Porter Library Dedicates Donated Trees – Westlake

Westlake Porter Public Library trustees, staff and guests dedicated two donated trees on the library lawn on June 15. Pictured (L to R): Board Member Bob Plantz, Board Member Jennifer Darling, Assistant Library Director CJ Lynce, Library Director Andrew Mangels, Herb Guild Shirley Swindell, Garden Club President, Elizabeth Sheehe, board member, Jason Nolde, chair of the board, and Jana Nassif, library finance officer.

The Westlake Porter Public Library Board and Director dedicated two trees during a ceremony at the library on Wednesday, June 15. The trees replaced two of those lost in 2019 during the city’s Center Ridge Road widening project.

One replaced a tree originally donated in memory of former council chairman Tom Fox’s daughter, Linda Fox Lustenberger, who died in 1992. The other was provided by the Herb Guild Garden Club in partnership with the library as part of Holden Forest and Gardens’ People for Trees initiative, which aims to have over 15,000 trees planted in our area by 2025.

Both trees are ‘Autumn Brilliance’ serviceberries, native to Ohio, fast growing and reaching 15 to 20 feet tall at maturity. The trees will provide year-round interest with spring blooms, summer berries for bird’s delight, and brilliant fall foliage. They are located on the library lawn facing Center Ridge Road.

“We are delighted to have finally been able to restore the donated trees and hope the community will benefit from this for years to come,” said library director Andrew Mangels. “We are grateful to the donors for their original donations and for their patience with us as we worked to replace their generous donations.”

For more information on the People for Trees initiative, visit holdenfg.org. For more information about donating to the library, visit westlakelibrary.org.

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