Thomasville Times Enterprise

February 19, 2014

Friday is Arbor Day

Staff report

THOMASVILLE — Thomasville’s Arbor Day Celebration will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at First Baptist Church located at 210 N. Broad St. Each year, the City of Thomasville, in conjunction with Thomasville Garden Club Inc. and Thomas County Forestry Commission, celebrates Arbor Day with the planting of trees.

In 1872, the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture accepted a resolution by J. Sterling Morton “to set aside one day to plant trees, both forest and fruit.” Today Arbor Day is celebrated in all 50 states.

Most holidays celebrate something that has already happened, but Arbor Day reflects hope for the future. The simple act of planting a tree shows a belief that the tree will grow and some day provide wood products, wildlife habitat, erosion control, shelter from wind and sun, beauty and inspiration for ourselves and our children.

Vicky Johnson and Pam Webster, members of Killarney Queen Garden Club and co-chairs of the Arbor Day 2014 Celebration, stated that this year’s event will honor Thomasville Garden Club Inc. on the 100th anniversary by recalling the history of the Harris Oak at the Baptist Church.

This celebration enables Thomasville to be designated as a “Tree City USA” recipient. Thomasville Mayor Max Beverly will read a proclamation declaring Friday Arbor Day 2014. The Poster Contest winners from the Home School Association will be recognized.

The public is invited to attend.