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3 from Covington Win State Preservation Awards

Two of eight prestigious statewide preservation awards given annually by  Preservation Kentucky were received by Covington residents.
 
The Excellence in Preservation Awards were awarded on Saturday October 10, at a particularly notable historic site: Traveler's Rest, home place of Isaac Shelby, the first 
and fifth governor of Kentucky, located in Lincoln County. The event was also attended by Covington Mayor Sherry Carran.
 
Established in 2012 to honor the contributions of Kentuckians who have excelled in preserving the Commonwealth's rich heritage, the Leaders Awards feature projects from rural and urban communities and people who have demonstrated exceptional guidance preserving the built environment, promoting sustainability and providing educational programs.  
 
Each of the eight Leaders Awards represent an historic property that has been returned to or maintained on the tax rolls; renovated for viable reuse or restored to its original conditions; and, revitalized a neighborhood or enhanced an historic district. All have contributed to economic development in Kentucky, improved the quality of life for residents and visitors, and preserved the architecture, history, and heritage that make the Commonwealth the special place that it is.
 
"It's important to recognize excellence in preservation," said executive director Betsy Hatfield, "because these successes are inspirational, encouraging reminders of how historic preservation strengthens communities, fosters economic development, and helps maintain and create jobs. Preservation is good business. It's about placemaking on a personal and collective level.  It's good for our economy and our quality of life."
 
The Barbara Hulette Young Preservation Leader Award was given to Emily Wolfe and Paul Wectman for their various preservation projects in the Historic MainStrasse neighborhood including Otto's, the restoration of an 1890- built church rectory, now their home and most recently they restored the building now occupied by Frida 601, a popular Mexican restaurant.  
 
The Helen Dedman Award for Excellence in Preservation Advocacy was given to Lisa Sauer for her long term leadership of Progress with Preservation, "a movement by the residents of Covington, to demonstrate that the beauty of our architectural heritage can be leveraged for new uses to create a vibrant city that is uniquely Covington" and her tireless support of the Historic Licking Riverside Neighborhood. She and her husband also completed a lengthy restoration of the Porter Fallis House, one of the most magnificent historic homes in the greater Cincinnati area, located in the Licking Riveside Neighborhood.
 
Contributed by Virgina Kerst