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SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE UNVEILS 2005 PROGRAM
Program Expands Beautification Efforts in Sullivan County
February 7, 2005
[LIBERTY] – Details of the 2005 Sullivan Renaissance Grant Program
were unveiled at the 9th Annual Sullivan First Winter Forum and Expo on
February 5 at Liberty High School in Liberty. The kick-off was
attended by over 150 people representing communities throughout
New York State Senator John Bonacic announced a grant of $75,000 to
help fund Sullivan Renaissance this year. This funding will
largely support planning in the Category C grants. This year’s
effort has grown – with more support to local communities, a bigger
emphasis on planning, and a renewed importance on flowers.
“In addition to our emphasis on planning this year, we don’t want to
lose sight of the importance of planting flowers. We want to
insure lots of blossoms in everyone’s community. That’s one of
the reasons we are providing interns to help with watering and caring
of plants for Category B projects. We’re here to support the
efforts of the volunteers,” said Sandra Gerry, who chairs the
Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee.
Filled with exhibitors and participants, the school lobby and cafeteria
were transformed into a showcase of flowers and spring accessories to
assist with beautification projects and inspire volunteers.
Sullivan First chair Joyce Salimeno welcomed participants and then
announced winners of the Sullivan First Achievement Awards. These
were presented to: Fouad and Bejan Kerendian of Rock Hill, Woodbourne
Action – Sullivan First, River Market in Barryville, and Empire Resorts
– Mighty M Gaming.
Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther announced a special $50,000 Golden Feather
Award for the Category C projects. Phase II grants will also
include Environmental Impact Awards and Historic Preservation Awards
(new this year) in each category.
Commercial exhibitors included: Brick Markers, Gardens by Kelly,
Hillside Greenhouses, Liberty Home and Garden, Party Master, The
Potager, Sprig n’ Twig Nursery, Stewart Signs, and WWF Technical
Services. Service organizations participating were: Bluebird
Houses from Audubon, Cornell Cooperative 4-H, Cornell Cooperative
Master Gardeners, Catskill Center for Conservation and Development,
Daytop Parksville, and Delaware Valley Job Corps Center.
Dr. William Pammer, the Sullivan County Commissioner of Planning, gave
the keynote address. Workshops focused on “Lasagna Gardening,”
“Renaissance, the Environment and YOUth,” “Renaissance 101 – For
Beginners” and “New Criteria for Renaissance Categories C and B.”
“We were pleased to have volunteers from the Monticello High School
Academy of Finance work with us as ambassadors for the day – greeting
guests and documenting the work shops,” said Denise Frangipane, who
organized the morning forum with Steering Committee member Dali Roosa.
Sullivan Renaissance is a two-phase aesthetic improvement
program, presented by the Beaverkill Foundation and Sullivan First,
with support from the Gerry Foundation. It has funded 125
projects in 5 villages and 15 towns in Sullivan County over the last
Sullivan Renaissance applications will be due on March 14; grants
will be awarded on March 31; projects must be completed in August.
For more information, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445
or visit the website address at www.sullivanrenaissance.org. If
requested, representatives of Sullivan Renaissance will visit a
community to explain the program.