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Arbor Day Poetry Contest winners from Wells are (from left) Jean Frederick, Janet O'Connell, Bonnie Barton, and Liz Taylor. (Photo submitted)

Long Lake's Arbor Day poets were honored at the Long Lake Meal Site. Shown are (from left) Sally Long, Betsy Comeau, Bob Tice, Glen Ruane, Edith Hall, Rosemary Carey, and Tom Scahill. (Photo submitted)

Vicki Buyce of Lake Pleasant received a certificate of merit for her Arbor Day poem. (Photo submitted)


Seniors honored for tree poems

Sunday, August 03, 2014 - Updated: 1:04 PM

LAKE PLEASANT -- Creative poets submitted amazing compositions for the Arbor Day Poetry Contest sponsored by the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Senior citizens wrote shape poems related to the theme trees in nature. It was no easy task for judge Kathy Stewart to select winners, as all entries were excellent.

"This contest is especially for seniors in Hamilton County which is unique," said Betsy Comeau of Long Lake. "How many contests exist just for seniors? Very few! It gives this often quiet and underserved population a chance to shine, a chance to use their creativity, a chance to socialize with other seniors and a chance to celebrate the world of poetry."

Awards ceremonies were held at the Long Lake Nutrition Center, the Wells Senior Nutrition Site, and in Lake Pleasant in May. Certificates of merit were presented to all participants.

Rosemary Carey, Jean K. Frederick, Sally Long, Janet O'Connell, and Bob Tice were presented with honorable mention certificates. The countywide winners were Tom Scahill (third place), Christine L. LaRocque (second place), and Betsy Comeau (first place). They received bundles of ninebark shrubs.

"I was thrilled to receive 16 poems for this year's contest," said Caitlin Stewart, the district's conservation educator. "Congratulations to all the Arbor Day poets.

"I extend a special thank you to Bob and Theresa Tice of the Long Lake Senior Center and Kelly Brenan of the Wells Senior Nutrition Site for helping to get the word out about the competition and for arranging wonderful awards ceremonies and luncheons."

The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District has been working to manage and promote the wise use of natural resources in Hamilton County since 1965. For more information about this and other green contests, programs, and services, contact (518) 548-3991, or visit


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