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2019-04-10 / Arts & Entertainment

Public Invited to Sidney’s Arbor Day Celebration

Sidney will hold its annual Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 26 at the pavilion at Keith Clark Park on River Street, beginning at 10 a.m.

Music will be provided by the Sidney Elementary Band, under the direction of Amy Hoxie followed by a brief welcome by Lorrie Roach, chairperson of Sidney’s Shade Tree Commission.

The Tree City Recognition Award and Tree City USA flag, recognizing Sidney as a “Tree City” for the 23rd year, will be accepted by Mayor Andy Matviak. To receive this honor, a community must establish a commission to actively work with forestry personnel and the village Department of Public Works to care for and manage public trees. The commission provides guidance to help plant, maintain and remove trees from streets, parks and other public spaces in the community.

Forester Scott Moxham from the Stamford office of the Department of Environmental Conservation will talk about his work protecting the trees and forests of New York.

Fifth-grade students from the Sidney school district’s Green Thumb Club will present Arbor Day posters that depict habitats for bats, which is the theme for Arbor Day in 2019. This student club is under the guidance of Josh Gray.

The Arbor Day celebration will culminate in the planting of a tree in honor of Mike Mercurio, a member of the Public Works Department for Sidney for 30 years, serving as superintendent for the past seven years.

Since 1994, trees have been planted in dedication to individuals and groups throughout Keith Clark Park and other areas of the village. Each of these Arbor Day trees is indicated by a plaque that provides information about the dedication. Tree locations from past years will be noted on the Arbor Day program.

The Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District in Walton has provided sapling trees to be distributed at the program.

Sidney’s Shade Tree Commission currently seeks residential locations to plant trees in the utility strip along the front of properties. Sidney residents may contact the village office or Shade Tree Commission members Lorrie Roach, Nancy Redente, David Honsaker and Jane Cole for more information. A variety of free trees will be offered and may be planted at no cost to the homeowner.

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