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Volunteers needed for Saturday Clean-Up Day
BY DAN EAKIN, Staff Writer
Volunteers are being sought for Keep Lewisville Beautiful’s 21st annual citywide clean-up day scheduled for Saturday.
Volunteers are needed to work on clean-up teams, said Kelsey Brown, KLB executive director.
Volunteers should register beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Lewisville High School parking lot at 1090 W. Main Street. The clean-up will actually take place between 9 a.m. and noon.
At 11 a.m., Courtney Blevins, regional forester for the Texas Forest Service, will present at Tree City USA designation to the city. Trophies, T-shirts and other awards and prizes will be presented at noon. Face painting and other activities will be available. Lunch will be provided afterwards.
“This will be a fun day,” Brown said. “The weather is supposed to be beautiful.”
Saturday’s clean-up event is being held in connection with the Keep Texas Beautiful Trash Off and the Keep American Beautiful Great America Clean Up events.
Volunteers unable to participate in the Saturday event can arrange their own event to clean-up any neighborhood or location. Anyone planning such an event should call Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-436-5100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Keep Lewisville Beautiful, go to www.keeplewisvillebeautiful.org.
The mission of Keep Lewisville Beautiful is “to empower the citizens of Lewisville through education to take greater responsibility for enhancing their community environment.”
KLB qualified for certification by Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful in 1988. The organization has won numerous awards and has been recognized by Keep Texas Beautiful with an Award of Excellence.
Saturday has also been proclaimed Arbor Day in Lewisville by Mayor Gene Carey.
Arbor Days are scheduled in different states and cities on different days. Most Texans will be noting National Arbor Day Friday. National Arbor Day is noted on the last Friday in April in many states, including Texas. However, cities or other entities may select a different date.
The state tree of Texas is the pecan tree, adopted in 1919. Texas Governor James Hogg liked the pecan tree so much that he requested one be planted at his gravesite, which is in Rusk.
There are over 500 pecan trees planted on the grounds of the state capitol in Austin.
The nation’s first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. J. Sterling Morton, a civic leader, agriculturist and former newspaper editor, urged Nebraskans to “set aside one day to plant trees, both forest and fruit.”
The tree-planting holiday in Nebraska became so popular elsewhere that by 1920 more than 45 states and U.S. territories were annually celebrating Arbor Day. Today, it is observed at some point in all 50 states as well as in many other countries around the world.
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