Thanks to the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, there will be more trees to decorate during Christmastime in the Lost Neighborhood.
On Friday, two blue spruces were planted at the Salvation Army, 83 S. Main St., Jamestown, in Brooklyn Square. The tree planting was sponsored by the BPU and will add to two important causes.
One cause will be more trees to decorate during the Christmas season by the Lost Neighborhood Committee. The Lost Neighborhood Committee represents the section of Jamestown near Brooklyn Square that was demolished in the 1960s and 1970s following an Urban Renewal Project, displacing nearly 100 families, mainly of Italian-American heritage.
From left, Capt. John Merchant, Salvation Army corps officer, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, Dan Stone, city arborist, Tony Raffa, Lost Neighborhood president, and David Leathers, Jamestown Board of Public Utilities general manager, are pictured during a tree planting ceremony at the Salvation Army, 83 S. Main St., Jamestown.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips
For the past 10 years, a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony has been held in Brooklyn Square sponsored by the Lost Neighborhood Committee. The event takes place on the Salvation Army grounds.
This past November, the event included live Christmas music provided by a brass quartet.
Santa Claus was also present to wish children in attendance a Merry Christmas by passing out candy. Along with a Christmas tree on the Salvation Army grounds, a second tree located on the walkway of Jamestown Area Medical Associates was also lit. Now with the two new additions, more trees will be lit for the holiday season.
The second important cause celebrated Friday is the city receiving a Tree Line USA designation by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Dan Stone, city arborist, said the new designation will go along with the city's Tree City USA title. Jamestown has been a Tree City USA for 33 consecutive years. Jamestown is the second longest-running city in New York to be honored with the designation. Stone said the new Tree Line Designation is like a Christmas gift to him.
"What brings us here today is Christmas," Stone said.
This year the city also received its fifth Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program. The award honors environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities. More than 13,000 city-owned trees now line city streets. That total does not include trees in city parks. Trees promote healthier communities. The leaves filter the air by removing dust and other particles. Trees moderate climate, conserve water and provide habitat for wildlife. Trees in urban areas reduce the heat island effect caused by pavement and buildings.
There are two ways people can make tax-deductible donations toward the city's urban forestry fund. One way is through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, www.crcfonline.org., and the second way is through the city comptroller's office, www.jamestownny.net.