VIC: Our Urban (Educational) Forest


I have taken some criticism here for a defense of trees - cutting trees for profit, and expressing concern about companies that process trees. Truth is, because of a personal experience, I am skittish whenever I see a logging truck. 

Regardless of our positions related to trees-for-profit, we all know the value of trees to our environment. Planting trees, and replanting after cutting, is vital to keeping our planet healthy - and, as it turns out, educationally interesting.

Jim Barton made an interesting comment the other night at a District 56 Board of Trustees meeting - the trees at Clinton High look really good. 

Some day, we are going to have a campus in a forest.

Just look at those trees, each one is dedicated to a military veteran.

My friend Robbie Cruickshanks would point that out to me every Memorial Day and Veterans Day - how the American Legion Auxiliary and the Legion, along with District 56, developed a plan to honor veterans with trees on the campus of the “new” Clinton High School. Small plaques at each tree name the veteran for whom the tree is planted. At the board’s most recently meeting, it also was pointed out that Clinton High School is a decade old - not the “new” school anymore (although it certainly looks new) and maintenance is required for the campus. Over the last 10 years, the CHS Trees have grown, and now certainly do not have that “just planted” look. We take them so much for granted - trees are just there, so unremarkable yet so important. Just consider this, the next time you ride by or through the Clinton High School campus, give a look to the trees - and, then, eyes back to the road. Thanks, Chairman Barton, for your observation.

Some day, with the proper care, our children’s children will have a forest. 




Also, I know football isn’t what it used to be. What with CTE and concussions, reluctant parents, parking hassles and general rowdiness, the sport definitely is losing its luster. But, I suggest you not bet against it around here.

People in Laurens and Clinton would do well consider this: DON’T schedule up against high school football on Friday nights.

Finally Friday in Laurens was scheduled Aug. 30 - same day, same time as the Clinton at Laurens high school football game.

Presbyterian College men’s and women’s soccer was scheduled Sept. 6 (men at 4, women at 7) - same day, not quite same time as the Broome at Clinton high school football game. What’s more, last Friday - Clinton High was re-dedicating its football stadium following extensive renovations (Laurens at Myrtle Beach unfortunately was cancelled by glacier-moving storm Dorian).

Now, Main St. Laurens and PC Athletics can do whatever they want. And, maybe, the crowds for the Jake Bartley Band and the Blue Hose Soccer teams were everything they wanted them to be -- “We couldn’t even have handled any more people!” they might be saying. But, just a word to the wise - if you want to give people the chance to show up in large numbers at your events or games, find a different night - 6 other nights in the week, pick another.

My advice, take it for what it’s worth.


(Vic MacDonald is editor of The Clinton Chronicle. On Aug. 30, he was at the Clinton-Laurens football game, and on Sept. 6, he was at the Clinton-Broome football game - it’s his 44th year covering high school football. The views expressed here are his and do not necessarily reflect those of The Chronicle. MacDonald can be reached at 833-1900 or

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