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Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 14 at Bethel Woods

August 3, 2006

[BETHEL] – A team of judges from outside Sullivan County will review this year’s Sullivan Renaissance projects on Saturday, August 12 before selecting winners – including environmental, historical, maintenance and showing of flowers awards – in the three project categories.

Winners will be announced at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 14.  The 7:00 p.m. celebration is being held at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY.  Refreshments will be available.


The 11 judges include individuals with horticultural, planning and community expertise: 


1.      Ted Blowes is National Chairman of the Communities in Bloom Program in Canada.  He has been a Renaissance judge since the program began in 1991.

2.      Pete Gozza serves as president of a non-profit redevelopment organization in Toledo, OH.  His interactive web site assists those engaged in the redevelopment of downtown or large commercial districts. 

3.      Mary Lewis is Past President of the Orange and Dutchess Garden Club, Inc. and current chair of Zone III 2008 Annual Meeting of the Garden Clubs of America.

4.      Donna Moramarco is the plant diagnostician and horticulturist for Martin Viette Nurseries in Long Island.  She is a past president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

5.      Lee Nelson is a statewide horticultural speaker.  She operates Lee Nelson Associates, a horticultural consulting business, which has completed beautification projects for the City of Binghamton

6.      Dan O’Neil is a retired Superintendent of Wayne County Schools, PA and active with the Wayne County Chamber and Greater Honesdale Partnership for Economic Development. 

7.      Mike Pogue is senior forester for Region 3 New York State DEC, where he manages state and public lands.

8.      Tim Stoddard, a graduate of Pratt Institute, has provided architectural design concepts and on-site management for federal government, corporation and residential projects.

9.      John Story is manager of Meadowbrook Farm, the nationally recognized estate of J. Lidden Pennock.

10.  Diana Weiner is also at Meadowbrook Farm, where she works as a manager.  Formerly she was superintendent of horticulture and landscapes at Mohonk Mountain House, and master gardener coordinator for Orange County

11.  Richard Weir is owner of Horticulture Solutions, a horticulture and landscape consulting business on Long Island.  He has been assistant professor of horticulture with Cornell University.


Twelve communities judged the most successful in completing their projects will win second-round grants between $1000 and $10,000.  The Golden Feather Award of $50,000, obtained by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, will go to one of six large community development projects.  All participants that finish will receive completion grants.


Communities have been hard at work on 43 projects since initial grants were awarded in March.  Major funding for community development projects comes through a $75,000 grant secured by NYS Senator John Bonacic.  Projects are judged for aesthetic improvement, collaboration, youth involvement, permanence and an ability to be maintained.


Certificates will also be given to 11 communities that participated in the mini-grant “Just Plant Flowers” effort and to 12 school groups as part of the “Spruce Up Your School and Community” program.  Three municipal cleanup projects will also be acknowledged.  And 18 young people will be recognized for participating in a gardening internship program where they learned horticulture while assisting Renaissance projects with the care of their flowers.  Scholarship awards for Sullivan Renaissance volunteers will be announced by Sullivan County Community College Foundation.


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program funded by the Beaverkill Foundation and the Gerry Foundation.  For a list of the groups and projects or more information call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445.