Town’s beauty in full bloom

Trees are in full bloom in front and back yards across Fort Frances.
The flowering crabs in front of the courthouse are full of brilliant pink flowers.
As you drive through town, the variety of pinks is amazing. Everything from soft baby pinks to robust deep reds are in their glory.
The colours and flowers are present for only a brief time each year. And just as you might drive around the community to see the lights of Christmas, a trip around town this week would be enjoyable.
The white blossoms of apple trees are following along. Come late August, there will be lots of apples for pie baking.
Not far behind are the purple and white lilacs with their beautiful aromas.
When Fort Frances was losing all of its elm trees that graced the streets of the community with thier arching branches that reached across the roadway, the Fort Frances Jaycees set off with a “greening of Fort Frances project.” The club persuaded the paper company of the time to donate flowering crabs for the civic block.
The basswood trees on the lawn of the Civic Centre also were donated by the paper company at the same time.
The parks board also funded giving away basswoods, maples, and ash trees to be placed on boulevards in the community. Many of the large maple trees found on the streets forming a canopy across the streets came from that program.
After almost 38 years, that project by the Jaycees and the Town of Fort Frances shows its success. Many sidewalks today are shaded.
The greenery of our community makes it more attractive.
I remember a sage old gentleman who started logging when he was a young teenager.
He had joined his grandson on a Cub Pack tree-planting exercise, and as we roasted hotdogs for lunch, he told the pack that he remembered logging over the area we were replanting with spruce as a 16-year-old.
His message was that you plant trees in your lifetime that they will bring enjoyment in your life, but will bring more joy to future generations as the trees grow to maturity.
I hadn’t thought about his remarks until this past weekend as I walked through our community.
Many of those flowering trees are young in age. For decades to come, they will bloom in the spring and make our community beautiful.

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