Janice Sweeney was recently honored as the town of Jay Spirit of America recipient. From left are Lee Ann Dalessandro, Tim DeMillo, Gary McGrane, Sweeney, Gary McGrane and Terry Bergeron, members of the Jay Select Board. Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald

The Jay Select Board recently recognized Janice Sweeney for her exemplary citizenship and outstanding achievement and honor brought upon the community, with the 2024 Town of Jay Spirit of America Foundation Tribute.

As a lifelong member of the community for more than 70 years, Sweeney began her work as a volunteer while attending Jay High School in the early 1970s, working in the snack shack at athletic games. She now heads up a team at the VFW Post 3335, hosting Friday night takeout dinners to raise money for veteran and community programs and volunteering 20 hours a week as the kitchen and bar manager, according to a news release from the town of Jay.

She also volunteers her time at the Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls Food Cupboard and participates in hosting free dinners at the St. Rose Community Center in Jay. She also serves on the local board of Special Olympics, raising significant funds through large yard sales.


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