Poet Joyce Kilmer wrote, I think that I shall never see/A poem lovely as a tree. That sentiment might be true for poems, but there's a club in Antioch that might give some trees a run for their money.
For years, the men and women of the Antioch Riverview Garden Club have been helping beautify Antioch by planting and tending flowers in City Park, the Amtrak Station, the World War I memorial at the fairgrounds and the old Carnegie Library. On Friday, to celebrate Arbor Day, club members helped plant two trees in Chichibu Park.
The tree planting was preceded by a flag ceremony led by Cub Scout Pack 247, a reading of Kilmer's famous poem by Pat Prejza, and short speeches by Antioch Parks Director Frank Palmeri (standing in for a tardy Mayor Don Freitas) and Club President Janice Coggiola. Opening and closing remarks were provided by Carol Czarnowski.
The festivities actually kicked off a few days earlier at the April 22 City Council meeting at which the mayor was presented with a buckeye tree.
All of the individuals in this club are volunteers, said Freitas. I think it's wonderful to beautify the city of Antioch. You are the unsung heroes of our community. The roses in the reclaimed City Park are just outstanding. I really and truly appreciate that. We truly thank you for all you do in our community.
He then read an Arbor Day Proclamation as club members held up a flag designating Antioch as Tree City USA.