Sidney Celebrates Arbor Day with Tree City Designation & Elwin Van VanValkenburgh

By Allison Collins

*SNEAK PEEK*

SIDNEY – For the 21st consecutive year, the village of Sidney was designated a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation thanks to the continued efforts of the Shade Tree Commission. The occasion, as is tradition, was celebrated on Arbor Day, Friday, April 28, at Sidney’s Keith Clark Park. This year, longtime Sidney community pillar Elwin Van VanValkenburgh was honored with a maple tree planting in his name.

Among his many community-centric causes, VanValkenburgh was one of the founding members of the Shade Tree Commission, which defines its mission as: determining the needs and problems of village trees; making recommendations to the Sidney Village Board regarding tree planting programs; informing village residents and board members regarding the selection, planting and maintenance of trees in the village; coordinating shade tree programs with area civic groups; identifying village sites appropriate for further planting and maintaining Tree City USA status for the village.

Friday’s ceremony opened with Sidney mayor Andy Matviak presenting Shade Tree Commission member and vice president Nancy Redente with a Tree City USA award flag.

Sidney Central School District fifth graders were on-hand to share Arbor Day-inspired poetry and posters, designed by the students with an emphasis on conservation.

NYS Department for Environmental Conservation forester Scott Moxham performed the ceremonial tree planting in the field sloping away from the park’s picnic pavilion.

“Be sure to pick up this week’s edition at a store near you! Or for the latest local news, call or e-mail us today to arrange convenient home delivery each and every week.”

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s