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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 22, 2014
Stonington’s Community Café volunteers receive kudos for good works

Stonington Community Café volunteers

Stonington Community Café site manager Muffin Bray (left) receives thanks and flowers from Rob Crone and Vicki Haskell of Eastern Area Agency on Aging which sponsors the weekly luncheon.

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by Anne Berleant

Every Wednesday at the Island Community Center a core of volunteers makes sure the Community Café lunch is on the table.

“They help set up and serve. They help break down and clear afterwards,” said Muffin Bray, who moved from volunteer to café site manager last December. She quickly scanned the room before turning to volunteer Audrey Hamblen: “Can you see if anyone wants more ham?”

“Muffin’s just been super,” said Rob Crone of Eastern Area Agency on Aging, which sponsors the Community Cafés. “You just have to have local people and support to make these things work.”

Eastern Area Agency on Aging [EAAA] runs 48 cafes throughout Hancock, Washington, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.

“Without [volunteers], we would not at all be able to run,” said Vicki Haskell, supervisor for Hancock County.

She and Crone visited Stonington on April 30 to honor the local volunteers—and for a bite to eat.

“This is the first local recognition,” said Bray. “It’s good for [EAAA] to know the nice group we have.”

Crone and Haskell presented the volunteers with symbolic gifts and certificates of appreciation. The night lights “because you bring so much light into people’s lives,” the Girl Scout cookies “because you are good scouts” in the community, said Crone.

“How do you say thanks to someone…who makes such a difference in people’s lives?” he continued. “[You] are the people who make the wheels go round.”