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Arbor day

Tree Planted In Honor Of A Foremost Citizen

Homer Osterhoudt Memorialized

Tree Planted In Honor

Of A Foremost Citizen

Members of the Cooperstown Department of Public Works pause from tending a tree planted at 1 p.m. today, Arbor Day, in honor of Homer Osterhoudt at 2 Walnut St., which he built and where he and his wife lived for decades. Attending were Osterhoudt’s son Darryl and his wife Patricia, as well as members of Homer’s church, Cooperstown Baptist. From left are Chris Satriano, streets superintendent; Bob Busse, parks superintendent, Jason Brengel and Lloyd Stilson. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Apple Trees Planted For Arbor Day Event

Apple Trees Planted

For Arbor Day Event

Riverside 6th graders Anlye White and Kya Whitbeck, help shovel dirt around an apple tree held by arborist Fred Hathaway, during the annual Arbor Day celebration At Riverside School this morning. This year, the students helped plant 2 apple trees, a cortland and a macintosh, on the lawn near the historic Swart Wilcox House. Judy Pangman read a proclamation from Mayor Gary Herzig, and afterwards 250 Douglas Fir seedlings were handed out to students as they returned to class.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Tree’s Company

Tree’s Company

City, Students Plant

Tree For Arbor Day

In honor of Arbor Day, fourth graders from Riverside Elementary School joined Mayor Gary Herzig and other City of Oneonta officials to plant a birch tree on the lawn of the Swart Wilcox House this morning. Above, Yussef Pomero and Joe Jarmillo grab shovels and take their turn in helping to shovel the dirt around the 10 year-old tree that was supplied by Asbury Gardens. “This is the first birch tree we’ve planted in 32 years of planting.” said City Engineer Jim Hawver, ‘They are a nice hearty tree and we like to plant different types of trees in different locations so we have more of a variety.” Before the Mayor read an Arbor Day proclamation, the students spoke with the Mayor about the importance of having trees. “These are the young people who will take care of these trees.” said Herzig, “This is the first year the kids helped. We wanted them to understand the value of them. We walk down the street and see them all the time and we take them for granted. This is a chance to have them recognize how important they are and how to better care for them.” Afterwards, Craig Vollmer of FORECOM, right, gave a demonstration on inoculating Ash trees against the emerald ash borer, a small insect whose larvae has invested the trees since their first appearance in Detroit fifteen ago. “We are injecting the trees with an insecticide that is absorbed into the trees.” explained Vollmer. “The injection is good for about two to four years.and contains the best pesticide on the market. You can treat a tree several times for the same cost as it would take to remove an already infested tree.” The City has already made the investment to inoculate  87 other Ash trees throughout the city. “It’s better to be proactive that reactive.” said Hawver. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Arbor Day Planting Brings New Flora To Oneonta

With Arbor Day, New Flora

Oneonta Common Council member Russ Southard finishes reading Mayor Gary Herzig’s Arbor Day proclamation at Maple Street Park, joiined by City Engineer Greg Mattice, center, and Brian Fawcett of New Asbury Gardens. The group was gathered to plant a Sunsation Magnolia tree which, with its large yellow flowers, is the first of i’s kind in the city. In fact, these trees only recently were allowed to be sold commercially, making this one of the first of planting of these trees anywhere. “The tree should reach between 18 to 25 feet in height.” said Fawcett. “It’s different and it’s beautiful. It’s nice to have a diversity of trees in the city.” The planting of a pink weeping cherry tree is planned Friday by Hodge’s Pond in Neahwa Park. The city has plans to plant 30 more trees in the fall. If you are interested in having a tree planted on your property, you can contact the City Clerk for more information. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Arbor Day Planting Honors Miller, City Milestone

Japanese Maple Planted

In New Mayor Miller Park

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, center, and Common Council members, from left, Michelle Osterhoudt, Dana Levinson and Melissa Nicosia plan a Japanese maple at the new Miller Park, at the corner of Lettis Highway and Main Street.  Looking on at left is Brian Fawcett of New Asbury Gardens, the landscape architect.   (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, center, and Common Council members, from left, Michelle Osterhoudt, Dana Levinson and Melissa Nicosia plan a Japanese maple at the new Miller Park, at the corner of Lettis Highway and Main Street.  Looking on at left is Brian Fawcett of New Asbury Gardens, the landscape architect.   (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – On Arbor Day 2016, a Japanese maple was planted this morning in the budding Miller Park, which is beginning to emerge at the corner of Main Street and Lettis Highway in honor of late Mayor Dick Miller.

Miller has been a big advocate of more trees in the city, citing their contribution to the urban landscape.

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