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ReTree Grant Amherst

By Mark Kubiniec:

This past Saturday 41 trees were planted on Howell and Grote Streets by the Grant Amherst Business Association and area volunteers.

With the prior 200 tree plantings on Amherst, Bridgeman, Marion, Reservation and Bush Streets, this marks the halfway point of ReTreeing the area between Elmwood, Grant, Grote and Scajaquada Creek.

Special thanks go to project leader Tom Kelly, Howell Street hostess Sue Cholewa and special assistant Larry T. Realtor, tilling assistance from Elliot Howell, Broadway Bob for use of his truck, McKinley High School horticulture teachers Ron Callea and Dan Robillard and their hungry gang of 20 horticulture students, Andy McClellan of Environmental Education Associates, Planner Bill Parke, Chris Jones, Central Terminal for donating mulch, to Joe’s Service Center for donating the rototiller and tent, and David Zabinski of Kolano Funeral Home and Greg Nikiel of Firehouse 12 for delivering and planting trees.

Come join in the next planting of Germain Street next spring. If you or a neighbor wants a tree on any other street, make sure to request it through the City’s 311 phone or computer request system at

This project would not be possible without the excellent assistance from Justin Booth at GoBike Buffalo and Paul Maurer from WNY ReTree, the suppliers of the trees, and the financial sponsorship of the Grant Amherst Business Association.

Three students from North Tonawanda High School joined in the planting, as seen in the photo below…



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