Toccoa Celebrates Arbor Day

Members of the Sadler family plant a Red Maple Friday in downtown Toccoa during Arbor Day festivities

People gather in Toccoa to plant a legacy on Arbor Day.

Toccoa held its annual Arbor Day ceremony in downtown on Friday. The theme was “Plant A Legacy.”

This year, Toccoa’s ceremony included a tree planting near the intersection of Sage and Foreacre streets.

The red maple planted Friday is in honor of the 40th anniversary of Richard and Hughlene Sadler.

Sindy Midoro, who is the Sadler’s daughter, said the family wanted to do something that would last for generations and be able to be seen by others.

“Knowing how important genealogy studies is to Dad, we knew we had to do something that would be right in line with that,” said Midoro. “That is when I called the city.”

She said that the city had the idea for the tree planting after they talked for a time.

Both Richard and Hughlene were very grateful.

Richard Sadler said he believes the red maple that was planted was appropriate.

“Hughlene being born here and now coming back six or seven years now and also me being into genealogy, I find with a tear that you go to certain places and you do not find a cemetery, a marker, or anything about anybody there,” said Richard. “This tree will be here for my grandchildren and my grandchildren’s grandchildren.”

Meanwhile, Hughlene called it a blessing.

“Life will go on on this Earth by this tree and we will both be here with that,” she said.

Friday’s Arbor Day ceremony and tree planting also included the reading of the Arbor Day proclamation by Toccoa Mayor David Austin and the presentation of Toccoa’s Tree City USA status by Main Street Toccoa Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby.

Toccoa has been a Tree City for seven years.

Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful Executive Director Linda Scofield said that the organization appreciates Toccoa’s efforts to preserve the city’s trees.

“It is our job to keep our surroundings clean and beautiful for others, ones who live here and ones who come in to our community, so they can appreciate it as much as we appreciate Toccoa and Stephens County,” said Scofield.

Tony Strickland from the Georgia Forestry Commission was also on hand to help plant the tree and talk about the red maple that was planted.