Lake Champlain Bridge Commemorative Book cover.
The Lake Champlain Bridge Commemorative Book earned top honors at the New York Press Association (NYPA) and Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) at recent award ceremonies.
The book, which details the history of the Lake Champlain Bridge from 1929 until its demolition and the construction of the new bridge, won for best advertising promotion for separate publication with partial or completely separate distribution at the AFCP Conference in Atlanta, Ga., along with best Historical, Anniversary or Progress piece from the NYPA at their annual conference in Saratoga Springs.
“This book is a tribute to all those who worked night and day through the frigid cold of our North Country winters and the blistering summer heat to restore the Lake Champlain Bridge,” said Denton Publications Publisher Daniel Alexander. “None of us will ever cross this bridge without thinking of its importance to the people who live here and have come to depend so heavily on the strength of its existence.”
"This is a history book for the ages," said Managing Editor John Gereau. "We meticulously traced the origins of the Lake Champlain Bridge, tracked down people who were at the original opening day in 1929, and were able to tell the human story behind this important structure. It is a huge part of everyday life in New York and Vermont."
The judges commented, "This publication took advantage of a bridge rebuild to create a commemorative book and did a superb job! Beautiful and memorable! "
The Denton Publications website, www.denpubs.com, also earned top honors from the AFCP for best presentation of news on the Internet (judges comment: "Really easy to use. Share buttons add nicely to user interaction”).
The organization also received a first place award for best automotive ad, black plus multiple color fountains, that was published in The Burgh. Judges said, "A powerful ad! Great attention to detail. Photographs are placed as Polaroids and work well with the theme!"
The Eagle, out of Middlebury, Vt., also received a first place win for self promotion of classifieds, with judges stating the ad “directs the reader exactly where they need to go to place classifieds online.”
"Denton Publications is honored to have been awarded for its work by peers and judges, as it's a way to pace the skills of our staff with other talented individuals around the state and country,” Alexander said. “While awards and honors are nice the bottom line is serving our readers and customers. Only when we are ranked high in their regard are we achieving our ultimate goal which will always remain our number one priority.”
Other AFCP awards included a third place award for presentation of classified advertising on the Internet; a second place award for best printed color single ad between 6 to 12-inches in depth (published in the North Countryman); and an Honorable Mention and third place for advertising promotion in the Green Mountain Outlook and News Enterprise.
The Valley News received a third place award for its spot news coverage of Tropical Storm Irene at the NYPA conference to go along with the award for the Lake Champlain Bridge book.
At the Free Community Papers of New York Convention, Denpubs.com received a third place mention for online with website as well as a third place finish for online presence via
The organization also received a pair of second place awards for special promotions (published in the Valley News) and color single ad (published in the Times of Ti).