South Bethany has been celebrating Earth Day since about 2013, through various programs and efforts. This year, Town officials cut the ceremonial ribbons on more outdoor exercise equipment and a third outdoor Little Free Library.

“South Bethany is our favorite place on the earth, so we like to acknowledge something special every year,” said Sue Calloway, chairperson of the Community Enhancement Committee, and a sitting member of town council.

Inland a few miles, town officials in Ocean View are planning a celebration of Arbor Day on Friday, April 26, starting at 3 p.m. in John West Park. In previous years, the Town of Ocean View has marked the celebration of Arbor Day with the planting of a tree. This year, the first 50 interested participants will be given a free redbud seedling to mark the occasion. The Town will also have a canopy erected at the park, with interactive activities for people to do, said Ocean View Town Manager Carol Houck.

“We’ll have an art project where children can use their handprint to paint the base of a tree, and their fingerprints will be the leaves,” explained Houck. “That’s something they can take home. We’ll have a couple things like that.”

We applaud and thank both towns for these efforts to both honor the environment around us, and to try to make it a better experience int he future for those of us who enjoy being outdoors. One of the truly remarkable things that sets our community apart from many others in this nation is our natural environment.

It is important that we all honor and remember that.