Tusten Woodstock dove finds a home

NARROWSBURG, NY — The seven-foot-long fiberglass dove, created in recognition of the Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, has found a home. At the town meeting on February 13, the Tusten Town Board voted unanimously to permanently locate the dove in front of The Narrowsburg Union. The owners of the property, Brendan and Kathy Weiden, have offered to help with the base for the dove, which will involve bluestone and may also contain some plants.

Board member Brandi Merolla, who is also an artist, will paint the dove. She has submitted a floral design, created from pre-approved colors, to the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA) for approval. Merolla said the deadlines for completing the project are tight, and the dove “has to be on the ground by May 23.”

There will be 36 doves located in various spots in Sullivan County, forming what the county has dubbed “the Dove Trail Project,” intended to attract visitors to various municipalities throughout the county. Roberta Byron-Lockwood, president and CEO of SCVA said she has received requests for the doves from municipalities outside the county, such as Port Jervis and a couple in Pennsylvania, but she said the doves are only going to be displayed in Sullivan.

Also at the meeting, the board voted to move forward with another Repair Café event in April. The first Repair Café was held on January 26. Some 52 people brought items to be repaired or fixed. Council member Jill Padua said the most common items people bring to these events in the United States are lamps, while in Europe the most common items are coffee makers. She said the event also brought in $180 in donations.

The Repair Café events also bring points to the town as part of New York State’s Climate Smart Communities program, which pays off in grants for sustainability projects. The Tusten Energy Committee, for instance, is using a $5,000 Climate Smart Communities grant to explore the possibility of setting up a food-waste composting system for the town.


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