LRTC students receive VIBE award


LEWISTON — Students at the Lewiston Regional Technical Center were surprised recently with a visit from Mayor Laurent F. Gilbert Sr., who presented eight students with the February 2010 VIBE Award. The award recognized them for donating their time and abilities to build a home ramp for a person in need.

As multimedia LRTC students filmed and snapped photos, the youth ramp builders were lauded by Gilbert who said, “In appreciation for donating your time and talents to assist in the building of a ramp for disabled veteran and retired Air Force air traffic controller Ann Pinnette. Your involvement not only demonstrated your skills and abilities but your heart of compassion and willingness to provide assistance outside your circle of family and friends.”

“In addition, the respect and dignity you extended to Ms. Pinnette is commendable, and please know that you represented the youth of this community and the Lewiston Regional Technical Center in an exemplary manner. Individuals like you, who step up to the plate to assist others in need, are another reason why Lewiston is an All-America City,” he said.

Those recognized were: Dylan J. Boisvert, Jessica L. Denis, Eric M. Frost, Mason E. Gates, Jacob R. Guenette, Sara L. Stanley, Hunter J. Webber and Jeremy J. Deguisto. In addition to certificates from Gilbert, they each received a VIBE lapel pin and a donated lunch gift certificate.

Bill Lee, who has long advocated for a ramp for Pinnette, also tearfully thanked the youth and told them that they are loved and appreciated by Pinnette, who couldn’t attend due to health reasons.

Nominations for VIBE recipients may be made online at under Special Notices. Nomination forms are also available at City Hall service windows, 27 Pine St.