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Sept. 15, 2009
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Mark Canney, Parks and Recreation, 441-8248
Patte Newman, League of Women Voters, 484-8770

Public Invited To Tree Dedication Honoring Boosalis

The City Parks and Recreation Department and the League of Women Voters of Lincoln-Lancaster County invite the public to the dedication of an oak tree to be planted to honor the late Helen Boosalis. The event will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 17 along the bike trail named for Boosalis, who served as Lincoln's Mayor from 1975 to 1983. The trail is just north of Highway 2, and parking is available in the area of 38th and LaSalle streets.

Boosalis also served as the Lincoln League of Women Voters President in the 1950s before her four terms on the City Council and her two terms as Mayor. Donations from League members and the public to the Lincoln League in honor of Boosalis are being used for the tree planting and the League's Directory of Elected Officials.

"We are proud of the long-term commitment by the local League to encourage citizens to become informed and engaged in our democracy," said Patte Newman, Lincoln League of WomenVoters President. "We are even prouder of members like Helen who served as President of our League and then went on to serve as an extraordinary leader in elected office in Lincoln." League members Jan Gauger, the first woman to run for the Lancaster County Board, and former Mayor Coleen J. Seng are scheduled to speak at the dedication along with Nancy Johner representing U.S. Senator Mike Johanns.

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