UDC announces ceremony honorees

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will honor those whose actions have enhanced the Upper Delaware River Valley’s quality of life at their 17th annual awards ceremony on Sunday, April 17.

The public event will take place at The Inn at Lackawaxen starting with a hors d’oeuvers reception and cash bar at 3:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 4:00 p.m. After opening remarks, Michael Bedrin, director of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast Regional Office, will deliver the keynote address. Those to be honored at the April 17 banquet are:

Distinguished Service Award: David J. Lamereaux, who served as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s alternate representative to the UDC and a member of the Council’s Water Use/Resource Management Committee from 1989 to March 2005. Lamereaux retires on April 1 from a 37-year career with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. This is the UDC’s highest honor.

Memorial Lifesaving Award: Robin M. Daniels, National Park Service Ranger Larry Neal and New York State Police Trooper Peter Bizjak for their July 3, 2004 rescue of an imperiled swimmer at Skinner’s Falls in the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.

The Partnership Award: Dr. William Lellis and the USGS Northern Appalachian Research Lab, based in Wellsboro, PA, for undertaking a multi-year, comprehensive freshwater mussel survey in the Upper Delaware River.

The Recreation Achievement Award: Northeast Sports Ltd. of Honesdale, PA, for their Delaware River guided adventure tours and river resources educational outreach activities.

The Cultural Achievement Award: Gerald DaBrescia of Hancock, NY, for his research and presentation of local history programs, collection of memorabilia and efforts to develop a vintage baseball team in Hancock.

The Community Service Award: Milford Magazine: Navigating the Delaware Highlands, for the bi-monthly publication’s mission since 2001 to promote discussion on important Delaware River Valley issues.

Outstanding Community Achievement Award: The Hamlet of Barryville, NY, for its grassroots economic and aesthetic community revitalization efforts spearheaded by the new Barryville Chamber of Commerce.

Special Recognition Awards: Sally Zegers, editor and publisher of The Hancock Herald, for her article series, “Living in the Shadow of New York City”, October 2004; Frank T. Dale of Blairstown, NJ, author of Delaware River-based historical books; and Christopher Cappello of Glen Spey, NY, assistant to the Town of Lumberland Historian for the completion of several UDC grant projects.

Oaken Gavel Award: Nadia Rajsz, Town of Lumberland, NY representative, for serving with distinction as chairperson of the Upper Delaware Council in 2004.

Reservations are due by April 8 and tickets are $25. Advance selection of entrées is needed by April 8.

Reservation forms are available by contacting Public Relations Specialist Laurie Ramie at the Upper Delaware Council office, P.O. Box 192, 211 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

For more information call 845/252-3022 or e-mail udcramie@hvc.rr.com.