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Arbor Day tree to honor Reifers

New Canaan's Arbor Day observance will include the planting of a tree in memory of Richard Reifers, who died earlier this year.

The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, at Mead Park in the southwest corner of the pond, across from the large ball field.

Selectman Beth Jones will present the proclamation.

Reifers was known as an avid gardener who initiated and designed New Canaan's "mail garden" -- the mailboxes and plantings across from the former post office site on Pine Street. He collaborated with George Valchar, author of "My Connecticut Garden," who selected and maintained the plantings for more than 14 years before turning it over to the New Canaan Beautification League in 2007.

Donations for the tree planting and plaque in honor of Reifers can be made by sending a check payable to the New Canaan Community Foundation and mailed to 111 Cherry St., New Canaan CT 06840. Donors are asked to write "2014 Tree Fund" in the memo area of the check.

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