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Gillette Park tree lighting Thursday

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Mike Hunter, left, President of Cherokee State Bank, presents a check to Cherokee Parks Superintendent Duane Mummert for Christmas lighting and wiring for the Gillette Park Great White Pine. Assisting in the effort were local contractors Mike Mummert, middle, Brad Phipps, right, and Steve Thill of the Parks Department. Photo contributed
70-foot Great White Pine Tree decorated for Christmas

The magnificence and spirit of the 70-foot tall Gillette Park Great White Pine Tree fully decorated will again be a focal point of Christmas in Cherokee.

The tree, located in the heart of the refurbished Gillette Park on West Bluff Street, will be lighted in a simple ceremony for the Christmas Holidays at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Thanksgiving) with stunning new lights. The public is encouraged to attend.

Cherokee contractors Mike Mummert and Brad Phipps string new lights high in the Gillette Park Great White Pine Tree, which has been decorated for the Christmas season and will be lighted at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Photo contributed
Two years ago, the massive tree was decorated and lighted Thanksgiving night for Christmas and then marred by senseless vandals several weeks later. Icy weather then prevented repair efforts later that season and the following season.

However, the old, damaged lights were recently removed and new lighting put up thanks to a donation from Cherokee State Bank.

Haselhoff Construction provided the equipment and boom truck to allow workers to reach the tree top and the Cherokee Parks Department - Duane Mummert and Steve Thill - were assisted by local contractors Brad Phipps and Mike Mummert working high on the tree to finish the decorating effort.

The magnificent 70-foot Great White Pine Tree in Cherokee's Gillette Park will once again show the community's Christmas spirit and be lighted for the Holidays. File Photo by Mike Leckband
A new addition this season is a sophisticated electronic surveillance system to deal with the risk of vandalism.

There will be no speeches or program for the official tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, just an opportunity for area residents to get in the Christmas spirit and enjoy with their families this significant Holiday event in a community that continues to come together for all the right reasons for what will fast become a wonderful Holiday tradition.

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