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‘GREEN’ HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Narrowsburg Leads the Way with LED Lights

December 3, 2008

NARROWSBURG – Dozens of residents and visitors took part in the holiday celebration on Saturday, November 29 as the Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce turned on its “green” holiday lights.  The community received a Sullivan Renaissance Environmental Grant to convert its holiday decorations from incandescent lights to LED lights.

 

Saturday’s event kicked off the holiday season with caroling, hot chocolate, a visit from Santa via fire department escort and the beautiful display of “green” holiday lights.  The lights themselves actually shine white, but they are “green” in that they are LEDs.  Chamber officials said that incandescent lights are “not environmentally friendly and lack the ability of reuse,” so they switched to LED lights which consume less energy and have a life span of several years. 

 

All Narrowsburg merchants with new lighting have incorporated the use of these LED lights.  This includes Main Street shops as well as Pecks Market of Narrowsburg.  The lights are wrapped on tree branches to create a wintery holiday feel. 

 

“We are proud to be the first Sullivan County community to go green with our holiday lighting,” said Jane Luchsinger of the Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce.  The chamber received $1500 grant from Sullivan Renaissance, which was matched by community donations and the chamber.

 

The lighting project was one of ten environmental efforts begun in 2008 in Sullivan County.  Others included: sewing and distributing “Erika’s Better Bags” in Barryville; establishing a recycling program at the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School; and creating an outdoor themed learning garden at Sullivan West Elementary School.  The complete list of projects is attached below.

 

This has been the first year for the Sullivan Renaissance Environmental Demonstration grant program, which worked to find ways to develop a more sustainable economy, while educating the public and protecting a “greener” earth.  It was funded by Sullivan Renaissance, the Sullivan County Legislature and Empire Resorts of Monticello.  

 

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. 

 

For more information about programs, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or visit the website at www.sullivanrenaissance.org     

 

2008 Environmental Demonstration Grants 

  • Bashakill Area Association: “Come Clean” reusable bag program in Wurtsboro
  • Delaware Highlands Conservancy:  Educational series about land conservation
  • “Erika’s Better Bags” in Barryville: Create and distribute cloth bags to residents
  • Fallsburg CSD Environmental Club: Establish mixed-paper recycling program
  • Long Beards Chapter of Wild Turkey Federation: Planting food patches for wildlife
  • Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce: Purchase of low energy, reusable LED holiday lights
  • RJK Middle School Recycling Program: Pilot a full recycling program at the school
  • Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development: Energy smart students
  • Sullivan West Elementary: Outdoor classroom themed gardens
  • Town of Callicoon: Habitat restoration to return wildlife to streams