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Mayor honors Arbor Day

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brad Johnson Elkins Mayor Jerry Marco speaks as part of a tree-planting ceremony in Glendale Park Friday.

ELKINS — Elkins Mayor Jerry Marco helped plant a tree in Glendale Park Friday as part of local Arbor Day celebrations.

“As part of my former job I used to travel quite a bit around the world,” Marco said during the tree-planting ceremony. “I have to say, the one thing I always loved was coming back to West Virginia, and seeing the green trees and the rivers and everything about this state that makes it so special.”

Marco read an Arbor Day proclamation and added a personal note.

“I want to thank the Elkins Tree Board for keeping this tradition alive for younger generations, so we can have beautiful trees here in Elkins for many years to come,” he said.

Marco then helped plant a Nyssa sylvatica, also known as a Black Gum tree.

Eric Schwartz, an Americorps worker, also helped plant the tree, which was donated by the West Virginia Division of Forestry.

“Eric has designed the Outdoor Education Groves, which are three areas in the park which soon, this summer, will have outdoor benches and large rocks, to encourage school groups and home-schooling groups to come and do some interpretation that relates to the signage on the interpretative trail,” Elkins City Council member Nanci Bross-Fregonara said during the ceremony.

“It’s all part of this really cool outdoor education experience that Eric has designed for us.”

The Emma Scott Garden Club also had an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony at the Davis Street Park, located one block from Randolph Avenue, on Friday.

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