Fairfield takes a Thanksgiving 'bough' for tree care
Two days ahead of Thanksgiving Day, Fairfield Tree Warden Ken Placko on Tuesday got to take a few holiday boughs -- literally -- courtesy of the Tree Warden's Association of Connecticut.
The Fairfield official was presented the association's "Thanksgiving Tree" in a ceremony on Town Hall Green. The association selects one municipality each year to receive the honor.
"The town is most appreciative of the tree wardens recognizing the town as being a town that promotes good tree health care and beautification," Placko said.
The gift, a Norway Spruce, was already in the ground behind the town's Honor Roll when the presentation began.
First Selectman Michael Tetreau, who earlier in his life lived out of town for a number of years, said trees are a part of Fairfield's "charm and character" and people don't truly appreciate them "until you go away for a few years and come back."
The Tree Warden's Association of Connecticut has about 200 members strong. The majority are tree wardens, but members also include Department of Public Works employees, Parks and Recreation Department employees and selectmen from across the state, according to Warren Jacques, a member of the association Board of Directors.
Keith Mitchell, chairman of the association's planting committee, said the annual gifts are designed to promote trees and "enhance the beauty of any spot."
Jacques added the goal is also to "educate the tree wardens in the proper care of trees through arboriculture."
Town Hall Green was chosen as the site for planting the Norway Spruce, Placko said, because the location has lost about five trees in the last 20 years.