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Bellevue's Jody Robinson, Newport's Jim Price Win Preservation Honors

Preservation Kentucky handed out its 2017 Excellence in Preservation Awards and two recipients are from Campbell County.

“The annual awards are an important event for Preservation Kentucky and the community-at-large,” said Preservation Kentucky executive director Betsy Hatfield. “It’s a time for us to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the field, and excelled in areas that are critical to our work – advocacy, education,  craftsmanship, heritage tourism, sustainability, tax credits, public service and professional development.”

“Each of our recipients has demonstrated a success the general public needs to hear about; our collective work is what makes historic preservation doable, effective and understandable to the public who needs to understand it.  We are continually educating Kentuckians on why preservation is good business, and advocating for better legislation to incentivize it for those who are willing to do it.”

City of Bellevue assistant administrator and Main Street manager Jody Robinson, and Jim Price, a Newport resident who restored an historic home, were among the honorees.

Christy and Owsley Brown II Excellence in Public Service to Preservation Award  

Jody Robinson, City of Bellevue – Campbell County

For her work with the Bellevue and Fort Thomas Main Street programs, Northern Kentucky Weekend project, and collaborations with Covington, Newport and other Northern Kentucky Communities.

Helen Dedman Excellence in Preservation Advocacy Award  

Jim Price – Campbell County

For his diligence recovering, retrieving and returning the original, magnificent stained-glass windows to their original home, the circa 1869 Victorian era McIlvain House; his dedication promoting appropriate restoration; and for restoring one of Newport’s most endangered homes in the Mansion Hill Neighborhood of the East Row Historic District.  Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

-Staff report

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Jim Price accepts his award (provided)