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The Minerva Shade Commission and villagers celebrated Arbor Day once again by planting a celebration maple on April 28 at the left side of the driveway between the middle school and cemetery.
Minerva was also named a Tree City U.S.A. for its 29th consecutive year.
Shade Commission Chairman Pat Alexander was joined by Shade Committee Member Dan Toalston; member and councilwoman Billie Rowe; Ordained Chaplain Larry Karlen of the Malvern Christian Church.
Beth Holderbaum's YMCA preschoolers were also present for the ceremony and ready to help plant the celebration maple purchased by the Village of Minerva. The VFW Post 4120 Ladies Auxiliary purchased treats for the kids.
The event began with a prayer by Karlen, followed by a pledge to the flag by Toalston. Chairman Alexander then read the proclamation of Arbor Day in place of Mayor Jim Waller.
Councilwoman Rowe then read facts to the approximate 20 preschoolers who attended.
After the story, Toalston assisted each child with shoveling a spade of dirt around the tree.
Minerva achieved its Tree City U.S.A. recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
For more information about the program, see arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.