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Annual Coast Guard Volunteer of the Year nominations open

By Robert Kelly - Goss

The Daily Advance

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There is a side to the Coast Guard that some folks might not get a glimpse of, but should know about. That’s the community-oriented side of these men and women in true blue. All over the community they volunteer their time when they’re not on duty and that’s why we, The Daily Advance, want to recognize them, with your help.

Here’s what we are doing. We’re asking you, the community, to nominate candidates for the second annual Daily Advance Coast Guard Volunteer of the Year Award.

We want you to tell us in 100 words or less why you believe your nominee should be awarded this distinction. You tell us the name of your nominee, and a contact number for yourself. You do that and we will have a panel of local judges meet and read over the nominations and decide who wins the 2014 Daily Advance Coast Guard Volunteer of the Year Award and join the 2013 honoree, Darrell Linder.

The judges will only get the nominating letters with assigned numbers, no names. That way the judging will be based solely on the merits of the nominee.

The winner of the 2014 Coast Guard Volunteer of the Year Award will receive a number of prizes. We will also feature the winner in a profile story to be published in the Albemarle Life section of The Daily Advance on Sunday, July 27.

To send in your nomination you can either submit it through email at elizabethcity@dailyadvance.com with Coast Guard nomination in the subject line, bring the nomination letter into our office located at 215 S. Water St., Elizabeth City, or mail it to The Daily Advance Attn: Coast Guard Contest, PO Box 588, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.

The deadline for entries is Friday, July 18, by 5 p.m.

For more information about this contest, contact Albemarle Life editor Robert Kelly-Goss at 252-335-8117.