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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.

The Category C Projects in are the most ambitious and complex of all the projects, and this year there were four competing for the top prize at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony at Sullivan County Community College. The top prize is the Golden Feather Award, worth $25,000, and given out each year by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.

This year the award went to the Narrowsburg Beautification Group. In introducing the group, Helen Budrock, the community planner for Sullivan Renaissance, said, the group “has been closely involved in the creation of a master design plan for the hamlet of Narrowsburg, as well as the Big Eddy Esplanade Project. In addition three building owners in Narrowsburg were awarded state grants totaling over $90,000 through the New York Main Street Program. A $20,000 grant was also awarded to the Town of Tusten for streetscape enhancements such as benches, trash receptacles and more. The Narrowsburg Beautification Group focused their efforts this year on enhancing the library parking lot by constructing a large stone planter wall with landscaping, and the group has also worked hard to maintain and enhance private prior year’s projects at various locations throughout Narrowsburg.”

The following information comes from the Sullivan Renaissance website, http://www.sullivanrenaissance.org.

The Liberty Community Development Corp. received the second place Silver Feather Award of $10,000.

Rock Hill Business & Community Association got a $5000 award for the community’s planning efforts.

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 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 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

SPECIAL AWARDS – Sponsored by The River Reporter
Historic Preservation ($1000)
• Sullivan County Historical Society – celebrating history mural project
Best Garden Design ($1000)
• Smallwood-Mongaup Valley Fire Department – 911 Memorial Park

Category C projects are at multiple locations that incorporate beautification as part of a long-term community wide strategy. Awards in the category were presented by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.
Golden Feather ($25,000 grant) –
• Narrowsburg Beautification Group
Silver Feather ($10,000) –
• Liberty Community Development Corp.
Planning Award ($5000) –
• Rock Hill Business & Community Association

SPECIAL AWARDS – Sponsored by Kristt Company
Best Garden Design ($1000)
• Liberty Community Development Corp.
Winning communities will be on display during the “Winning Projects Tour” on Saturday, September 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Contact Sullivan Renaissance for more details.
Sullivan Renaissance projects were judged for aesthetic improvement, collaboration, youth involvement, permanence and an ability to be maintained.

The team of eleven judges from outside Sullivan County was headed by Ted Blowes, immediate past chair of the Communities in Bloom Program in Canada, which helped inspire the Sullivan Renaissance program. Other judges were: Nicole Franzese, Donna Harrison, Michael Newhard, Linda Onofry, Peter Patel, Karen Schneller-McDonald, Ann Smith, Tim Stoddard, Deborah Sweeton and Michael Sweeton.

The Sullivan County Community College Foundation awarded one full time scholarship of $1500 to a volunteer involved in a Sullivan Renaissance project who is attending SUNY Sullivan.
• Charles S. Gambino III of Wurtsboro – SUNY Sullivan

The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties awarded twelve Sullivan Renaissance scholarships to volunteers who made a significant contribution to a Sullivan Renaissance project. These scholarships to the college of one’s choice range from $200 to $750.

• Luis Arango – Phillipsport – New York University
• Gabriella Ginsberg – Monticello – SUNY Binghamton
• Maya Grady – Narrowsburg – Drexel University
• Lauren Hazen – Lumberland – SUNY Oneonta
• Meaghan Hazen – Lumberland – SUNY Brockport
• Kendall Menges – Callicoon – Rochester Institute of Technology
• Brandon Rieber – Rock Hill – SUNY Orange
• Patrick Reiser – Lumberland – SUNY Oswego
• Amanda Rosenberger – Callicoon – Oneonta State College
• Kane Sauchuk – Swan Lake – Binghamton University
• Aaron Schmitt – Livingston Manor – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
• Rebecca Wood – Smallwood – Keuka College