Press-Republican

May 5, 2014

Port Henry streetscape back

By LOHR McKINSTRY
Press-Republican

---- — PORT HENRY — Community volunteers are planning to rebuild Port Henry’s Main Street streetscape project this spring.

The pH7 Committee has taken on a project to plant Japanese lilacs along the sidewalk on Main Street, member Jackie Viestenz said by email.

The original streetscape effort was funded with a State Department of State grant in the early 1990s. But the trees that had been planted were removed by the Village Department of Public Works, and the sidewalk openings were cemented over in 2008.

The reason given for the action at the time was that plowing around the trees by the DPW’s sidewalk plow after snowstorms was too difficult.

Now, the first three Japanese lilacs have been purchased, Viestenz said, and will soon be planted.

“The funds for these trees were provided by the Village of Port Henry, and volunteers will plant them. These trees will be planted in areas that have had trees in the past.”

The village must first remove the cement from the areas along the sidewalk where the original trees had been planted.

The committee would like to plant at least three more trees on the east side of Main Street, Viestenz said.

She said the committee is seeking donations for additional trees, which cost $150 each.

“Individuals or families are invited to donate funds for a tree in memory of a loved one. A plaque will be placed by the tree with the names of the donors and honored family member.”

Viestenz said checks should be made out to Town of Moriah Chamber of Commerce and mailed to P.O. Box 34, Port Henry, NY 12974. Indicate “Trees for Port Henry” on the check.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com