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Reflects on community's love of lighted trees

Published 12:22 pm, Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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To the Editor:

We hope you enjoyed the 17 lighted trees along the length of the New Milford Village Green.

The lights were turned on the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day and turned off at the end 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 our inheritance and old trees that must be replaced.

The tradition of lighted trees set along the full length of the Village Green was begun by Walter Schutte in 1966. Frank Landig, his former employer at the Village Hardware store, continued this practice in his memory, and it continues for a 46th year.

The beautiful, Connecticut-grown white spruce trees were purchased again this year from the Allen Hill Farm in Brooklyn, Connecticut.

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

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

Some even remember sitting on Canterbury Hill in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, 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 pay for the trees, 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 transport the 17 trees from Brooklyn, set them up, string the wires and the multicolored lights, and later take them down.

Funds received and not used for expenses are used by the UMM for local scholarships, mission projects and local community agencies.

Contributions can be mailed to the Walter Schutte-Frank Landig Memorial Christmas Tree Fund, c/o New Milford United Methodist Church Men, 68 Danbury Road, New Milford, Ct. 06776.

Thank you for your continued support.

David Kullgren

President

United Methodist Men

New Milford