FRANKLIN TWP. (HUNTERDON COUNTY), NJ – Rural Awareness, a non-profit group based here, has given the Hiram Deats Award to Dan and Marty Campanelli of Quakertown.

In a press release, Rural Awareness President Cynthia Boults said the Campanellis were chosen for their “exceptional and generous contributions of time and talent in the visual and literary arts and for increasing knowledge of the history of Franklin Township and our larger community.”

The award, presented in an embossed leather portfolio, includes a certificate and many letters of appreciation from organizations and government representatives in Hunterdon, Warren, and Mercer counties. The Campanellis were cited for helping raise funds and for providing valuable historical research.

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The Hiram Deats Award was initiated by Rural Awareness in 2000 to honor Franklin residents who exemplify outstanding practices of conservation, agriculture or community service. It is named in honor of Hiram Deats, a township resident who manufactured a plow patented by his father, John, and other farm implements that made significant contributions to 19th century agriculture. This is the ninth award given since 2000.