2015-12-25 / Front Page

Great Person voting continues

It’s time to vote for the Post’s Great Person Award.

Each year, readers choose one person they think has made our communities a special place to live. There are no qualifications for the Great Person Award – it’s simply to honor those who make their community better.

The award is meant to be a thank you for all they do during the year. The winner will be interviewed for a story in the Kennebunk Post.

A ballot of everyone nominated is on page 8.

Voting will end at noon, Friday, Jan. 1 and the winner will be announced in the following weeks.

The Post will accept printed ballots (or photo copies) only through Jan. 1. Ballots should be mailed off to Kennebunk Post, P.O. Box 1894, Biddeford, ME 04005. Ballots may also be dropped off at 457 Alfred Road, Biddeford.

No emailed ballots will be accepted.

Here are the 11 nominees:

Pamela Breault nominates Candice Simeoni. “Candice is a kind, giving, loving person. Candice is the most giving person you could ever meet. Candice has been involved and active in the Elderly Task Force, also doing the Camp Postcard for the needy and troubled teens, to coat drives to warm the elderly in Maine, to just plain Secret Santa by leaving gifts, using her own money. She never asks to get anything back, except the smiles on people’s faces. She also does the make your wish come true for the elderly.

“For the past three years, she has helped an elderly woman, who was 103, meet President Bush, help another woman find her family and another elderly lady fulfill her wish of riding in a hot air balloon.

“Candice has a cake business on top of everything else she does. She works for the Kennebunk Police Department. She is such a simple, outgoing person that everyone needs in their lives. If we didn’t have her in our lives, we wouldn’t be the same.”

Danielle Dillman and Joyce Hollman nominate Susan Plass for the Great Person Award.

“Sue coaches the Kennebunk Twirlers, the talented girls you see in every parade, halftime of football games and many other special events around town all year long. The twirlers have competed on local, state, and regional levels, and this year are participating in the half-time show of the Citrus Bowl.

“The most amazing and great thing is Sue does all this work, coaching evenings and weekends throughout the year, fundraising, United States Twirling paperwork, organizing competitions, and much more completely as a volunteer. It would be impossible to total the thousands of hours she has given over the years. Also, coaching to Sue is not just about sport, it is about developing and mentoring young people to be the best possible people they can be, in every way.

“As the girls grow up with Sue as their coach, they are blessed with another guiding and loving ‘parent’ through the many challenges and choices growing up brings. They learn the most important life lessons of hard work, pursuing when you have a setback, doing your best, making positive choices, supporting and accepting others, teamwork, taking action to make your community a better place, and respecting and loving themselves and others. As if this isn’t enough she serves on the Kennebunk Festival Committee and is a devoted neighbor, daughter, sister, wife, and friend.

“For all of this volunteering her time and energy and investing in our community, Sue Plass deserves the Great Person Award.”

Brian Fox nominates Melissa, a teller at Kennebunk Savings on Main Street. “She is always so, so helpful and has a great smile in the morning, so bright and cheerful.”

Brian Fox nominates Marissa Gagne of Kennebunk Beach Realty. “Marissa is so, so helpful, kind and polite.”

Brian Fox nominates Kristina Birthisel at Kennebunk Free Library. “She is an A-plus in service, the best service.”

Brian Fox nominates Father Tom Murphy, St. Martha Church. “He is so, so helpful and so kind to everyone in Kennebunk.”

Dorothy Gregoire nominates Jack Reetz Jr. “Jack has worked on numerous boards and committees in our community for several years, tirelessly working for bettering others’ lives.”

Ruth Cheney nominates Donna Merrill-Walls. “Donna has always had a huge heart. She has worked hard for awareness on the cold case of Mary Tanner’s murder. Most recently, she has organized a craft fair to raise money for the movie in the works.”

Mrs. Donald Sharpe nominates Sally Bridges. “Always giving, always dependable. A friend in need to so many people.”

Ginny Allen nominates Jude and Joel Brownstein. “Jude and Joel are in the sandwich generation with a senior parent, a college student son and a married daughter who has given them a grandchild.

“Both of these people are generous to a fault. Jude is involved at River Tree Arts in almost every area that has to do with the public and she does it so easily and so well. Joel is always around town with his cute dog and a camera and always with a smile and a cookie for us to share with his dog. He has a gift for making each one of us feel really special as he takes our pictures and then emails them to us with captions. They are aware of people who are alone and check in on them with grace and dignity. I appreciate them both and their friendship. They are humble people.” Margaret Adams nominates Ahmed Ciangiulli. “Ahmed volunteers for the Downtown Committee. This year, he became chairman. He is a great young man, who has overcome a disability and shows strength and leadership daily.”

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