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Nominations sought for Historic Elmira awards

Dec. 2, 2012 by Ray Finger on StarGazette.com

Historic Elmira Inc. is seeking nominations for its fifth annual awards for sensitive restoration and preservation projects within the Elmira area.

Nominations for two categories, the Project Award and the Advocate Award, are being accepted through Feb. 8. Awards will be presented during an annual invitation-only event in mid-March.

"Our purpose is to bring attention to the people who live right among us who do so much for historic preservation," said Kaye Newbury, president of Historic Elmira.

"It's something that certainly benefits them directly because these are their homes, but it benefits the rest of us by maintaining these places that are extraordinary."

The awards program is also an opportunity to highlight historic preservation tax credits that are still available at the state and national level to people who are willing to pursue them, she said.

"Our purpose certainly has a lot to do with making sure that people understand the value of preservation as an economic matter," Newbury said. "But we’re also very happy to be supporting it as a matter of community aesthetics."

The Project Award recognizes any historic preservation, restoration, rehabilitation or adaptive reuse project in the Elmira area contributing to the appearance, character and value of local neighborhoods and the community.

The Advocate Award celebrates government officials, community leaders, local business owners, journalists and private citizens who passionately value and demonstrate their advocacy for Elmira’s historic architectural heritage through active involvement in the community.

The nomination form can be found online under "Upcoming events" at www.historicelmira.org. The form can be submitted with supporting documentation by mailing the materials to Newbury at P.O. Box 252, Elmira, NY 14902.

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