March 29, 2012

Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce presents awards in front of sold-out crowd

Morning Sentinel Staff

WATERVILLE -- The Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce handed out its annual awards Wednesday night at Waterville Elks Banquet & Conference Center.

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ANNUAL HONOR: Kim Lindlof, president and CEO of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, welcomes guests to the annual Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce awards dinner at the Elks Lodge in Waterville on Wednesday night.

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More than 400 people attended the 49th annual event, which celebrated the chamber's 100th anniversary and was a sold-out event, according to Kimberly N. Lindlof, the chamber's president and chief executive officer.

Gilman "Gil" Pelletier received the Distinguished Community Service Award; Pamela Kick, Business Person of the Year award; Central Maine Disposal, Business of the Year award; Waterville Public Library, Community Service Project Award; Barbara Covey, Outstanding Professional Award; Bruce Harrington, Rising Star Award; and Darla Frost, Customer Service Star Award.

Pelletier, of Waterville is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army who volunteers for Meals on Wheels, helps people in need and has served on many boards and panels.

Kick is owner of Pinnacle IT in Waterville; Mickey and Charlie Wing are owners of Central Maine Disposal in Fairfield. Sarah Sugden is library director at Waterville Public Library. Covey is emergency department physician at MaineGeneral Medical Center's Thayer Unit and the driving force behind the Community Dental Clinic in Waterville and the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner program or SAFE. Frost is a loan officer at Kennebec Federal Savings in Waterville. And Harrington is vice president of commercial lending at The Bank of Maine, serves on many boards and committees and teaches financial management at Thomas College.

Nicole Desjardins, chairman of the chamber's Board of Directors, issued a State of the Chamber speech at Wednesday's event, which serves as the organization's annual meeting.

Lindlof, who was the event announcer Wednesday, also said seven $100 chamber gift certificates were handed out during the festivities.

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