SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Yorktown celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, April 26, with tree-shaped cookies and apple cider, a poster contest, and the planting of a new tree outside of John C. Hart Memorial Library.

This year, 95 elementary school students from Lakeland, Yorktown and St. Patrick’s School participated in the annual poster contest. They were tasked with designing individual or team posters highlighting the importance of “specimen trees,” defined by Yorktown as trees with a circumference of 24 inches or greater (measured 4.5 feet above the ground). Winners were announced at the celebration.

Outside in front of the East Main Street library, town officials helped plant a pin oak, which was donated to the town by Tom Schmitt of the Tree Conservation Advisory Commission.

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Girl Scouts from Troop 1326 put the finishing touches on the tree planting, as they spread dirt on its base from the four corners of Yorktown.

Yorktown has been named a Tree City USA eight years and counting. The designation, given by the Arbor Day Foundation, means Yorktown meets the “four core standards of sound urban forestry management”: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.