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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    HL-B25 grid of photos Houlihan Lawrence is thrilled to partner with Bedford Magazine to celebrate the Bedford 25, an annual list of the most dedicated, creative, and influential community members. Each year, Bedford Magazine readers nominate their neighbors for the work they do to enhance our towns, and a panel of judges selects 25 honorees.  The 2017 list was just published and includes a variety of hometown heroes and influencers, ranging from Lynn Ryan, president of the Bedford Historical Society to poet Andy Kuhn to Rod Christie, executive director of the Mianus River Gorge. This year, the Bedford 25 also includes its first four-legged honoree, Atka, the Wolf Conservation Center’s ambassador wolf. A luminary in the world of wildlife conservation, Atka has won the hearts and opened the minds of hundreds of thousands as a significant player in the fight to preserve wolves’ rightful place in the environment. In addition to making appearances in the House and the Senate, Atka has visited schools and camps in Bedford and Pound Ridge to educate on conservation. Houlihan Lawrence and Bedford Magazine will celebrate the Bedford 25 at a reception on November 10 in the new atrium at Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford. Join us for a toast to these 25 changemakers who help to make Bedford, Katonah, and Pound Ridge the special place we call home. Proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will be directed to the Wolf Conservation Center, Atka’s home in South Salem. You can buy tickets for the 2017 Bedford 25 celebration here.  Photo collage, courtesy of Bedford Magazine, shows just nine of this year's honorees. Click the link at the top of this article to see all 25 and read about their contributions.