Patch recognizes people or groups with a People of the Year award for their contributions to Havre de Grace in 2011. Nominees were submitted by Patch readers via a submission form, email or on Facebook.
Finding a way to define Ellie Mencer is a challenge. That's because she has meant so much to so many in Havre de Grace.
To quantify her impact on local business would be impossible.
Mencer has worn a number of hats in Havre de Grace. Each of them has fit perfectly.
Mencer lends her promotional support and advocates for local businesses regularly. She operates elliemencer.com, which she utilizes to lend her expertise in marketing and promotion to the small businesses in Havre de Grace that need cutting-edge help.
"Ellie is the cement that binds the downtown business community and proved invaluable in her eternal role as a cheerleader and liaison for downtown business after [former Main Street manager] Diana Broomell's sudden firing at the start of this year's summer season," Biller's Bikes owners Walt Biller and Mara Wasilik wrote in an email to Patch.
Mencer was the owner and publisher of Havre de Grace Magazine for a decade.
She's also managed other local publications in various locations, and served as a freelance writer. Mencer continues to support local events and endeavors, as she did while also operating havredegracethemeetingplace.com.
Today, Mencer assists local businesses in social media, website operation and mobile applications.
Patch reporter Molly Lauryssens said earlier in 2011 that Mencer's name came up repeatedly in conversations with business owners and community leaders in Havre de Grace.
"She's like Ms. Havre de Grace," Lauryssens said.
Biller and Wasilik wrote an email to Patch earlier in 2011 suggesting a feature be written on Mencer for her efforts in the community throughout the last two decades, citing her publications, leadership and dedication to the community's improvement and redevelopment.
Mencer declined to be featured. She'd rather the spotlight be on the community.
So in short, Mencer could be described as the glue that holds Havre de Grace's downtown together.
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