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Photograph - Arbour Day
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Title: Photograph - Arbour Day
Identifier: 2006.4.27.3
Donor: City of Mississauga
Item Date: 1986
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A black and white photograph of Mayor Hazel McCallion standing beside a construction vehicle during Arbour day at Lake Aquitaine in Meadowvale. The construction vehicle is holding what looks to be a large unplanted tree. The Mayor is standing to the front-left of the vehicle and is wearing a plaid poncho and skirt with the chain-of-office around her neck.

Arbour Day was first celebrated in Nebraska, United States in 1872 and was the idea of a gentleman by the name of J. Sterling Morton. Mr. Morton encouraged residents to plant trees in their local communities because there wasn't enough wood in Nebraska to provide people with building materials for houses or fuel for wood stoves.

Lake Aquitaine was formed in the Meadowvale area in 1977 and was created as a man-made lake to act as a storm retention pond for the surrounding subdivisions. The lake was used to help replenish the underground aquifer and reduce the waste water handled by municipal sewage services.
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