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Posted: February 22, 2009 12:01 a.m.

Our Thoughts... Gift of trees

"It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the nation’s need of trees will become serious. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted." — Theodore Roosevelt, 1907 Arbor Day Message

We are proud that our city and county officials and volunteers celebrated Arbor Day last Friday and Saturday. A large crowd of citizens came out to the Washington Street Community Center Friday to hear speakers talk about the importance of replanting trees not only to improve our environment, but also to save money. Tips on how to best plant trees were given at Oxford’s Arbor Day celebration Saturday.

Local businesses Longhorn Steakhouse and McIntosh Bank were honored with Tree Steward Awards by the Covington Tree Preservation Board.

We are fortunate in our community to have so many trees; we all have to be concerned when even one is torn down through development or storms.

We need always be prepared to replace or add to our tree population for the future enjoyment of our generations to come.

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