White oak to be planted at school for Arbor Day


April 06, 1994|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Arbor Day is the day when towns across America plant trees to be enjoyed by generations to come. It will happen Monday in Manchester.

Students from Manchester Elementary School will help plant a white oak, Manchester's official town tree, by the school marquee on York Street. With the Manchester Tree Commission and possibly Mayor Earl A. J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. in attendance, the oak will be planted at 2 p.m. on Monday. The rain date is April 13.

"In my day, Arbor Day was always handled by the school," recalls Manchester Councilwoman Charlotte Collett of the Manchester Tree Commission. So to rekindle this tradition, grades three, four and five will help plant the tree this year.

"It's kind of hard to have 300 children plant a tree," said school Principal Robert Bruce. "Each student will bring a little packet of soil from home so they can feel a part of the tree planting."

Due to wet grass at this time of year, the actual ceremony will probably take place indoors. Several grades will read poetry and sing group songs.

Then they'll walk outdoors to plant the white oak. The tree will be dedicated to Elizabeth Peregoy, who was principal of Manchester Elementary in the mid-1960s, said Mr. Bruce. As the young oak grows, it will serve as a background for the school marquee, he said.

"At one time, we had [an annual ceremony] in Manchester," said Mr. Bruce, and he speculated that perhaps this one will lead to another event next year.

The public is welcome to attend the tree planting.


Manchester's symbolic great white oak is growing on Church Street. It was planted to mark the site of Carroll County's first church. It's now more than 200 years old.

Planting a new white oak at Manchester Elementary school may guarantee that when the original oak dies, the town will still have a living symbol, said Ms. Collett.

A second Manchester white oak will be planted by the Manchester Tree Commission at the Carroll County Arbor Day celebration at Greenway Gardens. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Manchester's attention to trees and planning, Mrs. Collett said, has led to Manchester receiving the Planned City Award and Tree City Award, both for the second year, and a Growth City Award for significant progress.

The commission's project this year is to landscape the storm water management pond in Whispering Valley, Mrs. Collett said. "We'll make it more beautiful primarily with flowering trees, and make it a habitat for small animals and birds."

The pond, along Route 30 opposite the Thomas Tree Farm, has become overgrown with brush. The committee is expecting a grant from the Small Business Administration to help pay for the project.


Even though the Arbor Day ceremony in Hampstead has been canceled, the town's tree commission will still be planting trees.

More than a year ago, the town had applied for and received a $10,000 beautification grant from the Small Business Administration, said Councilwoman Jacqueline Hyatt, a member of the Hampstead Tree Commission.

Planters and shrubbery were purchased for downtown, as were trees for a 7-acre parcel in Oakmont Green near the North Carroll Middle School.

"We're making a natural environment, like a forest and natural area for wildlife," at the site, said Mrs. Hyatt. "We've purchased a lot of trees."

On Saturday, Hampstead will take part in the county Arbor Day fete at Greenway Gardens. This year, Westminster is the host city, as Manchester was last year and Hampstead the preceding year. Each town mayor and contingent will plant a tree in a specified area.

"We have a town tree, the King's Elm," said Mrs. Hyatt. "We'll be planting one at Greenway Gardens."


Close to 50 crafts people will fill the Hampstead Fire Hall on Saturday for the Spring Arts and Crafts Show sponsored by the Hampstead Fire Auxiliary from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fire hall is at 1341 N. Main Street.

Organizer Treasa Markle said there will be yard ornaments of concrete and wood, hand-painted porcelain, and wood furniture.

You can outfit yourself with a hand-painted sweat shirt, shirt, vest, jacket or hat, and dress up your table with cross-stitch items.

The auxiliary will sell hamburgers and hot dogs, pizza, soup and homemade baked goods at the show.

Information: Treasa Markle, 374-5088, Hannah Stevens, 239-7748, or Wanda Sparks, 239-2406.

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