Innovative buildings, renovations honored,

Sullivan Showcase Awards highlights successes

By FRITZ MAYER

BLOOMINGBURG, NY — With consumer spending down in Sullivan County by $100 million over the past two years, it’s easy to believe that commerce has come to a standstill. But that notion was contradicted at the Sullivan Showcase Awards at the Eagles Nest in Bloomingburg where dozens of new building projects and renovations were honored for their creativity and style.

The top honoree of the evening was Charles Petersheim, who picked up a handful of plaques, including one for best new construction under 2,500 square feet for a house he built in Eldred.

In accepting the honors, Petersheim said, “We’ve been coming to these since 2003, and what’s great about seeing it over the years is seeing the individual efforts of small entrepreneurs that know the day-in, day-out challenges of creating and building a business in Sullivan County.”

Luiz Aragon, the county planning commissioner, also picked up an award for the building in Barryville that he turned into the BrookHouse Gallery. He said, “It really touches my heart to see how many of you really care for who we are and where we’re going in this county. We need each and every one of you to do what you are doing and to continue to be as devoted as you are to our future, because we’re going to change this county structure by structure, hamlet by hamlet. And if I have one thing to say to all of you, it’s ‘together works.’”

- River Reporter

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