2010 George Hale Silver Frame Award Winners
2010 George Hale Silver Frame Awards
Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Award winner for Couples/Community Support & Entrepreneur – age 60 - 75
ANNE and BEN CRIMAUDO
Donna Maria Card
I am nominating a couple, Anne and Ben Crimaudo for the George Hall Silver Frame Award. They are long-time animal advocates, and their most recent project is a non-profit organization called Searsport Animal Fund Endowment (S.A.F.E.). S.A.F.E. was formed by Anne and a few Searsport residents in September 2007 when the economy was in bad shape and they realized that there was no safety net for people who were unable to care for their companion animals. Shelters in the area and all over the state were full to bursting as people had to give up their beloved pets due to their financial situations.
S.A.F.E. immediately started fundraising so they could provide dog and cat good and cat litter to give to people so they could keep their animals safe at home. Anne and Ben told me they were particularly concerned about seniors on fixed incomes whose dog or cat is their only source of comfort and companionship, and how heartbreaking it would be for them to have to give up their companion. They also told me about people who often go hungry themselves in order to save some food for their dogs and cats.
As well as seniors, they have helped many people who have recently lost their jobs. Some have just needed temporary help until they get back on their feet. Others need ongoing help. Nobody gets turned away as long as their need is real.
In 2009, S.A.F.E helped 105 dogs and 133 cats in ten Waldo County communities, giving out more than 4,600 pounds of fry food, 1,100 cans, plus cat litter and dog biscuits. S.A.F.E. is an all-volunteer group headed by Anne, and 100% of all donations are used for helping animals. Ben is the scheduler and principal driver.
In addition to their work with S.A.F.E., Anne and Ben are always trying to improve the lives of animals. They got an entire colony of cats spayed or neutered and found homes for many of them.
Last summer they heard about a woman who was dying of cancer at EMMC, leaving 29 cats behind in her house. Anne and Ben were the primary force behind rescuing these cats, getting them vet care and relocating them to good homes.
They themselves have several cats, all of whom have special needs or issues that would make them hard to find homes for.
Anne also coordinates with a local veterinarian to educate people about caring for their companion animals.
Please consider this couple for recognition of their contributions to the community.
Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Award winner for Life-long learner/Entrepreneur - age 76 and older.
RICHARD A. EUSTIS
Gary l. Lowe
It is a pleasure to nominate Richard A. Eustis for the George Hale Silver Frame Award.
He has been a tireless volunteer to promote his profession, education and his community.
A graduate of UMO, Class of 1955, he has been Class Treasurer since 1957.
He has been a Director of the Penobscot Valley Senior College and is the current President. His enthusiastic leadership has made this program very popular in the area.
Since the age of 60, he has served as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer (1993-1997) of the Construction Specifications Institute, a national organization. He chaired the National Committee for Engineers Week in 1997-1998.
He served as a special advisor to Bangor Superintendent of Schools for the Bangor High School addition in 2001.
A webmaster for the Maine Chapter, Construction Specifications Institute and the Northeast Region as well since 1998.
He is editor-College of Fellows Newsletter and the Maine Chapter Construction Specifications Electronics Newsletter since 2000.
In his community of Old Town, he is a member of the Old town Museum Board of Directors - served as President 2001, 2002 and 2007 and 2008.
December 2009 found him being a member of the Maine AARP Capital City Task Force. This group meets weekly to discuss legislation of interest to seniors. He also is interested enough to travel to Augusta to attend hearings on bills and legislative work sessions.
AARP Penobscot Chapter #379 is honored to present Richard Eustis for your consideration for this award.
Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Award winner for Artistic/Creative – age 60 – 75.
JANET S. ANDERSON
Small communities in rural Maine are proud of caring for one another in time of need. We in this area of Sedgwick and Brooksville are fortunate to have someone who over the years exhibits quiet, consistent leadership to many of the volunteer endeavors that keep small towns socially health and provide avenues for other townspeople to be active. Jan Anderson is such a person. She effortlessly, selflessly and continually is giving to others. Jan has been no stranger to the Sedgwick and Brooksville area as she came to the area when her parents worked at a camp in Brooksville and then when of age, worked at a hotel as a waitress and other jobs. When she and her husband, David, retired, they fortunately decided to live in Sedgwick.
For over seven years Jan has been the president of the Sargentville Thursday Club. This group has been a constant since 1929, with a mission to “Lend a helping hand, whenever and wherever needed in the community.” She has stimulated, guided, even taught the ladies the “how-to’s” of fabricating goods to offer for sale at their annual July fund raiser sale. Today the proceeds from the sale support scholarships of Sedgwick graduates who seek higher learning. It also hosts an annual children’s Christmas Party for the children of the community that all will receive a gift from Santa, supports the Sargentville Chapel (non-denominational) as needed, and occasionally the Sargentville Library with new books or other needs, especially educational in content, from time to time. Should a funeral, for instance, be held in the Chapel, Jan and her ladies quickly prepare a collation for the guests.
Being a retired home economics teacher, Jan spends a little of each day sewing quilts, aprons, decorative items and other craft goodies for the Thursday Club sale. The group meets on Thursday afternoons to carry on the business of the club and to work on craft items for the July fair. As fair time approaches, Jan’s leadership skills pull together the other “tables” for the day such as baked goods, silent auction, used books, white elephant and raffle items. With whatever proceeds are gleaned for this hard work, scholars in the community may apply for scholarships to lessen their burden of higher education. Early records of the club indicate that scholarships long ago were less than $100 but today they are several thousand.
Jan is a member of the Sedgwick Brooklin Historical Society. For the past several years, she has facilitated the One-Room Schoolhouse programs. On the grounds of the Sedgwick Historic District there is an authentic one room schoolhouse, Jan invites classes from each of the elementary schools on the Blue Hill peninsular to have their ordinary lessons in this old building to appreciate how students of years ago had school and she coordinates the schedule. The school is without electricity, heat or plumbing. The scholars and their teacher carry on with their regular lessons but Jan invites a traveling music teacher and a town resident who attended a one room school to explain his or her experiences many years ago. I hear that Jan is at the school when a class will be using the building, by six in the morning to start the fire, have on hand a supply of fresh water and has been known to have a stew prepared to be cooked on the wood stove. Just before leaving for the day the students are able to have a guided tour of the Society’s museum and barn as well as the Town pound and Meetinghouse.
She just cannot let an opportunity pass by. Recently her book group had the assignment of reading “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe. In one of her fabric catalogues Jan noticed a collection of cotton fabrics called the H.B.Stowe collection, which was in keeping in design with those made during the mid to late 19th century. She purchased enough to hand make a delightful sewing bag for each of the book club members as well as feeding us lunch. On another occasion she suggested that if one of us, a quicker knitter than she, would do the necessary knitting of pieces of a sweater (back, two sleeves and front binding), she would quilt a front. Nine sweaters later many of us have beautiful quilted sweaters, a big hit every time we wear them.
Other accomplishments of Jan Anderson are as follows:
Married to David Anderson for 53 years.
Mother of four accomplished adults: Heidi, Lauri, Eric, Douglas and
Grandmother to 7.
Secretary of the Lakewood (Brooksville) Cemetery Association.
Secretary of the Priscilla Mullins Colony of the Mayflower Society.
Membership Secretary of the Brooklin Garden Club.
Director of the Sargentville Library Association
Member of the Sedgwick School Committee 2004-2008, chairman
Currently tutors students at the Sedgwick Elementary School in
Spelling, math in the past.
I hope you will find the unselfish and worthwhile activities of Jan Anderson worthy of recognition.
Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Hale Award for Artistic/Creative – age 76 and older.
I would like to nominate Anne Cronin for her long-standing contributions to several creative venues and for her enduring spirit. She has been an active member and an inspiration to many in both Bangor’s and Belfast’s creative communities in music, art and gardening.
For many years Anne sang in the Bangor Community Chorus, acted in the Community Theater’s Carousel and later in Music Man, accompanied several of her husband Chuck’s vocal performances, played with the Bangor Symphony as a violinist years ago and had a long banking career. Since moving to Belfast, she has continued as an active member of that community for almost 12 years in both art and gardening.
Anne has been actively painting of late –creating watercolors and joining several cooperative galleries, participating in their activities and showings. While spending some time in California over several winters, she came home with beautiful renditions of the landscape in The Coachella Valley of the Sonoran Desert and showed and sold her prints there. In Maine, she has her art in Rockland, Belfast, Kingfield and Bangor. Most recently, she participated in two celebrations of art: Reflections o Reflections at the Gallery-By-Design, and despite a major setback, she was able to participate in the recent Bangor “Brush with History” 175th anniversary celebration honoring 75 Maine artists held at Bangor City Hall.
She has cultivated beautiful perennial gardens and is involved in the garden tours of the Belfast Garden Club. These shows have benefited the Waldo County General Hospital and the Belfast Garden Club supporting the community through public window boxes, sidewalk displays and public library gardens. At the age of 78, she had a summer showing of her gardens and watercolors covered by the newspaper Village Soup and attended by many.
Despite suffering a stroke in October, Anne has preserved in spirit and endurance. Setbacks such as losing her ability to talk and create art did not discourage her. She has worked endless hours to regain these functions – and most heartwarming of all, she has created art again. In her room at the Ross Manor, she recently surprised us all with a beautiful ink sketch of a poinsettia. She will be gaining even more independence soon as she moves back to Belfast and continues progressing on her road to recovery! Her many good friends, family and health care professionals are amazed at how determined and optimistic Anne is to get back to her busy life and continue to be an example to us all.
Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Award for Fitness Enthusiast/Adventurer – age 60 - 75
Raymond J. Antunes
It is with extreme pleasure that I am able to submit the name of Jon young for nomination consideration for the George Hall Silver Frame Award. I just recently became aware of this award and was impressed to learn of your agency recognizing outstanding seniors. What an incredible name for an award, after an incredible man, George Hall. We have followed George Hale for years and have been big fans of his, both on radio and television. George’s relentless stamina, and involvement in community reminds me of my friend Jon Young.
Jon Young is a retired aeronautical engineer whose career included the most important aircraft manufacturers. Jon lives with his wife Judy in Gouldsboro Point. Although Jon claims to be “retired,” one would never know it. At the age of 73, he appears twenty years younger and maintains an activity level twice that of people half his age. Jon is a graduate of West Virginia University. After graduation, Jon served as a Captain in the United States Air Force. The leadership skills Jon utilized as an officer, and as an engineer, have guided him in a direction of leadership throughout his life. When my wife and I first met Jon and his wife, we were both attending the Milbridge United Methodist Church. Jon seemed to have a gathering around him after the service. He is a good looking, well dressed man of 73, non-pretentious in nature, and quite well read. He is positive and soft spoken and when Jon speaks, people seem to listen. He has a reserve nature of confidence and ability when he speaks. I have never heard a harsh word from his mouth and he always seems to have the ability to look at all sides of an issue. He not only has been a great friend, but has taught me how to be a friend. Jon has a large and generous heart. Within his church community, Jon wears many hats. He is a member of the Administrative Board, the Board of Trustees, SPRC, and the Men’s Choir. Whether there’s a need for a fund raising, or collection of coats for the homeless, or foodstuffs for the food pantry, or organizing a pancake breakfast, Jon is always one of the first to volunteer. A few years ago, several church members saw a need within the church congregation for assistance. So this group, including Jon, began the task of insulating, putting on storm doors, rebuilding steps, doing church maintenance, etc. One of the recipients of this help said, “It was like a squad of guys from God,” and the name stuck. Jon was not part of “the God Squad.” His compassion for others has led him to be a volunteer for “The Ellsworth Faith in Action.” Jon drives needy elderly to doctors and other health appointments. But it doesn’t stop there. Jon is a father of three and a grandfather of eight. This loving fatherly compassion has allowed Jon and his wife to mentor to a young preteen girl within their community. Jon loves children and has so much love to share, that as I write this letter, Jon is again in the state of Utah, mentoring to British students, and teaching his love of skiing to them, while they are in the United States. Yes…I said skiing!
Jon is the most active man I know. At 73 he is an avid skier. Three years ago, Jon had a complete knee replacement. By working hard in physical therapy and with a strong will, Jon was back on the slopes two months later. What an example he sets for all individuals, regardless of age. Besides his skiing, Jon stays active with his second love, sailing. He owns a 32 foot sailboard, which he keeps docked at his Gouldsboro Point home. As if skiing and sailing weren’t enough, Jon is also an avid biker and hiker.
I have found Jon to be a gentle man with a strong sense of commitment to life. That commitment filters to his town of Gouldsboro, where is a member Solid Waste Committee, member of Building and Grounds Committee, and Chairman of the Gouldsboro Harbor Committee. In addition, Jon is Vice-Commodore of the Petit Manan Yacht Club. His latest endeavor is learning to play the guitar.
As Christians, we are asked to “love thy neighbor” and Jon is the most Christ like person I know and deserving of this award.
In closing I would like to tell a funny story. A few years ago while I was in cardiac intensive care at EMMC preparing for surgery, it was a few days before Christmas. Jon showed up in my room dressed as “Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer.” Right down to the red nose and antlers. We both laughed and cried as Jon shared his concern for his friend. Any fear which I might have had disappeared at that moment. I went into surgery wearing the reindeer antlers. Now that’s a friend.
Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Award Winner for Community Supporter – age 60 - 75
I would like to nominate Audrey Peasley for the George Hall Silver Frame Award. I feel that she is an exceptional role model as a Community Supporter. She has spent her entire adult life doing things for our community,
She has been the organizer of many celebrations in our town. She has organized many parades both in our town and in Hancock County,
She volunteers in our school helping the children with many different activities. At Christmas time she helps the children decorate gingerbread houses, which she makes herself.
She was the person who was instrumental in starting our Meals for Me Program. It is wonderful to see people from Brooksville and surrounding towns come to Meals for Me. They all seem to have such a good time.
Audrey was the one who organized a group known as “the Keepers” who worked to save our old Baptist church.
She was a former Girl Scout leader and was very successful.
Audrey is a member of the Jolly Helpers of the Congregational Church here in town. We all look to Audrey for guidance when we put on suppers and do other money making projects.
Not only does she do so much for Brooksville but she is also one of the leaders at the Penobscot Historical Society.
She is always right there when anyone in town is ill or having other problems. She is famous for her delicious bread and home made butter. She is always giving it to people
Audrey is an exceptional person and I hope she will be recognized for all that she has done for our town and for other towns. Her willingness to always help others is truly amazing.
Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Award Winner for Community Supporter - age 76 and older
By Ruth Leubecker
I am nominating Helen Vose (in the category designated ) in the 76 and older group.
Helen has been a community volunteer in Machias area since 1965. Since 1987, for 23 years, she has played a growing role in the Machias Food Pantry, which now regularly helps 6—plus families not just with food, but paying fuel and electric bills. She helped organize the food pantry, and remains a force in maximizing its outreach.
Helen was active in the Washington County Association before starting the first NAMI in Machias. For 25 years she was co-chair of the Wild Blueberry Festival in Machias. From its humble beginning 35 years ago as a rummage sale and pancake breakfast, the festival is now internationally recognized as a four-day event with over 250 crafters, antique booths, and locally written, directed and performed blueberry musical. Helen has spearheaded many of the attendant affairs, such as quilting, crafts, suppers.
Hospice, Machias High School, Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids, gift packages for newborns and soldiers, and Christmas baskets for college students and shut-ins are a few other projects of Helen’s that have been ongoing for many years. Treasurer of Marshall Healthcare Auxiliary at the Nursing Home and recognized for 12 years “of loyal, untiring service w ith the Salvation Army,” Helen also was honored as the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Volunteer of the Year in 2002 and 2008.
She has received Rotary’s coveted Paul Harris Award, the University of Maine’s community service award, the Norman Duzen Award for Community Service, as well as the DAR’s award for outstanding volunteerism. Gov. John Baldacci officially proclaimed August 20, 2005 Helen Vose Day throughout Maine for her many and varied volunteer contributions.
She has worked tirelessly promoting and growing the Christmas Giving Tree, recognizing the need for community groups to join forces in order to reach more children and special needs adults at Christmastime. Helen was among the first to realize that limited resources demands unity to achieve a common purpose. She is the consummate volunteer of many decades of selfless giving, a shining star Downeast and in Maine.
Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Award winner Fitness Enthusiast/Adventurer - age 76 and older
George Hale Silver Frame Awards
The Picture of Active Aging – 2010
By Juanita Taylor
Theresa Laliberte graduated from the University of Maine, was an elementary school teacher in Dedham for 26 years and retired in 1989. Growing up she was one of 21 children and started tap dancing at four years old. That began the love of music and dance that is her life today.
For 21 years, while teaching, Theresa was a square dance caller and teacher. At one time, Theresa did square dance calling in Canada, Hawaii and for a time was the only female square dance caller in the New England states! Theresa has performed and called with square dance clubs such as: Whirling Eights, Square Knots and Polka Dots, Canoe City Promenaders and Blue Bay Squares.
Back in 1964, then Governor Reed requested that the “Square Knots and Polka Dots” represent the State of Maine at the New York Worlds’ Fair. Led by Theresa, the same group of 40 dancers also represented the State of Maine at the Montreal Expo in 1967.
Theresa still plays the violin, piano and drums, along with having her own karaoke equipment that she uses to perform in many area nursing homes and housing complexes. She routinely “sings and dances” at: Ross Manor, Brewer Rehab, the Country Villa, Sunbury Village and Dirigo Pines, to mention a few!
Theresa sang and directed the Sweet Adeline’s for nine years and now plays in three active bands. She plays percussion and sings with an all women Dixieland band called “Six Basin Street”. She plays drums and sings with the “Penobscot Wind Ensemble” and she plays with the “Brewer Home Town Band”.
Theresa teaches senior line dancing and tap dancing and dances with the “Step In Time Cloggers” for parades and performances!
Theresa also directs the Dirigo Pines “Songsters” – a group chorus that performs in variety shows.
Theresa is an amazing, talented, warm woman that brings a lot of joy to the people she performs for.
I highly recommend Theresa to be a recipient of the George Hale Silver Frame Awards.
THERESA F. LALIBERTE
Dawn C. Cyr
I am writing this essay in hopes of nominating Theresa F. Laliberte for the George Hall Silver Frame Awards, in the category of Fitness Enthusiast/Adventure.
Anyone who knows Theresa realizes she certainly is a role model for both fitness and adventure, and is a true advocate for the seniors statewide.
Theresa currently is living at Sunbury Village; she has made it her duty to get the residents up and moving. Theresa brings so much energy wherever she goes.
Theresa is an eighty-year old lady who currently is a member of the brewer Home Town Band where she plays the drums. Theresa is also a member of the Dixie Land Band. With just these two organizations it would have most people without a doubt feeling overwhelmed. However, she not only sings and dances at the various nursing and retirement facilities. She is able to get the residents to participate as well. Theresa believes with all of her being that people must stay active no matter what their age.
Theresa was director of the Sweet Adelines for many years. Performing all over the State of Maine and Canada.
Theresa teaches line dancing to the seniors at Dirigo Pines in Orono. She has formed and directs two choruses with the Dirigo and Sunbury Village residents.
She is always thinking of new ways to not only keep herself active and healthy but does so much for the senior Communities.
Theresa along with accompanists Jerry Hughes has many gigs as she calls them around the state. Her calendar is full seven days a week.
Theresa is a lady that never stops looking for ways to improve the lives of seniors through her singing, dancing, exercising. She believes no one is ever too old to start something new.
Theresa is so deserving of this award, I hope your committee sees it that way as a well.
Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Award winner for Life-Long Learner/Entrepreneur - age 76 and older
JACQUELINE “JACKIE” McADAM
By Brenda “Bren” Sytsma
Knowing Jacqueline “Jackie” McAdam is a privilege. To know Jackie is to love Jackie. Jackie has always been a strong, practicing Catholic woman. In fact, she was a nun for a number of years until God chose to put a man, Bob McAdam, in her life. She and Bob married and together had a daughter.
Once you meet and talk to Jackie you find that her only goal besides her family was to do God’s work for others here on earth. She and Bob raised their daughter together, all the while being hard workers at St. Martin of Tours Parish in Millinocket.
Then one day, as so often happens, her dear Bob was diagnosed with cancer with only months to live. Bob was a strong, vital man whom she nursed and took care of, all the while watching him go through terrible pain and suffering. Bob could not work so some way it was necessary for Jackie to bring some income into the household while still being able to be there to see to his needs. She was and is an excellent baker who became well-known and greatly admitted in the Katahdin area for this skill. Friends, family and acquaintances started asking to buy her baked bread. This opened a door for Jackie to be able to sell enough bread to pay for Bob’s medicines. Through the purchase of loaves of her bread, people stopped to visit and chit chat with her and Bob all the while keeping Bob up-to-date on the local news and views. The encounters were made casually and comfortably for bread, but then they began to include Bob.
The making of the bread, beans, doughnuts and sweets was so therapeutic and along with the buyers’ interaction with her and Bob helped to relieve some of the heavy emotional burden she was carrying. Also, the human interaction added a great deal to Bob’s last months.
Operation Bread Basket started right there. Jackie makes up to 48 loaves of bread and it is delivered by area volunteers on the fourth Tuesday of every month to homes of terminally ill cancer patients. Now she has a number of volunteers who also make different breads to deliver. Monthly they share their support and kindness hoping to relieve a bit of the emotional burden carried by the patient and family.
She has helped involve other churches and organizations in the program. Her enthusiasm has brought so many people in as volunteers, many who themselves had recovered and wanted to give back for all the kindness and support they received. Other local churches make different types of breads, more homemade bread, sweet breads, muffins, cookies and special treats which are delivered by volunteers. During the holidays, some of the Church Youth Groups, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts help deliver baked goods to individual patients and their families.
Jackie once said, “The goal of the group was to have everything a patient could need upon return from the hospital, so they do not have to worry.” The group has provided babysitting services, transportation to Bangor for radiation therapy, rides to the local hospital for chemotherapy and for doctor’s visits. They have done light housekeeping, paid bills, run errands, picked up medication, groceries all on behalf of the patient. Of course, none of these could have been accomplished without Jackie’s initial and continuing enthusiasm for the programs, volunteers and those in need.
An offshoot of the support group is Sharing and Caring LOA (Love One Another) made up of terminal cancer patients and their families. The group meets in Jackie’s home once a month. The group splits into two groups, one to support the patient and one to support the family. After a lunch, generally made by Jackie, the two groups get back together to share their concerns. Important long-term relationships are formed in these group sessions. Jackie holds all the board meetings at her house along with thank you luncheons and teas.
She comes in every Monday to count the church donations. She is a Daughter of Isabella and participates in everything she possibly can with the Daughters. If you have a need, just ask Jackie. Of course, any time there is a need of food to be made, she is right there with her scrumptious food dishes.
Jackie has been an integral part of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church for years. Every year we have a Fall Tea to help support our church. She home cans all kinds of spaghetti sauce, fruits, vegetables, jams and jellies for sale at that table. She has volunteers who also help with the table but she personally cans so much during the year, all year – the Knights of Columbus have to bring a large pickup to her house to transfer to the church hall all of her personally canned goods. She also goes to wholesale stores buying a variety of types of dried beans and vegetables and makes up ready to cook soup packages with recipes. Those not quick enough to purchase their packages early enough at the tea are sorely disappointed when they have sold out. Not only does Jackie have the canned goods available for sale at the tea but she sells $400 to $600 worth of canned goods from her house each year that she adds to the profits of our tea. It takes a lot of good organization and hard work on her part to enable our church to make such a profit from her canning table alone. It always sells the most and makes the most money of all the different tables at our fall tea.
We, the Charity & Justice Commission for St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church along with St. Martin parishioners, hereby respectfully request that Jackie McAdam be awarded the George Hall Service Award for her long years of service activities supporting the needs of the sick, poor and the needy of the Katahdin Area. We here can think of no more worthy applicant than Jacqueline “Jackie” McAdam.