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AARCH recognizes preservation efforts

LAKE GEORGE - Historic preservation enthusiasts gathered at the famous Inn at Erlowest recently to recognize efforts at maintaining historic local buildings.

Adirondack Architectural Heritage, or AARCH, a regional, nonprofit historic preservation organization, held its 14th annual awards ceremony Oct. 9 highlighting organizations and individuals involved in the support of six Adirondack landmarks.

Nearly a dozen awardees shared their stories of challenge and success within their commitment to long-term stewardship, preservation, and sensitivity to the original function and period of each resource.

This year's awardees include William Gates, for long-term stewardship of the Gates Homestead, Bolton Landing; Paul and Susan Provost, for long-term stewardship of Hemlock Hall, Blue Mountain Lake; Sekon Association, for long-term stewardship of the historic properties once known as Fish Rock Camp and Camp Calumet in Upper Saranac Lake; Thomas Finnigan III, for long-term stewardship of T.F. Finnigan Men's Clothing Store in Saranac Lake; the Atkinson Family, for long-term stewardship of their home in Keene Valley; and Bruce and Beki Pushee, for long-term stewardship of the Old Mill Bed and Breakfast in Elizabethtown.

The Adirondack Architectural Heritage Awards program welcomes nominations throughout the year from its membership and the general public. For more information about its awards program, or to obtain a nomination form, contact Ellen Ryan, Community Outreach Director at 834-9328 or visit www.aarch.org.

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