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Communities have been hard at work on 46 projects since initial grants were awarded in March. A team of judges from outside
NYS Senator John J. Bonacic was instrumental in obtaining funding for the seven large community development projects. One of these will receive the “Golden Feather” award, a pre-approved state grant of $50,000 secured by Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther. All participants that finish receive completion grants.
Special awards will be given for “Showings of Flowers,” “Project Maintenance,” “Historic Preservation” and “Environmental Impact.” Two communities will receive “Silver Feather” awards for planning excellence.
Certificates will also be given to 15 communities that participated in the mini-grant program and to 10 school groups as part of the “Spruce Up Your School and Community” program. Fifteen municipal cleanup projects will also be acknowledged. And 24 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
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