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These Historic Projects Won this Year's River City Preservation Awards

In celebration of National Preservation Month and the 50th anniversary of the National Preservation Act the cities of Covington, Newport, Bellevue, and Ludlow are gathering to recognize excellence in historic preservation in their communities. 
 
On Thursday, May 19, at 7:00 p.m., the River Cities Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards ceremony will be held at the City of Ludlow City Building, located at 51 Elm Street (Route 8). The public is invited to learn about the award-winning properties and the people who contribute to preserving our historic assets. 
 
Light refreshments will be served.  On-street parking is available with additional parking available at Riverside Marketplace at 106 Elm Street (Route 8), 1/2 block west of the City Building.
 
Vicki Birenberg, the Kentucky Heritage Council's CLG and Planning Coordinator shares insight about why we embrace preservation by saying, "Historic Preservation honors our legacy while paving the way toward the future.  It is both a tool and a strategy - for keeping our past relevant, for enhancing and revitalizing our communities, and improving our quality of life..." 
 
Attendees will learn how the honored projects help revitalize our community. 
 
The awards are a perfect way to celebrate National Preservation Month - a month long campaign that celebrates the diverse and unique heritage of our country's, cities and states and encourages involvement in and connection to the growing historic preservation movement.  
 
Historic preservation in the River Cities is the driving force of economic and community development. 
 
The winners:
 
Covington
Exterior Restoration - Mixed-Use: The Doctors Building, M-Ventures (pictured above)
Rehabilitation - Commercial:  602 Main Street (Frida), Emily Palmer Wolff and Paul Weckman
Karen and Peter Rafuse Memorial Award: Lisa Sauer
Project Excellence Award: The Mutual Building, Mutual Building LLC
 
Newport
Rehabilitation Adaptive Reuse: 634 Monmouth Street (Urban Chick Boutique), Terri Smith
Historic Education: Newport Riverwalk Plaques, City of Newport, Tom Fromme, City Manager
Preservation Legacy: 839 York Street, Ed Davis
Preservation Hero: Jim Price, 301 Overton Street
 
Bellevue
Stewardship: 259 Ward Avenue, Betty Jean Durson
Exterior Rehabilitation: 311 Washington Avenue, Stephanie Fox
Exterior Rehabilitation: 257 Foote Avenue, Julie Duggins
 
Ludlow:
Interior Renovation: 204 Adela Avenue, Danica and Patrick Stevens
Exterior and Interior Renovation: 237 Forest Avenue, Daniel & Jennifer Beagle
Exterior Renovation: 40 Butler Street, Nancy Helbling
 
-Staff report
Photo: Doctors Building in Covington (RCN file)