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Friday — April 30, 2004


Arbor Day grows up

Bellevue and Ketchum both plan events

Express Staff Writer

The City of Bellevue was formally recognized in 2003 by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a "Tree City USA," a special designation given to cities that participate in specific programs to plant and protect trees.

Bellevue is the first city in Blaine County to be awarded the designation.

Last year the National Arbor Day Foundation honored Bellevue as a "Tree City USA." Express photo by Willy Cook.

The brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton, a journalist and politician originally from Michigan, the first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872, in Nebraska. Throughout his long and productive career, Morton worked to improve agricultural techniques in his adopted state and throughout the United States when he served as President Grover Cleveland's Secretary of Agriculture. But his most important legacy is Arbor Day.

This year the Arbor Day Celebration in Bellevue, Saturday, May 1, will be bigger and better and greener than ever. Activities include pruning and planting demonstrations, a huge raffle, children’s events and games. Refreshments will be served.

Among the raffle prizes are lots of restaurant gift certificates, a John Deere propelled lawn mower worth $450, a stone garden bench worth $350, an Electra Cruiser bike worth $400, and an Aqua Pro spa filter worth $700.

For more information, contact Janet Barton at 720-3751.

Presented by the Ketchum Parks and Recreation Department, the Ketchum Arbor Day Celebration is being held Friday, May 7, at 3 p.m. near the Atkinson Park Little League baseball field. Children will learn proper planting and tree selection requirements from the city arborist. Refreshments are provided. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children.


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