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Gary J. Berry Creativity Award established at NNY Community Foundation

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WATERTOWN — Passions and interests of the late Rev. Gary J. Berry may be mirrored in the selection of the inaugural Gary J. Berry Creativity Award winner.

The recently established award at the Northern New York Community Foundation will provide a scholarship to a graduating high school senior or a nontraditional student in Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence counties pursuing an education in mechanics, agriculture or technology.

The Rev. Mr. Berry was co-owner of Berry Bros. Lumber Co., Adams, pastor of Woodville Congregational Church and chaplain for the Smithville Fire Department, and worked on various projects. He died Jan. 1 of a heart attack.

“Mr. Berry had a very innovative mind,” said Max M. DelSignore, Northern New York Community Foundation donor services coordinator.

The first award recipient will be named this summer, and will be selected from among the list of eligible applicants for Community Foundation scholarships. Since the Rev. Mr. Berry was heavily involved in the community, Mr. DelSignore said, community involvement is one important aspect the Berry family will look at closely when selecting a candidate.

According to a foundation news release, applicants “with strong involvement or interest in their local fire department are encouraged to apply, as well as students who are participating in BOCES programs.”

Meanwhile, the Community Foundation continues to accept tax-deductible donations for the Gary J. Berry Creativity Award Fund. Checks may be made payable to NNYCF, 120 Washington St., Suite 400, Watertown, N.Y. 13601. “Gary J. Berry Creativity Award Fund” should be written in the memo line.

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