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Monticello Volunteers Enjoy Fruits of Last Fall’s Efforts

April 11, 2012

[MONTICELLO] – Walking down Broadway in Monticello, it is hard not to notice the sea of yellow flowers stretching along the north side of the street.  Last October, over 200 volunteers planted 8000 daffodil bulbs on Broadway as part of an event called “Operation Daffodil.” 

The planting was a collaborative effort among the Monticello Beautification Group, Monticello Business Association, the Village of Monticello and Sullivan Renaissance. 

Due to the orientation of the sun, daffodils have emerged on only one side of Broadway.  Bulbs planted on the south side of the street are just beginning to come into view and should be in full bloom over the next two weeks.

Yet “Operation Daffodil” was about more than just planting flowers.  It was about building community spirit and celebrating Monticello’s new beginnings. 

One of last fall’s volunteers was Broadway business owner Waleria Rubiero.  She planted nearly 400 bulbs in front of her store with fellow members of the Monticello Seventh Day Adventist Church.  “It’s indeed a beautiful project.  As we were planting, people would stop, look, ask questions and feel a sense of happiness because they realized there were others who cared about the community,” Rubiero said.

Additional beautification projects are being planned for this spring and summer.  Village residents are encouraged to attend the next meeting of the Monticello Beautification Group on Tuesday, April 24at 5:00 p.m. at the Ted Stroebele Center.

Volunteers are also invited to participate in the county-wide litterpluck on Sunday, April 29.  Litterpluckers will meet at the lot on the corner of St. John’s Street and Broadway at 12:00 noon to pick up bags and gloves.

For more information about beautification projects in Monticello and other communities, contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or  Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.