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Volunteers recognized at Cooperative Extension's annual fest

WARRENSBURG - Dozens of volunteers who assist Cooperative Extension of Warren County were recognized for their work at the agency's yearly Volunteer Recognition Dinner held recently at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls.

At the event, Extension officials recognized the volunteers for their donations of their time and talent, praising them as an extremely valuable resource of the agency.

During 2008, volunteers have served as chaperones for Wilderness Exploration and Environmental Awareness programs, distributed newsletters, and served as Master Gardeners, Parent Educators, 4-H Club Leaders, and 4-H Adirondack Guide Advisors. Years of service of those volunteers recognized ranged from one to 35 years.

Guest speaker for the event this year was Senator Elizabeth Little, former 4-H parent, volunteer and Extension board member. Elaine Sobel, President of the Extension Board of Directors presided over the event, and Board Member Dan Mannix presented the nominations for the new Board members. Elected to serve three-year terms were Mike Hill and Amy Azaert of Warrensburg, Dave Diamond of Stony Creek and Pat Joyce of Glens Falls. Dan West was re-elected for a second term to the Board.

The agency's 2008 Community Partner Award went to Skye Farm Camp of Warrensburg in appreciation for their collaboration with Cooperative Extension on the Campership Program. The Friends of Extension Award was presented by Laura Moore, Board Secretary, to Mike Hill of Warrensburg for his efforts in supporting 4-H, Natural Resource, and Nutrition Education programs.

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