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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 24th. This morning, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Bill Murphy and Mike Bloomer for the Annual Town of Greece Arbor Day Memorial Tree Planting Ceremony. This year’s tree was planted in memory of David Proud.

The tree planted in honor of Arbor Day this year was the Ivory Silk Japanese Lilac. This tree features dark green foliage throughout the season and produces white blossoms in early summer. 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 David Proud” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “David G. Proud was born on August 3rd, 1936. He passed away on March 15th, 2019. He was a resident of the Town of Greece for more than 50 years. He was a kind soul, always willing to lend a hand. He was known as being true to himself, his beliefs, and those he served. David was an active member of his community, including serving in the Monroe County Legislature representing the 5th district in the Town of Greece from 1988 until 2001.  He is greatly missed”.