News Release

 

For More Information:

William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000
countyexec@co.dutchess.ny.us

May 20,  2002

 

National Association of County Information Officers 2002 Awards of Excellence
for D.C. Employees

Poughkeepsie, NY....County Executive William R. Steinhaus is pleased to announce that four Dutchess County employees have received awards from the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) for outstanding contributions in the field of public information.  Winners of the NACIO 2002 Awards of Excellence are: MaryAnn Lohrey, M.S., Communications Director, Department of Mental Hygiene, Dennis Amone and Patricia Houston, Graphics Designers, Dutchess County Department of Planning & Development and John Storm, Director of Public Health Information, Department of Health.

Mr. Steinhaus said: “It is a significant achievement that all four Dutchess County entries have received this national recognition, and I am proud to acknowledge that the awards reflect the outstanding talent we have among our staff.” 

MaryAnn Lohrey's entry, Project Liberty, Dutchess County, received a Superior award under the Citizen Education Projects category.  The entry describes and illustrates the public relations efforts involved in the implementation of the federally funded collaboration among local agencies.   Coordinated by the Department of Mental Hygiene, staff of Project Liberty provide crisis counseling, information and referral services to those who have been impacted directly by the September 11 World Trade Center disaster, to those vulnerable to emotional reactions to the recent terrorist events, as well as providing outreach to community civic groups, schools, churches, businesses and individuals and families who seek counseling to help process the events of September 11 and beyond.  From September 11 through December 31, 2001, Project Liberty staff performed the following services: 68 individuals were seen for individual crisis counseling, 33 crisis counseling groups served 478 persons and there were 26 public presentations which served 1,296 persons.

Dennis Amone's entry, Greenway Connections, received a Best of Class award under the category of Graphics for Brochures and Publications. Greenway Connections is a regional plan to implement Greenway principles throughout Dutchess County and the Hudson River Valley and its intent is to serve as a model for other counties.  The publication has been distributed to local municipalities and the public in general and, to date, 22 of 30 Dutchess County municipalities have adopted the Greenway Program and incorporated Greenway principles into their zoning laws.  The project was financed under the New York State Hudson Valley Greenway Matching Grants Program.

Patricia Houston's entry, Regional Panorama, Dutchess County, NY received a Superior award in the category of Special Graphics and consisted of a poster which she designed in conjunction with Greenway Connections. The panorama was done by hand with watercolor, acrylic and ink and was designed to draw people's interest while showing Dutchess County as part of a larger region without municipal boundaries.  Copies of the panorama, which highlights primary historic settlement centers as well as other landmarks and attractions, has been widely distributed throughout the valley and has received very positive responses.

John Storm's entry, West Nile Virus Prevention, which received a Meritorious in the Public Service Announcements category, consisted of two 30-second television commercials which Mr. Storm wrote and produced using contracted services.  The work was in conjunction with the New York State Health Department's Fight the Bite campaign. One of the spots targeted kids and families; the other targeted seniors, and both videos aired countywide on cable television from June-October, the height of the mosquito season.  The ads talked about steps individuals can take to reduce mosquito-breeding habitats around homes and businesses and personal protection actions that can be taken to avoid exposure to mosquitoes and the potential threat of getting the West Nile Virus.

Under the NACIO rules, each entry was judged for its originality, effectiveness, and results, degree of effort and difficulty, overall quality and strength of impression.  Over 540 entries, from across the nation, were received and reviewed in the various categories by a panel of public relations experts. This year, the judges were from the state of Kansas under the direction of NACIO's 2nd Vice President Robert Tucker, Chairman of the 2002 Awards of Excellence Competition.

NACIO, a subsidiary of the National Association of Counties (NACO), will present the winners awards during the annual NACO Conference which this year will take place in July in New Orleans.

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2002 Press Releases  

 

For More Information:

William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000 countyexec@co.dutchess.ny.us

For Immediate Release

May 20, 2002

 

County Executive Approves $25,600
to Benefit Youth Education Program in Beacon

Poughkeepsie… County Executive William R. Steinhaus has approved $25,600 for the Beacon Community Center to assist in funding their Youth Education and Development Program

According to County Executive Steinhaus, “This program is designed to provide after school homework and tutoring assistance classes, as well as supervised recreational activities for students in elementary through high school. We expect to reach nearly 200 students in the Beacon area this year through the Youth Education and Development Program.” 

There are three components to the Program:

In the After School Program, students are assigned to study areas where instruction is given in language, reading, writing, math, and communication skills. The staff focuses on helping the students to get a better understanding of their homework material, rather than just completing the assignments. Students receive a snack and a choice of computer time with educational software or other recreational activities. Parents/guardians and students are encouraged to discuss their academic progress, behavior improvement, skills development and concerns with the staff.

The Summer Enrichment Program assists youth in developing and/or expanding fundamental social skills while providing quality child care service for working parents/guardians and ancillary support for children of families in crisis. By providing enjoyable and productive uses of extended free time, the children gain important socialization skills and parents/guardians have access too much needed childcare.

The Teen Recreation Program is designed for 13 to 19 year-olds, who are welcome to “drop in” and participate in active or passive activities, including basketball, table games, videos, music conversation, and informal discussion sessions with guest speakers. Open basketball sessions are held twice a week at local elementary schools.

“It is important to provide academic support and opportunities for positive social interaction for our children.  This program will help children develop good academic and social skills that will help them to be better prepared to succeed later in life,” said County Executive Steinhaus.

Beacon area residents interested in finding out more about this program can contact Felicia Walker, Executive Director of the Beacon Community Center, at (845) 831-6180.

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