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Sullivan Renaissance to visit Category C graduates

September 13, 2007

[LIBERTY] – Sullivan Renaissance staff will recognize four communities that have successfully completed a three-year community development program with visits on Saturday, September 29. 


Hurleyville, Kauneonga Lake, Barryville and Lumberland have been part of the Sullivan Renaissance Category C program since 2005.  During this time they have engaged residents in larger community visions, including projects and activities such as renovating main street areas, constructing and improving parks, establishing information centers and kiosks, and adding historical and environmental features.


Sullivan Renaissance participants are encouraged to join the September 29th tours and to visit these communities when they have an opportunity.  The public is welcome to participate.  The tours will begin at the following times and locations: Hurleyville Firemen’s Park on Main Street at 10:15 a.m.; Kauneonga Lake at the Bethel Senior Center at 11:30 a.m.; Barryville Information Station at 1:45 p.m.; and Lumberland Circle Park at 2:45 p.m.


The four communities began by creating community development plans that included visioning, community organizing and addressing the issue of non-profit organizational status.  Rock Hill and Swan Lake joined the program in 2006.  Wurtsboro was added in 2007.  Major funding for this program has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic.


Each community received annual grants of $10,000; assistance with a rendering; technical support from the Sullivan County Division of Planning and the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development for planning, grant writing, capacity building, etc.; an opportunity to compete for an annual Golden Feather Grant of $50,000 secured by Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther; and special $1000 awards for environmental impact, historic preservation, maintenance and a showing of flowers.


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Youth participation is supported in part with grants from the Louis R. Cappelli Foundation, and Bank of America Charitable Foundation. 


For more information about the program, contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or