On April 28, 2017, Mayor Gary W. Starr presented the proclamation honoring Arbor Day and its significance to the Middleburg Heights community. Students of the Academy of Saint Bartholomew, as well as, faculty and staff joined Mayor Starr, Councilman Mike Ference, Councilman John Grech and Councilman Dave Bortoloto in planting a beautiful tree to celebrate Arbor Day.
Trees are essential to our Earth by reducing erosion, cleaning the air, producing the oxygen we need and providing habitats for wildlife. This renewable resource gives us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for fires and countless other products we need. Trees also increase city property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, beautify the community and bring joy and peace to many.
The first Arbor Day, started in 1892 by J. Sterling Morton, was observed by planting more than one million trees in Nebraska. This day and its importance is now observed throughout the nation and the world. Here in the City of Middleburg Heights, we encourage everyone to celebrate Arbor Day, support the ongoing efforts to protect woodlands and plant trees to continue to bring joy to others and help promote the well-bring of this and future generations.