GCC Solicits Nominations for Orleans County Heritage Heroes Awards

Winners to be Recognized at Civil War Encampment in Medina

Batavia, NY- When Genesee Community College hosts the Civil War Encampment at its Medina Campus Center next spring, organizers want to recognize the efforts of dedicated citizens who work hard to preserve the county’s history. They are now seeking nominations for these Heritage Heroes Awards. Nominations will be accepted through January 31, 2014.


“Residents of Orleans County take great pride in their heritage,” said Jim Simon, Associate Dean of GCC’s Orleans County Campus Centers in Medina and Albion. “We want to recognize the time and investment of individuals who are tireless advocates for local history.”


Nominees for Heritage Heroes Awards can be any age but posthumous nominations will not be accepted. History professionals and GCC employees are also not eligible for the award, nor are those who serve on the awards selection committees. Nominees must be Orleans County residents. Nominations will not be retained for future consideration. 


To nominate someone for the Heritage Heroes Awards, write up a brief statement outlining the person’s contributions, projects and community affiliations. Include his/her name (anonymous nominations will not be accepted), address, phone number and email address. Submit the nomination to:

                        Genesee Community College

                        ATTENTION: Heritage Heroes Committee

                        11470 Maple Ridge Rd.

                        Medina, NY  14103-9675


Nominations may also be emailed to Jim Simon at jsimon@genesee.edu. Please write Heritage Heroes Nomination in the subject line.


A screening committee made up of community members, history professionals and GCC students will review the nominations and select finalists. From those finalists, a committee including GCC Associate Dean Jim Simon, Assistant Professor and Encampment Coordinator Derek Maxfield and Orleans Hub Editor Tom Rivers will choose the Heritage Heroes. “We’re excited to initiate these awards,” said Maxfield. “When we held the Encampment in Medina last year, it became obvious how this County values its history and embraces its preservation. These efforts often go unnoticed. This is a way to shine a light on those who make many personal sacrifices in order to preserve history for future generations.”


The Heritage Heroes will be recognized during a ceremony at the annual Civil War Encampment at Genesee Community College in Medina in April 2014.


Sidebar story:


Former Medina Mayor to be Honorary Chair of 2014 Encampment


GCC is pleased to announce that former Medina Mayor Adam Tabelski will once again serve as the Honorary Chairman of the Civil War Encampment. “I am honored to accept this designation,” said Tabelski who served as Chairman for last year’s Encampment as well.


Tabelski, a past president of the Medina Historical Society, served as mayor of Medina from 2008-2012. He stepped down when he was deployed to Kuwait with the National Guard. He serves as communications director for State Sen. George Maziarz (R-Newfane). Tabelski and his wife, Rachael live in Medina with their son Adrian. 


For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.


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Editor’s Note:

A photo of Adam Tabelski is available here: