business.
Steve may best remembered for his five decade role as Santa to area children and families. Santa would come to town in a Christmas parade and for the past 30 years the information booth would be transformed into Santaville. Santa would brave the cold winter nights in December to bring a little Christmas joy to our community.
In 2021 Steve was recognized for 50 years of service as a Mason with Euclid Lodge 194 in Madison, highlighting his willingness to go the extra mile for the people of his community. Steve says Madison is special and the people here have always been good to him. Thank you Steve for your service to the community.

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Town or School Name :
Eddington
County :
Penobscot
Your Title :
Town Representative
2022 Winner Name :
Craig Russell
2022 Winner Address :
Craig Russell, Eddington Fire Dept., 906 Main Rd, Eddington, ME 04428
2022 Winner Achievements :
Craig Russell serves as deputy fire chief, spearheaded the effort to create a new ice rink for the community to enjoy.

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Town or School Name :
Town of Winslow
County :
Kennebec
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
Kit Alexander
2022 Winner Address :
5 Mar Val Ter, Winslow, ME 04901
2022 Winner Achievements :
BE IT RESOLVED by the Town Council of the Town of Winslow as follows:



WHEREAS, District 2 Councilor and Council Chair Dale Macklin nominated
volunteers Kit Alexander, Ron St. Amand and Scott Wentworth for the Spirit
of America Award for their dedicated service in maintaining and beautifying
the Fort Hill Cemetery on Halifax Street during the summer and fall of 2021;
and.



WHEREAS, these volunteers donated countless hours of labor, utilized
personal tools and equipment, and in some cases spent personal funds on
supplies; and



WHEREAS, the Fort Hill Cemetery is the first public burial ground in
Winslow, housing 450 of Winslow's deceased residents, including several
Revolutionary War officers and soldiers who deserve to have their graves
maintained with dignity and respect and making Fort Hill a location of
historical significance; and



WHEREAS, in addition to maintenance and beautification volunteers have
lifted or uncovered 50 stones, some of which were completely obscured from
view, effectively erasing the history of those persons buried in those
plots; and



WHEREAS, the diligent work put in by these volunteers has restored the
beauty of this proud landmark to a condition worthy of its residents; now
therefore



BE IT RESOLVED by the Town Council of the Town of Winslow to hereby nominate
volunteers Kit Alexander, Ron St. Amand and Scott Wentworth for the Spirit
of America Award for their dedicated service in maintaining and beautifying
the Fort Hill Cemetery.
2022 Second Winner’s Name :
Ron St. Amand
2022 Second Winner’s Address :
106 Garland Rd, Winslow, ME 04901
Third Winner 2022 Address :
4 Eva Ln, Vassalboro, ME 04989
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Embden
County :
Somerset
Your Title :
Select Board Chairman
2022 Winner Name :
The Embden Community Club
2022 Winner Address :
809 Embden Pond Road, Embden, Maine 04958
2022 Winner Achievements :
Members have provided years of volunteerism throughout the community. The group successfully manages the Embden Community Center thrift store, suppers, weddings, adult classes, wellness activities, provides college scholarships and many more mentoring roles within the community.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
East Machias
County :
Washington
Your Title :
Town Clerk
Land Line Phone Number :
207-255-8598
2022 Winner Name :
Wesley Foundation
2022 Winner Address :
51 Cutler Rd, East Machias Maine 04630
2022 Winner Achievements :
The Wesley Foundation was established in the Memory of Wesley Keeton and focuses on youth enrichment through donating proceeds to area youths.
Its activities include: the Annual Wesley 5k run, Wesley tree festival, youth fishing derby, school field trips, team uniforms, and a long term plan for establishing a youth facility.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Woodland
County :
Aroostook
Your Title :
Town Clerk
2022 Winner Name :
Woodland Consolidated School
2022 Winner Address :
844 Woodland Center Rd, Woodland, ME 04736
2022 Winner Achievements :
Woodland Consolidated School deserves praise for its outstanding WinterKids
Winter Games efforts.

WinterKids Winter Games is a 4-week project for schools that involves kids,
teachers, families and the whole community. Week 1 focuses on Physical
Activity (e.g. walking, skating, bobsledding, snowboarding, etc.), Week 2 is
Nutrition, Week 3 is Family Engagement (family activities) and Week 4 is
Winter Carnival. Points are awarded for doing specific things. Schools in
the 'competitive track' do activities involving the whole school as they
strive to win $50,000 in cash and prizes.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Bowerbank
County :
Piscataquis
Your Title :
Town Representative
2022 Winner Name :
David Lockwood
2022 Winner Address :
154 Seymour Cove Rd, Bowerbank, Me 04426
2022 Winner Achievements :
Dave Lockwood: Dave is the departments record keeper, with fire warden
duties, and the fire danger reports daily. Lets the department dock the
fire boat at his place on the lake. Is always ready to run errands and cooks
for events. He has been a dedicated member of the fire department since it
started in 2004."
2022 Second Winner’s Name :
Cherilee Brown, Sandi Clark, Annie & Dave Cole, Pat Engstrom, Margaret Smith
2022 Second Winner’s Achievements :
Additional winner addresses:

Cherilee Brown, 230 Milo Rd, Sebec,Me 04481
Sandi Clark, 201 Ram Island Rd, Bowerbank ,Me, 04426
Annie & Dave Cole, 162 15th St, Bangor, Me 04401
Pat Engstrom, 2067 Dexter Rd, Dover-Foxcroft 04426
Margaret Smith, 32 Grapevine Rd, Bowerbank, Me 04426

We would like to nominate these people for all the help they give the
Bowerbank Fire Department: Cherilee Brown, Sandi Clark, Annie & Dave Cole,
Pat Engstrom, Margaret Smith. These awesome people are very busy with our
departments annual yard sale. Collecting items, setting up, customer service
and clean up. Some of them make handmade items, and food. They work all year
preparing for our annual event, could not do it without them.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Mexico
County :
Oxford
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
Lisa Arsenault
2022 Winner Address :
8 Pearl Street; Mexico, ME 04257
2022 Winner Achievements :
Whereas, Lisa is an integral part of the community clean up day;
Whereas Lisa has gathered and delivered snacks and cards to our local Police force durting the holidays;
Whereas Lisa has helped design t-shirt’s for kids camps;
Whereas Lisa has volunteered at numerous 5k races to include Dee Dee’s Swift River 5K held annually at the Mexico Rec Park;
Whereas Lisa has collected and delivered numerous care packages to our deployed service men and women;

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Town or School Name :
Town of Rumford
County :
Oxford
Your Title :
Executive Assistant
2022 Winner Name :
Kevin Jamison
2022 Winner Address :
Kevin Jamison, Rumford Aubuchon Hardware, 65 Falmouth St, Rumford, ME 04276
2022 Winner Achievements :
Kevin Jamison and his Aubuchon Hardware Store did so much for victims of huge Rumford fire.

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Town or School Name :
Exeter
County :
Penobscot
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
Samantha Gudroe
2022 Winner Address :
1829 Exeter Rd, Exeter, ME 04435
2022 Winner Achievements :
Samantha Gudroe has worked on updating and organizing Exeter Historical Society’s records. She works full time, is a full time mom and wife as well as giving so much of her time to the Town.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Fayette
County :
Kennebec
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
Ronald Heath
2022 Winner Address :
Ronald Heath, c/o Mark Robinson, Fayette Town Office, 2589 Main St, Fayette, ME 04349
2022 Winner Achievements :
Ronald Heath served many years as Fayette’s Cemetery Sexton, providing much appreciated service in that capacity.

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Town or School Name :
Town of Waldoboro
County :
Lincoln
Your Title :
Town Manager
Land Line Phone Number :
2078325369
2022 Winner Name :
Theodore & Elizabeth Wooster
2022 Winner Address :
PO BOX J, Waldoboro, ME. 04572
2022 Winner Achievements :
To have known Betsy is to have experienced her organizing and leadership skills that drew you into a vortex of activity, whether it be for New Hope for Women in Rockland, the SAD 40 school board, the Lincoln County Democrats, the Waldo Theater, the Town Library, the local garden club, or the Broad Bay Congregational Church. Her wonderful humor, wisdom, and empathy made her a treasured friend to scores of people.
Ted cared deeply for the Waldoboro community as he served on the town’s Planning Board, Waldoboro’s Select Board for 12 years, the town Recycling Committee and the Broadband Internet Committee, which brought that service to Waldoboro in 2009. His interest in the environment also led him to create a new hiking trail in the Waldoboro Town Forest.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Mount Vernon
County :
Kennebec
Your Title :
Selectboard
Land Line Phone Number :
2072932783
2022 Winner Name :
Dana Dunn
2022 Winner Address :
P O Box 144 Mt Vernon Me. 04352
2022 Winner Achievements :
Dana Dunn started his career in the Town's Fire Department in 1968 and by 1973 he had been elected Chief. Dana has a total of 53 years of service 48 years as Chief until his retirement in 2021.
2022 Second Winner’s Address :
988 Bean Road
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Enfield
County :
Penobscot
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
Mariah Collins
2022 Winner Address :
2297 Canaan Rd, Hartland, ME 04943
2022 Winner Achievements :
Mariah Collins serves as Enfield tax collector, does so much to help folks in that capacity and when she is away from work too.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Starks
County :
Somerset
Your Title :
Selectman
2022 Winner Name :
Steven Rackliff
2022 Winner Address :
2704 Industry Rd, Starks, ME 04911
2022 Winner Achievements :
Steven Rackliff provided valuable services to his town as its Fire Chief and as road commissioner.

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Town or School Name :
Freedom
County :
Waldo
Your Title :
Town Clerk
2022 Winner Name :
Jim Waterman
2022 Winner Address :
1028 N Palermo Rd, Freedom, ME 04941
2022 Winner Achievements :
Jim Waterman has served years as Freedom Fire Chief, providing very dedicated service to his town in that role.

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Town or School Name :
Cumberland County
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Grand Isle
County :
Aroostook
Your Title :
Town Representative

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Town or School Name :
Town of Madawaska
County :
Aroostook
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
Four Seasons Trails Association
2022 Winner Address :
425 Spring Street Madawaska Maine, 04756
2022 Winner Achievements :
The Four Seasons Trails Association is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote year-round outdoor recreation. They provide cross-country skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing and nature experiences, with the goal of encouraging healthier lifestyles and a greater appreciation for the natural beauty of Aroostook County. The Association broke ground in 2007 with the help of many volunteers and generous donations, and their efforts have created a outdoor recreation jewel for the community and region.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Georgetown
County :
Sagadahoc
Your Title :
Assistant to SelectBoard
2022 Winner Name :
James Peavey
2022 Winner Address :
99 Beaver Valley Rd, Georgetown, ME 04548
2022 Winner Achievements :
James Peavey serves as Chair of Age-Friendly Georgetown, a group dedicated to enabling folks to live at home as long as possible - he has provided exemplary service in that role.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Bristol
County :
Lincoln
Your Title :
Town Administrator

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Town or School Name :
Hampden
County :
Penobscot
Your Title :
Town Representative
2022 Winner Name :
Curtis D. Slininger
2022 Winner Address :
462 Main Road South, Hampden, ME 04444
2022 Winner Achievements :
Spirit of America Foundation Nomination
From the Town of Hampden, ME
April 2022

Curtis D. Slininger

Outstanding community service and volunteerism defines the contributions that Curtis D. Slininger has given to the Town of Hampden, Maine. His involvement in multiple, diverse local organizations as both a member and a leader speaks volumes to his commitment to all citizens of Hampden, youth to senior.

Retiring from the U.S. Navy after a 27-year career, Curtis D. Slininger Curtis and his family moved to Hampden in 1995. He became a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and joined the Whitcomb-Baker VFW Post 4633, Hampden, becoming actively involved and was elected President in 2020. Under his guidance some of Post 4633 activities include recognition of first responders on the anniversary of 9/11, local flag retirement ceremony in conjunction with the Hampden Boy Scout troop, Memorial Day Parade, Children’s Day Parade, Little League, Mother’s Day and Veterans’ Day community breakfasts. Aligning with his military service he is also a member of DAV Chapter 6 and the Hampden American Legion.

The Hampden chapter of Kiwanis International is currently lead by Curt Slininger who has been president for the past several years. Under Curt’s tutelage the Hampden Kiwanis continue to sponsor the Key Club at Hampden Academy, are the Chartered Organization for Hampden Troop 41 (Scouts, BSA), offer monthly community bean suppers (pre-Covid), and actively participate in the Children’s Day Parade, as well as regional, national and international programs. Curt’s roles are as varied as the above activities indicate – all would agree that he is the chief bottle washer, chili maker and leader of an organization dedicated to the community and the children of Hampden.

Curt’s involvement in Hampden Troop 41, Boy Scouts of America, is multilevel. Commitments include: Chartered Organization Representative and a merit badge councilor in multiple areas, including Eagle merit badge requirements, with emphasis on responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance. By modeling the above behaviors on a daily basis, Curt provides a strong example for troop members to emulate.

Curtis Slininger’s service to the Town of Hampden residents encapsulates the purpose of the Spirit of America Foundation Award.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
hartford
County :
Oxford
Your Title :
town clerk
2022 Winner Name :
Hartford and Sumner Food Bank
2022 Winner Address :
Hartford and Sumner Food Bank, East Sumner Congregational Church, 50 Main St, Sumner, ME 04292
2022 Winner Achievements :
Hartford and Sumner Food Bank provides nutritious food and personal care items to impoverished individuals and families.

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Town or School Name :
Hartland
County :
Somerset
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
Irving Tanning Community Center Board
2022 Winner Address :
62 Elm Street Hartland, ME 04943
2022 Winner Achievements :
Town of Hartland Spirit of America Award 2022


This year’s Spirit of America award is being presented to the Irving Tanning Community Center (ITCC) Board. This group of highly motivated people has provided the leadership necessary to ensure the Community Center’s success and growth. This success has been achieved with volunteered time from all the Board members.

The goal of the ITCC Board is to provide a safe place for a variety of activities. The ITCC has hosted business meetings, parties, educational events, showers, musical events, and celebrations of life. The Board is working diligently to make the ITCC facility financially stable and independent.

The sports programs that are conducted at the facility are second to none. Each year the soccer and basketball programs provide area youth with an incredible experience. They learn all about teamwork, supporting each other, and many other valuable life skills.

Due to the volunteerism of the Board Members of the ITCC, the facility will quickly become the hub of Hartland activities. The board is lead by Robin McNeil and Dot Humphrey who plan for community events and Shawn and Betsy Coots who plan the sports programs. The remaining Board members who volunteer provide positive direction, financial management, and support which is necessary to sustain the success of the ITCC’s goal of providing a safe gathering place for a variety of activities.

A sincere thank you to the ITCC Board Members for their volunteerism, hard work, and commitment to the Town of Hartland and the surrounding communities with regard to the ITCC facility.

Board members include: Robin McNeil, Dot Humphrey, Shawn Coots, Jim Dyer, Nate Foss, Peter Denbow, Shirley Humphrey, Hadley Buker, and David Pelton

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Town or School Name :
Buxton
County :
York
Your Title :
Selectman’s Assistant
2022 Winner Name :
Robert Gorham
2022 Winner Address :
Robert Gorham, c/o Michael Gorham, 698 Deerwander Rd, Hollis Center, ME 04042
2022 Winner Achievements :
Robert Gorham served years as a Lieutenant in the Buxton Fire Department. “Bob was one of those who who would drop anything to help someone in need. He was involved with the fire-police unit at the end of his career and kept many safe at emergency scenes.”
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Town of Hebron
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Hollis
County :
York
Your Title :
Select Board
2022 Winner Name :
Madison Moody
2022 Winner Address :
21 History Lane, Hollis ME 04042
2022 Winner Achievements :
Hollis’ individual Spirit of America Award for 2022 is awarded to Madison
Moody. Madison has been the Assistant Director of the Parks and Recreation
Department for the past nine years. His active participation in many
programs sponsored by Hollis Rec has been instrumental in making them a
success.

One example of such success is our Town's Before and After School care
programs that Madison is responsible for. He also assumed responsibility
for last year's All Day Care program for school-aged children that involved
remote learning with the schools. It was a trying time for everyone
involved, but Madison always had a positive can-do attitude for the students
participating.

Madison's respectful interactions with the Town's children and staff for
which he is responsible for, is reflected in his willingness to meet with
children, parents, and staff when any issues related to programs arise. He
immediately addresses concerns while maintaining understanding and works
towards a fair resolution.

Madison also leads by example, expecting those who work with him to model
his approach and be kind, but firm with the children for whom they are
responsible. He is gentle and caring in his approach, but holds high
expectations of all children and counselors in the programs. He is patient
and understanding of issues that might impact performance, but expects to
see growth in everyone that he comes in contact with.

Madison has also recently taken over an active role as Chair of the Town's
Conservation Commission. It was in this role he was responsible for driving
the purchase of the "Tea House" property located next to the Town's Indian
Cellar Preserve. Purchase of the Tea House will only enhance the access and
enjoyment of this property for generations to come. Madison has also
actively participated in the Commission's trail maintenance, clean-up of the
town roadsides and creating ideas with other committee members to better the
environment around the Preserves. He is also helping the Conservation
Commission explore an open space plan for the community, which we expect to
be instrumental for the future of Hollis.

We appreciate Madison's exemplary service to our Town and the lives he
touched as a volunteer, a coach, a counselor, cooking luncheons for the
Town's Cribbage Group and as a mentor to the younger Hollis Rec staff.
Madison has been a very positive and integral part of the Hollis Rec family
and we are grateful for all he has shared with us. He will be transitioning
to a new role in a neighboring community this month. Although we will miss
him very much, we are confident he will shine just as brightly in his new
role, and we wish him the very best of success.
2022 Second Winner’s Name :
Hollis Library Committee Members
2022 Second Winner’s Achievements :
Mailing addresses of Hollis library committee members:
Rebecca Bowley – 33 Timber Lane, Hollis ME 04042
Susan Kimball – 118 Country Club Road, Hollis ME 04042
Carla Baade Turner – 20 Salmon Falls Road, Hollis, ME 04042
Doris Luther – 863 River Road, Hollis ME 04042
Angela Mackie – 68 Boulder Ridge, Hollis ME 04042


Town of Hollis Spirit of America Award
to the members of the adhoc Hollis Library
Committee who volunteered in June 2021 to participate in a project to
determine what our current Hollis libraries had to offer to the residents of
our community, what challenges that each faced, and what the library of the
future would need to be comprised of to meet the needs of the community.


A small group of Hollis residents including: Rebecca Bowley, Angela Mackie,
Susan Kimball, Doris Luther and Carla Baade Turner started meeting in June
2021 to review what information was available and met with the Hollis Fire
Chief, Americans with Disabilities staff, structural building engineers,
librarians and architects, to determine what residents had expressed that
the libraries needed, what additional upgrades needed to be done to be
compliant with Fire/Safety Codes, the strengths and weaknesses of each
library, and their recommendations going forward.

The group applied for a grant from the Narragansett Number One Foundation as
well as a matching Susan Collins Congressional Grant to hire an architect to
design and find the best location for a new library. The committee
originally wanted to hire a consultant but soon realized that they had
already investigated most of the items that would have been on a
consultant's list.

No research items were too small or menial for the committee to investigate.
They never gave up if someone didn't promptly respond back. We appreciate
the tenacity and organization of this special group of volunteers.

After collecting the data, visiting multiple libraries who had remodeled or
rebuilt, the committee provided the town with a document outlining their
results and a way to move forward towards new design. They accomplished all
their tasks to the Town in a succinct way that presented their ideas in an
organized and concise manner.

Please welcome me in congratulating volunteers Rebecca Bowley, Angela
Mackie, Susan Kimball, Doris Luther, and Carla Baade Turner in achieving
this high honor of a "Spirit of America" award.

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Town or School Name :
LaGrange
County :
Penobscot
Your Title :
1st Selectman

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Town or School Name :
IslandFalls
County :
Aroostook
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
Rebecca Drew
2022 Winner Address :
173 Belvedere Rd, Island Falls, ME 04747
2022 Winner Achievements :
Under the guidance and direction of Rebecca Drew, for over the past 20 years being the Librarian of the Katahdin Public Library in the Town of Island Falls, the Library collection has sustained growth to now include over 13,000 volumes.
Under her guidance, the Library services have expanded to reflect modern needs of its patrons by establishing community computer services and free Wi-Fi. She obtained grants to expand services for citizens through the addition of a wing designed specifically for children and young adults, and to allow access to the Town’s genealogical records.
She was able to apply for grants to expand services for citizens through the addition of a wing designed specifically for children and young adults, and to allow access to the Town’s genealogical records.
And she was successful in securing funding for upgrades modernizing the Library’s infrastructure, bookshelves and computers.
Rebecca “Becky” Drew serves as the “Town Historian” and is recognized as the resident expert in all matters concerning the history of the Town of Island Falls.
Rebecca Drew has served on many Town committees and has been instrumental with her knowledgeable input.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Town of Gray
County :
Cumberland
Your Title :
Assistant to Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
Mary Sweeney Underwood
2022 Winner Address :
10 Beehive Dr, Apt. 2, Gray, ME 04039
2022 Winner Achievements :
To hear Mary Sweeney Underwood explain it, she has not been a member of the
Gray Community for long; but her actions tell a different tale. Mary states
that she felt a need to become part of the community after moving here, and
her experiencing health issues that forced her to get outside and start
walking. In a short span of time, she has become known as the "Lady that
Walks" by many residents. Mary has shared her success with Nordic walking
poles with many and, through that community conversation, decided to create
an official program to assist others with walking using Nordic poles.
Working with the Recreation Director, Anthony Dahms, she created a walking
program that premiered in May. She worked with the Community Economic
Development Committee (CEDC) to create a fundraiser to raise the money to
purchase poles. Through the CEDC's birdhouse project, Mary, an artist,
volunteered to hand paint several bird houses to be sold at a local shop in
Gray (Local Centric). She is so dedicated to this program that she recently
secured transportation to Scarborough to take advantage of a big sale on
Nordic poles to jump start the program. Not only is Mary dedicated to this
program, but she also volunteers as a member of the Recreation Committee,
working to help with all recreational programming and representing senior
programming needs. She is a regular attendee of the monthly senior coffee
gatherings and recently assisted with creating Easter baskets to be donated
to the Local Food Pantry. Mary is a huge cheerleader for Gray. In her walks
around the Village, she enjoys checking out local businesses and sharing
their information on Community FB Pages. She recently collaborated with a
new Barber Shop to join in the Walking Program fundraiser. Mary picks up
trash every time she is out walking to help keep things beautiful and
encourages others to do the same. Even when Mary is not able to assist, she
will attend community events, like the Permablitz that helped create a new
pocket park in Gray village. She attends to lend support and engage with the
volunteers at the event. Mary's openness, empathy and enthusiasm has
literally and figuratively opened the door for many residents to become more
engaged in the community. Mary Sweeney Underwood embodies the true Spirit of America!

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Town or School Name :
Town of Old Orchard Beach
County :
York
Your Title :
Executive Assistant
Land Line Phone Number :
207.937.5626
2022 Winner Name :
Lee Koenigs
2022 Winner Address :
38 Fern Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, Maine 04064
2022 Winner Achievements :
Lee’s “can do” leadership is an asset to Old Orchard Beach Community-Friendly-Connection (OOBCFC) and the community at large. She does not hesitate to step up to do what is needed, including giving of her time to CFC as a Co-Chair and coordinating OOB non-profit organizations on the Core Team for upcoming the OOB Fall Fest. Lee is playing a key role on the Core Team for the upcoming OOB Fall Fest, working with non-profit organizations as well as contributing ideas and resources to help shape the event.

Lee acts as the CFC Age Friendly Representative for the Town of Old Orchard Beach. She attends regular meetings through AARP to learn from and brainstorm with representatives of surrounding communities to bring best practices for addressing issues that affect older citizens living here in OOB.

A long-time resident, Lee knows the OOB community and reaches out to involve and engage community members and groups in a variety of efforts to bring people together. She is able to “reach across the aisle” and does so frequently as a community advocate, leader, and team player. These skills and attributes are on display in her Library work as well as in her CFC activities.

Many of her contributions focus on improving access to information. Highlights of her community involvement with CFC include CFC’s Resource Guide, developed by Lee and her team, and the Making Memories Project, now online at Libby Memorial Library and through the OOB Historical Society’s Harmon Museum. These initiatives have been widely shared within and outside of Old Orchard Beach.

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Town or School Name :
Town of Boothbay Harbor
Land Line Phone Number :
2076333671
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Town of Jay
County :
Franklin
Your Title :
Town Manager
2022 Winner Name :
Dorothy White
2022 Winner Address :
287 Main Street, Jay, ME 04239
2022 Winner Achievements :
The 2022 Jay, Maine Spirit of America Foundation Tribute honors Dorothy White for commendable community service. A Resolution by the Select Board of the Town of Jay as follows: Whereas, Dot White has been a lifelong member of this community. Still living in the house where she was born over 93 years ago; and Whereas, Dot White has long been an active member of the community working for more than 30 years as a receptionist at Jay Elementary School, playing the organ at Jay Baptist Church for over 65 years, and serving as President of the Jay Historical Society; and Whereas, Dot White had a dream of having a gazebo prominently located in the Town of Jay and spent many years raising nearly $7,000 to purchase the 12’ gazebo. From collecting donations at the election polls to selling tote bags with a gazebo printed on the front, Dot put her all into her dream; and Whereas, in 2021 Dot White’s dream became a reality when the Town purchased a gazebo package that was assembled under Dot’s watchful eye and installed next to the Municipal Building. Therefore, Be it Resolved by the Select Board of the Town of Jay, in sincere gratitude and appreciation, that Dorothy White is hereby recognized for her exemplary citizenship and outstanding achievement and honor brought upon this community, with the 2022 Town of Jay Spirit of America Foundation Tribute.
2022 Second Winner’s Address :
340 Main Street
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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Town or School Name :
Jonesport
County :
Washington
Your Title :
Town Clerk
2022 Winner Name :
Jonesport Elementary School
2022 Winner Address :
139 Snare Creek Lane, Jonesport, ME 04649
2022 Winner Achievements :
Jonesport Elementary School certainly deserves praise for its outstanding
WinterKids Winter Games efforts as Maine's grand prize winner.

WinterKids Winter Games is a 4-week project for schools that involves kids,
teachers, families and the whole community. Week 1 focuses on Physical
Activity (e.g. walking, skating, bobsledding, snowboarding, etc.), Week 2 is
Nutrition, Week 3 is Family Engagement (family activities) and Week 4 is
Winter Carnival. Points are awarded for doing specific things. Schools in
the 'competitive track' do activities involving the whole school as they
strive to win $50,000 in cash and prizes.
Award Winner Type :
Tribute

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