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Carey receives Spirit of America award

By Christine Simmonds | Sep 29, 2020
Photo by: Christine Simmonds From left, Thomaston resident Henry Carey receives the Spirit of America award from Select Board Chairman Pete Lammert for his continued service to the town.

Thomaston — Henry Carey was honored with the Spirit of America tribute at the Thomaston Select Board meeting Sept. 28.

Carey, who has been described as the unofficial mayor of Thomaston by more than one resident, was in attendance to the receive the award.

Board chairman Pete Lammert presented the award to Carey. Lammert said Carey often “stands as wise council.” He also said the award was well deserved for all the work Carey has done for the town.

The tribute is awarded by municipalities to individuals or organizations who have shown commendable community service. Each municipality’s governing board chooses the recipient of the award that year.

In other business, the board approved the appointment of Tony Leo to the position of Public Work’s Laborer/Operator.

Lammert said he has known Leo since he was a child, and felt Leo was very well-suited to the position. “Welcome aboard!” Lammert said.

The board discussed a significant drainage problem occurring on Beechwood Street. Code Enforcement Officer Bill Wasson said he would speak with the owners of the property, as it appears to be an issue of code compliance.

A workshop was scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. to discuss the voting results of the Thomaston Green Developments which were voted down in the Sept. 15 election. The public is invited to this workshop.

The board approved a deposit of 30% for the solar array project. Pollution Control Superintendent John Fancy said the project could be completed in six months. The deposit total was $273,111.51.

The funding for the solar array project was approved by voters at the Sept. 15 election.

The board approved Town Manager Kara George to sign the Dirigo Engineering proposal to begin Task Two of the Beechwood Street culvert replacement.

This portion of the project involves gaining permits and grants for the work. The funding for this project was also approved by voters Sept. 15.

The work on the culvert can only be completed from July 15 to the end of September. For this reason, Fancy said it was important to move forward on this portion of the work to be prepared come July 2021 to begin.

The board rescheduled the Oct. 12 meeting for Wednesday, Oct. 14, due to the Indigenous People’s Day holiday.

For an invitation to the next meeting on Zoom, email Town Manager Kara George at

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Jerry S Malcolm | Sep 30, 2020 12:24

Congratulations "old" friend.  You deserve all the awards the town can give.  Long time - no see, but glad to see you well and upright,  Best wishes,  Jerry Malcolm

Posted by: Margaret McCrea | Sep 30, 2020 08:06

Congratulations to a truly sincere and dedicated gentleman of old school respectability. I cannot think of anyone more qualified for this great honor.


Posted by: Joanne Kenney | Sep 29, 2020 17:36

A very well deserved tribute to a wonderful person!!

Joanne Kinney Kenney

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