AUGUSTA — The Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism recently honored local volunteers.

John Eckert of Hallowell received the award for Volunteer of the Year. Eckert is a packer for Spectrum Generations Meals on Wheels program. He arrives at 4:30 a.m. to accept deliveries and guide other volunteers through the process that feeds 310 homebound seniors per day.

Eckert retired as a veterans administration benefits program coordinator in 2010 and before that spent 26 years in the Armed Forces.

Benjamin Roberts of Litchfield received an Exemplary Service Award.

The Maine Commission for Community Service manages the Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism on behalf of the Office of the Governor. For more information, visit

Grange honors


local volunteers

RICHMOND — Enterprise Grange 48 recently presented Community Citizen Awards to Mary Hurley of Richmond and Sharon Lilly of Dresden. Each of these women has been involved in their respective communities with behind-the-scenes caring for their neighbors.

Hurley is a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, where she has taught religious education, cooked and served meals at holiday fair luncheons, coordinated giving tree donations and prepared holiday food baskets. She takes shoes and clothing to Richmond schools for children in need, supports bake sales with donations of home baked goods and provides transportation and meals to friends in need of help.

Hatch attended Bridge Academy and then Wiscasset High School and is a member of both schools’ alumni groups. She has been very involved with the Dresden Volunteer Fire Department, serving as dispatcher. She is a member of the Dresden Historical Society.

They were honored at a recent Grange open house and program.

Winthrop’s Conrad


receives alumni award

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – Eric Conrad of Winthrop, Maine, was among three people to receive the Communications/Journalism Department’s 2013 Alumni of Year award at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Conrad works as director of Communication and Educational Services at Maine Municipal Association in Augusta. He previously served as executive editor of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel newspapers in Augusta and Waterville.

He is married to Barbara Walsh. They live in Winthrop and have two daughters, Emma and Nora.

Conrad received the award during an April 9 event at the university.

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