Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Touching Trees: Significant Arbor Day Community Involvement

Submitted by Tom Chamberland, Tree Warden  Town of Sturbridge

Dr Alex Shigo, World Renown as the father of Modern Arboriculture once remarked that touching trees in addition to being good for the soul was also good for the trees; “Touching Trees” is a very good way to capture the events in Sturbridge of this Arbor Day 2011. A significant milestone was reached with over 54 residents and business along with some 50 Burgess students, 60 Tantasqua Regional HS Students and two local tree care and 1 landscape company all coming together to celebrate Arbor day in one form or another.

Touching Trees, members of the TWAC and TW Tom Chamberland
hands all touching one of the 55 Bare root trees planted for Arbor day.
Photo credit: Lois Kelly

Deputy Tree Warden Joe Kowalski, Vice Chair of the Tree Warden's Advisory Committee (TWAC) who owns Ganesh Tree and Plant Health Care, was the lead organizer in organizing the 55 bare root tree planting Arbor Day Celebration effort and Tom Chamberland Sturbridge Tree Warden administered the tree seedling program and Arbor Day of Service at Tantasqua Regional High School. Using the National federal volunteer rate of $21.36 per hour, Arbor Day Volunteers amassed a combined total of over 434 hours worth a total of over $ 10,170.00 in value of the effort in beautifying the Town. A special thanks goes out to the members of, and volunteers with the TWAC, Including Lois Kelly, Doris Sosik, Al Champagne, Leslie Wong, Pamela Hoy, along with the residents of the Preserve Way subdivision, Greg Morse and our DPW staff, and with Calvin Montigny, Chair of the TWAC and his company Montigny Landscaping, who all participated in one way or another to insure our 55 bare root trees found a home as quickly as possible. To 6th Grade Burgess School teacher Amber Kelly, and her two science classes who bagged and handed out some 1000 seedlings. Tantasqua Regional HS Teacher David Stanley and his three science classes who came out and assisted Dennis Panu and myself in trimming, mulching and caring for the trees planted as a part of the new school building project.

Students of Tantasqua Regional High school work 
alongside Arborist Dennis Panu, background in bucket truck,
 during the Arbor Day of Service on Friday April 29th.
Photo credit: Tom Chamberland
Tree Warden Tom Chamberland, speaking after the events of last Friday's Arbor Day of service said "In the past 23 consecutive years that I have been involved in celebrating Arbor day this year's events and involvement of the community have surpassed them all, 55 trees, over 1000 seedlings and the day of service which addressed tree care to some 23 trees at Tantasqua have made this year one for the record books!" Continuing he said, "The Tree Warden's Advisory Committee has really come together and without their great effort this record setting year would not have been possible, the community owes them a big thank you!" Anyone interested in joining the TWAC, where there is one vacancy, is asked to contact the Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski with a letter of interest. Residents interested in participating in next year’s Arbor Day tree planting program can contact the Tree Warden at:

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