Christmas tree pick-up set to go

Staff

If they haven’t already, local residents can plan to put their Christmas trees out on the curb this week as the Fort Frances Fire Brigade will hold its annual pick-up this Saturday (Jan. 9).
As in the past, the tree pick-up is being held on the first Saturday following Ukrainian Christmas, which this year falls tomorrow.
The 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.
“We get rid of that hazard,” said fire safety specialist Wayne Riches, adding that real trees dry out, and the longer they stay inside a residence after the holidays, the more they’re a fire hazard.
While members of the brigade actually do the pick-up, which usually starts around 2 p.m., a number of local businesses lend trucks, trailers, and other equipment to make the transportation and destruction of the trees possible.
The trees will be chipped again this year by Daryl Eyolfson of Daryl’s Custom Landscapes Ltd.
Riches noted trees should be put on the boulevard in front of houses because they won’t be going down back alleys.
Residents also are urged to make sure their Christmas trees are easily identifiable.
Once again, residents who have their trees picked up are encouraged to give a donation to the fire department, either by giving it to the firefighters doing the collecting, leaving it in their mail box, or dropping it off at the fire hall.
The fire department is asking people not to attach donations directly to the trees, as some residents have done in the past, because they may not be seen and then accidentally be disposed with the tree.
Proceeds will go to a local charitable cause, which has not been determined yet.
In the past, they have included the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, “David’s Deli,” the “Risk Watch” fire safety program, and the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau’s community Christmas dinner.
Any questions? Call 274-9841.