Story by Janmarie Foschini
Although Fri., Apr. 27 turned out to be a rainy day, it did not dampen the enthusiasm for the Arbor Day celebration held in Greenwood Lake. The celebration was held at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park in Greenwood Lake and began with the crowd singing, “America.”
The event was hosted by the Warwick Valley Gardeners’ in collaboration with the Town of Warwick Shade Tree Commission. Members from the Warwick Valley Rotary, Village and Town Officials, members of the Greenwood Lake community, several second and third grade students from the Greenwood Lake Elementary School, along with their Principal and third grade teacher, joined in this event.
Warwick Valley Rotary members Virginia Mazza and Edward Lynch presented a $1,000 check to the Warwick Shade Tree Commission for planting trees.
“We really appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community as members of the Warwick Valley Rotary,” said Rotary member Edward Lynch.
A black Tupelo tree, which can grow between 40 and 50 feet high, was planted at the Waterfront Park and the rainy weather was considered “perfect” for planting trees. This tree will in time provide a nice shady area for beach goers. A total of six trees will be planted. The audience was given a brief lesson from the Warwick Shade Tree Commission on the importance of trees and the many purposes they serve. The students read poems they had written about Arbor Day and were presented with White Pine trees to take home and plant.
“I would like to thank the Town of Warwick, the Warwick Shade Tree Commission, the Warwick Gardeners’, and the members of the Greenwood Lake Elementary School, who joined us on the rainy Arbor Day morning to celebrate the importance of trees in our community. Their partnership in adding trees within Greenwood Lake is vital to the health and quality of life for all in and around our community,” said Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer.
A memorial program was introduced in the Town of Warwick. Residents can fill out an application to plant a tree in a Town park to honor a person or an event. Applications are available at the Warwick Town Hall, the Town Parks Department or by calling Karen Emmerich, Shade Tree Commissioner, at 986-0151.