Natalie Knox is the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce 2018 Citizen of the Year.. COURTESY OF NATALIE KNOX

Natalie Knox named Ellsworth Chamber’s Citizen of the Year

ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that Natalie Knox has been named its 2018 Citizen of the Year.

The Citizen of the Year is awarded to an outstanding individual, nominated by the members, “who embodies community spirit through volunteerism, involvement and advocacy.”

Knox is a graduate of the University of Maine, where she received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She is the co-founder and former co-owner (with business partner Mark Osborne) of radio stations WKSQ (Kiss 94.5), WLKE (Lucky 99) and WBFB (The Bear).

Currently, she is the co-owner of Knox & Osborne Advertising and WNSX radio (Star 97.7), both in Ellsworth. She is a past member of the board of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, The Ark Animal Shelter, Woodlawn Museum and the Hancock County Children’s Council, where she was board president.

Knox also is a past president of the board of directors of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, having spent a total of 18 years on the board.

Knox also was a founding member of “Save Our Schools” in Searsport, which re-established the high school’s accreditation. She currently serves on the board of the Searsport District High School Alumni Association. She is a co-founder and board member of Down East Animal Rescue in Ellsworth. She is also a member of the Searsport Historical Society.

Since moving to Ellsworth in 1982, Knox has supported and worked on fundraising campaigns for many charitable organizations.

Those organizations include the Down East Family YMCA, the March of Dimes “Snowball Softball,” Special Children’s Friends, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the Hancock County Food Drive, the Emmaus Homeless Shelter, The Grand, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital’s Poinsettia Ball (where she was its first committee chairwoman), Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, The Next Step Domestic Violence Project, the American Red Cross, Ellsworth’s Sestercentennial Committee, the Ellsworth Public Library, Birdsacre and Down East Animal Rescue.

Knox is a self-professed Duke basketball “nut” and is an armchair fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox.

She says the most meaningful thing that she does each day (which she has done since the fall of 2010 with her friend, Debbie McFarland) is volunteering her time each morning cleaning cat cages at the stray holding facility located inside the Small Animal Clinic in Ellsworth.

“I always said that someday I’d like to be able to go to a shelter where I could just pat the cats,” she said. “Little did I know!”

Knox will be honored at the chamber’s annual meeting on May 17 at the Down East Family YMCA.

More information on the annual meeting will be available on