Catasauqua receives Tree City Award again
At Catasauqua's annual Arbor Day celebration April 25, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded the borough its 18th consecutive Tree City Award.
State Forester Timothy Latz presented the award to Mayor Barbara Schlegel.
"The award represents the efforts of many in the community," Schlegel said in her remarks. "It is a tribute to the shade tree commission [members] who have worked so diligently for nearly two decades to make the borough more beautiful. We have dedicated over 300 trees in the borough."
Robert Bastion, chairman of the borough shade tree commission, hosted the celebration and the Rev. Douglas Cronce of the Catasauqua Presbyterian Church gave the invocation. Eugene Schlegel, vice chairman of the shade tree commission, presented the dedications.
"We have more dedications because of the generous land donation we received from the Stine family," Schlegel said. "The additional land allowed us to expand the park."
Seven trees were planted in Stine's Field. The October Glory, Swamp White Oak and Autumn Brilliance Service Berry were dedicated to Eleanor and Glen Stine. A Bloodgood London Plane was dedicated to Newt and Monica Bugbee. A trio of Bald Cypress, Winterberry Holly and Sweet Magnolia were donated by Colonial Landscaping in memory of Eleanor and Glen Stein.
Trees in Catasauqua Park are a Beijing Gold Tree Lilac placed in front of the bathhouse to honor Tim O'Donnell, a public works employee. At the guardrail on American and Bridge streets, the committee planted Fothergilla shrubs and perennials in memory of Eleanor and Glen Stine.
At the Lenape Tract, the committee planted a Copper Beech to celebrate Old Home Week. The Copper Beech was first imported to Catasauqua.
At the George Taylor House, two Legacy Sugar Maple trees were planted. One is dedicated to Eleanor and Glen Stine and the other was planted by Brian and Kathy Bartholomew in memory of their grandfather and former Police Chief Norman Anglestein.
Mayor Schlegel unveiled the completed version of the dragon sculpture, a wood carving sculpted by Thomas Rutman from a dead tree, still rooted in the ground. Rutman also created "Parker," a companion piece that has graced the park for the past several years. Natalie Rutman painted the carved statues as a tribute to her father's work. Allyah Silva, a kindergarten student, named the new sculpture "Fire Diamond."
Brian Bartholomew included in this year's ceremony a dedication to William and Charles Albert, who will be remembered with bricks dedicated in their honor on the Walk of Fame.
Mayor Schlegel also presented a distinguished service award to Emily Zacharda for her many hours of volunteer service.