There is about a third of a mile of old fashioned Christmas lights to go on the tree. The lights were largely acquired with the assistance of a grant from the Chamber tourism committee.
MidAmerican Energy has been a major help to the Parks Department staff in placement of lights on the tree. Randy Reeves has assisted with completion of the electric service to the base of the tree.
Kuehl Payer's survey crew measured the height of the tree at 68.9 feet last spring. Dave Zelle, long time WHS math instructor, assisted with the computation of the length of light string that would illuminate the tree
The Great White Pine will be illuminated for the Christmas season at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening. It is hoped that this will mark the beginning of a new holiday tradition for Cherokee.