Commemorative Tree Program Honors Senator Formica

April 21, 2015
Left to Right: Senator Paul Formica, Laura Frisch, Rotary Community Service Chairperson, Dave Putnam, Director-East Lyme Parks and Recreation Dept.

Left to Right: Senator Paul Formica, Laura Frisch, Rotary Community Service Chairperson, Dave Putnam, Director-East Lyme Parks and Recreation Dept.

Hartford, CT – State Senator Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) was honored on Saturday, April 18, 2015, by The East Lyme Rotary, East Lyme Public Trust, along with the East Lyme Parks and Recreation for his significant service to the town of East Lyme as its former First Selectman. The group planted a Sycamore tree outside town hall.

“I was surprised and humbled by the gift,” said Sen. Formica. “I can’t thank this group enough for this honor and I appreciate the Trust for their dedication to improving the quality of life in East Lyme. “

Left to Right: Laura Frisch, Rotary Community Service Chairperson; Joe Legg, President, East Lyme Public Trust Foundation, Mark Nickerson, East Lyme, First Selectman, Paul Formica, Senator-20th District, June Hoye, Chairperson-Trees for Tomorrow, Dave Putnam, Director-East Lyme Parks and Recreation Dept.
Left to Right: Laura Frisch, Rotary Community Service Chairperson; Joe Legg, President, East Lyme Public Trust Foundation, Mark Nickerson, East Lyme, First Selectman, Paul Formica, Senator-20th District, June Hoye, Chairperson-Trees for Tomorrow, Dave Putnam, Director-East Lyme Parks and Recreation Dept.

In anticipation of Earth Day which is April 22, The Public Trust kicked-off its Trees for Tomorrow, commemorative tree program with the planting ceremony. In 1970, Americans first joined in a grassroots demonstration to gather national support for environmental issues. Now, 45 years later, billions of people participate in Earth Day and plant new trees to mark the celebration.

Organized by Selectman Mark Nickerson, the planting of a Sycamore tree symbolized the work Senator Formica accomplished during his 8 year career as First Selectman.

June Hoye, chairperson of Trees for Tomorrow, thanked the group and welcomed about 30 people who attended the ceremony. Dave Putnam, the Director of E.L. Parks and Recreation Department supervised the planting and spoke about the important public-private connection that has been forged between the town and the Trust. First Selectman, Nickerson, spoke about the many accomplishments of Senator Formica calling them the “seeds he has planted for future generations.”

Mr. Joe Legg, Pres. of the East Lyme Public Trust said, “… Formica is one of the “Good Guys”, who inherently recognizes the benefits of working co-operatively with local people and organizations to improve our quality of life.”

The “Trees for Tomorrow” program was developed to help raise funds for the Niantic Bay Boardwalk and other projects of the Trust. Commemorative trees will be placed in public spaces in East Lyme. Trees can be donated to commemorate a birth, wedding, graduation, or to honor a loved one or a special event.

“What a great way to create a lasting, living memorial that will provide scenic beauty and contribute to a healthy environment,” remarked Sen. Formica.

To find out more about the “Trees for Tomorrow” visit: www.publictrustfoundation.org