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Narrowsburg takes the Golden Feather; $25,000 prize for beautification group

Gardens have been adopted by various volunteers. This one between the town hall and NAPA auto store is maintained by Jean Sackett of J.S. Electric.


Flower awards went to seven communities this year. Forestburgh Playhouse was recognized with the “Best Overall Showing of Flowers Award” of $5000. Judges were impressed by the overall number of gardens; an abundance of color, unique designs and 2012 Renaissance Collection; the artistically themed container vignettes; creative use of structures incorporated in the gardens; cohesive use of perennials, annuals, tropicals, shrubs and trees; and the meticulously maintenance of the gardens.

Other communities receiving $1000 Judges’ Choice Awards for flowers included: United Methodist Church of Liberty for “Best Containers,” Liberty Community Development Corp. for “Best Urban Park,” Narrowsburg Beautification Group for “Best Business/Municipal Display” and Town of Lumberland Parks & Recreation for “Best Annual Flower Display.”

A special “Best Showing of Flowers Award – Maintenance” of $4000 was given to Neversink Renaissance, one of eleven communities that received Maintenance Support this year. Loomis Area Watch in Ferndale received $1000 for the “Best Overall Single Garden.”

Grants – ranging from $1000 to $25,000 – were awarded to projects in Categories A, B and C. Some projects were also recognized with Special Awards for history and best garden design. All of the communities that completed projects received a grant based on the size of their category, as well as certificates of recognition from Sullivan Renaissance and area legislators.

CATEGORY A
Category A projects are made up of single elements such as a new sign or hanging baskets. This category was made possible, in part, through the sponsorship of WVOS/WSUL.
First place ($3000)
• Boy Scout Troop 101 of Bloomingburg – nine hole mini golf course in town park
Second place ($2000)
• The Recovery Center in Monticello – sign and seating area
Third place ($1000)
• Sullivan County Visitors Association in Liberty – building landscaping
SPECIAL AWARDS – Sponsored by Sullivan County Democrat
Best Garden Design ($1000)
• Action Toward Independence in Monticello – new garden bed

CATEGORY B
Category B projects are made up of multiple elements such as park enhancements. This category was made possible, in part, through the sponsorship of Thunder 102/Bold Gold Media.
First place ($10,000):
• Friends of Dillon Park in Monticello – Alice’s Wonderland (Phase II)
Second place ($7000):
• Town of Lumberland Parks & Recreation – Circle Park enhancements
Third place ($5000):
• Town of Fremont – sign and landscaping