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For several years, communities and municipalities in Maine have been recognizing individuals and organizations with the Spirit of America Award. This award is given in recognition of service to those communities.
At the beginning of the annual St. Albans Town Meeting, Town Manager Rhonda Stark spoke of the history of the Spirit of America Award and of the local recipients. She then announced that the 2015 Spirit of America was being presented to the Hartland - St. Albans Lions Club for its contributions to St. Albans and the surrounding area. Mrs. Stark asked if all Lions present at the meeting to come forward to receive the award. She spoke of the Lions Adopt-A-Highway project on Route 43/152 between St. Albans and Hartland, the Lions help in continuing the St. Albans Summerfest celebration and other community service.

Pictured from left to right: St. Albans Town Manager Rhonda Stark, Lions President Bob Davids, Lions members - Ellie Davids, Mike Wiers and Harry Bridge.
Lions Club President Bob Davids accepted the award for the service club. The Hartland-St Albans Lions Club has been serving the communities of the Upper Sebasticook Region for over 63 years. Some of the dozens of annual projects of this club include scholarships awarded to high school graduates, assistance for eyeglasses for those unable to pay for them, donations to local churches to provide gifts for children, cash contributions to the food pantry, donations for youth sports programs, feeding participants at an annual Special Olympics event, etc.
The newest undertaking of the Hartland-St. Albans Lions Club is conducting vision screening for local school children from prekindergarten through fourth grade. Using a Spot vision screening camera owned by the Skowhegan Lions Club, the Lions are able to determine if a child has a possible vision problem and should be referred to an eyesight professional for an examination.
The Hartland-St. Albans Lions meet on the second and fourth Thursdays, September through May, at the Chatterbox Club in St. Albans. The ladies of the Chatterbox Club serve outstanding family-style meals for the meetings. Anyone interested in becoming part of this service organization can call 938-3258 for more information.