December 15, 2016
Dogwood Tree Planted in honor of Erik Halvorsen
Stony Brook, NY – Last summer, Erik Halvorsen, owner of Norse Tree Service in Setauket, worked on a project with Michael J. Opisso Designs beautifying the Village Green in Stony Brook Village. When that project was finished, Erik mentioned that he had always wanted to donate a Dogwood tree to the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) and it was determined that a location would be finalized at a later date. Unfortunately in light of his recent tragic passing, that will not happen.
In his honor, WMHO has now planted that tree for him. A 14-foot Dogwood was recently donated and installed by Jeff Owen of Owen Brothers Landscaping. A bronze plaque honoring Erik’s memory will be placed on a boulder on the Village Green at a special dedication ceremony this spring. Erik was pleased after learning of the significance of the Dogwood tree to the organization. Jenny Melville, mother of WMHO’s founder, Ward Melville, loved Dogwoods and had them planted throughout the area, many times on private property. Her dishware collection, used at the Three Village Inn for decades, also has the pattern of the Dogwood tree on it.
If you would like to make a contribution, please send your tax deductible donation to WMHO (P. O. Box 572, Stony Brook, NY 11790) and note Erik’s name. Any proceeds over and above the cost of the plaque and boulder will be given to the Halvorsen family.
For more information please contact 631-751-2244.
Photo Credit: WMHO