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22 Thursday, March 27, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette .< J I on the you think the 482-301 6 No to Abuse 751 -111 8 Tonopah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrump I II I lll I II Illll I Ill I Illl IIIIII I IIIIIIII IIII I II IIII IIIIIllll I IIIIIll I I III IN I I I IIIIllll Iml I IIII1|1 and At noon, Friday, April 18, the members of the Reno Urban Forestry Commission will be observing the 110  anniversary of Nevada's first Arbor Day celebration, April 13, 1887, and the 125 m anniversary of Arbor Day nationally. Slated for the outdoor theatre at Reno High School on Booth Street, the program will feature short presentations by Julie Martinson, RUFC chair, Reno Mayor Jeff Griffin, Susan Stead of the Nevada Di- vision of Forestry, Dave Pressler, of the Reno De- partment of parks and Recreation, and Phillip I. Earl of the Nevada Historical Society. A symbolic tree will be dedicated by Jan Ross, Reno High School principal, and Oyvind Frock will lead a tour of landmark trees in Reno. In 1983, officials of the National Arbor Day Foundation designated Reno as Tree City, USA in recognition of the community's comprehensive Urban Forestry Program and other beautification and civic improvement projects. This honor is not conferred lightly and the city is proud to be singled out. First celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872, Arbor Day became a legal holiday in the state in 1883, first observed onApri122 that year, the birth- day of J. Sterling Morton, pioneering Nebraskan, newspaper editor and promoter of tree planting. Other states adopted the holiday in subsequent years, including Nevada. A bill providing for the official establishment of Arbor Day in Nevada was introduced into the Ne- vada Assembly on January 24, 1887 by Douglas County Assemblyman Herman H. Springmeyer. The measure passed the lower house on February 2 and the Senate on February 8. On February 10, Governor C.C. Stevenson signed the act, declar- ing April 13 to be the day. Among those Nevadans supporting the planting of trees in the state was Sam Davis, editor of the Reno to Celebrate Arbor Day History by Phillip 1. Earl Nevada Historical Society Carson Appeal, himself once a resident of Nebraska. Davis prevailed upon Adolph Sutro, developer of the Sutro Tunnel, to donate 1,000 trees for planting in Car- son City. Governor Stevenson ordered another 1,000 through a Reno nursery. In Virginia City, Professor John Edwards Bray arranged for the planting of the 200 trees be secured from the governor. Residents of Genoa, Eu- reka and Hawthorne secured their own trees for plant- ing on the designated day. Full literary exercises were held only in Reno and Elko, however. Reno's program was planned by Orris Ring, Super- intendent of Schools. Scheduled for Reno High School on Fifth and West Streets, the program was held in- doors because of rain. The school chorus led off with "Forest Song" and Reverend T. P. Bradshaw gave the keynote address, "The Value of Trees to Civili- zation". Several students followed with short read- ings on "Lessons from History about Trees" and Miss Jennie McFarlin recited a poem, "The Plant- ing of the Apple Tree." Six students continued with Shrot pieces on Famous Reees in History: and a teacher, Mrs. Chapin, offered a solo "Woodman, Spare that Tree." Miss Carrie Mclntosh then stepped forward to read a paper, "Lessons from Nature about Trees," and the program concluded with several additional musical and literary fea- tures: "Beautiful Songs of Spring" by Mrs. May Wheeler and the school chorus, a recitation, "For- est Hymn," by Miss Echo Loder, a solo, "Buy my Flowers," by Kittie Elliott, and concluding with "Come Away" by the student body. The rain subsided and thirty trees donated by Reno nurseryman R.P.M. Kelly were planted after the literary exercises. Later in the day, trees were also planted at Huffaker School south on Virginia Road and fifty trees were distributed to the stu- ' dents for planting at home. C.C. Powning, editor of the Nevada State Jour- nal and the developer of a new residential addition along the Truckee River west of town, used the occasion to begin planting 1,000 box elders, lo- cust and elms along his streets, several of which grace that section of town to this very day. Those who love trees are invited to join us on this historic occasion. Ill Illl I IIll I Ill I I Illl i P Nye ( partrr ump for all Bike- It out th Ann Am spons be he] Free Fre( 3pm i Spon Loe I'm Jacob traile The ] the a I Hi i the n I labox i Big We atten I