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Sandusky Register (Newspaper) - April 28, 1990, Sandusky, Ohio Sandusky Huron Mark Arbor Day 1990 a this gives us a Chance to take time out of our Busy lives to pay homage to the people of Long ago who cared enough to Plant Trees for future despite repeated attempts to coax Chambers to attend the ceremony he opted to stay away Amstutz said speculating that he was greatly humbled by the gesture. City forester Ronald Vanzandt accepted the tree in Chambers Honor. A the was truly dedicated a a Amstutz said of Chambers. He would spend hours searching for just the right tree for just the right spot and sometimes butted Heads with City officials a because he went against the popular but unproven trends a she said. The Beech tree was donated to the City by the Sandusky City commission. Commissioner David Stein the City a Liaison to the tree commission kicked off the ceremony in the warm sunny Park shortly after the Bell atop the county courthouse chimed 10 . A a in a pleased to be Here because i grew up underneath a lot of these Trees a Stein said. Stein also lauded the efforts of Vanzandt and the forestry department. As he presented the tree to Vanzandt Stein joked a should we shake hands or shake the tree or something a at the close of the ceremony members of the tree commission and other onlookers were invited to help Plant the purple Beech tree by throwing a shovel Ful of dirt around its base. Also the tree commission announced the four winners of saplings donated by area nurseries. They Are Judy Harris Dick schuster David Wolf and Jeff Robbins. The Trees were donated by Bailey a tree service Barnes Nursery Corsons Nursery and Larry Holkenborg Park Beech tree honors retired City forester by Elizabeth Loechler staff writer a sapling was planted in Washington Park Friday morning during a Celebration of Arbor Day. Its an act that Sandusky City tree commission chairperson Ellen Amstutz Hopes will become a tradition. A planting a tree is an act of Faith and Hope for the future a Amstutz said before she shovelled dirt around the purple Beech tree that makes its new Home near some Bright red tulips in the Southwest Section of the Park. A this gives us a Chance to take time out of our Busy lives to pay homage to the people of Long ago who cared enough to Plant Trees for future generations a she said. One such Man of a Long ago is Phil Chambers who was the City a forester from 1939 until 1971. The tree was planted in his Honor. Register photos Patrick of Brien Patricia Coffman left a student at Mccormick Middle then later murdered. Coffman presented mrs. Mihaljevic school in Huron hugs Margaret Mihaljevic the Mother of with roses after Mccormick planted a tree in Amy s Amy Mihaljevic a Bay Village girl who was abducted memory. Warned. A make your own decisions so you can be your own person with your own ideas and dedication is the a Eye of the Tiger Outlook a he said the will to do Good and the will to succeed. A Success can be measured in Many ways but i say that happiness is the measure to use a Macfarlane said. A which brings us to enthusiasm where the spark inside you should be reflected by the smile on your Macfarlane said that Success comes through Pride and that its not the number of wins that credits our lives As much As our ability to Deal with the failure and obstacles. The presentations Macfarlane made Friday were made possible in part by Kris p. Leonhardt manager of Edward d. Jones amp co. In Norwalk an investment firm that deals with the new York Stock Exchange and the Putnam companies with whom Macfarlane is employed. Edison High school principal John Crecelius pointed out that Macfarlanee a visit not Only enlightened the students but it pointed out that business and education can work together to the Benefit of All persons in the Shade of a Large tree in Sandusky s Washington Park Sandusky City tree commission chairperson Ellen Amstutz talked about the importance of Arbor Day tree eases Mother s pain a touch of inspiration Berlin Milan students hear words of Wisdom Register photo a Eric Kaiser a a we la always remember Amy a said fifth grader Brian Mcgill one of the five students who helped Patricia organize the tree Campaign. A we just wanted to show you How we Felt a said third grader Elisabeth Sowecke one of the four Woodlands third graders who wrote to the Mihaljevic family last fall. Mrs. Mihaljevic said far from honouring the ceremony with her presence she was the one who Felt honoured. A knowing me ill be out Here often sitting by the Lake and looking at the tree a she said. A it will be my link with Amy and you gave that link to and the assembled crowd burst into applause As Barnes tree transplanted retracted its four giant Hydraulic Spades from around the Ginkgo a roots and trundled off. Shade tree commission chairwoman Vera Mae Mccomb who conducted the ceremony said amyl a tree would be Only the Start of a citywide program to Plant memorial Trees. In fact two were planted later that morning near the City building and fire station one in Honor of Mccomb and the other in memory of longtime Huron firefighter a a red Washburn. One was also planted in Honor of the two winners of the Shade tree commission logo contest Ron Parron and Chris Romick who came up with a Huron a Shade but amyl a tree All agreed is going to be special. A a it a another tangible Symbol a Start of a new life a mrs. Mihaljevic said afterwards. A the Hurt wont go away but its the Good of people like this that helps balance the Scales of the tragedy that helps renew my Faith in by Marilyn Widman staff writer Milan at 27, Craig Macfarlane has done More than most of us could Hope to do in a lifetime. He a a former olympic wrestler who took up downhill skiing water skiing Golf and track and Field for the Sake of Challenge. Howard Cosell refers to him As a the most remarkable athlete in be Ever Macfarlane is a talented musician As Well a he plays 11 instruments and is recording his first pop Rock album. Bryan Adams is collaborating on the album and May let Macfarlane open his next concert tour. He a a nationally recognized speaker who has addressed the National Republican convention in 1984 and 1988. President George Bush describes him As a a credit to himself and to so Why would Macfarlane Tell students from three area High schools Friday that head gladly Trade it All to be in their shoes with their wealth of by Don Lee staff writer Huron a for Margaret Mihaljevic the pain will always be there somewhere. But the Mother of Amy Mihaljevic says gestures like the one Huron schoolchildren made Friday help balance the Scales help her to think that yes the lives that go on Are still Worth living. Friday morning As a Spring Sun shone Down on Lake front Park and a Breeze swept in from Lake Erie a tree was planted for Amy. Amy the missing Bay Village fifth grader whose face and name became known to a nation before her body was found in a new London farm Field. Amy who could have been a classmate of the fifth graders at Mccormick Middle school who raised the Money to buy the 25-foot Ginkgo tree planted Friday in her name six months to the Day after she disappeared. A i Felt really close to Amy a said Patricia Coffman the Mccormick fifth grader who led the drive to collect Money for the tree. A i cared about her and i wanted to do something to help people remember. And i done to want anything to happen to my last fall Patricia went to her friends at Mccormick and to Huron City Council looking for a Way to a do something for it Wasny to Long before the whole Community kicked in. The idea went to the fledgling Shade tree commission and turned into a memorial tree. Students at Mccormick donated nearly $150 toward the tree. Barnes Nursery amp Garden Center inc., matched the Money and planted the tree. Huron Jaycees bought a Stone plaque to be a memorial next to the tree. Placed at the base of the tree. Woodlands elementary school third graders raised nearly $100 on their own in five Days for the Amy assisting missing youth fund according to their teacher Mary Lou Pedlow. Friday a Arbor Day a nearly 230 Mccormick and Woodlands students and teachers along with representatives from City Council the Shade tree commission and the school Board gathered in Lake front Park to watch the end of the students efforts. A you can to believe How nervous i am a quavered Patricia As she handed a bouquet to mrs. Mihaljevic. A you should be very very proud a mrs. Mihaljevic said As she pinned a Corsage on Patricia a Black jumper then hugged her As Howard Kimball and Susan Adams two of the volunteers who manned telephones taking in tips on amyl a whereabouts before she was found looked on. Patricia a nervousness Only showed a Little As she told the bystanders the tree would be a not just a living memorial but a reminder to students not to put themselves in a i can almost feel sorry for myself. But there Are a lot less fortunate than you and i in the opportunities before them because he is Blind and he a sure curious As to what the colors of a Rainbow look like or what his parents wife and child look like. A Freak Accident took his eyesight when he was Only two and a half years old. A i can almost feel sorry for myself a he told students at Edison High school. A but there Are a lot less fortunate than you and i in the world and its our responsibility to reach out to them. A never be too Busy too complacent or too Cool to reach out to someone a a Macfarlane advised. The bulk of his presentation focused on the acronym which he takes yearly to More than 170 . High schools in an Effort to inspire youth to Suc a Craig Macfarlane need. The word is Pride perseverance respect individuality desire and enthusiasm. Perseverance Macfarlane told the students at Edison High school is the ability to keep constant focus on the Long and Short term goals you set for yourself. A i was determined that my blindness would not be a Handicap a he said a and its not it is just a minor he recalled doing 500 pushups and sit daily for 11 years while he was wrestling and representing Canada in the olympics. A i did them because i was determined to be successful in the Only sport in which Blind people can compete on an equal basis As sighted people a Mac Craig Macfarlane talks to students at St. Paul High school he spoke earlier in the Day to students at Edison High school. Farlane continued. A it takes extra time and Effort to be successful at anything no matter who you respect begins with a sense of belie in yourself Macfarlane said challenging students to respect a fall those who have Given you the Opportunity to be successful parents teachers friends Bosses and so individuality he continued is what overcomes peer pressure. A the decisions you make today will affect the person you will be tomorrow a Macfarlane

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