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May 18, 2005

Bird Fest Coloring Contest Winners Named

MEXICO - Winners of the annual Lake Ontario Bird Festival coloring contest are as follows:

First place, $50: Joshua Hearnes, Lorraine, ages 4 through 6; Sierra Salloum, Clay, ages 7 through 9; and Stefanie Senke, Orwell, ages 10 through 12.

Second place, $25: Hannah Strickland, Phoenix, ages 4 through 6; Brad Cuppernall, Central Square, ages 7 through 9; and Brianna Clayton, Cleveland, ages 10 through 12.

Third place, $10: Madeline Bird, Marcellus, ages 4 through 6; Rachael Thormann, Williamstown, ages 7 through 9; and Alexandra Bird, Marcellus, ages 10 through 12.

Cleveland illustrator and naturalist Bob McNamara is the recipient of the 2005 Lake Ontario Bird Festival volunteer appreciation award.

"Each year the festival organizing committee recognizes an individual or organization for their commitment and support of the festival," said co-chair Betty Green. "Bob has been involved with the festival since we began the even

t nine years ago. His nature journaling and sketching workshop is always a popular event. Again this year he created the illustration for the coloring contest."

The coloring contest was co-sponsored by the Oswego County Weeklies. This year's contest featured McNamara's drawing of a great horned owl.

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