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Spruce to Brighten Holiday Scene
The remnants of a large evergreen tree lying on the ground just east of
the Administration Building are part of the story of growth and change on Lewis-Clark
State College campus. The tree, like many trees and houses along 6th Avenue, had to come
out to make room for new parking lots going in around the edge of the campus. These lots
will replace parking space being lost to the college's new Activity Center and their
construction is the first step in erecting the massive structure.
While the taking down of any large, healthy tree generates a certain sense of sadness,
there is a happy dimension to the felling of this spruce. Almost all of it will be used
for Christmas decorations at locations both on and off-campus.
The idea of using the whole plant as a magnificent fresh-cut Christmas tree was considered
but the logistics of moving, erecting and decorating the 25-foot tall, 20-foot wide
evergreen proved unworkable. All was not lost, however.
First, Scott Brown, Director of LCSC's Physical Plant, suggested using boughs for
greenery. Then Linda Cardwell, Alumni Relations Officer, took the idea to the decorating
committee for Faculty and Staff's upcoming December 7th Holiday Revels celebration. So it
is that part of the tree will provide the greenery needed to deck the party halls. What
remains of the tree bottom has been made available to faculty, staff and students for use
as holiday decorations in their offices, classrooms and homes.
The story of the tree's top is equally cheery. Lynn Moss, Lewiston's Director of Parks and
Recreation, gladly accepted it on behalf of the city. The 7-foot decorated "
tree" will stand in the Community Center on G Street where it will be enjoyed by the
many senior citizens that socialize there.
Squirrels, birds and a few people will miss this fine specimen of a spruce but with its
passing came a large measure of holiday-season pleasure. Maybe it could be said, then,
that the tree died a good death.