Tree planted to honor Joseph Scannell. Elected officials and community members from across the county attend ceremony


Elected officials and community members gathered to celebrate the life of the late legislator Joseph Scannell.

The ceremony took place at Silver Lake Park last Saturday morning. A tree was planted in his memory along with the renaming of a new street in his name. The street will be called Joseph Scannell Way and it’ll rename a section of Foxhurst Road.

Baldwin resident Tom Owens suggested to legislator Debra Mulé that there should be a tree planting to honor Scannell. “We decided to do this in May,” Mulé said. “One year after Joe’s passing and on the month of his birth.”

Mulé chose a cherry tree to be planted in Scannell’s honor as that type of tree blooms in May. Several elected officials and family members came up to the podium to speak on Scannell’s character. With dozens of community members at the ceremony, it showed how Scannell impacted the lives of countless people.

–Ben Fiebert