City of Ogdensburg announces slate of events celebrating 150 years
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 9:21 am

OGDENSBURG -- The City of Ogdensburg’s 150th incorporation anniversary celebration will kick off on Arbor Day with a tree planting ceremony hosted by the Ogdensburg Tree Commission.

The tree commission will host its annual Arbor Day celebration Friday, April 27, at 9:30 a.m. in the Greenbelt in front of the Elsa Luksich Municipal Pool. The public is invited to attend.

Ogdensburg Mayor Wayne Ashley will read a proclamation and tree commission members will speak about the importance of Arbor Day and give background on the species of tree planted.

This year, the commission will plant a Princeton Sentry Ginko. A reception will follow at the Dobisky Visitors’ Center, 100 Riverside Ave.

The city has received notice that the City of Ogdensburg has been designated a Tree City USA community for the 25th consecutive year. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Ogdensburg joins more than 3,400 cities and towns that have been recognized as a Tree City USA community.

In order to be considered a Tree City USA community, the city completed four requirements – establish a Tree Commission, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and observe Arbor Day.

Arbor Day this year also falls on the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Ogdensburg – April 27, 1868. A small plaque provided by Frary Funeral Home will be installed and a time capsule buried during the tree planting ceremony to dedicate the occasion.

The Arbor Day event will kick off a year-long list of events to celebrate the 150th anniversary.

Other events include a trivia night at Hosmer’s Marina on May 12; Living History Day on May 19; Fred’s Barbecue and Library Fun Fest on July 22; Party in the Park on Aug. 11; Walking History Tour and city hall open house on Sept. 9; and the 150th finale event of a Rock-N-Skate at the Lockwood Arena on Nov. 3.