Tree plantings will mark Arbor Day celebrations NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

NEIGHBORS

April 07, 1993|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Put your tree-planting shoes on today. It's Arbor Day, the day when communities across America are planting trees.

In Hampstead, 47 trees and shrubs will be encouraged to take root at three locations. In Manchester, a tree memorial to the late state forester Earl Yingling will be planted. Manchester will hold a countywide celebration of Arbor Day, during which Hampstead, Manchester and Westminster will be honored as Tree Cities.

For those who rise with the birds, be at North Carroll Farms at 8:30 a.m. You can dig in with 34 North Carroll High School forestry students and instructor Sarah Osborn. There are 36 trees to plant for a nature trail on town land.

Also at 8:30 a.m., the high school landscaping class will plant a tree and shrub memorial dedicated to students "who have died of sickness, illness or accident while attending North Carroll High," said Charlotte Collett, a Manchester councilwoman and member of her town's Tree Commission. Profits from Northeast Tourist Bureau bus tours last year were used to provide these trees and shrubs, she said.

With Ms. Osborn, the high school students designed 10 landscapes. They've chosen one to plant today. Featured will be a King's elm, Hampstead's official tree, which is bred by Ben King at his Roller Station Road nursery. This elm is disease-resistant, Mrs. Collett said. One is now in Manchester's postal park.

At 10 a.m., join the high school forestry class to plant four trees at Hampstead's newest park. It's on Route 88, between the homes on Dogwood Street and the dairy farm on Black Rock Road. This level lot also will get a sign dedicating the park to former Hampstead Police Chief Durward C. "Sarge" Sites.

At 1 p.m., Manchester holds the County Arbor Day Celebration at the Manchester Activities Center at York and Locust streets. Tree City flags will be dedicated and presented to the towns of Hampstead and Manchester and the city of Westminster. The county commissioners are expected to participate.

Becoming a Tree City, Mrs. Collett said, means the town has passed an ordinance to protect its trees, has established a tree commission, celebrates Arbor Day, performs regular tree plantings and dedicates $2 per person to tree planting and care.

The town of Manchester will plant a tree to honor Mr. Yingling, who as a state forester cared for the famous Wye Oak on the Eastern Shore. He served on the Manchester Tree Commission. His Thomas Tree Farm in Manchester -- at which some Wye oak offspring are growing -- is now managed by his son-in-law. The family is expected to attend the ceremony.

* Volunteers are needed to construct playground equipment at Chief Sites park in Hampstead and a tot lot at North Carroll Farms. Volunteers who have any expertise with tools and timbers are needed.

The Hampstead Parks and Recreation Board would like to meet volunteers tonight at 7:30 in the Town Office. Playground equipment representatives will answer questions and explain how everything fits together. If you can't attend, but want to volunteer, call the Town Office at 374-2761.

* If you enjoy quilting, joining a quilt guild might interest you. Guilds build friendships as members share techniques and ideas.

"I love quilting so much, I'll share my knowledge with anybody," says Nancy Ogletree of Snydersburg.

You'll find Mrs. Ogletree at the Chesapeake Quilt Festival in September. Environmental groups and quilters will unite for the show, the only large quilt show between Lancaster, Pa., and Williamsburg, Va. It will be held at the Sheraton North in Towson from Sept. 30 through Oct. 3.

Quilters may compete for $7,000 in prizes.

Another competition will be staged between quilt guilds from York, Pa., and Maryland. They are creating wall-hanging quilts depicting the festival's theme, "Protecting and Replenishing Our Earth's Resources."

Environmentalists at the show will be the judges, "not on the quilting but on the theme," said Alan Shulder, of Sharron Lynn Productions, the festival's producers.

The festival includes four days of quilting classes, about 25 quilt-related vendors, displays and souvenirs by quilt guilds, and a quilt raffle to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Trust, which finances various environmental groups.

Mrs. Ogletree is the local contact for the show. You can call her at 239-6502. Or, you can send a large envelope with 52 cents postage to Sharron Lynn Productions Inc., 4112 Croftleigh Court, Jarrettsville, Md. 21084.

The quilt contest entry deadline is June 15.

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