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Phillipsport Celebrates Winning the ‘Golden Feather’

The public is invited to join residents of Phillipsport at the Phillipsport Community Center for a “Golden Feather Celebration” this Saturday, August 23 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Phillipsport received the Golden Feather Award, a $25,000 grant presented by NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony earlier this month. It was given to one of five large community projects that exhibited the highest level of excellence by incorporating beautification as part of a long-term strategy.

The celebration kicks off in the Phillipsport Community Center (PCC) on 657 Red Hill Road with a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. including presentation of the Golden Feather check, and awarding of the PCC “Silver Spoon” and “Silver Shovel” awards for volunteers.

Musician Chris Cernak will entertain, while a continuous slide show will show photographs of the volunteers and the projects. Light refreshments will include finger sandwiches, cheese and fruit from Peter’s Market in Napanoch.
Maps showing the locations of the gardens will be distributed. Starting at 1:00 p.m., visitors are encouraged to tour Poplar Grove Cemetery (where cupcakes will be served) and to visit the Gateway Garden at Route 209 (where watermelon will be available). Rennie, the Sullivan Renaissance Rooster, will be present for pictures at the community center.

For a flyer showing eleven winning communities announced at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony, go to www.sullivanrenaissance.org and click on the “Winning Projects Map” Quicklink in the upper right hand corner. The flyer will also be available at the PCC on Saturday.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation, and WSUL/WVOS.

Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremony

Phillipsport Wins Golden Feather

Hundreds of people attended the two hour Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 11, as almost $150,000 in grants and scholarships were awarded to winning communities throughout Sullivan County. The ceremony returned to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, this time in the Event Gallery.

The Phillipsport Community Center received the Golden Feather, a $25,000 grant presented by NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther. It was given to one of five large community projects that exhibited the highest level of excellence by incorporating beautification as part of a long-term strategy. The Village of Jeffersonville received the second place Silver Feather Award of $10,000. The Rock Hill Fire Department and the Rock Hill Business and Community Association got the $5000 award for the community’s planning efforts.
The winner of the $10,000 Community Mitzvah Award went to Camp Bnos Ahavas Israel in Liberty for beautifying its facility. Second place award of $5000 went to Khal Divre Chaim Bungalow Colony in Kauneonga Lake; while third place of $3000 was awarded to American Theological Camp in Kiamesha. Camp Simcha in Glen Spey received a special $5000 “Award of Excellence” as a role model for all institutions in Sullivan County. This contest included ten camps and bungalow colonies in Sullivan County. The three judges from outside the county were: Rabbi Joel Schwab of Middletown, Mary Lewis of Cornwall and Country Yossi Toiv of Brooklyn.
Flower awards went to eleven communities this year.
Dynamite Youth Center was recognized with the “Best Overall Showing of Flowers Award” of $5000. Judges were impressed by the overall number of gardens, planters and displays; an abundance of color, texture, unique combinations and liberal use of Sullivan Renaissance 2014 collection; innovative designs, including vertical plantings, and the scale of gardens that were appropriate for the size of the buildings and wall spaces; the appropriate mix of perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees to create a year round appeal while encouraging pollination for sustainability; good use of native and non-invasive plants; and thoughtful and reflective signage that entices the visitor to explore and enjoy the multiple gardens.
Other communities receiving $1000 Judges’ Choice Awards for flowers included: CCE Master Gardeners for the “Best Use of the Sullivan Renaissance Collection;” Liberty United Methodist Church for the “Best New Garden in an Urban Setting;” Long Eddy Renaissance for “Best Innovative and Historical Community Display” and St. Peter’s Regional School for the “Best Creative Use of Color.”
A special “Best Showing of Flowers Award – Maintenance” of $5000 was given to Narrowsburg Beautification Group – for “wowing the judges” with its multiple gardens. Judging criteria was based on an abundance and variety of colorful flowers, number of gardens, complexity of design and the variety of plants used. A $3000 award for the “Best Single Garden” went to the Sullivan County Visitors Association.
Four other communities receiving $1000 Judges’ Choice Awards – Maintenance included: Callicoon Business Association for “Vibrant Use of Color in the Business District;” Hurleyville-Sullivan First for “Beautification Efforts in All Aspects;” Livingston Manor Renaissance for “Consistently Maintained Gardens” and Neversink Renaissance for “Unifying Their Community with Flowers.”
Grants – ranging from $1000 to $25,000 – were awarded to projects in Categories A, B and C. Some projects were also recognized with Special Awards for history, youth engagement and environmental stewardship. All of the communities that completed projects received a grant based on the size of their category, as well as certificates of recognition from Sullivan Renaissance and area legislators.
CATEGORY A
Category A projects are made up of single elements such as a new sign or hanging baskets. This category was made possible, in part, through the sponsorship of WVOS/WSUL.
First place ($3000)
• Swan Lake Fire Department – Firehouse Sign Garden
Second place ($2000)
• Roscoe Presbyterian Church – Church Landscaping
Third place ($1000)
• Lake Huntington Fire Department – Memorial Garden
SPECIAL AWARDS – Sponsored by Sullivan County Democrat
Best Youth Engagement ($1000)
• Liberty United Methodist Church – Church Landscaping (Phase III)
Historic Preservation ($250)
• Liberty Museum & Arts Center – Museum Façade Enhancements
CATEGORY B
Category B projects are made up of multiple elements such as park enhancements. This category was made possible, in part, through the sponsorship of Thunder 102/Bold Gold Media.
First place ($10,000):
• Dynamite Youth Center – Landscaping and Sign Garden
Second place ($7000):
• St. Peter’s Regional School – School Landscaping
Third place ($5000):
• Roscoe Rockland Chamber – Revamping Main Street
SPECIAL AWARDS – Sponsored by The River Reporter
Best Youth Engagement ($500 each)
• Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners – Centennial Entrance Garden
• Dynamite Youth Center – Landscaping and Sign Garden
• Roscoe Rockland Chamber – Revamping Main Street
• St. Peter’s Regional School – School Landscaping
Environmental Stewardship ($500)
• Roscoe Rockland Chamber – Revamping Main Street
CATEGORY C
Category C projects are at multiple locations that incorporate beautification as part of a long-term community wide strategy. Awards in the category were presented by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.
Golden Feather ($25,000 grant):
• Phillipsport Community Center – Phillipsport Beautification
Silver Feather ($10,000):
• Village of Jeffersonville – Backyard Park Enhancements
Planning Award ($5000):
• Rock Hill Fire Department/Rock Hill Business Assoc. – Firemen’s Field Beautification
SPECIAL AWARDS – Sponsored by Kristt Company
Best Youth Engagement ($1000)
• Rock Hill Fire Department/Rock Hill Business Assoc. – Firemen’s Field Beautification
Environmental ($1000)
• Long Eddy Renaissance – Hamlet Beautification
Historic Preservation ($1000)
• Swan Lake Renaissance – Stone Castle Garden
The Phillipsport Community Center project will be on display during a “Golden Feather Celebration” on Saturday, August 23. Contact Sullivan Renaissance for more details.
Sullivan Renaissance beautification projects were judged for aesthetic improvement, collaboration, youth involvement, permanence and an ability to be maintained. The team of eleven judges from outside Sullivan County included: Diane Blair, Nicole Franzese, Donna Harrison, Michael Newhard, Linda Onofry, Peter Patel, Nancy Proyect, Odette Sabourin-Dumais, Karen Schneller-McDonald, Ann Smith, Deborah Sweeton and Michael Sweeton.

MAINTENANCE SUPPORT PROGRAM
The Maintenance Support Program provided financial support and technical assistance to established groups with a history of Sullivan Renaissance projects. Participants received up to $1000, a Merchant Discount Card, Flower Dollars, Bulb Dollars, assistance in organizing volunteer help, additional funding for infrastructure improvements, and other technical and gardening help.

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