By Mary Beth Foley firstname.lastname@example.org
A nine-year-old Northport environmentalist’s request to plant approximately 20 donated trees on Main Street was approved by the village last month.
“Main Street used to be lined with big beautiful old trees,” Sarah Connor said. “Now they’re being cut down when they become diseased and they aren’t being replaced. Instead of adding the trees we need to reduce carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and add oxygen to our air, we’re actually decreasing them.”
“I once read that we should ‘think globally, but act locally,’” she said, “that means try to help the Earth by trying to help your community.”
J. Van Cott Nursery in East Northport offered trees at wholesale cost, about $100 to $200 each. The money will be raised through lemonade stands set up at the village’s Memorial Day and Cow Harbor Day parades and by donations received from Sarah’s Web site, projectlemonaid.org.
An ardent fundraiser, Sarah’s lemonade stands have helped several charities, including the American Red Cross and Save the Children. She also helped her dad raise thousands of dollars to fight cancer, a disease that has afflicted several of their family members, through his charity, Connor’s Army.
According to Joseph Correia, superintendent of public works, “Main Street locations like the ones listed in [Sarah’s request] can be selected on an individual basis as funds become available. Flowering trees, like the Kwanza Cherry and Callery Pear, or non flowering trees consistent with village plans are acceptable.”
They will most likely be planted in November and December when the village typically plants their street trees.