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MED teams with Rotary and Alcoa to plant trees at Community Center

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MASSENA — Thanks to a grant from the Alcoa Foundation and American Forests’ Partnership for Trees Program, as well as the New York Power Authority, a team of volunteers from the Massena Rotary Club, Alcoa and Massena Electric Department recently planted trees at the Community Center in Massena.

“We just planted six trees at the Community Center as part of the Green Efficient Massena energy initiative,” MED Superintendent Andrew J. McMahon said. “This year we’re going to plant over 130 trees with the help and financial assistance of Alcoa, NYPA and the village DPW.”

Areas to be targeted by the project this year include the Community Center, Andrews Street and Maple Street from the Townline Road to the center of the village.

Mr. McMahon said last week’s planting kicked off this year’s efforts.

“As part of the new areas of focus for this year, these were the first trees,” he said, adding that some other trees that had been planted in the past didn’t survive and had been replaced.

Rotary Club President Dwight Job was among the Rotarians on hand to help out.

“It’s part of our philosophy toward community service,” he said. “I wrote, on behalf of Rotary, a letter of support for them and now we’re following through.”

Mr. McMahon, who is also a Rotarian, said he appreciates the support of the club, as well as Alcoa.

“Alcoa has been very supportive of us, the community and Rotary over the past four years in helping us restore our urban forest,” Mr. McMahon said. “These trees are going to help beautify our community and save energy.”

He said in previous years trees were planted at Alcoa Field, along Parker Avenue and on Marie Street.

“Through the Green Efficient Massena initiative we have planted more than 300 large trees and, with the help of Kiwanis, 1,000 saplings,” Mr. McMahon said.

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