ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The management of Posten's Funeral Home has been honored by the borough for treating the trees on its property as "treasures."

The three men who operate the funeral home were awarded the town's first "certificate of excellence" during the Sept. 7 Borough Council meeting in a presentation by Louise I. Donoghue, the Shade Tree Commission chairman, and Mayor Frederick J. Rast III.

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Louise I. Donoghue, Atlantic Highlands Shade Tree Commission chairman, is surrounded by the management of Posten's Funeral after they were awarded a certificate of excellence for tree maintenance of their property. They are (from left) Kenneth J. Rau, Louis G. Hemko and Frank R. Weiland.  Photo by PETER E. DONOGHUE

Mrs. Donoghue cited the trimming and maintenance given to the stately oaks and maples surrounding the turn-of-the-century funeral home, Ringwood, as producing a park-line effect to the area at East Lincoln and Central avenues, where Posten's is located.

"The Shade Tree Commission wants to recognize Posten's for its devotion to keeping Atlantic Highlands beautiful by maintaining its trees," Mrs. Donoghue said.

Honored were Frank R. Weiland, owner-director; Kenneth J. Rau, senior director, and Louis G. Hemko, vice president-facilities manager, for living up to the business' motto, "A Tradition of Excellence." Posten's has been family owned and operated since 1886.