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Cary’s 2015 Hometown Spirit Award winner named

A longtime resident who has devoted herself to preserving Cary’s history is this year’s Hometown Spirit Award winner.

Anne B. Kratzer was named the winner Thursday, Nov. 19, out of three finalists.

The award is given to residents who help preserve traditions, promote entrepreneurship through locally owned business, preserve history and embrace the Cary’s small-town charm.

Kratzer has long been involved in keeping Cary’s history alive. She planted an herb garden around the Page-Walker’s smokehouse, an historic structure, with friends. She later formed the Cary Historical Society to save historic town papers that were in the basement of Cary Elementary, according to a news release. She also helped found the Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel in 1985, a group that renovated the building that’s now the Page-Walker Arts and History Center and continues to promote Cary’s history through lectures and events.

She also has overseen the restoration of the White Plains Cemetery and helped create the Cary Heritage Museum, according to the town.

“Anne is a community treasure who exhibits the hometown spirit of Cary every day,” wrote Brent Miller and Leesa Brinkley, who nominated Kratzer. “Her contributions to our community are significant, highly visible, valuable and long-lasting.”

The other finalists were Desiree Kettler, who is involved in neighborhood events, and Brent Miller, chair of the town’s Historic Preservation Commission and a member of the Friendsof Page-Walker.