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New tourism calendars highlight Orleans County sites

Dennis Button of Albion took this photograph of a tugboat on the Erie Canal in Eagle Harbor. It is featured on a new calendar by the Orleans County Tourism Department.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 December 2017 at 11:41 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Peggy Barringer, second from left, is congratulated for winning the Orleans County tourism photo contest for 2017. Her photo of a fisherman and sailboat during a sunset at Point Breeze took the top prize among 85 entries. Her photo is featured for July in the new 2018 county tourism calendar. She is pictured with County Legislature Chairman John DeFilipps, left, Tourism Director Lynne Menz, and Legislator Ken DeRoller.

ALBION – The Orleans County Tourism Department has picked some of the best images from a photo contest and put them in a calendar of local sites.

The new calendar includes more than a dozen local images A panel of judges picked the top photos. The County Legislature on Wednesday congratulated Peggy Barringer of Albion for winning the annual contest for the second year in a row. Her image of a fisherman and sailboat during a sunset at Point Breeze was the grand prize winner. She also won in 2016 with an image of blossoms at Mount Albion Cemetery.

Barringer also won first place in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor photo contest in 2015 for a picture of a great blue heron by the canal in Albion.

She said she has been taken photos seriously for about 25-30 years. She bought a good Pentax 35mm camera when her daughter Jasmine was born and keeps the camera close by.

“Going way back I was always the person who had the camera,” Barringer said.

She worked about 25 years in banking in Albion at Dime, Anchor, Washington Mutual and Chase. In 2009, she enrolled at Genesee Community College and earned a degree in digital arts, taking several photography classes.

Barringer now works in the business office at the Albion Correctional Facility. She runs a photo booth business part-time and continues to take many photos of local scenes.

“I find beauty in ordinary things,” she said.

This is Barringer’s winning photo in the 2017 county tourism contest.

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