All Nominations


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Androscoggin

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Minot

    Winner’s Name: 

Minot Cemetery Committee

    Achievements:

Dedication to the maintenance, preservation and longevity of Minot’s places cemeteries.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Somerset

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Hartland Maine

    Winner’s Name: 

James Wright

    Achievements:

Volunteering to help citizens cleanup/haul trash for the betterment of the community


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Waldo

    Awarding Entity: 

Knox, ME

    Winner’s Name: 

Peter Curra

    Achievements:

Farm Share contributions and serving as Selectmen


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Mexico

    Winner’s Name: 

Michele Williams

    Achievements:

Michele has single handedly opened an emergency food pantry, soup kitchen and free community meals at the Mexico Town hall.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Androscoggin

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Mechanic Falls

    Winner’s Name: 

Natalie Kyllonen

    Achievements:

Longtime Community Service


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Sidney

    Winner’s Name: 

Eric Handley

    Achievements:

Eric Handley has been a resident of Sidney for over twenty years. He has been involved in Scouting since 2005 and has held several leadership positions. Being the father of two boys, he has become a father figure and a mentor to many young men who have grown into active citizens in our Community. Leading by example, Eric can always be counted on to pitch in no matter the time or day. “Eric never says ‘no’ when asked to help” was part of every letter of support received. Troop 401 is a source of pride in Sidney. The Town sees them each Memorial Day as color guard and doing everything from setting up chairs to selling hot dogs and cleaning up. Eric not only embodies the spirit of volunteerism, but he is also nurturing it. Additionally, a fine musician, storyteller, cribbage player and chef – he is always cheerful. Congratulations to Eric and his lovely wife Daphanie. We are honored to make you our Spirit of America Award recipient. Sidney Cubscout, Cubmaster 2006-2018 Sidney Scoutmaster Troop 401 2018-present. Kennebec Valley Distract Scout commissioner 2021-present. SAA baseball coach 2007-2010 SAA basketball assistant coach 2008 & 2010 Friends of Music committee @ MHS 2012-2018 Trustee of Smithfield Baptist Church


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Penobscot

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Hampden

    Winner’s Name: 

Vivian Gresser

    Achievements:

Vivian Gresser started as a part-time town employee in 1985 in Code Enforcement, she saw where she could do more for her community, obtained certification and was promoted to Tax Assessor in 1992, a position she held until her retirement in 2009. Vivian Gresser has been involved in multiple community organizations, usually as an officer, that reflect her principles of caring, leading, and giving back including the Hampden Food Cupboard (officer), Hampden Historical Society (officer), Kiwanis Club of Hampden (multiple officer positions), Maine Savings board for 25 years (secretary for many years), and commitments to St. Matthew Catholic Church. She inspires the good in others each and every day.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Washington

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Columbia Falls

    Winner’s Name: 

United Methodist Women

    Achievements:

The United Methodist Women is a non-profit group a ladies who provide benefit dinners, town suppers and support the United Methodist Church. They are always willing to lend a hand for their community. They have been a staple of our community for a very long time and are very appreciated.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Cumberland

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Cape Elizabeth

    Winner’s Name: 

Cape Elizabeth Water Extrication Team

    Achievements:

Life saving efforts on January 10 and January 13, 2024 with the team’s efforts to save a gentleman with a water swept car in the Spurwink Marsh and retrieval of 4 occupants of the Tara Lynn fishing vessel which had crashed on the rocks at Trundy Point in Cape Elizabeth.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Winthrop, Maine

    Winner’s Name: 

Steven McDermott

    Achievements:

Steven has dedicated countless hours to educate, advise, and assist in the development of the town comprehensive plan and seek out grant opportunities to help improve the town’s infrastructure, economic development, and community activities.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Androscoggin

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Livermore Falls

    Winner’s Name: 

Maine’s Paper & Heritage Museum

    Achievements:

In 2002, a group of people dedicated to preserving the history of the paper industry in Maine came together to establish Maine’s Paper & Heritage Museum, with the common goal of capturing the cultural heritage of the paper-making towns and mills along the Androscoggin River. Its mission is to create an exciting interactive museum where visitors can experience life in a paper-making community, as well as to encourage tourism, increase economic activity and showcase the area’s distinctive heritage.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Waldo

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Troy

    Winner’s Name: 

Chris Phillips

    Achievements:

Service to town


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Somerset

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of New Portland

    Winner’s Name: 

The Atwood Family

    Achievements:

Long standing business owners and a family of volunteers who are always willing to lend a hand and participate on a number of occasions, and they grown beautiful plants.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Hancock

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Lamoine Select Board

    Winner’s Name: 

George “Skip” Smith

    Achievements:

George is the Fire Chief of Lamoine, having served in that position since 1977. During that time the fire department has become one of the most effective volunteer fire departments in the county, enjoyed a strong membership and a modern fleet of vehicles and necessary equipment under his leadership. He is the longest continuously serving fire chief in the county, and perhaps the State.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Canton Volunteer Fire Department

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Andrew J. Conant

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Jason Vaughan

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Rob Walker

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Dan Pelletier

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Spencer Vaughan

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Johnnie Morris

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Issac Tardiff

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Eric Sayer

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Hunter Driscoll

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Jim Martin

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Chris Walsh

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Baxter Tardiff

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Tucker Tardiff

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Aaron Christian

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Riley Tardiff

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Cooper Tardiff

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Andrew J. Conant

    Achievements:

Dealt with flash flooding in May and June 2023, that caused massive road destruction and the flood of December, and numerous snow storms, countless hours spent plowing for the town


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

David Lee Noyes

    Achievements:

Dealt with flash flooding in May and June 2023, that caused massive road destruction and the flood of December, and numerous snow storms, countless hours spent plowing for the town


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of China

    Winner’s Name: 

Carol Boynton & Thomas Bilodeau

    Achievements:

They have cut & sewn 50+ quilts for Project Linus, which provides security blankets to children.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of China

    Winner’s Name: 

Sheldon Goodine

    Achievements:

He is always volunteering for something to do with the community, such as: Masons, Church, Organizing the Senior Events, American Legion, Library, Chair of the Municipal Building Committee, and is always friendly and willing to assist.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of China

    Winner’s Name: 

Thomas Maraggio

    Achievements:

Transfer Station manager noticed there was no proper way to dispose of old American flags. Tom volunteered his time to design, build, and install two patriotic “Used Flags” return boxes and ensures the proper disposal of all flags in accordance with The US Flag Codes.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of China

    Winner’s Name: 

Thomas Rumpf

    Achievements:

Tom works diligently to provide both indoor and outdoor recreation for the community. Volunteers at the China Four Seasons Club, organizes China Ice Day events, and serves on Town committees.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of China

    Winner’s Name: 

Jeanette Smith

    Achievements:

Years of managing Thurston Parks’ meetings, finances, coordinates necessary road work & improvements & expanding the trail system to ensure accessibility and safety to all in the community who utilities the trails year round.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of China

    Winner’s Name: 

Peter Moulton, Susan Cottle, Elizabeth Swahn, Jessica Parlin, Larry and Nancy Lemieux

    Achievements:

Many hours of volunteer work in the China Community Forest.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of China

    Winner’s Name: 

China Community Forest Committee

    Achievements:

Many hours of volunteer work with the China Community Forest projects, for the community use of trails and building.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Waldo

    Awarding Entity: 

Palermo

    Winner’s Name: 

Darryl McKenney

    Achievements:

Darryl McKenney has dedicated his entire adult life to public service. Growing up, his parents instilled in him the importance of helping where needed. Darryl followed through with whatever he signed on for, whether it be helping clean out chicken houses or raking blueberries. Upon graduation from high school, he enrolled in Central Maine Vocational Technical Center in Auburn where he decided to pursue tax assessing. Darryl graduated at age 19 and began his long career in municipal public service, working for the town of Waldoboro as the town’s first tax assessor. Although he’s officially retired from his Waldoboro position, he continues to work part-time as their Assessors’ Agent. In September of 2015, at the annual meeting of the Maine Association of Assessing Officers, Darryl was named Assessor of the Year. In his hometown of Palermo over the last forty+ years, Darryl has served as Selectman, Assessor, the 911 Coordinator, Planning Board member, Budget Committee member, Code Enforcement Officer, Cemetery Overseer, and General Assistance Administrator. He currently serves five of those functions. Outside of town government, Darryl is a long time, active member of the Palermo Community Church, currently serving as the Finance Ministry Director. He regularly teaches Sunday School and has taken a lead role in the organization and success of the Clothing Exchange program. He was one of the lead members of the Journey to Bethlehem productions for nine holiday seasons. He has also served on the Missions Team and Youth Groups. He has volunteered at Camp Fair Haven workdays for over 35 years. He has given up his home several times for those who needed a place to live for a season. His door is always open for friends and neighbors and you can often find him hosting Sunday afternoon football gatherings or inviting the local kids to go sledding on the hill behind the house. His six grandchildren attack his board game and toy stash with gusto anytime they come to visit “G’par Darryl.” The Town of Palermo is fortunate to have such an outstanding citizen who is willing to work and get involved and serve in order to better his community. These are all the reason why the Branch Mills Grange, #336 is bestowing the Spirit of America Award 2024 to Darryl McKenney.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Hartford, Maine

    Winner’s Name: 

Pauline L. Chasse

    Achievements:

Food Bank, Appeals Board, Community Dinners, Volunteer


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Winthrop

    Winner’s Name: 

Pat Ladd

    Achievements:

Pat Ladd cares about housing in Winthrop. A member of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan Committee and a longtime real estate agent, Pat has in recent years championed moves that could result in more affordable, workforce and senior housing opportunities in her community. Winthrop’s landscape is dominated by large farmhouses and Victorian homes – residences that don’t fit the finances or lifestyles of most of the town’s modern-day residents. Pat worked tirelessly on the housing and future land use chapters of the Comprehensive Plan update to ensure Winthrop’s municipal government is focused on facilitating housing opportunities that would benefit seniors who wish to age in place, young couples, the working class, and professionals at the onset of their careers. Her vision has enlightened some of us in municipal government to new housing opportunities, including tidy developments that include modular and mobile homes. Her support helped politically buoy an ordinance change to allow accessory dwelling units. Throughout her advocacy, she has remained constructive, upbeat and encouraging, which has instilled the trust and earned the ear of elected and appointed town officials. She has also followed through with action. Her real estate firm bid on the contract to sell tax-acquired properties, seeing that as an opportunity to assist in repurposing properties and homes. It feels like momentum is building to address the local housing crunch in a meaningful way in Winthrop, and Pat Ladd has been at the forefront of that charge.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Canton selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Paul Moisan

    Achievements:

Dealt with flash flooding in May and June 2023, that caused massive road destruction and the flood of December, and numerous snow storms, countless hours spent plowing for the town


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Isaac Tardiff

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Riley Tardiff

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Franklin

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Jay

    Winner’s Name: 

Janice Sweeney

    Achievements:

The Select Board of the Town of Jay, in sincere gratitude and appreciation, recognize Janice Sweeney for her exemplary citizenship and outstanding achievement and honor brought upon the community. As a lifelong member of the community for over 70 years Janice began her work as a volunteer while attending Jay High School in the early 70’s working in the snack shack at athletic games. She never stopped volunteering and now heads up a team at the VFW Post 3335 hosting Friday night takeout dinners to raise money for veteran and community programs and volunteering 20 hours a week as the kitchen and bar manager. Janice also volunteers her time at the Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls Food Cupboard and participates in hosting free dinners at the St. Rose Community Center in Jay; and serves on the local board of Special Olympics raising significant funds through large yard sales. With deep gratitude, Janice is commended for her volunteer service and honored for her contributions to our community.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Franklin

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Rangeley

    Winner’s Name: 

Stephen C. Philbrick

    Achievements:

STEPHEN CHARLES PHILBRICK Stephen Philbrick was born in Farmington, Maine on October 5, 1953, son of the late Raymond H. Philbrick and Therese (Turmenne) Philbrick. Stephen graduated from Edward Little High School in Auburn in 1972 and went on to Paul Smith College in New York and Florida International University in Miami, where he ultimately earned a master’s degree in business administration. In 1964 Stephen started a job at Bald Mountain Camps and in 1985 he married Fernlyn (Rollins) and had two sons, Tyler and Quinn. He later became a grandfather to Maxten, Tenley, and Trip. Stephen’s accomplishments over his lifetime are far-reaching beyond his civil service to the Town of Rangeley. His love of the region was shown through his service to his community, beginning as far back as 1980. He amassed over 39 years of commitment to various Boards, Committees and Commissions during that time. He served on the Airport Commission, Budget Committee, H.A. Furbish Trust, Medical Advisory Committee, Select Board (including terms as Chairman), Sewer Commission, and the Zoning Board of Appeals. In 1997 he was the recipient of the Rangeley Lakes Community Service Award, and in 2005 he was the Chairman of the Sesquicentennial Committee. He even worked as an EMT for Rangeley Ambulance. During the pandemic, Stephen led his community through uncharted territory being the Select Board Chair. He was very much a ‘boots-on-the-ground’ leader and did all he knew to do, even at the State level, to help keep small businesses open and our local economy moving, all while holding public health and safety as the primary concern. Beyond Town seats, Stephen was a Maine Master Guide, and served on the Inland Wildlife and Fisheries Council, Rangeley Health & Wellness Board, and most certainly more. This community will continue to miss his leadership, experience, knowledge, and commitment. The Town of Rangeley is honored to dedicate this year’s Annual Town Report to Stephen C. Philbrick. Thank you for your many years of dedicated civil service.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Androscoggin

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of North Yarmouth

    Winner’s Name: 

North Yarmouth Parks Committee, Royal River Conservation Trust, Cumberland Recreational Trails Comm

    Achievements:

Improve the quality of trails and recreational facilities in the Town’s parks.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Knox

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Washington

    Winner’s Name: 

Donald Grinnell

    Achievements:

His unwavering commitment to community service and volunteering on many of the town’s committees and organizations, as well as holding an official position for the town. His willingness to share his expertise and mentor newer members, exemplifies the spirit of selflessness and civic duty. He keeps the community informed of weather alerts through social media, established and staffed the warming center during emergencies and organized the MEMA tabletop exercise for emergency preparedness. He has carefully documented and promptly filed information for the disaster events in December 2022 and May 2023 ultimately securing FEMA reimbursement for the town. His personal connection to the placement of American flags at cemeteries for veterans demonstrates a deep-rooted sense of respect and gratitude for those who have served their country.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Greenwood

    Winner’s Name: 

Arnold Jordan

    Achievements:

Selectman for 15 years


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

selectmen

    Winner’s Name: 

Paul Moisan

    Achievements:

During the Christmas flood of 2023, shut down roads, rescued 1 resident from their home, rescued several people stranded in flooded roads. Assisted the sewer department with their boat, went door to door to evacuate ho,e, and checked on residents that chose to stay in their homesw


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Sagadahoc

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Richmond

    Winner’s Name: 

Gary Emmons Jr.

    Achievements:

Donations to and work on behalf of Richmond PTG, Richmond Recreation, offers free dinners/lunch for all Richmond School Children at his store, saving the life of someone that fell through the ice on Pleasant Pond.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Piscataquis

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Brownville

    Winner’s Name: 

Graves Service Station

    Achievements:

In recognition of their unwavering dedication and service to this community, its residents, and visitors alike.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Somerset

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Norridgewock

    Winner’s Name: 

David Obert

    Achievements:

At this year’s annual Town Meeting, David Obert was recognized with the Town of Norridgewock’s Spirit of America Award. The award is celebrated by towns and cities across the state and is presented to individuals and organizations that inspire volunteerism. David Obert is a young member of the community who has gone to great lengths over the last few years to get involved and give back with his time and talent. As a member of the Maine Antique Tractor Club, he is involved in many of their events and activities, giving his time and equipment to improve the club’s Norridgewock property. He has shared this passion with the public by offering free hay rides behind his antique tractor during the Norridgewock Holiday Stroll, and he’s been a fixture in the lighted tractor parade since its inception.   As part of the family business, DMO Landscaping, David has also been helpful with the Norridgewock Historical Society’s Duck Drop. He volunteers to operate the loader to drop the ducks, which supports one of the organization’s major annual fundraising efforts. He is also very involved with the Norridgewock Sportsmen Association. He has spent countless hours on trail maintenance and has further stepped up to assume the role of Snowmobile Trailmaster.   David’s work is inspiring to anyone who sees it, and it is especially encouraging knowing that he is of the next generation to lead the community. State Representative Jack Ducharme presented David with a Legislative Sentiment co-sponsored by himself and State Senator Brad Farrin. The Town presented David with a framed, commemorative photo of the bridge and the north side of the river in recognition of the award.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Waldo

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Searsport

    Winner’s Name: 

Richard Desmarais

    Achievements:

Richard is a proud Vietnam veteran. serving in country as a dog handler. Upon coming home, he took a job in security at Grumman Industries in CT. He retired and moved to Searsport where he quickly got to work helping the community with events and special projects. He became a Selectboard member and its Chair serving the town for 15 years.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Androscoggin

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Greene Board of Selectmen & Town Manager

    Winner’s Name: 

Julia Coady

    Achievements:

Julia Coady has been an amazing asset to our Town of Greene. Her enthusiasm, hard work and dedication to the committees that she has represented over the years has been beneficial in making our town a better place to live in. She has taken pride in coordinating our Greene Village Day Celebration events making sure that the parade is a success and helping in bringing our community closer together. Julia has helped and encouraged others to work together on projects that include the Androscoggin Grange #8. Her role as Secretary of the grange has been wonderful in helping keep communication and organization a priority in efforts to keep our grange active. She is very active in our school system as a substitute teacher, Vice President of the Greene Gators PTC with fundraisers and event coordinating, volunteers with setting up and helping with the school book fairs, field cleanup for sports, assisted the GYAA in coaching in T-ball & Basketball, volunteers for field day events and many more activities and events that our school has held over the years. The Conservation Committee has benefited from her hard work in cleaning up our trails and keeping them safe to walk through, the landscaping around the entrance and the beautiful new sign for the Greene Village Recreational Park Nature Trail. The Women’s Historical Society held a wreaths across America event that Julia participated in by helping with the set up and taking pictures for the parade and at the event. Julia became a trustee member of the nonprofit organization Sawyer Memorial in 2023. She has volunteered helping with projects and events at our public library Julia Adams Morse Memorial Library. Julia has been a wonderful, dedicated and inspiring role model that our Town of Greene has had the privilege and honor of having serve in our community!


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Aroostook

    Awarding Entity: 

Fort Fairfield Town Council

    Winner’s Name: 

Mike Greenlaw

    Achievements:

Mike Greenlaw is very generous with his time, money and talents to help individuals and nonprofits throughout our community.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Oakland

    Winner’s Name: 

Karl and Lisa Wrigley

    Achievements:

Yearly Christmas tree sales with all proceeds to benefit local pre-determined charitable organizations


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Belgrade

    Winner’s Name: 

Kathy LeVasseur & Bob Giroux

    Achievements:

Kathy Levasseur and Bob Giroux are a couple in Belgrade who embody the reason this award was created. Their selflessness and dedication in volunteering within our community promotes community spirit. Kathy and Bob volunteered to get the Belgrade Information Center back into tip-top shape by weed whacking, trimming, mowing, washing windows and making it more inviting for guests coming into town, they did this all summer long. In addition, they maintain a trail system on their property and open it up to the community for hiking. They assist needy folks within the community and are always ready to lend a ‘helping hand’! Their volunteerism has a positive impact on the community. Thank you, Kathy and Bob!


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Belgrade

    Winner’s Name: 

Sara & Bert Languet

    Achievements:

Sara and Bert Languet are very valuable members of the Belgrade community. Bert learned about service as a Belgrade boy watching his parents’ involvement in town boards and activities. For many years Bert was a member of the Planning Board, eventually serving as Chair. Sara now serves in that same capacity, as well as Vice Chair of the Budget committee and as a representative for her second term on the School Board. Equally important is their commitment to sharing their property. There are approximately 6 miles of groomed trails available for the community to use year-round. These are shared and maintained with their neighbors Kathy Levasseur and Bob Giroux. In the winter they are groomed for walking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling; in the summer they are available for enjoying the outdoors. Bert, also known as the “Ice Man’ from his leadership in Maine’s Pond Hockey, and Sara turn their private pond into a skating rink and invite not only the local hockey teams to come skate-but the greater Belgrade population. We often see the posting-“The rink is ready. Come skate!”. In this spirit, this winter they contributed a new ice rink to the town to be used at the ball field-although the temperature has not allowed for extensive skating. Bert and Sara are committed to our lakes with Bert currently serving as the president of the Belgrade Lakes Association. This award recognizes not only their dedication to Belgrade but celebrates their example of generosity and kindness.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Belgrade

    Winner’s Name: 

Peter Rushton

    Achievements:

Peter Rushton served 21 years on Belgrade’s Planning Board & now is a Selectman.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Cumberland

    Awarding Entity: 

Baldwin

    Winner’s Name: 

Connie & Dwight Warren

    Achievements:

A Resolution by the Select Board of the Town of Baldwin as follows: The 2024 Baldwin Maine Spirit of America Foundation Tribute honors Connie and Dwight Warren for outstanding community service to the Town of Baldwin. Dwight has lived his whole life in Baldwin and attended Baldwin schools. After graduating high school, he married Connie and they built their home on a portion of the family farm. Individually and as a couple, they have been pillars of the community. Whereas, Connie, since moving to Baldwin in 1967, has been an active contributor and leader for the community. Her participation and leadership impacted a wide area of community activities. To name a few of her contributions to youth development, she served as PTC President, was a Girl Scout leader and Council member for 15 years, and has been an active member of the North Baldwin Grange. She also served as board member for the Brown Memorial Library for over 30 years helping to provide educational materials and activities to local youth. She has recently taken on additional responsibilities as Secretary. She has also been active in efforts to research, preserve, and honor the history of Baldwin and it’s people as a long-time Board Member of the Baldwin Historical Society and more recently as it’s Secretary. She works with the local food pantry and is a co-founder of the monthly Baldwin Senior Lunch. She has also served as Ballot Clerk for many years. Whereas, Dwight, a life-long resident of Baldwin, has made important and lasting contributions to Baldwin’s well-being. Early on, he served on the East Baldwin Volunteer Fire Department and served as radiological monitor for Civil Defense exercises. He worked with local youth groups and coached little league baseball. He served as a member of the 2002 Bicentennial Committee that commemorated and celebrated the Town’s long history. He was a member of the Historical Society team that renovated and expanded the Baldwin Soldier’s Memorial. Like Connie, he has served on the Brown Memorial Library Board for over 30 years and helped with the local food pantry. And with Connie, he co-founded the Baldwin Senior Lunch. He served on the Executive Committee of the North Baldwin Grange and has recently completed six years on the Baldwin Select Board including during the COVID 19 pandemic, providing outstanding and critical leadership shepherding the Town’s response to maintain local services. Connie and Dwight are both known for their calm, quiet, and considerate demeanor based on rock-solid principles. Their high regards for others is reflected in the level of service they have performed for the community over the years. They and people like them are what makes Baldwin an excellent place to live. Therefore, Be it Resolved by the Select Board of the Town of Baldwin, in sincere gratitude and appreciation, that Connie and Dwight Warren be hereby recognized for their exemplary citizenship and outstanding contributions to this community, with the 2024 Baldwin Spirit of America Foundation Tribute. Select Board Members: James Dollof, Dale Miner, Robert Flint 2 April 2024


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Washington

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of East Machias

    Winner’s Name: 

Lisa Griffin

    Achievements:

Out standing dedication in Volunteering


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Androscoggin

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Wales

    Winner’s Name: 

Hannah Dieterich/Community Cares Backpack Program

    Achievements:

Founding & operating program to provide food to children and families of our school district


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Somerset

    Awarding Entity: 

Ripley Select Board

    Winner’s Name: 

Sharon Adesta (Harris) Hopkins

    Achievements:

Excellent volunteerism, leadership, community service and patriotism skills.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Somerset

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Moose River

    Winner’s Name: 

Holden Hill Farm

    Achievements:

On behalf of the Town of Moose River, we would like to present the Annual Spirit of America Award in recognition of outstanding service and contributions to our Community. This year’s recipient is Holden Hill Farm, a 6th generation family owned and operated working farm that produces year-round. Rhonda and Jay McNally offer beef and pork raised on their farm with quality ground beef and steaks, as well as bacon and a variety of sausage. In addition, fresh eggs are available and goats’ milk is used to make goat cheese, lotions, and soaps. Their greenhouse generates a variety of spring and summer plants and supplies. And at Christmas time, evergreen trees and wreaths can be found. In the meantime, Rhonda and Jay provide all bus transportation to SAD #12. The Forest Hills Sports Teams regard them as “Guardians of the Road.” Sunday, considered a day of rest for many, Rhonda leads the Moose River Congregational Church as one of its Pastors. All of this is done with a welcoming smile on their faces and the offer to help out anyone in need. They truly exemplify the “Spirit of America.”


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

City of Gardiner

    Winner’s Name: 

Kathleen Cutler

    Achievements:

Kathleen has given to the Greater Gardiner Community for most of her life. She has been instrumental in the Sports Boosters at GAHS and has been a member of Gardiner Rotary where she has given thousands of hours to benefit the greater good. She truly embodies service above self.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

City of Gardiner

    Winner’s Name: 

Karen Adrienne

    Achievements:

Karen has been a leader for the arts in Gardiner and was the driving force behind the Art Walk Series of Events that draw people from all over the Central Maine area.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Somerset

    Awarding Entity: 

Cambridge

    Winner’s Name: 

Larry Davis

    Achievements:

Larry Davis is (except for four years in the US Air Force) a lifelong resident of Cambridge. When he was a rural mail carrier, he belonged to regional teams that sought to improve efficiency and promote education. Although he retired from carrying the mail after thirty-two years, Larry continues to serve. Emphasis on service and education: He served twenty-three years on the SAD #4 school board. He worked with and taught local kids as a Cub Scout troop leader and also served as a 4-H club project leader. He has been an active member of the Masonic Lodge and the Cambridge Grange for many years, holding most of the offices in each organization. Bikes for Books, scholarships for local students, volunteering to raise funds for memorials to victims of domestic violence, Family Fun Days and other endeavors are some of many such projects he has worked on. From fundraising to benefit the town, to raising money for the WW2 vet to visit his national war monument, he’s one of those citizens who is active and involved in meaningful ways. He served Cambridge for eleven years as a selectman, six years as the first selectman. Larry has been a member of the Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department since he was a teen. Although he was chief for just two years, he never misses a meeting, a work session or a call if he can help it, and still tests every year to be able to put on scba if needed at a fire scene. Helping to maintain the fire hall with his friends and working on improving our two cemeteries are current (and perhaps endlessly ongoing!) projects. He is currently Sexton. Since the pandemic, Larry has made monthly trips to get and deliver grocery boxes for elders and families in need. In his spare time his carpentry skills have fixed railings, steps and made small repairs for neighbors, too.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Fryeburg

    Winner’s Name: 

Jimmy Oliver

    Achievements:

For many years, Jimmy has ensured the health and well-being of our residents through his expertise at Oliver’s Drug Store. Some of us remember the drugstore as a place that was much more than just a pharmacy when it was located in the middle of town. When the family business was bought out by LeVerdier’s (which became Rite-Aid and eventually Walgreens), Jimmy continued serving the town and its residents as a pharmacist. His knowledge, professionalism, and genuine care have built trust and fostered a sense of security for countless individuals and families.Beyond the pharmacy walls, Jimmy selflessly served for many years as a volunteer first responder with Fryeburg Rescue. His willingness to step forward in times of crisis, regardless of the time of night, demonstrates a remarkable commitment to the safety and well-being of our community


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

York

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Cornish

    Winner’s Name: 

Cornish Historical Society

    Achievements:

There hard work and dedication has been instrumental in the continuation of keeping the town’s history by sponsoring free public educational live events. Along with research for individual’s ancestry. The exhibits and research rooms are open to the public throughout the year and welcomes visitors from all over which is done through their voluntarism.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Penobscot

    Awarding Entity: 

Exeter

    Winner’s Name: 

Keith Smith

    Achievements:

Keith Smith each year helps to make sure each Veteran’s grave in Exeter has a wreath and also makes sure that the Veterans’ memorial, which is located at the Town Office, has the wreaths that are needed to show respect to all who have passed.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Androscoggin

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Poland

    Winner’s Name: 

Kindness Keepers for Hallie

    Achievements:

Outstanding volunteerism and community support


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Aroostook

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Limestone

    Winner’s Name: 

The People of the Town of Limestone, Maine

    Achievements:

Resiliency over the past 30 years following the closure of Loring Air Force Base


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Lincoln

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Whitefield

    Winner’s Name: 

Julie & Steven Cowles

    Achievements:

Julie-Volunteerism as Whitefield EMS Director, Health Officer, Whitefield Library and serves on the Whitefield Board of Directors. Steven- Whitefield Fire Department as a firefighter and also an EMT, Whitefield Library, Clary Lake Association


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Somerset

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Skowhegan

    Winner’s Name: 

Patricia Van Horne

    Achievements:

Community Involvement


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Newry

    Winner’s Name: 

Donald & Sylvia Gray

    Achievements:

Sylvia was the Administrative Assistant for the Town of Newry for many years & Don was a Maine Game Warden for over 40 years


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Newry

    Winner’s Name: 

Charles Bean

    Achievements:

Charlie took care of all our Twon Cemeteries for over 20 years.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

York

    Awarding Entity: 

Biddeford

    Winner’s Name: 

Heart of Biddeford

    Achievements:

This is the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Heart of Biddeford. The Heart of Biddeford is a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. They organize over 300 volunteers and are staffed by an Executive Director, Assistant Director, a part-time Office Manager, and an Americorps Fellow. Heart of Biddeford works with the City’s various departments and the City Council, the Downtown Development Commission, City Theater, Engine, McArthur Public Library, Public Access TV, and all of the downtown businesses and nonprofits, as well as Biddeford’s wonderful community volunteers.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Franklin

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Eustis

    Winner’s Name: 

Kathy Fearon

    Achievements:

38 Years as Town Clerk / Administrative Assistant


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Woodstock

    Winner’s Name: 

David M Bobbe

    Achievements:

David M. Bobbe has been committed to the betterment of the Town of Woodstock for many years, served in the Woodstock Fire Department for 24 years and has been awarded Fireman of the Year Award more than once, served in the Merchant Marines for 40 years beginning immediately after graduating from the Maine Maritime Academy in 1978 , is often called upon and willingly responds to requests for help from neighbors, friends and the Town Office. David constructed the new office counter and working space, and is willing to serve as Special Town Meeting Moderator, often on short notice, is an author of a book about his career a dedicated family man and desirous of being a good citizen


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Penobscot

    Awarding Entity: 

Plymouth

    Winner’s Name: 

Norm Viger

    Achievements:

Norm Viger has served over 25 years on Plymouth Planning Board, including a number of years as its Chair.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Penobscot

    Awarding Entity: 

Plymouth

    Winner’s Name: 

Vinal Teague

    Achievements:

Vinal Teague is very active in American Legion (for whom he cooks meals) and has served 20+ years on Planning Board.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Penobscot

    Awarding Entity: 

Plymouth

    Winner’s Name: 

Robert Burpee

    Achievements:

Robert Burpee is very involved in town’s Trunk or Treat event, participates in Veterans’ celebration and helps put together Plymouth’s Town Report.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Penobscot

    Awarding Entity: 

Plymouth

    Winner’s Name: 

Paul MacLean

    Achievements:

Paul MacLean has been involved with the dam project & also has been the one who for 15+ years has picked up trash folks thoughtlessly toss onto Plymouth’s popular walkway


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Somerset

    Awarding Entity: 

Solon

    Winner’s Name: 

L. Bruce Hills

    Achievements:

The 2024 Solon, Maine Spirit of America Foundation Tribute Honors L. BRUCE HILLS for commendable community service. A RESOLUTION providing for: Recognition of L. Bruce Hills. BE IT RESOLVED by the Selectmen of the Town of Solon as follows: WHEREAS, Bruce served our country in our U.S. military from 1969 to 1991; WHEREAS, he served as our Animal Control Officer from 1994 to 1995; WHEREAS, Bruce was a Coolidge Library Trustee from 1995 to 2011 and was Chair of the Board of Trustees for several years; WHEREAS, he has served on our town’s Budget/Advisory Committee from 1995 to 1998 and from 2005 to the present time; WHEREAS, in 1999 Bruce was elected as a Selectman and served until 2005. During that time, he managed the Solon Transfer Station; WHEREAS, as a selectman he applied for and managed the CDBG grant for the construction of our Transfer Station Recycling Building which opened in 2003; WHEREAS, Bruce served as our 911 Addressing Officer since 2000; WHEREAS, Bruce served on the First Park Committee from 2000 to 2012; WHEREAS, he has served on our Board of Appeals since 2007; BE IT RESOLVED by the Selectmen of the Town of Solon that Bruce Hills is hereby recognized for his great achievements and honors that he has brought and is continuing to bring upon this community with the 2024 Solon Spirit of America Foundation Tribute; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be appropriately framed and presented to Bruce Hills for appropriate display. AWARDED MARCH 2, 2024 Selectmen:


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Penobscot

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Etna

    Winner’s Name: 

Timothy Hazeltine

    Achievements:

Many years of volunteer work through the Town of Etna Planning Board as well as other projects within our community


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Penobscot

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Corinna

    Winner’s Name: 

Thomas Floyd

    Achievements:

Tom Floyd was born and raised in Mattawamkeag, moving to Pittsfield his senior year of high school, where he graduated from Maine Central Institute. Tom met his wife, Betty, at the church his father pastored. They married and moved to Corinna, a caring community to raise a family, in 1977, where they raised their three sons – Tim, Tom Jr, and Travis – all graduates of Nokomis. Tom received his AS degree in Building Construction Technology from Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in Bangor and an AS degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the University of Maine, Orono. He worked for Cianbro for 44 years as a civil engineer involved in construction design, form, shoring and scaffolding, and as project estimator. Tom volunteered as a Corinna Cub Scout Leader while his boys were participants. Tom shares his love of singing at area churches and community events. He is a member of Cambridge Baptist Church and serves as a Sunday School Teacher, Trustee, and Deacon. Tom was appointed chairman of the Corinna Sewer District in 1990, serving the district while significant changes in the operation of the plant occurred – including through the closing of Eastland Woolen Mill, the district’s largest customer, and completion of the new sewer plant facilities. He continues to serve as a volunteer as the Corinna Sewer District chairman. For his commitment to the Corinna Sewer District, and as a volunteer in his community, while also being dedicated to his career, we honor Tom with the dedication of the 2023 Annual Town Report.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Peru, Maine Select Board

    Winner’s Name: 

Neil Sorensen

    Achievements:

Neil has spent many years maintaining snowmobile trails in town.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Peru Select Board

    Winner’s Name: 

Greg Freeman

    Achievements:

Greg has worked hard, with Neil Sorensen, to keep Peru’s snowmobile trails in good condition and safe.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Somerset

    Awarding Entity: 

Smithfield

    Winner’s Name: 

Nichole Clark

    Achievements:

Nichole Clark over a 20-year period has been serving as Smithfield’s Administrative Assistant, been a key volunteer for Smithfield Community Food Pantry, organizes the town’s birthday parties and many other activities.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Aroostook

    Awarding Entity: 

Allagash

    Winner’s Name: 

Carter McBreairty Jr

    Achievements:

Carter McBreairty has dedicated much time and effort to assisting Faye O’Leary Hafford Library.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Waldo

    Awarding Entity: 

Freedom

    Winner’s Name: 

Myrick Cross

    Achievements:

Myrick Cross grew up in Freedom and went away to get a Doctorate in Education. He later became a pastor who returned to Maine & was a poet, visual artist and a thespian. Myrick nurtured communities wherever he went.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Somerset

    Awarding Entity: 

Cornville

    Winner’s Name: 

Kenneth Hogate

    Achievements:

The late Kenneth Hogate was in Town Government and served as Cornville Fire Chief over 40 years.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Waldo

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Lincolnville

    Winner’s Name: 

Corelyn Senn

    Achievements:

Corelyn has an untiring dedication to everything she takes on. Whether it be researching an elusive historical fact, exploring a Lincolnville location that that has not been explored in decades, taking on or helping out at “town hall” or tracking down that perfect wildlife photo Corelyn is force to be reckoned with. Corelyn’s curiosity about her surroundings and persistence at figuring out what she has discovered inspire everyone who knows her. The Town of Lincolnville is a better and more interesting place because of Corelyn.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Penobscot

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Enfield

    Winner’s Name: 

Mrs. Susan Kramer

    Achievements:

Mrs. Susan Kramer has volunteered numerous hours to head of The Town of Enfield’s chapter of Eastern Area Agency of Aging commodity boxes. This program provides much needed food boxes to residents in Enfield 65 years and older who meet a set criteria. Susan and her team (her husband Nels, collages Cathy Hazelton, and Lynn Greenleaf) volunteer their time to back these boxes and pass them out to residents monthly at our public works garage. Her work does not stop there however, she then provides necessary information back to EAAA on the months activities as well as making sure there are enough copies of items provided by EAAA to reach all residents for the next month. The Town of Enfield Thanks you Mrs. Susan Kramer for dedication to The Town of Enfield and its residents.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

York

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Waterboro

    Winner’s Name: 

Waterborough Historical Society

    Achievements:

Outstanding Volunteerism – Keeping history for Waterboro


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

York

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Waterboro

    Winner’s Name: 

Waterborough Historical Society

    Achievements:

The Waterborough Historical Society has gone above and beyond since its beginning to keep Waterboro’s History alive with numerous fundraising projects. They have even gone twice to the “Towns People” with an article in the election warrant to save a historic building from being torn down. It is because of the dedication of these people that Waterboro has a museum and many artifacts from the Town’s past.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Waldo

    Awarding Entity: 

Winterport Woman’s Club

    Winner’s Name: 

Tammy Higgins

    Achievements:

Town Council Member on budget and charter committees. CPA who gives volunteer services to local non-profit organizations. Trustee and treasurer of Winterport Cemetery District. Helped establish the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Program at Husson College. Winterport ‘s representative on the Waldo County Budget Committee.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Piscataquis

    Awarding Entity: 

Wellington

    Winner’s Name: 

Velma Sinclair

    Achievements:

Velma Sinclair has served as Warden during election voting for many years. She also helps provide food to people in need.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Washington

    Awarding Entity: 

Machiasport

    Winner’s Name: 

Barbara Maloy

    Achievements:

Barbara Maloy has served many years as a teacher at the elementary school and positively impacted the lives of many pupils. She also has done so much to assist the local historical society.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Somerset

    Awarding Entity: 

Bingham

    Winner’s Name: 

Steve Steward

    Achievements:

Steve Steward has served 21+ years as a Selectman, has done so much to help people of his community over that span.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

York

    Awarding Entity: 

Limerick

    Winner’s Name: 

Neal Meltzer

    Achievements:

Out of love for his community, Neal Meltzer has selflessly spent hundreds of hours of his time working to finish a project that will surely bring our community together. This is the second time he has put in the work on the same bandstand where he graciously was the project overseer for the Town. He would give weekly updates and keep all Board members and citizens up to date. You can tell how much this project has meant to him and his time, effort and dedication to making it come to life has not gone unnoticed. We nominate Neal Meltzer for the Spirit of America award because of his dedication and passion to the Town of Limerick, something that very obviously has not faded over time. Thank you, Neal!


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Somerset

    Awarding Entity: 

Starks

    Winner’s Name: 

Paul Frederic

    Achievements:

Paul Frederic is a retired college Geography professor who imparted knowledge on so many students. He served 17 years as a Selectman of Starks, doing so much to help his community over that span. Paul served on Starks Health & Safety Committee, as Director of Land Use Commission and on many other committees in Maine. In summary: Frederic has made exceptional contributions to Starks, the field of education and the broader community.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

York

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Hollis Select Board

    Winner’s Name: 

Hollis Conservation Commission

    Achievements:

The Select Board from the Town of Hollis would like to nominate the current members of the Hollis Conservation Commission: Madison Moody, Catherine Hewitt, John Mattor, Joanne Toone, Doris Luther, Lee Klarman, Ruth Leavitt, and Sarah Sorenson for the Spirit of America Group Award for 2024. Since long-time Chair John Mattor stepped down and passed the reins over to Madison Moody, the group has enthusiastically proceeded to continue to pursue providing additional information and learning opportunities to participants from around the State. The Hollis Conservation Commission holds monthly meetings and provide pertinent, well written minutes to include projects that they are working on to respond to growing concerns of the community regarding climate change, protection of lands for future generations including maintaining places of beauty, and rare species of plants and animals. Their meetings are held on a consistent, regular basis, unless a working group meeting is held. The Commission also continues to evaluate the possibility of establishing a land trust within the Town. Special projects recently taken on by the Commission include: Community Resilience Project – to help reduce emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change by providing both grant funding and direct support to municipalities. To receive access to funding, communities must enroll in the Community Resilience Project, which the Commission has initiated by sending a proposal to the program. The Commission is working with the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission (SMPDC) to fulfill the requirements to complete two self-assessments and an educational event for the community about the program during our annual Hollis Community Day Event to be held this August. Once they have completed the necessary tasks to formally receive acceptance into the program, the Hollis Conservation Commission will be able to apply for grants. The Commission has also been working with SMPDC to develop an electronic GIS map system with overlays to identify open space that is currently available in the State of Maine. Responsible for the maintenance of trails, the members of the Commission volunteer their free time to groom and clean up trail debris, allowing all visitors to enjoy the marked trails in Googins Woods and Indian Cellar Preserve, both located in Hollis. The Commission also sponsors a “Clean-up Day” for picking up trash and bottles along road sides in our Town on at least a yearly basis. They obtain a variety of prizes to honor volunteers who invest the time to participate. During community events, the Hollis Conservation Commission provides booths with educational safari boxes and educational vernal pools and prints to teach youngsters on how to track animals in the wild. At the Town’s Earth Day event, they invited the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife to discuss the project to reintroduce the Eastern Cottontail Rabbit into Hollis on Bear Hill Road. Members of the Commission also developed young naturalist packs for the libraries to be checked out to individuals to evaluate their findings while walking our local trails in their natural setting. Two Commission members, Ruth Leavitt and Joanne Toone, have attended classes and have become Maine Master Naturalists. During the early Spring, Summer and Fall, both host guided walks for all age groups to include families, school children, and summer recreational activities. They also notify the Native Plant Trust to assist with surveying rare plants within the area. As part of their projects for becoming Master Naturalists, Joanne created a downloadable on-line guide to Googins Woods with Ruth investigating the geology and environment within. Chair Madison Moody is currently working with an Eagle Scout to put a new trail on the Indian Cellar Preserve. Madison was also instrumental in the process of the Commission purchasing land abutting the preserve. This additional property gives visitors easier access to the trails of Indian Cellar and helps maintain its scenic beauty. It is with great honor and privilege for the Hollis Select Board to nominate the Hollis Conservation Commission for the Spirit of America Group Award representing Hollis in 2024.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

York

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Hollis Select Board

    Winner’s Name: 

Charles Currier

    Achievements:

Charles “Chip” Currier, a born and bred Hollis resident, has been an active member of the Hollis Parks and Recreation Department for the past several years. As a volunteer, he has spent time assisting with sports (T-ball and soccer); special events (Halloween and Christmas) and our yearly Hollis Community Day celebration. Over the past year, Chip has devoted his time being a part-time counselor for the Hollis Parks and Recreation Department’s Before and After Care Program for school-aged children. Enthusiastic with a ‘can do’ attitude, Chip has made the Before and After Care programs challenging, entertaining, and a learning experience for all the children who participate. His ideas for events and themes on a weekly, often daily basis is inspired by his past experience as a participant in the Parks and Recreation Programs as a child. Chip has faced many challenges in his life. The loss of two close friends in a fishing boat accident has made him value and appreciate each and every day. He worked many years on fishing vessels, sometimes going out to sea for as many as 30 days in a row. He always enjoyed fishing which was hard work, but his philosophy of picking things up and get things done has been exemplified in his enthusiasm for any project or challenge that comes his way. With two young children, Chip spends as much time as he can with them both. His oldest Memphis enjoys gardening and youngest Booker is a genius at mathematical equations. Chip’s goals for the Hollis Parks and Recreation Programs is to recreate what it was like for him when he was growing up. Create fun and meaningful activities so that the children who participate will recall the memories not only as fun, but helping them to become better friends, teammates and accepting of everyone. It is with great honor and privilege for the Hollis Select Board to nominate Charles “Chip” Currier for the Spirit of America Individual Award representing Hollis in 2024.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

York

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of South Berwick

    Winner’s Name: 

South Berwick VFW Post 5744

    Achievements:

This group is nominated for its members at one point in their life decided to give up their lives in the defense of their country and its values. These folks give their time to support, educate, and fundraise for many causes in the community. The scouts, youth sports, and veterans in need to name a few. This organization’s motto by D.Fogarty is “we may not have it together, but TOGETHER WE HAVE IT ALL” .


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

York

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Shapleigh

    Winner’s Name: 

Acton-Shapleigh Lions Club

    Achievements:

Outstanding Community Service through fundraising, support of the needy, and community events


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Waldo

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Stockton Springs

    Winner’s Name: 

Laurie Lee Gray

    Achievements:

In every Maine town every year the Spirit of America Award is presented, in recognition and in support of the spirit of volunteerism. This year the Stockton Springs Select Board is pleased to present the award to Laurie Lee Gray, “The Hat Lady.” Every year, just before Christmas, Laurie puts scads of winter hats she has knit herself out beside the road along with a hearty invitation to come grab one if you need one – for free. The caps are beautiful in color and well-crafted by hand, and the love is obvious. Many of these hats make it into the Town Office for anyone in need. We thank you, Laurie Lee Gray, for your hard work, dedication and spirit of volunteerism in assuring our community makes it through our long winter in warmth.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Brownfield

    Winner’s Name: 

Ada Lane

    Achievements:

Serving a cofounder of the Brownfield Toy Box which helped to make lives better for our Citizens


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Brownfield

    Winner’s Name: 

Alvina Day

    Achievements:

Serving a cofounder of the Brownfield Toy Box which helped to make lives better for our Citizens


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Porter

    Winner’s Name: 

Janice Miller

    Achievements:

Janice has served the Town of Porter for 23 years with great professionalism and with a laugh and kindness. for all. Her knowledge of the town and her skills in town hall will be difficult to replace. Well done, Janice !


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Somerset

    Awarding Entity: 

Moscow

    Winner’s Name: 

Maynard Lagasse

    Achievements:

Maynard Lagasse was a member of the Board of Selectmen for 32 years, a longtime Chairman of the Planning Board, and is currently Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Moscow.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Somerset

    Awarding Entity: 

Mercer

    Winner’s Name: 

Mychael Bartholf

    Achievements:

About Mercer Spirit of America winner Mychael Bartholf: Myke and his wife are long-time Mercer residents and business owners. Myke ended up in Maine during the 1970’s after being convinced by a friend to visit the great north on a UMF exchange program. So, the Florida native got his first taste of Winter and ice fishing and was “hooked”. After working out of town, he finally decided to start his own business in the early 80’s by purchasing a Wood Mizer portable sawmill and eventually “The Wood Mill” was set up on Route 2 which became his pride and joy. Wide pine boards and fishing are two of his favorite subjects to talk about. Myke is a person who slides under the radar and looks for no recognition. For the last 3 years, Myke has partnered with the present owner of The Wood Mill to provide turkey pies to all residents over the age of 70. This year, he partnered with the Mercer Community Club to provide the pies. Myke is also the individual that empties the bottle bin at the town office weekly to help with our annual chicken BBQ. He is often out helping the Select Board with brush cutting or using his tractor to help clean up at Bog Brook. He provided a bench for people to sit down at Bog Brook. He donated the old cultivator that sits in the triangle at Pond Road and Beech Hill and the wood chips that we used initially for mulch. Each spring, Myke will lend a helping hand with spring clean-up at the Mercer Community Center. A springtime hobby of his is tapping his maple trees and boiling the sap. Let me tell you first hand, his syrup is top notch! Most recently during our last winter storm while out riding the roads to assess the damages and downed trees, Myke was out there on Bacon and Ladd roads with his tractor and saw ready to help with whatever could be done. Myke assured us he would get it taken care of and asked where else needed attention. “In my travels, I saw Dan Charles who also offered to help so I asked him to go help Myke. When I went back later, they had cleaned it all up” says Ricky Parlin. Just the kind of guy Myke is. Myke attends most Selectboard meetings and keeps informed with Town issues and problems. If there’s a problem, Myke will go out of his way to help out for the betterment of the town. He has been a huge support for the Selectboard and Town over the past 4 years. Without citizens like Myke, the Board is nothing. Many, many thanks Myke for all you do! It certainly doesn’t go unnoticed!


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Franklin

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Phillips

    Winner’s Name: 

Sylvia Adams

    Achievements:

Service to the Town of Phillips Planning Board for decades.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

York

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Buxton

    Winner’s Name: 

Aging in Buxton

    Achievements:

For providing exemplary charitable and information services to the senior community in Buxton Maine


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Rumford

    Winner’s Name: 

Richard “Dick” Lovejoy

    Achievements:

It’s difficult to go anywhere without seeing Dick Lovejoy volunteering for some cause. Dick devotes his time to many different organizations including the Town of Rumford by serving numerous Boards and Committees to include Rumford Community Home Board, Hope Association Board, Chisholm Ski Club, Rumford Finance Committee, Rumford Board of Assessors. He volunteers for many events as a member of Envision Rumford. Volunteers with Maine adaptive Skiing, and Rumford Elementary School for over 20 years. Dick has made Rumford a better place to live. He is a true example of what the Spirit of America Volunteerism Award Represents.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Waldo

    Awarding Entity: 

City of Belfast

    Winner’s Name: 

The Greater Bay Area Ministerium (GBAM) Food Cupboard

    Achievements:

Demonstrated dedicated service to the people of Belfast, and the greater Belfast Community by ensuring everyone has access to sufficient and wholesome food in an atmosphere of dignity and respect all while promoting nutrition for those in need.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Somerset

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Pittsfield

    Winner’s Name: 

Woody Moore

    Achievements:

By tirelessly volunteering his time and resources to Pittsfield’s youth and their families, Woody has fostered unity and strengthened the bonds among residents and students.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Knox

    Awarding Entity: 

Union

    Winner’s Name: 

Joel & Sybil Wentworth

    Achievements:

SPIRIT OF AMERICA Joel and Sybil Wentworth The 2024 Union, Maine Spirit of America Foundation Tribute honors Joel, and Sybil Wentworth for commendable community service. Be it Resolved by the Selectmen of the Town of Union as follows: Whereas, Joel has served for several of years on the Cemetery Trust Committee and Budget Committee; Whereas, Sybil has been actively involved for many years assisting our community at People’s United Methodist Church; Whereas, Joel served on the board for over 20 years as chair of the B.M. Clark Foundation; Whereas, Sybil has helped for many years with the preparation of Founders Day; organizing children’s activities like the Teddy Bear Picnic and pet show; Whereas, Joel has served on the Union Alumni Association, and as a member of the Union Masonic Lodge where he volunteers for transporting disabled veterans to services at Togus VA, and organized many chicken barbeques; Whereas, Joel and Sybil have spent numerous years helping/volunteering behind the scenes for all community events; whether it be making parts for something that was needed or planning a musical recital; Be it Resolved by the Select Board of the Town of Union that Joel and Sybil Wentworth are hereby recognized for their great achievements and honors that they have brought upon their community with the 2024 Union Spirit of America Foundation Tribute; and Be it Further Resolved that a copy of their resolution be appropriately framed and presented to Joel and Sybil Wentworth for appropriate display.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Franklin

    Awarding Entity: 

Chesterville

    Winner’s Name: 

Donald Oliver

    Achievements:

Donald Oliver owns his own lawn care and backhoe business with his wife. He has always been a hard worker and willing to give an extra hand and never expect anything in return. Last year, Don stepped up big time and volunteered his time, equipment, and money to complete the playground project. Don worked tirelessly in the heat of the summer, by himself, for the majority of the groundwork. He dug the hole for the playground area, and then he took over 80+ trips back and forth to the transfer station with the loom that was dug up. He then leveled out the playground area and got it ready for the build. When the day of the build came around, the wrong dimensions were given to the town for the size of the playground and an additional 12x54ft area had to be dug up and leveled out with the rest of the area. Oliver didn’t hesitate at all, he jumped in his excavator and started getting right to work. He even picked up some of the larger pieces of equipment for the Rec Committee and paid for the rental himself. But Don’s help didn’t stop there. He then made a handicap accessible pathway for us, filled it with crushed stones, rolled it out and even rolled out the remainder of crushed stone in the Town Hall parking lot to make the parking area better. When it came time to fill the sandbox, Don went and purchased the sand and filled the sand box in no time. In the Fall, the Rec Committee began the work on the baseball field and once again Donald Oliver offered to come give the committee a hand. He brought over some of his equipment and got to work. Don never submitted a receipt for any of his gas, materials, equipment use or time. He is an awesome community member and he is known for helping anyone in need, whether it’s to plow someone out in a bad storm, or help a neighbor with yard work. Don is a great guy, he has helped the town of Chesterville and the children of this town in so many ways.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Lincoln

    Awarding Entity: 

South Bristol

    Winner’s Name: 

Lawrence Kelsey

    Achievements:

Lawrence Kelsey has held many positions in South Bristol including Selectman, Harbor Committee, School Board, etc.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Lincoln

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Bristol

    Winner’s Name: 

Sandra Lane

    Achievements:

Born and raised in Bristol, Sandra’s early years were spent raising her family. Always interested in bettering her community she was active in coaching sports, leadership roles in scouting, and volunteering in the school and other charitable organizations such as BATMA (Bristol Area Teenage Memorial Association), Dollars for Scholars, and Bristol Footlighters. As a bus driver in the school system for over 43 years, Sandra has devoted much of her life to caring for those students who rode her bus. Even now, she treats many of them as her adopted family. In 2017, when she lost her beloved husband, Russell, of 61 years, Sandra donated funds and was instrumental in starting a Veteran’s Memorial for the town of Bristol. Most recently, she has become a fixture at Pemaquid Beach and Pemaquid Point Light as a Park Commissioner. The Town thanks Sandra for her commitment to the community. Sandra was also featured as a character of the county in the August 22, 2022 issue of the Lincoln County News. https://lcnme.com/opinion/columns/characters-of-the-county-sandra-lane-continues-tireless-work-for-the-future-of-bristol/


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Sagadahoc

    Awarding Entity: 

City of Bath

    Winner’s Name: 

Robert “Bob” Oxton

    Achievements:

Bob has served on the City of Bath Planning Board since 1993. For the past 30 years, he has guided decisions that have impacted the look and feel of Bath. He has helped balance our municipality’s need for new development while still preserving, among other things, the architectural features, dark skies, and landscaping that makes Bath special.” Bob has also been an integral part of multiple comprehensive City planning efforts, including the 2023 update.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

York

    Awarding Entity: 

Newfield, Town of

    Winner’s Name: 

Dawn & Brian Rouillard

    Achievements:

The 2024 Newfield, Maine Spirit of America Foundation Tribute honors Dawn & Brian Rouillard for their commendable community service and volunteer work. Be it resolved by the Select Board of the Town of Newfield as follows: Whereas, Brian and Dawn serve the Town of Newfield as Recycling Center Coordinators. Dawn and Brian recognize the Swap Shop is essential to our community, allowing patrons to donate gently used items for re-use by Newfield property owners. Without Dawn and Brian, the Swap Shop would not have been open. Be it Resolved by the Select Board of the Town of Newfield that Dawn and Brian Rouillard are hereby recognized for their remarkable community service and dedication to this community with the 2024 Newfield Spirit of America Foundation Tribute. Their dedication and community support represent the spirit of this award.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

York

    Awarding Entity: 

Newfield, Town of

    Winner’s Name: 

Benjamin Buzzell

    Achievements:

The 2024 Newfield, Maine Spirit of America Foundation Tribute honors Benjamin Buzzell for commendable community service. Be it resolved by the Select Board of the Town of Newfield as follows: Whereas, since 2012, Benjamin Buzzell serves the Town of Newfield Planning Board, holding the position as chair for several years. The Planning Board requires extensive research to be done for each application submitted. Ben has volunteered countless hours over the past 12 years and continues to be an asset to the board. Be it Resolved by the Select Board of the Town of Newfield that Benjamin Buzzell is hereby recognized for his exceptional community service and dedication to this community with the 2024 Newfield Spirit of America Foundation Tribute. Ben’s dedication and community support represent the spirit of this award.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

York

    Awarding Entity: 

Newfield, Town of

    Winner’s Name: 

Tina Crowley-Colwell

    Achievements:

The 2024 Newfield, Maine Spirit of America Foundation Tribute honors Tina Crowley-Colwell for commendable community service. Be it resolved by the Select Board of the Town of Newfield as follows: Whereas, from 2010 to 2024, Tina Crowley-Colwell served the RSU #57 School Board as School Board Director. Be it Resolved by the Select Board of the Town of Newfield that Tina Crowley-Colwell is hereby recognized for her commendable community service and countless hours dedicated to this community with the 2024 Newfield Spirit of America Foundation Tribute. Tina’s dedication and community support embody the spirit of this award.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Fryeburg

    Winner’s Name: 

Jimmy Oliver

    Achievements:

For many years, Jimmy has ensured the health and well-being of our residents through his expertise at Oliver’s Drug Store. Some of us remember the drugstore as a place that was much more than just a pharmacy when it was located in the middle of town. When the family business was bought out by LeVerdier’s (which became Rite-Aid and eventually Walgreens), Jimmy continued serving the town and its residents as a pharmacist. His knowledge, professionalism, and genuine care have built trust and fostered a sense of security for countless individuals and families. Beyond the pharmacy walls, Jimmy selflessly served for many years as a volunteer first responder with Fryeburg Rescue. His willingness to step forward in times of crisis, regardless of the time of night, demonstrates a remarkable commitment to the safety and well-being of our community.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Somerset

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of St. Albans, ME

    Winner’s Name: 

St. Albans Giving Tree

    Achievements:

Year-round assistance to the citizens of St. Albans & Community events


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Hancock

    Awarding Entity: 

Surry

    Winner’s Name: 

John Curtis

    Achievements:

John Curtis is the epitome of volunteerism. He works diligently and tirelessly in promoting Surry from putting up signage for the town to building paths at the Old Surry Village School. He is president of the Surry Historical Society and organizes presentations and writes creative newsletters and booklets. He has provided entertaining lecture series, and his artistic talents are displayed at Surry’s Trunk o’ Treat and Santa’s Chimney, just to name a few of his many contributions to Surry.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Hancock

    Awarding Entity: 

Surry

    Winner’s Name: 

Brooks Engle

    Achievements:

Brooks Engle has been a SCIA board member since 2011. We have counted on his talents as a chef as he has provided delicious treats for the many SCIA dinners and picnics that have been held over the years. He has also volunteered for other Surry and Ellsworth organizations.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Hancock

    Awarding Entity: 

Hancock

    Winner’s Name: 

George Moon

    Achievements:

George Moon, Hancock’s Road Commissioner, goes above and beyond his role in keeping the town road safe, secure, and clean.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Readfield

    Winner’s Name: 

Dennis Price

    Achievements:

For his time volunteering on various Town Boards & Committees and his service and support to the Town of Readfield. For his enthusiastic energy celebrating our town through his years as the driving organizational force of our Readfield Heritage Days celebrations, we extend our special appreciation and thanks.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Readfield

    Winner’s Name: 

Ralph Eno

    Achievements:

For his role as a major contributor to the success of multiple public infrastructure projects, cheerful and hard-working volunteerism at the Maranacook Food Pantry, and humble support of our local government and public employees. For all his generosity and community-oriented spirit, we extend our special appreciation and thanks.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Oxford

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Sweden, Maine

    Winner’s Name: 

Linda Bradley

    Achievements:

The town of Sweden Select Board would like to nominate Linda Bradley for the Spirit of America Foundation Tribute, 2024. Linda Bradley has been the president of the Sweden Food Pantry for the last seven years. The Sweden Food Pantry is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that serves the towns of Sweden, Lovell, Fryeburg, Stow, Stoneham, and Waterford. Linda is an inspiring leader who brings passion and dedication to her responsibilities at the food pantry. The positive impact that Linda has made is significant. Her contributions have helped the Sweden Food Pantry run more efficiently, professionally and consistently. These are qualities that are appreciated by the volunteers and pantry users alike. Linda’s experience as a teacher for SAD 72, as well as her principalship at the Rowe School in Norway has served her well in organizing all the activities at the pantry. Anyone who knows Linda will tell you that she is at the pantry nearly every day. On pantry days, Linda is right there with the other volunteers unloading the van and stocking the shelves. She organizes board meetings and keeps Trustees focused on the reason the Pantry exists – neighbors helping neighbors. In 2023 Linda successfully obtained a grant to create a safe drive through pick-up area that included a farmer’s porch to improve the safety and convenience of volunteers and pantry users during the snowy winter months. It also made it easier to pick up their groceries given they could now wait in their cars in an orderly fashion. All the work to obtain permits from the Sweden town Planning Board, and assess bids for the job, was done by Linda. After the pandemic, Linda encouraged the Pantry to change to an open shopping model, which meant that shoppers could take however much they needed of most items. Our shoppers frequently comment on how much they like coming to the Sweden Food Pantry exactly because of the open shopping model, and friendly atmosphere. It also means that Linda can put in orders to the Good Shepherd Food Bank with the knowledge of what our participants prefer and will use. In addition, Linda maintains data on which towns Pantry users come from. The pantry currently serves 9 towns in Cumberland and Oxford counties. In 2023, 26 families and 68 individuals came to us from the nearest town of Bridgton. Linda is fiercely proud that the pantry ensures that no one is ever turned away. Being a retired teacher, Linda makes sure that all volunteers are educated on safe food handling, social equity and sensitivity, and how to encourage healthy food choices. When unusual fruit or vegetable donations are received from Hannaford’s, Linda puts out interesting recipes using those new food items. Fundraising is an inevitable job for the President of the food pantry and Linda has many creative ideas which she has successfully carried out with the Board members over the years. Linda maintains the donor list and annual appeals to both towns and individuals. Her thank you notes always include a handwritten note With Linda as leader of the Food Pantry, the Town of Sweden has benefited from their reputation for compassion and friendliness that is a tribute to all the town’s residents. The Sweden Select Board is delighted to nominate Linda Bradley for the Spirit of America Foundation Tribute, 2024.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Kennebec

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Winslow

    Winner’s Name: 

Milton Poulliot

    Achievements:

Whereas, Mr. Poulliot is a lifelong resident of the Town of Winslow, having been born in the family home on the Wyman Road and graduating from Winslow High School in 1958. While in High School, Mr. Poulliot played football, basketball, and ran track; and Whereas, after graduating from Winslow High, Mr. Poulliot volunteered for the Winslow Jaycees, the Fort Halifax Snow Drifters, and volunteered for Winslow Youth Hockey as a coach: and Whereas Mr. Poulliot worked behind the scenes for many years for the Winslow Family Fourth of July Event as well as volunteering for several years as a Winslow Planning Board Member; and Whereas Mr. Poulliot’s passion was carpentry and building homes. He built two of his personal homes as well as many others. Mr. Poulliot owned his own business remodeling and building homes. During this time, Mr. Poulliot taught carpentry at the Somerset Technical Center located at the Skowhegan High School; and Whereas, since retirement, Mr. Poulliot continues to volunteer for the Town of Winslow. He sits on many volunteer committees for the town, including the Stage Committee, Fort Halifax committee, and the planning committee for the 1804 School House; and BE IT RESOLVED by the Town Council of the Town of Winslow to hereby nominates Milton Poulliot for the Spirit of America Award for their dedicated service to Winslow Youth Sports and this community


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Aroostook

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Portage Lake

    Winner’s Name: 

Betty Benson

    Achievements:

Betty Benson is a long-time resident of Portage Lake. She has been a member of the Portage Central School PTA, worked at Coffin’s Store and Dean’s Motor Lodge for many years as a waitress where she met many interesting people and gained many new friends. Betty is very generous with her time and talents, often making meals for community dinners. She volunteers to drive elderly residents to their doctor appointments, and serves food at the Can-Am Sled Dog Races each winter. Betty has served as Secretary of the Portage Lake Historical Society, served as Treasurer of the Portage Lakers ATV Club, and is a member and honorary cook for the Portage Lake Snowmobile Club. Betty has a selfless attitude and a willingness to help her community and fellow residents.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Cumberland

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Baldwin

    Winner’s Name: 

Connie Warren

    Achievements:

Active contributor and leader for the community, serving as board member and Secretery for the Brown Memorial Library for over thirty years. Works with the local food pantry and is co-founder of the monthly Baldwin Senior Lunch. Served as ballot clerk for many years. Long-time board member and Secretary of the Baldwin Historical Society. Active member of the North Baldwin Grange, PTC presiden t and Girl Scout leader.


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Cumberland

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Baldwin

    Winner’s Name: 

Dwight Warren

    Achievements:

Served on the East Baldwin Fire Dept. and served as radiological monitor for Civil Defense exersices. Worked with local youth groups and coached little league baseball. Member of the 2002 Bicentennial Committee . Member of the Baldwin Historical Society team that renovated and expanded Baldwin Soldier’s memorial. Served on the board of the Brown Memorial Library for over thirty years. Helps with the local food pantry and co-founded the Baldwin Senior Lunch. Served on the Executive Committee of the No. Baldwin Grange and served six years on the Baldwin Select Board .


    Year:

2024

    State: 

Maine

    County:

Piscataquis

    Awarding Entity: 

Town of Greenville

    Winner’s Name: 

Moosehead Kiwanis Club

    Achievements:

75 Years of Service to the Moosehead Lake Region