To the Editor:

We hope you enjoy the seventeen lighted trees on the length of our New Milford Village Green.

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

The beautiful trees 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 set along the full length of the Green was begun by Walter Schutte in 1966.

Frank Landig, his employer at the former Village Hardware store, continued this practice in his memory, and it continues today for the 44th year.

The beautiful trees for the Green were donated this year by Doug Baldwin of Fieldstone Nursery, located at 48 Merryall Road, here in New Milford.

We thank him for his generosity.

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 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 '70s waiting for the lights 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 light bulbs and other essentials.

Members of the local United Methodist Men's (UMM) organization of the New Milford United Methodist Church donate their time and effort to cut the trees down, 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 UMM for local scholarships, mission projects and local community agencies.

Contributions for 2010 can be mailed to the Walter Schutte-Frank Landig Memorial Christmas Tree Fund, attention 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