Evansville celebrates Arbor Day with trees and essay contest

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) Officials from Keep Evansville Beautiful, the Department of Urban Forestry, Vectren/CenterPoint Energy and Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will join together on Friday at 11:00 a.m. for an Arbor Day Celebration at Mickey’s Kingdom at the south end of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science parking lot.

The event will feature the winners of the Vectren/CenterPoint Energy/Keep Evansville Beautiful Third Grade Arbor Day Essay Contest.

This was the 15th year for the essay contest, which drew entries from schools across Evansville.

The winners of this year’s contest are Clara Ann Brinkmeyer from St. Benedict Cathedral School, Harper M. Haynie from Hebron Elementary School, and John Pietruszkiewicz from Good Shepherd Catholic School.

Participants will celebrate the planting of 621 trees in Evansville in 2018, which helped to maintain the goal of planting two trees for each single tree the city removed.

The city has exceeded this goal every year since the establishment of the Evansville Urban Forestry Program.

The City has already planted over 100 trees for far in 2019, and has over 270 trees growing in the city’s tree nursery for future public plantings with donations and help from Vectren/CenterPoint Energy.

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(This story was originally published on April 26, 2019)

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