AUBURN, Mass. – Auburn Town Clerk Ellen Gaboury reminds residents that nominations are now being accepted for the John E. and Ethel E. Riley Outstanding Citizenship Award.
Nominations should include reasons why the person being nominated has been an outstanding citizen and how the individual has made life for Auburn residents better.
The deadline for nominations is Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. Nominations should be submitted to Riley Award Committee, c/o Ellen C. Gaboury, Town Clerk, 104 Central St., Auburn, MA 01501.
The John E. and Ethel E. Riley Outstanding Citizenship Award was created in 1976 to honor the Rileys for their contribution to serving and making life for Auburn citizens better. John served as Auburn Town Clerk from 1922 to 1952 and Ethel served as an assistant for many years.
There was money donated that is now held by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. The interest earned is given to the recipient chosen each year. Last year, the Rev. Robert F. and Leona F. Fenby received the award.
The award committee consists of the Auburn town clerk, selectmen chairman, a Town Meeting member chosen by the moderator, an educator named by the School Committee, high school senior class officers, president of the Auburn Ecumenical Cluster, a news media person covering Auburn news and a citizen of Auburn named by the selectmen, master of the Masonic Lodge, grand knight of the Auburn Knights of Columbus, Auburn/Webster Lodge of Elks and commander of Chester P. Tuttle Post American Legion.
Last week, the School Committee named Doreen Guitarr, second-grade teacher at Mary D. Stone Elementary School, to serve as the School Committee’s representative.
“It was outstanding we had three teachers who came forward for the committee,” said Superintendent of Schools Maryellen Brunelle. “It’s truly a volunteer effort, and each of them with great sincerity offered to do this.”
The other teachers who volunteered to serve on the committee were Denise Collins, physical education teacher at Auburn Middle School (who previously served on the committee), and Karen Ballway, science teacher at Auburn High School.