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Callicoon takes the Golden Feather

By Fritz Mayer
August 10, 2011

The top award of the night went to the Callicoon Business Association for the project they pursued. The project included the installation of window boxes, planters and historic panels at the Callicoon Train Station, enhancement of the entrance to Callicoon with freshly painted murals and flowers, and the installation of a new nature and fitness trail at the Delaware Valley Youth Center. The group received the Golden Feather Award, which is worth $25,000.

The Jeffersonville JEMS received the second place Silver Feather Award of $10,000. Their project included the planting of 13 ornamental pear trees at various locations on Main Street in Jeffersonville, the creation of a new ornamental grass garden in front of the First National Bank of Jeffersonville and a community mural, commissioned and designed by an acclaimed local artist.

Hundreds of people attended the 90-minute ceremony, as almost $100,000 in grants were awarded to winning communities from all around Sullivan County. The ceremony was held at Monticello High School Auditorium for the second year in a row.

Special flower awards went to five communities this year. Neversink Renaissance was recognized with the “Best Showing of Flowers Award” of $5,000. The judges were impressed by the “use of repeating colors and textures in hanging baskets, street containers and landscape beds” and the “balance of woody plants, perennials, annuals and groundcovers which gave dimension and visual appeal to the landscape.”

Other communities received $1,000 Judges’ Choice Awards including Roscoe Chamber of Commerce for “Most Bold and Dramatic Single Element,” Highland Lake Fire Department for “Most Outstanding Single Garden,” Jeffersonville JEMS for “Best Use of Space in an Urban Area” and Livingston Manor Renaissance for “Best Downtown Streetscape.”

Go to for the full list of winners.