On Tuesday June 28, 2011, the Somers Democratic Club bestowed its highest non-political award, the Community Service Award, to honor the Somers Land Trust and the Friends of the Angle Fly Preserve.
In addition, today, Friday July 1, 2011 was declared Michael Barnhart Day by the County of Westchester. The award was presented by Michael Kaplowitz, Westchester County Legislatator. The proclamation states that, “accomplishments such as those of Michael Barnhart should be properly recognized and acclaimed.”
Those of us who know how central Michael’s tireless efforts over the years have been to assuring that Angle Fly Preserve became a resource for all of us will heartily agree with that statement.
The dinner event was attended by over 150 guests: a Who’s Who in Town and County government, both Democratic and Republican. Christine Robbins organized, hosted and MC’d the event and introduced Michael Barnhart to accept the award on behalf of the Somers Land Trust and the Friends of Angle Fly Preserve. Somers Town Councilman Richard Clinchy gave a speech commenting on the landmark purchase of the AFP property, extolling the beauties and benefits of AFP and especially the commitment and dedication of the SLT and FAFP to manage and develop the property for the citizens of Somers and Westchester.
These awards – publicly recognizing the many long hours of volunteer time effort involved in this ongoing effort – belong to the many Friends of Angle Fly and Land Trust members who have contributed time and money to preserve and protect Somers’ natural resources and heritage. Thank you all.