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Celebrating ‘National Make a Difference Day’ in October

October 6, 2014

MONTICELLO – Bulb planting events will take place in five Sullivan County communities in celebration of “National Make a Difference Day” this October. Sullivan Renaissance is providing bulbs and planting instruction in order to promote the use of deer-resident bulbs and encourage volunteer participation through the fall.

“Make a Difference Day” – Saturday, October 25 – is the largest national day of community service, intended to encourage community participation on that day and throughout the month of October.

“Planting bulbs will provide color and beauty from early March through May and is an easy gardening activity,” said Diana K. Weiner, Sullivan Renaissance Horticulture Coordinator, “Each Sullivan Renaissance bulb demonstration site has received 90 bulbs, in nine different varieties, that have been shown to grow well in Sullivan County.”

The first bulb planting is scheduled by the Basha Kill Area Association on Thursday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the entrance of the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area on Route 209 just south of Wurtsboro.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and a trowel, if able.

A second bulb planting is scheduled by the Village of Jeffersonville and the Jeffersonville JEMS beautification group on Saturday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m. at the Backyard Park, located at the corner of New Bridge Street and Swiss Hill North Road in Jeffersonville.

Additional bulbs plantings will be announced throughout the month, with the culminating bulb planting scheduled for “National Make a Difference Day” on Saturday, October 25 at 1:00 p.m. at the Stone Castle Garden in Swan Lake.  

To help at a bulb demonstration planting or to learn more about Sullivan Renaissance volunteer opportunities, contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445, or

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation, and WSUL/WVOS.