Westlake Porter Public Library Dedicates Two Donated Trees

Westlake Porter Public Library Trustees, staff and guests dedicated two donated trees on the library’s lawn on Wednesday, June 15. Pictured (from left): Board Member Bob Plantz, Board Member Jennifer Darling, Library Assistant Director CJ Lynce, Library Director Andrew Mangels, Herb Guild Garden Club President Shirley Swindell, Board Member Elizabeth Sheehe, Board President Jason Nolde, and Library Fiscal Officer Jana Nassif.

Westlake Porter Public Library’s Board of Trustees and Director dedicated two trees in 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 the daughter of former Board President Tom Fox, Linda Fox Lustenberger, who died in 1992. The other was provided by the Herb Guild Garden Club in partnership with the library as their part of the Holden Forest and Gardens’ People for Trees initiative, which aims to have more than 15,000 trees planted in our region by 2025.

The tree memorializing Linda Fox Lustenberger, the late daughter of former Board Member Tom Fox, was one of two dedicated in a ceremony on the library’s lawn.

Both trees are “Autumn Brilliance” Serviceberry trees, which are native to Ohio, fast growing, and can be 15 to 20 feet tall at maturity. The trees will offer year-round interest with spring blooms, summer berry fruit for birds to enjoy and brilliant fall foliage. They are located on the library lawn facing Center Ridge Road.

“We are so pleased that we were finally able to restore the donated trees and hope that the community will enjoy them 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 while we worked to replace their generous gifts.”

For more information on the People for Trees initiative please visit https://holdenfg.org. For information on donating to the library please visit the library’s website, westlakelibrary.org.

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