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Tree felled in storm gets new life

11/22/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photo: Bruce Ford, courtesy of the city of Akron
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The city of Akron had already lined up a Christmas tree for its annual display at Lock 3 Park when the remnants of Hurricane Sandy struck the area Oct. 29. The heavy rains and wind brought down many trees, including a 30-foot blue spruce that stood on the grounds at Sterling Jewelers on Ghent Road in West Akron.

Following the storm, Sterling officials called Keep Akron Beautiful to see if the tree could be recycled in some way, said Deputy Mayor Dave Lieberth. Once city officials heard about the tree, they decided to use it for the city Christmas tree rather than cut the tree that had been volunteered by a homeowner.

“The guys went out and picked it up and it looks great,” Lieberth said.

The tree, which is shown above after being set up at Lock 3, will be officially lit during the city’s Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. For more information on that and other area lighting events, see Pages 32 and 34.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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