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Dr. Eric Ehlenberger ,
a New Orleans artist who specializes in glass and neon sculpture, won a medal recently at the prestigious Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea, an international art competition held in Florence, Italy. Ehlenberger, also an emergency physician at Tulane University Hospital and a gallery owner, won fifth place in the sculpture category in which he competed against 165 other artists.

WYES-TV Channel 12,
New Orleans' public television station, has won two regional Emmy awards for its critically acclaimed documentary Treasures of the Tchefuncte. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Suncoast chapter -- which covers TV markets in Southern states and Puerto Rico -- honored the film in the categories of Documentary Programs and Audio Craft.

Norman Kerth,
a retired managing partner with the New Orleans branch of the international financial consulting firm Deloitte Touche Tomatsu, has won the firm's national Community Impact Award, which honors outstanding community-service leaders. The award comes with a $5,000 prize to a charity of the recipient's choice; Kerth selected the Catholic Foundation for the Archbishop's Community Appeal.

Tree Troopers,
a Metairie-based program that helps protect urban trees from construction, disease and other dangers, recently graduated its first class of 57 trained volunteers. Tom Campbell, a state urban forester, and local tree activist Carey Hammett co-founded the program, the first of its kind in Louisiana.

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