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Workshop Space is Still Available, Register Early

January 16, 2007

LIBERTY – Eleven individuals, businesses and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to improving the appearance of Sullivan County will be presented with “Sullivan First Achievement Awards” at the Sullivan Renaissance Conference and Expo on Saturday, February 3 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY. 

“Soul to Solar” will feature exhibits and workshops on main street lighting, solar energy, green resources and student involvement.  Seattle-based author and activist Paul Loeb will explore what it takes to inspire citizens to act on the issues that concern them most during his keynote address.  The conference and expo will bloom with spring flowers, inspiration, tools and resources that make a difference in the community. 


This year’s “Sullivan First Achievement Awards” will be given to:


v      Julie Allen of Roscoe for her contributions to the community of Roscoe, overcoming many personal challenges, and going above and beyond in service to all of Sullivan County.

      Jacob and Benjamin Friehling, owners of Peles’ Works, for their initiatives to rebuild in Kauneonga Lake. 

v       Maurice Gerry, for his beautification efforts in Ferndale and his involvement in the community at large.

v       Town of Fallsburg Code Enforcement Officers for their perseverance and contributions to the beautification efforts in Fallsburg

v      Everlasting Spring of White Sulphur Springs, for rallying in support of communities that were impacted by flooding this past season.

v       Schmidt’s Wholesale of Monticello, for ongoing and extensive landscaping to their business and grounds, the beautification efforts at the intersections of Routes 17 and 17B, and the adoption and of Exit 104.

v       Bloomingburg Renaissance for community and municipal efforts that have resulted in enhancement and beautification of the Village of Bloomingburg.

v       Community of Livingston Manor for their collective efforts to recover from the flooding that occurred this past summer.

v       Community of Youngsville for their collective efforts to recover from the flooding that occurred this past summer.

v       Brittany Flynn of North Branch, for setting an example of how youth can make a difference and become the next leaders in their community.   

v       Tyler Salovin of Rock Hill, for extending his commitment to his community beyond his 2005 internship.


Details of the Sullivan Renaissance 2007 grant program will be announced.  Discussion and review of specific projects, as well as 2007 applications, will be available at a Sullivan Renaissance table. 


Workshop space is available but limited, so register early.  To obtain a workshop registration form, call Sullivan Renaissance office at 845-295-2445; or visit the website at  To send in a registration form, fax it to 845-295-2746; email to; or mail to Sullivan Renaissance, Beaverkill Foundation, PO Box 311, Liberty, NY 12754.


Refreshments will be served by culinary students from the Delaware Valley Job Corps Center in Callicoon.  Attendees will be participating in a recycling event.


Sullivan Renaissance provides communities with seed money to compete in a beautification contest, while building a sense of pride and spirit in the community.  Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program funded by the Beaverkill Foundation and the Gerry Foundation.  For more information, call 845-295-2445.