Caledonia resident Melissa Warner received an unsung hero award from the City of Racine Tuesday night for her environmental efforts.

Over the years, Warner has worked to educate people about environmental issues, and remove invasive species from parks and waterways.

Just before the Common Council meeting Tuesday night, Racine Mayor John Dickert gave Warner a glass egg that had a tree inside of it.

“Melissa’s work is important and unending,” said Dickert.  “Her willingness to pick up a shovel or lopper to make sure our parks are as beautiful as they can be has been the stuff of legends, and her dedication to this work is a model for all of us.”

Tom Molbeck, Director of Racine’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, also appreciated Warner’s work.

“Melissa’s value to the PRCS Department is priceless,” he said. “In the effort to improve park land, Melissa is dedicated…Her willingness to share her knowledge and educate the community about non-invasive plants has taken particularly Colonial Park to a new level.”

The Unsung Hero Award honors volunteer or not-for-profit efforts to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Racine.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.