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O, Hartland Christmas tree, o, Hartland Christmas tree

BYE!

++++ CLICK THE IMAGE FOR MORE PICTURES ++++ Christian Perkins, of White River Junction, Vt., at left, takes photos of a balsam fir tree being donated by Larry and Pat Fortier of Hartland,Vt., on Wednesday. Perkins works for Chippers Inc., a tree service that has been helping care for the tree. The tree will become the official state Christmas tree displayed at the capitol in Montpelier, where a lighting ceremony is set for Friday at 4:30 p.m. The tree was planted by the Fortier’s son Kevin about 30 years ago when he started studying landscape design in college. (Valley News – Rick Russell) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

We told you that this Hartland tree was gonna get cut down (and showed you its baby picture from 1990), and now it has happened!

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BTW, there’s a lighting ceremony scheduled for Friday at 4:30 p.m. on the Vermont Statehouse lawn in Montpelier. 

p.s. TOTALLY SEPARATE AND UNRELATED, but doesn’t the tree photo remind you of this whole scene?

Spectators watch as the lantern and spire of the Strafford Town House are lifted off the building by crane to be restored on site in Strafford, Vt., Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The estimated $107,000 restoration will take place in the coming months. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Hartland Christmas tree will represent the Upper Valley on the Vermont Statehouse lawn

The Fortier family tree, as seen on Route 12 in Hartland. (Photo courtesy Larry Fortier)

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 in 1990. (Photo courtesy Larry Fortier)

*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:

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Do you know a cat in need of a castle? Do you want to do something about it?

If you answered yes, you’re in luck, thanks to the good folks at Hartland Public Library!

This weekend, they’re hosting a crafting event where you can create the cardboard castle of your dreams for your feline friends.

(Alternatively, you could build your gift for any other small animals who enjoy castles of the cardboard variety … may we suggest members of the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha Oryctolagus cuniculus?)

It’s all going down on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Hartland Public Library in Hartland Three Corners. Bring some cardboard boxes!

#tbt: Handcrafted in Hartland almost exactly 45 years ago

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Photographed in Hartland, Vt., on Feb. 21, 1973, Ralph Best, left, and Alonzo Martin have spent the past 50 years pursuing a career in hand-crafting doors, sashes and windows in their 110-year-old mill in Hartland founded by Martin’s great-grandfather. Part of the mill will be converted into a museum by the plant’s new owner, George Cobb. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Ralph Best works in the Martin’s Mill building between Martinsville and Lulls Brook, making hand-crafted doors, sashes and windows in Hartland, Vt., on Feb. 21, 1973. At one point, there were three mills in town that specialized in hand-crafted woodworking. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Time for this week to get a mooo-ve on