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Arts patrons, groups to be honored

Organizations and residents will be honored for their contributions to the arts during the Arts Council for Wyoming County's annual awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday in the Arts Council gallery, 31 S. Main St.

The organization will also welcome Patti Hughes, new council executive director, who previously served as the executive director of the Wyoming County Youth Bureau for 18 years.

Award winners include:

* Lifetime Achievement -- Don Rogers, who has taught instrumental music for 40 years at Attica Central School and is building department chairman. Rogers' high school marching band marched in the 2003 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif., and the 2001 Orange Bowl Parade in Miami.

* Organizational Achievement -- The annual Blue in the Valley Festival in Warsaw, which debuted in 2000. Proceeds go to several area charities.

* Lifetime Achievement -- Brock Yates, who wrote the screenplays to "The Cannonball Run" and "Smokey and the Bandit II." Yates also has worked as a journalist, editor, historian and screenwriter.

* Patron of the Year -- Anne Humphrey of Perry, former chairwoman of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors and former director of the Arts Council.

* Special Director -- Willa Bishop, an active member of the Wyoming County Bicentennial Singers for more than 30 years and one of the organizers for Wyoming's annual Appleumpkin Festival.

The Arts Council also will present 2006 community arts grants totaling $25,400, made possible through the state Council on the Arts, to the following organizations: Arcade Free Library, Attica Area Chamber of Commerce, Town of Bennington, Cordelia A. Greene Library, Eagle Free Library, photographer Sherry Grugel, Village of Perry, Perry Public Library (on behalf of all nine Wyoming County libraries), Perry Rotary Club, Silver Lake Institute, Stevens Memorial Community Library, Town of Orangeville Youth Board, Warsaw Public Library, Wyoming County Bicentennial Singers and Wyoming Historical Pioneer Association.

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