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Cherries topping 'Tree City USA'

April 06, 2000

For the 15th year, Hagerstown received a "Tree City USA," designation by the National Arbor Day Foundation and to celebrate, Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II helped plant five, eight-foot flowering cherry trees along Walnut Lane at City Park Wednesday afternoon.

Bruchey said it was a honor for the city to be part of the program and presented a proclamation in recognition of Arbor Day.

To be known as a "Tree City," a community must have a tree care ordinance, forestry program, tree department and observe Arbor Day, said Douglas H. Stull, public works manager for the city.

Stull said the seven- to 10-year-old cherry trees have a 30-year lifespan and are replacing ones that died recently.

He said the site had been cleared of brush and debris to provide a clearer view of the Hager House and the cherry trees.

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The trees should bloom in a few weeks, he said. Hagerstown has hundreds of ornamental trees planted throughout the city including red maple and Trees of Heaven, he said.

Stull said a living tree shows the city is vital and growing.

In addition to beautifying Hagerstown, the trees provide shade and a habitat for wildlife, he said.

"Trees benefit everyone," he said.

- Kimberly Yakowski

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