To the Editor:

We hope you are enjoying the 17 lighted trees on the length of our New Milford Village Green.

The lights are turned on Saturday after Thanksgiving Day and will be turned off at the close of New Year's Day.

The beautiful trees, Connecticut grown, are part of our New England heritage -- young trees maintaining a tradition, stately large trees that are our inheritance and old trees that must be replaced.

The tradition of lighted trees on the Village Green was begun by Walter Schutte in 1966.

Frank Landig, his former employer at the old Village Hardware store (now the Village Center for the Arts), continued this practice in his memory, and it continues today for the 48th year.

The 17 beautiful fir trees for the Village Green were purchased this year from the Angevine Tree Farm in Warren.

Many people have told me over the years they make a special detour on their way home from work or shopping to drive by in the evenings to view the lights on the New Milford Village Green.

Others make it a special place to visit with their young children and friends from out of town when the snow is softly falling and the trees are all aglow with many multicolored lights.

Some even remember sitting on Canterbury Hill in the late 1960s and early '70s, waiting for the light to magically appear on the trees on the Friday evening after Thanksgiving.

Each year, contributions to the Walter Schutte-Frank Landig Memorial Christmas Tree Fund help to keep this tradition alive. Funds donated to this project help pay for the cost of the trees, bright-colored light bulbs and other essentials.

Members of the local United Methodist Men's organization of the New Milford United Methodist Church donate their time and effort to select the trees, set them up, string the wires and the multicolored lights, and take them down.

Funds received and not used for expenses are used by the men's group for local scholarships at New Milford High School, mission projects and local community agencies.

Contributions for 2014 can be mailed to the Walter Schutte-Frank Landig Memorial Christmas Tree Fund, attn: New Milford United Methodist Men, 68 Danbury Road, New Milford, CT 06776.

Thank you for your continued support.

David E Kullgren

President

United Methodist Men

New Milford