by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—Elburn will celebrate trees and all they bring to the health and wellbeing of a community at an Arbor Day event at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the Elburn Community Center in the park at Willow and First streets.
Elburn has been a Tree City USA for 12 years, a designation by the Arbor Day Foundation for municipalities that meet their standards for nurturing trees.
And, since over the past several years the town has seen an outbreak of Emerald Ash Borers that have devastated local trees, this event can only feel good. The highlight of the day will be the planting of two trees. With the economy not so good these days, nurseries who used to donate trees are offering bushes. But that’s when citizens step up.
“It’s a real feel-good event,” Village Administrator Erin Willrett said. “We will plant two trees. Numerous Tree Board members have chipped in (to buy a tree), and Jenna Cook (Tree Conservater for the village) and her husband donated a tree.”
At the event, Village President Dave Anderson will read a proclamation, a representative from the Tree Board will read an explanation of Arbor Day, and the Boy Scouts will read a tree poem and display a flag ceremony.
Arbor Day was started in 1872 by a Nebraskan journalist, Sterling Norton, who believed that a day ought to be set aside for the planting of trees. The first observance ended in the planting of one million trees. This year is the 139th anniversary of its observance.