It has been more than 140 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. A celebration of Arbor Day was held April 26 at the H&M Potter School in Berkeley Township. Joining Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari and Township Mayor Carmen Amato were the 3rd and 4th grade student council members from the H&M Potter School, members of the Ocean County Shade Tree Commission, the Ocean County Road Department and the community in celebration of Arbor Day. As part of the ceremony, a Willow Oak was planted at the school in memory of Damon Wiencke Sr. who worked tirelessly as a member of the county’s road department tree crew for 14 years. He died in June at the age of 48. He attended elementary school at the H&M Potter School.