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.
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.