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Posted on: April 12, 2019

Wayne Commissioners Earn UDC Accolade for Hankins Pond Work


NARROWSBURG (NY) -- The Upper Delaware Council will honor the Wayne County Commissioners among those who have enhanced the quality of life or protected the resources of the Upper Delaware River Valley at its 31st Annual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 28.

Commissioners Brian Smith, Wendell Kay and Joseph Adams will be recognized with the UDC’s Outstanding Community Achievement Award for their efforts to save from demolition the historic Hankins Pond Dam, a former D&H Canal feeder in Mount Pleasant Township. The Commissioners took legal steps to delay plans to remove a 150-foot-wide swath from the center of the historic hand-laid stone dam and are negotiating an alternative solution with the PA Department of Environmental Protection and the PA Fish & Boat Commission.

Other Pennsylvanians being honored at the April 28 awards banquet include Forrest W. “Frosty” Myers of Damascus, who will receive the Cultural Achievement Award for his internationally-renowned career as a sculptor and artist, as well as for the 2018 premiere of the prize-winning documentary “The Art & Times of Frosty Myers” at the Big Eddy Film Festival, his outdoor public gallery at the Wild Turkey Sculpture Park, and the development of a museum for his works in Damascus.

Also, a Volunteer Award will be presented to Steven Schwartz of Equinunk for serving as volunteer coordinator of the Upper Delaware BioBlitz events since their inception and his environmental activism in the Upper Delaware River Valley region, and a Special Recognition Award will got to Larry D. Neal, Jr. of Beach Lake for his 28-year career with the National Park Service leading up to his Dec. 31, 2018 retirement as Chief Ranger for the Law Enforcement Division.

Reservations at $28 per person are due by April 19 for the public event that will take place at Central House Family Resort, 81 Milanville Road, Beach Lake. The keynote address will be delivered by U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-8).

A reception with a cash bar begins at 3 pm, followed by a buffet dinner at 4 pm Representative Cartwright will speak at approximately 5 pm.  A downloadable reservation form is available or contact the UDC at P.O. Box 192, 211 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764; phone (845) 252-3022; e-mail

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