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‘IT’S SHOW TIME’

Sullivan Renaissance Grants Go to More Communities than Ever

March 31, 2006

[LIBERTY] – Sullivan Renaissance 2006 has awarded 68 beautification grants to communities throughout Sullivan CountyThe announcement of the record number of awards was made Thursday evening, March 30 at the CVI Building in LibertyRecipients from all 15 towns and 6 villages were present to receive their checks. 

 

Sullivan Renaissance is a two-phase aesthetic improvement program, presented by the Beaverkill Foundation, with support from the Gerry Foundation.  Projects must be completed by August 7 and will be judged on August 11 and 12.  A second round of grants will then be awarded in the evening on August 14 at Bethel Woods in Bethel.

 

This year’s program has grown with the addition of mini-grants – for communities that just want to plant flowers – as well as a Municipal Clean-up Pilot Program and matching grants for seasonal communities to be awarded later.  Additional funding for community development aspects of Sullivan Renaissance was secured through NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther. 

 

“We’re doing our best to clean up and beautify Sullivan County,” said Sandra Gerry, who chairs the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee.  “We want to encourage everyone to join in.  You do not have to be involved in a community project to become part of the Renaissance.  Everyone can do something – it’s as easy as planting a garden, picking up litter, hanging a flower basket or painting your front porch!”

 

Five categories of grants were awarded: single element projects in Category A received $1000; multiple element projects in Category B got $1500 and paid student interns; three year-community development projects in Category C were given $5000 grants (with another $5000 in August); Mini-grants projects will be reimbursed up to $200; and Spruce Up Your School awards of $125 went to small projects by classes or youth groups.

 

The second round of grants ranges between $1000 and $10,000 – with the Golden Feather Award of $50,000 going to a special Category C project.  There are also Environmental Impact Awards, Historic Preservation Awards, Showing of Flowers Awards (new this year) and Project Maintenance Awards (new this year) in each category; Silver Feather Awards for planning in Categories B and C; as well as completion grants for every project. 

 

Sullivan Renaissance is continuing and strengthening its collaboration with the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Community Development and the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, which provide technical planning assistance to the program; and the Center for Workforce Development, which administers the Category B internship program.  Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) is offering full and part-time scholarships to Renaissance volunteers and the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the merchant discount program again this year.  

 

Since 2001 Sullivan Renaissance has funded over 230 projects throughout Sullivan County

 

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

 

Community                 Organization                                           Project

 

Category A

 

1.        Callicoon Center     Callicoon Center Renaissance     Welcome sign with business directory

2.        Eldred     Eldred Junior-Senior High School     Main entrance of junior-senior high school

3.        Liberty     St. Peter’s Church     St. Peters Church - Biblical Garden

4.        Livingston Manor     Livingston Manor Renaissance     Entryway improvement locations

5.        Livingston Manor     Congregation Agudas Achim     Create biblical garden, replace walkway

6.        Mamakating     Camp Deer Run/Dianova USA, Inc.     Entrance landscaping

7.        Mamakating     Mamakating Rotary Club     Landscape skating rink and pavilion at town park

8.        Monticello     Monticello Housing Authority     Enhance entrances with flower gardens

9.        Monticello     White Rock Day Camp     Plant flowers, repair vandalism, build playground

10.     Monticello     SC Federation for the Homeless     Signage, flower garden

11.     Roscoe     Roscoe Chamber of Commerce     Erect memorial clock and improve parking lot

12.     Smallwood     Civic Association of Smallwood     Refurbish sign at 17B/Pine Grove Rd. entrance

13.     South Fallsburg    Center for Fallsburg Youth, Inc.     "Bridge of flowers" on old railroad bridge

14.     South Fallsburg      South Fallsburg Action Committee     Restore Railroad Plaza walkway and lot

15.     Wt. Sulphur Springs     White Sulphur Springs UMC     Plantings along church hall foundation

16.     Woodbourne     Town of Fallsburg     Paint theater and refurbish parking lot

17.     Woodridge     Woodridge Housing Authority     Plant trees and garden on Mountaindale Road

18.     Woodridge     Highland Ave. Block Assoc./Woodridge Kiwanis     Beautify walkway

 

Category B

1.     Bloomingburg     CUMC of Bloomingburg     Clean village hall, plant flowers and shrubs

2.     Cochecton Center     Cochecton Center Community Center     Enhance playground, fence, museum

3.     Forestburgh     Sullivan First /Town of Forestburgh     Memorial plaque on Route 42, paint firehouse

4.     Hasbrouck     Concerned Citizens of Hasbrouck     Landscape Old Stone House, clean playground

5.     Highland     Highland Renaissance/Eagle Institute     Landscape Rt. 97 area for eagle observation

6.     Jeffersonville     Jeffersonville JEMS     Beautify entranceways, work on sports fields

7.     Long Eddy     Long Eddy Renaissance/Basket Historical Soc.     WWII historical signs, planters

8.     Monticello     Recovery Center     Multi-year plan to clean up, repair street fronts

9.     Monticello     Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs     Enhance DeHoyas Park with pavilion

10.  Mountaindale      Mountaindale Action/Mountaindale FD     Flowers at ambulance bldg., gardens

11.  Mountaindale      Mountaindale Community Development     River Walk, greenhouse, flowers

12.  Narrowsburg      Main Street Business Association, DVAA     Enhance Main St. and overlook deck

13.  Neversink     Neversink Renaissance     Miles of marigolds, kiosk, gardens

14.  North Branch     North Branch Fire Dept.     Fencing, shrubbery, sidewalk

15.  Phillipsport     Phillipsport Community Center     Landscape and improve Community Center

16.  Roscoe     Welcome to Roscoe Sign Committee     "Roscoe" sign planted in shrubs along Route 17

17.  Woodbourne     Woodbourne Action Committee     Marie's Park, parking lot, Main Street baskets

18.  Wurtsboro     Wurtsboro Renaissance     Sullivan Street enhancements, welcome signs

19.  Youngsville     Youngsville Env. Preservation Com.     Pavilion across from school, maintain flowers

 

Category C

1.     Barryville     Highland Renaissance     History walk, Main Street identity

2.     Bethel     Bethel First/BLDC     Kauneonga Lake Corridor                                      

3.     Hurleyville     Hurleyville Sullivan First/Hurleyville Fire Co.     Main St. Revitalization            

4.     Lumberland     Circle Park/Town of Lumberland     Enhance Circle Park, comprehensive plan

5.     Rock Hill     Rock Hill Business & Community Association   Signage, landscape architect      

6.     Swan Lake       Swan Lake Renaissance              Swan Lake Revitalization            

 

Mini-grants

1.     Hortonville   Hortonville Beautification Com.    Shrubs and perennial gardens by FD

2.     Liberty       ALIVE                                          Achieve Rehab

3.     Monticello     Winston Day Camp                     Flowers and shrubs by front entrance

4.     Narrowsburg   Narrowsburg Beautification Group   Flowers at library, Main St., etc.

5.     Parksville    HASC Summer Program             Flower garden in front – landscaping

6.     Rock Hill      Iroquois Springs                         Perennial garden at entrance

7.     Roscoe        Roscoe/Rockland Garden Club   Flowers by post office

8.     Smallwood   The Club at Smallwood               Plant bushes across from clubhouse

9.     Woodbourne    Congregation B'nai Israel        Flower beds and large flower urns

10.  Wurtsboro      Wurtsboro Hills Com. Action       Mixed flowers by sign entering Hills

11.  Wurtsboro      Lori Fleck/Joyce Salimeno         Garden at entrance to Masten Lake

 

School Grants

1.     Fallsburg                     Benjamin Cosor Elementary

2.     Eldred                          Eldred Central School

3.     Fallsburg                     Fallsburg High School

4.     Monticello                     GL Cooke School

5.     Monticello                GL Cooke School

6.     Liberty                   Glory to God Christian High School

7.     Kiamesha                     Hebrew Day School of Sullivan County

8.     Liberty                         Liberty Elementary School

9.     Liberty                   Light & Life Christian School

10.  Monticello                Monticello High School

11.  Monticello                     Robert J. Kaiser Middle School

12.  Roscoe                        Roscoe Central School

13.  Monticello                     Rutherford School

14.  Ferndale                 Sullivan County BOCES