CHESTERTOWN - The North Warren Chamber of Commerce revealed - in announcing 2010 award recipients - they have expanded their annual recognition program to include not only their VIP of the Year, but a deserving business enterprise as well.
Barbara Blum of Brant Lake has been named North Warren's Very Important Person of the Year.
This honor is given in recognition of outstanding public service contributed to the community, Chamber officials said.
Because Blum was instrumental in bringing educational and creative children's and adult programs to the Horicon Public Library, she has helped make the library a social center for the community, chamber president Barbara Thomas said. Hundreds of children have benefited by learning about the life-cycle of the Monarch butterfly, how to make stepping stones, pumpkin painting, and much more in an ongoing series of programs Blum administers, Thomas said.
Blum also helped organize the Great Brant Lake Duck Race and other community events, including an adult art class on how to create Adirondack Pack Baskets. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Horicon Historical Society and is a member of the Horicon Ladies Auxiliary. Blum will be honored with a dinner banquet and awards ceremony set for 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11, at Jimbo's Club at the Point, Brant Lake. The banquet cost is $30. Reservations can be made by calling 494-3213.
In addition, Stone Bridge & Caves park has been named North Warren's Small Business of the Year in a debut award for the North Warren Chamber. This award recognizes a business that has flourished and made significant contributions to the community over the past year.
Thomas noted Stone Bridge & Caves was chosen for the award because of their continuing addition of attractions at the park and their new programs, as well as providing summer employment opportunities for many area residents.
Stone Bridge & Caves has been a well-known tourist destination for decades, Thomas noted. Owned and operated for more than 200 years by the Beckler family, recent additions to the park include adventure tours, gemstone mining, Frisbee golf, and a Dino-Dig attraction and wall climbing. In addition, picnic areas can accommodate groups of all sizes. Among the latest enhancements to the park are miles of groomed snowshoe trails, which makes Stone Bridge & Caves a year-round attraction.
"Greg Beckler and his family members are always coming up with fresh ideas," Thomas said.
A weekend of free admission for area residents during a spring weekend each year encourages residents of Warren, Hamilton and Essex counties to enjoy a day exploring and learning about the geology and history of the park, Thomas added.