Arbor Day celebration planned for April 27

The public is invited to join the City of Warren in celebrating Arbor Day at 10 a.m. Saturday April 27, with a short ceremony at Lacy Park, Madison at Marion Streets, Warren. A silver maple tree sapling will be dedicated.

The Arbor Day event is a cooperative effort of the Warren Garden Club and the Warren Street Landscape Committee.

City Council member John Lewis will present the city’s Arbor Day proclamation, and Paul Brohn of the Warren Street Landscape Committee will discuss the silver maple tree species and proper tree planting techniques.

For the 25th year, the city will receive a Tree City USA designation, and the Tree City flag will be presented during the Arbor Day celebration by Cecile Stelter of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry. This year, 2013 is also the 25th anniversary of the Tree City USA program, and the choice of a silver maple sapling reflects this milestone.

Rebecca Ryan, president of the Warren Garden Club, noted, “The Warren Garden Club is proud to take part in the 25th anniversary of Tree City USA and to celebrate Arbor Day with the installation of this lovely silver maple while honoring the memory of our friends Carolyn and Jack Skinner. Planting a tree is a promise for the future and it is our wish that it grow and flourish well into the 21st century.”

This year’s Arbor Day tree was contributed by Samuel and Myrna Love in memory of Samuel’s sister and longtime Warren Garden Club member and past president Carolyn Skinner and her husband, Jack. The Skinners devoted many years of service to Arbor Day, and both looked forward to the annual celebration. For years they personally contributed hundreds of small seedlings to be distributed to those who attended the Arbor Day events. Each of their seven children, and a few grandchildren, have fond memories of helping Jack prepare those seedlings by wrapping them in wet paper towels and tying them with ribbons in a small plastic bag.

Warren Garden Club member Dottie McCarthy will extend a special welcome to the Skinner family during the Arbor Day ceremony, many of whom will attend this year’s tree dedication in their parents’ and grandparents’ honor. Members Adele Tranter will explain the history of Arbor Day and Penn State Master Gardener Pat Duffy will be available to answer questions.

Twenty five red oak seedlings will be given out after the ceremony to the interested public.