In the spring of 2018, Dennis Osika approached the Lansing Central School District as a representative of the Lansing Rotary Club. Rotary was looking to do a project to improve the district’s facilities. It took many meetings with various school personnel, but over a year later the project finally came to fruition.
The Rotary Club generously donated seven trees to be planted at Raymond C. Buckley Elementary School. The donated trees include Northern Red Oaks, ‘Red Sunset’ Red Maples, Pin Oaks, a Bloodgood London Plane, and a Silver Maple.
When Osika first pitched the idea to district officials, he stressed the importance of adding large plants such as trees to the district to improve air quality and increase oxygen production. He also noted that, with the appropriate placement, over time the elementary building would be provided with more shade, thus increasing energy efficiencies. And, ultimately, the district campus would be more beautiful as a result of the increased greenery and foliage.
The project was met with support and excitement; however, there were some obstacles along the way. First off – finding the best placement for the trees. The District’s campus grounds are full of utilities (water, phone, gas, fiber network, etc.) and some of the better placements for shade and aesthetics were not feasible as a result.
Once locations were found and approvals obtained, it was necessary to wait until the spring of 2019 to actually purchase and plant the trees. Osika was generous in sharing his many years of knowledge regarding facilities and trees and assisted the district by providing tree varieties that would be appropriate.
Spring is an extremely busy time of year for the facilities department at any school district. Fields and athletic facilities need to be mowed daily for all the physical education classes and the many athletic events that take place every day. And, honestly, the weather didn’t help.
With such a very wet spring, it was difficult to find a day the crew could finally dig and plant. Ultimately, it was a team effort that got the job done. With coordination from the Town of Lansing Recreation Department, the district’s facilities crew, Don Wells of the Rotary Club, and a few of our students to help throw on the last bit of dirt, the trees were finally planted and are an addition to the campus that the community can watch grow for years to come.
Elder Law Fair
The Finger Lakes Independence Center, Tompkins County Office for the Aging and Tompkins Cortland Community College will host a Disability and Elder Law Fair August 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tompkins Cortland Community College.
This Fair will focus on legal and financial issues that are important to elders and people with disabilities of all ages.
It will include tabling opportunities to allow people to interact with local providers and three sessions of presentations on a variety of topics beginning at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. Contact the Office for the Aging at (607) 274-5491 or the Finger Lakes Independence Center (607) 272-2433 if you have questions about the event