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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Tree City USA Awards Ceremony Postponed Until June

Sidney Bicentennial Logo in Red White and Blue

As part of Sidney’s celebration of her Bicentennial, the City of Sidney’s Tree Board has been planning to host this year’s Southwest Ohio Tree City USA Awards ceremony.  The event was scheduled to be held at Sidney’s Senior Center (304 South West Avenue, Sidney) on Friday, April 17.

Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst, who also co-chairs the Sidney Bicentennial Committee and was to serve as the host-mayor of this year’s Southwest Ohio Tree City USA Awards ceremony, announced late today that the ceremonies were being postponed.  

“While we are certainly disappointed that the COVID-19 pandemic has already impacted a number of our Bicentennial events, we are optimistic that the Tree City USA Awards ceremony can be rescheduled for later in the year when the crisis has passed,” Barhorst stated.  

“Earlier today I spoke with Tree Board Chair Ann Asher and City of Sidney Arborist Brian Green,” Barhorst continued, “and together we determined that it would be imprudent to continue planning the event at this time.  

“The Tree Board and event planning committee have been hard at work for several months fine-tuning the details of the event,” Barhorst stated.   “We want to ensure the attendees can attend the event without concern for their health and safety and simultaneously allow us to showcase the Sidney community.”

Asher noted that several communities that comprise the Southwest Ohio District as well as the state agencies involved in the event have enacted travel bans for their employees.  “Our featured speaker as well as the officials from the Ohio Division of Forestry are under travel bans following Governor Mike DeWine’s Public Health Orders,” Asher stated.  “Given the planning that has gone into this event, it simply makes sense to reschedule it to a time we hope the crisis will have passed.“

The committee has tentatively scheduled June 19 as the date when the event will be held.  The venue will not change.

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