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Robert Elliott Gives Keynote Address; Workshops Packed

February 11, 2008

[FERNDALE] – Hundreds of people attended the Sullivan Renaissance Conference and Expo on February 9 as details of the 2008 Sullivan Renaissance Grant Program were unveiled at the CVI Building in Ferndale. 


“The Many Shades of Green” conference featured exhibits and workshops on green and sustainable resources, community marketing and development, youth activism and educational curriculum, and Sullivan Renaissance project insights.  All nine workshops were packed with conference-goers. 


In his keynote address, Robert W. Elliott, Deputy Secretary of State of NYS, suggested that residents should work to arrange a joint meeting for members of their town, planning and zoning boards to address community beautification and development issues.


This year’s “Sullivan First Achievement Awards” were given to: Burger King of Monticello; Raymond Gold and Mario Martinez of Monticello; Liberty Farm, Home and Garden; M&M Auto Group of Liberty; the Manza Family and the Sullivan Striders Walking & Running Club; Phillipsport Community Center; Rolling V Bus Corporation of South Fallsburg; the Roscoe SCIL Team; and the Forestburgh Town Board.


Liberty Farm, Home and Garden was recognized by attendees for creating the best spring garden display, and will receive free advertising in The River Reporter, Sullivan County Democrat and The Towne Crier.


Sullivan Renaissance 2008 grant applications were made available.  Deadline for submission is March 17.  Grants will be awarded on March 27; projects must be completed in August.  Program director Glenn Pontier announced several new initiatives, including an Environmental Demonstration Grant Program, new scholarship opportunities, and the availability of technical assistance grants. 


Other highlights included: a light breakfast served by culinary students from Delaware Valley Job Corps Center in Callicoon, working with staff of Erin Lipsky of Granite Associates; Sullivan West and Fallsburg High School students assisting with coordination of the day’s events; and Sabrina Artel interviewing participants for her “Trailer Talk” radio program. 


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Additional funding is secured by Senator John Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.  Representatives of Sullivan Renaissance are available to visit communities to explain the programs and a workshop on “How to Fill Out the Application” will be held on March 5 in the CVI Building.  For information, contact 845-295-2445 or