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Warren J. Lucas: Person Of The Year

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - It is not hard to understand why the North Salem Chamber of Commerce has voted Warren J. Lucas Person of the Year.

Chamber Treasurer Tim Purdy explained, “The way he handled the unusual, strange weather we had this year, with the storms, blackouts and floods! The ambulance corps, the police, all the town organizations pitched in. But Warren got the news out to the people.”

Lucas was formally honored on Tuesday, November 15, at a dinner at Primavera , attended by about 60 people. Peter Kamenstein made a brief speech, as did Lucas himself. Everyone agreed that all of North Salem's emergency services and peripheral organizations worked tirelessly to make the crises bearable.

For example, Purdy pointed out, “The ambulance corps allowed us to take showers and clean up. The highway department did a great job of clearing the roads and the library provided a quiet spot. We checked out a lot more books during the storms. I guess people were reading by candlelight."

“Everyone did an outstanding job -- but the whole thing was under Warren’s leadership.”

Chamber President Michael McAnaw added, "Warren strikes me as one of the smartest and most erudite people I've ever met. He's kind of self-effacing."

The Chamber of Commerce has been honoring a person every year for about 15 years, Purdy said. “It’s a way for business people in the community to say thank you. Last year it was Carolyn Reznick. She made the library accessible to everyone.”

Other previous winners have included Cynthia Curtis, Richard Koser, Ralph Mackin, Patricia Hitchcock, and Tim Purdy.

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