POINT PLEASANT — The official Christmas tree for the City of Point Pleasant has arrived.
On Monday, officials from the city left for the home of Dave Jarvis of Gallipolis Ferry where the tree rested. Armed with a saw and some rope, the 25-foot pine came down relatively fast with City Clerk Amber Tatterson, who was on site, saying it was on the ground in minutes.
The tree was then placed on a trailer and hauled back to town on W.Va. 2. Mayor Brian Billings led the convoy with his truck, flashing his lights and alerting traffic to the “wide load” and its entourage. The tree was piled so high and wide, it made the truck that was hauling it look more like the Grinch’s sled, but unlike the Grinch, city officials weren’t stealing Christmas, they were bringing it to Gunn Park.
Once at Gunn Park, Street Commissioner Randy Hall who had cut down the tree, began to trim the trunk and Street Department Employee Butch Bonecutter trimmed up some of the branches, nearly getting swallowed up inside the needles. Then, Hall, Bonecutter and Street Department Employees Levi Pickens and Todd Lewis assisted in attaching the tree to a wire and the city’s bucket truck, lifting it upright and finally into the tree holder. Bonecutter said the tree looked a little bigger than last year in terms of height but was definitely wider at 18-feet across. Bonecutter said it will take two, five-gallon buckets of water, at least three times a week, to keep the tree watered through the Christmas season.
“This will continue that Christmas tradition the city started two years ago and it just makes the Christmas season so much better, seeing families and friends here at the ceremony right after the parade,” Billings said. “I’m looking forward to lighting this tree up, along with our City Clerk Amber Tatterson and council members, and Marla Cottrill who is our committee chairperson.”
The tree was purchased by Crow-Hussell Funeral Home and donated to the city for its upcoming tree lighting ceremony which immediately follows this Friday’s Christmas parade at Gunn Park, where the Mothman Statue rests. The parade begins at 6 p.m. at the former Central Elementary School and travels south along Main Street. Performing at the ceremony will be the PPJ/SHS choir as well as PPJHS and PPHS marching bands.
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