2024 Barry S. Timson
Community Service Award

The Old Hallowell Day Committee is now accepting nominations for the Barry S. Timson Community Service Award!

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Resident of Hallowell for a minimum of 3 years; and
  • Show outstanding commitment to the community through unpaid volunteer involvement in civic affairs, city government, committees or boards, preservation of Hallowell’s historic character, school, nonprofit organizations, non-partisan grassroots activities, or community events.

Please submit your nominations here by May 14th in order for them to be included for consideration by the Old Hallowell Day Committee.

Thank you!

2023 Awardee: Deb Fahy

Miriam, Robin, and Aaron Asch posing with issues of the Academy Street Journal

Deb Fahy has been chosen by the Old Hallowell Day Committee as the 2023 Barry S. Timson award recipient for her unwavering commitment to our small and lively city.

Shortly after moving to Hallowell with her family, Deb became the Executive Director of the nonprofit Harlow Gallery. Under her leadership of almost 15 years, thousands of Maine artists were supported and able to exhibit their work to the public.

Deb left The Harlow in 2019, but that has not stopped her from bringing art to the community. In 2021 she was one of the organizers of the Hallowell Granite Symposium, which celebrated the city’s granite industry. Currently, the Hallowell Board of Trade, Vision Hallowell, the Gaslight Theater, and the Hallowell Arts and Culture Committee all benefit from Deb’s expertise in and commitment to the arts.

Why is Hallowell such a special community for her? “The people, obviously! Hallowell has a long history of cool characters and some really special people in leadership and the cultural realm. It’s a place where everyone is welcome, and that’s something we need to preserve.”

This award has been established to celebrate and memorialize Barry Timson’s remarkable contributions to our city, to make his commitment a model for others and to encourage the spirit of volunteerism, civic commitment and leadership in the city of Hallowell.

Past Timson Awardees

  • 2022 Miriam, Robin, and Aaron Asch
  • 2019 Rosemary Presnar
  • 2018 Anthony Romano
  • 2017 Rose Warren
  • 2016 Kieran Kammerer
  • 2015 The Bessey Family
  • 2014 Erin Ballew
  • 2013 no awardee
  • 2012 Ava & Noah Katz
  • 2011 Johanna Baker
  • 2010 Kate Cart
  • 2009 Laura Harper
  • 2008 Cary Colwell
  • 2007 Douglas Averill and Maureen Drouin
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