Vandalia celebrates Arbor Day


By Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media



Students from Helke Elementary School participated in the City of Vandalia Arbor Day celebration.


Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Helke Elementary School students were each given a dogwood tree sapling during the Vandalia Arbor Day celebration. Facilities Superintendent Rudy Wells instructed the students on how to care for and plant the young tree.


Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Students from Helke Elementary School participated in the City of Vandalia Arbor Day celebration.


Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Vandalia Mayor Arlene Setzer presented a proclamation declaring Friday, April 28 as Arbor Day in the city.


Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Helke Elementary School students were each given a dogwood tree sapling during the Vandalia Arbor Day celebration. Facilities Superintendent Rudy Wells instructed the students on how to care for and plant the young tree.


Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Students from Helke Elementary School helped plant an Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree as part of the City of Vandalia’s Arbor Day celebration.


Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

VANDALIA — Vandalia’s Helke Park has been hit hard by the Emerald Ash Borer over the past few years and has lost several trees.

On Friday, the city took a small step toward rebuilding the park’s tree population during its annual Arbor Day celebration when it planted an Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree during its annual Arbor Day ceremony.

“Trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beutify our community,” said Vandalia Mayor Arlene Setzer in a proclamation declaring April 28 as Arbor Day. “Trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.”

“With its reputation as a tough species, the Kentucky coffeetree is an excellent choice for parks, golf courses and other large areas,” according to the National Arbor Day Foundation website. “The tree’s picturesque profile stands out in all seasons and can be attributed to a unique growth habit of coarse, ascending branches that often form a narrow crown.”

Espresso Kentucky Coffeetrees grow to an average height of 60-75 feet and have a canopy of 40-50 feet at maturity. The trees grow an average of 1-2 feet per year.

Students from adjacent Helke Elementary School helped the Parks and Recreation Department plant the tree as each one got a turn in in shoveling dirt.

The Arbor Day celebration was done in conjunction with the city’s Tree City, USA designation which it received in 2015.

Students from Helke Elementary School participated in the City of Vandalia Arbor Day celebration.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/04/web1_3.jpgStudents from Helke Elementary School participated in the City of Vandalia Arbor Day celebration. Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Helke Elementary School students were each given a dogwood tree sapling during the Vandalia Arbor Day celebration. Facilities Superintendent Rudy Wells instructed the students on how to care for and plant the young tree.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/04/web1_5.jpgHelke Elementary School students were each given a dogwood tree sapling during the Vandalia Arbor Day celebration. Facilities Superintendent Rudy Wells instructed the students on how to care for and plant the young tree. Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Students from Helke Elementary School participated in the City of Vandalia Arbor Day celebration.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/04/web1_6.jpgStudents from Helke Elementary School participated in the City of Vandalia Arbor Day celebration. Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Vandalia Mayor Arlene Setzer presented a proclamation declaring Friday, April 28 as Arbor Day in the city.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/04/web1_8.jpgVandalia Mayor Arlene Setzer presented a proclamation declaring Friday, April 28 as Arbor Day in the city. Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Helke Elementary School students were each given a dogwood tree sapling during the Vandalia Arbor Day celebration. Facilities Superintendent Rudy Wells instructed the students on how to care for and plant the young tree.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/04/web1_10.jpgHelke Elementary School students were each given a dogwood tree sapling during the Vandalia Arbor Day celebration. Facilities Superintendent Rudy Wells instructed the students on how to care for and plant the young tree. Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/04/web1_13.jpgDarrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Students from Helke Elementary School helped plant an Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree as part of the City of Vandalia’s Arbor Day celebration.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/04/web1_22.jpgStudents from Helke Elementary School helped plant an Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree as part of the City of Vandalia’s Arbor Day celebration. Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

By Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.