Mayor Jeff Reser, left, attended the Northwest Ohio Tree City USA awards ceremony in Findlay on May 11 with Bucyrus Tree Commission members, from left, Jeff Panovich, John Rostash, Valeries Spreng and Mary Lee Minor. Brad VanVoorhis was unable to attend. At the far right is Stephanie Miller, regional urban forester who presented the five-year award.

When communities in Northwest Ohio came together May 11 to celebrate efforts in urban forestry, Bucyrus Tree Commission members were present. Hosts for this year’s Tree City USA ceremony were the cities of Findlay, Ottawa, Arcadia and the University of Findlay.

Each host city shared a short PowerPoint presentation highlighting their efforts in urban forestry. Findlay invited tree cities to the Old Mill Stream Centre on the Hancock County Fairgrounds in Findlay.

The Arbor Day Foundation and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources recognized the efforts of many cities which have continued working on

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BY JODIE VALADE, The Charlotte Observer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — On a patch of grass outside the fence that surrounds the community garden at Fred Alexander Park, a cherry tree is dying and Reggie Singleton knows why.

The tree’s brown, bare branches stand in stark contrast to the two peach trees planted next to it, already sprouting the tiniest orbs of fruit beneath a flourish of green leaves in early spring.

Inside the fence, the 18 young men that are a part of the current class of The Males Place are carefully digging holes in freshly tilled soil, adding seeds and transplants of a variety of vegetables in neat rows. They’re planting this year’s spring garden.

All of it is done by following the guidance of Singleton, executive director of The Males Place and a certified master gardener who has studied the agricultural traditions of communities and cultures worldwide. Over

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Three for the road.

A trio of Lancaster-Lebanon League boys volleyball teams are still standing in the District 3 tournament. And one of those squads — reigning league champ Warwick — has locked up a spot in the PIAA playoffs.

Warwick, in Class 3A, and Garden Spot and Manheim Central in Class 2A, are set for semifinal showdowns in their respective classes:

Warwick, the No. 4 seed, will play at top-seeded Central Dauphin on Tuesday at 7 p.m.; Garden Spot, the No. 4 seed, will play at top-seeded Lower Dauphin on Tuesday at 7 p.m.; and Manheim Central, the No. 6 seed, will play at No. 2 York Suburban on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The district championships are set for Thursday, with the 3A matchup at Dallastown at 7 p.m. and the 2A showdown at Central York at 7 p.m. The third-place matches are the same night, with the higher

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Just like reading, writing and arithmetic, Rapides Academy for Advanced Academics sixth graders are learning how beneficial sustainable gardening is with the help of the Good Food Project.

The Good Food Project is a program of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana that distributes food grown in its demonstration garden to clients and teaches community members how to grow their own food. The program also partners with schools to grow their own gardens and teach students about gardening, food preparation and health.

Students are able to implement the garden with what they’ve learned in other subjects like English language arts, math, science and history, said Jessica Smith, teacher garden sponsor.

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For example, students were encouraged by principal Jenifer Scott and Smith encouraged students

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – TD Garden hosted Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat on Monday in the NBA playoffs.

22News looks at where the Celtics stand, as fans hope they advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. An NBA title this season would be their first in more than a decade, fans who have been watching all season long, hoping the Celtics get out of their playoff funk and bring a championship back home to Boston.

Celtics fans are ready to see the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy back in the city of champions. Coming into Game 4, Boston trailed Miami 2-1, with the Celtics aiming to even the score on their home court, but haven’t won an NBA title since 2008.

The Rumbleseat Bar & Grille in Chicopee saw

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