The New Century Club of West Chester and the Junior New Century Club will hold an Arbor Day celebration on April 27 at Hoopes Park in West Chester. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., presidents of both clubs, Ruth Raibley and Kathleen Lackey-Painter, will welcome everyone followed by a flag ceremony organized by Richard McIlvaine. Karlene Brittingham will sing The Star Spangled Banner and Rev. Lauren Meiswinkel will offer the invocation.
For the 23rd consecutive year, West Chester Borough has met the qualifications to earn the title of a “Tree City.” To qualify as a Tree City, a town or city must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. They must have are a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Also during the celebration on the 27th, Mayor Carolyn Comitta will give remarks along with state Rep. Dan Truitt, R-156th of East Goshen and Chester County Commissioners Terrence Farrell, Ryan Costello, and Kathi Cozzone. Later in the program state Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19th of West Whiteland, will address the group. In addition to those speakers, Michelle Lozowski’s kindergarten class from West Chester Friends School will attend and entertain the group with a special song for the day.
Each state now has their own Arbor Day throughout the first few months of the year with Pennsylvania’s being the last Friday in April. The New Century Club will dedicate a tree to the memory of the four New Century Club members who passed away this year: Eleanor Pyle Latta, Florence Jefferis Schramm, Anna Cope Brinton, and Margaret “Peg” Anderson. The Junior New Century Club is planting a tree to honor Darcie Goldberg, director of the Chester County Art Association. The trees will be planted by West Chester Forester Denise Dunn-Kesterson for the clubs. Dunn-Kesterson will introduce Don Egan from the Arbor Day Foundation and he will present the Tree City award to the borough. The public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.