Arbor Day Brings Trees to Cold Spring

Green hawthorn planted at 15 High St.

By Michael Turton

Cold Spring welcomed 10 trees to the village streetscapes on April 28 to celebrate Arbor Day, a holiday first observed in Nebraska City, Nebraska in 1872 and now marked around the world on the last Friday of April (arbor is Latin for tree).

The centerpiece of the activities was the planting of a green hawthorn in front on village-owned property at 15 High St. The tree, which can reach 35 feet, was donated by Anne Impellizzeri to replace a tree that had to be removed during the building of her new home.

Jennifer Zwarich, chairperson of the tree advisory board, supervised the planting with assistance from members of Cub Scout Pack 137 (Wolf and Tiger dens), Girl Scout Troop 2013 and Girls Scout Junior Troop 1405.  The mulch was donated by Habitat Revival and resident Pam Gunther contributed time and funds to decorate trees throughout the village. Mayor Dave Merandy capped off the ceremony by reading Robert Frost’s poem “The Sound of Trees.” The other nine trees were planted as one of the final elements of the Main Street improvement project.

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