February 21, 1991 |
Unless they're falling on houses or across lanes of traffic, trees tend to maintain low public profiles. But a blue spruce near the corner of York and County Line Roads in Hatboro has achieved distinction without catastrophe. Measuring approximately 80 feet tall, with an average crown spread - the tree equivalent of an airplane's wingspan - of 39 feet and a circumference of 10 feet, 1 inch, the tree is the largest blue spruce in the state, according to Maurice Hobaugh, chairman of the Big Trees Committee for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry.
December 3, 1997 |
The house on Glenn Street in the Northeast was always easy to find. "It's the house with the big tree," prospective visitors would be told. But the people who lived in the house - George and Kathy Green and their children, George 3d and Kellyanne - had been thinking of having the 50-foot blue spruce cut down - its roots were starting to get at the house's foundation. Only no one wanted to see it hauled away in pieces. Then the Greens heard that the city needed trees for holiday display.
December 25, 1990 |
Brian Chernoff's "bar mitzvah tree" is now most likely a Christmas tree. Chernoff, 24, said a neighbor telephoned him early yesterday to tell him that a 10-foot blue spruce on his front lawn in Melrose Park had been chopped down. Chernoff placed a value of about $400 on the tree, but said its sentimental value went far deeper. "It was planted about 12 years ago to commemorate my bar mitzvah," said Chernoff. "I know it's not in the spirit of Christmas. . . . This is just terrible that someone would do something like this.
December 23, 1990 |
As superintendent of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, George Slick is well known to students. They have seen him at school concerts, plays and sports events. But one side of Slick is quite removed from academia. He grows Christmas trees. "When I was 16, I worked on a Christmas tree plantation in Fulton County, Pennsylvania, during the summer," he said. "I was responsible for pruning and keeping the grass down around the trees, and I discovered I liked working with trees.
December 20, 2001 |
For 30 years, it has been my job and adventure to find the biggest Christmas tree in creation for our living rooms. I remember trying to hold on to my twin sons through the mud of various outdoor tree emporiums. I would always just manage to grab an article of their clothing, as they were eager to escape my grip. Like wild monkeys being set free, Anthony and Joseph would eye the 15-foot spruces. That was 25 years ago at our first home on Staten Island. Our living room had 20-foot ceilings with a loft and balcony that made it easy to decorate the upper sections of the tree and place the star on top. Shopping for a 15-foot spruce became our family tradition for almost 10 years.
September 20, 2003 |
It took Nick Christine and Alan Jensen-Sellers just 12 minutes to dispatch the 20-foot blue spruce that until Hurricane Isabel had stood in a yard on Sugartown Road in Malvern. When the yammer of the chipper-shredder subsided, all that was left was a pile of gray-green sawdust and the smell of Christmas trees. "It's disappointing," Jensen-Sellers said solemnly as the arborist watched the last of the toppled tree disappear into the chipper's maw. The evergreen had graced the yard for 15 years.
February 15, 1987 |
Most of us buy a house because we like the neighborhood, the schools, perhaps the kitchen, or even the front porch. Bill Thomas purchased his first house because he couldn't resist the highly unusual landscaping. Lining the front driveway were about 40 plastic trees, each one set in cement. Even Thomas, assistant head of the education department at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, had a difficult time identifying the species, but he settled on Scotch pine. Conifers, or needled evergreens, have always been a favorite group of plants for Thomas.
May 15, 1994 |
There are thousands of them - Norway spruce, white pine, Douglas fir and blue spruce - and they are lined up, six feet high, like soldiers across Albert Brown Jr.'s tree farm. But as you drive past Brown's 15-acre farm on Old Egg Harbor Road, past the house he has called home for close to four decades, it is another tree that catches your eye. It's big. You won't see it in the fields with the Christmas trees. And it's not for sale, thank you. The tree in question sits plunk center in Brown's back yard, a knobby white mulberry stretching heavenward like a grotesque catcher's mitt.
December 5, 2002 |
10-9-8-7 . . .. That wasn't the temperature dropping, though it felt that cold yesterday as city officials flipped on the Christmas tree lights at City Hall. A bundled-up crowd packed Dilworth Plaza as the 40-foot blue spruce, decorated with strings of white lights and giant blue and purple bulbs, suddenly bedazzled the dark. "They look like bowling balls," an excited Thomas Dickerson, 13, of North Philadelphia, said. The City Hall ceremony is one of two traditional tree-lightings in Center City, though Mayor Street has expanded the idea and will light trees in 11 neighborhoods this year.
June 10, 1996 |
When the Rev. Anselmo Florio began his yearly ritual a week ago today, he had only an empty floor and "a very big faith. " With the help of dozens of parishioners at the St. John Neumann Church who spent endless hours snipping, cutting, plucking and placing, Father Florio's faith has bloomed again. With the bounty of the natural world used as a palette, from the lush blue hue of spruce needles to the dragon's-blood depth of sumac flowers, seven scenes of religious inspiration were assembled on the auditorium floor at St. John Neumann into an intricate, 80-foot-long carpet of flowers in honor of the Feast of Corpus Christi.