by Alexis Ann
In ancient times, the Greeks and Romans celebrated motherhood with festivals in the Spring. It was a time of new life, when the world overflowed with an abundance of Mother Nature’s gifts. It was President Woodrow Wilson who established a national holiday in recognition of modern mothers in 1914. Today, the second Sunday in May is celebrated as Mother’s Day in the United States.
Yes, there are many ways to celebrate this special day but the love and values that are passed from one generation to another remain constant. On pages 6 and 8, discover what Resident photojournalists found when they asked the question: What is the most important lesson you learned from your mother?
Arbor Day is a national holiday to honor the beautiful trees that cover our Earth. Since the holiday started in 1872, there are sadly fewer trees on our planet. Due to deforestation, forest fires, disease and other causes, many species of trees are declining in population. Linda Lillie, owner, Sprigs & Twigs Landscaping, with permission from Ledyard Mayor Fred B Allyn, Jr., celebrated by planting another Oak Tree near Ledyard’s big old oak tree. This historic white oak is the largest white oak in the State of CT. It’s estimated to be 400 years old. Making history by planting a tree on page 15.
Like the great Oak, Louise Neistat is still tapping at 89+ years young! Louise’s students will perform at the Garde Arts on June 20th…shake a leg on page 8.
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