Remembering the fallen
With only the light breeze and the sounds of children playing gleefully nearby, the Rev. Fred Amborn, minister of the Carbondale Community United Methodist Church, lingered on each of the names of the 1981 Mid-Continent mine explosion during a prayer on Earth Day. About a dozen Carbondale residents on Saturday morning joined Amborn in prayer in the gazebo at Miners Park during a rededication ceremony for the park, where the group had just finished planting 11 oak and maple trees in celebration of Arbor and Earth days.
It was a chance to beautify the park and remember those for whom the park was dedicated – miners who lost their lives in a tragic explosion 25 years ago. “We felt like it needed some additional shade,” Carbondale Tree Board Chair Joani Matranga said of the park. After some trees died in the park long ago, “we felt like it was time to replant some trees and remember the miners this year.”Carbondale used Earth Day on Saturday to celebrate the town’s Arbor Day, something the city is required to do to be a Tree City, USA.
Matranga said the Town Council allocated $50,000 for trees and benches to be placed throughout town. Some trees, she said, have seen vandalism. Trees “need all the help they can get, so they can really make a difference in Carbondale.”
The 11 oaks and maples were planted around the perimeter of the park and around the playground to provide kids with shade decades from now. Joanne Jimino, a member of the local Sierra Club’s executive board, said it was a wonderful way to celebrate Earth Day. Of the trees, she said, “They will provide shade in this beautiful, sunny park and they help clean the air, and they’re beautiful.”
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