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Submit Your Nomination for the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award

The NAPS Board of Directors is requesting nominations for the 2018 Northumberland Distinguished Citizen Award. Presented at the annual NAPS Fall Social, the award honors an individual, team, organization, or business in Northumberland County that advances the goals of NAPS:

  1. Improving the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries

  2. Fostering and preserving the county’s rural atmosphere

  3. Promoting and monitoring land use policies

  4. Encouraging economic growth to promote jobs

  5. Cooperating with others through educational programs to target these goals.

Last year’s awardee was Bill Estell for decades of dedication to environmental and educational projects and initiatives with NAPS, the Northumberland County Library, and other organizations. Previous awardees include Bob Parker (2016), Lee Allain (2015), Sue Lindsey (2014), Jane Towner (2013), Dr. Gregory Haugan (2012) and Myrtle Phillips (2011). The award has also been given to groups in the past, including the county’s Volunteer Fire Departments, Rescue Squads, and Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. A complete list of past awardees can be found at

NAPS also occasionally presents an Ambassador Award to a non-county resident who has contributed to the preservation of Northumberland County as outlined in the NAPS goals above. The first recipient of this award was Henry Bashore, a resident of Lancaster County, for his efforts in making Bush Mill Stream in Northumberland County a nature preserve in perpetuity with the Nature Conservancy.

If you know of an individual, group, organization, or business which merits either of these awards, email the information to, or by mail to NAPS DCA Nomination, PO Box 567, Heathsville, VA 22473. Please include a brief synopsis on how your nominee fits the criteria, and include your contact information. Please submit your nominations no later than July 31, 2018.

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