Join me in congratulating Maggie, who was named the new editor of the Valley News on Tuesday. I’m excited to continue to work with her and see her excel in her new role!
Read the full story on her new job here.
Breaking Christmas tree news!
Larry Fortier, of Hartland, says that his family’s tree at their home on Route 12 has been selected to be this year’s Christmas tree on the Vermont Statehouse lawn. It will be removed from their home at 10 a.m. on Wednesday*, Nov.28, he said, and Gov. Phil Scott will light the tree in Montpelier on Friday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m.
“We offered the tree to the state earlier this year,” Larry told me in an email, in response to my questions. “They have a team of two people that travel around in October to evaluate the trees that have been offered by various people. Our tree was not quite as tall as they normally choose but it apparently had the best shape. Anyone that wants to see the tree being removed is welcome.”
The Fortier home is at 95 Route 12 in Hartland.
We also have a “before” picture of the tree, thanks to Larry, who said the 1990 picture shows the tree “when it was planted by our youngest son Kevin.” Congratulations to the Fortier family!
*The tree was originally scheduled to come down on Tuesday, but was postponed to Wednesday due to a snowy forecast.
Also, if you’re interested in a Christmas tree for your home, how does $5 sound?
Check out the news release we received recently from the U.S. Forest Service:
Without having read the methodology I can guarantee these data were not collected Jan-Mar. There’s just no way Vermonters are happier than Hawaiians when the sun has been setting at 4 p.m. for months. https://t.co/3SAAgYk2ko
— Taylor Dobbs (@taylordobbs) November 21, 2018
Hawaii was a six-time winner of the poll, according to this video posted by Channel 5, which reports that Vermont actually tied with South Dakota.
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