Public Service Recognition Week is May 3 through 9, and throughout the Midcoast municipal employees are busy doing the work that keeps cities and towns running.

According to the Web site at, Public Service Recognition Week has been celebrated since 1985, and is “a nationwide public education campaign honoring the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees and ensure that our government is the best in the world.”

“Each year, the president and Congress designate the first full week of May as [Public Service Recognition Week] and activities are held nationwide and around the world in celebration of public employees who put service above self,” the Web site states.

In Rockland, Public Service Recognition Week coincides this year with the citywide spring cleanup, May 3 through 7, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

On May 4, Public Works Department employees were found on Willow Street, loading bags and piles of yard waste to be processed at the city’s solid waste facility.

Dean Martin said he likes his job because there is always something to do.

Rob LaPointe said the best part of the job is helping the public.

“When it snows we’re really busy,” LaPointe said.

At Rockport Harbor, Deputy Harbormaster Jodi McDonald and Harbormaster Abbie Leonard were busy getting the facility ready for the boating season.

“I like being able to help people and meeting new people,” McDonald said. She said the best days are ones like May 4, which was sunny and clear in the middle of the day. The worst, she said, are those days when she has to suit up in foul weather gear to do her job.

“Last week, when we power washed the harbormaster’s boat, it was snowing,” McDonald said.

In Camden, a crew was working on the ditches along Sherman Point Road.

“The hardest part is getting called in the middle of the night when it’s snowing,” said Public Works Department truck driver and equipment operator Tracy Harford.

To learn more about Public Service Recognition Week, visit the Web site at

The Herald Gazette Reporter Shlomit Auciello can be reached at 207-236-8511 or by e-mail at