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Environmental, Historic, Flowers, Maintenance and Scholarship Winners Named

August 23, 2006

[BETHEL] – Hundreds of people attended the 90-minute Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony yesterday at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts as winning communities from around the county were announced.  Volunteers had been hard at work on 43 projects since initial grants were awarded in March.


Swan Lake Renaissance received the Golden Feather Award, a $50,000 grant made possible by NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.  It was given to the Category C project that exhibited the highest level of excellence in all aspects of the project.  Major funding for these six community development projects came through a $75,000 grant secured by NYS Senator John Bonacic.  


Twelve Phase II grants – ranging from $1000 to $10,000 – were awarded to projects in Categories A and B.  All 38 communities that completed their projects received grants based on the size of their category, as well as certificates of recognition from Sullivan Renaissance and area legislators.  Two projects were unable to complete because of the recent devastating flooding and three others will finish at a later date.


Two Silver Feather Awards for outstanding work in planning and community development were awarded.  Woodbourne Action Committee in Category B won $2500 grant sponsored by Bold Gold Media.  Rock Hill in Category C received the $2500 grant made possible by Senator Bonacic.  Awards were also given in each category for Environmental Impact, Historic Preservation, Showing of Flowers, and Project Maintenance.  



First place ($3000):

·        Eldred Central School – Beautification of front-side entrance

·        South Fallsburg Action Committee – Railroad Plaza walkway beautification

Second place ($2000):

·       Center for Fallsburg Youth – Bridge of Flowers

·       Roscoe Chamber of Commerce – Municipal parking lot clock and garden

Third Place ($1000):

·       Liberty St. Peter’s Church – Biblical garden

·       Woodridge Housing Authority – Eagle Ridge signage and gardens

Project Maintenance ($1000) – WSUL/WVOS:

·       Roscoe Chamber of Commerce – Municipal parking lot clock and garden

Showing of Flowers ($1000)Sullivan County Democrat:

·       Roscoe Chamber of Commerce – Municipal parking lot clock and garden



First place ($10,000):

·       Monticello Recovery Center – 3 year plan to clean up, repair street fronts in a square block of Monticello

·       Neversink – Neversink Renaissance/ Daniel Pierce Library – miles of marigolds

Second place ($7000):

·       Forestburgh – Main Street beautification

·       Monticello Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs – DeHoyas Park Gazebo and bulletin board

Third place ($5000):

·       Jeffersonville JEMS – Sullivan West landscaping

·       Mountaindale Action Committee – garden beds at bulletin board park

Silver Feather ($2500) – Bold Gold Media:

·       Mountaindale Action Committee – garden beds at bulletin board park

Environmental Impact ($1000) – Jacobowitz & Gubitz:

·       Mountaindale Action Committee – garden beds at bulletin board park

·       Mountaindale Community Development – greenhouse garden with solar watering system, Main Street flower boxes

Historic Preservation ($1000) – First National Bank of Jeffersonville:

·       Long Eddy – Long Eddy Renaissance – historical interpretive signs, landscaping

Showing of Flowers ($1000) – The Towne Crier:

·       Neversink – Neversink Renaissance/ Daniel Pierce Library – miles of marigolds

Project Maintenance ($1000) – WSUL/WVOS:

·       Monticello Recovery Center – 3 year plan to clean up, repair street fronts in a square block of Monticello

·       Monticello Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs – DeHoyas Park Gazebo and bulletin board



Golden Feather ($50,000) – Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther:

·        Swan Lake RenaissanceSwan Lake Revitalization

Silver Feather ($2500) – Senator John J. Bonacic:

·        Rock Hill – signage, landscape architect

Environmental Impact ($1,000)Clough Harbour:

·        Lumberland –  Circle Park

Historic Preservation ($1,000) – The Community Preservation Corp.:

·        Hurleyville Sullivan First – Veteran’s Park, Main Street Revitalization

Showing of Flowers ($1,000) – The River Reporter:

·        BethelKauneonga Lake Corridor

Project Maintenance ($1,000) – WSUL/WVOS:

·        Lumberland –  Circle Park


Full Time ($1500):

·         Darrin Darby of Grahamsville – Neversink project

·         Matthew Blanchard of Hurleyville – Mountaindale and Fallsburg projects

Part Time ($750):

·         Mark Wilson of MonticelloMonticello project


Ten mini-grants were given to communities that just wanted to plant flowers.  This reimbursement program provided up to $200 worth of flowers to Hortonville Beautification, Liberty ALIVE, Winston Day Camp in Monticello, Narrowsburg Beautification Group, HASC Summer Program in Parksville, Camp Iroquois Springs in Rock Hill, Rockland Gardeners Club in Roscoe, Club at Smallwood, Congregation B’nai Israel in Woodbourne, and Wurtsboro Hills Community Action.


Monticello High School and the Light & Life Christian School in Liberty each received a $200 award for their “Spruce Up Your School” projects completed in June.  The George L. Cooke School in Monticello and the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School in Monticello were awarded special recognition grants of $50 for their projects.  Twelve schools participated in the program.


A special recognition was made to teacher Robert Hayes and the Sullivan BOCES Landscape Development Class for the outstanding contribution made to over 40 projects throughout Sullivan County.


Initial music was provided by Somerville, whose song “Do Something Good” was used throughout the summer to tell the story of Sullivan Renaissance.  The ceremony opened with a welcome from Sandra Gerry, who chairs the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee; a medley of patriotic tunes by Erin and John Slaver; and remarks by U.S. Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey. 


Project recipients received framed certificates of excellence from Sullivan Renaissance, as well as individual certificates from Rep. Hinchey, State Senator John Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.  As groups accepted their certificates, photographs of each project were displayed in a power point presentation created by Elizabeth Stolow of Liberty, a summer intern with Sullivan Renaissance.


The evening started with a picnic of hot dogs, watermelon and cookies. 


Projects were judged for aesthetic improvement, collaboration, youth involvement, permanence and an ability to be maintained.  The team of 11 judges from outside Sullivan County was headed by Ted Blowes, chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Communities in Bloom Program in Canada, which helped inspire the Sullivan Renaissance program.  Other judges were: Pete Gozza, Mary Lewis, Donna Moramarco, Lee Nelson, Dan O’Neil, Mike Pogue, Tim Stoddard, John Story, Diana Weiner and Richard Weir.


Applications are available for the annual Board of Realtors Sullivan Showcase Awards, the next program supported by Sullivan Renaissance.  The program is run by the Sullivan County Board of Realtors.  For information contact the Board of Realtor’s at 845-794-2735.


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 or visit the website at