Trees to be planted on Norway Main Street

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NORWAY – Norway’s Tree Committee will celebrate Maine Arbor Week with a tree-planting ceremony on Thursday, May 25, in front of Western Auto, Main Street.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will kick off the committee’s efforts to renew a tree-planting program for downtown Main Street. It will honor nine students from the Guy E. Rowe School who won a “Trees Are Terrific” poster contest sponsored by the committee.

The students, accompanied by Principal George Sincerbeaux, will help committee members plant two Washington Hawthorne trees selected for planting by Western Auto owners Frank and Connie Shorey. The trees are street-hardy and can withstand the stresses of urban living, unlike some of the Main Street trees that are either dead or dying, according to Norway arborist Tish Carr.

Carr and Maine Forest Service District Forester Merle Ring will assist the children and committee members with the planting.

Each of the poster contest winners will receive free trees donated by Central Maine Power Co. and tree magnets from the National Arbor Day Foundation. In addition, the overall winners for grades kindergarten to three and four to six will receive $25 savings bonds donated by the local branches of Key Bank and Norway Savings Bank.

The plantings will include the installation of larger sawcuts and tree grates to give the trees a better chance to grow.

The committee has a total of $16,000 in available funds for the tree-planting program from two state grants. For more information, call committee member Gail Geraghty at 743-1998.

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