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Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 8:07 am | Updated: 8:14 am, Wed Dec 26, 2012.
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BATAVIA — The Batavia Peace Garden is providing a place of solace where local residents can visit to pay tribute to the victims of the Dec. 14 mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., Peace Garden organizer Paula Savage said.Last Friday, Friends of the Batavia Peace Garden began hanging pink ribbons through the trees at the Peace Garden in honor of the 20 children and six educators who were slain in the massacre.
Pink ribbons were also placed in a circle around the Peace Garden memorial.
‘‘With so many people in our community touched by this terrible sadness it just seemed like the right thing for us to do,’’ said Barb Toal, project manager for the Batavia Peace Garden. ‘‘When events like this happen you just feel so helpless and you need a place to go to express those feelinngs.’’
A temporary memorial will be on display in the glass-covered kiosk at the Peace Garden for the next several weeks, Savage said.
Residents and visitors are invited to stop by the Peace Garden during the holiday season and throughout the year. It is located at Paolo Busti Park adjacent to the Holland Land Office Museum.
The Batavia Peace Garden is part of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Trail established through the International Peace Garden Foundation to commemmorate 200 years of peace between Canada, the United States and Great Britain.
The garden trail spans more than 600 miles and identifies historic sites connected to the War of 1812. For more information, visit 1812.ipgf.org
INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN (Bicentennial War of 1812 Peace Garden Trail ) HONORED AS 2012 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT
New GreatNonprofits.org Award is Based on Positive Online Reviews Rochester, New York , December 4, 2012 – International Peace Garden Foundation announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2012 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. “We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2012 Nonprofit,” says Paula Savage CEO and Founder of the International Peace Garden. We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including many new Gardens across the New York and Canada, Trail Map, World Harmony Run-Torch Bearer Award, the Award for Overall Excellence, from NYS Vacation and Tourism Assoc. and much more. Visit our Web site at www.ipgf.org The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that the International Peace Garden Foundation received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit. For example, one person wrote, “We have been working with the International Peace Garden Foundation Inc for the past two years. They have been very helpful in getting us started and pushing us to the final dedication of our Peace Garden at the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse, Rochester, NY. They have helped us design and save money by researching items for us. We will continue to work with them. They periodically contact us with updates and to see if we need any of their resources. They produced a wonderful War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Trail map for visitors to follow around the United States and Canada. The people there are the best in the business. .” Being on the Top-Rated List comes at an important time of the year, as donors look for causes to support during the holiday season.
"We are grateful to The International Peace Garden Foundation for its work,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, "They deserve to be discovered by more donors and volunteers who are looking for a great nonprofit to support."
Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization. The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground results of this nonprofit. This award is a form of recognition by the community. About International Peace Garden (Bicentennial War of 1812 Peace Garden Trail ) Our Mission :With the ultimate goal to foster world peace, the International Peace Garden Foundation advances global friendship through the creation of Peace Gardens. Our Values: We believe that tolerance, mutual respect, community service, and volunteerism enable the requirements of a more peaceful society. Our Priorities: Promoting an atmosphere of open communication and good will between nations. Offering unique opportunities for learning and the promotion of international understanding. Building partnerships with like-minded organizations. Abolish human conflict and wars. Protect our planet and support green awareness. Engage youth participation. Respect for diversity of cultures & human rights and Bridge the world through cultural exchange. GreatNonprofits is the leading site for donors and volunteers to find reviews and ratings of nonprofits. Its mission is to inspire and inform donors and volunteers, enable nonprofits to show their impact, and promote greater feedback and transparency. www.greatnonprofits.org Project Manager: Joyce Lorraine email@example.com 585-329-3840
Lewiston Council on the Arts for “Tuscarora Beadwork Exhibit 1812 to Present”
(Lewiston NY) Lewiston Council on the Arts was awarded a $3000 Implementation Grant for “Tuscarora Bead Work from 1812 to Present” from the New York Council for the Humanities.
The grant will fund a binational exhibit of Native American beadwork from the Tuscarora Reservation in Lewiston NY and the Six Nations Reservation in Ontario Canada to be held during Native American Heritage Month November. Local artists Rosemary Hill, Simon Brascoupe and Karen Hodge-Russell will curate the exhibit which will be located at the “Tuscarora & Friends Gallery” in Lewiston NY, a co-operative of regional artists. The exhibit will tell the social history of the Tuscarora and Six Nations people in the Niagara region through samples of tradition beadwork created between 1812 – present. Beadwork items are given as gifts to commemorate important life passages including births, weddings, graduations and anniversaries, and beaded clothing is worn at community social events, political meetings and during traditional celebrations, as a powerful expression of cultural identity. The exhibit will be free to the public and will be accompanied by talks and demonstrations by contemporary beaders.
Irene Rykaszewski, Executive Director of Lewiston Council on the Arts said she was very excited to help with this exhibit and the accompanying programs to celebrate National Native American Heritage Month. “Native Americans have a rich culture and a dynamic legacy and the Tuscarora & Friends Gallery, this special exhibit and the talks and demonstrations are a wonderful way to engage the community and build bridges between our cultures.
The Grand Opening will be held on Saturday, November 3rd from 4:00 - 6:00PM
Beading and Demo/Lecture - Saturday, November 10th from 4:00 - 6:00PM
Beading and Demo/Lecture - Sunday, November 11th from 4:00 - 6:00PM
Beading and Demo/Lecture - Saturday, November 17th - 4:00 - 6:00PM
For more information about this Project, contact: Lewiston Council on the Arts 754-0166,www.artcouncil.org
For more information about New York Council for the Humanities grants, contact:
New York Council for the Humanities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2012
June 13, 2012 00:06:00
Two centuries ago, British troops set up defensive positions and barracks in the stretch of land between Cootes Paradise and Carroll’s Bay. Today, red geraniums stand in their place in a 400-metre garden within that area along York Boulevard near the McQuesten High-level Bridge as a reminder of a two-year war that shaped Canada’s national identity. The Royal Botanical Gardens’ (RBG) commemorative War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden was planted over two days by volunteers. Access to the garden, which is one of the organization’s celebratory bicentennial programs, is free.
TOPIC:The War of 1812
The local patch is also part of the International Peace Gardens Trail, a cross-border network of gardens being formed around the Great Lakes region to mark the historic war, which was sparked June 18, 1812 when president James Madison and the United States Congress declared war on Great Britain. The RBG’s head of horticulture, Carlo Balistrieri, said the property where the garden has been planted was a staging ground for British troops during the war.“It was a very important piece of property and very strategic,” he said Tuesday. “Had they not stopped the advancing U.S. forces at Stoney Creek, the next step for those forces would have been that stretch of property, and then more and more of Canada.”Staff recently installed benches in the Peace Garden and plan to put up viewing scopes to observe Carroll’s Bay, downtown Hamilton, Hamilton Harbour and, on clear days, the Battlefield Monument in Stoney Creek, Balistrieri said. Volunteers from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) and Union Gas came out two days in early June and worked on the garden, whose main feature is the beds of red geraniums — the unofficial provincial symbol for the bicentennial — and a path for pedestrians. They let the turf grow out with native plants to resemble what the area may have looked like 200 years ago, Balistrieri said. “It’s kind of like a meadow at the moment — a grassy area. Beautiful when the wind ripples through it,” he said. BMO spokesperson Paul Gammal said about 20 of their volunteers planted 1,812 red geraniums in the rain as part of its North America-wide BMO Volunteer Day. The volunteering experience gave participating employees a chance to learn more about the RBG, he said. “It was an opportunity to also learn about something that’s terrific in our community that we all love.”Balistrieri said he hoped people visiting the garden would come away with an increased awareness of the land’s history. “All of this territory — everything we take for granted today — was paid for by what happened in the past.”
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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 1:51 am
CARLTON — Two businesses in Orleans County expect to unveil peace gardens this year in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
Brown’s Berry Patch on Route 18 in Carlton and U.S. Made Mercantile on Ridge Road in Gaines both expect to have gardens in place this year, honoring 200 years of peace with Canada.
“It’s a nice concept,” said Bob Brown, co-owner of Brown’s Berry Patch. “It will promote the area and hopefully serve as a teaching opportunity.” Brown has a family connection to the war. His ancestor, Bathshua Brown, settled in Point Breeze in 1804 with five sons and seven daughters. She is credited with capturing a British officer along the Oak Orchard River during the war.
Brown is talking with a designer with the International Peace Garden Foundation. He would like to have the garden in place this summer, and wants to include plants that were native to the community 200 years ago.
John and Brenda Hovanesian opened U.S. Made Mercantile opened last November at 14462 Ridge Rd. The store features products that are produced by American companies and also must include ingredients and raw materials from the United States.
The Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum was considering a peace garden, but the museum has backed off that plan, at least for this year, said Dick Anderson, the museum president.
The organization is working on a memorial brick walkway as well as a smaller children’s garden at the complex at the Oak Orchard Harbor. Anderson said the group of volunteers wants to focus on those projects, as well as providing personnel to keep the museum open on Friday evenings and on Saturdays and Sundays. “We thought it would be really nice to do,” Anderson said about the peace garden. “But we just gave up on it.”
The project would have stressed the museum’s finances, and Anderson also worried about the long-term maintenance of a garden that would be on county-owned property.
Batavia on May 6 celebrated the opening of a new peace garden on West Main Street next to the Holland Land Office Museum. There also is a peace garden at Genesee Community College in Batavia. Barb Toal, the Batavia project’s chairwoman, spoke with the Albion Rotary Club on Thursday, and urged the community to build more of the gardens, which she said can beautify an area and draw tourists. She called the Batavia garden, which features 20 flag poles and interpretive panels about the war, “phenomenally gorgeous.”
Posted: Monday, May 7, 2012 1:00 am
| Updated: 12:34 pm, Mon May 7, 2012.
BATAVIA — Barb Toal’s cheeks turned pink as she took a moment to sit on a bench and look up at the flags at the Bicentennial War of 1812 Honorary Peace Garden Sunday.Her blush came with the realization that the Friends of Batavia Peace Garden have succeeded.“It’s a dream come true. It’s earth-shattering. The grove of nations has finally come,” she said during dedication festivities at Paolo Busti Park on West Main Street. “It’s phenomenal. We could never have done this without the volunteers.”
It’s a project that has gone from talk and a design to fundraising, the pouring of cement for flagposts and park benches and installing bricks and round memory stones to be later inscribed with words of peace. The first brick was inscribed with an American eagle and the Canadian maple leaf to “welcome Canada into our garden,” Toal said.
A core of eight volunteers did much of the labor with the help of community businesses and organizations.
“It doesn’t matter what corner of the world you go in within Genesee County, they want to participate,” she said. “It’s phenomenal to think that so many businesses would give up their time and effort. It’s such a way to bring the community together.”
International Peace Garden founder Paula Savage was equally awed, she said. Her first glimpse of the total package made her gulp.
“It’s a beautiful event. You can’t deny it, it’s here now; it’s magnificent,” she said. “It’s so majestic and it’s here, and it’s never going away. I firmly believe in my heart that Batavia will never be the same. It is filling a void and is something that people badly needed to bring us together.”
She likened the scene to an artist’s palette, with the steel globe, fluttering flags, benches and history now all part of the canvas. The nearby footbridge and Tonawanda Creek offered a backdrop for what volunteers hope will be more than an occasional destination for people. They want to offer music, art, exhibits, festivals and other events at the site between the county History Department and Holland Land Office Museum.
“It’s a gathering place. This is what peace gardens do around the world,” she said. “It may have been my dream, but (Batavians) are the ones who are taking the benefit. This is a model for this community. I want people to see that we’re capable of doing something like this.”
Daily News OnlinePosted: Friday, February 24, 2012 12:00 am Updated: 11:33 pm, Thu Feb 23, 2012. Batavia's on the map — for its peace gardenBy Joanne Beckjbeck@batavianews.comThe Daily News Online
BATAVIA — Ever since local Peace Garden organizers began their efforts, they were determined to keep the project privately funded, Marilyn Werner says.She and Project Manager Barb Toal were gleeful Thursday that their dream is being fulfilled.“We have enough money to order 20 flags,” Toal said. “The community has come together so excitedly we don’t have any option but to move forward and install these flags. We had planned to go in stages. Since we’ve begun fundraising, the community dove in with such support.”During its Wednesday meeting, the city’s Historic Preservation Commission approved a 6-foot tall steel globe that will be part of the garden alongside Holland Land Office Museum on West Main Street. Remaining plans include illuminated flags placed strategically throughout sections of brick paths, flowers, trees and benches.Close to 100 bricks — some designating farmers and their families — and five benches have been ordered as more individuals and companies are stepping forward to help out, Werner said. The state and Genesee County Farm Bureau has agreed to help promote the project and help draft copy for six interpretive panels that tell the story of Genesee County’s rich agricultural history.“We’re not just talking about the War of 1812 but also about the development of the land in Genesee County,” Werner said. “If you’re driving down West Main Street now, there’s nothing; it’s a piece of land. There will be 20 illuminated flags of 20 different countries all celebrating peace.”Rob Barone of Barone Welding in Batavia will build the globe and the Friends of the Batavia Peace Garden have all contributed time and effort to design the whole concept and work on various aspects of its creation, Toal said.She and Werner are hoping that families will commit to a small plot within the garden so they can work the soil and really become part of the volunteer-based project. So that they can say “I have a piece of peace,” Werner said.O-At-Ka and Upstate Milk Cooperatives will sponsor the globe, concrete base and four military plaques representing the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines.“They’ve thrown an amazing amount of support into this ... teams of volunteers and financial sponsorship,” Werner said. “It’s a huge satisfaction, it’s going to be an amazing tourism attraction. We’re on the map.”She meant that quite literally, since the city’s impending garden is part of a glossy colored tourism map depicting 22 Peace Gardens from Buffalo to Oswego. Stop No. 13 is Batavia, which served as the rallying point during the War of 1812. While much else in Niagara County and Buffalo lay in ashes from a British attack Batavia residents offered shelter for those fleeing the devastation.This honorary Peace Garden will signify 200 years of peace between Canada and the United States. There is no current War of 1812 display inside the adjacent museum, but “we’re working on it,” Museum Director Jeff Donahue said. He wasn’t certain when it would be up for view. Friends of the Batavia Peace Garden think it would be a “win-win” to have not only such a display but a small office space within the museum staffed by a volunteer.“We certainly hope for it to have a presence in the museum,” she said.”I believe in this project because I know ... that it will bring people into the museum. It’s going to be incredible for Genesee County.”In the meantime, organizers have set a fundraiser dinner for 5 p.m. April 28 at Terry Hills restaurant on Clinton Street Road. Tickets are $25 and will include dinner, dessert and guest speaker Congresswoman Kathy Hochul speaking about the “Value of Volunteerism.”That theme is to continue with a peace weekend April 28 and 29 at county churches and a display of Genesee and Orleans County students’ works of peace April 30 through May 7.A dedication of the flags is set for 2 p.m. May 6. Ghostriders, Mighty St. Joe’s, Batavia High School’s jazz and marching bands and Blue Belles, a 21 gun salute and remarks from county officials will be part of the festivities.“It’s going to be a great big party, a party in the garden,” Werner said.For more information, call Toal at (585) 344-2458; International Peace Garden President Paula Savage at (585) 343-2387 or go to http://www.1812.ipgf.org/
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 1:55 am
HLOM's Wonderland of Trees award winners named
BATAVIA — Kathy Jasinski, chairman of the annual Wonderland of Trees at the Holland Land Office Museum, has announced the“People’s Choice” award winners.People who visited the museum and viewed the trees voted on their favorite. The winners for 2011 are:
First Place: ACORNS, a volunteer group formed to support Genesee County parks by assisting with environmental programs and park maintenance.
Second Place: Stafford Garden Club, an organization started 20 years ago for sharing gardening information.
Third Place: Friends of the Batavia International Peace Garden, a group of volunteers raising funds to establish a Peace Garden in Genesee County to celebrate 200 years of peace with the Canadian government.Fifty trees and wreaths were displayed during the holiday season. The trees that were selected by judges Steven Mountain, Marianne Clattenburg and Mary Pat Hancock were:
Glitziest — Friends of the Batavia International Peace Garden;
Best Theme — Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation;
Most Original — Genesee Symphony Orchestra
War of 1812 tourists to invade area
BY MONICA WOLFSON, THE WINDSOR STAR
The War of 1812 will cause yet another invasion of the Windsor area, but this time it will involve armies of tourists.Area museums and historic sites are gearing up for the 200th anniversary of the war with the United States. Municipalities are planning celebrations and events commemorating history and attempting to relive it.In February, the Windsor Community Museum will unveil Living in 1812, its new collection demonstrating what life was like in 1812 from the French, English, black and aboriginal perspectives."It demonstrates what it was like living during a war," said Madelyn Della Vale, curator. "There was lots of starvation, the burning of pickets. I've dug up a lot of illustrations because there were no photographs at that time."The Hough House, which is home to the Windsor Community Museum on Pitt Street, was built shortly before the war and was occupied by American troops in the summer of 1812 before the British recaptured it. The Americans returned in 1813 and occupied the area until the end of the war in 1815."This building is really important historically," Della Vale said. "We have hardly anything left from that time period."Museum staff will be in costume and have activities for children during Windsor's birthday celebrations in May and will play a big role on Aug. 25 during the Capture of Detroit commemoration event at the festival plaza on the waterfront. During the celebrations the Windsor Symphony Orchestra will play new music it wrote for the occasion. Windsor will also host a tour of historic homes as part of Open Doors on Aug. 29.Fort Malden unveiled its newly renovated museum space in July. All the museum cases were redone and the flow of the exhibit changed, said Cari-Lyn Hawksworth, site manager. There are new pieces and wooden palisades built outside to give the fort a more authentic flair. Museum staff will host a recruitment meeting in February to attract volunteers to help run some of the events at the fort this summer.Fort Malden will host its annual July 1 celebrations, but it will also be one of the main venues during the Roots to Boots festival on the civic holiday weekend in August. Once trained, volunteers can help fire muskets, portray soldiers marching in parades and help usher tourists through the site."We are getting calls now from people planning summer vacations and want to know what events are happening," Hawksworth said. "There's an increase in interest because of the bicentennial."Park House museum in Navy Yard Park in Amherstburg is restored to look like it did in the 1840s, but one room is undergoing renovations to resemble the inside of a trading post, which is what the building was in 1812 when it was owned by the Northwest Trading Company. Along with the new exhibit, in the summer there will be a special exhibit of toy soldiers set up in battle configurations.On Aug. 25 there will also be a re-enactment by the Provincial Marine of the capture of U.S. vessel Cayahoga that will be visible from Navy Yard Park.Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island is creating a brochure marking 1812 sites, peace gardens, noting events and other regional attractions. It should be available by May.Read more: http://www.windsorstar.com/1812+tourists+invade+area/5910649/story.html#ixzz1hgA6tALw
Written by Meaghan M. McDermott
Staff writer, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
HAMLIN — Work on the first of two area peace gardens commemorating the War of 1812 moved forward Tuesday with a groundbreaking at Mayer's Lake Ontario Winery.
"This is an important day for Mayer's," said winery owner David Bower Jr. "There is so much history in this area, and people just don't know that much about it."
The Bowers donated 11,500 square feet of land at their Hamlin-Parma Townline Road vineyard and tasting rooms facility to the garden effort. Materials and design were donated by Terry Tree and RM Landscape. Other funds for the project will be raised through donations.
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The Honorable Peter Kent, Canada’s Minister of the Environment
Paula Savage, President IPGF
Alison Partridge, Horticulture Center of the Pacific
Toronto, Canada . . . March 15, 2011 . . . A new awards ceremony tradition was started today at the closing event of Canada’s Garden Tourism Conference. The Garden Tourism Awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction. Read more »
Barber B. Conable is recipient of the first ‘‘Batavia Friends of Peace’’ Award, the International Peace Garden Foundation has announced.
Conable, who served 20 years in the United States Congress and was president of the World Bank for six years, will be recognized at the Peace Garden dinner on Friday, Feb. 18 according to IPGF President Paula Savage.More at The Daily News Online
BATAVIA—Terry Anderson, a news correspondent held captive in Lebanon for nearly seven years, is returning to his hometown next month to highlight an International Peace Garden Kickoff dinner.
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Volunteer effort is a symbol of 200 years of harmony between U.S. and CanadaBy Nick MatteraNiagara Gazette
LEWISTON — A volunteer effort has received international notoriety at a small park with a big meaning in the Village of Lewiston.
The Binational Peace Garden helped transformed a former municipal parking lot just off Center Street into a flower-filled oasis, which symbolizes the 200 years of harmony existing between the U.S. and Canada.
More at http://niagara-gazette.com
With a nod of approval (no official vote could be taken) from the Legislature's Human Services Committee today, Marilyn Drilling and Barb Toal are ready to push forward with plans for a peace garden next to the Holland Land Office Museum.Read the full story here...
Mark Hare, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
You never know when you plant a seed (or in this case, a tulip bulb), just what might grow.
Paula Savage lives in Batavia and works as director of tourism sales for Visit Rochester (formerly the Greater Rochester Visitors Association). Eighteen years ago, when she was living in Washington, D.C., and working to promote a higher profile (and more visitors) for the Canadian capital city of Ottawa, she had an idea. "I thought, 'Wouldn't it be a great idea if Ottawa gave some tulip bulbs to Washington for a peace garden?'"
Ottawa has been known for its tulips since its support for the exiled Dutch royal family during World War II. Queen Juliana gave birth to Princess Margriet in an Ottawa hospital, and after the war, Queen Juliana began to send thousands of bulbs to the Canadian city as a gesture of thanks.
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The 7th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates took place in Rome from November 17 to 19 and was held, as were previous Summits, on the initiative of Mikhail Gorbachev and the Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni.Read more »
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Two separate ceremonies commemorated the Sept. 11, 2001, victims Thursday. The first was a gathering east of the Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano in Sabana Norte where firemen and police again paid tribute to their counterparts who died that morning in New York City.
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