At the June 10 annual meeting of Friends of Midcoast Maine, three Smart Growth awards were given to Midcoast initiatives and individuals. Awards were made to Bettina Doulton of the Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville, Amtrak and the Port Clyde Fishermen’s Co-Op.

“The breadth and depth of this year’s awards emphasizes the range of issues and efforts needed to build sustainable communities,” said Friends of Midcoast Maine Executive Director Jane Lafleur.

Doulton of the Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville was granted a Smart Growth award because of her community building activities through her work and life. She was recognized for supporting local initiatives and locally owned businesses; sponsoring the Pop the Cork event in downtown Rockport to build community pride, community vitality and to support local nonprofit organizations; holding dozens of events throughout the year to support the community; and working in a collaborative fashion throughout her business life.

Doulton expressed her thanks for the award. “My business efforts reflect my philosophy about working hard, building community and appreciating your customers and community,” Doulton said. “It is a pleasure to be recognized by Friends of Midcoast Maine.”

Amtrak was recognized for extending the popular Downeaster to Brunswick and upholding smart growth principles by using existing rail lines and infrastructure to provide this service, connecting Midcoast downtowns and village centers with affordable transportation, and providing Midcoast residents and visitors an alternative mode of transportation to and through the region.

The Port Clyde Fishermen’s Co-Op received the award for returning to the traditions of America’s past — fresh, wild-caught seafood that customers can trace to the source; preserving their heritage, their community and the resources they depend on by developing the Port Clyde Fresh Catch brand to bring fish and shrimp harvested from the icy waters of the Gulf of Maine using environmentally sustainable fishing methods; offering community supported fishery to customers, restaurateurs and other seafood retailers to receive the freshest fish and shrimp available; and helping to protect healthy fisheries and the communities that depend on them. Glen Libby accepted this award on behalf of the co-op. “The Port Clyde Fresh Catch made perfect sense for their community and the region,” Libby said. “I am honored to receive this award and recognition of our efforts.”

Friends of Midcoast Maine is a smart growth organization serving communities and citizens from Brunswick to Bucksport, including peninsula and inland towns. It works to build sustainable communities by connecting and making links between communities, businesses, natural resources and open spaces, transportation, working waterfronts, affordable housing, energy, viable downtowns and village centers, historic assets and people, and fully engaging all citizens in these efforts. For more information visit friendsmidcoast.org or call 236-1077.