High school counselor is Bath Citizen of the Year

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BATH — A Morse High School guidance counselor and the organizers of Bath Random Acts of Kindness Day were among those who were honored Saturday on Citizen Involvement Day.

The 16th annual awards ceremony was held at Waterfront Park as part of Bath’s yearly Autumnfest event.

Leslie Trundy, the Citizen of the Year, serves the community not only as a guidance counselor, but through extracurricular activities such as guiding the Interact Club, Rotary International’s youth service branch, according to a city press release. She also works with Main Street Bath, Patten Free Library and Boy Scout Troop 621.

Bryanna Ringrose and Taylor Bisson, who received the city’s Youth Award, created Bath Random Acts of Kindness Day, which “celebrated the fact the simple day-to-day acts of kindness enable our community to be a kinder, safer and more secure place to live, work and play,” according to the city.

The Bath Historical Society earned the Community Project Award. The 25-year-old organization began 25 years ago as a means of improving finances for the Patten Free Library’s History Room, but has since “blossomed into an informative and educational resource for the community, collecting photographs and materials for preservation and providing enlightening talks about Bath’s past,” the press release stated.

The Al Smith Community Spirit Award went to the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, which stewards almost 500 acres of wetlands and woodlands within Bath. The conservation organization this year ensured the Butler Head Preserve in North Bath will remain protected and, in the southern end of the city, opened Lilly Pond Community Forest.

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

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Leslie Trundy, right, a guidance counselor at Morse High School, was named Citizen of the Year Saturday, Oct. 11, at Bath’s annual Citizen Involvement Day. Looking on is event emcee Erika Benson.

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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.