B'ville: Cleanup canal side

On a brisk Saturday morning, the Baldwinsville Women's Garden Club worked alongside Bartlett Tree Experts in an effort to prepare Canal Park for the spring and summer.

Nancy Loveland, the president of the club, said the women have been working on improving and beautifying the park since 1969.

"Every spring we come in and clean this park up," Loveland said. "We have been doing something year after year after year."

About 20 people were present at 9:30 a.m. last Saturday picking up trash, raking leaves and trimming trees. Young Kyle Gorham worked alongside the canal removing leaves from under benches and handing off garbage to be put in the collection pile.

"This is such a focal point," said Mike Gorham, Kyle's father and a certified arborist at Bartlett Tree Experts, his family run business. "This park is the first or last thing boaters see as the pass through Baldwinsville along the canal."

Arborist Gary Bush of Bartlett Tree Experts removed branches from a copper beech tree, which Loveland considered the center point of the park due to the tree's beauty and uniqueness. The branches were removed to keep the tree from interfering with power lines. According to Loveland, National Grid would butcher the tree if it were left untrimmed.

"We keep the tree beautiful, happy and healthy," she said.

Loveland and Gorham connected at Celebrate Baldwinsville and agreed to work together and volunteer their time and services to the park's upkeep in celebration of Arbor Day (April 27) and Earth Day (April 22).

"We are the river," Loveland said referring to Baldwinsville.

Gorham said he got involved because he lives and works in Baldwinsville and wanted to reach out and contribute to the community.

As a tree expert, Arbor Day is an obvious holiday for Gorham to celebrate. In fact, he also plans to give an Arbor Day presentation at his sons' schools. He will read to Mrs. Waite's class at Elden Elementary School where Kyle attends and to Mrs. Lang and Mrs. Sumner's class at Presbyterian Nursery School where his son Josh attends. He will also discuss the positive impacts trees have on our environment with the children.

Bartlett Tree Experts will be celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.

"It's an exciting year for our company," Gorham said.

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