2017-10-12 / Front Page

Bath says ‘thank you’ on special citizen day

BY NATHAN STROUT
Times Record Staff


JAMIE DORR receives Citizen of the Year recognition at Bath Citizen Involvement Day “for her untiring, infectious energy.” Dorr is the president of the Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skate Park and a key organizer of the Midcoast Community Alliance, which works to raise awareness of and prevent suicide. 
NATHAN STROUT / THE TIMES RECORD JAMIE DORR receives Citizen of the Year recognition at Bath Citizen Involvement Day “for her untiring, infectious energy.” Dorr is the president of the Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skate Park and a key organizer of the Midcoast Community Alliance, which works to raise awareness of and prevent suicide. NATHAN STROUT / THE TIMES RECORD BATH

Volunteers and organizations working to make their community a better place were recognized recently during the 19th annual Bath Citizen Involvement Day.

“Citizen Involvement Day is our chance to say thank you to the Bath community, to the nonprofits, and give them a chance to talk about what they do,” said Erika Benson, executive assistant at city hall.

“But it’s also to highlight the people who have really done something stellar this year — something that’s impacted the lives of many people in our community and beyond,” she continued. “And just to say thank you and to show that recognition and appreciation for what they’ve spent their time doing.”

Four awards were handed out in Waterfront Park by Benson and Bath City Council Chairwoman Mari Eosco on Saturday:

• The Youth Award was presented to the students of Morse High School’s Jobs for Maine Graduates program for their community service. Students from JMG have helped out at the Bath Area Food Mobile, Bath Area Food Bank and Bath Housing.

• The Friends of the Zorach Fountain received the Community Project Award for their restoration of the pond and area surrounding the Spirit of the Sea fountain at City Park. Major changes to the pond resolved drainage issues and brought the area in line with the beauty of the artwork, according to the organization. The nonprofit organization finished the project earlier this year.

• The Al Smith Community Spirit Award was given to the Bath Elks Lodge #934 for its fundraising, community service and for providing a facility for community functions.

• Jamie Dorr was named Citizen of the Year. Dorr is the president of the Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skate Park and an organizer of the Midcoast Community Alliance, a network of organization working to address mental health issues in the Midcoast community and prevent suicide.

“The city of Bath thanks Jamie for her devotion to the youth of our community and mental health awareness,” said Benson. “Thank you so much, Jamie.”

“Keep in mind some programs in the coming year that you think deserve some recognition from the city and from the community for other good works that they do,” she added.

nstrout@timesrecord.com

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