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SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE 2007 BEGINS

Speaker Paul Loeb Gave Keynote; Solar Street Lamp Unveiled

February 6, 2007

[BETHEL] – Over 300 people attended the Sullivan Renaissance Conference and Expo on February 3 as details of the 2007 Sullivan Renaissance Grant Program were unveiled at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel.  The “Soul to Solar” conference included exhibits and workshops on citizen involvement, main street lighting, solar energy, green resources and youth participation. 

 

Conference highlights included: the morning keynote address by Seattle-based author and activist Paul Loeb and the unveiling of an originally designed solar-powered street light.  The lamp was created by outdoor lighting manufacturer Hadco of Littlestown, PA, and solar technology company SolarOne Solutions of Framingham, MA.

 

State Senator John Bonacic announced a $75,000 grant to help fund Sullivan Renaissance, continuing his support for a third year.  Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther renewed her commitment to fund the $50,000 Golden Feather Award for the Category C projects. 

 

“Sullivan First Achievement Awards” were presented to: Julie Allen of Roscoe; Jacob and Benjamin Friehling of Kauneonga Lake; Maurice Gerry of Ferndale; Town of Fallsburg Code Enforcement Officers; Everlasting Spring of White Sulphur Springs; Schmidt’s Wholesale of Monticello; Bloomingburg Renaissance in the Village of Bloomingburg; the Community of Livingston Manor; the Community of Youngsville; Brittany Flynn of North Branch; and Tyler Salovin of Rock Hill.

 

Sullivan Renaissance 2007 grant applications were made available.  Deadline for submission is March 19.  Grants will be awarded on March 29; projects must be completed in August.  Representatives of Sullivan Renaissance will visit a community to explain the program.

 

Other highlights included: a breakfast sponsored by Towne and Country Preferred Properties of Bethel and served by culinary students from Delaware Valley Job Corps Center in Callicoon, working with staff from Erin Lipsky of Granite Associates; Sullivan West High School students assisting with coordination of the day’s events; and Sabrina Artel interviewing participants for her “Trailer Talk” radio program.  The conference featured recycling and composting.

Sullivan Renaissance provides communities with seed money to compete in a beautification contest, while building a sense of pride and spirit in the community.  The beautification and community development program is principally funded by the Beaverkill Foundation and the Gerry Foundation.  For information, contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or www.sullivanrenaissance.org.