CATS Director Chris Maron speaks during the annual ROOST Destination Awards in Lake Placid.
continued “As the Destination Marketing Organization for Essex County, we are pleased to showcase the people and organizations who have made the greatest contributions toward achieving a sustainable tourism economy for our region,” Justin Smith, Chair of the ROOST board of directors, said. “We thank CATS for their stewardship of a vital natural and recreational resources, and for their continued partnership with ROOST to promote those resources in the Lake Champlain Region.”
Maron said that CATS is already planning its fourth travel writing contest, which may eventually expand into a photo contest along with writing.
Recently, Paula Castner of Lancaster, Mass., was awarded the $500 first place prize in the third CATS Travel Writing Contest. Her essay described hiking the Wildway Overlook Trail in Essex, visiting museums and parks, going to church and the Elizabethtown Library, and getting food at the farmers’ market and local restaurants.
“I just wanted people to walk with me as I went to all these great places,” she says.
High school freshman Julia Dixon of Lake Forest, Ill., won the $250 People’s Choice Award with 158 votes online. The 14-year-old has been spending summers at her grandparents in Westport. She wrote of hiking Coon Mountain, visiting Dogwood Bakery, and how much she loves coming here.
Readers can see read both essays—as well as the other top entries at www.champlainareatrails.com/contest.html.