Charting the Course

Vermilion and other communities around the world have been celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day during the past two weeks.  As a community and as individuals, there are many ways we can “go green” every day of the year.

There are a variety of “going green” volunteer events that are being offered throughout the area.  Our Lorain and Erie Metro parks are offering several programs for children and adults.

Right here in our town, this past Sunday, we celebrated Arbor Day. Two trees were planted at Romp’s Marina in observance of this day.  This is the beginning of the Bridge to Bridge Project. Funding for all the trees at this site was provided by Romps Marina and Main Street Vermilion in Bloom.

This celebration was organized by our “Tree Commission” that was established at the beginning of 2012.  This committee has worked very hard to bring our attention to the importance of trees in our community. The members of this commission are John Hill, Chairman, Mary Moes, Jerry Western, Mike Klein, Tim Costello, Dana Corogin (ex-officio) and Steve Herron, Council Representative.

This is a very special time for our tree Commission. They will be honored on May 10 in the City of Aurora by receiving our 5th Tree City USA award.  We are receiving this award because of all the hard work of this commission.  The commission also publishes articles bi-weekly in the Vermilion newspaper.

Vermilion Pride Day will be held on Saturday May 20 from 9 AM to 12 noon.  Meet at the Gazebo at Victory Park for the opening ceremony at 8:30 AM.  Pride Day celebrates its 23rd anniversary of community projects.  Vermilion and surrounding communities organize a clean-up day on the third Saturday in May annually.  Merchants, civic organizations, Boy and Girl Scout troops, schools and churches participate in various projects.  There will be a shredder available at Victory Park.  Bring your sensitive information in a brown bag or cardboard box.  To volunteer or to request assistance, contact Anne Maiden at the Mayor’s office (440)204-2402 or e-mail to

Main Street Vermilion in Bloom will be planting flowers soon.  If you want to help with the planting in the City, meet at Exchange Park at 8:30 AM on May 10 or at 1 PM on May 11th at McGarvey’s Landing.  Main Street Vermilion in Bloom volunteers fund, plant and maintain hanging baskets, container gardens, entrances to the city and community garden space throughout Vermilion and are always seeking additional volunteers.

One of the most effective ways to help the environment is to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  Vermilion provided a recycling container to all residents through Republic Services.  Please use these containers for all recyclables to keep our city “green” as well as earn recycling rewards.  We also receive grant funding annually based on our recycled tons.  Visit for further information on city-wide recycling or trash information. For rewards information, contact

Vermilion is a beautiful city and I encourage everyone to keep it “green” and “blooming” all summer.



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