Bath to celebrate new season, honor key citizens

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BATH — Summer may be over, but Autumnfest is back.

A hallmark of the Saturday, Oct. 10, event is Citizen Involvement Day, honoring people, projects and organizations that benefit the city. The Waterfront Park gathering runs from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony starting at noon.

Awards are presented to the citizen of the year, a youth who has performed a significant civic service, and a key community project. The Al Smith Community Spirit Award, named for the city’s former community development director and Citizen Involvement Day founder, will also be presented.

Representatives from more than 40 nonprofit organizations will gather in the park.

Also part of Autumnfest is the Parks & Recreation Department’s scarecrow-making event, which takes place on the Customs House lawn on Front Street from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The body frame, hay, markers and twine are provided; participants must bring their own clothes and accessories.

Call the department at 443-8360 for more information about the free event.

Meanwhile, Bath Sunrise Rotary will sell flower bulbs from 9 a.m.-noon, with proceeds benefiting programs including the Bath Food Bank, United Way, and Patten Free Library.

Several businesses will offer a $10 Gift of Bath gift certificate to customers who spend at least $50 or more during Autumnfest. A list of participating merchants can be found at

Halcyon Yarn will hold its annual open house at 12 School St. from 9 a.m- 4 p.m., and the Bath Farmer’s Market will be open at the historic Commercial Street freight shed from 8:30 a.m.-noon.

Other events include children’s activities, face painting, fire engine rides. Email to learn more or become involved.

For more information, log onto, or contact Marc Meyers at or 443-8330.

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

Leslie Trundy, right, a guidance counselor at Morse High School, was named Citizen of the Year in 2014 at Bath’s annual Citizen Involvement Day. With her is event emcee Erika Benson. The next Citizen of the Year will be named Saturday, Oct. 10.

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.