During Aroostook Aspirations Initiative’s Scholar Weekend, Gauvin Scholars took part in a Best of Aroostook voting activity. This activity was completely conducted by and voted on by Scholars. They selected 10 categories that they felt are the best representation of businesses
and locations throughout Aroostook County. Following the selection of these 10 categories, they had 24 hours to submit nominations. These nominations were then put up for debate and vote. The winner of each Best of Aroostook category is listed below.
Best Coffee Shop – Dunkin’ Donuts
Best Locally Owned Grocery Store – John’s Shurfine
Best Ice Cream – Houlton Farms Dairy Bar
Best Skiing – Big Rock Mountain
Best Gas Service Station – Daigle Oil Company
Best Locally Owned Restaurant – Grammy’s Country Inn
Best Car Dealership – Pelletier Ford
Best Radio Station – Big Country 96.9
Best Lake – Portage Lake
Best Festival – The Maine Potato Blossom Festival
One Gauvin Scholar says she is happy to have had this opportunity and to know that evenas young adults, their opinions matter.
“I feel proud and excited to know that businesses in my area are getting recognized for the hard work they put in, day in and day out. I’m also super happy that I played a part in helping them get recognized,” said Libby Theriault, 2017 WAGM-TV Gauvin Scholar.
Aroostook Aspirations Initiative’s Executive Director, Kristen Wells, says it’s crucial that Gauvin Scholars realize their impact in their communities.
"The Best of Aroostook activity allows their opinions to be more thoughtfully developed, their voices to be heard, and their collaborative decisions to be publicized," said Wells. "This is also an opportunity for them to defend, and more fully support, the businesses, services and activities they care about here - in all parts of Aroostook County. We remind them that without their patronage, their favorite places to go and things to do may not survive."
Each Best of Aroostook winner will be presented with a certificate by Wells. If you would like to learn more about Aroostook Aspirations Initiative, visit gauvinfund.org, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter AAI/GauvinFund or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be made online, in person at AAI, 754 Main Street, Presque Isle, or by mail: 26 North Street Box 138, Presque Isle, ME 04769.