Catasauqua celebrates Arbor Day
Catasauqua celebrated its 18th year as a Tree City with a celebration April 22.
Robert Bastion, chairman of Catasauqua Shade Tree Commission, opened the ceremonies with an invocation from the Rev. George Spieker. Mayor Barbara Schlegel proclaimed April 22 as Arbor Day in Catasauqua.
This year’s ceremony included several trees dedicated by residents in memory of loved ones. Eugene Schlegel, vice chairman of the commission, introduced each dedication, adding reminiscences.
Jessica Kroope and Ava Baraket dedicated a tree to Christopher Baraket, who passed away last year.
Dr. Bruce Frankenfield and Flora Mae Fritzges were honored with trees, along with Jack McCarty and Albert and Freddy Farah.
Charles Quinn III and family dedicated two trees to remember Doris Schoenenberger.
The Stine family added two trees to the land they donated to the borough. The dedicated meadow is called Stine’s Field and runs along Catasauqua Creek across from the municipal park.
Michael Smith and his family dedicated a tree at the parking lot near the pool. Smith moved into town about eight years ago and is known for his elaborate Halloween décor.
“When the tree grows up, my kids can give it a climb,” he said.
Smith charges a dollar for a tour of his haunted house and dedicates the proceeds to the library.
The borough honored some of its many resident-volunteers with trees. Near the pool, the borough planted trees to honor Martha Capwell Fox, local writer and history researcher; Ben Ferenchak, for volunteering; and Rebecca Gillespie, for her continuing support to the borough.
Gary Gotebeski, of Colonial Landscaping, dedicated a Kwanzan cherry tree in the children’s play area of the park.
Colonial Landscaping selects and plants the trees.
Verdiana Quinn, long-serving secretary to the commission, added a quote for those in attendance.
“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit,” she said.
This year’s Color Guard consisted of Girl Scout Troop 657, which meets at First Presbyterian Church in Catasauqua, and Boy Scout Pack 40, which meets at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Kreidersville.