June 25, 2018
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Bangor salutes community leaders

By Jessica Bloch, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — As the Queen City continues to celebrate its 175th anniversary this year, Bangor Mayor Gerry Palmer helped on Sunday to celebrate some of the people who have made the city what it is.

Palmer and members of a city committee handed out 34 Paul Bunyan Citizenship Awards on Sunday afternoon to residents who have had an effect on the community in a variety of beneficial ways, small and large, loud and quiet.

The award is new this year as a way to continue the city’s anniversary, Palmer said during the ceremony at the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department building, and the choice of 34 winners was meant to represent 1834, the year Bangor was incorporated into a city.

“We wanted to recognize people in our community who really are the connectors that hold our community together,” Palmer said.

“They don’t always get the recognition they need,” he added.

There were just two criteria for award winners: They had to be Bangor residents, and they could not be current or former elected officials.

Around 300 people were considered for the award, and winners came from all walks of life. There were artists and coaches, business owners and the retired, those who work to raise funds for organizations, and others known for their donations of time and money.

Honorees who were Bangor natives shared their reminiscences of the Queen City, and those “from away” talked about why they have come to love their adopted city.

“Bangor is a wonderful place,” said winner Joan Woodcock Nestler, a New York native who moved to Bangor in 1951. “It was surburbia that I grew up in. In Bangor, there are opportunities to give and be given to, and I’m very grateful that [husband, the late Dr. John Woodcock] brought me here.”

For Bob Ziegelaar, the Bunyan honor was the second award ceremony in which he participated Sunday. The Telford Group, an aviation company of which he is president, was recognized Sunday morning for the company’s assistance with a Maine Army National Guard group.“I can’t imagine living in a community and not being involved in it, and this is a great one,” said Ziegelaar, a former director of Bangor International Airport, during a break from the ceremony.




Paul Bunyan Citizenship Award winners

Barbara McDade

Susan Jonason

Lovern Stockwell

Annaliese Jakimides

Rick Fournier

Skip Rist

Bill Sullivan

Nelson Durgin

Brad Ryder

Sterling Dymond

Byron Hale

Charlie Birkel

Bernard “Doc” Mann

Dick Shaw

Charles Colburn

Ralph Foss

Roger George

Joan Woodcock Nestler

Bob Ziegelaar

Sandra Blake Leonard

Alice Wellman

Francine Wickes

Dick Catelle

Roxanne and Galen Saucier

Dixielea and Charlie Thayer

LeeAnne and Bruce Mallonee

Wilma and Merrill “Pappy” Bradford

Vicky and David Vroom

Renee and Leonard Minsky

Catherine and Clif Eames

Jean Deighan

William Deering

Ron St. Pierre, on behalf of Mansfield Stadium

Sue-Ann and Bill Buckley

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