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    Saltmarsh to honor past Senior Citizens of the Year Thursday

    (April 22, 2019) Forty-seven senior citizens have been recipients of the Nantucket Council on Aging’s Senior Citizens of the Year Award since 1988. The award recognizes the achievements and skills of seniors who go above and beyond to give back to the Nantucket community.

    “The award is to celebrate volunteerism among seniors because when people are retired they have a lot of time to volunteer,” Nantucket resident Kathy Grieder said. “You would probably find that a lot of the nonprofits have people who are 60 and over working to help and better things on Nantucket.”

    At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, the Nantucket Center for Elder Affairs will dedicate a new foyer at the Saltmarsh Center on Washington Street that will have plaques of the names of all the recipients who have been chosen since the award was created.

    There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Chamber of Commerce president and CEO David Martin, Nantucket Center for Elder Affairs president Joe Aguiar, and Beatrice Santos, who won the award in 1991.

    From 1988 through 2002 one person was chosen for the award each year. The program changed in 2003 to recognize one man and one woman. Faith Oldham was the first recipient of the award. Peggy Kaufman and Allen Reinhard were last year’s 2018 recipients.

    Kaufman said they are expecting approximately 70 people for the ceremony. She said 16 of the 20 living recipients are expected to be in attendance for the ribbon-cutting.

    Anyone 60 or older who is not a paid employee of a senior center, Council on Aging, or Elder Services of Cape Cod and Islands Inc. is eligible for the award.

    Voting for the 2019 Senior Citizens of the Year is open to all Nantucket residents. Nomination forms are available at the Saltmarsh Center on 81 Washington St. or online by filling in this form.The deadline to submit a nomination is April 29 at 1 p.m.

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