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Kingman upholds ‘Tree City USA’ designation with planting at Metcalfe Park Saturday
Six new trees to replace others that were blown down in storms

A desert willow tree was planted on Arbor Day 2014 at Lewis Kingman Park in memory of Clean City Commissioner Chuck Gibson. From left: Rich Ruggles, city of Kingman liaison to the Clean City Commission; Sherie Sixkiller-Wing, city of Kingman; and Lupe Gibson, widow of Chuck Gibson.
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A desert willow tree was planted on Arbor Day 2014 at Lewis Kingman Park in memory of Clean City Commissioner Chuck Gibson. From left: Rich Ruggles, city of Kingman liaison to the Clean City Commission; Sherie Sixkiller-Wing, city of Kingman; and Lupe Gibson, widow of Chuck Gibson.

KINGMAN – The Cerbat Garden Club, in conjunction with Kingman Clean City Commission, is inviting the community to a celebration of Arbor Day at 10 a.m. Saturday at Metcalfe Park, 315 W. Beale St.

The Clean City Commission purchased three Mondell pine trees and three Raywood ash trees to be planted at the park, replacing trees that were blown down by windstorms and had to be removed, said Rich Ruggles, liaison for the commission.

There will be a demonstration on how to plant trees properly, he said.

The Cerbat Garden Club will display first- through third-place posters from fifth-graders at six local elementary schools: Mt. Tipton in Dolan Springs, Black Mountain in Golden Valley, Emmanuel Christian, Kingman Academy of Learning, Desert Willow and Manzanita.

Mary Anne Hawkridge, Arbor Day event coordinator, said the Cerbat Garden Club has been involved in Arbor Day activities in Kingman since 2006, and started the poster contest for fifth-graders in 2008.

Students follow guidelines and rules of the National Arbor Day Foundation for the contest. There were 374 posters submitted this year, the most ever, and each student received a Hackberry tree sapling.

The goal is to educate students about the value of trees, and to encourage an interest in gardening, Hawkridge said. It’s a reward for students and teachers who take part in Arbor Day.

“Kingman is a Tree City USA-designated city and we are proud of that accomplishment,” she said.

Ruggles said trees are important not only help to beautify the city, but to provide shade and oxygen.

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