Pletcher wins Milford tree raffle

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Sara Pletcher prepares to take her new shade tree home, joined by Milford Mayor Bryan Shupe. Special to The Chronicle

MILFORD –Sara Pletcher of Milford is the proud new owner of a shade tree thanks to the city of Milford’s 2016 Earth Day tree raffle.

According to City Manager Eric Norenberg, the city awards shade trees because they naturally provide a welcoming spot to cool down during hot summer days.

When shade trees are properly located and planted, they can reduce home and business energy costs by reducing the need for summer air conditioning.

But the energy savings associated with trees doesn’t stop with summer.

In the winter, trees lose their leaves which allows the sun to warm up homes and business; reducing heating needs and lowering heating costs.

The 2016 Earth Day tree raffle is part of the city of Milford’s Earth Day education campaign to inform its citizens more about energy efficiency and conservation. A display at city hall was also provided for the public to learn more about this year’s overall message: Think Locally, Act Locally and Buy Locally to benefit health and quality of life while saving money.

To learn more about how to save energy, visit the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC) Website www.demecinc.net.

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