Cub, Daisy Scouts plant trees

Young tree lovers were the central focus for the Elkins Arbor Day celebration last week. Mayor Van Broughton and the Elkins Tree Board welcomed Girl Scout Troop 1689 and Cub Scout Pack 88 to plant trees in tree boxes along Third Street at the Davis Trust Company parking lot in front of the train depot.

Jesse Wise from West Virginia Division of Forestry presented Broughton with a the Tree City flag, a five-year seal, and a glass trophy commemorating the five years that Elkins has been an Arbor Day Tree City. A crabapple tree from West Virginia Division of Forestry was planted near the Youth Center door at the YMCA.

Broughton read the Elkins Arbor Day Proclamation and invited the young scouts to be photographed with the Tree City Flag before they started planting their trees. The Daisy Scouts invited the Cub Scouts to form a circle and sing “Make New Friends but Keep the Old.”

The Cub Scouts planted a white dogwood on Third Street to the left of the alley, and the Daisy Scouts planted a pink dogwood on the right side of the alley.

Daisy Scout Troop 1689 members who helped plant and water their tree were Olivia Hinzman, Kylie Jones, Hannah Smith, Olivia Sayres, Allison Huffman, Ashley Cotton, Paige Poe, Alexis Schauman, A.J. Bennett, and Sarah Sayres (troop leader).

The members of Cub Scout Pack 88 were Eli Wells Boyard, Aiden Gard, KJ Teter, Braxton Kenney, Izaak Whetsell, Asa Streets, Josh Warner, Jamesun Reams, Nigel Price, Austin Whetsell, Ivan Looney-Sanders under the direction of Bryan Warner (Cub Scout Master).

The Elkins Tree Board is planning to plant 19-20 red oak trees and begin a pruning program in the next month. It is looking for new board members who want to help keep our Tree City active. Please call304-636-1414 if you are interested in serving on the Tree Board.