AUGUSTA — Grace Durgin of Augusta has received honorable mention in Atria Senior Living’s Most Inspirational Senior in the World contest.

Durgin is a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels and member of Spectrum Generations Board of Directors, Senior Advisory Council, and Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Center’s Local Advisory Council in Hallowell. Durgin is also part of the Benevolence Committee at her church and has been the leader of Toastmasters several times.

Over the last 12 years, Grace has delivered close to 20,000 meals to homebound and disabled adults in southern Kennebec County. She also volunteers to help homebound seniors pick up prescriptions, travel to doctor appointments and other tasks, according to a news release from Spectrum Generations. She has also been involved with many fundraising and public education efforts.

Burgess receives Oakley Certificate

GREENFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Trustees of The Association for Gravestone Studies has selected Marilyn Burgess of Leeds as recipient of The Oakley Certificate of Merit.

Burgess served for many years as legislative liaison for the Maine Old Cemetery Association and continues to serve as vandalism liaison.

Burgess was presented with the award by Maine Old Cemetery Association President Cheryl Willis Patten at an association meeting in Hiram.

Holzer named library director

PALERMO — Betty Holzer was elected a director and chairwoman of the Palermo Community Library during a recent meeting of the board of directors.

Holzer has lived in Palermo with her husband, Marty, since 1974. While raising a family, Holzer attended the Maine School of Practical Nursing and Kennebec Valley Community College, where she received an associate’s degree in nursing in 1979.

Holzer began her nursing career at Kennebec Valley Medical Center (now MaineGeneral Medical Center), where she worked for 12 years. In 1989, she left the hospital to work at HealthReach HomeCare and retired in 2009. She is a volunteer ombudsman, visiting nursing homes in central Maine for Maine Ombudsman in Augusta.

Holzer is a founding member of Sheepscot Valley Quilting and co-coordinator of the Sheepscot Valley Quilting Day Group. Holzer has displayed her quilts at the Pine Tree Quilters Annual Quilt Show in Augusta and also at the library.

COLLEGE

Mullen named to UNE dean’s list

BIDDEFORD — Eliza J. Mullen, daughter of Jeff and Robbin Mullen of Wayne, has been named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of New England.

A 2010 graduate of Maranacook Community High School, is a pharmacy major. She is actively involved at the university in the Pre-Pharmacy Club.

Local students receive masters

LEWISTON — The Master of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College recently held a pinning ceremony for graduating students.

Local graduates are Audrey Averill-Blagdon of Alna; Angela J Cloutier of Sabattus; Angela Marie McKenna of Augusta; and Stephanie S. Miller of Bowdoinham.

Clifford participates in White Coat Ceremony

BIDDEFORD — Kaitlin Marie Clifford, a first-year student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, recently participated in the college’s annual White Coat Ceremony to formally recognize the transition students make from lay persons to those assuming the responsibility of physicians.

The ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Clifford is the daughter of Tim and Nancy Clifford.

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