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provide positive examples of good stewardship that our youth can actively participate in, but that they also set the stage, attractively, for the next step in the renaissance of Sullivan County.  Thank you Sullivan Renaissance volunteers!!  Thank you for making a difference! However, the question begs to be asked: How much more can be accomplished if everyone participated in some small way?  It’s not too late . . . there is always room for you!!

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ow in our 13th year, I can certainly see the fruits of our collective efforts coming together in a beautiful way.  With guidance from the Garden Design Panel, the newly minted Master Gardeners at Cooperative Extension and the use of the expanded ”Renaissance Collection,” many projects are looking well designed and sustainable . . . while support from the youth interns and the newly formed Renaissance Volunteer Corps have helped community volunteers produce lush, well tended gardens despite the recent wet, hot weather.  Sullivan Renaissance is most grateful to all the willing participants who so generously give of their time and energy in many different capacities to help communities beautify their surroundings for us all to enjoy.  We appreciate their perseverance and dedication! It is this team effort from all seg-

ments of our population – residents and seasonal communities alike – that is producing the significant difference in the appearance of our county.  We are especially grateful that these good works of community building not only

The Sullivan County Democrat deserves special thanks for this publication, as do all of the media for their coverage of our program and the individuals, volunteer organizations, business and sponsors that support these efforts.

Sincerely, Sandra Gerry, Chair Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee

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he public is invited to honor the volunteers who are improving communities throughout Sullivan County at the 2013 Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 12. For the second consecutive year, the event is being held in the Seelig Theater at SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake. Doors open at 6 p.m. with light refreshments; the program begins at 6:45 p.m. Community organizations have been hard at work on dozens of projects since grants were awarded in April. Projects judged the most successful in completing their beautification efforts will be made known at the Awards Ceremony and receive additional grants between $1,000 and $25,000. The winner of a new contest for seasonal communities will also be announced, when one of five seasonal camps and bungalow colonies receives the $10,000 Community

Mitzvah Award. Scholarships for Sullivan Renaissance volunteers will be announced by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties, and the SUNY Sullivan Foundation. Members of the new Sullivan Renaissance Volunteers Corps will be recognized, as will young people who participated in the intern leadership program. Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, Country Yossi Productions, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Large Media, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation, and WSUL/WVOS. For information call 295-2445 or visit www.sullivanrenaissance.org.

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building with friendly people and an office environment, never seemed possible to me. When I first began working here my position was just a job to me but now it is more than just a job. I’ve learned so many things and I’ve traveled to towns in Sullivan County that I never knew existed. Sullivan Renaissance is a program that beautifies and develops communities through grants, which is great because not many people take the initiative to step up and do good for their community. I’ve had my share of experiences with planting and beautifying places in my hometown of Monticello with my mother, and I’ve seen a massive change in appearance in my hometown as well.

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Left: Volunteer training outside CCE Below: Volunteer Gardening Trainings Graduating Class: Back row (left to right): Cara Kowalski, Michelle Albrecht, Diana K. Weiner, Melinda Cormier, Rachelle Carmack, Eric Schramm, Diane Moss, Willa Gottschalk, Daniel McCormack and Pat Kellam. Front row (left to right): Rosemary Sherman, Michelle Guidera, Carolyn Shaver, Marjorie Evans and Mary Mancuso.

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have a brown thumb.” Time and again we hear people say they would help with Sullivan Renaissance if they weren’t so fearful of killing a garden full of plants. There are numerous jobs to fill when volunteers come together to do a community beautification grant project; from baking cookies to pushing a mower or raking gravel. No special gardening

skills needed there! The greatest need is for volunteers who can plan, plant and care for community projects. This year we rolled out a 3-part series, Volunteer Gardening Training, which was spread out over a 3 month period to share gardening knowledge to those who fear the flowers. Gardening Training 101 introduced our plantaphobics to the dynamics of Soil,

Renaissance staff and Steering Committee participated in a gardening training at the Sullivan County Visitors Association in May. AUGUST, 2013

Water & Sun, learning the “I’m definitely of Thompson Park. They have basics of sound gardening designed a garden with a using the practices from the ground up. gazebo and large rock walled information to gardens that make great sitting Gardening Training 102 concentrated on the plants circles for the summer day build and themselves. In Weeds, Shoots and visitors alike to enhance my own campers and Flowers the group now enjoy year-round. We gardens. had the information needed explained the grant project to tell a weed from a flower And once I get cycle, process and that specific you want to grow and how to that in order, I’d grants plan to the Parks and prune and pinch and keep Recreation crew. They better really like to the garden looking colorful understood how the volunteers’ and alive! become more project will proceed, what steps Finally, in Gardening 103, they are taking to rejuvenate the involved in Designing, Digging and tired landscape space and how Delegating, all the knowledge Renaissance and they will work together to care possibly even do for it. The volunteers grant projgleaned from the first two classes in the series allowed a Renaissance ect will ultimately reduce staff for the final triumph – to be mowing and weeding. project in my able to choose the right Next year we will continue to home town.” plants, plant them in the right educate our volunteers with on place, water them correctly site group study programs Rachel, Cochecton and delegate the varied using past Renaissance project gardening chores out to the sites as our outdoor laboratory. group they will work with to keep their These sites have spread across the county projects garden thriving for years to come. over the last twelve years and as with Attendees to all three classes joined in any garden, need rejuvenation through a volunteer pledge, received a renovation. completion certificate and a rain gauge Look around your community and see for their garden. And their brown where a colorful garden would make a thumbs are now green! difference in the public landscape and The education did not stop there and make a passerby smile. Then give us a continues! We have gone on site to this call. I know we can make a gardener out year’s Seeds of Hope project in the Town of you!

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Judges pick beautiful winners

Community Beautification projects are judged for aesthetic improvement, collaboration, youth involvement, permanence and an ability to be maintained. Community Mitzvah projects are judged for cleaning-up and maintaining their grounds and beautifying the look of the facility.

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eams of experts from outside Sullivan County will spend August 7–10 visiting almost 50 locations around Sullivan County before selecting winners in several beautification categories and honoring project for the best showings of flowers. For the first year, a panel of judges will also select the winner of the Community Mitzvah Award from five summer camps and bungalow colonies. Judges will also acknowledge projects with stewardship awards for excellence in historical preservation and youth involvement. All participants will receive completion grants. The fourteen experts include individuals with horticultural, planning, community and international knowledge. This year there are two groups of judges. COMMUNITY BEAUTIFICATION PANEL Nicole Franzese – Director of Delaware County Planning Department since 2000; provides technical assistance on comprehensive plans, main street revitalization, zoning review, grant writing, SEQRA compliance, watershed management issues. Donna Harrison – Has a decade of judging experience including Communities in Bloom (Canada), Communities in Bloom (Ontario), America in Bloom; past president of the Ontario Parks Association; current chair of the Ontario Parks Foundation. Michael Newhard – Life-long resident and fourterm Mayor of Warwick; artist and partner in Main Street retail store; is an advocate of community revitalization, historic preservation, farmland and environmental protection; Warwick was 2003 national winner of America in Bloom and is the 2010 international winner of Communities in Bloom. Linda Onofry – Retired Montessori school teacher at the Homestead School in Glen Spey; an active 22-year member of the Garden Club of Orange & Dutchess Counties; holding many leadership roles; an avid lifetime gardener; grew up and resides in Port Jervis.

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Peter Patel – Horticulturist/arborist for the Orange County Arboretum in Montgomery; Certified Arborist – International Society of Arboriculture, Cert. Nursery/Landscape Professional, and member of the Tri-County Nursery Association; owns ArborHeights Designs, LLC. Odette Sabourin-Dumais – Horticulturist from St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Québec; acts as national and international judge for Communities in Bloom since 1995; has evaluated more than 140 communities in Quebec, Canada, United Kingdom, France and Japan; secretary-treasurer of the Communities in Bloom Executive Committee and chair of the Symposium and Awards. Claudette Savaria – With a degree in horticulture from McGill University, has taught at colleges, worked at nurseries and designed landscape projects throughout Canada. Parks and Grounds Manager for Westmount, Quebec. Founding member of Communities in Bloom, and a founding member/judge for International Awards for Liveable Communities. Karen Schneller-McDonald – Ecologist and writer for Hickory Creek Consulting LLC in Red Hook, NY. She provides natural resources planning,

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COMMUNITY BEAUTIFICATION PANEL Rabbi Moshe Frank – Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Ezrath Israel in Ellenville, he was senior rabbi from 1989-2011. He is the Jewish Chaplain at Eastern NY Correctional Facility and Ulster Correctional Facility, and active with Hebrew Day School of Sullivan & Ulster, Wawarsing Clergy Association, and the Rabbinical Council of Sullivan and Ulster. Mary Lewis – Founder of the garden design firm Barncroft, she was a Sullivan Renaissance judge for nine years and a garden design consultant for two. She is past president of Garden Club of Orange & Dutchess Counties, past Zone Representative of Visiting Gardens Committee for Garden Club of America (GCA), and currently co-chairs GCA flower show “A Woman’s Hardy Garden” on October 4-5 in Beacon. Yossi Toiv – “Country Yossi” is the name of an English language Orthodox Jewish magazine, radio show, collection of musical albums and children's books created, composed, authored, and published by Yossi (Joseph). The radio show has been on the air continuously since 1986. The monthly magazine has printed over 3 million copies since 1988.

Far-flung communities, tied by beauty and civic engagement By FRANK RIZZO

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hen Sullivan Renaissance founder Sandra Gerry was casting around for a model for her beautification program, Canada’s Communities in Bloom (CIB) fit the bill. The late Ted Blowes (see story, facing page) was a founder of CIB, and not coincidentally, an initial mentor to and then senior judge for Renaissance’s first 12 years. To replace Blowes, Sullivan Renaissance has called on Odette Sabourin-Dumais and Claudette Savaria, both of whom are based in Quebec and have had involvement with CIB since its founding in 1995. Sabourin-Dumais has never visited Sullivan County, though she noted she has distant relatives in Roscoe – the Eggletons. She got to know Ted Blowes well, having served on the CIB board with him. “I visited five times to judge where he lived,” Sabourin-Dumais said of Blowes’ Stratford, Ontario, where he served as mayor. “Ted talked of Sullivan

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Renaissance highly. He really enjoyed it and thought it was a wonderful experience. “It’s an honor to follow in his footsteps,” she added. “I’m looking forward to visiting Sullivan County and meeting the people.” A trained horticulturist, Sabourin-Dumais lives in StBruno-de-Montarville, a suburb of Montreal. She was part of the first team of judges for CIB in 1995. “My motivation [to join] was that it was a wonderful program. It promotes community involvement and civic pride, things I value very much.” Communities in Bloom divides the towns in its annual contest by size. Sabourin-Dumais recently judged communities over 50,000 in population. “It’s about people working together for the betterment of the community,’ she said of the program. If that sounds like the essence of Renaissance’s aim, it’s no coincidence. Savaria, as with Sabourin-Dumais, is a veteran judge in different organizations with multinational reaches.

Though there are similarities in how the Renaissance and CIB evaluate projects, Sabourin-Dumais and Savaria expect to get up to speed on the Renaissance judging criteria. “We’ll sit down with our colleagues and have a in-depth conservation of how they go about judging,” said Savaria from the Montreal suburb of Westmount, where since 1990 she has served as parks and grounds manager. “We don’t expect [criteria] will be that different.” Savaria has been looking through the applications from the 41 Sullivan Renaissance entries, but notes, “There is nothing like being on site.” Whatever knowledge she has of Renaissance also comes from her association with her late colleague Blowes. “Ted always talked about it,” said Savaria, echoing Sabourin-Dumais. “I would love the experience, to meet my colleagues and exchange ideas,” Savaria said of her upcoming trip to Sullivan County. AUGUST, 2013

In Memoriam

TED BLOWES Former Mayor of Stratford (1978-88), Ontario, Canada, affectionately known as “Mr. Stratford,” Edward Stanley “Ted” Blowes passed away May 11, 2013 at London’s University Hospital, Ontario. A mentor of Sullivan Renaissance, he helped shape the program initially and then served as senior judge every year after the program began in 2001. He understood what it means to volunteer in a community and judged with great skill, sensitivity and caring. Ted Blowes was one of the founders of Communities in Bloom in Canada and a board member since its inception in 1994, actively serving on most of its committees. He shared his expertise as a provincial, national and international judge, and mentor for America in Bloom and Sullivan Renaissance – judging over 175 communities in Canada, U.S., Europe, Japan and Singapore. Ted was a secondary school educator for 34 years, retiring as head of the Geography Department at Northwestern Secondary School. He served 6 terms on the Stratford City Council, the last 4 as mayor, and was actively involved with OSUM (Ontario Small Urban Municipalities) and on many committees in his beloved Stratford. Here is an excerpt from an interview that appeared in Renaissance Magazine in 2011. How and when did you become involved in

Renaissance? I was asked to come down to Sullivan County to explain how the Communities in Bloom Program operates in Canada. I was then asked to be a judge in the first year of Sullivan Renaissance and have proudly judged each year since. How have you been involved in Renaissance? As a judge and mentor. Why are you involved in Sullivan Renaissance? I am super impressed by the wonderful work that Sullivan Renaissance does to improve the quality of life for Sullivan County communities and citizens. What’s your favorite thing about Sullivan County? Seeing the proud smiles of the volunteers when one judges a certain project(s) in the different communities in Sullivan County and sharing with them their sense of accomplishment. If you had to express your philosophy of life in one phrase, what would it be? What counts most in life is what one does for someone else.

Timothy D. Stoddard passed away on November 28, 2012 at his home in Oceanport, New Jersey. A long time Sullivan Renaissance judge, he reviewed Category C projects in 2007 and 2008, and spent the last four years looking at communities to determine the “Showing of Flowers” winners. He was an organized and diligent judge with an encyclopedic knowledge of the communities, a strong sense of fairness and an abiding love of floral design. He was an officer in the United States Army for over 29 years, and received the bronze star with valor, among other notable military decorations. He had a design degree, pursued an interest in architecture and landscape design and headed his community Beautification and Landscape Committee in New Jersey. A native of Liberty, where he spent his childhood, Tim felt close to Sullivan County his whole life. He is survived by his four children, nine grandchildren, a sister and

brother, and nine nieces and nephews. Here is a poem he loved entitled “Memories of the Catskills.” When winter breaks and the earth awakes The cherry and the dogwood bloom The robins return and build their nests And raise their young, which fly away too soon It is here in the Catskills of New York Where the mountain blossoms grow Off your crowded city streets Where seldom a stranger speaks Come to this wild and beautiful wonderland Go climb her mountain peaks Descend her canyon walls Sometimes besides a waterfall Little streams turn into brooks Which channel their way to the rivers The water will froth and grow in momentum And soon, they will become one together Where rivers faster flow for melting winter snows Where the rivers run swift and deep Ride her rafts, kayaks and canoes And when you dock where hawks once nested You may say you conquered Nature’s Fury But, if you listen, she will say back to you “Oh, I just let you pass through”

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1. Adding to the flower beds, baskets, and many planters at their main office and adjacent dental offices on Lakewood Ave, Monticello, Hudson River Healthcare upped the ante this year with its “Pathway to Health & Beauty.” Once complete, the hillside garden will feature flowering trees and shrubs. Pictured, from left: Migdalia Morales, Helen de Prado, Joyce Valdez, Zaida Chasi, Melonie Gaines, Edna Washington, E.J. Fantauzzi, Edit Zapata, Dee Fields and Dr. Katherine Seibert 2. A Category B third place award in 2012 was used by Fremont Renaissance, led by Diane Hess, to continue improvements at the Veterans Memorial and the nearby Town Hall, where Code Enforcement Officer Jim McElroy, left, and Supervisor George Conklin planted shrubs. They are standing near a bell placed on the grounds in 2012 and secured by the late Councilman Jack Niflot. It was originally at the Callicoon High School and later moved to the Delaware Valley CS. McElroy and Conklin gave thanks to the volunteers as well as contributions by Jim Hughson Excavating, Matt Hofer Lumber and Delaware Valley Farm & Garden. 3. Woodbourne featured several projects in the Maintenance category, including Starck Park. Named after longtime gardener Arlene Starck, the park features a different arrangement of flowers each year. This year it will be mums, according to coordinator Ceil Cohen. With Scheinman Park, Marie’s Park and the Route 52 welcome sign to maintain there’s no shortage of work to be done in Woodbourne. Pictured are, front: Renaissance Intern Celina Castellano. Back, members of the Woodbourne Action Committee. From left: Jim Lund, Bettyann Lund, Jeff Gordon and Ceil Cohen. 4. The Woodridge Fire Auxiliary members are creating a grand entrance to William Krieger Memorial Park with a new circular planter around the park's sign. Volunteers Steven Levy and Patrick Smith lent a hand and Athena lent a paw.

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5. For their project, the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop is sprucing up its home at the Rivoli Theater on Rte. 42, South Fallsburg. Joining these flower planters in the front are a number of changes to the northeast side of the theater, including flowers under the stairs and plantings around the little bridge leading from the parking lot. 6. Kenoza Lake Fire Department Vice President and Project Manager Jesse Fadis stands in front of part of a major Sullivan Renaissance effort undertaken by the department and the Methodist Church across Old Taylor Road in Kenoza Lake. With volunteer help that included firefighters, church members, JPC Enterprises, Bob Neumann and youth under the guidance of Elvira Brey, flowers and mulch were planted at both institutions, while a concrete retaining wall and a brand new FD sign were erected at the firehouse. Church gardens were revitalized, and a sign honoring the late fireman Jesse Brown was installed over top of the BBQ pit in which he famously cooked chicken for decades.

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7. Girl Scout Troop 801 teamed up with the Friends of Liberty Library and along with Adrianne Picciano (not pictured), spruced up the grounds, refurbished flower beds on either side of the library, and planted flowers around the bicentennial monument. Pictured, in back, from left: Troop 801 Leader Lynn Whitehead, Miriam Carlin, Executive Director of Liberty Library Marjorie Linko, Angela Dalton, Margaret Curtis, Judy Brennan. Front, from left: Girl Scouts Elaina-Louise Ramierez, Aidan Whitehead, Katerina Fonseca, and Brooklyn Macosco. 8. The United Methodist Church on North Main, Liberty built upon its 2012 Category A project with additional landscaping that keeps color and flowers visible at various heights. They also upheld their fine tradition of keeping the young folks involved. From the left: Christine Siegel, Krista Nober, Jessica Siegel, Harley Siegel, Josh Schmidt, Summer Schmidt and Hailey Siegel.

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1. New gardens and landscaping can be found at Visitors Association Building in Liberty thanks to a Renaissance grant and help from the Boys and Girls Club. The project has surrounded the building with numerous flowers and shrubs welcoming all who stop by. A new seating area with greenery and benches has also been added and is slowly expanding to incorporate more of the surrounding area including Congressman Chris Gibson’s building. Visitor Association President Roberta Byron is overseeing the work around the building with the help of Barbi Nuemann-Marty from the Boys and Girls Club. Among the kids who helped out were, from left: David Schiff, Allison Freer, Julisa Rosa and Dianna Marty. 2. Not only does Monticello UMC have a new leader (Pastor Bob Kersten), and a new sidewalk and railings in front of its Broadway church, but the congregation (and sidewalk strollers) can also enjoy brand new landscaping, flower beds, and flowers planters as part of this Category A Renaissance project. Jeremy Mills leads the Renaissance group at the church.

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3. The Master Gardeners at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Liberty are making food more accessible with their Edible Garden Extraordinaire Project. With help of a Renaissance grant, the gardeners and local youth planted seeds, flowers and herbs, replacing the old shrubs, behind the CCE building and even painted the curbs to spruce up the building. The harvest of the garden will be used for their in-the-works E.A.T. (Entrepreneur and Teaching) Program that will give community members a kitchen to learn and cook in along with the fresh garden produce. Pictured from left to right: Cathy Grady, Susan Dollard and Sheri Staho. 4. Next time you’re looking for the entrance to the Basha Kill on Haven Rd. off of Rte. 209, you won’t miss it thanks to this new sign placement and garden. Sullivan Renaissance Horticultural Assistants lent a hand to Basha Kill Area Association staff and volunteers. Pictured, from left: Linda Lou Bartle, Patricia Diness, C.M. Dawkins, Nora Brusinski. 5. Winning the Golden Feather award in 2011 enabled the Callicoon Renaissance to get a good start at completing the enhancements at the railroad square and start improvements at the Callicoon Creek Park. The group – comprising of members from the Callicoon Business Association and the Callicoon Creek Park Association – is also improving an alleyway to lead pedestrians to the park with a directional sign and some planters. At the park, the fencing has been repaired and a sign will be put up at the northern end. Pictured from left, are Joanne Rosenberger, Christina Maloney, Amanda Rosenberger, Geoffrey Dahlberg, Coordinator Kathy Langley, Georgia Chambers, Ginny Boyle and Rosie DeCristofaro. Langley said a bench will be placed in this area and also thanked the Town of Delaware Highway Department for it help with the “heavy lifting.” 6. The new patio at the Yankee Lake Preservation Association includes a new flagpole, flower beds, shrubs, a zen rock garden, benches, and (in honor of the bald eagles at Yankee Lake) an eagle-shaped flower bed with red, white, & blue flowers at the base of the flagpole. Pictured, front to back: Diane McDermott, Alice Salmans, Debbie Scott, Alex Goodman and Jim Scott.

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7. The Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan (JEMS) Renaissance group has been maintaining the numerous projects in what was once a Sullivan Renaissance Category C program. These include the gazebo across from the Jeff Bank, hanging baskets and planters on Main St. and of course, the two large flowerbeds ringing the Peck’s Markets parking lots. 8. These volunteers are building a Fireman’s Memorial in front of the firehouse in Swan Lake. The final project will include a memorial stone surrounded by flowers. Seen here with the equipment to cut the pavement and dig a space for the memorial are: Bottom, from left: John Conklin, Kip Gerow, Don Sherwood. Standing, from left: Tom Eronimous, Chief Gary Couitt, Joe Pando, Wayne Knapp, Ivan Edwards, Tim Eronimous and Tim Merklin. AUGUST, 2013

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1. At the Narrowsburg deck are members of Narrowsburg Beautification Group. From left: Susan Klikus, intern Olivia Brady, Michael Eurey and Madeleine Wootan. The group’s projects include the gazebo at Tusten Veterans Memorial Park and the plantings in various containers and planters along Main Street, and on stone walls, in front ot the Town Hall and Post Office, and the deck overlooking Delaware. Susan Klikus said, "We have a lot of support from business owners. They mainly organize themselves and take care of their own store fronts, but we do help them.” 2. The congregation of Parksville United Methodist Church has enhanced the front of its church with flower beds on either side of their entrance steps, a flower bed around their sign, and a line of ornamental trees.

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3. After winning the second place prize for Category A in 2011 and first place in Category B last year, the Friends of Dillon Park Renaissance group will continue to expand – reclaiming overgrown sections of the park, turning the fishing dock into a bridge to a field of wild flowers, and more. Seen here, mother-daughter team Suzanne and Kayla Lindstadt tend to existing flower beds at Dillon Park. 4. The historic Hankins UMC recently added an extensive handicapaccessible ramp. To accentuate it, this Renaissance project surrounds the new construction with flower beds. The group that helped make it happen includes from left: Katharine Lindberg, Doris Sharp, Chanele Sylvester, Sheri Armbrust, Jerimah Sylvester, Brenda Cooper, Jen Sharp and Emilee Meade. 5. Along with lots of help from the Rock Hill Fire Department, the Rock Hill Business and Community Association has taken an abandoned lot on Rock Hill Drive and as part of its Category C project, transformed the space into a vibrant, tree- and flower-lined paradise for locals. Former Rock Hill Trading Post owner Steve Gottlieb footed the bill for renovations to the old visitors/information center cottage on the property. Coordinator Melinda Meddaugh thanked Danny Marcus of DM Landscaping, the Rock Hill Fire Department, Fodor Landscaping, Thompson Sanitation, William J. Reiber and Sons Excavating, Bjorn’s Residential Landscaping, the local Girl Scout troop, and of course the Rock Hill Business and Community Association. Meddaugh remains busy securing new signage for both the project’s garden and another near Dutch’s Tavern. “We’re also raising funds to be able to have outdoor sculptures all the way up Rock Hill Drive,” she said. Pictured, from left: Danny Marcus, Michelle Lipari, Melinda Meddaugh and Intern Josh Mace. 6. The Livingston Manor Rotary Park has been an important part of the Livingston Manor Renaissance projects as the community moves forward with its appearance, business development, tourism, infrastructure, community facilities, recreation and social issues. The Park plays a leading role in the summer with baseball and softball facilities and hosts the famed Livingston Manor Ice Carnival and provides ice skating during the winter months. This year’s project consisted of gateway gardens and eradication of Knotweed. 7. At the gazebo, surrounded by the attendees of the Town of Mamakating Park Boys and Girls Club Summer Camp are, from left: Mamakating Supervisor Harold Baird, intern Jordan Fredell, Renaissance Coordinator Robert Justus, intern Luis Arango, and other park summer workers. The 350-strong Club attendees are helping with the planting. Justus said two maple trees have been planted to replace fallen ones, and a pin oak has been planted at the 9/11 Memorial. The tree has been chosen as a the remembrance symbol for that event. Supervisor Baird who was at the gazebo commented, “I really think it’s a good project to use kids in to get them involved in their community; to give a helping hand, make the flowers bloom here, make the park beautiful. It’s good to see youth involved in the activities, so I’m proud of that.” AUGUST, 2013

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Herb Garden Extraordinaire New Gardens & Landscaping Veteran's Park and Landscaping Firehouse & Church Beautification Walnut Mountain Park Improvements Alice's Wonderland (Phase III) Main Street Planters Riverside Park Improvements Memorial Gardens at Thompson Town Park

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4. Lauren Hazen has been involved with Sullivan Renaissance in Lumberland since the inception and creation of Circle Park, which is participating this year with a maintenance project. She has volunteered at the Park several years, and this summer took the leap forward to become involved in the Renaissance Internship Program.

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Smallwood Mongaup Valley FD Hankins United Methodist Church Friends of Liberty Library United Methodist Church Sullivan County Child Care Council Basha Kill Area Association Yankee Lake Preservation Association Hudson River Healthcare Monticello United Methodist Church Parksville United Methodist Church Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop Swan Lake Hose Company #1 Woodridge Fire Auxiliary

911 Memorial Park (Phase II) Building Landscaping Building Landscaping Building Landscaping Rebuild Forgotten Gardens Gateway to the Basha Kill Patio & Flagpole Installation Hillside Garden Building Landscaping Building Landscaping Garden Enhancements Fireman's Memorial Park Entrance Sign & Garde

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Herb Garden Extraordinaire New Gardens & Landscaping Veteran's Park and Landscaping Firehouse & Church Beautification Walnut Mountain Park Improvements Alice's Wonderland (Phase III) Main Street Planters Riverside Park Improvements Memorial Gardens at Thompson Town Park

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2. The Ethelbert Crawford Library maintenance project is headed up by Director Mary Paige Lang-Clouse. The original project featured several gardens, a NEVERSINK picnic table and seating area surrounded by potted plants, and lots and lots of flowers throughout Neversink the library’s front entrance path. New signage for the library was also part of the project. Pictured, from left: Sharron Stanton, Denise Connolly, Shayna Kozak, Mary Paige Lang-Clouse and Melanie Owen

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4. Lauren Hazen has been involved with Sullivan Renaissance in Lumberland since the inception and creation of Circle Park, which is participating this year with a maintenance project. She has volunteered at the Park several years, and this summer took the leap forward to become involved in the Renaissance Internship Program.

Glen Spey

MAINTENANCE OF PRIOR PROJECTS

LUMBERLAN D Town of Mamakating Park Our Lady of the Assumption Church Glen Spey Lumberland Parks & Recreation/ Circle Park Jeffersonville Jeffersonville JEMS Lake Huntington Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps Category A Livingston Manor Livingston Manor Rotary Park Mongaup Valley Bethel Business Association Category B Monticello Ethelbert Crawford Library Neversink Neversink Renaissance Category C Phillipsport Phillipsport Community Center Swan Lake Swan Lake Renaissance Woodbourne Woodbourne Action Committee Maintenance Woodridge Woodridge Kiwanis Grants Woodridge Woodridge Housing Authority Wurtsboro Wurtsboro Renaissance

5. Taking the lead for Renaissance projects in Bethel has been the Bethel Business Association. Pictured is the renovated landscape at the Information Welcome Center on 17B in Mongaup Valley.

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6. The Hurleyville-Sullivan First group has accomplished much and is back in Category C with project lead Denise Sullivan. It created a Community Development Corporation and purchased St. Mary’s Church. Other projects are the child sensory garden next door to St. Mary’s and a victory garden, which looks to emulate the look and feel of the gardens grown during WWII. Sullivan thanked the Center for Discovery’s Elaine Corrington, Master Gardener Nora Rausch and the Hurleyville FD, for whom the group will be erecting a new sign as part of this year’s grant 7. Continuing to enhance its 9-11 Memorial (including a donated piece of the World Trade Center), the Smallwood/Mongaup Valley Fire Department added a winding stone pathway and repainted their flagpole (which required completely removing it for repairs).

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SULLIVAN RENAISSANCECOMMUNITY PROJECTS 1. Wurtsboro Renaissance Coordinator Robert Justus and Renaissance intern Jordan Fredell are ready to plant at the entrance to the Gazebo in Wurtsboro. The scope of the village’s Renaissance effort includes Veterans Park, D&H Canal Park, Picnic Grove as well as plantings along Main Street. Justus, who noted that about 10 people work in the group, noted, “Sherry Connolly helps us out with weeding and watering. We also fixed up the Town Hall for the SullivanArc Garden Tour that took place earlier in the year, with Wurtsboro hosting the reception.”

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2. Joe Herschel waters the plants at the Community Meditation Garden and Park at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg, which welcomes everyone regardless of their faith. “If there needs to be replanting or replacement of shrubs or perennials, any maintenance, I take care of it,” said Herschel, adding he helped with the initial construction costs, as well as getting donations from the Mamakating Rotary Club and the Mamakating Lioness Club.

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3. The Liberty Community Development Corporation (CDC) is once again spearheading the Renaissance projects in town. The focus has narrowed this year to upgrading the entrance to Walnut Mountain Park on West Lake St. Liberty CDC President Heinrich Strauch said between 10-15 people are involved in the Category B project. 4. Roscoe's Riverside Park will benefit from a Wildflower Garden as part of its 2013 Sullivan Renaissance Project. Initiated by Sandra Gerry, the "experimental plot" is to see how a wildflower planting will grow and flourish in the area. Master gardeners and volunteers created the space, adorned with colorful butterflies from the Roscoe School. Next year the garden will be re-seeded and should look spectacular. Pictured is John Bockelman, chairman of the local Renaissance group. Other volunteers include Pat and Jack Yelle, Doug and Elaine Fettig, Marg and Manny Zanger, Lilly Constant, Darlene Beers, Miriam Stone, Analese Vogel, Mary Muhlig, Marlene Ballard, Des Lambe, and Rick Baxter.

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6. Originally slated to rebuild some neglected gardens, the Child Care Council's Category A project grew to include a rock wall and flower beds around the gazebo and flower boxes on their power-washed and painted building. Pictured, from left, in back: Darlene and Mike Beiling, Bob Eddings, Jeff Carman, Dr. Jaimie Noeth, Stephanie Doyle, Sean & Allison Wall-Carty, Donna Willi, Michelle Albrecht, Mckenzie Stoddard, Richard Sush, Theresa Murdock-Marron and Barbara Sush. Front, from left: Avery and Jordyn Wall-Carty, Gauge Hendrickson, Nick Beiling and Jack Carman.

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7. Livingston Manor Main Street Enhancement group has a large membership, and they also have help from SYEP, or Summer Youth Employment Program. The group is collaborating with the area Chamber of Commerce with painting of the information booth at the csaboose this year, too. The group is pictured with one of their gardens gracing the Main Street. From left, front row: Anthony Serrano, Dylan Batzel, Frank Sattler, Linda Miller, Kathy Erics, and Marge Feuerstein. Back row: Valeri Taggart, intern Brittany Fuller, Dina Johnson, Gail Denman and Brad Miller. Missing from photo: Diane Foster, Mary Ann Perella, Lisa Lyons, and Jan Carlson.

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5. A Category B project, the Monticello Rotary/Town of Thompson “Seeds of Hope” Memorial Gardens at Town of Thompson Park became a labor of love for Terry VanderMeulen. Her motivation for the gorgeous Memorial Garden that’s become the centerpiece of the project, VanderMeulen said, “It was after the deaths of Allyson Strong and Lori Rubenstein that I became inspired to do the garden… I really just want to make it possible to memorialize all of our loved ones.” Pete Cassaro hand built all of the rock walls on the premises with rock found on the property. Intern Nina Seehausen has also been integral to the project. Pictured, back: Pete Cassaro. Front, from left: Ann Finneran, Intern Nina Seehausen and Terry VanderMeulen.

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1. Standing next to the Nancy Butler Bartolomeo Memorial are intern Luis Arango, Tim Butler and Jack Weiser. Weiser, the V-P of the Phillipsport Community Center of which the Renaissance group is a part, said there was plenty to do. Superstorm Sandy caused extensive damage to the Community Center roof, and it had to be replaced partly with the Renaissance grant money. They also had to do big repairs to the shed that was damaged in the storm, but is now covered in a thriving Dutchman’s Pipe vine. In the garden are many works of art by local sculptors, some of whom also work with the group. 2. The Woodridge Rails to Trails entrance features a large planter styled after the trains that once barreled their way through the area as part of the old Ontario and Western (O&W) railway. This 2013 maintenance category project features much more than just flowers with a large gazebo and electronic sign greeting visitors to the area on Main Street. Wendi Smith heads up the Woodridge Kiwanis Sullivan Renaissance project.

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Below: Mendy Riechman, Head Manager of Skolya Bungalows, left, and Allen Frishman, Sullivan Renaissance Seasonal Program and Community Consultant, talk about Community Mitzvah.

Community Mitzvah Award F or the first time, seasonal communities in Sullivan County have a chance to compete in a beautification contest shaped to their circumstances. Many summer camps, bungalow colonies and businesses have been part of the Sullivan Renaissance program over the years, receiving Seasonal Demonstration Grants or Mini Grants, with some even participating in the annual beautification contest. This year Sullivan Renaissance challenged five seasonal communities to take part in a Community Mitzvah Award contest with a $10,000 prize awarded to the participant that best maintains its grounds and beautifies its facility. Improvements can include: fixing up entranceways and gates, landscaping, removing old structures and cleaning up dump sites, replacing fencing, upgrading signage, and simply planting flowers in planters or hanging baskets. Improvements must be made in areas visible to the public. The five participants are: American Theological on Route 42 in Monticello; Camp Skwere on Glen Wild Road in Woodridge; Florida Bungalow Colony on Mountaindale Road in Mountaindale; Mt. Hope Bungalows on Route 55

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in Swan Lake; and Skolya Bungalows on Route 42 in South Fallsburg. Each camp or colony is being observed on a weekly basis by data takers who record what they see from the road. Camp members also take part in an interactive discussion regarding Halachas (codes) of the Shulchan Aruch (the book of laws) identifying a person’s responsibility to the earth. The sites will then be visited by the following team of three judges on August 7: • Rabbi Moshe Frank – Currently Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Ezrath Israel in Ellenville. He was senior rabbi from 1989-2011. He is the Jewish Chaplain at Eastern New York Correctional Facility and Ulster Correctional Facility. Rabbi Frank is also active with the Hebrew Day School of Sullivan and Ulster, the Wawarsing Clergy Association, and the Rabbinical Council of Sullivan and Ulster Counties. • Mary Lewis – Founder of the garden design firm Barncroft, she was a Sullivan Renaissance judge for nine years and a garden design consultant for two. She is past president of Garden Club of Orange & Dutchess Counties, past Zone Representative of Visiting Gardens Committee for

Garden Club of America (GCA), and currently co-chairs GCA flower show “A Woman’s Hardy Garden” on October 4-5 in Beacon. • Yossi Toiv – “Country Yossi” is the name of an English language Orthodox Jewish magazine, radio show, collection of musical albums and children's books created, composed, authored, and published by Yossi

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(Joseph) Toiv. The radio show has been on the air continuously since 1986. The monthly magazine has printed over 3 million copies since 1988. The winner will be announced at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony at SUNY Sullivan on Monday, August 11. The camps that finish the contest will receive a completion grant of $500.

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efferson Street is an important connecting corridor in Monticello for visitors exiting Route 17 via Exit 104. In recent years, Sullivan Renaissance has focused its energies on beautifying the Exit 104 gateway with new landscaping in various traffic islands, and has also been a key player with regard to landscaping and beautification efforts along Broadway. Jefferson Street is a key connector between these two areas. Working in partnership with the Monticello Village Board, Sullivan Renaissance has commissioned the preparation of a “master plan” for proposed enhancements designed to make the Jefferson Street corridor more attractive and pedestrian-friendly. The plan takes a look at existing conditions along the roadway, and contains visual concepts for possible drainage improvements, sidewalks, lighting and/or landscaping enhancements. Preparation of the master plan was made

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possible in part through an “Economic Development Assistance” grant secured by former Congressman Maurice Hinchey in 2009. In addition to renderings, the completed master plan also contains detailed cost estimates for various improvements that will be helpful in securing grants for implementation. Sullivan Renaissance is currently preparing a grant application on behalf of the Village Board to the New York State Department of Transportation for the first phase of work, estimated to cost approximately $750,000. If funded, the initial phase of work will include: •Repaving of the lanes and shoulders encompassing roughly 0.7 miles along Jefferson Street •Installation of new sidewalks, catch basins and storm culvert pipe •Creation of two pedestrian oriented pocket parks • Installation of a new community welcome sign with landscaping As more funding becomes available, additional improvements may include installation of a multi-use path, incorporating contrasting colored and textured crosswalks at commercial access crossings, improved lighting, and additional landscaping.

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he Bethel Local Development Corporation (BLDC) recently received a Community Development Grant from Sullivan Renaissance to develop a matching grant program that helps businesses along the Route 17B Corridor make aesthetic improvements.  The “Bethel Corridor Beautification Program” is a pilot project that could serve as a model for similar programs in other communities. Commercial businesses located along the Route 17B Corridor in the Town of Bethel were eligible to apply for matching grants up to $1,000 to fund façade improvements, landscaping, and/or signage enhancements.  Businesses needed to show at least a fifty percent match and meet other criteria.  The BLDC received eleven applications and a review committee selected five to receive funding.   “We were very pleased to receive so many applications,” said BLDC Manager Leon Smith.  “There was a great deal of enthusiasm and interest from businesses throughout the corridor when we announced the program in May.  Hopefully we can repeat the program next year with additional funding.”    The five projects approved for funding include: ASAP Warehouse, Bethel Market Cafe, Keller Signs, Stray Cat Gallery and Janet’s Cosmic Kitchen.  The other applicants remain on a waiting list.  Work is underway on several of the projects, with all of the improvements expected to be completed by August 31st.    Other communities interested in replicating Bethel’s program can contact Community Planner Helen Budrock at 845-295-2462 for more information.

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n times when budgets are shrinking even as demands and needs grow, partnerships are invaluable to getting the work done. When done right, they can also lead to expanded opportunities and more successful, effective programs.

Sullivan County has a strong active volunteer ethic, with individuals often involved in multiple organizations, either doing the “hands on” mission work, or serving on boards that set policy and create strategic plans. This shared and common knowledge base is a tremendous asset for building partnerships. From the beginning Sullivan Renaissance has recognized the necessity and value of collaboration. It embodies the philosophy both as a requirement for grant applications and as a practice. The beautification grant program calls for the collaboration of at least two groups or organizations; and encourages the involvement of even more. Where there are no obvious partners, Renaissance staff endeavors to help volunteers seek them out. Sullivan Renaissance has, over the years, initiated or responded to a number of invitations to collaborate. Some these include: • When the program began to move beyond beautification toward commuAUGUST, 2013

nity development, a planner was added to the team and collaboration began with the Sullivan County Division of Planning. • For youth focused work Sullivan Renaissance has enjoyed almost a decade of partnering with the Center for Workforce Development. • To encourage buying local, Renaissance partners with the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce to engage the business community in a Merchant Discount Program. • When it was time to raise the consciousness about “green” practices Renaissance came to the table with the Sullivan County Legislature, the Center for Discovery and the Sullivan County Visitors Association. • To bring healthy food to area schools and grow the next generation of food entrepreneurs, Sullivan Renaissance collaborates with Catskill Mountainkeeper and a number of partners. In seeking to enhance education and horticultural resources, a natural partnership has been developing between Sullivan Renaissance and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan county. “Cornell Cooperative Extension brings the resources and knowledge of Cornell University, one of the finest

Sullivan Renaissance Adds Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County to a Long List of Partners universities in the country, to our rural area,” said Glenn Pontier, Sullivan Renaissance Program Director and Cornell Cooperative Extension Board member. “We have the advantage of using those resources to advance several programs in Sullivan County.” This most recent and very exciting collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension has allowed both organizations to enhance programming and leverage resources. . Together Sullivan Renaissance and Cornell Cooperative Extension revitalized the Sullivan County Master Gardeners Program. This resource has been extended to support volunteer efforts throughout Sullivan County. Sullivan Renaissance and Cornell Cooperative Extension also partner on educational programs related to horticulture and youth development; and initiatives such as the soon to be operating Entrepreneurial and Teaching Kitchen (EaT). “Although Sullivan Renaissance and Cornell Cooperative Extension have

distinct missions, we have mutual goals,” said Greg Sandor, Executive Director at Cornell Cooperative Extension. “Both organizations have a focus on horticulture and agriculture, consumer science and a strong emphasis on youth.” Together, each organization is building on its own mission while directly shaping the lives of residents in Sullivan County. Where Cornell Cooperative Extension focuses its capacity building through outreach to consumers and families; Sullivan Renaissance gears its capacity building through educational seminars and volunteer recruitment and development. Sullivan Renaissance continues to evolve and change in response to the needs of volunteers and their communities. This change and progression comes with challenges and opportunities for making Sullivan County the best that it can be. No one person or organization can do this alone. Collaboration is the key.

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Heartfelt Thanks Jennifer Avila Bethel Woods Center for the Arts NYS Senator John J. Bonacic Erin Burch Catskill Mountainkeeper Jeff Cohen & Granite Associates IT Department Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Program Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County Bob Deima & Granite Associates Staff Hillary Egeland Marge Feuerstein Fisher Mears Associates Garden Design Panel • Cindy Barber • Marietta Beanland • Helene Chappell • Maureen Charde • Caroline DeWilde • Susan Dollard • Kathy Fielding • Janet Gula • Susie Hull • Laurie McFadden • Danuta Skorulska • AnnaLise Vogel • Robin Wagner Garden Tour Participants: • Anita & Robert Brown • Brooke & Joseph Darmetko • Butterfly Botanicals • Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Bloomingburg • James & Tracy O’Shea • Marianne & Paul Rouis

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In addition to the many homeowners and businesses who take the time and interest planting flowers and beautifying their homes and businesses, we extend our heartfelt thanks to the following organizations and individuals who contributed towards the success of this year’s Sullivan Renaissance Program: Sullivan County Center for Workforce Sullivan Renaissance Judges Development • Nicole Franzese Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce • Donna Harrison Sullivan County Democrat • Michael Newhard Sullivan County Legislature • Linda Onofry Sullivan County Division of Public Works • Peter Patel Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference Local • Odette Sabourin-Dumais Market & Expo Exhibitors • Claudette Savaria Sullivan Renaissance Interns • Karen Schneller-McDonald Luis Arango • • Ann Smith • Celina Castellano • Deborah Sweeton Andrew Davis • • Michael Sweeton Sullivan Renaissance Merchant Discount • Jordan Fredell Participants Brittany Fuller • Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee • Olivia Grady Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Corps. Lauren Hazen • • Dylan Jones • Michelle Albrecht Jenna Lambrigger • • Rachelle Carmack • Joshua Mace • Melinda Cormier Madison McCormack • • Marjorie Evans • Desmond Oxford-McDaniel • Michelle Guidera Ethan Porter • • Mary Mancuso • Nina Seehausen • Daniel McCormack John Schmidt • • Meaghan McCormack • Kyle Wallach • Diane Moss Sullivan Renaissance Community Mitzvah • Marge Rubin Award Data Collectors • Eric Schramm SUNY Sullivan Leni Binder • SUNY Sullivan Foundation • Judy Green Dr. Peter Tarlow Valerie Sitz • The River Reporter • Jasmin Tejera Thompson Sanitation Sullivan Renaissance Community Mitzvah Thunder 102 – Bold Gold Media Group Award Judges Kimberly Torrens Rabbi Moshe Frank • WSUL/WVOS • Mary Lewis Marge Zanger Yossi Toiv “Country Yossi” •

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only do good things but develop a greater appreciation for Renaissance group endeavors – thus planting the seeds for broader awareness and support. As Sullivan Renaissance continues to promote engagement in Sullivan County communities, it is also cultivating a presence in the internet community. Like the growing volunteer program, Facebook and Twitter offer new platforms for learning and collaboration. Through weekly gardening tips and recurring segments like “Plant of the Week,” the Sullivan Renaissance Facebook page connects individuals with the exciting (and occasionally mystifying) world of horticulture. Inspirational quotes, volunteer and merchant spotlights, and community engagement features like ”Wake Up Wednesday” also inform this interactive space. And then there are guest posts from everyone’s feathered friend, Rennie the Rooster! Does a gardening problem have you stumped? Know a great volunteer that you'd like us to highlight? Looking to share an interesting link or have help in promoting an upcoming event? Want to help with a Renaissance project? Let Sullivan Renaissance know. Whether you’re weeding or web-surfing, your involvement – however big or small – makes for vibrant and connected communities. Find Sullivan Renaissance online at facebook.com/SullivanRenaissance and on Twitter@SullivanBlooms. To learn more about the Volunteer Corps, call Cara Kowalski, Volunteer Coordinator, at 845295-2405 or email volunteer@sullivanrenaissance.org.

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