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Elizabeth Bergus left a legacy of extraordinary service to Strathmere.  In her honor, we introduce the annual Service to Strathmere Award to recognize a resident, visitor, or friend of the coastal community of Strathmere who has gone above and beyond to serve and/or improve our community.  The award eligibility and nomination process is as follows:

  • All active members of the Strathmere Improvement Association (SIA) are eligible to nominate candidates for the Service to Strathmere Award.
  • All award nominees must be 16 years or older.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of life of Strathmere,  improving the experience of residents or visitors of Strathmere, or instrumental in preserving our wildlife.
  • Nominations will be accepted through July 30th of each award year.
  • The SIA Board of Directors will review all nominations and select the award recipient.
  • The Service to Strathmere Award will be announced at the SIA August Meeting.

Service to Strathmere Award

Pollinator Presentation


Chris Baeckstom gave an informative presentation at the Schiavo Library on August 31 on the best ways to attract pollinators to your garden, where to purchase native plants, and listed multiple resources to guide you as you plant your own garden. Chris presented photos of established gardens around town that have successfully attracted bees and butterflies and the variety of native plants used. With the help of gardeners Chris Baeckstrom, David Cummings, Rose Rhine, and Marian Rossi, the Schiavo Library is the first of many community gardens planned and it is already thriving! You can find Chris Baeckstrom's slideshow below.