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Phillipsport Celebrates Winning the ‘Golden Feather’

The public is invited to join residents of Phillipsport at the Phillipsport Community Center for a “Golden Feather Celebration” this Saturday, August 23 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Phillipsport received the Golden Feather Award, a $25,000 grant presented by NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony earlier this month. It was given to one of five large community projects that exhibited the highest level of excellence by incorporating beautification as part of a long-term strategy.

The celebration kicks off in the Phillipsport Community Center (PCC) on 657 Red Hill Road with a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. including presentation of the Golden Feather check, and awarding of the PCC “Silver Spoon” and “Silver Shovel” awards for volunteers.

Musician Chris Cernak will entertain, while a continuous slide show will show photographs of the volunteers and the projects. Light refreshments will include finger sandwiches, cheese and fruit from Peter’s Market in Napanoch.
Maps showing the locations of the gardens will be distributed. Starting at 1:00 p.m., visitors are encouraged to tour Poplar Grove Cemetery (where cupcakes will be served) and to visit the Gateway Garden at Route 209 (where watermelon will be available). Rennie, the Sullivan Renaissance Rooster, will be present for pictures at the community center.

For a flyer showing eleven winning communities announced at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony, go to www.sullivanrenaissance.org and click on the “Winning Projects Map” Quicklink in the upper right hand corner. The flyer will also be available at the PCC on Saturday.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation, and WSUL/WVOS.

Preserving Scenic Views

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Preserving Scenic Views

Tips and Tools for Local Officials and Concerned Citizens

Planning and zoning board members, local officials and community volunteers are invited to attend an upcoming planning seminar on “Preserving Scenic Views.” The seminar will take place on Wednesday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cochecton Town Hall located on 74 Smales Road in Lake Huntington.

The seminar is hosted by Sullivan Renaissance in collaboration with the Sullivan County Division of Planning & Environmental Management, and the Upper Delaware Council.

“Sullivan County’s natural beauty and scenic vistas are an important part of what makes the county unique,” said Sullivan Renaissance Community Planner Helen Budrock, “Beautiful scenery translates into substantial community benefits, such as higher property values and increased tourism revenue.

Protecting scenic vistas and view sheds allows a community to preserve its unique charm, build civic pride and attract positive growth.”

Topics to be covered include:
• Methods to inventory and evaluate scenic views in your community, including an overview of a methodology developed by the Argonne National Laboratory in conjunction with the National Park Service;
• An overview of popular zoning tools including various types of overlay districts an conservation easements;
• A presentation on using design guidelines to accomplish zoning requirements; an overview of a design handbook published by the Upper Delaware Council.

Space is limited, pre-registration is requested. Refreshments will be provided. Planning and zoning board members in attendance will be issued certificates for two hours of continuing education credit.

For more information or to register, visit our website or call 845-295-2445.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, Country Yossi Productions, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Large Media, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation, and WSUL/WVOS.

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