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GFSD teacher's ornament selected for New York State holiday tree

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Elementary art teacher Debra Sylvia's holiday ornament was selected to represent Warren County on the NYS holiday tree in Albany. The owl, made from natural materials, represents Kensington and Jackson Heights.

December 10, 2013 -- An ornament created by elementary art teacher Debra Sylvia has been chosen to decorate the New York State holiday tree at the Capitol, representing Warren County. The large owl ornament “is made from a pinecone and includes milkweed and bittersweet from the woods behind Kensington, driftwood from Moreau Lake, and acorns from Crandall Park,” says Mrs. Sylvia.

The ornament was made as part of the first all-county effort by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) to submit decorations for the tree in Albany. The theme was "Where We Live."

The owl was on display at LARAC until last week, when it was taken down to Albany for inclusion on the Empire State Plaza tree. “It was a great representation for our county,” said LARAC’s community outreach coordinator, Candice Frye.

Mrs. Sylvia plans a visit to the State Capitol over the next few weeks to see the fully-decorated tree, and says creating artwork like this is part of the excitement of being involved in the community as an educator.