The annual Celebration of the Trees will be this coming week at the Shelby Area District Library, and although the entries are always a surprise, one thing’s for sure: one of them will be Mary Ann Carey’s.
Carey, a slim, lively woman who has lived in Shelby since 1968 and devotes much of her life to her community, has had a tree at the event for 23 years. It all started back in 1995, when she was running her daycare center, the Sweet Pea Patch.
“My kids ranged from 2 ½ to 8 years old,” she recalls. “I wanted them to give back to the library in a fun way. So we started making trees with our own ornaments.”
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