Arbor Day 2017
On Friday April 21 the Southgate Park and Tree Board celebrated Arbor Day. The fourth and fifth grade students from Saint Therese and Southgate schools were invited to attend. These students were also given the opportunity beforehand to draw a poster with the theme, "Trees Work for Our Family and Wildlife Friends." Additionally, the third grade students of both schools were also given a separate poster contest with the same theme.
The students heard an excellent presentation: "Trees are Alive" from Luke Saunier of the KY Division of Forestry." Luke Saunier had the children do a skit on how trees communicate with each other. He asked for two volunteers to be trees and 4 others to be their support. He dressed three students as beetles. He instructed the beetles to attack one of the trees. He had another student with a spray can run around the room demonstrating the chemical that the tree puts out to warn the other trees of a beetle attack. The other trees then generate a poison to kill the beetles.
The winners of the poster contest for fourth and fifth grades (l-r)
St. Therese School
• 1st Place – Jordan Lillard, 5th Grade
• 2nd Place – Charlie Ford, 4th Grade
• 3rd Place – Julia Meyers, 5th Grade
• 3rd Place - Vania Grayson Vargis, 4th Grade
• 2nd Place – Brielle Ormes, 4th Grade
• 1st Place – Jackson Fornash, 5th Grade
The Southgate Park and Tree Board honored the late Chuck Melville by planting a tree and placing a marker in his honor. Chuck served the City as Police Chief, Councilman, and Mayor. He was well liked and respected by the entire community. Shown here is the Melville Family standing by the tree planted in his honor. (l-r) Tina, Paul, Melissa, Jean, Deacon Chuck, and Emily.
Arbor Day 2016
The city of Southgate celebrated Arbor Day on Friday April 22, 2016. It was a special occasion for the Tree Board as they received an award from Luke Saunier of the Kentucky Division of Forestry for being a Tree City USA for 11 years and receiving the Growth Award for 10 years. In addition, the Tree Board dedicated this year’s Arbor Day to Monica Rath, former Community Center Coordinator, Firefighter, and EMT. Monica loved helping celebrate Arbor Day each year, and her absence leaves a major void in the celebration and in the lives of those who knew and loved her. A tree was planted in her memory so that her legend may live on.