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Watertown hosts state forestry conference

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WATERTOWN — Mary E. Cosgrove stopped by to look at a tree in front of City Hall that she’s never seen or heard of before.

Mrs. Cosgrove, a member of Albany Goes Green, a group of tree enthusiasts, wanted to know more about the black maple, a species that’s somewhat prevalent in Watertown.

She was in Watertown on Friday for a three-day New York Tree ReLeaf Conference of the New York State Urban Forestry Council. It’s the first time that the three-day conference has been held in Watertown.

“It’s great it’s here,” said Dr. Jason F. White, chairman of Tree Watertown, a group devoted to the city’s tree population.

On Friday, City Manager Kenneth A. Mix welcomed the group, and city planner Michael J. DeMarco, who serves as the city’s urban forestry coordinator, was a keynote speaker.

“They’ve wanted to have the conference here for a few years,” he said.

Watertown is a Tree City. In April, the city marked the 25th year that Watertown held an Arbor Day event.

On Friday afternoon, forestry members took a tour of the Downtown Arboretum, a unique variety of trees along the 200 block of Washington Street.

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Local boxing: Second Battle of Badges draws crowd at Jefferson CC

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WATERTOWN — Amateur boxers traveled far and wide to compete in the second Battle of Badges event Saturday night.

Tom Aceto made the drive up from Watertown earlier in day all the way from New York City to fight on the 14-bout card, which was held at Jefferson County Community College.

The 50-year-old Aceto, who is a native of Herkimer and works in Manhattan, won his fight against Kyle Zimmerman, a Jefferson County probation officer, in a three-round decision at 195 pounds.

“I’m a lieutenant for the department of corrections,” Aceto said. “I actually work in Edgecombe Correctional Facility in Manhattan, so I made the long drive up here.”

Aceto, who said he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in January, was pleased to get back into the ring after he was deemed healthy.

“I had COVID earlier in the month so I was shut down for a little while, but as you can see, I still support the cause,” Aceto said. “I had six or seven fights as a kid, but I hadn’t boxed in 30 years.”

The Battle of the Badges event, held by the Watertown Area Boxing Club, made its return after making its debut in 2019. The event wasn’t held last year because of concerns about COVID-19.

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