Taking root

Taking root Vermillion elementary second-graders take turns shoveling dirt to help plant a new Fall Festiva Sugar Maple tree along Norbeck Street near Vermillion High School during Arbor Day festivities held in the city Friday, April 24. The Vermillion Garden Club and representatives of Coyoteopoly were on hand to assist with the festivities. Coyoteopoly presented city officials with a check  for $15,030.07 during the tree planting ceremony. Here is how those funds will be allocated: $2,500 will be spent for the purchase of 50 trees; $1,920 is allocated for the purchase of two six-foot benches to be located downtown; and $10,530 has been earmarked for the purchase of 13 trash receptacles in downtown Vermillion. Coyotepoly raised its funds, in part, by recycling aluminum cans. The Recycling Center reports Coyoteopoly collected the most cans in Vermillion's history — more than 600 pounds.  Arbor Day was celebrated elsewhere in Vermillion on April 24. At 10:30 a.m. a tree was planted outside the new city hall in memory of Megan Tolsma. The community also recognized Hy-Vee's donation to the effort to plant 150 trees in Vermillion this year. (Photo by David Lias)

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