Haddad Honored with Tree During Arbor Day Ceremony
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TROY - The Beautification Committee joined elected officials and community members this morning for Troy’s annual Arbor Day tree planting and celebration. Mayor Robin Oda shared a proclamation acknowledging Arbor Day in the City, and Mayor Michael Beamish introduced this year’s honoree, Arthur “Ozzie” Haddad, pictured below middle with his wife and children.
Mr. Haddad served in numerous roles throughout his long career in public service. An Army veteran, Mr. Haddad served as the City of Troy’s Director of Public Safety and Service for 12 years. His career also included two decades of work in Miami County Engineering, an appointment to the Ohio Department of Transportation, and eight years of service as a Miami County Commissioner. He was instrumental in founding the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission in 1964, and MVRPC’s “Regional Steward” award is named for him.
Over Mr. Haddad’s career, he worked on numerous environmental projects and parks, and was influential in creating Duke Park in Troy. A red oak tree was planted in his honor last year, and dedicated today.
Mr. Haddad stated that the dedication was especially important to him as he recognizes the importance of planting a tree —and of planting one’s own time and efforts in the community.
Prior Arbor Day celebrations have included planting assistance by third graders from Troy City Schools. Since this tree was planted during last year’s shutdown, Troy’s Kiwanis Club donated books about trees to Troy’s third grade classrooms in lieu of that program.