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Oak tree give-away event in Neponset

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 2:47 p.m. CDT

NEPONSET — Thanks to Neponset Pride and Living Lands and Waters, Neponset will again receive free trees for Neponset Grade School students and Neponset community members.

Neponset Pride has again teamed up with non-profit group Living Lands and Waters in East Moline, and through the generosity of those groups, oak trees of several varieties are available for Neponset residents. This is the third year that Neponset has been offered the trees, totaling more than 650 trees.

Students at United Township High School, East Moline, spent March 29 at the Expo Center in Rock Island wrapping and bundling the trees for distribution to both individuals and organizations. They were accompanied by their teacher, Marty Golby, a Neponset Pride member, and his wife, Sue Golby.

One hundred oak trees will be distributed by members of Neponset Pride from 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 6 on the sidewalk between Community State Bank and the Neponset Post Office. Tree varieties include white, bur, red and pin oaks, and are approximately one to three feet tall. They are free to Neponset residents living in the village and in Neponset and nearby townships and may be picked up on a first-come, first-serve basis. Trees will also be distributed to all students, faculty and staff at Neponset Grade School during the week of April 8-12.

According to Golby, “Trees can increase property values as much as 10 percent, as stated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website. They make a big difference in the way a town looks. People are drawn to towns with mature trees and tree-lined streets, and the air quality is better, too!”

Living Lands and Waters in East Moline was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organization by Chad Pregracke, a graduate of United Township High School in East Moline. The group focuses on river clean-up and other environmental areas such as the Million Trees Project, which is benefitting Neponset. For more information about Neponset Pride or the oak tree give-away, contact Marty Golby at 309-945-7750.

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