Mayor's Youth Council Earth Day

Local Boy Scout Troop #257 member, Joseph Styers, volunteered Saturday morning to help the Mayor's Youth Council during their annual Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration. Styers and volunteer, Mike Delp, are shown working in the South Gateway area, picking up the litter in the area. Sean Surrisi volunteered Saturday morning to help the Mayor's Youth Council during their annual Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration held in River Park Square. Volunteers worked in the South Gateway area and the downtown picking up trash and also helped mulch the trees that were planted in various areas around Plymouth for Arbor Day.  Mayor Mark Senter proclaimed Plymouth a Tree City USA community Saturday morning at River Park Square during the Mayor's Youth Council Annual Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration. Several trees had been planted earlier in the week as part of the celebration and members of the community joined the MYC in mulching and working to cleanup the downtown area as well as the park Saturday morning.

PLYMOUTH— It was a beautiful warm, sunny morning Saturday, perfect to get outside and enjoy the weather. Several community members spent their Saturday helping the Mayor's Youth Council celebrate Earth Day/Arbor Day at River Park Square.
Mayor Mark Senter welcomed attendees and later gave a speech, proclaiming Plymouth as a Tree City USA community along with hundreds of other cities throughout the United States who have received this designation from the Arbor Day Foundation. Plymouth received this title in 2014 buy meeting all the criteria, including the planting of trees to beautify and enhance the city and the establishment of a committee, the Forest and Flower Committee, to oversee the projects.
"Wherever trees are planted they are a source of joy and of spiritual renewal," said Senter. "Therefore, I Mark Senter, Mayor of the City of Plymouth, do hereby proclaim May 2nd, 2015 as Arbor Day in the City of Plymouth. I congratulate the steadfast volunteers of the Forest and Flower Committee for helping make Plymouth a Tree City USA city."
The celebration was originally planned for the previous weekend, but it was rained out. This weekends itinerary was slightly altered due to this. The trees were planted during the week in order to get them in the ground in a timely manner, but volunteers were able to help with the mulching as well as the clean-up of the South Gateway and downtown areas.
The President of the Mayor's Youth Council, Karly Gruett, thanked the organizations who made this event possible including the Plymouth Kiwanis Club, Recycle Depot of Marshall County, Republic Services, the Plymouth Park and Street Departments, the City's Tree and Flower Committee, Martin's Supermarket and Price's Nursery.