Bath lauds citizens who give back, get involved

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BATH — Nice guys finished first at Citizen Involvement Day on Oct. 10.

The 17th annual celebration, part of Bath’s Autumnfest event, honors the service and dedication of various community members. It was founded by Al Smith, the city’s former community development director.

Citizen of the Year Brian Hatch was recognized for his work in securing Great American Main Street status for the Main Street Bath organization, and for helping to raise thousands of dollars for the Morse High School Scholarship Fund with the Bath High School Alumni Association.

“The City of Bath thanks Brian for his passion for the community and hopes he remains a continued champion for the City for years to come,” a city press release said.

The Al Smith Community Spirit Award went to Sherry Sutton Owen, who has run the July 4 Bath Heritage Days Parade since 2007.

“With a exuberant team of volunteers, Sherry put forth year-round production for this single-day community celebration, which has become a fully festooned festivity alive with music, fun and surprises,” the city said.

Midcoast Pizza & More netted the Community Project Award for the traditional Thanksgiving meal it has served since 2011 for free to Bath area residents. The 30-year-old business served more than 150 meals last year while raising more than $500 for the Bath Area Food Bank.

Boy Scout Troop 621 earned the Youth Award.

“From playing a role in American Legion Smith-Tobey Post 21 memorial ceremonies, to building downtown flower boxes for Main Street Bath, to volunteering aboard Tri-County Literacy’s Candy Cane Train,” the press release stated, the troop “does its best to help others – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.”

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

Brian Hatch, left, was named Bath’s Citizen of the Year Oct. 10 at the city’s annual Citizen Involvement Day ceremony. City Council Chairwoman Mari Eosco presented the award.

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.