Bob McIntire, 2016 Citizen of the Year

The Old Hallowell Day Committee is delighted to announce our selection of Bob McIntire as the 2016 Citizen of the Year!

Since moving to Hallowell with his wife Gail Wippelhauser in 1997, Bob’s personal and professional passion for lifelong education has benefitted all of us.

Bob is a longtime member of the Hallowell Area Board of Trade, serving in various capacities including as its president and treasurer. Spurred by HABOT members he became a driving force behind Hallowell’s ‘Museum in the Streets’, working with Sam Webber, Gerry Mahoney and many others on this three-year project. The self-guided tour of twenty historically and culturally significant venues spotlighted in and around downtown Hallowell opened in 2009 with a community celebration and ribbon cutting. Bob also helped develop the website.

He proudly championed the Hallowell Relief Club (thanks to whom downtown public restroom facilities were made available). Over the years, with characteristic wit and wry humor, Bob has rolled up his sleeves and contributed time, energy and enthusiasm to the annual Old Hallowell Day celebration as well as the city’s holiday festivities, early summer ‘Hallowellness’ event, and the Fall Festival of Art and History.

In addition, Bob has served or continues to serve on a number of community organizations and initiatives including the city’s Historic Hallowell committee, the Hallowell Arts and Culture Committee, and the Hallowell Charter Commission. Though recently retired, Bob remains as busy as ever, working on media production projects that will help preserve Hallowell’s history and character for generations to come.

Bob will be officially recognized at the upcoming Hallowell, Maine City Council meeting on Monday, June 13th at 6pm at City Hall. The public is cordially invited to attend, to help us express our appreciation to Bob for all he has done for Hallowell!

Below, Bob is shown with the Museum in the Streets “welcome” sign panel at the foot of Winthrop Street by Granite City Park, where the self-guided tour begins. Photo credit: Nancy McGinnis/communicado! for Old Hallowell Day.

Bob McIntire
Bob McIntire, 2016 Citizen of the Year – photo by Nancy McGinnis