Arans Receive City’s Seventh Spirit of Union Award

Dave and Joy Aran of 106 Deubner Drive have received the City of Union’s seventh Spirit of Union Award. The award recognizes property owners whose yards exemplify extra-special care.

The Arans moved to the Union Ridge neighborhood from Centerville. “We wanted to get away from the congestion. Union is on the border of being country but is close enough to town to still enjoy city life,” Mrs. Aran said.

Their brick ranch home was one of the first in the subdivision, and, even though the home is still “young” at five years old, the Arans’ yard has the appearance of being a lovingly cared-for, well-established property that belies its relative newness.

The Arans first tackled the backyard, adding a small pond that features a waterfall and goldfish. They installed trellises and beds of flowers with walkways between them, giving the appearance of an English cottage yard. The Arans also built decorative retaining walls to add to the garden space.

The very back of the yard along the fence line provides long-blooming color with alternating peony and Rose of Sharon plants. A variety of grasses and groundcovers help keep the yard low-maintenance.

“My husband hopes that when the backyard is completely done he won’t have to mow a lawn!” Mrs. Aran said.

A variety of trees adorn the property, including Chinese and crimson maples, cherry and pear trees, a redbud, a birch, an elm, and a sugar gum tree.

“This is my enjoyment—getting out there and gardening,” Mr. Aran said. “When I was a young kid, I enjoyed cutting grass. I was probably one of a few who did!”

Mrs. Aran called her husband’s love of gardening his “golf game.”

Union’s Park Board established the Spirit of Union Award in 1997 to encourage exterior enhancements of residential and business properties. The program seeks to recognize those who go out of the way with exterior improvements, such as a well-manicured lawn, landscaping, or nicely groomed flower beds.

The first recipients of the Spirit of Union Award were Jerry and Shirley Hissong in 1997. The second recipients of the award were James and Marilyn Goodman in 1998. In 1999, there were two recipients: the Kessler Family (Debi and Ken), who received the third Spirit award; and the Harper Family (Darla and Scott), who received the fourth award. In 2000, Chris and Tim Van Atta received the fifth Spirit award, and Greg McFadden and Rosemary Broderick were recipients of the sixth award.

To make nominations for the Spirit of Union Award, please call us at 937-836-8624, or send a letter of nomination to the City Park Board, 118 N. Main St., Union, Ohio 45322.