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Citizen of the Year: Whalen to be honored for achievements

This is not all.

Whalen and other Warrensburgh Beautification stalwarts worked on developing seven town parks along the Schroon River, and obtained state grants for four of them.

Her work started with the development of the Cal Engle Park at the Warrensburg Health Center. Now a landscaped site with a memorial, a bench and trees, the park was once merely an asphalt lot.

Through the years, she also has brainstormed and conducted various beautification efforts at town facilities.

Whalen's most influential work, however, may have been in historic preservation.

She led a lengthy, successful effort to have areas of town designated as historic districts on the National Registers of Historic Places, and on the state register as well. In addition, she has actively campaigned to protect and preserve area historic resources in town, and to retain local quality of life in the face of encroaching development.

Her community involvement goes further. For 15 years, she's served as chairwoman of the Warrensburg cancer crusade.

Also, she's devoted many hours to the development of two townwide master plans.

Our congratulations to Teresa Whalen for all her accomplishments through the years, - for embracing history and enriching the fabric of life here, as well as having a vital role in creating new Warrensburg traditions that will be treasured for generations to come.

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