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Helping Community Beautification through Flowers

May 19, 2008

[LIBERTY] – Young people from around SullivanCountyare learning about horticulture while assisting community groups with the care of their flowers and projects, as part of a paid summer internship program through Sullivan Renaissance. 


Now in its fourth year, the Sullivan Renaissance Internship Program collaborates with the Center for Workforce Development (CWD) and the Sullivan County Personnel Department to provide internships to 25 students who support the work of multi-level beautification and community development projects in Categories B and C.  The interns perform a variety of tasks between now and Labor Day, including planning and implementation of beautification projects and assisting with care of gardens, hanging baskets and organizing volunteers. 


The interns attended an employment orientation on May 14 that focused on work readiness skills and an overview of their responsibilities as SullivanCounty employees.  Three days later they were at the Sullivan County BOCES Natural Resources Program for “Gardening 101” – an introduction to horticulture and gardening techniques provided by instructor Robert Hayes and Sullivan Renaissance horticulturalist Vivian Ginsberg.  


Participants were shown the basics of plant identification, weeding, mulching, pest management as well as safe operating techniques for certain garden tools, for which they received certification.  The interns have also been taught the importance of keeping a journal of their activities as a way to effectively track the progress of the project and their work.   


“We have a great group this year who seem very confident and express quite a bit of enthusiasm for their community projects,” said Denise Frangipane, who coordinates the program.  “The program is a great value to both the interns and the groups.  Interns have an opportunity to explore a career, and a number of them have continued their education in the field or gone on to careers in landscaping.”


In addition to training already received, Sullivan Renaissance interns will also attend a leadership training event in July.  At the end of the season, they will submit a summary of their experience as part of the documentation of their community’s project.


Sullivan Renaissance funds the program through the CWD, which administers it.  Interns are supervised by the Renaissance groups that hire them.


This year’s 2008 Sullivan Renaissance interns are:


·         Bethel – Carly Bulaga

·         Bloomingburg – Sallie-Anne Gubser  

·         Category C – Charlie Edwards

·         Forestburgh – Ian Laufersweiler

·         Glen Spey – Jamie Schombs

·         Hasbrouck – Christina Niest

·         Hurleyville – Dayna Halprin   

·         Jeffersonville – Austin Erlwein           

·         Liberty Elks – Joseph Davis

·         Liberty Presbyterian Church – Jeff Simpson

·         Livingston Manor – Kevin Fredenburg

·         Long Eddy – Dallas Ripley

·         Luxton Lake – Justin Ziser

·         Monticello – Ron Royster

·         Mountaindale – Sierra Spechler

·         Narrowsburg – Nicole Terwilliger

·         Neversink – Max Fiedler

·         Rock Hill – Christopher Sorensen

·         Roscoe – Ren Jie Lin          

·         Smallwood, Club – Casey Zier

·         Swan Lake – Maggie Sauchuk

·         Woodbourne – Andrew Kolansky      

·         Woodridge – Von Mason     

·         Wurtsboro – Danielle Schnitzer

·         Youngsville – Amber McGibbon


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.  Significant sponsorships have also been provided by WSUL/WVOS for Category A projects and by Thunder 102 for Category B projects.


For more information about the program, contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or                                                    


Photos of the Interns at the May 14 Orientation and the May 17 Training are Available Electronically. 


Sullivan Renaissance will hold a special seminar on “How to Present a Project” on Wednesday, June 4 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the CVIBuilding in Ferndale.