Upper Delaware Council 29th Annual Awards Ceremony
April 23, 2017 at Central House Family Resort, Beach Lake, PA
UDC 2017 AWARDS: The Upper Delaware Council held its 29th Annual Awards Ceremony on April 23 at Central House Family Resort in Beach Lake, PA to honor those who have contributed to protection of resources or quality of life in the Upper Delaware River Valley region. Ninety-four guests attended the banquet. Seated from left to right: Palmira Miller, coordinator of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Community Illegal Dumpsite Clean-up Program, Community Service Award (organization); U.S. Congressman John J. Faso (NY-19), keynote speaker; Elaine Giguere, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance executive director, Cultural Achievement Award; Debra Conway, Revitalizing the Monarch Butterfly brochure coordinator, Partnership Award; Vanessa DeGori of the Milanville General Store, Community Service Award (individual) ; Connie Lloyd, 34-year National Park Service Interpretation Ranger retiree, Special Recognition Award; and Carol Henry Dunn, Wayne County Historical Society executive director, Cultural Achievement Award (organization). Second row, from left to right: LouAnn Joyce and Tina Spangler, “Tusten’s Colorful History” book, Special Recognition Award; Scott Rando of Shohola, PA, Volunteer Award; John Kerkowski and Al Petrillo of the Lackawaxen Township Fire Commission for “Operation Safe River”, Recreation Achievement Award; Dorene Warner of W Design, Monarch Butterfly brochure, Partnership Award; and Janet Sweeney, vice-president of Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Top row: Fred Peckham, Town of Hancock, 2016 UDC chairman, Oaken Gavel Award; Lauren Schlagenhaft, “Tusten’s Colorful History”; Glenn Pontier, Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc. chairperson, Partnership Award; Jeff Haas, Town of Highland supervisor, Partnership Award; and Tom Colbert, Wayne County Historical Society Board of Trustees. Absent were Distinguished Service Award honoree Ed Wesely of Milanville, PA; Robin M. Daniels Memorial Lifesaving Award honoree Michael K. Smith of Point Pleasant, NJ; and Public Service Award honoree Chris Gibson, 2010-2016 U.S. Congress 19th District-New York. A souvenir program describing each of the 13 awards that were presented is posted at www.upperdelawarecouncil.org.