Allie and Josh Goldman were honored for their many years as MCA volunteers and asked those assembled to join them in giving their time for a community cause.
Royce Hanson gave a moving tribute to Peg Coleman, an Ag Reserve luminary and former Royce Hanson Honoree who passed last month. Helping to found and strengthen many Reserve civic groups- Peg was the embodiment of community spirit.
From MCA Executive Committee member Dolores Milmoe, attendees heard how Anne and Jay rolled up their sleeves soon after moving to the Reserve to battle back proposals for unnecessary energy transmission lines- and won. From then on they put their shoulder to any new issue threatening the Reserve and opened their home as a meeting space for community organizing in the Reserve's interest. Most recently, the Cinques have been active in protecting Ten Mile Creek and the Little Seneca Reservoir as part of Friends of Ten Mile Creek. When Anne and Jay spoke, they shared how with help from the community they grew into the advocates that they are today. In traveling, they have found many other municipalities that want to implement an Ag Reserve to protect farms on the edge of growing cities but as former speakers and the Cinques made clear- even the most lauded land use policy is not enough, it takes the diligence of those who love the Reserve to keep the land in agriculture and the spaces open for all to enjoy.
Anne and Jay were honored with a Martin Radigan Photo presented by Maureen O'Connell from Historic Medley District.
MCA Board Member Scott Fosler closed the program with three words - enjoy, learn and protect. Scott said that the Cinques have embodied these goals and charged everyone else to live by their example.
Many Thanks to Geppetto Catering , Kingsbury's Orchard and Wegmans Germantown for the great food and drink. Thanks to our volunteers as always for their helping hands. Thanks to the 19th Street Band for the tunes. Gratitude to Martin Radigan for the photo for the award and to Maureen O'Connell for presenting it. Thanks to Alan Bowser for some of the pictures shown above.