Lucas Vance Staff Writer
December 11, 2013
WINNSBORO — The Town of Winnsboro celebrated Arbor Day by planting a tree on the Mt. Zion green this past Friday. The town did so in conjunction with Fairfield County Soil and Conservation.
Town council proclaimed Dec. 6 as Arbor Day in Winnsboro.
As part of their final service to the community, the recently debunked Fairfield Garden Club donated one of two granite benches to help beautify the green as well. The other bench was donated to the Fairfield Museum.
In addition to setting up the planting of the tree, the Winnsboro Tree Committee also selected three essays for their excellence in writing. Entitled “The Importance of Arbor Day,” the essays were written by local seventh-graders.
Richard Winn Academy’s Grier Hensley and home-school student Aaron Frish were selected as runners-up. Winning the top essay award was Fairfield Middle School student Lamar Richards.
Each student was presented with a $50 check for future educational advancement purposes.
In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees. The holiday now known as “Arbor Day,” was first observed with the planting of more than one-million trees in Nebraska.
Arbor Day is now observed throughout the United States and the world. The planting of tress can reduce the erosion of topsoil by wind and water. It can also cut heating and cooling costs because of the moderate temperatures due to clean air.
Additional trees produce oxygen and provide a habitat for wildlife. Trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for homes, fuel for fires and countless other wood products.
Mayor Roger Gaddy wrote in a proclamation on Nov. 21 urging all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect trees and woodlands.
“I urge all citizens to plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations,” Gaddy stated.