Picente: Volunteers Plant Flowers at County Building

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced that the volunteers working under the direction of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County are planting flowers around the County Office Building in Utica as part of the county’s efforts to beautify the community.

“I want to thank Cornell Cooperative Extension and their partners for once again volunteering their time to help make the Oneida County Office Building more attractive,” said Picente, who noted that Cooperative Extension volunteers planted flowers at the County Office Building last year. “The County Office Building is one of the most heavily visited buildings in downtown Utica. As such, it is very important that we keep it attractive. Beautification efforts are just one way that we help keep up the image and appearance of downtown Utica. Having Cooperative Extension plant flowers will not only be a wonderful way to brighten the landscape, but also be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.”
 
The YouthBuild program, operated by the Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties, supplied many volunteers. “We try to make a connection to the youth who participate in these programs that giving back to the community should be a part of everyone’s life,” said Alice Savino, WIB Executive Director. “Community service is a major part of the philosophy of YouthBuild, and we think that this helps our youth develop a sense of ownership in the community as well as help make possible a project that needs the energetic and enthusiastic support of our YouthBuild team.”
 
“Our gardening program is one of the many ways Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County helps to make this area a more enjoyable place to live,” said Ronald Bunce, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension. “The program exists so that we can give back to the community. To beautify a landmark such as the County Office Building, and to do it in an intergenerational project that helps children learn about nature, is all part of our mission. I also want to thank the suppliers who annually donate flowers to this project. This is a community with an outstanding willingness to give, and every year this project succeeds because the suppliers are willing to help us.”
 
For information on the Master Gardener program and other garden-related programs operated through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County, call Cooperative Extension at 736-3394.