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Ese Alulea, 10, a student at King Elementary, finishes planting a tree outside of the school during Arbor Day in Lancaster City on Friday, April 27, 2018.

Numerous volunteers turned out in southeast Lancaster on a rainy Friday morning to celebrate Arbor Day with what is believed to be the largest one-day tree planting in city history.

In all, 115 trees were placed at the Hillrise Apartments, King Elementary School, San Juan Bautista Church and nearby streets.

Mayor Danene Sorace thanked everyone involved, read an Arbor Day proclamation and exclaimed, “Let’s dig!” She picked up a shovel and filled in dirt around the ceremonial first tree.

Then teams of participants, including Hillrise residents and workers and children from King Elementary, fanned out through the neighborhood.

The event was co-sponsored by the city, Lancaster County Conservancy, Lancaster Tree Tenders and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. It wrapped up with a lunch at San Juan Bautista. 

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