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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.