2016-06-23 / Around Town

Preservation Society Bestows Awards


The Laurel Award for Horticulture was given to Newport in Bloom and Kiki McMahan, in recognition of achievement in beautifying Newport streetscapes for over 30 years. The Laurel Award for Horticulture was given to Newport in Bloom and Kiki McMahan, in recognition of achievement in beautifying Newport streetscapes for over 30 years. The Preservation Society of Newport County elected a new chairman and four new trustees at its annual meeting on June 16, and also bestowed special awards on several members of the community, including its outgoing chairman.

Donald O. Ross, a member of the board of trustees since 1989 and chairman since 2010, received the Preservation Society's highest honor, the Antiquarian Award, in recognition of his exceptional leadership of the organization for 27 years.

Elected to succeed Ross as chairman of the board was Ms. Fanchon M. (Monty) Burnham. Four newcomers were elected as trustees: Peter Harris, Ann Mencoff, John Peixinho, and John Picerne.

Another highlight of the evening was the announcement of the Society's annual Laurel Awards for artisanship, volunteerism and horticulture.


Mark Malkovich IV was presented the Laurel Award for Artisanship in recognition of his family's 41 years of leadership of the Newport Music Festival. (Photos by Lynne Tungett) Mark Malkovich IV was presented the Laurel Award for Artisanship in recognition of his family's 41 years of leadership of the Newport Music Festival. (Photos by Lynne Tungett) The award for volunteerism was presented to the Lindh family, Kenneth M.P. Lindh, Lynda Lindh, Beverly Little, and posthumously David E.P. Lindh in recognition of their tireless efforts in coordinating, designing and supporting the triennial Coaching Weekend, one of the most anticipated events Newport's summer calendar.

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