Sheffield Township was honored as a "Tree City USA" municipality Friday during its annual Arbor Day celebration at Memorial Park.
Township Supervisor John Labesky led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance before reading a supervisor's Arbor Day proclamation.
Sheffield Elementary School fifth-grade students were on hand for the event. Students Shane Dietz and Kennidee Confer read a history of Arbor Day. Winners of an essay contest on tree conservation read their compositions; Scottlyn Barr won first place, Matthew Dunham was second and Christina Boll was awarded third. Jay Fitch and Cindy Blodgett presented Barr with an award in memory of Amanda Fitch, who Labesky described as an important figure in the formation of the annual event.
Photo by Jacob Perryman
Speak for the trees
Sheffield Elementary School fifth-grader Scottlynn Barr presented her first-place essay on tree conservation as a part of Sheffield Township’s tenth annual Arbor Day event.
State Bureau of Forestry District Forester Cecile Stelter then recognized the township as a "Tree City USA" for the ninth year.
A program on forest fire prevention was presented by U.S. Forest Service representatives.
The annual event was sponsored by the Sheffield Lions Club and the township supervisors.