Free Spruce trees for foundation members
The Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America campaign is a program dedicated to environmental responsibility through planting trees. To benefit that cause, ten Colorado blue spruce trees are being offered free of charge to each person who joins the nonprofit foundation in the month of August.
The trees will be shipped between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10 at the optimal time for planting in each member’s area. They are guaranteed to grow, but in the event that they do not they will be replaced without charge.
Members will receive The Tree Book, containing information about tree planting and care. They will also be subscribed to the Arbor Day Foundation’s bimonthly publication, Arbor Day.
To become a member, send a $10 membership contribution to Ten Blue Spruces, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410 by August 31, or join online at
Gardner resident graduates from University of Saint Mary
The Saint Mary Class of 2010 became USM graduates on May 8. The commencement ceremony recognized a graduating class of 317, composed of 154 undergraduate degree recipients and 163 graduate degree recipients.
Catherine Anne Cole, of Gardner, received her Master of Arts in teaching from USM at the commencement.
As Colin Aldrich of KCK told the crowd, the commencement was “not an ending, but a beginning… This is more than an education. It’s a sense of pride and accomplishment.”
Former GE athletes earn collegiate accolades
Two Gardner residents were named Cardinal Scholar Athletes at William Jewell College on July 21. To qualify for the honor, the students were required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
Kelsie George, a sophomore majoring in elementary education, participates in tennis at the university.
Nursing major Jessica Stewart, a senior, played basketball for the school and earned a 4.0 GPA.