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Arbor Day

A Tree-mendous Celebration
(Last Friday in April)
arbor day 2008
Arbor Day 2008: The First Arbor Day Celebration for the Village of Central Square was held Friday April 25, 2008 at Goettel Park.  About 121 people turned out for the celebration.  The Central Square Fire Companies Auxiliary handed out seedlings.  Fulton Savings Bank donated a weeping snow fountain cherry and a flowering crabtree.  The Central Square Lions Club and Village of Central Square donated a tulip tree.  The Lion and Tiger Cub Scouts from Pack 711 of Hastings worked very hard  to earn a tree to donate to their community.  They leader challenged them to collect 3000 cans in 7 months.  They did and with the help of Senior Girl Scout Troop 318 of Central Square the scouts donated a flowering Cleveland Pear Tree to the park.  The Lions Club sold hotdogs and there was face painting and crafts for the kids.

 

Arbor Day 2009:  About 80 people turned out for the Village of Central Square’s Tree-mendous Celebration on Friday April 24, 2009.  The Central Square Fire Company Auxiliary provided seedlings that were handed out by Lioness Club members. 
   The Lions Club of Central Square donated a Cornelian Cherry Tree and the Lioness Club donated a River Birch.  Brownie Troop 635 donated a Pink Spires Crab Apple tree.  A memorial tree for Gabriel “Gabe” Buschle was planted from the Village and a Chanticleer Pear memorial tree for Donald Schultz was planted by his neighbors the Monica Family, the Saunders Family and Joe and Linda Lisi. 
   In addition to the tree planting the Lions Club had hotdogs for sale.  There also was face painting and several crafts activities.   The people who participated in the Tree-mendous tree search were Shannon McMullen, Patrick McAllister, Nancy McCune, Kayleigh Stevens, Nicolas Stevens, Benjamin Stevens and Matthew Stevens.  Their photos are on display now through Memorial Day at the village office. 

 

Arbor Day 2010: About 40 people turned out for the Village of Central Square’s Tree-mendous Celebration, organized by Village Trustee, Heather Stevens. This year the village took donations to begin planting ornamentals along the roadways in Hillside Cemetery. Each tree will also have a plaque. To plant or donate a tree the cost is $250.00 payable to the Village of Central Square. This can still be done throughout the year and if a great way to recognize or remember someone. Trees can be donated by individuals, families, businesses, groups etc. A Redbud tree was donated by Brownie Troop 635 of Central Square, their second year in a row donating. Project Bloom donated a Cleveland Pear tree to Mr. Mike Avery for his many years of service to the Village of Central Square. Mrs. Jane Root donated a Cleveland Pear tree from the Root and Porter families and Mrs. Jean Breed donated a Redbud in the memory of her husband, Cliff Breed. The children in attendance worked hard and got the trees planted. Village Mayor, Millard Murphy and Trustee Heather Stevens spoke about the people involved in each tree donation before they were planted. Then everyone headed back to the park for food, crafts and lots of fun! Many people remained to talk and enjoy the park. All in all it was a great evening of the community coming together and celebrating what a great place Central Square is. The entire event would not have been possible without the help of our village employees; Mike Avery, Bruce Meldrim and Mike Wilson.

Arbor Day 2011: About 25 people braved the cold temperatures and April showers to attend the 4th Village of Central Square’s Tree-mendous Celebration, organized by Village Trustee, Heather Stevens. This year the village continued to accept donations to begin planting ornamental trees.  This years Cleveland Pear trees were planted between the cemetery and the park near the Rt. 11 parking lot area.  Each tree will also have a plaque. To plant or donate a tree the cost is $250.00 payable to the Village of Central Square. This can still be done throughout the year and if a great way to recognize or remember someone. Trees can be donated by individuals, families, businesses, groups etc. A Cleveland Pear tree was donated by the Irwin Family as a living memorial to Robert P. Irwin.  Project Bloom donated 2 Cleveland Pear tree's this year as part of their mission to make Central Square a nicer place to live.  The children and families in attendance worked hard and got the trees planted. Village Mayor, Millard Murphy and Trustee Heather Stevens spoke about the people involved in each tree donation before they were planted. Then everyone headed back to the park for food, crafts and lots of fun! Some of the adults remained to talk and enjoy the park while the children had a great time playing together. Despite the cold, and small turn out, it was a great evening of coming together and celebrating what a great place Central Square is.

Arbor Day 2013:

A Brief History of Arbor Day:    The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. It was the brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton.  Julius was a Nebraska journalist and politician originally from Michigan.  Throughout his long and productive career, Morton worked to improve agricultural techniques in his adopted state and throughout the United States when he served as President Grover Cleveland's Secretary of Agriculture. But his most important legacy is Arbor Day.
Morton felt that Nebraska's landscape and economy would benefit from the wide-scale planting of trees. He set an example himself planting orchards, shade trees and wind breaks on his own farm and he urged his neighbors to follow suit.  Morton's real opportunity, though, arrived when he became a member of Nebraska's state board of agriculture.  He proposed that a special day be set aside dedicated to tree planting and increasing awareness of the importance of trees.  Nebraska's first Arbor Day was an amazing success.  More than one million trees were planted.  A second Arbor Day took place in 1884 and the young state made it an annual legal holiday in 1885, using April 22nd to coincide with Morton's birthday.
  In the years following that first Arbor Day, Morton's idea spread beyond Nebraska with Kansas, Tennessee, Minnesota and Ohio all proclaiming their own Arbor Days.  Today all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day although the dates may vary in keeping with the local climate.  At the federal level, in 1970, President Richard Nixon proclaimed the last Friday in April as National Arbor Day.  Sometimes one good idea can make a real difference.

           “He who plants a tree loves others besides himself.”--Thomas Fuller

Links:

Photos From Arbor Day 2014
Photos From Arbor Day 2013
Photos From Arbor Day 2011
Photos From Arbor Day 2010
Photos From Arbor Day 2009
Photos From Arbor Day 2008
The Arbor Day Foundation