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80 New Trees Planted Near Oneonta High School

80 New Trees Planted

Near Oneonta High School

Volunteers Steve Londner and Dave Hutchison work together planting a sapling in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Conservation’s “Trees for Tributaries” initiative which planted 80 small trees and shrubs along the S-curve near Oneonta Hugh School this morning. Founded in 2007, the goal of the program is to plant young trees and shrubs along stream corridors to prevent erosion, increase flood water retention, improve wildlife and stream habitat, and protect water quality A small group worked digging holes and planting80 young trees and shrubs that included Sycamore, Birch, Elderberry, and Dogwood.  At right, Laura Grant, Upper Susquehanna Coalition, demonstrates how to place a protective sleeve over the trees to protect it from animals. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Plant 30 Trees A Year in Cooperstown, Survey Recommends
DECEMBER MEETING • COOPERSTOWN TRUSTEES

Plant 30 Trees A Year In

Village, Survey Suggests

By PATRICK WAGER • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Cindy Falk

COOPERSTOWN – As many as 30 new trees a year could be planted in Cooperstown starting in 2020, according to Village Trustee Cindy Falk.

“Right now we’re planting about a half a dozen trees a year,” she said.

The Davey Resource Group of Kent, Ohio, just released a survey of the village’s 1,897 trees, with a proposed maintenance schedule of removals and plantings.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW DAVEY PLAN

 

Remembering Lives Lived And Lost

At Hospice Tree Lighting,

Loved Ones Remembered

Family and friends of those who have passed away gathered at Catskill Area Hospice in  Oneonta this afternoon to remember loved ones whose names were written on ornaments decorating trees along River Street Extension as part of the annual Tree of Lights event. Above, Joan Shackleton, Oneonta, shows her granddaughter Allie Bruno, Albany, the ornament bearing the name of late husband Raymond Shackleton. At right, Sharon Wheeler, Oneonta, takes a photo of the ornament bearing the name of her late husband Rev. Jim Wheeler, who passed in 2015. Following remarks by President/CEO Dan Ayers, Hospice Chaplain Bruce Helstrom, board chair Connie Jastremski and others, the trees were lit as the crowd sang “Peace on Earth.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

Where Have Oneonta’s Trees Gone?

City Clearcutting Downtown

As Streetscape Works Starts

Downtown visitors may have noticed a little less shade on Main Street, with many of the trees removed as part of Oneonta's Streetscape plan. But worry not – they'll be replaced with healthier trees this spring, as well as new brick and slate planters and refurbished benches. Mayor Gary Herzig hopes the project will be done before the college graduations in May. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Main Street, Oneonta, was looking a little barer today, as implementation of Oneonta’s Streetscape plan began by clearcutting trees on the north side between Dietz and Chestnut. They’ll be replaced with healthier trees this spring, as well as new brick and slate planters and refurbished benches, according to Mayor Gary Herzig.  He said he doesn’t know how many trees will be fells, but expressed hopes the project will be done before the college graduations in May. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Final Push On Coop Sidewalks

Final Push On Coop Sidewalks

The final trees are coming down in downtown Cooperstown today as the push begins to complete the village's $2 million sidewalk project by Memorial Day Weekend.  Central Paving Vice President Charles Durse, who was at the scene today, said the start of work was delayed by the long winter, but he fully expects to meet the end-of-May deadline.  Assisting Durse in clearing away brush in front of the Cooperstown General Store a few minutes ago were  Greg Hight, foreground, and John  Sementilla, left.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
The final trees are coming down in downtown Cooperstown today as the push begins to complete the village’s $2 million sidewalk project by Memorial Day Weekend. Central Paving Vice President Charles Durse, who was at the scene today, said the start of work was delayed by the long winter, but he fully expects to meet the end-of-May deadline. Assisting Durse, center, in clearing away brush in front of the Cooperstown General Store a few minutes ago were Greg Hight, right, and John Sementilla, left. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

 

Maples, Locusts, Elms, Lilacs Among Trees Going Downtown

Maples, Locusts, Elms, Lilacs

Among Trees Going Downtown

Trees that will be planted in downtown Cooperstown in late October and early November include, from left, Norwegian sunset maples.  Skyline honey locusts.  Harvest gold lindens.  Homestead elms.  Emerald sunshine elms.  Ivory silk lilacs.
Trees that will be planted in downtown Cooperstown in late October and early November include, from left, Norwegian Sunset maples, Skyline Honey locusts,  Harvest Gold lindens, Homestead elms, Emerald Sunshine elms and Ivory Silk lilacs.  Green in the summers, the trees will turn a variety of yellows, oranges and reds in the fall.

By JIM KEVLIN • allotsego.com

COOPERSTOWN – Norwegian sunset maples.  Skyline honey locusts.  Harvest gold lindens.  Homestead elms.  Emerald sunshine elms.  Ivory silk lilacs.

These enticingly named trees will be planted along the north side of Main Street in late October and early November, according to Jim Kisker of Schichtel’s Nursery in Springville, near Buffalo.

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NORWEGIAN SUNSET MAPLES •  HARVEST GOLD LINDENS IVORY SILK LILACS

HOMESTEAD ELMSEMERALD SUNSHINE ELMSSKYLINE HONEY LOCUSTS

“These are types of trees that historically are planted in sidewalk cutouts in urban areas successfully,” he said.  “You can see many that are successful in cities, towns and villages.”

The trees were selected in collaboration with Trustee Cindy Falk, who as chair of the Streets Committee has been overseeing the sidewalk project, and the village’s Tree Committee, chaired by Ruth Ayres.

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