by Kate Irish Collins

Bob Hamblen recognitionSACO – Bob Hamblen, Saco’s city planner and president of the Eastern Trail Alliance, recently received the Community Celebrity Award from Cabot Creamery, which has honored 40 people across the country with this special recognition.

As part of the award, Hamblen received a seven-day Alaskan cruise, which leaves from Seattle in early September. The other community celebrities will also be on board for what Hamblen referred to as an opportunity to “mix and mingle and swap ideas.”

He’s “pleased as punch” with the award, as well as “absolutely flattered and honored.”

Hamblen received a certificate of recognition on Saturday, July 7, in Portland as part of the Cabot Community Tour, which consisted of three bicyclists riding the entire East Coast Greenway trail from Florida to Maine.

Hamblen, and several others from the Eastern Trail Alliance, caught up with the through riders as they passed through Saco and escorted them up to Portland’s Payson Park for the end of their long journey.

Tony Barrett, a former trustee of the East Coast Greenway, who lives and works locally, nominated Hamblen for the Community Celebrity Award, and referred to him as  “truly the hidden hero of the Eastern Trail Alliance.”

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