Jay board chooses paper mill employees for Spirit of America Award

JAY — Selectpersons voted Monday to award the annual Spirit of America Award to paper mill employees as a gaggle for his or her volunteerism over greater than 100 years.

The Spirit of America Basis acknowledges volunteerism in communities on behalf of municipalities.

Selectperson Lee Dalessandro nominated the employees.

Pixelle Specialty Options’ Androscoggin Mill is predicted to completely shut about April 30. The corporate made the announcement in September. Initially it was to shut within the first quarter of 2023.

The closing means there might be no paper mills within the Jay, Livermore Falls space. The Otis Mill, which was initially owned by Worldwide Paper Co., closed in 2009 below Wausau Paper Corp. possession. It had straddled the Livermore Falls line.

There are lots of issues the individuals on the mill have accomplished through the years when assist was wanted, Dalessandro mentioned.

Vice Chairman Tim DeMillo requested the place the award needs to be displayed.

After dialogue, it was decided it needs to be at Maine’s Paper & Heritage Museum on Church Road in Livermore Falls.

A proper presentation of the award might be held at a time and placement to be introduced.

Dalessandro instructed the board may establish a number of of the individuals, equivalent to a number of the older employees, to inform their tales.

Selectperson Gary McGrane mentioned he considered nominating people equivalent to Deb Roberts who labored with others for a grant to rebuild the tennis courts at Spruce Mountain faculties in Jay.

He additionally mentioned he would recuse himself from the vote as a result of he accepted a place on the board of administrators of the Spirit of America Basis.

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