We are happy to announce the award winners of this year's Citizen Involvement Day, held Saturday, October 9, 2021. Congratulations to this year's recipients, and thank you for all you do for Bath!
Citizen of the Year: Antonio “Tony Dancer” Garreton
Tony Garreton is a well-known face who brings heart and soul into all he does, whether it’s empowering residents through exercise and dance or volunteering at community events. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Tony organized a grocery drive and cooked meals to deliver to elderly residents. This summer, the Mid Coast Youth Center thanked him for going “above and beyond” gathering school supplies for their summer Set for Success Event. These are a few examples of how Tony gives back to our community. The City honors Tony as the 2021 Citizen of the Year for fostering joy and kindness in Bath.
Youth Award: Jeppie Phillips
Jeppie Phillips has made a name for himself as a youth leader at the Mid Coast Youth Center. He spent this summer helping the center’s Compass Summer Camp as a youth leader and teacher’s aide, helping younger students learn about music production, bike repair, and skateboarding. His compassion, positivity, and humor make him a perfect example of a young man with resilience, who rises beyond challenges and shares love for his community. The City recognizes Jeppie with the 2021 Youth Award for being a positive role model to his peers.
Al Smith Community Spirit Award: Bath First Responders and Public Safety
Bath first responders and public safety have handled an enormous amount of added pressure and stress while navigating the ever-changing public impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As essential workers, they have continued to work tirelessly to keep the public safe. They have adapted to difficult protocols and, at times, heightened tension while interfacing with the public. The City recognizes our First Responders and Public Safety for showing incredible and ongoing dedication to our community in the face of adversity.
Community Project Award: Bath Youth Baseball
Bath Youth Baseball was the first youth activity to restart after the COVID-19 pandemic struck. President Nathan Craney, Secretary Leslie Gallant, and the league’s board of directors went above and beyond to get the sport back in session by working with the City of Bath, State of Maine, and National Cal Ripken Baseball Association to ensure a safe and fun environment. The City recognizes Bath Youth Baseball with the Community Project Award for making every effort to keep kids engaged and active during the pandemic.