The Rocky Mount Telegram:
For many years, three towering pecan trees shaded Gwendolyn Archabell’s East Rocky Mount home from summer heat and gave her yard character during the fall and spring. Since Hurricane Floyd uprooted the trees 10 years ago, Archabell said Monday, something has been missing.
Archabell was one of a few hundred people who picked up two free crepe myrtle saplings on the first day of the annual Rocky Mount Tree Giveaway at City Hall.
“I hope these will bring a little shade back to the yard and maybe a little color, too,” Archabell said.
The tree giveaway, which runs through 5 p.m. today, is being held by the Rocky Mount Tree Advisory Board in collaboration with the city utilities department and Keep America Beautiful.