Westport Island Pays Tribute To Ruth Nelson
On Tuesday, November 20, 2012, Westport Island’s Ruth Nelson was honored at the Lincoln County Spirit of America awards ceremony in Wiscasset. The Spirit of America awards pay tribute to individuals and organizations for outstanding volunteer contributions to their communities.
County Administrator John O’Connell presided over the awards ceremony before an audience of almost 50 award recipients, supporters, and camera snipers. State Sen. Chris Johnson was also on hand to present proclamations on behalf of the 125th Maine Legislature to echo its support for the efforts of volunteers in bettering Maine communities.
Westport depends on many volunteers to keep the engines of our community running. Ruth Nelson is one who stands out. As Chair of the Planning Board, she has led an effort to update town ordinances; she has written and secured grants to improve the Ferry Landing; she is Treasurer of the Community Association; and she is a member of the History Committee where her passion for antiques and her writing and editing skills have made her an important resource.
Ruth was uncomfortable with being singled out. However, she glowed when accepting the award from First Selectman George Richardson. She told the audience, “I’m doing what I love. I don’t want to sit around in a rocking chair and look at the water.” (Good deal.)
Westport Island has participated in the Spirit of America awards since 2010. The Board of Selectmen solicits nominations and picks the tribute recipients. Past recipients have been the Westport Volunteer Fire Department (2010) and the Westport Island Human Resources Committee (2011). Here’s a look at this year’s ceremony…