PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Recently retired Department of Public Works Superintendent Stephen Johnson was honored Friday for more than two decades of work in the village, when a tree was planted in his honor in conjunction with Arbor Day.
"Today is a special occasion to honor our recently retired steward of trees," said Mayor Peter Scherer. "We have the opportunity to plant a tree, as we always do on Arbor Day, but this year we do it with a little bit of special twist because we have summoned the man from retirement."
The tree was planted on a Bedford Road sidewalk in front of A'mangiare Italian Gourmet. A bronze plaque to commemorate Johnson's service to the village will be affixed to a rock in front of the tree. Scherer also proclaimed April 27, 2012 as Stephen A. Johnson Day in Pleasantville.
"This part of the job was enjoyed. We had a lot of fun doing this," Johnson said. "We had to balance it with all the other projects we had that were not so much fun, but this was a blast. I loved every minute of it. I loved everybody I worked with. I think our guys did a great job. It was a just a lot of fun."
The village plants trees every Arbor Day as is required to maintain its status as a Tree City U.S.A., which Pleasantville has been for 25 years .
Arbor Day is one of those days that not everybody knows about but actually is a day that everybody should know about, Scherer said. Its an occasion to remember that keeping a healthy, vibrant tree stock doesnt just happen automatically.
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