Photos and story By KINDELL MOORE
More than 2,000 maple seedlings were distributed to schools and Brentwood residents Saturday, March 28, as the city celebrated Arbor Day 2015 at the local library.
In addition to the seedlings, visitors were greeted with a smile and free hot dogs and Mayor Betsy Crossley welcomed them to browse the exhibits supporting and promoting the greenery of Brentwood. There also was a face-painting booth for the kids, as well as a craft station where they constructed trees out of colored paper.
A Brentwood Boy Scout troop led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem was performed by a local barber shop quartet.
Saturday’s ceremony honored Alex Noble, a lifelong resident and former Brentwood City Commissioner.
“The Noble family has played an instrumental part in the incorporation of Brentwood,” said Lynn Tucker, chairman of the Brentwood Tree Board.
“They settled in the area in the 1920’s and operated a pharmacy and motel n the location of the current Walgreens. Alex currently serves on the City of Brentwood Board of Zoning Appeals and is a member of the Citizens For Greenspace,” Noble was unable to attend the ceremony because of a family event.
“It is indeed an honor to have my name placed alongside such a magnificent living thing as a maple tree, may she provide shade beauty and oxygen for years to come after I am just a memory.” said Crossley, as she read a message from Noble about the tree planted in the park in his honor.