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Westinghouse donates thousands of trees to county

| Friday, Nov. 5, 2010

More than 1,000 trees have been planted this year in Butler County, including Winfield and Clinton, and 2,000 more will take root within the next two years.

The trees are a donation from Westinghouse, which recently built its headquarters in Cranberry along Route 228.

After cutting down trees to build its complex, the company pledged 3,000 trees to Butler County.

"It's a good way to support community groups all throughout the county," said Ron Hudok, a Westinghouse spokesman.

The project was a symbol of Westinghouse establishing roots in Butler and of its commitment to clean energy resources, Hudok said.

Westinghouse partnered with Butler County United Way to help ensure its efforts extended countywide.

Trees were planted in spring and fall. Townships submitted applications, and the committee reached out to schools and some areas.

Winfield Township will receive about 150 spruces for its 65-acre park behind the municipal building off Brose Road, township Supervisor Mike Robb said.

Forty trees — from tulip poplar to Kousa dogwood — and 30 shrubs were planted in Spring Valley Park in Clinton Township last weekend. Nearly three dozen volunteers came out to plant them, township Supervisor Mary Zacherl said.

"We can't wait 'til next spring," Zacherl said. "The trees were big enough to be manageable. When they leaf out next year, we'll actually have something to look at."

Cherry trees and a red maple were planted at South Butler Primary School in Saxonburg.

In the city of Butler, trees and shrubbery were planted along Wayne Street.

The areas selected are based on sustainability and public benefit, said Leslie Osche, director of Butler County United Way.

Mostly large trees have been planted, plus some smaller trees and shrubbery, she said.

"It's a really neat project," Osche said.

Various volunteer groups have been involved, she said. The United Way has helped coordinate with Westinghouse and the nursery providing the trees.

Westinghouse began moving into the Cranberry building about a year ago and held the official ribbon cutting in October.

Additional Information:

How to get free trees

Community groups in Butler County interested in submitting a tree-planting project request should contact the Butler County United Way at 724-285-4883.

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