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Supervisor Bill Reilich Hosts Tree Planting Ceremony in Honor of Kenneth B. Preston

Every year in observance of Arbor Day, the Town of Greece plants a tree to both honor a member of the community and to promote the importance of trees for our environment. The Town of Greece has been named a Tree City USA every year since 1998 by continued commitment from Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the dedicated members of our Tree Council.

This year, the Town of Greece is recognizing Arbor Day on May 21st. This afternoon, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Member Mike Bloomer, Director of Constituent Services Michelle Marini, Department of Public Works Commissioner Kirk Morris, and Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon. This year’s tree was planted in memory of Kenneth B. Preston. Kenneth’s wife, Donna, attended the ceremony, along with family members, friends, and colleagues.

The tree planted in honor of Arbor Day this year was the Autumn Blaze Maple. One of the most striking features of this tree is its foliage. In spring and summer, the leaves are a deep green color with a classic maple shape. However, it is in the fall when this tree truly shines. The foliage transitions to vibrant shades of orange, red, and sometimes even purple, creating a spectacular display of autumn colors. The tree is located along the Greece Town Campus Walking track on the North end of campus with a monument placed at the base of the tree.

“Today, we were proud to honor and remember Ken Preston” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “Ken was not just a firefighter, but a beloved spouse, parent to Todd and Tammy, and a cherished grandparent to five grandchildren. Ken’s career journey began over six decades ago when he joined the North Greece Fire Department on July 10, 1962. For an astounding 61 years, he served as an active member. He rose through the ranks, becoming captain and serving as Fire Commissioner for over three decades. Ken also served as the Region 5 Director of the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York for 12 years. Included in Ken’s robust portfolio is his effort in spearheading the establishment of the North Greece Fire District Length of Service Awards Program. Ken was the recipient of numerous accolades, including the prestigious Monroe County Joint Fire Service Leadership Meritorious Service Award in 2013. Ken is greatly missed by his family, friends, and community”.