2017-08-09 / Front Page

Phillips Old Home Days’ 2017 Honored Couple Sylvia and Bert Lambert

PHILLIPS — Sylvia (Gagne) Lambert was raised in Auburn; Bert in Rumford. Sylvia attended Bates College, as well as Auburn Maine School of Commerce. Bert graduated from UMO, studying forestry. Both worked several jobs while attending school. Bert, at this time, was also in the National Guard for six years.

The couple met at the Wayside Inn, in Poland, Maine. It was a Friday night, where singles would go to “hang out” and dance. Bert immediately noticed Sylvia’s pretty smile. They were married a year later Oct. 8, 1960.

Once out of school, Sylvia began her work career as a secretary in Auburn, then as a secretary at a law firm in Bangor, before settling in Phillips. In Phillips, she was a secretary at the Rangeley Bank for Sheldon Noyes, stopped working for a bit to begin a family, before working again at home as secretary for John Fox. Sylvia worked the biggest part of her life for the Griscom family. First, she worked for Bronson as a secretary, then for Sophie as an estate/financial manager and for other family members until 2008, thus working for the Griscoms for 45 years.

Once out of school, Bert went into teaching for two years, one at Phillips High School, which is how the couple came to reside in Phillips.

Having worked for the D.O.T. in college, Bert then worked for the State of Maine as a surveyor and project engineer on construction jobs for 35 years. He left this position in 1996, to pursue private surveying. At one time, Bert was among a few to have a license in three areas: forestry, civil engineering and surveying. All licenses are still current, and he continues to do consulting work.

The couple has two children: Kim O’Leary (Kevin), and Shawn (Paula), along with six grandchildren.

The couple has been actively involved in their community. Sylvia has been on many committees (First Planning Board in the 60s, Chair of the Plan- ning Board, during which time the Comprehensive Plan, original Shoreline Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances were accepted, Phillips Library treasurer during capital fundraising for the P.G. Whittemore building, Library Finance Committee, Chair of the Board of Appeals, past Ballot Clerk, Notary Public, Chair of the Micro Loan Committee, Treasurer of the Opportunity Center, Chair of the Budget Committee, supporter of the Farmer’s Market, as well as manages the town’s website). In Sylvia’s spare time, she likes to walk, and work with her flowers outside.

Bert was on the School Board in the early 70s. He has done survey and consulting work for the town over the years and also for the Water District. He was the MDOT engineer on the Rt. 4 bypass project. He has given numerous hours of free consulting and advice to many people. Interestingly, Bert acquired the original SR&RL RR linen plans. He arranged to get the 105 maps (117 miles) copied, originals stored at the State Archives, copies at the Historical House and at the Registry of Deeds for everyone to refer to. It is now online to be seen by all. In Bert’s spare time, he likes to ski and jog.

The couple resides on Wheeler Hill, in the home they built in 1973. They are still active in their community.

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