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Sullivan Renaissance Forum at SUNY Sullivan on March 7. I urge everyone to hear this dynamic young leader share his ideas on community revitalization and how youth can play a real part in this transformation. • ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN – Last fall the staff met with several area architects to discuss how the region might raise the bar in terms of the look and preservation of its older commercial buildings, particularly those on Main Streets. Through the publication of a Design Guidelines brochure, the creation of Façade Improvement Grants and a close collaboration with interested design professionals, Sullivan Renaissance hopes to elevate good design practices into building rehabilitation. • VOLUNTEERS – Last year saw a Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Corps join the field to assist with the hundreds of

community-based volunteers throughout the county. This year Volunteer Coordinator Cara Kowalski and Horticultural Coordinator Diana K. Weiner will step up their recruitment and training activities to provide even more opportunities for individuals to contribute their special talents, their flavor if you will, to the overall com-

munity effort. • COMMUNITY MITZVAH AWARD – This contest is being expanded both in terms of the number of participants and the rewards for those who undertake projects based on a variety of roadside visual improvements. Engaging summer residents in our beautification efforts is a way to add a different flavor into our countywide efforts to build a sense of pride and community spirit. So welcome to Sullivan Renaissance’s Annual Conference, Local Market and Expo as we focus on “Revitalizing Sullivan County – the Difference is You” to launch our 2014 grant program. The conference features dynamic speakers, an expo including gardening and landscaping exhibits, an indoor market full of local products, and a presentation of the Annual Sullivan First Achievement Awards. You can look forward to blooming spring flowers, inspiration, and the tools and resources to help make a difference in our communities. Wonderful new things are coming to Sullivan County. The many volunteers of Sullivan Renaissance have been paving the way and preparing the backdrop for a long time. Join with us now to complete the task. – Sandra Gerry, Sullivan Renaissance Chair On the Cover: Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee member Christine Kuriger working on a project last summer.

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e are the salt of the earth” refers to a Biblical phrase that means “those of great worth and reliability.” This is a good way to begin to understand how valuable everyone is to the Sullivan Renaissance program. Quite literally, this countywide beautification effort could not function without the seasoning of its volunteers who all bring a different flavor to the overall program. Knowing that everyone has something unique to offer helps explain how Sullivan Renaissance is focusing its resources this year. Four areas are receiving special attention. • YOUTH – No one is better able to outline the contributions that young people can make than Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, one of the youngest mayors in U.S. history. He will be delivering the keynote address at our annual conference on March 8, as well as speaking at a special

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he Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to collaborate on the Merchant Discount program with Sullivan Renaissance, which is continuing its emphasis on beautification through the planting of flowers. Since the program began, hundreds of projects have been completed, thousands of volunteers have participated, and local groups have raised several million dollars collectively. Every town and village has been involved – and Sullivan County actually looks and feels better.

Here’s how the Merchant Discount Program works: Sullivan Renaissance offers grants that provide community groups with seed money for beautification and spruce up projects. Grant amounts range from $250 to $5000 depending on the program. The chamber is asking for your assistance to help these dollars buy more and go farther in this effort, while encouraging local spending. To participate, your business is invited to offer a discounted rate for products or services that beautification projects might use. You set the amount – discounts have ranged from 10% to 20% (or more). You will receive a list of all par-

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2014 Annual Conference, Local Market and Expo Sullivan Renaissance

Sullivan Renaissance launches its 2014 grant program and introduces new initiatives for the year. The day blooms with spring flowers and inspiration, and offers tools and resources to help one make a difference in the community. The conference features a keynote address, two guest speakers, an expo including gardening and landscaping exhibits, an indoor market filled with local products, and the presentation of the Annual Sullivan First Achievement Awards.

SVANTE MYRICK, MAYOR OF ITHACA 10:00 a.m.

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Svante Myrick, Mayor of Ithaca, one of the youngest mayors in U.S. history. His talk will focus on the successful work being done to revitalize the City of Ithaca. Mayor Myrick will share ideas on community revitalization and how our community can take the necessary steps toward a better future. SALLY CUNNINGHAM Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional (CNLP) 12:00 - 1:00 p.m

Native Plants and Eco-friendly Landscapes Gardening and home landscaping sound nature-friendly, except that so many people do things that thwart or harm the natural systems that could be working for us. Consider with Sally how you might take a few steps in a new direction. In this talk she will help you choose some plants you might not know (native and suitable non-native), and see ways to use them in attractive home landscapes. You will also hear why we all need to do so, as habitat for wildlife is rapidly disappearing. Natural landscape design elements include diversity, layering, including water and nectar sources, and balancing pests and predators. You will receive lists of best plant groups for birds, butterflies and other pollinators, as well as the most attractive flowerings shrubs. MICHAEL NEWHARD Mayor, Village of Warwick Communities in Bloom International Winner 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Our communities are fertile ground for rebirth, revitalization and beautification, as they draw the attention of a new generation. Mayor Michael Newhard has been involved with place making for over 30 years as an artist, advocate, business owner, and elected official. He will examine the importance of beautification as a catalyst and strategy for community revitalization. This is a time for interpretation and discovery. A community may be seen as a classroom, a gallery, a playground but most importantly as a center for interaction and daily life. Mayor Newhard will describe, from his experience the critical components of a successful revitalization effort, the ripple effect of beautification and their intrinsic tie to economic development.

Conference Schedule Saturday, March 8, 2014 8:00a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Cablevision Center in Ferndale, New York 8:00 CONFERENCE, LOCAL MARKET & EXPO OPEN Registration Coffee Bar ~ Light Breakfast

11:00 ENJOY THE EXPO & MARKET LIGHT LUNCH & NETWORKING Lunch will be provided from 11am - 1pm

9:00 PROGRAM BEGINS Welcome ~ Sandra Gerry, Chair What’s New for 2014 ~ Glenn Pontier, Executive Director Sullivan First Annual Achievement Award Presentations

12:00 FEATURED SPEAKERS Sally Cunningham ~ Native Plants and Eco-friendly Landscapes Michael Newhard ~ Transformational Communities 1:15 ENJOY THE EXPO & MARKET

10:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Svante Myrick, Mayor of Ithaca. Mayor Myrick will share ideas on community revitalization.

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2014 About the Expo Sullivan Renaissance’s annual expo features exhibits by many of Sullivan County’s garden centers and nurseries, and other vendors with products and services of interest to volunteers. The CVI atrium will be filled with flowering bulbs, shrubs and trees designed to inspire sentiments of spring. The following are some of the businesses that will be exhibiting:

 Butterfly Botanicals  Delaware Valley Home & Garden  Honey Bee Herbs  Kean Artworks/Graphic Detail  Liberty Farm Home, Garden & Pet  Manza Family Farm  Monticello Farm Home & Garden  NACL Theater  Proud to Be Sullivan  Silver Leaf Greenhouses, Inc.  Sullivan County Master Gardeners  The Cutting Garden  Trailkeeper.org  Tri Valley Central School FFA  Wessel’s Farm Inc.

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Bring your ideas for beautification and community projects for a one-on-one conversation with Sullivan Renaissance staff. We will go through the grant paperwork with you and answer any questions. Register for a specific time.

The Sullivan Renaissance conference will feature an indoor marketplace where participants and guests can purchase local, natural and organic goods from area businesses. Among others, products include:

The expo and market will remain open throughout the conference! Enjoy and “buy local” WIN YOUR CHOICE OF OUR FABULOUS DOOR PRIZES AT THE END OF THE CONFERENCE!!

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The Achievement Awards were first presented in 1998 by the organization Sullivan First, a grassroots effort to clean up and beautify Sullivan County. These awards were created to recognize volunteer efforts. This year, the following individuals, businesses and organizations will be recognized for their outstanding commitment to improving the appearance of Sullivan County:

2014 Sullivan First Achievement Awards Manza Family Farm, Montgomery Tom and Maryanne Manza for continued support of Sullivan Renaissance projects through discounted items and donations of plant materials.

Leon Smith, Bethel For his contributions to the efforts to revitalize Kauneonga Lake and other areas of Bethel.

The Beekman House, Kauneonga Lake For best practices in turning a Space into a Place by removing dilapidated buildings, property clean-up, façade renovations, landscaping and creating a community center.

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Kathy Fielding, Monticello For her tireless volunteerism and dedicated leadership in the Monticello beautification group efforts.

individuals LouAnn Rexford, Hurleyville For her personal efforts to keep Hurleyville clean and beautiful – she not only volunteers for Hurleyville Sullivan First, she personally litter plucks the streets of Hurleyville each morning before work.

Robert Hayes, Tri Valley School For his dedication to educating the students at Tri-Valley on the value of natural resources and for his efforts to engage them in volunteer activities with Sullivan Renaissance.

Dick Riseling, Callicoon Center For continued efforts to move Sullivan County to be more sustainable through agriculture and alternative energy.

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youth Jane Sorensen, Cooke School For her dedication to educating young people and her commitment to the creation of the Catskill Edible Garden project at the Cooke School in Monticello.

New Hope Community & JonJon Thomas, Loch Sheldrake We recognize them for their long-term support of countywide Sullivan Renaissance projects. They have generously donated flowers and plants they have grown in their greenhouse and participated in beautification efforts in many community gardens including Loch Sheldrake where they have done extensive work. Yankee Lake Preservation Association For the enhancements that they made at their property and their innovative efforts to incorporate a rain garden to address storm water runoff issues.

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Ithaca’s mayor finds big success when individuals take small steps here’s good reason Svante Myrick will be the 2014 Sullivan Renaissance Expo’s keynote speaker. The youngest mayor in the City of Ithaca’s history, Myrick has gained international fame for what he calls his “progressive pragmatism.” He’s emphasized “the largeness of small things” in his hometown of 30,000 people, half of them Cornell University and Ithaca College students. Works of art have popped up all over the city (even the crosswalks will soon get an artistic makeover). The downtown pedestrian mall

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known as Ithaca Commons has remained popular amidst a major renovation project. And Ithaca, along with surrounding Tompkins County, has maintained the lowest unemployment rate in the entire state. “It’s about creating places that people love,” Myrick explains. “If you do that well, there’s a ripple effect that does create jobs.” It also creates something just as important: civic pride. “For any leader, one of your largest challenges is cynicism… particularly in times of scarcity,” Myrick notes. “People are told to believe good things are not possible anymore.” But they are, and it starts with one person taking one little step. Myrick fondly recalls his own experience rethinking the mayor’s prime parking spot at City Hall. Having ditched his car in favor of

walking to work, Myrick didn’t need that space – but, he felt, the community did. So he found some unused city benches, planted flowers in cut trees, and voila! “We created the smallest park in the city,” he relates. “... It sent a signal to the staff that even though these are hard times, they’re not the ‘end times.’” And it brought out the kind of creativity he hopes to cultivate in Sullivan Renaissance volunteers and supporters. Already impressed by Renaissance’s success, Myrick says those involved have recognized the impact “visible signs of improvement” can have on communities. “That spirit of civic pride makes all the ‘big stuff ’ possible,” he says, “... because that attitude becomes infectious.”

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ally Cunningham is a Certified Nursery& Landscape Professional (CNLP) and recent recipient of the 2013 New York State Nursery & Landscape Professional of the Year Award. She has appeared and lectured in 15 states, from Florida to Alaska, in support of her book Great Garden Companions. She appears weekly on Channel 4 (WIVB-TV) on Sunday mornings,and appears in the Buffalo News and Buffalo Spree Magazine. During the season she also works as a garden consultant and education director for Lockwood's Greenhouses in Hamburg, New York. Sally was formerly the Cornell Cooperative Extension agent/educator for Erie County, where she taught and managed the Master Gardener Program. She wrote the Green Gardening chapter for the Revised Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening (Rodale) and an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) book for Cornell University’s IPM program. Currently Sally is Executive Director of the National

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Sally Cunningham CNLP Buffalo Garden Festival in Buffalo, New York, entering its fifth season. After her talk, Sally’s books will be available for sale or signing. Native Plants & Eco Friendly Landscapes Gardening and home landscaping sound nature-friendly, except that many people do things that thwart or harm natural systems. Consider with Sally how one might take a few steps in a new direction. In this talk Sally will teach gardeners about native and suitable non-native plants and share ways to use them in attractive home landscapes. Individuals will also learn the importance of doing so, as habitat for wildlife is rapidly disappearing. Natural landscape design elements include diversity, layering, including water and nectar sources, and balancing pests and predators. Participants will receive lists of best plant groups for birds, butterflies and other pollinators, as well as the most attractive flowerings shrubs.

Michael Newhard ness owner, and elected official . The Mayor’s talk will examine the importance of beautification as a catalyst and effective strategy for community revitalization. A well planned beautification program has the ability to transform especially now as our community centers have new roles. This is a time for interpretation and discovery – a village may be seen as a classroom, a gallery, a playground but most importantly as a center for interaction and daily life. Mayor Newhard will describe the critical components of a successful revitalization effort. He will discuss the ripple effect of beautification efforts including their intrinsic tie to economic development. Mayor Newhard writes: “I've enjoyed working with Renaissance over the past few years and I'm looking forward to being one of the guest speakers. Sullivan Renaissance has been a remarkable catalyst in the efforts of community revitalization. What I am impressed with is, as an organization, its constant evaluation of its work. Its vision remains intact but there are organic changes of focus, outreach and methodology. These changes are through there direct work with communities and listening to their needs.”


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The Difference is You WHAT IS SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE? Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Since 2001, thousands of volunteers have championed hundreds of initiatives in all 15 towns and 6 villages in Sullivan County. These dedicated individuals have come together as agents of change, working to enhance the appearance of Sullivan County while growing community spirit and pride. No matter what one’s background, volunteer time and energy are welcome. For individuals who don’t know how to garden, Sullivan Renaissance offers instruction! Volunteers are also needed to help with outreach, fundraising and administrative support .

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 New welcome sign  Sign replacement  Small public garden or park  Streetscape amenities Typically this is a new project at a single location, and not simply an enhancement to a previous project.

 Large public garden  Community park  Building façade renovation  Roadside beautification Typically these projects include multiple elements at a single location or enhancements to a previous project.

 Downtown revitalization  Enhancements at multiple locations Typically these projects incorporate beautification as part of a long-term community development strategy, and involve multiple locations.

Phase I Grant: $1,000 Flower Dollars: $100

Phase I Grant: $1,500 Flower Dollars: $250

Phase II Awards: 1st place $3,000 2nd place $2,000 3rd place $1,000 Completion Grant $ 250

Phase II Awards: 1st place $10,000 2nd place $ 7,000 3rd place $ 5,000 Completion Grant $ 500

Special Awards: Historic $1,000 Environmental $1,000 Youth Involvement $1,000 Showing of Flowers (up to) $5,000

Special Awards: Historic $1,000 Environmental $1,000 Youth Involvement $1,000 Showing of Flowers (up to) $5,000

Phase I Grant: $5,000 Flower Dollars: $250 Phase II Awards: Golden Feather Grant $25,000 Silver Feather Award $ 10,000 Planning Award $5,000 Completion Grant $ 1,000 Special Awards: Historic $1,000 Environmental $1,000 Youth Involvement $1,000 Showing of Flowers (up to) $5,000

PROGRAM DETAILS: Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Completed applications must be received by March 19, 2014. Approved applicants will receive an initial grant (Phase I grant) to fund their project, as well as “Flower Dollars” to purchase annuals from participating garden centers. Projects must be completed and final documentation submitted by Monday, August 4, 2014. This grant program is a county-wide beautification competition, and completed projects are evaluated by an impartial team of judges from outside Sullivan County. All grantees that participate in the judging process may receive a second round of awards (Phase II grants). These grants will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held on August 11, 2014. SPECIAL AWARDS: In each category, projects are also eligible for special awards of $1,000 each for historic preservation, environmental stewardship and youth engagement. A list of specific criteria is available upon request. A special Showing of Flowers Award of up to $5,000 will be given to one project with the best overall flowers. Four additional $1,000 “Judges Choice” awards may also be given. INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: Sullivan Renaissance offers a Youth Development and Internship Program in collaboration with the Center for Workforce Development through which groups may apply for assistance from a paid gardening intern. A separate application is required, and interns will be placed based on need, project scope and supervisory capacity. SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Sullivan Renaissance has two scholarship programs available for volunteers who make a significant contribution to a project. A limited number of undergraduate scholarships are awarded to students attending a college of their choice (Spring 2015 semester), as well as to students enrolled part-time or full-time at SUNY Sullivan.

sull ivan2014 renaissance IMPORTANT DATES Mar 8

ANNUAL CONFERENCE & Expo

March 19

Grant Applications Due

April 2

Gardening 101 class

April 16

Volunteer Corps Orientation

April 24

SPRING FORUM & GRANT AWARDS

May 7

Gardening 102 class

May 21

Volunteer Corps Orientation

June 4

Gardening 103 class

Matching grants of up to $2,500 for professional expertise and assistance with planning, engineering, design, renderings or organizational development.

June 18

Volunteer Corps Orientation

July 9

Summer Gardening Seminar

SEASONAL DEMONSTRATION GRANTS

August 4

Binders & Documentation Due

August 7-8

Interviews with Judges

August 9-10

Judges Site Visits

August 11

AWARDS CEREMONY

OTHER GRANT PROGRAMS MINI GRANTS Reimbursement grants up to $250 for businesses and organizations that would like to participate at a “mini” level by landscaping, planting flowers, or sprucing up. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

MAINTENANCE SUPPORT PROGRAM Sullivan Renaissance recognizes the hard work and dedication needed to maintain projects over the years. The Maintenance Support Program is designed to provide financial support and technical assistance to established groups with a past history with Sullivan Renaissance. Through this program, Sullivan Renaissance will make the following resources available (not all projects will receive all resources): FINANCIAL RESOURCES: ❀ Grant of up to $1,000

❀ ❀ ❀ ❀

Up to $250 in Flower Dollars to purchase annuals Up to $250 to purchase spring-flowering bulbs Funding for capital improvements (if needed) Merchant Discount Card

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: ❀ Site visit by horticultural staff to assess maintenance needs and make recommendations for improving garden sustainability ❀ Assistance with volunteer recruitment

❀ Access to a Sullivan Renaissance gardening intern ❀ Assistance from the Sullivan Renaissance gardening crew Completed applications must be received by March 19, 2014. All projects must be completed and documentation submitted by August 4, 2014. Maintenance projects participate in Sullivan Renaissance’s annual beautification competition, and are evaluated by a separate team of judges. Various awards totaling up to $12,000 will be distributed to groups in recognition of their “Showing of Flowers” and maintenance efforts at the annual Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony.

Matching reimbursement grants of up to $2,500 for camps, bungalow colonies and seasonal businesses to enhance the appearance of their property as a demonstration and inspiration for others. COMMUNITY MITZVAH AWARD An award program designed to engage summer residents in beautification efforts. Select seasonal establishments are invited to participate in a contest by undertaking projects based on a variety of roadside visual improvements.

ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES GRANTS

Grants for projects that protect, enhance or conserve natural resources such as composting, stream restoration, tree planting, environmental education and innovative agricultural initiatives. SCHOOL & YOUTH INITIATIVES

Special initiatives and support to engage youth in making a difference in their school or home communities.

❀ COMMUNITY GROUPS and MUNICIPALITIES can apply for a grant to undertake a project. Eligible projects involve collaboration of at least two groups.

❀ INDIVIDUALS can volunteer to work with a Renaissance group in their community, or join the Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Corps. Corps members provide hands-on gardening assistance, take part in trainings and social outings, and have an important role in program events.

❀ YOUNG PEOPLE can apply for a gardening internship, or volunteer for a community project. Hours may qualify for community service requirements or scholarship eligibility.

❀ BUSINESSES can join the Merchant Discount Program by offering discounts to Renaissance groups. Garden centers can become flower dollar merchants. Opportunities are also available for businesses to sponsor one or more beautification grants, stewardship awards or events.

NEW FOR 2014 Sullivan Renaissance was created in 2001 as a beautification program that recognized the power of flowers to not only beautify, but foster community pride and volunteerism. The program continues to place a strong emphasis on design, sustainability and long-term maintenance. New program enhancements include:

September 3 Planning Seminar

❀ RENAISSANCE COLLECTION: This year native

September 17 Volunteer Corps Debriefing

plants and edibles have been added to this collection of low maintenance plants that perform well in Sullivan County’s climate.

October 1

Fall Gardening Seminar

November 5

Youth Seminar

December 4

Environmental Seminar

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

Grants for experienced groups interested in expanding their beautification efforts into other areas, including downtown revitalization, planning, and economic development. This program also includes inter-municipal initiatives or corridor-based projects.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:

❀ SPECIAL AWARDS: An Environmental Stewardship Award will be given in each category to the group that has best addressed the creation of a natural habitat as part of its project. Specific details are available.

❀ EARLY ADMISSION: Applications received by October 15, 2013 were considered for “early admission” to the 2014 grant program. Sixteen projects were approved for funding through this new program. Grant applications for new beautification projects will continue to be accepted through March 19, 2014.


Revitalizing Sullivan County

The Difference is You WHAT IS SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE? Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Since 2001, thousands of volunteers have championed hundreds of initiatives in all 15 towns and 6 villages in Sullivan County. These dedicated individuals have come together as agents of change, working to enhance the appearance of Sullivan County while growing community spirit and pride. No matter what one’s background, volunteer time and energy are welcome. For individuals who don’t know how to garden, Sullivan Renaissance offers instruction! Volunteers are also needed to help with outreach, fundraising and administrative support .

Category A Single-Element Projects

Category B Multi-Element Projects

Category C Community-Wide Projects

 New welcome sign  Sign replacement  Small public garden or park  Streetscape amenities Typically this is a new project at a single location, and not simply an enhancement to a previous project.

 Large public garden  Community park  Building façade renovation  Roadside beautification Typically these projects include multiple elements at a single location or enhancements to a previous project.

 Downtown revitalization  Enhancements at multiple locations Typically these projects incorporate beautification as part of a long-term community development strategy, and involve multiple locations.

Phase I Grant: $1,000 Flower Dollars: $100

Phase I Grant: $1,500 Flower Dollars: $250

Phase II Awards: 1st place $3,000 2nd place $2,000 3rd place $1,000 Completion Grant $ 250

Phase II Awards: 1st place $10,000 2nd place $ 7,000 3rd place $ 5,000 Completion Grant $ 500

Special Awards: Historic $1,000 Environmental $1,000 Youth Involvement $1,000 Showing of Flowers (up to) $5,000

Special Awards: Historic $1,000 Environmental $1,000 Youth Involvement $1,000 Showing of Flowers (up to) $5,000

Phase I Grant: $5,000 Flower Dollars: $250 Phase II Awards: Golden Feather Grant $25,000 Silver Feather Award $ 10,000 Planning Award $5,000 Completion Grant $ 1,000 Special Awards: Historic $1,000 Environmental $1,000 Youth Involvement $1,000 Showing of Flowers (up to) $5,000

PROGRAM DETAILS: Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Completed applications must be received by March 19, 2014. Approved applicants will receive an initial grant (Phase I grant) to fund their project, as well as “Flower Dollars” to purchase annuals from participating garden centers. Projects must be completed and final documentation submitted by Monday, August 4, 2014. This grant program is a county-wide beautification competition, and completed projects are evaluated by an impartial team of judges from outside Sullivan County. All grantees that participate in the judging process may receive a second round of awards (Phase II grants). These grants will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held on August 11, 2014. SPECIAL AWARDS: In each category, projects are also eligible for special awards of $1,000 each for historic preservation, environmental stewardship and youth engagement. A list of specific criteria is available upon request. A special Showing of Flowers Award of up to $5,000 will be given to one project with the best overall flowers. Four additional $1,000 “Judges Choice” awards may also be given. INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: Sullivan Renaissance offers a Youth Development and Internship Program in collaboration with the Center for Workforce Development through which groups may apply for assistance from a paid gardening intern. A separate application is required, and interns will be placed based on need, project scope and supervisory capacity. SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Sullivan Renaissance has two scholarship programs available for volunteers who make a significant contribution to a project. A limited number of undergraduate scholarships are awarded to students attending a college of their choice (Spring 2015 semester), as well as to students enrolled part-time or full-time at SUNY Sullivan.

sull ivan2014 renaissance IMPORTANT DATES Mar 8

ANNUAL CONFERENCE & Expo

March 19

Grant Applications Due

April 2

Gardening 101 class

April 16

Volunteer Corps Orientation

April 24

SPRING FORUM & GRANT AWARDS

May 7

Gardening 102 class

May 21

Volunteer Corps Orientation

June 4

Gardening 103 class

Matching grants of up to $2,500 for professional expertise and assistance with planning, engineering, design, renderings or organizational development.

June 18

Volunteer Corps Orientation

July 9

Summer Gardening Seminar

SEASONAL DEMONSTRATION GRANTS

August 4

Binders & Documentation Due

August 7-8

Interviews with Judges

August 9-10

Judges Site Visits

August 11

AWARDS CEREMONY

OTHER GRANT PROGRAMS MINI GRANTS Reimbursement grants up to $250 for businesses and organizations that would like to participate at a “mini” level by landscaping, planting flowers, or sprucing up. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS

MAINTENANCE SUPPORT PROGRAM Sullivan Renaissance recognizes the hard work and dedication needed to maintain projects over the years. The Maintenance Support Program is designed to provide financial support and technical assistance to established groups with a past history with Sullivan Renaissance. Through this program, Sullivan Renaissance will make the following resources available (not all projects will receive all resources): FINANCIAL RESOURCES: ❀ Grant of up to $1,000

❀ ❀ ❀ ❀

Up to $250 in Flower Dollars to purchase annuals Up to $250 to purchase spring-flowering bulbs Funding for capital improvements (if needed) Merchant Discount Card

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: ❀ Site visit by horticultural staff to assess maintenance needs and make recommendations for improving garden sustainability ❀ Assistance with volunteer recruitment

❀ Access to a Sullivan Renaissance gardening intern ❀ Assistance from the Sullivan Renaissance gardening crew Completed applications must be received by March 19, 2014. All projects must be completed and documentation submitted by August 4, 2014. Maintenance projects participate in Sullivan Renaissance’s annual beautification competition, and are evaluated by a separate team of judges. Various awards totaling up to $12,000 will be distributed to groups in recognition of their “Showing of Flowers” and maintenance efforts at the annual Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony.

Matching reimbursement grants of up to $2,500 for camps, bungalow colonies and seasonal businesses to enhance the appearance of their property as a demonstration and inspiration for others. COMMUNITY MITZVAH AWARD An award program designed to engage summer residents in beautification efforts. Select seasonal establishments are invited to participate in a contest by undertaking projects based on a variety of roadside visual improvements.

ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES GRANTS

Grants for projects that protect, enhance or conserve natural resources such as composting, stream restoration, tree planting, environmental education and innovative agricultural initiatives. SCHOOL & YOUTH INITIATIVES

Special initiatives and support to engage youth in making a difference in their school or home communities.

❀ COMMUNITY GROUPS and MUNICIPALITIES can apply for a grant to undertake a project. Eligible projects involve collaboration of at least two groups.

❀ INDIVIDUALS can volunteer to work with a Renaissance group in their community, or join the Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Corps. Corps members provide hands-on gardening assistance, take part in trainings and social outings, and have an important role in program events.

❀ YOUNG PEOPLE can apply for a gardening internship, or volunteer for a community project. Hours may qualify for community service requirements or scholarship eligibility.

❀ BUSINESSES can join the Merchant Discount Program by offering discounts to Renaissance groups. Garden centers can become flower dollar merchants. Opportunities are also available for businesses to sponsor one or more beautification grants, stewardship awards or events.

NEW FOR 2014 Sullivan Renaissance was created in 2001 as a beautification program that recognized the power of flowers to not only beautify, but foster community pride and volunteerism. The program continues to place a strong emphasis on design, sustainability and long-term maintenance. New program enhancements include:

September 3 Planning Seminar

❀ RENAISSANCE COLLECTION: This year native

September 17 Volunteer Corps Debriefing

plants and edibles have been added to this collection of low maintenance plants that perform well in Sullivan County’s climate.

October 1

Fall Gardening Seminar

November 5

Youth Seminar

December 4

Environmental Seminar

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

Grants for experienced groups interested in expanding their beautification efforts into other areas, including downtown revitalization, planning, and economic development. This program also includes inter-municipal initiatives or corridor-based projects.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:

❀ SPECIAL AWARDS: An Environmental Stewardship Award will be given in each category to the group that has best addressed the creation of a natural habitat as part of its project. Specific details are available.

❀ EARLY ADMISSION: Applications received by October 15, 2013 were considered for “early admission” to the 2014 grant program. Sixteen projects were approved for funding through this new program. Grant applications for new beautification projects will continue to be accepted through March 19, 2014.


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Sullivan Pride &

Business to Business Make Over

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mall businesses, on and off Main Street, play a critical role in the success of Sullivan County’s economy and overall quality of life. They create jobs and contribute to the tax base. Their owners are our friends and colleagues; our coaches, community volunteers and neighbors who live, work, play and often struggle in our midst. In many cases they are also integral to the tourism industry; one of our strongest economic sectors. Over the years there have been several efforts to support business development, from programs focused on the physical, to those tuned into the practice. Main Street and façade grants to improve

Business to Business Areas of Analysis: Curb Appeal – The exterior of the building and its immediate surroundings. Building façade; paint; signage; window treatments; doorways; general cleanliness; access etc. Interior Space – Lighting; design and flow of the space; cleanliness; internal signage; product displays; appearance of staff. Customer Service – How are customers greeted (first and final) and treated? Delivery of service; presentation; telephone skills; appearance of staff; friendliness; posture; eye contact etc.

storefronts, revolving loans to address internal and operational needs and training to improve customer service have been offered. What has not yet been tried is a coordinated approach to address the physical, operational and service delivery of an individual business. That’s where Business to Business will chart new territory toward business development and success. The program will include a targeted review of the business transaction from first impression to the conclusion of the sales process. “Business to Business will provide resources to improve a business’s curb appeal, internal appearance, operation and customer relations,” said Darlene Fedun, CEO of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, who brought the concept to the Sullivan Renaissance table. The approach will be an analysis of existing conditions, a report with recommendations and access to resources (technical and monetary) to implement suggestions. “In the end, the investments that a business makes in these areas will improve the bottom line,” Fedun said. This pilot program will engage a committee of experienced professionals in exterior and interior design, landscaping, business relations and marketing to provide feedback to select businesses in the areas of curb appeal, interior space and customer relation. An individual report with suggestions and details for improvements will be presented to each participating business. As part of the individual analysis and feedback; businesses will be offered resources in the form of technical support, grants and training.

Best Wishes From . . .

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Proud to be Sullivan There is a movement taking place in Sullivan County; an effort to create a sense of pride of place. Proud to Be Sullivan is a network of businesses, organizations and community volunteers that have come together to promote the best that Sullivan County has to offer. The goal: to build and empower a network of trained volunteer ambassadors, who believe that Sullivan County is a great place to live, work and visit and who will brag about it! “The program comes at a critical time in Sullivan County. So much has been done at the grassroots level to raise community pride. Now there is momentum to come together as a community and focus on the positives of who we are and where we live,” said Matt Dorcas of YEL and ND Pro Media, Inc. “Proud to Be Sullivan will use a personable approach to help community members and business owners focus on the assets of Sullivan County and the positive that can be found here.” People choose Sullivan County as home and love it for different reasons. The natural beauty, the sense of community, the small towns and main streets, it’s long and wonderful history. Each year thousands of people come

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here for vacation – to get away from someplace else. You may have met these people in passing. Proud to Be Sullivan wants to create positive experiences in Sullivan County and an appreciation for where we live. “Sullivan County didn’t just get great, it’s been great all along,” said Diane Riegal, SUNY Sullivan Associate Professor and creator of Think Positive facebook page. She said, “As we work to build a stronger, more prosperous Sullivan County we have to recognize the value of positive forward thinking.” Think about it .. What do you LOVE about where you live?

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The 6th Annual

SullivanArc

STEERING COMMITTEE & STAFF

Presented by SullivanArc Sullivan Renaissance & The Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce

The Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee is a distinguished group of volunteers dedicated to the success of the program.These community leaders generously give their time and extraordinary talent to support the revitalization and beautification of the county. Many of the members have been involved from the very beginning days… 14 years ago. Sullivan Renaissance is so grateful for their commitment!

Garden Tour Saturday, June 21

STEERING COMMITTEE Sandra Gerry, Chair Leni Binder Daniel Briggs Karen Cooke Kathy Davidoff Gay Donofrio Cora Edwards Josephine Finn Kalman Freidus Danielle Gaebel Annelise Gerry Joyce Salimeno-Gitlin

Join us for a tour of private gardens in Sullivan County. It’s the perfect way to experience the beauty and diversity of a variety of gardens. Take the bus for hassle-free convenience and comfort, or pick up a map and take the self-drive tour in the privacy of your own car.

Ruby Gold Pete Gozza Judy Green Kirsten Jacobsen Cindy Kashan David Kaufman Christine Kuriger Jacquie Leventoff Dali Levy Barry Lewis Akira Ohiso Kristin Porter Jerry Skoda Nicole Slevin Fred Stabbert Richard Sush

Purchase Tickets online at www.sullivanarc.org or by calling 845-796-1350 ext 1050. 14901

Proceeds benefit SullivanArc Foundation, supporting programs for people with developmental disabilities.

Jennifer Teitelbaum Jasmin Tejera Anna Lise Vogel Terri Ward Morgan Williams STAFF Glenn Pontier, Executive Director Helen Budrock Kathleen Capozzoli Colleen Emery Denise Frangipane Allen Frishman Saraid Gonzalez Cara Kowalski Vivian Multari-Ginsberg Diana K. Weiner

ROSCOE ~ TROUT TOWN, USA Akira Ohiso, pictured center

Judy Green and Anna Lise Vogel

DINING • LODGING FISHING SHOPPING • LIBATIONS

Christine Kuriger

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Jasmine Tejera, Kristin Porter, and Leni Binder

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Nicole Slevin and Fred Stabbert

Bob Deima and Cora Edwards

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Renaissance Scholars

Renaissance scholarship winners explain what the program meant to them and what they’ve been doing. Erika Vorstadt

I am a junior at SUNY Oneonta, studying family and consumer science education. I have been involved in four Sullivan Renaissance projects. As I look back and reflect on my project and on all the Renaissance projects I have seen and been a part of I realize the transformational power of volunteerism. Communities and small towns have been made better because people volunteered their time and skills to improve and beautify their small corner of the world. Amazing – one of the best lessons that I did not learn in school.

Kane Sauchuk

I started working with the Renaissance in fifth grade. I’ve volunteered, been a paid intern, managed projects and light construction, and most recently done office work. I’ve met incredible people, made lifelong friendships, and changed my community. My work with the Renaissance was integral to the person I am today. I’m a sophomore at Binghamton University. I’m triple majoring in history, political science and PPL (Politics, philosophy, and law). I’m able to pursue my studies thanks in no small part to the generous scholarship that the Renaissance gave me. If it weren’t for this help I would be in a very difficult position. I plan on going on to get my PhD and teach history at a college level. If I do get cold feet about the pay and the employment prospects I have a back up plan. I’ll take the foreign service exam and get involved with Embassy work. I’ve always like to explore new places, and I’d love to live in Africa.

Maya Grady

The 20-year-old is a junior at Drexel College in Philadelphia. She’s studying to

be an elementary and special education teacher, as well as completing her master’s in global and international education at the same time. She kept busy during her years with Sullivan Renaissance. “I think Renaissance taught me a lot of how gardening and agriculture are not just about flowers and beautification, but also about bringing the community together,” she said. “I plan to use my experience in my future classroom, having a school garden, and teaching kids about how they can help in their community.” “My whole experience with Renaissance was great. I met a lot of other kids, learned to reach out to community right in the center of town. I had people stop all the time, asking what I was doing, and if they could help. It was nice.” Maya won the scholarship twice, and it helped a lot with the expense of textbooks. Her future plans may include returning to Sullivan County to teach in one of the elementary schools. — Anya Tikka

Olivia Grady During the summer of 2013, when Olivia Grady volunteered in Narrowsburg, she worked on all the projects, but one gained her special attention. She took over one of the individual gardens near the Tusten Town Hall that had fallen into disrepair. She worked on it independently, deciding when to go and what to plant in place of the flowers that had died, and explained proudly it was once again one of the best gardens after she was done with it – partly helped with the whole carload of free flowers from Monticello Home and Garden, a Sullivan Renaissance “partner.” “It was towards the end of the summer, and not many people are looking for flowers anymore,” she explained.

VOLUNTEER IN 2014 AND APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP Go to SullivanRenaissance.org

for details Olivia is 18, and studies biology and environmental science at Northeastern University in Boston. He future plans are incomplete. “I miss Sullivan County,” she said. Her parents recently moved to California, so coming back is not so simple any more, although she doesn’t rule it out. Olivia currently works two jobs, and getting one of them was definitely due to her experience with Renaissance. “I work at a florist, and they were very impressed with what I had done over the summer with Renaissance,” she said. Olivia has good memories about working on all the flower boxes in Main Street. “I was surprised at how all the shop owners were really interested in gardening projects. They often came to see what I was doing, thanked me, and came to help when they weren’t busy,” she said. — Anya Tikka

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SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2013 Winners are selected by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. Luis Arango from Spring Glen volunteered to install and maintain gardens at the Town of Mamakating Park. Luis is currently a student of environmental studies at New York University. Matthew Bisland from Glen Spey has volunteered for Lumberland Circle Park for the last nine years. Matthew is studying criminology at SUNY Orange. Jesse Corcoran from the Town of Highland has volunteered for several Renaissance projects including Circle Park, the Highland Seniors Center and Fire Department. Jesse is studying culinary arts and entrepreneurship at Johnson and Wales University. Olivia Grady from Narrowsburg volunteered to reclaim a central garden in her town. Olivia attends Northeastern University as a dual major in environmental studies and biology. Jordan Fredell from Wurtsboro volunteered to maintain gardens and planters in various locations in the Town of Mamakating. Jordan attends Keuka College where she is studying occupational therapy.

Ruth McCoy After graduating from University at Buffalo with my BA in economics and BS in business administration-financial analysis, I entered Cornell University to earn my master’s of professional studies degree in applied statistics. The word community has its roots in Old French meaning “with/ together” and “gift,” which perfectly summarizes the work that we have done in Sullivan Renaissance. My experience with Renaissance has made me a more community sensitive and environmentally aware individual. As a community intern in Mountaindale, I learned how little improvements in the neighborhood can change the perspectives of the residents and visitors of the town. By planting a few flowers, residents regained pride in their community. Watering flowers becomes an opportunity to socialize with neighbors while community projects promote outreach and development. Through my internship, I became aware of environmental concerns.

Virginia O’Rourke from Wurtsboro volunteered to maintain gardens and planters in various locations in the Town of Mamakating. Virginia attends Salisbury University. Ethan Porter from Swan Lake volunteered in Swan Lake on the Castle Restoration Project. He attends SUNY Orange and plans to study pre-med in the area of neurology. Kane Sauchuk from Swan Lake volunteered in Swan Lake with its maintenance project. He attends Binghamton University where he is studying computer science with a minor in European history.

SUNY Sullivan Scholarships 2013 Winners are selected by the SUNY Sullivan Foundation. Kaitlin Slater volunteered with the landscaping project at the Kenoza Lake Fire Department where she also led a group of children during the youth planting days. Kaitlin attends SUNY Sullivan with the hope of becoming a nurse. Billie Joe Gardner, Jr. of Woodbourne volunteered on several projects with Hurleyville Renaissance including the sensory children’s gardens at the fire house, and the vegetable and herb gardens at the museum. Billie Joe is attending SUNY Sullivan pursuing a degree in criminal justice.


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Explore Sullivan County with the Volunteer Corps munity beautification and revitalization. Volunteers are regularly alerted to opportunities for involvement and choose to help as their schedules and preferences allow. “You help where you can, when you can,” says McCormack. “Maybe you spend an hour in a nearby community on a Saturday. Or maybe you’re coming home from work and you stop for 30 minutes to help a group with their mulching. “

The Volunteer Corps will also be recognized at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 11, 2014 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. “It’s great to hear about the projects at the end of the season and know that you lent a hand,” says McCormack. To join the Volunteer Corps, call Cara Kowalski, Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Coordinator, at 295-2405 or email volunteer@sullivanrenaissance.org.

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The program begins on April 16 and ends on October 16. Members first attend an orientation and commit to helping at eight volunteer gardening events over a six month period. No gardening experience is required, but all participants have the opportunity to attend free gardening trainings throughout the spring and summer. The Corps is also invited to participate in field trips, Sullivan Renaissance program events, and outreach opportunities—which further a holistic understanding of com-

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Denise Larson of Aunt Nenee's of Hurleyville. She and partner Cheryl Canter are regulars at the Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets and will again be part of the local market at the Sullivan Renaissanace Annual Conference, Local Market & Expo on Saturday, March 8 at the CVI Center in Ferndale.

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or the second year in a row, Sullivan Renaissance will include a local market as part of its Annual Conference & Expo. Danielle Gaebel, a member of the Renaissance Steering Committee, is in charge of co-coordinating and organizing the market. “It’s a natural fit,” she said. “Everything that Sullivan Renaissance is about – beautification, community, volunteerism – fits; it’s committed to supporting local farms, food producers and artisans. It’s a great opportunity for Renaissance to utilize their audience, by connecting them to the farm market.There’s complete synergy.” Gaebel is co-founder, with Jennifer Bitetto, of The Natural Contents' Kitchen in Narrowsburg. It “aspires to share the value of supporting sustainable agriculture and for striving toward eating better foods.”The Kitchen prepares farm fresh, real food and healthy indulgences on a weekly basis by sourcing ingredients from local and regional farms and food producers rooted in organic practice. Participants at the Expo get an introduction to the vendors, all of whom belong to the Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets Association (SCFMA). They can then more eas-

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ullivan Renaissance is again challenging seasonal communities to take part in a six-week long Community Mitzvah Award contest. Seasonal communities are second home communities, bungalow colonies and summer camps. The award is designed to engage these summer residents in the countywide beautification efforts. Three top prizes worth $10,000, $5000 and $3000 will be awarded to the participants that best clean-up and maintain their grounds and improve the look of their facilities. Last year saw five participants in the contest, which was won by Skolya Bungalows on Route 42 in South Fallsburg. Ten are expected this year. All the participating camps will receive a $500 seed grant, and those that finish

the contest will get a completion grant of $500. The contest begins in June with participants making improvements to their grounds. Each camp is then observed on a weekly basis by data takers who record what they see from the road. The sites will be visited by a team of judges from outside Sullivan County in August and the winner announced at the Awards Ceremony on August 11. The goal of Sullivan Renaissance is to help guide communities to improve their visual standards. Since 2007 Sullivan Renaissance has also offered a limited number of matching grants for seasonal residents to improve the appearance of their properties with projects that serve as an example for others. Funding ranges from

matching grants up to $2,500 to reimbursable mini-grants up to $250. For information about Sullivan Renaissance’s seasonal program, contact Allen Frishman at 295-2445 or afrishman@sullivanrenaissance.org.

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Seasonal Program sponsor Paul Walsh of Thompson Sanitation is pictured presenting Skolya Bungalows on Route 42 in South Fallsburg with the 2013 Community Mitzvah Award of $10,000.

Sixth Annual SullivanArc Garden Tour and garden owners. The tour offers the perfect opportunity to visit a variety of gardens with diverse growing conditions, allowing the viewer to come away with ideas for their own garden, or can simply be a pleasant day out exploring beautiful gardens. The tour is hosted by SullivanArc and Sullivan Renaissance with support from the Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce – to benefit SullivanArc’s programs for people with developmental

he Sixth Annual SullivanArc Garden Tour will feature an exclusive look at private gardens in and around the Hamlet of Narrowsburg on Saturday, June 21. Cost is $40 per person for the guided bus tour, which includes travel on a Rolling V coach bus, tip, guide, door prizes and snacks. Self-guided tour tickets and maps are also available for those who want to drive their own vehicles for $25 per person (not per car). Following the tour is a complimentary wine and cheese reception for all ticket holders

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reception at the Tennanah Lake Golf and Country Club. The 2011 tour presented gardens along the Route 17 corridor and finished with a reception at Bashakill Vineyards in Wurtsboro. The 2010 tour was in western Sullivan County and completed at ECCE Bed and Breakfast in Barryville. SullivanArc is a not-for-profit agency dedicated to providing support and services to over 800 individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and to their families. Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.


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