Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Monroe now a ‘Tree City USA’
WALTON COUNTY — Between Friday’s rain and Sunday’s snow, the Monroe Tree Committee managed to find enough time to have an Arbor Day celebration on the historic courthouse square Saturday afternoon.
Highlighting the event was the City of Monroe being recognized as a “Tree City USA,” one of five cities to earn the accolade this year in Georgia and joining a list of more than 120 others scattered throughout the state.
“On behalf of the city, we are proud to be a Tree City,” Monroe Mayor Greg Thompson said during the presentation of the plaque.
“With the help of folks like (Tree Committee Member Crista Carrell) and the tree board, I hope people will learn the importance of trees and I am proud to be a part of it,” Thompson said.
Weather delayed the event but did not dampen the spirits as the city hosted its Arbor Day event. The event was part of a statewide effort to celebrate Arbor Day with the theme “Plant Your Legacy.”
The Painting is by Baldomero Romero Ressendi