In Mike’s memory – Richfield City hosts Arbor Day observance

Lily Langston, left, watches as her dad, Scott Langston, Erin Thompson and grandma, Pat Langston, plant a tree Friday along Richfield’s bike path. Lily was joined by her sibling, Gracie, and mother, Noel, as the tree was planted in honor of her grandfather, Mike.

A group of people gathered Friday morning to celebrate Arbor Day, but also to pay tribute to one of Richfield City’s own. 

Arbor Day was started in 1872, in Nebraska City, Nebraska, according to Annalee Thompson, Richfield Youth City Council member. 

“In Utah, it’s celebrated on the last Friday in April, but local cities and towns can also decide when they want to celebrate it,” Thompson said. “Which is why we’re doing it today because it’s warmer.”

Three trees were planted along the city’s bike path, west of the Lions Park, as part of the Arbor Day observance. Mayor David Ogden and city council members attended the event, and helped with the tree planting alongside youth city council representatives.

The city’s parks superintendent, Brett Butler, did the prep work of digging holes and making sure that a water supply was available for the trees.

One of the trees was planted in memory of Mike Langston. Langston passed away April 14, from an inoperable form of cancer after serving as the city’s financial director for 34 years. 

Mike’s widow, Pat, and one of their sons, Scott, were on hand to help plant the tree, which has a plaque posted near it. 

The event was the culmination of a week’s worth of activities hosted by the city, said Erin Thompson, Annalee’s mother and parks and recreation employee. 

The Richfield Public Library posted a video May 11, encouraging people to read about trees. 

The recreation department had a bingo game available for people to pick up and go through the community looking for things that can be found in nature. 

Coloring pages were made available May 13, followed by a message encouraging people to plant flowers, a tree or a shrub May 14, Erin said. 

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