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April 24, 2014

Bernard is 'Key to the Locks' award winner

Staff reports
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Rosemary Bernard, director of Royalton-Hartland Community Library, is this year’s Key to the Locks Award winner.

The award, presented by the History Center of Niagara, recognizes a Niagara County resident who best promotes and exemplifies the community spirit, heritage and integrity of the historic Erie Canal. Nominations come from the public.

Bernard was nominated for her continuing support and promotion of the history of the Erie Canal. She has produced many programs on its history for children and the community at large, and she makes certain that area residents have access to resources for learning about the canal, her nominator said. She also has obtained grants to bring programs like “Erie Canal Sal” to the library in Middleport.

“Ms. Bernard’s efforts are quiet and ‘in the background,’ but she has been a tireless promoter of the Erie Canal and has gone to great lengths to ensure that residents have opportunities to learn about it,” her nominator wrote.

The Key to the Locks Award ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. May 10 at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St. The ceremony is rescheduled from a previously publicized date of May 4.

This is the ninth year of the “Key” recognition program. Previous honorees include Becky Burns, Jeffery Degnan, David Kinyon, Michael Tucker, Carol Schmelz, Clint Starke, Joe Whalen and Jane Whitmore.