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2015 Lambert Award goes to Jesse Locks

Jesse Locks

Nevada City Film Festival director Jesse Locks has been selected as the recipient of the 26th Annual Col. William H. "Bill" Lambert Award.

The Lambert Award is presented annually by the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City to recognize outstanding contributions to Nevada City and the Nevada City way of life.

The award is named in honor of the late Col. William H. Lambert, founder of Nevada City's annual Constitution Day Parade.

The Marching Presidents announce the award each year on the eve of the annual Constitution Day Parade, in which they participate. This year's 49th annual parade rolls down Broad Street beginning at 2 p.m. on Sept. 13.

Born and raised in Nevada City, Locks graduated from Nevada Union High School and then went to UC Santa Cruz, where she earned a degree in literature and journalism. She worked in publishing, writing for action sports and music magazines, before returning to her native Nevada City.

"I was gone for 10 years," she said. "I missed my family and the natural setting of our city. There's something special about the Sierra."

Upon her return, Locks began working with several local nonprofit organizations, helping them with marketing and public relations and introducing many to the effective use of social media.

She teamed up with two high school friends who had started the Nevada City Film Festival (this year's event is Sept. 10-13) and has served as director of the growing festival for the past six years.

As part of a new generation of young business people investing their lives and work in Nevada City, Locks says she sees herself as a part of a bigger legacy.

"We need to carry on what those before us have done," she said, "to make sure we preserve our history, culture and environment."

Locks said she is honored and thrilled to receive the Lambert Award.

"Jesse Locks is a perfect fit for a 2015 Nevada City," said Marching Presidents founder David Parker, who will present the award at the Marching Presidents post-parade awards banquet at Miners Foundry. "She's a true talent cheerleader, one who loves and respects Nevada City's historic past while making damn sure that our community is firmly in the 21st century.

"The Famous Marching Presidents are very proud to honor Jesse with our 26th annual Lambert Award," said Parker.

Past Lambert Award recipients are retired city manager Beryl P. Robinson Jr.; former mayor and city clerk Cathy Wilcox-Barnes; longtime parade organizers George and Pat Harper; city councilman and former mayor Pat Dyer; the late real estate broker Jim Mackey; local writer Dave Carter; Chamber of Commerce executive manager Cathy Whittlesey; former mayor Steve Cottrell; businessman Bob Buhlis; retired Nevada County general services director Dennis Cassella; John Christensen, a leader of community efforts to establish the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum; cartoonist R.L. "Crabman" Crabb; business owners Lee and Susan Thurston; Nevada City public works director Verne Taylor; the late historian Edwin Tyson; the late folksinger/activist U. Utah Phillips; city engineer Bill Falconi; Marching Presidents organizer Patti Foster; retired school administrator Karen Chizek; musician Mikail Graham; retired county librarian Madelyn Helling; local builder Gary Tintle and former mayors Paul Matson and Reinette Senum.

Marching Presidents founder David Parker was honored with the group's 20th anniversary award.

The Marching Presidents is a fun-loving and educational group that portrays all 44 U.S. Presidents with reverence, good humor and varying degrees of historical accuracy. For information on U.S. Presidents, see http://www.americanpresident.org.