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Despite rainy weather, tree planting event takes off

Sam DeBruin, 2, of Sturbridge, assisted TWAC members in the planting of trees during its Arbor Day program last Saturday, April 23. (click for larger version)
April 27, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Members of the Tree Warden Advisory Community (TWAC) were undeterred by a cold and rainy Saturday, April 23, as they achieved their goal of planting multiple trees on properties throughout the town as part of a three-phase program.

The program began at 9 a.m. with a brief ceremony to celebrate Arbor Day, followed by the planting of two trees in the Preserve subdivision. Heavy rains fell shortly thereafter, causing a two-hour rain delay that forced TWAC members and volunteers to seek shelter.

"We were very fortunate to get those first two trees planted before the rains came," said TWAC member Joseph Kowalski. "We could have postponed the rest of the program for another few days, but since the first two trees were already in the ground, we wanted to keep going. We were all soaked by the time it was over, but everyone enjoyed themselves."

The tree planting resumed at noon, as TWAC members and volunteers planted 15 more trees in the Preserve subdivision neighborhood before moving on to the next phase of planting, which involved the planting of 24 trees at homes and businesses whose owners had expressed interest in having a tree planted on their properties. And if one positive could be taken from the drenching, it meant that planters didn't need to take extra time to water all of the trees.

"Normally, we have to go around and spend time watering each of the trees, but the rain took care of that for us this year," Kowalski added.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

Janines Frostee
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