Scout Troop 140 helped plant trees at TJ Connor School. Photo by Wendy Marks

On Saturday, May 6, the sun shone brightly on the Village of Scottsville to illuminate the celebration of Arbor Day 2023. The Village also celebrated its 8th year of being awarded ‘Tree City, USA’ by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Mayor Maggie Ridge greeted the community, local Scouts, families, and Village Forestry Board members to thank community partner CooperVision for their steadfast support of the Village’s commitment to enhance the tree canopy by planting trees along the streets and in the parks. CooperVision donated the two red maple trees planted on Edson Street alongside the T. J. Connor Elementary School field. The Village DPW provided the heavy lifting and local Scouts provided plenty of enthusiasm and skill to help shovel soil around the tree roots.

Present for the celebration were David Olear, Plant Director of Scottsville Manufacturing Operations and Damaris Santiago, Director of Environmental Health and Safety for CooperVision’s Americas Manufacturing Operations. CooperVision’s commitment to sustainability and community partnerships is evident through their global program as well as support of small community initiatives. CooperVision’s team mantra “Building Together” was fully evident as community members gathered to celebrate Arbor Day. Each participant was offered a free tree sapling provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to take home and plant.

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