Winslow to receive Yarmouth Latchstring Award

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YARMOUTH — The Town Council last week unanimously adopted a resolution naming Carl Winslow the 2014 Latchstring Award recipient for his years of dedication to Yarmouth as an educator, fire chief and town councilor.

“Although this award is meant to honor him, I feel it’s an equal honor for members of the council to be able to adopt this resolution,” Council Chairman Steve Woods said. “He no doubt has all the signs of being Mr. Yarmouth.”

Winslow, 82, grew up in Yarmouth and has lived in the town almost his entire life. In 1952, he took over from his father as chief of the Yarmouth Fire Department and served in that role for 17 years.

As an educator, he helped design the Yarmouth Intermediate School (now called Yarmouth Elementary School) in the late 1960s. He would serve as principal of both that school and the William H. Rowe School. Later, as assistant to the superintendent, he helped found Frank H. Harrison Middle School.

More recently, he served three non-consecutive terms on the Town Council before stepping down in 2012.

Winslow has served numerous Yarmouth committees and civic organizations, from the Masons to the town’s Playground Building Committee. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Yarmouth and previously served as the town’s representative to the Greater Portland Council of Governments.

“It’s not just for me as a citizen, it’s for all the people of Yarmouth who make this such a wonderful town to live in,” Winslow said of the award. “We have a lovely village.”

Winslow also gave credit to his wife of 60 years, Priscilla.

He will be honored at Yarmouth’s annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, June 3.

The Latchstring Award was created in 1980 to honor Yarmouth residents who have exhibited exemplary leadership and citizenship qualities and embody the spirit of the town’s motto, “Our latchstring always out.”

Woods also took a moment at the May 15 meeting to recognize former Latchstring Award winner Erving Bickford, who died in 2012 at the age of 79. Bickford served eight terms on the Town Council between 1978 and 2012.

“If and when we ever get a Mount Rushmore, I think Erv and Carl will be two prominent people featured in terms of their longstanding commitment to the community,” Woods said.

Brendan Twist can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or Follow him on Twitter: @brendantwist.

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