Chris Johnson, an active volunteer in the Bucksport area, received the Hans Honders Community Service Award at the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards ceremony Tuesday evening. Presenting the award to him was Paula Kee. PHOTO BY CHARLES EICHACKER

No shortage of “heart and soul” at Bucksport Chamber awards ceremony



BUCKSPORT — “Heart and soul” were the unofficial themes at the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting and awards ceremony Tuesday evening.

The evening’s winners included Jen and Tom Pappas (who have operated Crosby’s Drive In for many years), Chris Johnson (a retiree who has put in many hours volunteering for the town and chamber over the last two years) and the new business Penobscot Home Performance.

Also honored at Tuesday’s ceremony were Jen and Tom Pappas, who have operated Crosby’s Drive In for many years.  PHOTO BY CHARLES EICHACKER

Also honored at Tuesday’s ceremony were Jen and Tom Pappas, who have operated Crosby’s Drive In for many years.
PHOTO BY CHARLES EICHACKER

Those at the ceremony also heard from organizers of the Community Heart and Soul Program, which is seeking to bridge disparate members of the Bucksport community as the town seeks to revitalize following the paper mill closure in late 2014.

Several speakers who introduced the evening’s winners also mentioned the “heart and soul” that each has invested in Bucksport.

At the beginning of the ceremony, Denise Smith, youth program manager at Eastern Maine Development Corp., delivered a presentation about the needs of those fresh to the workforce.

This year’s chamber award winners were:

New Business of the Year – Penobscot Home Performance

Business Person of the Year – Mark Eastman of Ocean’s Edge Realty

Nonprofit of the Year – Northeast Historic Film

Hans Honders Community Service Award – Chris Johnson

Chamber Volunteer of the Year – Judy Marinelli

Super Supporter – Bill Chandler, who runs the Bucksport marina.

Charles Eichacker

Charles Eichacker

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Charles Eichacker covers the towns of Bucksport, Orland, Castine, Verona Island, Penobscot, Brooksville and Dedham. When not working on stories, he likes books, beer and the outdoors. [email protected]