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Class of 1974 donates trees for Eighteen Mile Creek

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — The Colfax High School Class of 1974 has donated 400 trees and shrubs to be planted along Eighteen Mile Creek.

Ralph Roggenbuck, representing the Class of ’74, presented the proposal to the Colfax Village Board at the April 28 meeting.

Class members came up with the idea to plant trees and had originally wanted to plant them on the west side of the state Highway 40 bridge, Roggenbuck said.

Unfortunately — or fortunately — depending upon your point of view — the Class of 1958 “beat us to it” with their flower garden, he said.

The trees and shrubs will include dogwood, plum, high bush cranberries and white spruce and will provide wildlife habitat and food for songbirds east of the bridge, Roggenbuck said, noting that he had talked to Rand Bates, director of public works, about what to plant.

Roggenbuck also said he had talked to Mark Mosey, Colfax High School biology teacher, about having Mosey’s students plant the trees and shrubs.

The plantings will be what is known as rootstock and will have a maximum height of about 12 inches, he said.

Part of the project will include marking the trees and shrubs with flags to make it easier for the people who do the mowing to know where they are, Roggenbuck said.

“You won’t see much at first, but in a few years, they will take off,” he said.

The Colfax Village Board unanimously accepted the donation from the Class of 1974 and asked Bates to coordinate with Mosey on the planting schedule and locations.

Students in Mosey’s biology class planted the tree and shrubs on May 6, working in shifts throughout the day along Eighteen Mile Creek.