Manchester is the first town in Maryland to win a Gold Leaf Award from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.
The award was presented to the town last week in recognition of its planting 100 trees along Main Street during the past two years, said Town Manager Terry L. Short.
"We're the first town in Maryland to have gotten one," he said.
The Manchester Town Council was to acknowledge the award at is regular meeting last night.
The late Earl Yingling, a Manchester resident who served as state forester, was the first president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, said Councilwoman Charlotte Collett.
Mr. Yingling was instrumental in the Main Street tree-planting project, persuading Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. to install Main Street wires on extra-high poles to allow clearance for the trees, Mr. Short said.
"We have a lot to be proud of," Mrs. Collett said. "It fills me up to think about it."
Church to observe disabilities month
Lazarus United Church of Christ will reflect on Disabilities and Accessibility Awareness at the 10 a.m. worship Sunday. The Rev. Verna Call will deliver the sermon, "Look at Us."
Special music will be provided by Commissioner Elmer Lippy, who is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Manchester.
The Conversation With Children will be "Inside Story." Afterward, a nursery is available for preschool children. Sunday school will be at 9 a.m.
A number of church members are attending a family camping trip this weekend in Gettysburg.
The pastor will meet with confirmands for their first class at 6 p.m. Sunday.
The pastor is leading a study group of people who are learning more about the United Church of Christ and its origins at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
The church is at 5101 S. Church St., Lineboro.