Maine Township Named Township of the Year at State Conference

Carol A. Teschky, right, accepts the Township of the Year Award from ITASCSC President Tracey Colagrossi, left.
Carol A. Teschky, right, accepts the Township of the Year Award from ITASCSC President Tracey Colagrossi, left.

Maine Township recently brought home three more awards from the annual conference of Township Officials of Illinois (TOI). They were Township of the Year, Friend of Youth Award, and Best Photo of the Year.  The Township was acknowledged in multiple categories for its many outstanding services that enhance the lives of all residents, according to Carol A. Teschky, Township Supervisor.  

"Thanks in great part to the dedication of our elected officials and township staff our work is regularly recognized by our peers around the state for being innovative and of high quality," she added. 

Singled out for recognition from among more than 1,400 Townships across Illinois, Maine Township was named Township of the Year by the Illinois Township Association of Senior Centers Services Committee (ITASCSC) at ceremonies held Nov. 14 in Springfield, IL. 

Maine Township Trustee Laura Morask of Park Ridge also received the 2013 Association of Illinois Township Committees on Youth (AITCOY) Friend of Youth Award.  Morask has been a Maine Township Trustee since 2001.

In the public communications category called the Mighty Message competition, Ed Beauvais of MaineStay Youth and Family Services took the Best Photo award. 

Recognized for its outstanding services that meet the needs of seniors, especially the MaineStreamers senior program, Maine Township was honored for the full scope of programs that directly enhance the lives of older residents including the Assessor, Clerk, General Assistance, and MaineStay.  Free and open to all residents of Maine Township 55 years of age and older, with more 5,000 members MaineStreamers is one of the largest senior programs in the area averaging 50 new members each month.

Well-known for her outstanding dedication to helping the youth of Maine Township, Morask has created innovative programs at no cost to the community to help improve services to youth.  Those programs include Anti-Gang Education Forums which she has conducted annually over the past six years and an Anti-Hazing and Bullying panel discussion, as well as her committee work for National Night Out Against Crime.  

 Beauvais’ winning photo captured a fishing victory shared by a day camper and a senior citizen at the “Adventure Maine Township” summer day camp program.  The program is one of many offered by MaineStay which gives children an opportunity for educational, cultural, and  other outings that they might not be able to experience.

Park Ridge Taxpayer November 26, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Hey, Dick Barton...er, I mean "BMG Media Services"....did they also win an award for most useless level of government? How many of my tax dollars pay your retainer to be Carol's official mouthpiece?
BMG Media Services November 27, 2013 at 09:50 AM
Why wouldn't we want to share the news about the oldest form of local government established by Thomas Jefferson in 1850 to serve the general welfare of residents -- a mission still carried on today with the area's most complete food pantry operation serving hundreds of families in need every month, counseling services to families in crisis and individual with dependency problems and helping to keep seniors healthy and active? The story also notes the award of a township Trustee who is a Park Ridge resident and attorney who among other public service gives free seminars to law enforcement, educators and parents on fighting gangs in our area. Finally, one of the township staff was honored for his photo of a senior and a disadvantaged youth fishing at a free summer camp run by the township and funded by money raised at a community garage sale. If you think this is all useless stuff, many would disagree with your comment.
Park Ridge Taxpayer November 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM
I did not say those activities were "useless stuff". I said the township level of government is useless. Those activities are worthwhile, but they can be just as well provided by private charities. According to your comment, township government doesn't govern, it provides social services. Not sure what you mean about "Thomas Jefferson in 1850" because he died in 1826.


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