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City employees, elected officials plant trees
ARLINGTON City staff and elected officials donated their time Saturday, Oct. 20, to plant three truckloads of trees, shrubs and perennials in Legion Park.
The trees were purchased from Western Nursery in the Stillaguamish Valley and local nurseryman, Tom Boyce, of Huckleberry Landscaping, volunteered his help with planting.
The citys recreation coordinator, Sarah Hegge, coordinated the weekend recreational activity for staff. The work party was originally scheduled for Sept. 29 but had to be postponed.
The nursery was very understanding and helpful with the change of date, Hegge said.
Carrie Kneeland, of the water department and Dan Bardell from the street department helped me unload the three truckloads of plants, Hegge said.
Volunteer workers ranged from the top ranks, from City Administrator Allen Johnson and Fire Chief Jim Rankin to Assistant City Administrator Kristin Banfield and her daughter Teegan.
City Councilmen Scott Solla and Steve Baker were there working, along with Sollas wife Vicky Solla and the citys economic development consultant Vic Ericson helped too, as well as City Hall staff Loretta Cortelyou and Sherri Phelps.
They planted some substantial-sized evergreen Serbian Spruce, blood-good maples and azaleas along the northern edge of the park, as well as an assortment of perennials around the Centennial Time Capsule, designed by Kurt McVay featuring a vertical log in honor of our logging heritage and a milk can in honor of the dairy industry.
Teegan had a choice between planting trees or sitting in her fathers office and she chose this, Banfield said about her daughter.
The work party lasted into the afternoon, with a portion of the participants cleaning up just in time to make it to the art auction by 5:30 p.m. Allen Johnson, Scott and Vicky Solla, Sarah Hegge and Loretta Banfield all went from the work party to the auction later on.