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| May. 14, 2018
[FERNDALE] – Sullivan Renaissance kicked off its 2009 program on February 21 with its annual Winter Conference and Expo entitled “Sullivan County: A Place Worth Caring About” at the CVI Building in Ferndale. Hundreds of people attended workshops on celebrating the bicentennial and historic preservation, Sullivan Renaissance programs, green and sustainable resources, gardening, youth activities, beautification and community development efforts.
In his keynote address, author James Howard Kunstler said that depletion of fossil fuels will require a return to smaller-scale communities and the need to focus activities more locally. He showed examples of walk-able communities to illustrate “places worth caring about.”
This year’s “Sullivan First Achievement Awards” were presented to: Liberty Shoprite, Garry’s Great American in Liberty, Pecks Markets in Callicoon, Eldred, Jeffersonville and Narrowsburg, and Wurtsboro Center IGA Supermarket; Jeanne Tulp, Innkeeper, Lazy Pond Bed & Breakfast in Liberty; Linda Babicz; Ron Royster; and Monticello Housing Authority. A seasonal community award will be given in the summer to Lipkowitz Bungalow Colony.
Attendees began the process of selecting a Sullivan County flower as part of the Bicentennial Celebration. Mountain laurel received 60 votes; sunflower was a distant second with 24; day lily followed with 21; and daisy with 18. Voting will continue in the Sullivan County Democrat.
Gardens by Kelley was recognized by attendees for creating the best spring garden display, and will receive free advertising in The River Reporter, The Towne Crier and the Democrat. Sullivan County Division of Planning was second with its rain garden display.
Other highlights: a light breakfast prepared by Erin Lipsky and staff of Granite Associates and served by culinary students from Delaware Valley Job Corps Center; food and paper waste composted by Bee Green Community Garden at Morningside Park in Fallsburg; students from Tri-Valley and Fallsburg schools, and the Sullivan Home Educators assisted throughout the day.
Details of the 2009 Sullivan Renaissance Grant Program were unveiled and applications were made available. Deadline for submission is March 30. Grants will be awarded on April 16; projects must be completed in August.
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. A workshop on “How to Fill Out the Paperwork” is on March 11 in the CVI Building. Representatives of Sullivan Renaissance are available to visit communities to explain the programs.For information, contact 845-295-2445 or www.sullivanrenaissance.org.