Orono activists to get Hands of Peace Award

Posted Sept. 28, 2011, at 8:19 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Local citizen-activists Ron and Lee Davis will be honored with the Hands of Peace Award at the 22nd annual Harvest Supper from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Church of Universal Fellowship at 82 Main St.

The potluck supper is open to the public and is being held to support the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine. The suggested donation for the event is $10 for an individual or $15 for a family. A food donation for the event also would be accepted, but donations are not required.

After the dinner, the ceremony to honor the Davises will begin. Also being honored are the Young Adults with Pizazz, a high school group at the Church of Universal Fellowship, with the Youth Hands of Peace Award.

Ron Davis is known in the Orono area for having conceived, planned and helped construct the Orono Bog Boardwalk. In addition to decades of teaching and research with the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, he also has served as a trustee of the Maine Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and on the board of directors of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

Lee Davis has been chairwoman of the Orono Peace group since 1986. Several times a year, she travels to Washington to serve as the board chairwoman of Citizens for Global Solutions. Having taught biology and chemistry at the Onward Program at the University of Maine, she also has served on the board of the Natural Resources Council of Maine and initiated the Cool Bangor Coalition and serves on the Cool Orono Committee.

“We look forward to honoring the varied contributions of Orono’s Lee and Ron Davis who have worked over the long haul and through difficult times to protect the environment and to find peaceful, international solutions to conflict,” said Ilze Petersons, program coordinator for the Peace and Justice Center.

In addition to being the Church of Universal Fellowship’s youth group, the Young Adults with Pizazz, or YAWP, also has helped with the Peace and Justice Center’s HOPE Festival. Members also donated time to help local organizations such as the Manna soup kitchen and Shaw House in Bangor. In addition, they traveled to New Orleans over spring break to help rebuild homes that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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