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.
 
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