Orange starting annual community volunteer award

ORANGE — The town is establishing an annual community volunteer of the year award.

The first Shirley Page Award for Excellence in Volunteering is open for nominations.

The award, created this year at the suggestion of Board of Selectmen Vice Chairman David B. Ames, is a way for the town to recognize residents for volunteering to make things better for the community.

Named for the late Shirley Page, the award will also be a way to honor her as she was the epitome of what the award stands for, said Ames. Page volunteered for numerous town organizations, but primarily with the Pioneer Junior Women’s Club.

“There are many, many examples of the volunteer work Page performed,” Ames said.

Recalling her determination, he remembered an instance when a planned fundraiser she was working on fell through. Ames said it didn’t slow her down, and without skipping a beat, she had members of the committee over to her house to bake pies, which were then sold to raise money.

Applications to nominate a member of the community will be available on the town’s website,, at the Town Hall and several downtown businesses. All entries need to include a short description of why the nominee should be considered, including the nominee’s volunteer activities. Applications must be received by June 5.

Selectmen will review the applications individually to keep the results under wraps until the announcement. They will assign a rating system from which the nominee with the highest score will be selected. The winner will be announced at the June 16 and the name will be added to the Shirley Page Award Plaque to be hung at the Town Hall.

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