Winter will soon be upon us, and snow will be falling. Age Friendly South Portland will once again promote the Golden Shovel program for the businesses on Ocean Street – from Mill Creek Park to Thomas Knight Park.

Age Friendly South Portland will soon begin accepting nominations for the annual Golden Shovel Award. Courtesy photo

This will be the fourth annual Golden Shovel year, and the Golden Shovel has previously been awarded to Verbena (2020), SOPO Seafood (2021), and Taco Trio (2022).

The Golden Shovel is awarded to the business that keeps its sidewalk and storefront access safe and easy to navigate for residents of all ages. Feedback is solicited from direct email (, neighborhood Facebook groups, and direct city websites.

Businesses that participate will have a promotional sign in the storefront window. Owners will encourage patrons to vote at any time throughout the season.

The program encourages friendly competition and an enjoyable escape from the snow. So, while you are patronizing the Ocean Street businesses, please navigate the walkways easily and safely, and vote for the best business with the best snow-removal performance.

Carol Kilroy is a member of Age Friendly South Portland.

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