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Celebrating Arbor Day with ceremony

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 11:59 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 8:14 p.m. CDT

LAKE IN THE HILLS – The Lake in the Hills Public Works Department will celebrate Arbor Day at 1 p.m. Friday at Village Hall.

A ceremonial tree will be planted to celebrate the many benefits trees provide to the environment. Each year, the village’s arborist selects a unique tree species for the event.

This year, the tree that has been selected is a bald cypress. Students from Lincoln Prairie Elementary School have been invited to take part in the ceremony.

Two students will be selected to read aloud the Arbor Day Proclamation at the tree dedication ceremony.

Arbor Day is a national holiday created to recognize the importance of trees. It is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April.

The most common way people celebrate Arbor Day is to get together in groups to plant trees. It is an excellent opportunity to take stock of the trees on one’s property and plan for the future.

Property owners should Inspect their trees. Note any broken branches or evidence of disease or insect infestation. Think about how planting new trees might improve the look of the property or provide wind or heat protection.

The National Arbor Day Foundation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources recognized Lake in the Hills this year as a Tree City USA and presented it with their ninth Tree City USA Award.

For information, call 847-960-7500.

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