EASTPORT, Maine — Over the nine years in business, partners in The Commons have awarded 72 Common Good Awards. Says partner Linda Cross Godfrey, “That means in whatever direction you look, whatever shop or eatery you frequent, whatever gallery show, play, or sporting event you attend, you may be in the midst of fellow citizens who have been honored for their efforts to make Eastport the best place it can be.”
Twelve individuals or groups were presented their Common Good Awards during the company’s recent anniversary open house.
Dorothy “Scottie” Boyle, well known artist, art teacher, community garden creator and cultural supporter received The Arts and Culture Award. Retiring City Manager, Jon Southern was presented with the Civic Service Award. Anne Shields Hopkins accepted the Community Collaborative Success Award for her creation and management of Eat Local Eastport local buying club.
Ryan Newell, owner of Ryan Newell Construction since 1991 received the Community Building Award,for his actual construction skills and his leadership in bringing together Pleasant Point tribal construction workers with other craftsmen working in the Eastport community. Paul Theriault, Principal of Shead High School was presented the Common Good Award for Educational Excellence. Lauren Seeley and her daughters Madeline and Margaret, together operating Three Chicks Alterations and Design were given the Entrepreneurism and Innovation Award.
Merill and Roger Conti and Merilyn Conti Mills, owners and operators of R&M IGA were honored with The Family Business Success Award for three generations of operating the local food store. Barbara Barnett, Executive Director of Downeast Hospice received The Health Care and Compassion Award for over twenty years of volunteerism and leadership of this valued program.
Kieran Weston was recognized for his interests, cooperation and involvement in Eastport programs, projects and events with The Outstanding Community Youth Award. The Rising Tide Award for Past, Present and Future Community Commitment was presented to members of Friends of The Boat School for their loyalty and support of the school.
The capstone citation, The Eleanor Roosevelt Outstanding Woman Leader Award, applauds an individual who is living out one of Eleanor Roosevelt’s best known quotes, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” The 2013 award winner was Heidi Herzberger of the neighboring community of Trescott, where she is the owner and master herbalist of her company, Herbminders of Maine. Herbminders markets Heidi’s Plant Pep™ , an organic fertilizer, along with a line of organic teas, and a quartet of culinary herbal blends.
The 2013 ceremony included a new category, Shining a Statewide Spotlight on Eastport Award. The award was presented to Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine. Nancy’s citation noted that she is a masterful connector, informed community development specialist and positive leader for all of Maine. Nancy was applauded for seeing and supporting the convergence of Eastport’s creative economy, alternative energy leadership, port based worldwide trading route and the resilient and steadfast citizenry and for bringing Eastport to the attention of hundreds of Maine citizens and many statewide organizations.
Learn more about The Commons, located in Eastport’s historic downtown by visiting www.thecommonseastport.com