ASHLAND — On Thursday the 20th of October, which was a beautiful fall day with hardly a cloud in the sky, an 18 foot Balsam fir was planted as the new Ashland Town Christmas Tree. The hole was dug by the Town of Ashland Public Works Director, Tim Paquette assisted by local arborist Mark Liebert of Tree Solutions. The tree arrived on time just as the hole was completed and Palmer Koelb, owner of Shin-Boku Nursery and Baker Valley Nursery in Wentworth, used his crane truck to gently lift the tree from his truck into the hole. After it was straightened, and the burlap and metal transport basket removed, loam which was donated by Jeremy Hiltz Excavation was added. After a good watering the tree now stands proudly in Memorial Park and will serve as the Town Christmas Tree for decades to come.
The tree will be officially lit for the holidays on Christmas Night in Ashland on December 6.
This summer, the ailing Blue spruce that was the Town of Ashland Christmas tree had to be removed because it had grown too close to the electrical wires. That left the town with no tree to use as the Town Christmas Tree during the Holiday Season which is traditionally started off in Ashland with the annual Christmas Night in Ashland. Luckily the Ashland Area Recreation Association (AARA), a local non-profit that helps to promote recreational activities for resident of Ashland and surrounding towns sprung into action.
They contacted Koelb, who graciously offered to donate the tree after hearing about the loss of the previous tree. Not only did he donate the tree, but delivered and helped install it as well.
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