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08/14/2019 - Updated 10/24/2019

Council nominates Pond Cove Playground Committee for volunteerism award

The Pond Cove Playground Committee has been nominated by the town as Cape Elizabeth's 2019 Spirit of America award recipient.

The Town Council unanimously confirmed the recommendation at their meeting Aug. 12, 2019.

"This committee has worked tirelessly to raise donations, mobilize volunteers, and facilitate the planning and design of the renovations of the Pond Cove Elementary School Playground," Town Manager Matthew Sturgis wrote in his recommendation. "These dedicated committee members along with Town and School staff are great examples of the power and success of volunteerism."

The award will be presented at the October meeting of the Cumberland County Commissioners. (update 10/24/2019 - Awards will be presented at the November meeting)

The Spirit of America Foundation has been recognizing volunteerism in the name of more than 100 Maine municipalities since the early 1990s. In April, Spirit of America Foundation President Bruce Flaherty presented an overview of the program and invited the Town Council to nominate a person, project or group for the 2019 award, which recognizes outstanding volunteerism and embodiment of the American spirit.

The Pond Cove Playground Committee is Cape Elizabeth's second Spirit of America award recipient. In 2018 the foundation recognized the Cape Farm Alliance for its contributions to the Cape Elizabeth community.