Bath applauds local heroes on Citizen Involvement Day

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BATH — The city continued its annual tradition of honoring key community members Oct. 8 with Citizen Involvement Day, held during Autumnfest.

Kimberly Gates was named Citizen of the Year for her work organizing the Bath Food Bank and the Bath Mobile Food Truck. After recognizing a need in the community, she has worked with local and regional volunteers and donors to ensure that need was met, according to the city.

Gates has also made healthy snacks, fruits and vegetables available to Bath elementary school students.

Continuing the culinary theme, the Bath Mobile Food Truck earned this year’s Community Project Award for its work bringing food, hope, respect and dignity to residents facing hunger.

Kyle Wood, who earned the Youth Award, is a two-season athlete and actively participates in Interact, Rotary International’s service club for youth 12-18. The 16-year-old’s various community service projects through Interact include Coats 4 Kids, Salvation Army bell ringing, a youth sledding event and lacrosse clinic, the Bath Antique Show and the School Community Liaison Council Main Sail Banquet.

Main Street Bath received the Community Spirit Award for its commitment to the city through leadership and volunteer work to promote both Bath’s downtown and its sense of community.

Community Spirit Award winner Joe Grace has entertained audiences at senior living facilities with his singing for years, serving as both entertainer and friend to the residents.

Steve Mosher’s Community Pride award was a nod to his efforts to rebuild the “Welcome to Bath” sign on Old Brunswick Road. He donated his own materials and time to the project, according to the city, and he continues to mow the lawn around the area with his own equipment and on his own time.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.