Eleven Arbor Day trees planted to honor residents
Every year, in observance of Arbor Day, a number of trees are planted in Catasauqua honoring current and former residents. On April 23, 11 trees were dedicated in honor of residents, including librarians, a teacher, a coach and a historian.
Although the weather was only fit for trees, with hints of rain and a cool breeze, several residents attended the event.
Robert Bastian, chairman of the Catasauqua Borough Shade Tree Commission, opened the ceremony. The Rev. George Spieker offered the invocation and benediction.
Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel gave a speech that acknowledged the value of trees to the environment and to society.
Councilman Eugene Schlegel presented the list of trees donated this year and the honorees.
Two Armstrong maples are planted near the Public Library of Catasauqua to honor Irmgard Miller and Ellen Lewis, long-tenured librarians.
A Musashino Columnar zelkova tree was planted in memory of town historian Dale Wint.
An Ivory Silk lilac was planted along Howertown Road in honor of Mary and Mildred Young. Cindy Jones accepted a commendation for her father Joseph Guttmann. His commemorative tree is located at 517 Howertown Road.
Colonial Landscaping dedicated a Serbian spruce planted at the George Taylor House to serve as the community Christmas tree.
In Catasauqua Park, a Greenspire Little Leaf linden honors Earl Yandow, a former teacher at Catasauqua High School. A Red Sunset maple honors Catatsauqua businessman Earl Blocker. An Autumn maple was planted in memory of Robert Mushrush, former basketball coach at Catasauqua High School. An October Glory maple was planted to honor Joseph Barczy Jr. His certificate was accepted by his daughter Samantha. Barczy worked in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations. An Autumn Flame maple honors Myrle Kuhns, a librarian at Catasauqua High School. Kuhns went on to work as a librarian at the Library of Congress.
As Bastian explained, the role of the shade tree commission is to assist residents in selecting trees.
“As you can see from the trees we selected for this Arbor Day celebration, diversity is important. Some trees grow better in our climate than others. We have the expertise on this commission to help you out in your selection of trees for your property,” he said.
The commission will also advise residents of the best places to plant a tree. Of particular importance is making sure that tree roots clear utility lines.
The commission also checks on the viability of existing trees. All of their assistance is provided free to residents.