Landscaping Fund Benefits the Village of Andover

andover-landscaping-fund-jan-2017The Village of Andover recently received a grant check for $1,914.58 from the Conrad and Kathryn Church Landscaping Endowment Fund which is managed by the Allegany County Area Foundation. This grant money was used for tree pruning in the village of Andover.

In 2001, the Village of Andover received a gift of some 400 trees of various species from Conrad and Kathryn Church. Mr. Church, who passed away the following year, hoped to restore the canopy of trees he recalled from his boyhood in the village. As the former owner of Genesee Valley Nurseries, Inc. in Belmont, he had made his living by growing and selling trees, and he saw them as an important part of the community’s landscape.

In 2007, a gift of $100,000 from Mrs. Church to the Allegany County Area Foundation, Inc., the Conrad and Kathryn Church Landscaping Fund was established for the purpose of maintaining Andover’s trees. The village is able to draw upon the fund’s earnings for tasks such as pruning, fertilizing, disease control and evaluation by an arborist.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8 million dollars. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people. If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will in our community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or visit their web site at:

In the attached picture (L to R): Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation; Marie Wood, Andover Village Clerk; and David Truax, Mayor of Andover.