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Renaissance Grant List is Unveiled

By Jeanne Sager
FERNDALE — March 30, 2007 — It didn’t seem possible, but the folks at Sullivan Renaissance have made things even better.
This year’s round of grants awarded to beautification projects was increased by one with 69 grants handed out last night at the CVI building in Ferndale.
And according to Renaissance Spokesman Glenn Pontier, the numbers don’t even reflect the scope of growth.
A number of projects moved up the achievement ladder, with Wurtsboro’s work at the veteran’s park and youth building moving into the C category and smaller mini-grant projects like the Club at Smallwood turning into full Category A Renaissance projects.
The seeds were planted for all 69 plans with $90,000 handed out last night, and there are more to come.
Applications are due today for the next round of municipal clean up grants – a program that not only paved the way for the demolition of three unsightly buildings last year but spurred the Town of Fremont to start its own Category A project this year.
Where Arnie’s Scrounge Lounge was taken down, a $1,000 grant will guarantee a new memorial town square will be erected.
The following is a list of the big “winners” of the night. Look to Tuesday’s Democrat for an in-depth look at the festivities of the evening:
Category A (single element project): Our Lady of Assumption Church, Bloomingburg; Callicoon Business Association; Town of Fremont; Liberty ALIVE, Habitat for Humanity, Light and Life Christian School and St. Peter’s Church, Liberty; Camp Deer Run, Town of Mamakating; Highland Renaissance, Minisink Ford; George L. Cooke PTA, Federation for the Homeless, Landfield Avenue Synagogue, St. Peter’s Church and White Rock Day Camp, Monticello; Narrowsburg Beautification Group; Camp Jened, Rock Hill; Roscoe Chamber; Fallsburg Action Committee, South Fallsburg; Immaculate Conception Church and Our Kids Day Camp, Woodbourne; and Eagle Ridge Apartments, Woodridge.
Category B (multiple element project): Bloomingburg Renaissance; Sullivan First of Forestburgh; Fremont Park; Concerned Citizens of Hasbrouck; JEMS, Jeffersonville; Livingston Manor Renaissance; Long Eddy Renaissance; Monticello Housing Authority; Mountaindale Action Committee and Community Development Project; Mountaindale; Neversink Renaissance; North Branch Fire District; Phillipsport Community Center; Welcome to Roscoe Sign Committee; Club at Smallwood; Woodbourne Action Committee; Kiwanis Club of Woodridge; Environmental Preservation Committee, Youngsville.
Category C (multiple year projects): Highland Renaissance, Barryville; Hurleyville Sullivan First; Bethel First, Kauneonga Lake; Circle Park, Lumberland; Business and Community Association, Rock Hill; Swan Lake Renaissance and Wurtsboro Renaissance.
Mini Grants: Hankins Assembly of God Church; Hortonville Cemetery Association; St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Forestburgh; Independence Riders 4-H Club, Grahamsville; Town of Delaware; Loch Sheldrake Wash and Lube; Luxton Lake Property Owners; Emanon Equities, Monticello; Narrowsburg Gardening Club; Sullivan First Parksville, HASC Summer Program, Parksville; Rockland Garden Club; Roscoe Library; Roscoe Post Office; and Congregation B’nai Israel, Woodbourne.
School grants: Eldred Central School, Emma C. Chase Elementary School, Fallsburg Central School, George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School, K.L. Rutherford Elementary School, Robert J. Kaiser Middle School Environmental Club, Roscoe Central School and Sullivan County BOCES in White Sulphur Springs.
Also honored was the 2007 Renaissance Woman of the year, Barbara Hahn of Jeffersonville and Renaissance Man of the Year Phil Coombe of Grahamsville.

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