2016-12-23 / Front Page

Great Person nominations rolling in

It’s time for the Post’s Great Person Award nominations.

Each year we ask our readers to tell us who has influenced their lives. There are no special qualifications for the Great Person Award – it’s simply to honor those who make this community a special place to live.

Your Great Person may be the person who hands you your morning coffee daily with a smile on her face. It may be the volunteer who works tirelessly for an area nonprofit. It may be a teacher who spends that extra moment helping you, or a police officer who coaches your son’s basketball team. The award is meant to be a thank you for all they do during the year.

The winner will be interviewed for a newspaper article.

Nominations will be accepted through noon, Friday, Dec. 23. A ballot of everyone nominated will be printed in the Dec. 30 edition.

Voting will end at noon, Monday, Jan. 9, and the winner will be announced in the next edition.

You may nominate a person by mailing an explanation to Mainely Media LLC, 457 Alfred St., Biddeford, ME 04005. We need to know the address and phone number of each nominee and we need to know your contact information in case we have questions (this information will not be printed). Feel free to attach a longer explanation about why you nominated a Great Person.

 You may nominate a person electronically by emailing it to editor@kennebunkpost.com or faxing it to 282-4339.

 We also are happy to accept nominations dropped off at our office, 457 Alfred St. in Biddeford.

The nominees, through Monday, Dec. 19, are: Jude and Joel Brownstein nominate Lisa Mills. Not only is Lisa the consummate local entertainer, bringing joy and an overly generous spirit to everyone in the Kennebunks, Cape Porpoise, etc., but in the face of personal tragedy, Lisa has exhibited the true essence of what it means to be a courageous heroine. She has been a beacon of strength while proving that the embracing of one’s faith can indeed see us through even in the worst of personal events. Her smiles and hugs continue to be given to those in her path. Her beautiful voice goes on singing as a constant gift to us all.

In our minds, there is no one more deserving of this honor than Lisa Mills. More than ever before we need people around us who can assure us that love, kindness to others and the sharing of God-given gifts will ultimately see us through to a better place.

To embrace your faith and pay it forward to your family, friends and neighbors. Lisa Mills does it better than anyone we know. Please vote her for the Great Person of 2016.

Nik Charov nominates Paul Dest. Paul Dest will receive NOAA’s Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award at a conference in New Orleans. He is one of only two recipients of this national, biennial award given to individuals or groups making a lasting difference in environmental protection and coastal communities. Paul is a longtime resident of Kennebunk, devoted father of two and sits on numerous local and national boards. He’s also my friend and colleague. I think he’s a great person.

Brian Fox nominates Kristina Birthisel. Kristina is so, so helpful at the library. The town is lucky. She has a great smile. Please award her.

Chris Madden nominates Mary and Tom Cumin. The Cumins have started Cando for homeless and always donate time to homeless.

Kim Liversidge nominates Norm Labbe. Stood up for the removal of fluoride from our water system.

Jason and Dakota Stone nominate Angela O’Connor. If you have a child who participates in sports in the Kennebunks, chances are you have encountered Angela. Her positive attitude and dedication to the youth of the area is amazing to watch. She goes out of her way to make sure every child feels included and special and she does it with a smile. Thank you Angela for all that you have done, are doing and will continue to do.

Albert Kolff nominates Donna Teague. With her instigation and hard work a lot of the silent majority ended up speaking up and voting our feelings about saving the Mousam and keeping our dams. She just might be Mother Nature, as she knows the beauty and the beast of the river. As they say beware of Mother Nature.

Lauren Bell-Wayne and David Wayne nominate Donna Teague. Donna spearheaded and continues to lead the grassroots Kennebunk movement to keep renewable hydro electricity produced by our three Kennebunk dams and to maintain the Mousam River for recreational use. Her efforts have included mobilizing the community to vote overwhelmingly in the Save the Mousam – Keep Our Dams effort ballot propositions. Fighting mostly external, long entrenched, special interest groups, Donna and her team have heightened awareness of a crucial economic issue for the town and she has emerged as a leader to help ensure that all citizens of the town, regardless of their position on the issues, have an opportunity to have a say in the outcome.

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