Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tree pick-up set for Saturday

Residents can put their Christmas trees out on the curb this coming Saturday (Jan. 12) when the Fort Frances Fire Brigade makes the rounds for its annual pick-up.
As in the past, the tree pick-up is being held on the first Saturday following Ukrainian Christmas, which this year is today.

The tree pickup will start at 2 p.m. and only should take firefighters a couple of hours to do as fewer and fewer homes opt to have real trees each year.
The trees will be chipped again this year by Daryl Eyolfson of Daryl’s Custom Landscapes Ltd.
Trees should be put on the boulevard in front of houses because crews won’t be going down back alleys.
The trees should be lying on their side so there’s no confusion as to whether the tree is for pick-up or if it’s planted in a front yard.
Residents also are urged to make sure their Christmas trees are easily identifiable. If they get covered in snow prior to Saturday, make sure they’re visible in time for pick-up.
Once again, residents who have their trees picked up are encouraged to give a donation to the fire department.
Residents can make a donation either by giving it to the firefighters doing the collecting, leaving it in their mail box, or dropping it off at the fire hall.
Please don’t attach donations to the trees.
As in the past, the brigade will top up the donation and give it to a good cause, whether it’s local charity or one or more families in need.
The tree pick-up—a tradition started here years ago by the now-defunct Jaycees—not only is a community service but also a fire safety measure.
After all, having a dried-out tree in a residence can be a fire hazard.
Any questions? Call 274-9841.

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