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Sullivan Renaissance 2006 Grant Applications Available

February 2, 2006


[LIBERTY] – Nine individuals, businesses and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to improving the appearance of Sullivan County will be presented with “Sullivan First Achievement Awards” at the 10th Annual Winter Forum and Expo on Saturday, February 11 at the CVI Center in Ferndale


The forum and expo will bloom with flowers and exhibits showcasing businesses and volunteer organizations helpful to Sullivan Renaissance communities.  Spring plants will be presented by students from Sullivan County BOCES Landscape Technology Program, and by area landscapers and growers.


Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. with a coffee bar and light breakfast available.  Culinary students from the Delaware Valley Job Corps Center will help prepare and serve. 


This year’s “Sullivan First Achievement Awards” will be given to:

·         Ruth Jones of Kittatinny Canoes for her ongoing efforts to organize the annual Delaware River Clean-Up.

·         Kathy Scullion of Sullivan County Community College for her commitment to education and promotion of environmental stewardship. 

·         Tom Edwards of White Sulphur Springs for his work to create a Veteran’s Memorial at the White Sulphur Springs Firemen’s Park.

·         Irwin Siegel Agency in Rock Hill for the ongoing and extensive landscaping of its office building.

·         The Cutting Garden for the revitalization of its building in Youngsville and for the ongoing beauty that it offers in the opportunity to cut fresh flowers from the garden. 

·         Gusar’s Pharmacy for the reconstruction of its storefront in Monticello, one of the first businesses to improve its façade and enhance the appearance of Broadway.

·         Bradstan Country Hotel in White Lake for its continued commitment to the aesthetics of its building and grounds.

·         Trout Unlimited for its work to protect and enhance the thermal ecological health and habitat of the Upper Delaware River system.

·         Woodridge Renaissance for ongoing grassroots efforts that have resulted in the enhancement of the Village of Woodridge.


Details of the Sullivan Renaissance 2006 grant program will be announced and applications will be available. 


George L Cooke, Sullivan County Clerk and long-time organizer of the countywide litter pluck program, will deliver the keynote address. 


Six break-out sessions are designed to provide tools for volunteers to take back to their own communities. 

1.   Planning Your Garden – Right Plant-Right Place

Robert Hayes, Sullivan County BOCES, and BOCES Students

Location, soil preparation, plant selection, maintenance schedule and year round plantings and garden design ideas.  Practical solutions for challenges such as watering and maintenance!  

2.   YOUth Can Make a Difference!

Elizabeth Stolow, Sullivan Renaissance Youth Liaison, and Nancy Kane, Sullivan Renaissance

Youth are the future of our communities!  Learn how you can make a difference in your community or at your school.  This workshop will also discuss grant opportunities, scholarships and internship programs.

3.   Sullivan Renaissance 101

Annelise Gerry, Sullivan Renaissance, and Kathy Davidoff, Sullivan Renaissance

Geared toward new communities and individuals, this workshop will provide information about the Sullivan Renaissance program. Organize your volunteers, pick a project and implement a project! 

4.   Sullivan 2020 Toolbox – How to Make it Work for You

Julie Richmond, Heather Jacksy and Jill Weyer, Sullivan County Division of Planning and Community Development

Get an overview of the Sullivan 2020 Toolbox.  Learn how it works, important aspects and how it is relevant to your community. 

5.   Code Enforcement and Property Assessment

Dr. William Pammer, Division of Planning and Community Development; Marge Brown, Town of Bethel Tax Assessor, and Mark VanEtten, Town of Liberty Code Enforcement Officer

These public officials are your friends.  Knowing more about code enforcement and tax assessment will make it easier to accomplish a project and improve the look of your community.

6.   Volunteers – How to Find Them – How to Keep Them

Glenn Pontier, Program Coordinator, and Denise Frangipane, Sullivan Renaissance

There is no magic to finding volunteers, but there are proven methods.  Here’s what organizations say works to find people willing to help. 


The forum also features a poster contest with entries from area high school students.  Attendees will select the winning posters that increase awareness of the cleanup efforts going on in Sullivan County and help inspire the public to participate. 


Sullivan Renaissance is designed to provide communities with seed money to compete in a beautification contest, while building a sense of pride and spirit in the community.  Sullivan Renaissance is a program of the Beaverkill Foundation with support from the Gerry Foundation. 


Space is limited, pre-registration is necessary.  For more information, call 845-295-2445.