2011 George Hale Silver Frame Award Winners

2011 George Hale Silver Frame Awards

Wade and Helen Dow

A special group award goes to Wade and Helen Dow of “Wade Dow and Friends,” from Brooklin. This Special Group Award is for two categories: Community Supporter and Artistic Creative, 60-75.

Wade and Helen Dow of “Wade Dow and Friends” were nominated by Ernestine and Ralph Slaven

We have followed Wade Dow & Friends music for years including all of the local benefits they plan and perform. I say they – as his wife Helena is an integral part of what he does. She does the organizing, supplies any help where it’s needed, cooks and floats around to help. The “Friends” are a group of many musicians he calls on and they volunteer depending on availability and location. He has raised thousands of dollars for people on this Peninsula – Ellsworth, Bucksport and even Swan’s Island for people who need a helping hand to recover from illnesses, fires, accidents, etc. One weekend in 2009 he did 3 benefits and took in over $25,000!! Friday night in Sedgwick for a lady who had been ill; Saturday on Swan’s Island for a fisherman who had had a stroke; and Sunday night in Brooklin for a family who had just been burned out of their home. They also did a benefit a couple of weeks ago for one of the musicians who had occasionally volunteered with them who have cancer. They took in over $1,700 for him. These are just a few examples of all the time and generosity these people share with others. And Wade works himself everyday running a boatyard and being a lobster fisherman.

Wade performs music about ¾ of the year on every Sunday at a Senior Center in Bucksport and occasionally at nursing homes as well. He has helped with “Christmas is for Kids” for years and had taken charge of the one for this area 3 years ago. This year the benefit raised almost $7,000 and took care of 114 children with coats and/or boots, according to what was applied for through the schools.

He would say there are many people who help out, and he says he could not do it without everyone who cooks, cleans up and attends. But the bottom line is, Wade Dow and Friends are the ones who promote, organize, advertise, cook, clean, make music for everyone to enjoy. They are the last to leave, sometimes going back the next day to take down tables and chairs. There is hardly a month that goes by that they do not have a benefit for someone in need.

I thank you in advance for your consideration for these generous people.

Anne Smallidge

Anne Smallidge, from Blue Hill, won for Fitness Enthusiast/Adventurer, 76+.

She was nominated by Charlene Stewart

When I decided to nominate my sister, Anne Smallidge, for the EAA on Aging George Hale Award, I didn’t know how difficult it would be to choose the correct category for her. The reason for that is because she fills each one of the four categories, but I decided on Fitness Enthusiast/Adventurer.

Anne has dedicated her life to reaching out to fulfill the lives and needs of others. After raising a family and working as a nurse, she decided to go back to school. She received a degree in community economic development.

Her second adventure began at the age of fifty, at which time she joined the Peace Corps. She was assigned to the Gambia in West Africa, where she endeared the lives of the village people with her kindness and understanding of their needs.

Among the various projects that Anne was responsible for was a solar panel project that provided power for the pump that sent water to the village.

For her 70th birthday, her family and friends donated funds to build a house for Anne’s elderly friend which replaced a home that was falling down.

Under the program called “Girls Eye View” she and other adults took six girls from Hancock County to the Gambia for ten days to learn how people live in that area.

One of the more recent accomplishments that Anne has been responsible for is the completion of a library for the village. There were 25,000 books donated for the project. After many years of planning, traveling to the location, encouraging financial assistance, and the library has been completed and has recently been dedicated.

I am sure Anne is organizing, in her mind, many more adventures to pursue.

Richard Fickett

Richard Fickett, Cherryfield, won for Life-Long Learner/Entrepreneur, 76+.

He was nominated by Melody Johnson and Billie- Jo Stanwood

Nomination by Melody Johnson

I would like to nominate Richard L. Fickett in two of the categories that being life-long learner/entrepreneur and community supporter.

I have had the privilege of working for Mr. Fickett for the past 8 plus years which included a time when he was the Owner/Broker for a well known real estate agency known as Milliken Real Estate. He later bought two RE/MAX franchises and ran them successfully until sold some 6 years ago.

Currently he is president of Fickett Property Management whose portfolio includes seven affordable housing projects and numerous family and commercial rentals in Washington and Hancock Counties.

He is also a community supporter and holds the following positions:

· Selectman for the Town of Cherryfield

· Secretary, Cherryfield Alumni Association

· Secretary, Downeast Gideons

· Financial Secretary, First Baptist Church of Cherryfield

· Acting Chairman of the Loan Committee, Eastern Maine Development Corp.

Mr. Fickett continues to be an example both to me and everyone he comes in contact with. He treats people with respect and kindness in all areas of his business and would be to me “The Picture of Living Well & Aging Well”.

Thank you for your consideration of my nomination for the prestigious award.

Nomination by Billie- Jo Stanwood

I have written this letter because I thought it important to nominate someone who I believe is “The Picture of Living Well and Aging Well” for a George Hale Silver Frame Award.

For the past 10 years I have had the pleasure of working for a man who epitomizes what being a community supporter is all about.

When you meet Richard L. Fickett, or Dick as he likes to be called, you’ll see a neatly dressed, soft-spoken man who looks years younger than his chronological age (but don’t tell him that….we’ll just let him think he’s old). Once you begin a conversation with Mr. Fickett, you’ll soon find out that he has a very dry sense of humor and you’ll often have to stop and think “did he just say that?” or “was he serious?” I clearly remember having business meetings with Dick, when I first started to work for him, and he’d make some off the wall comment, I would have to wait and see if he followed the comment with a smile or laugh to tell whether or not he was joking. It’s much easier to tell now…. But I still get a kick out of hearing him throw out some of those comments or questions to a new and unsuspecting “victim” sitting at his desk.

Dick is involved in many organizations and behind the scenes is a supporter of many causes that few are aware of. Dick is a strong believer in helping others and sponsors programs that are beneficial to the health and well-being of many who are less fortunate.

As the president of Fickett Property Management, LLC, hundreds of low-income elderly and disabled individuals have a home to live in because of the subsidized housing that Mr. Fickett owns or manages. For years Mr. Fickett subsidized a Meals program in Cherryfield so that area seniors had a place to socialize and get a nutritional hot meal twice a week.

Dick and his wife Joyce are lifelong members of the First Baptist Church in Cherryfield where he also serves as the Financial Secretary. He is also the Secretary for the Downeast Gideon’s, a Christian organization dedicated to distributing copies of the Bible throughout the world.

If Dick is aware that someone is sick or in the hospital he makes a point to go and visit with them. He’s the first to offer prayer and hope if there is difficulty going on in any life. I can speak from experience as having been a recipient of some of that thoughtfulness after a couple of tragedies occurred in my life….Dick was on the front line offering kind words, prayer and support. When my Mom’s house burned down….he drove to Ellsworth in a snowstorm to pick up clothing for her that very day. But it’s not just me…it’s our community that benefits from having a member who cares about the little things and who can in some way, shape or form do something to make a difference in another’s life, even if it’s as simple as giving a hug or paying them a visit to let them know someone cares.

Dick is also a Secretary for the Cherryfield Alumni Association and serves as a Selectman for the Town of Cherryfield. He is a strong community leader and helps to make our community a better place to live by staying active with town politics and community based organizations aimed at keeping together that which ties people in our community together.

As if Mr. Fickett isn’t busy enough there is one more organization in which he serves as the Acting Chairman of the Eastern Maine Development Corporation. The EMDC is a non-profit organization focused on a commitment to advancing economic growth and opportunities in Eastern Maine.

Mr. Fickett is most definitely a community supporter. He is a man of means but is unassuming in his demeanor. He thinks not only with his head but also with his heart and I believe he is worthy of being recognized for being the exceptional role model “big picture” thinker that he is.

Dave Tomm

Dave Tomm, from Rockland, won for Life-long Learner/Entrepreneur, 60-75.

He was nominated by Cheryl Feldpausch

It is a great honor for me to write to you and nominate Dave Tomm of Rockland for a George Hale Silver Frame Award. A retired business owner from Connecticut and, by his own admission, a serial entrepreneur, Dave is an innovator who found a way to address an important social issue and begin his own new career. He is indeed an “exceptional role model” with a great deal of vision, and very worthy of your recognition.

Dave Tomm has been on the cutting edge of the issue of the aging workforce since 2002 when he was asked to lead a study of the aging workforce for our local Mid-coast Chambers of Commerce. He discovered that persons 50 years of age and older – the fastest growing population segment in the state – were losing their jobs due to the economy and many others were leaving the workforce for retirement. Many were finding it difficult to find regular jobs or something to help supplement their retirement incomes. At the same time, businesses told Dave it was difficult to find reliable help. Seeing the need and therefore an opportunity, Dave formed a company, Seasoned Workforce LLC, and has become the leading advocate for seasoned workers in the State of Maine.

Using his skills as a natural-born facilitator, Dave offers free Seasoned Worker Forums in conjunction with adult education departments, Chambers of Commerce and CareerCenters around the state. In 3-hour inter-active sessions, he leads discussions with participants on topics that include the reality of today’s work environment, the value seasoned workers have to offer, technology and where and how to acquire new skills, many creative networking ideas for finding jobs, and in short, how to put their best foot forward in their search for employment.

And Dave does not stop there. He advises businesses looking for good workers to not overlook the talent, maturity and skills that seasoned workers can offer. He invites businesses and staffing agencies to attend the Forums so that they can meet and exchange ideas and information with these exceptional candidates. What an opportunity for all!!

No one can deny the physiological effect of unemployment especially on people 50 and older. Dave’s message to the unemployed is to stay healthy and continue making valuable contributions to society. He encourages them to “get out there” and use their time to get extra training, volunteer, network and improve the quality of their lives.

Over 1700 people have had the opportunity to attend these Forums from York County to Madawaska just in the last year and a half as part of a US Department of Labor Aging Worker Initiative Grant. This Grant is a collaboration of several public and non-profit agencies, education groups, Maine’s four Workforce Investment Boards and many businesses making it possible for even more job seekers to have the advantage of the Seasoned Workforce programs.

I hope you will give serious consideration to Dave Tomm, President of the Seasoned Workforce, LLC. He is truly an example of a Life-Long Learner, and Entrepreneur and a Community Supporter. He should be in a Silver Frame.

Lucille Clarke

Lucille Clarke, from Ellsworth, won for Community Supporter, 76+.

She was nominated by Jeanette Griffin.

Lucille Clark has been a Community Supporter for many years.

Lucille started out at an early age volunteering in the Town of Hancock.

She was the first Selectwoman in the town. She assisted in organizing the Volunteer Fire Department, to which she donated many hours.

She worked for the Food Pantry for many years. From there she helped organize Robert and Mary’s, an adult day care for our friends with memory loss and worked there for several years, transporting them to doctor appointments. She is now treasurer of Robert and Mary’s.

At present she is volunteering at the Food Pantry with EAAA’s Faith in Action Coffee Hour on Thursday mornings transporting adults from Courtland Living Center to Robert and Mary’s and other places for Faith in Action and anybody who needs a ride.

She is very active in Ellsworth Baptist Church and many other activities, too many to mention. She is 84 years old and very active with her family of two sons, their wives, two grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

I think you would go a long way to find a more cheerful and active person than she is.

Gary Page

Gary Page, from Old Town, won for Community Supporter, 60-75.

He was nominated by Val Sauda

Thank you for the opportunity to acknowledge and honor Gary Page for the George Hale Silver Frame Awards. Gary is an excellent nomination for this award. He volunteers countless hours of his time at the Eastern Area Agency on Aging as a State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) volunteer which focuses on informing seniors of their options pertaining to health insurance.

During his six years, Gary has become incredibly knowledgeable in the area of health insurance options, including Medicare and MaineCare. Gary provides informational sessions with individuals in small group settings, such as clinics. He educates seniors on their options when it comes to choosing health insurance, as well as benefits that they are eligible for, in 1-1 counseling sessions. Gary gives presentations within the community to discuss the SHIP program. He consistently seeks education on the latest SHIP information to better serve our community. He is currently involved in doing outreach to Old Town by starting a SHIP clinic on Fridays.

In 2010, he has donated one hundred, seventy-five hours of his time to the program. The number of people he meets with annually is significant because it shows the dedication he puts forth to giving clear and concise information to the individuals he meets with.

Eastern is grateful to have Gary’s time which is also shared with Fields Pond Audubon and Cole Transportation museum. His generous spirit asks what we need, and does not have an agenda.

At this time, I would like to thank you for this opportunity to share our experience of Gary’s gifts with the community, and to honor the personal time that he dedicates each year.

Jean Eula Edwards

Jean Eula Edwards, from Union, won for Artistic/ Creative, 76+.

She was nominated by Rose Anne Utley.

I would like to nominate my mother, Jean Eula Edwards, for the George Hale Silver Frame Award.

Jean was born in 1933 to Roger and Adelaide Fish, a carpenter and housewife of Appleton, Maine. She was raised and educated there in Appleton at the height of the depression. At age 19, she married my father Alvin M. Edwards. His naval career shuffled them to many states while raising four children: a daughter-school teacher, a son-engineer, a daughter-YMCA Program Director, and a son-Public Health Service Commander. During those years, she was very active in painting; ceramics-creating and teaching; teaching and judging gymnastics; assisting in directing and designing costumes for community and high school plays and musicals.

In 1999, they retired to her hometown of Appleton, Maine, where they renovated an old school house that her father purchased and moved down the mountain to rest beside the Saint George River. Being as active as she was accustomed, she founded an exercise club for the seniors in the area…in which they would “hula” and dance…for fun exercise and discuss better eating habits. She also founded a free dance program for the youth of Appleton, where she choreographed, designed and made the costumes for an annual spring show for some 12-15 children, that was presented to the families and friends of the town. She not only taught the children , she would incorporate good life choices in her instruction, such as teeth brushing, good eating habits, importance of exercise, avoidance of drugs, tobacco, alcohol; and above all….good manners in life situations.

Unfortunately, her arthritis has caused her to close her programs…but it had been a long life dream of hers to write a historical novel. So at this writing, she has written four Maine based novels: The Glove, Mercy, Merci, Phoenix, and Quiltmaster; two poetry books: Shore Songs, and Maine Wildflowers; an inspirational book: Hello, Got It’s me Again; and a children’s book: The Adventures of Mattie McCracken. The novels are interspersed with poetry to enhance the story line. Her original drawings and photos of characters are in period costume bringing the characters to life (in which her children, grandchildren, relatives and friends---all participate). She uses many resources in study for her novels, for correct time frames and events, presenting history in a fresh and new manner.

Her sight has been an issue as of late, and macular degeneration has become a fact in her life now. She is using the best aids available at this time, as she still has a couple more books brewing in her mind.

The originality, vivaciousness, determination, and talents of my mother are unusual for someone 77 years old. Her upbeat attitude is an inspiration to her children, grandchildren, relative and friends, that age and its physical changes, cannot take away our creativity and desires to explore what life has to offer.

Please consider Jean Edwards for one of your awards.

Marge Ahlin

Marge Ahlin, from Machias, won for Artistic/Creative, 60-75.

She was nominated by Ruth Leubecker

I am nominating Marge Ahlin for the age group 60-75 in the artistic/creative category. A longtime community activist, Ahlin has used her considerable talents and organizational skills to benefit others over the past 40 years.

Her interest in drama and the performing arts began as a junior high student when she did lip sync performing (mime) in the Boston area. After seasonal visits, Marge, husband John and daughter Jessie (as a baby) moved permanently to the Machias area in 1976. She directed Valley Vaudeville, a successful fundraiser for the benefit of Down East Community Hospital in 1977. And that was her beginning in town.

Throughout the 1980s and ‘90s she wrote, directed and performed in the musicals of the Wild Blueberry Festival, which each August over the past decade have grown to five consecutive nighttime performances for the benefit of the ongoing work of Centre Street Congregational Church. Sellout crowds have delighted in such shows as Blue Grit, Berry the Blues and Rakealot.

In recent years Ahlin has written annual variety shows for the benefit of four food pantries, organized and performed in Follies for Fuel, and done numerous benefit shows and suppers for the terminally ill. As a director of the Downriver Theatre Company, she is currently writing and directing a show for the benefit of the Norman Nelson Scholarship Fund. Nelson, Downriver treasurer at his death, also performed in over 40 productions for three area theater groups. The Norman Nelson scholarship will be awarded annually to a high school senior pursuing a career in the performing arts.

Ahlin also brought the Tambourine Toccatos to Machias. These seven to 12 ladies are a raucously funny act and a great drawing card whenever they perform. Their routine is a unique part of history, and because it never deviates, people anticipate the ending with baited breath. It is an ingenious and highly entertaining minstrel routine, which was taught to Ahlin by an old-timer many years ago.

Marge also sings in the church choir and the Community Chorale at UMM. She is on the Machias Bay Chamber Concerts board, and she and her husband belong to Partners of the Americas, a people-to-people program that began under JFK whereby each state in the U.S. is matched with a state in South America. Under this program, she has brought several exchange students to this country and nurtured and promoted their development. One is today an executive with W.R. Grace, and another has achieved international fame as an organist.

Marge is the perfect candidate to achieve this recognition because she has used her artistic and creative talents over many years in order to better the lives of others.