LaRue honored with tree planting


By Martin Graham - mgraham@recordherald.com



LaRue thanked the community for honoring him and said that it has always been a team effort as he has worked to uncover the history of Fayette County.

LaRue thanked the community for honoring him and said that it has always been a team effort as he has worked to uncover the history of Fayette County.


City council member Ted Hawk and City Manager Joe Denen spoke to the crowd that had gathered to share appreciation for the tree committee’s work and LaRue.


Members of the tree committee cover the ironwood ostrya Virginia with soil as LaRue holds the tree in place.


The City of Washington Court House Tree Committee celebrated Arbor Day 2019 by planting a tree in honor of local historian and former Washington Court House City Schools teacher Paul LaRue on Thursday at the Washington Cemetery. Members of various community organizations were on hand to help celebrate Arbor Day.


The City of Washington Court House Tree Committee planted its 45th tree — an ironwood ostrya Virginia — for the year on Thursday afternoon in honor of local historian and retired school teacher, Paul “Lash” LaRue.

For over 30 years the local tree committee has worked with various community organizations to continue to plant new trees and establish naturalized areas in the community from forested lands to prairie environments. On Thursday, Washington Court House City Manager Joe Denen recognized these efforts during the annual “Celebrate Arbor Day” event, which took place at the Washington Cemetery this year.

“What has been important to me has been the people,” Denen said. “George Shoemaker, Brenda Caudill, Marie Carl, Marlene Rankin, Ted Hawk, Don Creamer and Kelley Ford, along with the many others that help make the tree planting effort successful. Halliday Lumber, the Willis family, and Brigette (Hisey) from (Fayette County) Soil and Water (Conservation) have been excellent examples of how the tree committee is a community effort.”

During the event, city council member Hawk read a proclamation which explained the history of Arbor Day, the necessity for trees in the community and their purpose, the history of celebrating Arbor Day in the city of Washington Court House and more. He also commended the efforts of the tree committee for helping to keep the city a “Tree City USA” member. Denen additionally commented on the significance of honoring LaRue. As one of his former students, Denen said LaRue has made life better for him; a sentiment the city manager knows is shared by many other former students.

“The Arbor Day Tree is not always planted in honor of a person,” Denen said. “In years past, the tree has been planted with school children, the (Fayette) County Commissioners or folks associated with the planting location like the London Plane Tree planted at Dr. Fitton’s Office. Simply, while a humble gesture in a traditionally informal ceremony, the planting of the Arbor Day Tree in honor of Lash is no less important and perhaps all the more appropriate because it is a tree. A tree changes its environment. A tree shelters, a tree nurtures, a tree makes the world a better place. Paul LaRue has made Washington Court House a better place.”

LaRue thanked the crowd and community for honoring him and said, “It has always been a team effort.”

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LaRue thanked the community for honoring him and said that it has always been a team effort as he has worked to uncover the history of Fayette County.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2019/04/web1_20190425_120322.jpgLaRue thanked the community for honoring him and said that it has always been a team effort as he has worked to uncover the history of Fayette County.

City council member Ted Hawk and City Manager Joe Denen spoke to the crowd that had gathered to share appreciation for the tree committee’s work and LaRue.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2019/04/web1_20190425_120448.jpgCity council member Ted Hawk and City Manager Joe Denen spoke to the crowd that had gathered to share appreciation for the tree committee’s work and LaRue.

Members of the tree committee cover the ironwood ostrya Virginia with soil as LaRue holds the tree in place.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2019/04/web1_20190425_120804.jpgMembers of the tree committee cover the ironwood ostrya Virginia with soil as LaRue holds the tree in place.

The City of Washington Court House Tree Committee celebrated Arbor Day 2019 by planting a tree in honor of local historian and former Washington Court House City Schools teacher Paul LaRue on Thursday at the Washington Cemetery. Members of various community organizations were on hand to help celebrate Arbor Day.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2019/04/web1_20190425_122036.jpgThe City of Washington Court House Tree Committee celebrated Arbor Day 2019 by planting a tree in honor of local historian and former Washington Court House City Schools teacher Paul LaRue on Thursday at the Washington Cemetery. Members of various community organizations were on hand to help celebrate Arbor Day.

By Martin Graham

mgraham@recordherald.com