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Chambersburg Shade Tree Commission Celebrates Arbor Day

On Saturday, April 29, members and volunteers for the Borough of Chambersburg Shade Tree Commission joined together for a celebratory tree planting in honor of Arbor Day.

For the 2023 celebration, members gathered at South Central Community Action Program at 533 South Main Street and undertook planting of 8 new trees along South Main Street and South Second Street. The Echo Warriors from Chambersburg Area Senior High School participated.

The Shade Tree Commission was established by Town Council and consists of five volunteer members who have exclusive custody and control of shade trees in the Borough, which are planted or growing on any public street right-of-way owned by the Borough. They also provide public education on tree care and planting.

Arbor Day, which literally translates to “tree” day from the Latin origin of the word arbor, is a holiday that celebrates the planting, upkeep and preservation of trees. For centuries, communities spanning the globe have found various ways to honor nature and the

The Borough of Chambersburg is a member of Tree City USA. The Tree City USA program has been greening-up cities and towns across America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. More than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA.

If you have any questions about street trees in Borough of Chambersburg, Arbor Day, or the Shade Tree Commission, please contact Jamia Wright, Borough Secretary, at


Samuel R Welsh 1945-2024

Samuel was an avid sportsman all his life and enjoyed both playing sports and watching them on the television. He enjoyed playing golf.

Betty Marie Miller 1937-2024

Betty worked for 36 years in the Alumni office of The Mercersburg Academy. She enjoyed travel, knitting, and spending time with family and friends.

M Marie Trostle 1919-2024

She enjoyed sewing, baking, cooking, babysitting and crocheting. She especially enjoyed quilting, where she made over 40 quilts and gave them to her family.

John Harvey Hoffman 1941-2024

John enjoyed target shooting, fishing and was known for telling great stories. He was also very proud of his family and enjoyed spending as much time with them as possible.

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