May 7, 2007
The University of Maine at Fort Kent will present its 2007 Distinguished Service award to E. Daniel Nicolas during UMFK's 125th commencement ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 12, 2007 in the University's Sports Center.
Danny Nicolas was born in Lincoln, Maine, the youngest of five children. At the age of eight he moved to Fort Kent where he still resides today.
Upon his graduation from Fort Kent Community High School, Nicolas enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served for three years.
After his discharge from the Marines, Danny started a career as a lineman with Maine Public Service Company. He has been with the company since 1967.
Over the years, Danny has dedicated countless hours volunteering in the community. He currently serves as interim Grand Chief of the Malecite First Nation, which counts members from throughout Canada and the United States; as chairman of the Fort Kent Planning Board; and as president of the Upper St. John Land Trust. He has served on the St. John Valley Vocational Education Board, M.S.A.D. #27 school board; Can-Am Crown Board; Fort Kent Utility District Board; as co-founder of WFKT, a public access television serving the greater Fort Kent area; as a past member of the Fort Kent Historical Society; and he has held various positions for the Fort Kent Jaycees. Danny has given 25 years to scouting and has been involved with the Lonesome Pines Trails Ski area for the past 30 years.
In 1992, Danny was named the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
Danny and his wife, Naomi, have been married for 38 years. They have three grown sons and six grandchildren.