Mayor Doby Proclaims April 26th as Arbor Day

Apr 17, 2024 | Regional News

Torrington, WY April 17th, 2024 — The Torrington City Council met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 26th at 7:00PM. The first action item on the agenda was a proclamation. Council members unanimously approved proclaiming Friday, April 26th, 2024 as Arbor Day. Mayor Herb Doby read the proclamation.

“Whereas, In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees, and

Whereas, this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska, and

Whereas, Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world, and

Whereas, trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife, and

Whereas, trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and countless other wood products, and

Whereas, trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community, and

Whereas, trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.”

The Council also hear a presentation from Heidi Wayland and Jessica Rohrer with Wyoming Child and Family Development. Heidi explained some of the services that they provide.

“We screen children ages 0 to 5 monthly who reside in Goshen County,” said Wayland. “We do that to determine if children are meeting their developmental milestones. Generally speaking, most children do – last year we did screen 139 children and we did have a few that ended up needing services of some sort. When we screen children, we screen everything from hearing to vision, speech, cognitive and motor. Based on what their results are from their screening, we do further testing with our special educators to determine how we can serve those children. It’s a pretty easy process. Families come in and they’re there for about an hour. They come in and children get to play with our teachers and special educators and then we meet with the family and go from there.”

Jessica Rohrer also explained that the services provided by Wyoming Child and Family Development are free of charge.

“All of our services are completely free to families,” said Rohrer. “They’re able to come and do this even if they are not enrolled in our head start programs.”

Click on the link below to view the entire Council meeting from Tuesday night.