Thursday, May 24, 2012

20 Trees Up For Adoption In Rock Hill

We are looking for 20 people or businesses to support our 2012 Sullivan Renaissance Project by adopting a tree.  Just click on the form above, print it, fill it out, and reserve your tree today. I am going to reserve one myself, so we have just 19 trees still up for adoption.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Visit Pond Eddy Blog, and Sign The Petition...Need 5000 Signatures

Pond Eddy...A Pictorial

The Road To Pond Eddy
Though some might not know it, the Pond Eddy Bridge is a destination, the drive there, walking across the bridge taking you back to far simpler times.  The PA. DOT seems to have just three options they are willing to consider right now, and none of the three are acceptable.  Their first, and probably preferred option is to just tear the bridge down and replace it...the fact that said bridge is on the Federal Registry of Historic Landmarks makes that option a tricky one.  
Greek Orthodox Church
Their second option would be to buy the people on the Pennsylvania side of the bridge out, relocate where?  With all due respect, if you walk across the bridge, make a right and walk down till you come to the old tracks, you would realize you cannot put a price on the beauty, solitude and serenity those people have right outside their front or back doors.  How would you propose to make someone whole if you took their property through imminent domain?  Yes, they are pretty isolated, but guessing they want it that way, enjoy the sound of the river passing by, enjoy the silent beauty of a walk down the tracks, perhaps picking berries along the way.
The third option would be to give the bridge to someone willing to MOVE IT so that they can build another new ugly bridge in its place, and in the process destroy the quiet solitude and beauty that is that special place...and for what?  Why would a bridge of four lanes need to be built?  Why would a bridge capable of supporting heavy trucks need to be built where a romantic one lane bridge has more than sufficed for decades upon decades?...perhaps to open the land up for development, or worse, fracking?  What about what the people on the two sides of the bridge want?
Pond Eddy, the bridge, the surrounding area are a very special place, a place of history, a rare space of pristine beauty, quiet and peaceful...all rare commodities in these times in which we live.  Pond Eddy is a place where I could see myself living.  As I write, find myself wishing I had the money to buy up the old Motel and Pizza place, restoring them both, perhaps putting in a small walk up window where people could stop in for a soft serve cone and to ask directions.  The slow pace would suit me, could see myself snuggling in for the winter, maybe writing a book, or taking my camera and driving up the road a piece in the hopes of catching a Bald Eagle on its own winter sojourn.
To know Pond Eddy, to spend some time there is to love it, to recognize it as the special destination that it is.  I would encourage all those who hold the bridges fate in their hands to take a nice slow drive to the bridge.  Roll down your windows and drive slowly, leaving rushing to others as you take the time to take everything in, stopping the car at the sound of water, or slowing down further to admire the flock of wild turkeys meandering along the edge of the woods.  When you arrive at the bridge, park your car across from it, and walk across the bridge, stopping between the two spans to hear the water, the birds, the wind.  Once on the other side, revel in the silence as water splashes down the rock face on the left, towering trees shading you from the heat.  Walk up onto the track and look off into the distance in both directions and you can almost hear the train whistle as history whispers in your ear.
Pond Eddy, the bridge are more than the sum of their parts, and the magic that is the place should be saved.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Volunteer Opportunities This Saturday, May 19, 2012

Get Out And Garden Day ROCK HILL

Just reminding everyone that this Saturday, May 19, 2012 is the Sullivan Renaissance's "Get Out and Garden Day" and we are hoping many of you can come over to Rock Hill and give a hand on this year's Category C project at the NEW LOCATION for the Rock Hill Farmers Market which will be opening in June!

Sullivan Renaissance Press Release:
Volunteers Needed to Help in Communities on 
May 19
FERNDALE – Volunteers from many communities throughout Sullivan County will be “getting out and gardening” this Saturday, May 19.  Residents are particularly needed to help at work days in three communities – Woodridge, Wurtsboro and Swan Lake – but many communities have work days planned.  Residents are also encouraged to tend to their own gardens on this day.
“Some people don’t realize that most of the public gardens we enjoy throughout Sullivan County are maintained by volunteers, many who have been tending these flowers for over ten years,” said Sullivan Renaissance Director Glenn Pontier, “Now some of these communities need new recruits to help.  The benefits of volunteering include meeting your neighbors and that real sense of contributing to an endeavor that makes the community more attractive.” 
Sullivan Renaissance is helping to organize community work days from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the following locations:
  • Woodridge: Meet at the gazebo in the Veterans’ Park at the corner of Green Avenue and Tabacynski Road
  • Wurtsboro:  Meet at the Mamakating Library on Sullivan Street
  • Swan Lake:  Meet at the cemetery on White Lake Turnpike (behind the firehouse)
While no experience is necessary, volunteers should bring their own gloves and tools if they have them.  The first ten volunteers to arrive in each community will receive free tickets to Thunder 102’s “Thunderbash” concert at the Monticello Casino & Raceway that evening.
Other Saturday gardening events include: Rock Hill Renaissance WorkDay from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., volunteers meet in the Trading Postparking lot in Rock Hill; and the Sullivan West Edible Garden Build Day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Elementary School in Jeffersonville.
Sullivan Renaissance is also planning additional community work days in the coming weeks.  Volunteers are needed to help in Roscoe, Livingston Manor, and Jeffersonville on Saturday, June 2.  A community work day will be held in Woodbourne on Saturday, June 16.  Volunteers who help out at these work days will be entered into a drawing for tickets to see the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and fireworks show on July 7 at Bethel Woods.
Most of the communities are part of Sullivan Renaissance’s Maintenance Grant Program.
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, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation and WSUL/WVOS.  For information call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or visit

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Project Update

Last week was a busy week for many of the wonderful folks involved in this year's Rock Hill Category C project.  The facelift of the former Visitors Center is almost complete, and the building looks incredible.  A big round of applause too all those who have worked on this makeover.

Three members of the team attended two different seminars/workshops over at the CVI building.  I attended the one last Monday on Conservation was a great workshop that shared a different approach to large projects.  My own problem with the concept is a problem with almost every project be it residential, commercial or industrial in nature.  Never is the cumulative effect of ALL PROJECTS considered when approving or voting down a proposed project.  At some point sustainability needs to supersede growth.

Last Saturday a small army of volunteers showed up at the site of our new Farmers Market to continue efforts to prep the site.  A quick head count showed ten people who were picking up trash, moving rocks, raking and trimming as well as one person operating a very large tractor as heavy objects were moved to a central location for removal from the site.

Just a reminder...tonight is another work night for anyone that wants to stop by.  People will be arriving around five, and working for 2-3 hours...hope to see you there.

Saturday Work Session

10 Volunteers 40 Volunteer Hours

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Save the Historic Pond Eddy Bridge

Friends of Pond Eddy To Announce MAJOR CAMPAIGN

Yesterday I went for a drive out to see the historic Pond Eddy bridge, and though in need of some serious work, the bridge is a beautiful spectacular piece of workmanship, and the area around it makes for an incredible scenic drive along the rivers bring a camera (something I forgot to do yesterday, so will have to make the trip again.  Rather than repair the bridge, the government in its infinite wisdom (make sure to catch my sarcasm) wants to tear it down and put up an UGLY modern day bridge that A) is not needed, and B) in no way fits in with the scenic nature of the area...why you asked?  Because they FAILED MISERABLY in maintaining the historic Pond Eddy bridge that was ENTRUSTED (emphasis added) to them.  Well, a group of concerned citizens is looking to save that bridge, and they will announcing a MAJOR CAMPAIGN to try to save it.  WE do not need a new bridge to nowhere, we need the bridge that is there and it's historical significance preserved.
The Short and Sweet Press Release:
Friends of Pond Eddy Bridge – and many others – will announce a major campaign to save the historic Pond Eddy Bridge on Saturday, May 19th at 3:00 p.m. on the All Veterans Memorial Bridge in Pond Eddy.  
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend as we bring attention to this important local cause.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Month of May Volunteer Opportunities

We have put together a schedule for the month of May- this way people have different opportunities to help out. You can come to one, two (whatever fits your schedule) -for an hour, before lunch or all day- whatever works for you!! Any help is appreciated!!

For every work day we will meet at the new location for the Rock Hill Farmers' Market (employee parking lot for the Trading Post) . 

The work days are as follows:

Saturday, 5/5  9am -1pm
Wednesday 5/9 5pm - 7pm 
Wednesday 5/16 5pm - 7pm
Saturday 5/19 9am - 1pm
Tuesday 5/22 5pm - 7pm
Wednesday 5/23 5- 7pm
We look forward to seeing everyone...Give Mel or Gary a call if you have questions, or want to work at times other than these listed.