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April 2019 Jefferson Award: Patt & Paul Pisellini

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TOWN OF ROME (WAOW) — A couple who set up a foundation to preserve land in Adams County is honored.

Patt and Paul Pisellini take home the April Jefferson Award.

The couple moved to the Town of Rome to retire and when Patt saw the Twin Lakes Park, she couldn’t wait to tell her husband about it.

“She told me about its beauty but said nothing was being done to preserve it,” Paul Pisellini said.

So, the couple set up the non-profit Central Wisconsin Nature Foundation (CWNF).

It relies on donations and a group of close-knit volunteers.

The foundation oversees the Twin Lakes Park on Petenwell Lake and owns the Alt-Bergin Nature Preserve in the Town of Big Flats.

In 2016, CWNF hosted its first Central Sands Water Walk to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the water.

“It is a great way to get people thinking  about water and how important it is — you can’t live without it,” Patt Pisellini said.

This year the walk takes place in September.

The group holds annual Family Day events at the park, encouraging the use of the trails, free beach and Free Little Library.

For more information on the foundation and the programs it supports, click here.

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Melissa Langbehn

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