The Town Crier is pleased to announce the three finalists for the 2011 Ernie Maxwell Community Spirit Award:

Idyllwild Community Fund for their grants to many local nonprofits affecting the whole community;

Mountain Community Patrol because it would be very difficult for organizations to hold community events without their help; and

The Woodies, from the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council for creating fuelbreak and regularly helping elderly and disabled residents fire abate their properties.

The Idyllwild community is invited to express its choice for the first Ernie Maxwell Community Spirit Award.

We are also pleased to acknowledge that readers suggested five other notable and deserving nominees:

Idyllwild Art Alliance for its efforts and contributions to create an identification of Idyllwild as a nationally recognized fine arts center for education, creativity and exhibition;

Idyllwild Animal Rescue Friends, for their many efforts to help lost and abandoned pets, especially cats and dogs;

Cindy and Sparky Allert for their personal commitment to rescue and save hundreds of helpless raccoons;

Pete Capparelli a true backbone of the community for countless years of service; and

Grace Moore, for her years of help and assistance to local residents and the Cottage Thrift Shoppe.