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First Trees For Vets Tree Planted In Port City

OSWEGO, NY – The first of nearly three dozen “Trees for Vets” was planted Friday afternoon on East Bridge Street, a few yards west of the chamber office.

The program is for veterans and their families – and anyone else – according to co-chairs Tom Galloway and Bill McCarthy.

Helping to plant the first tree in the Trees for Vets program are, from left, Tom Galloway, Randy Bateman and Bill McCarthy. Looking on at right is Leon Cook of Ontario Orchards. At far left behind the tree is Alderman Ron Kaplewicz.
Helping to plant the first tree in the Trees for Vets program are, from left, Tom Galloway, Randy Bateman and Bill McCarthy. Looking on at right is Leon Cook of Ontario Orchards. At far left behind the tree is Alderman Ron Kaplewicz.

In September 2009, the Common Council passed a resolution recognizing the Trees for Vets program as a means to honor local veterans and to enhance the city’s opportunities to become a “Tree City USA” member.

“This thing is taking on a life of its own. This is the first of more than 30 trees that have been ordered already,” Galloway said.

“There are going to be a lot more to come,” added McCarthy. “We hope to have trees planted all the way from the city’s east line to the west city line; like things were years ago.”

“This is the first of many,” agreed Oswego Mayor Randy Bateman. “We really appreciate Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Galloway for doing this program. If anyone is interested in planting a tree in memory of a veteran, or a loved one, they can contact them.”

To find out more about the program, call 342-5262.

The mayor also cited Donna Lupien for donating the plaques to be erected with each tree.

“We’re the Oswego dealer for Matthew’s Cast Bronze Plaques,” she explained.

Leon Cook of Ontario Orchards helped facilitate the program.

There are certain trees being designated for certain areas along Bridge Street, he noted.

“Right now, this tree needs about 5 – 10 gallons of water a week,” he said of the freshly planted blossoming cherry tree. “We have cherries, red oaks, maples, and beech.”

He said he’d like to plant some more trees south of Utica Street along the 481 corridor, “There’s quite a bit of room for trees down through there.”

Elaine Johnson, of American Legion Post 268, will place yellow ribbons on the trees for Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day.