Meet the Hattie Brown Award Recipient for the 231st Fourth of July Celebration

Stan Dimock

Written by Dick Devault

The 231st Celebration Hattie Brown Award recipient spent his child hood years in West Hartford Connecticut until 1973 when he left for Lewiston Maine to attend Bates College during the school year and work as a bus boy at Sebago Lake during the summer. Upon graduation from College he made his way to Providence R.I and a career start with Kemper Insurance. A comment by an early boss speaks highly of his character when he was told he was much “too nice” to be handling insurance claims.

He moved to Bristol in 1995 where he discovered shortly after settling into his Windmill Point condo how much he enjoyed cleaning the Bristol Harbor shoreline. His passion for shoreline cleanups prompted a career change in 1998 when he quit his 20 year insurance career and begin working at Save the Bay. In 2007 he moved from Windmill Point to Stone Harbor, trading his Poppasquash cleanups at the back end of Bristol harbor for a downtown waterfront route-including Thames Street from Quito’s driveway south to Coast Guard Station and from the Bristol Harbor East to Hope Street. Seeing an opportunity to beautify underutilized town land along his downtown cleanup route, he sought and received permission from then-Town Manager Diane Mederos in 2008 to create gardens at the corner of Bradford & Thames, in the library parking lot, on the sidewalk in front of Bristol Harbor Inn, and at the corner of State & Thames. Watering these “pocket gardens” requires an additional two hours of volunteer time daily during the summer months.

Photo: Hattie Brown Award Recipient Stan Dimock recieved a Commemorative Print
from the Committee at the announcement.

Considering all the volunteer time that Hattie Brown recipient, who hopefully many of you know by now, is Stan Dimock, devotes to beautifying Bristol, many mistakenly assume that he is retired. In fact, Stan works a minimum of 3 days a week at Save The Bay as an assistant to the Director of Operations. The hybrid staff/volunteer arrangement that Stan has developed with Save The Bay benefits all parties concerned.

Stan credits his move to Bristol with his complete personal and professional metamorphosis. "The Town of Bristol has been very good to me. Our town leaders truly appreciate the value of our citizens’ volunteer input, time, energy, and talent. From a field of so many worthy citizens, he feels truly humbled to be recognized for the Hattie Brown Award.".

Stan's additional volunteer pursuits include:
  • Member - Bristol's CERT team of emergency volunteers
  • Member - Bristol Recycles Committee
  • Former member - Bristol Conservation Commission
  • Founding member - Save Silver Creek Coalition
  • Founding member, long-time (now retired) board member - Save Bristol
  • Founding member - Bristol Blooms Founding member - Bristol Blooms
  • Initiated adoption of 5 CRMC harbor rights-of-way (Save Bristol Harbor
  • Volunteer - Bristol Art Museum
  • Group leader - storm drain marking program ("Don't Dump - Drains to Harbor")
  • Group leader - shoreline cleanups with adults and students throughout Bristol

  • Past honors include:
  • Save The Bay Volunteer of the Year (1998)
  • Save Bristol Harbor Volunteer Award
  • DAR Citizenship Award (2007)
  • Civilian Aide to Joe & Betty Brito (2011)
  • East Bay Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year (2011)
  • Civilian Aide to Louis Cirillo (2013)
  • Spirit of Christmas Award (2015)
  • Stan is quick to point out that while Bristol’s scenic shoreline and historic charm initially attracted him to the town, it is the citizens of Bristol that have kept him here for the past 21 years. He feels you would be hard-pressed to find another town in the United States where so many of the residents care so deeply about their neighbors, the town's rich history, and its future. Bristol is blessed to have an active, involved population of adults and students who give so much of themselves to make our town the very best place it can be for residents and visitors alike. It is that spirit – that positive energy – that fuels him every time he heads out the door with a trash bag to clean the neighborhood or with a watering can (or two!) to tend his adopted roadside gardens downtown.

    It is my pleasure once again to present the 2016 Hattie Brown Award recipient, Stan Dimock.

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