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Somerset County Spirit of American awards to be presented

Posted May 13, 2012, at 10:56 a.m.
Last modified May 14, 2012, at 9:51 a.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine – The Maine Spirit of American Foundation will honor several civic, fraternal and veterans’ organizations as well as individual volunteers at a ceremony Thursday, May 17 at the Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge.

The reception starts at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public at no charge.

The Somerset County honorees are Athens Elementary School Advocates, Joseph Bourque of Bingham, Cambridge Fire Department, Cornville-Athens Food Cupboard, Detroit Volunteer Fire Department, Embden Historical Society, Rick and Dorothy Fayen of Starks, the Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry, Harmony Patriarch’s Club, Jackman-Moose River Historical Society, Mercer Community Emergency Response Team, Moose River Valley Center, Moscow Elementary School, New Portland Lion’s Club, Herbert Pearl of Skowhegan, People Who Care Food Cupboard of Madison, Ripley Celebration Committee, Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge, Smithfield Moonshines Snowmobile Club, St. Albans Summerfest Committee, Albert and Lois Starbird of Solon, and the Canaan Farmer’s Hall.

The Community Christmas Project of Pittsfield will receive its award at 7:30 p.m.  Tuesday, May 15 at the Pittsfield Town Council meeting.

The Spirit of American Foundation of Maine was established in Augusta to encourage and promote volunteerism, and the first award was presented to Alma Jones by Augusta Mayor William Burney on Nov. 26, 1991.

Former Maine governors John Baldacci and Angus King, MMA Executive Director Chris Lockwood and WABK radio personalities Don Brown and Ryan Cote are among many who have played key roles at the ceremonies over the years.

For more information about the Spirit of America, visit http://www.spiroaf.com.

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