CHESTERVILLE — Around here, Anne Lambert is considered a “blessing.”

Anyone who wants to know the history of the city need only ask her.

He spent hours of his time researching road history, developing spreadsheets for city departments, and compiling data.

“If you need an answer, call Anne, citizens say fondly,” wrote Linda Bauer in a message.

“She’s great at digging through old documents to find relevant facts to today’s issues,” he wrote. “She has amassed extensive knowledge of city assemblies, mandate articles, spreadsheets, and bylaws. You’ve spent the last few years compiling valuable data for the board. Five years ago, she Anne created a comprehensive list of city streets with information dating back to the early 1800s. She is a blessing and a great asset to the running of the City of Chesterville and I understand other cities want their Anne Lambert!

Anne Lambert holds her Spirit of America Foundation award Friday afternoon at the Chesterville city office. Russ Dillingham/Journal of the Sun

Lambert, 64, loves history.

“I don’t do it to be recognized. I do it because I love doing it,” she said of finding him.

“I made two binders in the Municipality. I went through all the vault searches back to the 1800s and did a second binder on Franklin County road decisions (like disruptions),” Lambert said.

If there is city-level demand, it does historical research to make it easier for a council to make a decision.

“I’m on the budget committee,” he said. “I really enjoy working with numbers,” and has made many spreadsheets for the city’s highway department, fire department, and transfer station over the years.

Lambert, who also once worked as a recruiter, now spends his free time volunteering.

Before retiring, Lambert served 15 1/2 years as secretary to the county district attorney. He also served from November 1986 to 1994 as an assistant clerk and associate clerk for Franklin County Superior Court.

“I then decided it was time to stay home with my kids,” Lambert said. “I just wanted to be home with my kids.”

She is a 1976 graduate of Mt. Blue High School in Farmington and a 1978 graduate of Husson College in Bangor, where she took a two-year course in office science.

Years ago, he helped out at the Clearwater Food Pantry in Industry, and also helped a now retired Joyce Morton in the county probate registry with a conservation project.

Once her two children grew up, she took care of her parents.

And, “I’ve been working part-time at Robin’s Flower Pot in Farmington for the past few years,” she said.

Lambert and her husband, Thomas, have been married for 42 years. In addition to their children, they have one grandchild.

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