Two new trees grow in New Windsor

April 08, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

Members of the New Windsor Tree Committee celebrated Arbor Day yesterday by making two additions to the town's increasing number of flowering trees.

About 20 people joined Linda Donaldson, the committee chair, for a short program on the lawn of the New Windsor Presbyterian Church.

"I feel like I know each of them personally," Mrs. Donaldson said of the trees her committee has planted in the past year. "The list [of committee members] changes, but we always have someone working with [planting] the trees."

The tree committee, formed in 1992, planted 21 trees last year, including Aristocrat and Red Spire pear, Chinese elms and Autumn Alice cherry trees.

The committee received a $1,900 grant from a federal tree-planting program -- distributed through the state Department of Natural Resources -- and has applied for another this year.

Nine trees were removed last year because they were dying or rotted, or had become entangled in overhead electrical wiring, Mrs. Donaldson said.

During the program, her daughters Emily, 10, and Grace, 7; Katie and Natalie Chadwick -- 10 and 7, respectively -- and Shannon Scott, 9, recited poems about trees.

Jackie Kiser performed musical selections on her flute.

Mrs. Donaldson read a proclamation from Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. commending the committee on its commitment to keeping New Windsor tree-filled and beautiful.

The group then adjourned to the corner of Church and High streets where an Aristocrat pear tree was planted in front of the home of John Scott, a new resident who recently became a committee member.

"They just moved in and they get a tree," Mrs. Donaldson joked.

A Yoshino cherry tree was also planted yesterday, at the corner of Brownie and Church streets.

Other committee members include Neil Ridgely, program manager for county landscaping; Sharon Ross of Potomac Edison; Beth Trickett of DNR; Frank Vleck, owner of Wakefield Valley Nursery; and residents Judi Gray, the Rev. Charles Acker, Diana Dixon, Margaret Haines and Josh Lindemon.

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