Rural Awareness, Inc, a non-profit organization in Franklin Township, announces that the recipients of the Hiram Deats Award for 2017 are Dan and Marty Campanelli of Quakertown. The Campanellis moved to Franklin twelve years ago from Warren County.
Rural Awareness President Cynthia Boults says the Campanellis were chosen for their “exceptional and generous contributions of time and talent in the visual and literary arts and for increasing knowledge of the history of Franklin Township and our larger community.”
The award, presented in an embossed leather portfolio, includes a certificate and many letters of appreciation from organizations and government representatives in Hunterdon, Warren, and Mercer counties. The Campanellis are cited for helping raise funds and for providing valuable historical research. Descriptive words most often used in the letters are creative, enthusiastic, scholarly, talented, unique, and generous.
The Hiram Deats Award was initiated by Rural Awareness in 2000 to honor Franklin residents who exemplify outstanding practices of conservation, agriculture or community service. It is named in honor of Hiram Deats (1810-1887), a Franklin resident who manufactured a plow patented by his father, John, and other farm implements that made significant contributions to 19th century agriculture. This is the ninth award given since 2000.
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Marty and Dan Campanelli with antique samplers at one of their many talks on schoolgirl needlework, typical of their many contributions to the area.