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photo by John Morzen 

Preservers of History

Bannerman Castle Trust, Beacon

Rather than let a piece of history die, the Bannerman Castle Trust went to work stabilizing the crumbling towers of Bannerman Castle, which once held court over the beautiful and mysterious Pollepel Island. Volunteers revived lush gardens, West Point cadets built a sturdy new footbridge, and the Bannermans’ former home was carefully fixed up and opened this year as a visitor and education center. The island now? It flourishes. We encourage you to take a tour and see for yourself (hurry — they normally sell out).

855.256.4007; www.bannermancastle.org

 

Most Innovative Social Initiative

Eco Shrimp Garden, Newburgh

Shrimp...from an abandoned factory basement...in Newburgh. Seriously! After tasting shrimp straight from the source during a Brazilian excursion, owner-founder Jean Claude Frajmund became determined to bring a fresh, sustainable seafood option to restaurants and urban centers. Unique organic compounds and innovative water-circulation technology now allow him to operate a series of tanks from which he fosters a naturally raised, chemical-free food source.   

845.561.2048; www.ecoshrimpgarden.com

 

Most Take-Charge Charity

Sparrow’s Nest, Wappingers Falls

To defray the havoc that accompanies cancer treatment, this organization delivers two delicious homemade meals weekly to children who are diagnosed and their patient caregivers. Eligible families live within 20 miles of the commercial kitchen that loving neighbors use in meal preparation. This heart-warming group is dependent on dedicated volunteers and donations of money, labor and supplies, but people don’t seem to mind giving, because they exemplify caring, love, and community spirit.

845.204.9421; www.sparrowsnestcharity.org

 

Artist

Tarryl Gabel
Tarryl Fine Art
845.452.8715; Poughkeepsie

 

Author

Linda Zimmermann
845.469.7529; Blooming Grove

 

Celebrity

Paul Teutul Jr.
Motorcycle fabricator Paul Jr. Designs
845.769.7362; Montgomery

 

Entrepreneur

Donna Williams
Field Goods
888.887.3848; Athens

 

High School Teacher

Sarah Combs
Arlington High School
Lagrangeville

Local Musician/Band

Soul Purpose
914.489.8391; New Paltz

 

Politician

Dutchess County Executive Mark Molinaro
Poughkeepsie

 

Pro Golfer

Andy Crane
West Point Golf Course
West Point

 

Radio Personality

Joe Daily
Q92.1 FM
Poughkeepsie

 

Weather Reporting

Hudson Valley Weather
Kingston

 

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