Leaders in Training Plant Elms to Support Tree Stewards

OSWEGO — Members of the 2011 class of Leadership Oswego County, a program of the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations, gathered May 20 for a tree-planting ceremony to benefit Oswego Tree Stewards.

The class and stewards planted two Liberty elm trees at the entrance to Oswego’s River Walk West, corner of Utica and West First streets. Sponsors helped the LOC class raise about $2,000 to support the Tree Stewards, volunteers who help educate the public about tree health and preserve trees throughout Oswego County.

Among those addressing the community members and officials at the ceremony were Sue Witmer, a Leadership Oswego County Class of 2011 member; Jeff Grimshaw, interim director of the college’s Office of Business and Community Relations; Mary Vanouse, director of the city’s Office of Community Development; Phil MacArthur, a Tree Stewards volunteer; and Kate Percival, a Class of 2011 member who read an excerpt of “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss.

Leadership Oswego County prepares a select group of county residents to become community leaders, and each year’s class engages with a community project of its choice.

For more information about Leadership Oswego County or the Oswego Tree Stewards, contact the Office of Business and Community Relations at SUNY Oswego, 312-3492.