May 22nd, 1929

Wednesday, May 22, 1929

Arbor Day Picnic At Lake George Proved Grand Success

Over 800 Scholars, Parents and Teachers of Western Kings Fittingly Observe Occasion Under Able Supervision of Chief Forest Ranger Bligh – Tree Planting and Speeches Were Features of Outing.

W. O. Bligh, recently appointed Chief Forest Ranger for the district of Kings, Annapolis, Queens and Lunenburg Counties, certainly proved his worth and his executive ability, when on Friday last, at Lake George, he staged what was probably the biggest and best Arbor Day picnic ever held in the province. Over 800 scholars, teachers and parents, representing twenty-two different schools in Western Kings were in attendance.

The first part of the afternoon was spent in planting trees, over five thousand seedlings being set out on Crown Land by the school children. This task being completed, the crowd collected at the Lake George fire tower, from which a view of practically the whole of Kings County is available. Rangers were in attendance to explain the working of the system and show how any fire could be quickly and accurately located and information phoned to the Sub-Ranger nearest the locality of the fire. During the stay at the tower, appropriate patriotic songs were sung by the children and addresses given on the value of our forests and the modern methods used by the Department of Lands and Forests to preserve and propagate them, by Chief Ranger Bligh, Geo. C. Nowlan, M. P. P. and J. A. S. Wilson, chairman of the Berwick School Board. R. T. Caldwell, M. P. P., who had been called to New Brunswick on business, sent his regrets.

The gathering next proceeded to what is one of the most delightful picnic grounds in the Province, the Lake George Beach, where fishing, boating and luncheon were enjoyed, Mr. Bligh very kindly throwing open his summer cottage to the crowd and giving the use of his motor boat for their entertainment, as well as providing oranges for all, as well as hot and cold drinks at lunch time. Everything possible was done by Mr. Bligh to make the day a success and to guard against accident. Three doctors and the Matron of Kings Memorial Hospital were in attendance, as well as traffic officers, with the result that the day passed without a single mishap of any kind.

The children and also the grown-ups declared this to be one of the pleasantest outings they had ever had and a vote of thanks to Mr. Bligh was moved by Principal Todd of the Berwick School and seconded by Rev. H. E. Allaby and passed unanimously by the giving of three lusty cheers.

While the planting of these trees is as it were but a drop in the bucket of reforestation, the real value of such plantings lies in teaching the children to appreciate our forests and to make every effort possible to protect them. For it is a matter of cold, bard fact, that from lack of appreciation, our forests have been carelessly and ruthlessly destroyed in the past.

Incidentally the value of these efforts of the Forestry Department to teach appreciation are inestimable. Among the schools represented were: Kentville, Berwick, Aylesford, Morristown, Kingston, North River, South Waterville, Prospect, Windermere, Rockland.

At Berwick, the children of the Primary Department, who were too small to attend the picnic, were given a picnic of their own on the athletic grounds under the supervision of their teacher, Miss McConnell and the ladies of the Home and School Committee of the Women’s Institute.