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April 2005 • Vol. 1, No. 9
A Shoreline Community, Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Town Hall 247-4353
Tree Plantings Highlight
Arbor Day Celebration
By Bill White
The day was cold and drizzly but
spirits and hopes for an early spring were
high as Pine Knoll Shores residents
gathered March 18 to observe Arbor Day
at two ceremonial tree plantings.
Hall Haven Park and Marina on
Beechwood Drive was the site of the first
gathering at 10 a.m., with the Garden
Club adding a Japanese black pine to the
plantings there. The tree was dedicated in
memory of Betty Finefrock and Joan
Dawson, club members who passed away
The Community Appearance
Committee, led by Bob Curry, hosted a
second ceremony at 11 a.m. That saw a
weeping Yaupon holly and bench
dedicated as centerpieces of new
landscaping in front of the Public Service
Building on Salter Path Road.
This ceremony was also highlighted
by pre.sentation to the Town of a flag
symbolic of the Tree City USA
designation from the National Arbor Day
Foundation. This is the fifth year in a row
that PKS has earned the award recognizing
our town’s commitment to maintenance
and preservation of the maritime forest.
In forwarding the award, John Rosenow,
president of the National Arbor Day
Foundation, pointed out that, “The trees we
plant and care for today will cool and beautify
our communities, increase property values,
help clean the air and water and conserve
energy for years to come.”
The Tree City USA program is a cooperative
effort between the NADF , the National
Association of State Foresters, and the United
States Department of Agriculture’s Forest
Service. Forester John Dunn was on hand to
present the Tree City flag to Curry, Mayor
Joan Lamson and other town officials.
Mayor Lamson read a resolution
proclaiming Arbor Day that urged all citizens
to support the observance and plant and care
for trees to “gladden the heart and promote the
well-being of this and future generations.”
Arbor Day took root in 1872 when Jay
Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska
Board of Agriculture that a special day be set
aside for the planting of trees. The holiday,
now celebrated throughout the nation and the
world, was first observed in Nebraska with the
planting of more than a million trees.
ARBOR DAY PROGRAM - With a little help from Commissioner Bill Ashland, peeking out at the left
of the flag to hold it steady against the wind, town officials unfurl the flag symbolic of Pine Knoll Shores’
designation as a Tree City USA. The presentation during Arbor Day ceremonies March 18 at the Public
Safety Building marked the fifth year in a row that PKS has earned the Tree City award. Others from left
are Forester John Dunn, Mayor Lamson, Commissioner Bob Danehy and CAC Chairman Bob Curry.
QUESTIONS REMAIN -As The Shoreline went to press, structural engineers were still
assessing the overall condition of the Bogue Shores Club condominium building where this
fourth floor walkway collapsed on the morning of March 23. No one was injured in the
incident. According to Chris Jones, director of inspections and public property for PKS, the
collapse stemmed from deterioration of steel supports. The ongoing structural assessment
seeks to determine if similar conditions exist elsewhere in the 34-unit condominium
building, built in 1985. Jones said three units in the vicinity of the collapse are being
condemned and the owners of two others have been advised not to use them. The building
was largely unoccupied at the time of the collapse. The units occupied by four permanent
residents are in other areas of the structure.
Alumni Help Welcome Visiting Collegians
Stories of life on the campus of the State
University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland
spanned a wide range of years when a group of
alumni and current students had a chance to get
together early in March at Bogue Banks Baptist
The occasion was a dinner given by the
congregation to welcome to the Crystal Coast
a dozen members of the present SUNY-
Cortland student body. The group came to
spend a week helping to build Habitat for
Humanity houses in the area.
Among those on hand to greet them were
four SUNY-Cortland alumni who now make
their home in this area. They included Frank
Wallace of Pine Knoll Shores, Class of ’59.
Wallace and his wife Trish played host to the
current Cortlanders at their Birch Court home
a few nights later, serving up dinner and an
evening of campus chatter, games and tests of
skill to entertain their guests.
Also present for the party was Wallace’s
sister, Mrs. Veronica Marsicoof Pompey,N.Y.,
a SUNY-Cortland graduate Class of ’60.
Wallace said he and his fellow alumni were
impressed by the educational aims and goals in
life of their guests, as well as their unselfishness
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