Dowagiac dedicates Arbor Day to Ed DarrPublished 8:22am Tuesday, March 23, 2010
By JOHN EBY
Dowagiac Daily News
Mayor Donald D. Lyons proclaimed Monday night that in memory of Ed Darr, who died March 7 at 82, “This Arbor Day and all Arbor Days thereafter will be dedicated in his name on behalf of the citizens of the City of Dowagiac.”
Dowagiac observes Arbor Day on the last Friday in April (30th).
“Ed Darr dedicated his life to improve the City of Dowagiac,” Lyons said. “Mr. Darr is the founder of the City of Dowagiac’s Arbor Day, which is celebrated through various festivities and the annual tree planting. Through Mr. Darr’s leadership, the city has been annually designated as a Tree City USA. As a result of Mr. Darr’s vision, the city has forged a commitment to managing our urban forest.”
Besides Arbor Day, Mr. Darr was instrumental in September 2006 in rededicating Kincheloe Memorial Park off M-60 in the center of Cass County to his 1945 Dowagiac classmate, Capt. Iven Carl Kincheloe, for whom Dowagiac’s Kincheloe Elementary School is named.
In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for planting trees. Arbor Day originated with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska.
“Trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife,” the mayor read from his proclamation. “Trees are a renewable resource, giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and beautify our community. Trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas and beautify our community. Trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.”
Dan Williams accepted the proclamation on behalf of organizers of this year’s Arbor Day observance.
April spring cleaning expected to cost $8,374
Dowagiac expects to spend $8,374.50 on spring clean-up the week of April 19-23.
The best bid of two received came from Reliable Disposal of Stevensville, City Manager Kevin Anderson advised City Council Monday night.
In other business, the council approved the Downtown Development Authority using Beckwith Park and Haggin-Wimberley Bandstand for the 15th season of summer concerts and granted permission for the DDA to hold the second annual Community-Wide Garage Sale on Friday and Saturday, May 28 and 29.