Duquesne Light Joins Three Pittsburgh Communities in Arbor Day Celebrations
PITTSBURGH, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Three City of Pittsburgh communities are joining Duquesne Light in celebrating Arbor Day with special tree planting events this week. Students at the Homewood Montessori School in Homewood and the Friendship Academy of Mathematics and Natural Science in the Bloomfield/Friendship area will hold Arbor Day celebrations on Friday, April 27. Members of the Fairhaven Greenway Task Force in the Overbrook section of the City, along with local Cub Scouts, will be planting trees in honor of Arbor Day on Saturday, April 28. In the tradition of Arbor Day's origins as a national holiday to plant trees and teach children about the value of trees to the community, activities will include the planting of trees donated by Duquesne Light, and demonstrations by Duquesne Light and Lewis Tree arborists of responsible tree care and proper tree-pruning techniques. Homewood Montessori School Students and teachers at the Homewood Montessori School on Hamilton Avenue in Homewood will convene on school grounds at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27, to plant an Eastern Redbud tree to honor Patricia deGroot, a teacher at the school who is retiring at the end of the school year following a 30-year career. DeGroot has spend more than 21 of those years teaching at the Homewood Montessori School. Friendship Academy of Mathematics and Natural Science Several trees and shrubs will enhance the grounds of the Friendship Academy of Mathematics and Natural Science along South Graham Avenue in the Bloomfield/Friendship area thanks to the efforts of about 50 students. In addition to celebrating Arbor Day, the planting will mark the first step in developing a nature walk around the school. Beginning at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, April 27, students will be planting a Cherry Dogwood tree, a Pioneer Elm tree and an Autumn Purple Ash tree, along with pink Rhododendron and Bayberry bushes. As part of the Arbor Day celebration, Duquesne Light and Lewis Tree arborists will provide a complimentary pruning of deadwood on the landscaped trees around the school along with proper tree-pruning demonstrations. Overbrook Fairhaven Greenway A new Thundercloud Plum tree and a Sugar Tyme Crabapple tree will join the landscape of the Fairhaven Greenway located along Homehurst Avenue in Overbrook. The planting is part of the on-going efforts of local residents to transform an abandoned 40-acre city lot into a neighborhood green space. This Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m., the Fairhaven Greenway Task Force will be joined by Boy Scout Cub packs 601 and 614, and Duquesne Light and Lewis Tree arborists in planting the trees and continuing to cleanup the vacant property. Friday, April 27, is the 128th anniversary of Arbor Day, a national "tree- planting holiday." It was Nebraska journalist and newspaper editor J. Sterling Morton who first proposed Arbor Day in 1872, stating: "Each generation takes the Earth as trustees. We ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and orchards as we have exhausted and consumed." Participation in annual Arbor Day activities reinforces Duquesne Light's commitment to enhancing the environment, particularly caring for our urban forest. Duquesne Light has been an annual recipient of the Tree Line U.S.A. award since 1999. This national award is presented by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters to recognize public and private utilities across the nation that demonstrate practices that protect and enhance America's urban forests. The Tree Line U.S.A. program is designed to promote the dual goals of dependable utility service and abundant, healthy trees in America's communities. Duquesne Light conducts an extensive tree management program using qualified arborists to properly care for and prune trees. The company's goal is to manage the urban forest to maintain healthy, beautiful trees in harmony with safe, reliable electric service. The utility's skilled professionals work in cooperation with each borough, township and community where vegetation management activities are implemented. For more information on Duquesne Light's management of the urban forest, visit the Customer Services section of the Duquesne Light website at www.duquesnelight.com. Duquesne Light Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of publicly traded DQE, Inc. (NYSE: DQE), a growth utility delivering essential products and related services, including electricity, water, gas and communications, to more than one million customers throughout the United States. DQE combines its extensive utility delivery expertise with leading-edge technology to create greater value for customers and shareholders. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X78225471
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