Monmouth to present Spirit of America awards


MONMOUTH – The town of Monmouth will present the 2007 Spirit of America Foundation Award to three residents and two local groups for their significant contributions to the community during a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, in the stage area of the Monmouth Fairgrounds.

The Cottrell-Taylor Christmas Basket Committee annually provides holiday food to more than 40 local families in need together with an article of clothing and/or a toy for the children. The program was started in 1968 by school nurse Charlene Cunliffe and, thanks to assistance from the late Iva Fox and many others, the giving has continued every year since.

Paul Fox has played a major role in building the secretary’s main office and the sheep shed, arranging the exhibition hall and doing so many other things to assist the Monmouth Fair Association over the past 40 years. His knowledge and experience help make the annual fair more enjoyable for all. Fox has served the town’s fire department as chief and in other capacities.

Monmouth Museum is a nonprofit organization that has preserved several historical landmarks of the town for the public to visit. Besides overseeing the upkeep of six buildings (including a genealogical library), museum volunteers host an annual fall Apple Fest celebration that brings the community together by providing a variety of activities for children and adults.

Kenneth Palleschi has spent most of the years of his life fixing or maintaining “everything” for the Monmouth Little League, including the grounds and the bleachers. Currently the captain of the Monmouth Fire Department, he has served that organization in many ways over the past 25-plus years.

Katherine Perless is the founder and director of the Vestry Thrift Shop, a nonprofit organization that has given more than $100,000 to the Monmouth School System and local charitable causes during the past five years. She has sought community donations of clothing and other items, coordinated the efforts of vestry volunteers and done many other things to help the store.