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Pee Wee takes the Big Prize: PRIDE's prestigious Rogers-Bickford Award

Retired forester has spearheaded Adair clean-up effort since 1997; ACHS was nominated for high school campus award, but the prize in that category went to Letcher Central. Awards made at The Center, Somerset, today
Adair County's own A.L. "Pee Wee" Sinclair won PRIDE's prestigious Rogers-Bickford Environmental Leadership Award today, Monday, May 8, 2006.

A.L. "Pewee" Sinclair accepted the trophy from Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5) and Jill Crawford, the daughter of the late James E. Bickford, during the PRIDE Envi Awards at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. Rogers and Bickford founded PRIDE in 1997.

In the high school category, Adair County High School had won very high distinction in being one of three nominees for the award for high school campuses, but the award in that category was won by Letcher County High School, Whitesburg.

A large contingent of Adair Countians, headed by Adair County Judge Jerry Vaughan and his staff, were at the awards ceremony in support of Sinclair and of the Adair County High School.

A video of Sinclair in action shown

The awards ceremony featured a video about Sinclair's leadership in environmental education and cleanup in Adair County. The awards program was recorded for broadcast on WYMT-TV on June 12 at 7 p.m. ET and KET on June 13 at 8 p.m. ET.

"I congratulate our Envi Award finalists and winners," said Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5)."You earned this special recognition because you improved our environment this year. You should take great pride in knowing that you made a difference. I certainly am proud of you."

Rogers continued, "The Envi Awards honor the people who went an extra mile for PRIDE this year, but there are literally thousands of additional volunteers, community leaders and students who are paving the way to a cleaner, healthier future. I thank you all."

Sinclair has spearheaded the Adair County PRIDE effort since 1997

Sinclair has volunteered as the Adair County PRIDE Coordinator and a member of the PRIDE Executive Committee since PRIDE began in 1997.

Retired from the Forest Service, he volunteered as the countys Solid Waste Coordinator for several years until he recently began receiving a part-time salary.

He implements a variety of cleanup activities, including roadside dump cleanups, tire amnesty programs, white-goods buy backs and free tipping at the transfer station. He established a strong PRIDE presence in the Adair County Schools.

Sinclair checks for illegal dumps continuously

Almost daily, he checks Adair County for illegal dumps and acts quickly to hold dumpers accountable. He inspires others to care for the environment by showing his deep belief and feelings for the PRIDE program.

Sinclair was one of three finalists for the Rogers-Bickford Environmental Leadership Award. PRIDE presents this award annually to an individual, civic group or business that has shown environmental leadership in a PRIDE program and has demonstrated environmental stewardship for others to follow. The finalists are chosen by a committee from nominations by community leaders, PRIDE coordinators and the general public.

Winners in other categories listed

Besides the award won by Sinclair, awards were presented to schools, volunteers and leaders from Adair, Floyd, Johnson, Laurel, Letcher, McCreary and Whitley Counties.

  • Prestonsburg Elementary School was named the Elementary School Campus of the Year for promoting environmental education through hands-on learning opportunities with an outdoor classroom, wetland, rain garden, butterfly garden, vegetable garden and school-wide recycling.

  • North Laurel Middle School earned the Middle School Campus of the Year Award for its expansive outdoor-classroom projects, aquaculture studies, mentoring program, school-wide recycling program and participation in local cleanups.

  • Letcher County Central High School was recognized as the High School Campus of the Year for its unique courses that combine science, community service and public policy by challenging students to develop research projects about environmental issues and then recommend possible solutions. Adair County High School, Columbia, KY, had competed in this category.

  • The McCreary County Extension Service took home the College/Community Project of the Year Award for raising awareness about bird habitat through an annual bird house construction project with the countys fifth-grade students, scout troops, and youth and adult day care centers.

  • The Kiwanis Club of Paintsville earned the Tony Turner Volunteer of the Year Award for its environmental cleanup and education efforts in Johnson County, such as coordinating the Paintsville Lake Cleanup, and maintaining a handicap-accessible fishing pier and walking trail at the lake.

  • Penny and Robert Brown of Corbin were honored with the Kentucky PRIDE Award for their contribution to the future of environmental education through a land gift for the development of an Riverwoods, the PRIDE Environmental Education Center, which is now in the planning stages.

PRIDE serves 38 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky. The organization links citizens with the resources of local, state and federal agencies to clean up the region's waterways, end illegal trash dumps and promote environmental education and awareness. PRIDE is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For more information, please call the PRIDE office at 888-577-4339 or visit the PRIDE web site

This story was posted on 2006-05-08 18:50:21
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A.L. Sinclair receives top PRIDE award

2006-05-09 - The Center for Rural Development, Somerset, KY - Photo CRD staff. A.L. SINCLAIR holds the trophy which accompanies the Rogers-Bickford Environmental Leadership Award, presented to him at ceremonies at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset on Monday, May 8, 2006. He is flanked by U.S. Representative Hal Rogers (5-KY) and Cynthia Rogers
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