|Hancock, Penobscot and Piscataquis County town winners of the 2016 Spirit of America Foundation Tribute for outstanding community service were recognized during a Friday, October 7th ceremony at the Bangor Grange. Local Penobscot County winners honored were: Jacqueline Emerson from Corinna, has served on several committees, helped a variety of causes over the years; Stephen Colbath from Exeter served 15 to 16 years as a selectman and spearheaded the Veterans Memorial effort. The Piscataquis County winners honored were: Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union (Guilford) has helped many volunteer causes throughout the years; Garrett Kimball chaired construction of new flag courtyard at town office, earned Eagle Scout (Parkman); and Thomas Carone has been a Selectman, a Grange member and chaired Sangerville Volunteer Days (Sangerville). The keynote speakers Tom Goulette (Past President of Maine Town and County Managers Association), Rick Grotton (Maine State Grange Master and President), Rolf Staples (Past Master of Bangor Grange) and others all praised the efforts of volunteers.
Pictured are some of the honorees during the Spirit of America Foundation Tribute on Friday, October 7th. In the photo from left to right: Shelley Blocker (Maine Highlands FCU), Tom Goulette, Debbie Cross (Maine Highlands FCU), Serena Bemis-Goodall (Corinna Town Manager), Carol Cress (Sebec Town Clerk), Jacqueline Emerson, Ruth Nason, Robert Conary (Orland Fire Dept.), Julia Gray (Orland Fire Dept.) and Walter Emmons (Sebec Selectman).