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Jacqueline Nixon Community Service Award

story & photos
by Christopher Aninno

On Friday, August 1 at Washington Park, Groton, residents gathered to celebrate Groton Day. Gabriel’s Karate, Groton Utilities, and the City of Groton Fire and Police Departments gave special demonstrations. There were games for the kids and free food and miniature golf for everyone, but the highlight of the event was the presentation of the Jacqueline Nixon Community Service Award.

Out of 25 applicants, Sarah Stanley was honored with the prestigious award. Sarah’s love for helping people shows in her work. When she isn’t volunteering at Fairview Odd Fellows Home, she is a Girl Scout leader, and she assists any way she can with the Groton Parks and Recreation Department. “I am very thankful for getting this award. It really means a lot to me and my family,” said Sarah.

Originally, the honor was called the Community Service Award, but was renamed posthumously  to commemorate the spirit of first recipient, Jacqueline Nixon. Jackie passed away in 2004 after a long fight with cancer. The award helps remind Groton residents that you should always try to help your neighbors. Jackie made many contributions to the Groton community, but she is best known for operating the Groton Food Pantry for over 20 years. “Jackie Nixon set the bar for future recipients based on the good work she did for our community,” said Deb Patrick, City Clerk, Groton.

Past recipients of the award are Earle A. Williams, Robert Leeney, E. Marion Orkney, and Lillian Hansen.

Student Leaders Honored at Breakfast

(l-r) Simone Barner, Priya Ranade, Kathryn McCarthy, Christopher Campbell, Britta Helen Kunkmoeller, Jennifer Rogers, Tianchi Xu, Jaya Batra, Michael Reisfeld, Eileen Semancik, Hannah Boettcher, Connor Toole, Kalen Larsen, Emma Lochiatto, and Norman Harrison III, are high school juniors and seniors that proved their commitment to excellence in school as well as in our community. Betsy Perkins, Perkins & Murphy College Admissions Consultancy, Frank Winkler, Groton Utilities, and Daemeon Banks, People’s United Bank, are sponsors of the Annual Education Breakfast.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT’s East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, and Waterford councils, in conjunction with the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, held their Annual Education Breakfast on Friday, May 30, at the Groton Inn and Suites. Valedictorians from Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School, Ledyard High School, Stonington High School, North Stonington High School, Robert E. Fitch High School, The Williams School, East Lyme High School, New London High School, and Waterford High School spoke on the importance of community interaction with education institutions. Juniors from each school, who have shown outstanding community leadership skills, were also honored.