ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The borough's Shade Tree Commission has planted a tree in the municipal harbor in honor of former member Lois Muir Young, who passed away in May at age 80.
Commission Chairman Louise Donoghue officiated at the planting of the river birch on Friday, Oct. 18 in a well-attended ceremony including many family members. Among those who spoke were Young's son, Jeff Young of Howell; long-time friend Mae Rugg, Highlands; Mayor Frederick J. Rast III; Jane Frotton, Harbor Commission chairman, and Marilyn Scherfen, the recently retired borough librarian. Also, Judy Turner, manger of Portland Pointe, the borough's senior citizens residence, on whose board Young served.
PHOTO: Harbor Commission Chairman Jane Frotton speaks during ceremony while Shade Tree Commission Chairman Louise I. Donoghue listens. Photo by Peter E. Donoghue.
A plaque honoring Young will be permanently located next to the tree, which is located to the southeast of the harbor tennis courts.
Young was a life-long resident who was the borough's registrar of vital statistics for 20 years. In addition to serving on the Shade Tree Commission, she was a member of the Fire Department Ladies Auxillary, was involved in the Girl Scout movement for over 40 years, and was an active member of the All Saints Memorial Episcopal Church, Navesink.
PHOTO: Members of the Young family gather during the tree-planting ceremony for Lois Young. Photo by Peter E. Donoghue.
The tree-planting in Young's honor is part of a Shade Tree Commission program to honor the residents who have served the community over the years.