Young men and women working in the national service organization AmeriCorps placed gravel on a mile-long walking trail at Health Haven Botanical Garden, off of south U.S. 63 at Highway 17 in West Plains. West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann signed a proclamation recognizing their contribution to the garden, including AmeriCorps team efforts to “build trails, restore parks and protect watersheds.” Arbor Day will be recognized by Pahlmann and Health Haven with a tree planting event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the garden. Chili, hot dogs and s’mores will be available, along with children’s nature activities, campfires and marshmallow toasting. Participants volunteering to plant a tree will receive one for free. From left: Health Haven Board Secretary Carol Lenardi and board member Stan Cooper, Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area Executive Director and Health Haven partner Aaron Evans, Health Haven Board Vice President Michael McMahon, AmeriCorps team members Jacob Farrance, Warren Nix, Mikaela Ortega and Joshua Johnson, Pahlmann, AmeriCorps Team Leader Andy Hollar and team members Liam Struck, Kate Komorous, Jason Ferus and Malaya Dugan, Health Haven Director Jeri Dias, donor and Dias’ sister Helene Hipple, and Health Haven representative Don Dias.  

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