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  • Thousands of Christmas trees dropped in Bayou Sauvage to deter erosion

    03/23/2017 5:10:14 PM PDT · by BBell · 13 replies ^ | 3/23/17 | Tristan Baurick
    National Guard helicopters dropped thousands of used Christmas trees into Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge marshlands in New Orleans East this week. It's part of a decades-long restoration effort. "For us, it was Christmas in March," Shelley Stiaes said. She's the manager of the 25,000-acre refuge, and has worked there 19 years.Nearly 5,000 trees collected in New Orleans after Christmas were airlifted to select spots in wetlands and ponds. The trees act as a breakwater, protecting the city from storm surges and erosion, while also providing habitat for fish and other wildlife. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Bayou...
  • Christmas tree salesman with cancer sells out lot before last romantic trip

    12/05/2016 4:55:55 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 5, 2016 | CBC
    The dream of one last romantic Hawaiian vacation is now closer to reality after a Calgary Christmas tree salesperson — diagnosed with blood and bone cancer — sold out of trees on Saturday night, almost one month ahead of schedule.
  • Europe’s shift to dark green forests stokes global warming—study

    02/07/2016 8:09:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 4, 2016 2:25pm EST | Alister Doyle
    An expansion of Europe's forests towards dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study on Thursday at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures. Forest changes have nudged Europe's summer temperatures up by 0.12 degree Celsius (0.2 Fahrenheit) since 1750, largely because many nations have planted conifers such as pines and spruce whose dark color traps the sun's heat, the scientists said. Lighter-colored broad-leafed trees, such as oak or birch, reflect more sunlight back into space, but have lost ground to fast-growing conifers, used for everything from building...
  • Peddlers flock to New York City for 'coniferous tree' season (new PC term for Christmas tree)

    12/12/2015 9:06:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2015 8:52 AM EST | Verena Dobnik
    In New York City, even sidewalk space is coveted real estate. Street vendors sometimes spend a fortune or languish for years on waiting lists to acquire one of the permits that allow them to sell goods in tightly regulated locations. But once a year, there's an exception, laid out in an artfully worded city ordinance: During the month of December, anyone may sell "coniferous trees" just about anywhere - no license required. It's a rare tree-for-all. Peddlers flock in from across North America. Big trucks carrying huge loads of trees arrive in the dead of night. Stands selling coniferous trees...
  • From real candles in the 1900s, a tinsel takeover in the '50s and drifts of fake snow drifts in...

    12/22/2014 7:30:38 PM PST · by PROCON · 49 replies ^ | Dec. 22, 2014 | Charlie Lankston
    Full Title: From real candles in the 1900s, a tinsel takeover in the '50s and drifts of fake snow drifts in the '60s - how trees have changed down the decadesFor many, a Christmas tree is the most memorable aspect of their annual festive decorations. The tree itself has been a part of holiday traditions for centuries, dating back to the late 16th century when the custom was first developed in Germany; but the way in which it has been trimmed has changed dramatically from year to year. Here, we take a look back at some of the different Christmas...
  • Sad Christmas Tree

    12/11/2014 7:08:40 PM PST · by ensignsj · 33 replies
    Each season, millions of Christmas trees are set up in offices, malls, airports and other public spaces. These trees are adorned with ornaments that hold no sentimental value. They are often surrounded by empty presents. Quite literally, no one cares about them. These are their stories.
  • BRUSSELS BANS CHRISTMAS TREES because they are offensive to Muslims

    11/09/2012 7:27:25 PM PST · by massmike · 54 replies ^ | 11/09/2012 | n/a
    Who’s next? London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Dearborn? Until last year there was an annual Christmas tree standing in the center of the Grote Market in Brussels. Councillor Bianca Debaets regrets that this year the traditional Market tree will not be there. “I suspect that the reference to the Christian religion was the decisive factor,” she added. he City has announced that there will be no tree at the Grote Markt this year. It will be replaced by an exhibit of lights that looks like an Evergreen tree. Debaets is not happy with that decision as she sees Christmas being gradually...
  • Jim DeMint Explains Obama's Brand New Christmas Tree Tax

    11/09/2011 10:50:38 AM PST · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | November 9, 2011 | Tyler Durden
    No, it’s not a joke. President Obama really is imposing a special new tax on Christmas trees. And while the policy seems a ludicrous political misstep – and possibly an unconstitutional one at that – in truth, the Obama Christmas Tree Tax is much worse than that. The $2 million the Obama Administration expects the tax to raise will not reduce the deficit or cover needed government services. Instead, it will serve as a marketing slush fund for the Christmas tree industry. The money will set up a brand new government agency called (no, seriously) the Christmas Tree Promotion Board....
  • Obama creates new Christmas tree tax

    11/09/2011 10:24:45 AM PST · by Slambat · 34 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 9, 2011 | Federal Register
    President Obama’s Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas trees—the Christmas Tree Tax—to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.
  • Feds Arrest Somali-Born Teen After Car-Bomb Sting at Oregon Christmas Tree Ceremony

    11/26/2010 10:39:29 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 149 replies ^ | 11/26/2010 |
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  • Do Most Christians Decorate Christmas Trees With Ornaments of Chairman Mao and Transvestites?

    09/01/2010 2:06:58 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 01, 2010 | Stella Paul
    Our beloved president has expressed bewilderment at recent polls showing large numbers of Americans doubt his commitment to Christianity. Because we hate to see our president even a wee bit flummoxed, let's help him out. Do most Christians you know choose to decorate their Christmas tree with smiling images of Chairman Mao, who murdered at least 50 million of his countrymen, as well as signed photos of transvestite Hedda Lettuce? Well, that's the very special holiday magic the Obamas decided to hang on their tree for their first White House Christmas, courtesy of famed Barney's designer Simon Doonan. Maybe we're...

    12/04/2009 8:15:31 AM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies · 563+ views
    Steyn Online ^ | 02 December 2009 | Mark Steyn
    .... here's another one for the bulging files: Two Cambridge academics have voiced their dismay at the news that all references to Christmas have been dropped from the switching-on ceremony for Dundee’s festive lights. Instead of the traditional Christmas Lights switch-on, The Times newspaper reported that residents will be attending the 'Dundee Winter Light Night'. Council officials have also decided that rather than a retelling of the Nativity story there will be a disco, a contemporary circus, a continental market and a seven foot fairy on stilts.That's another reason to resist this stuff - not merely because it's an act...
  • Christmas Safety Tips

    12/20/2008 1:16:23 AM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 383+ views
    LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT ^ | 12/13/2008 11:00:00 AM | d'Lisa Davies
    Note: The following text is a quote: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2008 Christmas Safety Tips The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department would like to reiterate and stress that the holiday season is also a time of increased risk, that involve hazards in the home. Added this season is the threat of potential mudslides in the recently burned areas of the Sayre Brush fire. During these challenging economic times, we encourage all to remain fire safe! Christmas Trees Each holiday season an estimated 500 residential fires, which result in approximately 100 injuries and 40 deaths can be attributed...
  • In tough times, Americans cling to Christmas trees

    12/18/2008 6:16:06 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 856+ views
    Beleaguered Americans may have to trim the size of their Christmas tree this year or cut back on gifts to afford one, but few will do without the holiday centerpiece no matter how bad the economy. Industry insiders from tree farmers to people like Rick Rusin -- who sells trees in the corner of a small shopping mall parking lot in the western Chicago suburb of Geneva -- say that while consumers are tightening budgets, for them it's business as usual.
  • Christmas Tree Programs Brighten Holidays for Military Families

    12/15/2008 3:09:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 172+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2008 – A Christmas tree farm in Whitehouse, Ohio, is celebrating the holiday season by giving away 100 Christmas trees to military families. “We've been giving trees to military families since the war started,” Duke Wheeler, owner of Whitehouse Christmas Tree Farm, said. “We feel it's important to let these families know that we appreciate their sacrifices. … We're grateful for all that they do.” The tree farm is giving away 7-foot Christmas trees through Dec. 20 to military families who have a servicemember overseas or a servicemember who recently returned from duty. Family members can cut...
  • 'Christmas is the pathway to hell': Muslim lawyer's extraordinary rant at 'evil' celebration

    12/10/2008 3:52:30 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 116 replies · 2,435+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 12/10/08 | Liz Hazelton
    A Muslim lawyer has launched an extraordinary rant against Christmas, branding the celebration 'evil'. Hate preacher Anjem Choudary claimed the festival was the 'pathway to hell' and urged his followers to boycott it. 'In the world today many Muslims, especially those residing in Western countries, are exposed to the evil celebration Christmas,' he raged in a sermon broadcast on the internet. 'Many take part in the festival celebrations by having Christmas turkey dinners. 'Decorating the house, purchasing Christmas trees or having Christmas turkey meals are completely prohibited by Allah. 'Many still practise this corrupt celebration as a remembrance of the...
  • Christmas Trees Absent From University of North Carolina Libraries This Year

    12/06/2008 2:01:00 PM PST · by Baladas · 24 replies · 823+ views
    FOX News ^ | December 6, 2008 | staff
    Christmas trees that have graced the two main libraries at the University of North Carolina won't be displayed this year, after numerous complaints, The Charlotte Observer reported. The trees have stood in the lobbies of Wilson and Davis libraries at the Chapel Hill campus during December. This year, they are being kept in storage. Sarah Michalak, the associate provost for university libraries, told the newspaper that she made the decision after several years of complaints from employees and others. “We strive in our collection to have a wide variety of ideas,” she said. “It doesn't seem right to celebrate one...
  • $50,000 REWARD IN DEATHS OF (Christmas) TREE FARMER, 2 OTHERS (migrant workers suspected)

    01/26/2008 8:15:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies · 321+ views
    $50,000 REWARD IN DEATHS OF TREE FARMER, 2 OTHERSRobbery may be motive in slayings Authorities describe how shootings occurred Associated Press INDEPENDENCE, Va. --The family of a prominent North Carolina tree farmer has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for his slaying, as well as that of his son and an employee. Authorities said robbery was the apparent motive in the shooting deaths Thursday of Ronald Hudler, 75, his son Frederick Hudler, 45, and an employee, 25-year-old John Miller. The three were slain on Ronald Hudler's property in Mouth of Wilson, Va., just...
  • 3 Indicted In Armed Robbery Of Boy Scout Fundraiser

    01/12/2008 11:45:00 AM PST · by darkangel82 · 33 replies · 444+ views
    WLWT Cincinnati ^ | January 11 | Travis Gettys
    CINCINNATI -- A grand jury indicted three people in connection with the armed robbery last month of Boy Scouts at a Christmas tree sale. Prosecutors said Friday that Kenneth Hodge, 19, David Keeling, 19, and Nashon Wallace, 20, would face charges in the Dec. 3 robbery outside Tom’s Drive-Thru in North College Hill. The Boy Scouts, ages 13 and 11 years old, said they were selling Christmas trees in the parking lot along West Galbraith Road shortly before closing when three men approached, with one carrying a sawed-off shotgun. The boys said they thought the men were joking until one...
  • Holiday tree farms get the ax

    01/05/2008 7:10:20 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 234+ views
    star ledger ^ | Saturday, December 15, 2007 | MARYANN SPOTO
    When it came time to decide what to do with his family's Christmas tree farm in Monroe Township, Thomas Allen didn't have a lot of options. His grown children had no interest in the business, and Allen couldn't work the land while holding down his full-time job supervising town recreation. The farm in Middlesex County, where Christmas trees have been sold for 40 years, didn't generate enough profit to provide his sole income. So Allen did what so many farmers in New Jersey before him have done. He sold his land to developers. As farmers like Allen leave the cut-your-own...