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Mahwah Honors New York, New Jersey Trail Conference With Heritage Award

Mahwah Mayor Bill Laforet honors the NY/NJ Trail Conference with the Heritage Award. Photo Credit: Bill Laforet
The Heritage Award was given to the NY/NJ Trail Conference at Thursday night's town council meeting. Photo Credit: Bill Laforet

MAHWAH, N.J. — The Mahwah HIstorical Preservation Commission granted the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference a Heritage Award at Thursday night's town council meeting.

The award was given to the group for its work restoring the historic Darlington Schoolhouse.

The Trail Conference bought the 125-year schoolhouse in 2003 to be used as their headquarters after it had stood vacant for over 40 years.

"We think that when you look up the words 'commitment,' and 'dedication', and 'perseverance' in your dictionary, one of the definitions should be 'New York New Jersey Trail Conference', because of what they accomplished," said Historic Preservation Commission member Anne Powley, who presented the group with the award.

Among the honorees were Trail Conference's Executive Director Edward Goodell, and members Christopher Connonlly and Jennifer Easterbrook.

Also honored was Tibor Latinscics, an engineer with Conklin Associates, Walter Aurell, an architect with APLCA, and Irene Auleta with the Stakeholder Action Team for Darlington Schoolhouse.

The group raised millions of dollars to help restore the schoolhouse to its former glory, Powley said.

It had to contend with structural assessments, stabilization, research, historic restoration details, environmental studies and engineering, and county, state, and local board approvals before finally completing the project in September of 2015.

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