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Christmas tree pick-up to be held tomorrow


Town residents are reminded the annual Christmas tree pick-up by the Fort Frances Fire Brigade goes tomorrow.

“We’re going to be heading out about 2 p.m.,” firefighter Wayne Riches said yesterday afternoon.

“We’ve got four trucks with trailers lined up,” he added. “Some local businesses have supplied the equipment.”^Residents are urged to put their discarded Christmas trees on the curb in front of residences—not in the alleyways—and to make sure they are easily identifiable.

If they are wrapped in plastic, for instance, make sure you rip part of the covering open so the tree inside can be seen, said Riches.

“If it snows, clear the tree off so we can see it,” he noted, adding residents also should lay trees on their sides on the boulevard, not stand them upright, so they cannot be mistaken for real ones.

Riches noted the brigade only will do the pick-up on Saturday.

While they’ll try their best to get them all, any trees not picked up tomorrow won’t be taken away on Sunday or any other day after that.

The Christmas tree pick-up—a tradition started here years ago by the now-defunct Jaycees—is not only a community service but also a fire safety measure.

Most of the trees are shredded and taken to the landfill. But in the past, some have been brought to the airport and Rusty Myers Flying Service to use to mark runways in the winter.

Once again, residents who have their Christmas trees picked up are encouraged to make a donation to the fire brigade.

“We’ll be knocking on residents’ doors when we pick up the trees. If they’re not home, they can bring a donation to the fire hall,” said Riches, stressing people shouldn’t leave money in their mailboxes.

The donations will go to a charity or family in need, but a specific recipient hasn’t been decided yet, added Riches.

In 2000, the firefighters donated about $1,000 to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s “Care Close to Home” campaign. The past two years, the money raised has gone to the “Risk Watch” safety education program being taught in district elementary schools.

If you have any other questions about the Christmas tree pick-up, call the fire hall at 274-9841.

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