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Sayward honored with ACT endowment

— As Teresa Sayward steps down from her seat in the New York State Assembly, her leadership service is being recognized through an endowment fund established at the Adirondack Community Trust (ACT) to enhance something she cares deeply about: enhanced public access, water quality protection, and wildlife habitat in the Boquet River watershed and adjacent Lake Champlain.

Sayward has represented New York State’s 113th Assembly District, which includes the counties of Essex, Hamilton, Warren and six towns in Saratoga County, for a decade. Prior to that, she was Willsboro Town Supervisor for 11 years and chair of the Essex County Board of Supervisors for two years. The list of her volunteer contributions to the region is lengthy and impressive.

When asked by a group of grateful constituents which of her many achievements gave her the most pleasure, Sayward said it was the creation of the Noblewood Park and Nature Preserve in Willsboro. The Park, a “pristine pocket of nature,” was a joint project of the Town of Willsboro and the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. It offers an expansive sand beach on Lake Champlain and nature trails at the mouth of the Boquet River on Lake Champlain. The Youth Commission operates a summer program for local youth on Park grounds.

Peter Paine of Willsboro spearheaded the effort to recognize Sayward’s long term of public service.

“Teresa has worked very hard for this region,” Paine said. “A small group of her biggest fans started the Teresa Sayward Fund for the Boquet River Basin at ACT, which will be a perpetual resource for enhanced public access, water quality protection, and wildlife habitat in the Boquet River watershed and adjacent Lake Champlain, to demonstrate our appreciation.

Additional gifts are welcome to help build the fund. For information, contact Cali Brooks, Executive Director of ACT, cali@generousact.org.

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