By Evelyn Long
May 13, 2014
The village of Cardington observed its annual Arbor Day with the planting of a Flowering Dogwood tree in Heimlich Park.
Giving the proclamation, Mayor Susie Peyton said in 1872 J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees and this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the
planting of more than a million tress in Nebraska. Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world. Trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife and trees.
They are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and countless other wood products.
She stated that trees in our village increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community. Trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.
Peyton urges all citizens to plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations.
Participating in this observance were Danny Wood Village Administrator; Deb Fry, Fiscal Officer and village employees Tim Edgell, Cheyenne Matheney, and Clint Johnson.
Cardington was named Tree City U. S. A. for the 32nd consecutive year.