Another life for donated tree
Eileen Tyznar (center), chairperson of the chamber’s annual Miracle on Main, is pictured here with Islip Town employees


Another life for donated tree



WEST SAYVILLE—For the seventh year in a row, Eileen Tyznar has gone on a quest to find the perfect tree for the annual Sayville Chamber of Commerce’s Miracle on Main event. This year, with the help of fellow chamber board member Chris Olsen, they found what they were looking for. 

Robert Slager and his late wife, Doris, planted the blue spruce 25-30 years ago. Slager is a lifelong resident of West Sayville.

“At first, my love of trees made it hard to give it up, but knowing the cause made the decision much easier,” Slager said. He was also pleased to learn that James Reilly, owner of Haase Landscaping, replaces the donated trees each year with a smaller one of the owner’s choice. 

Slager, having lived in West Sayville for all his 74 years, was a bayman for most of his life. He and his wife raised their two children in his beloved hometown. His son, Michael, lives in Bayport with his two sons, Jacob and Gregory, while his daughter, Andrea, lives in Brightwaters with her husband, John, and their daughter, Sloane. 

Slager said he is proud to have this piece of their family history become the centerpiece for the upcoming ceremony at Sparrow Park, where it will be lit for his grandchildren to see. 

Tyznar, chamber of commerce president-elect and owner of TEACH Consulting Services Inc., says the chamber of commerce is grateful to Islip Town for their assistance in the removal and transportation of the tree from the Slager home and to its installation at Sparrow park—a task they do every year. 

Miracle on Main will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 5 to 9 p.m., with a tree-lighting ceremony at Sparrow Park that includes a sing-along and dance performances at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.