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REPORTING · 28th August 2015
Walter McFarlane
Friday, August 28th was an unceremonious, grey day in Kitimat when the Gyro Club Christmas Tree came down. There were concerns about how to fall the tree, due to its proximity to the power lines and the strong wind which was blowing. The wind and rain let up just before 11:00 am.

A certified faller prepared the site and cut the tree. A ramp of earth was built up so the equipment could access the tree. The lower branches, and a number of strings of light were cleared away from the bottom of the tree and the chainsaw began.

It took a few minutes, but the great tree came crashing down. We were informed Kerkhoff Construction will be attempting to find the ornamental star from the old tree, for the new tree, which was lost in all of the branches when the tree grew over it years ago.

We were informed the old tree had been vandalized, someone had snipped the lights which were bolted to the tree.

We were told, Kerkhoff Construction will attempt to have a new tree in place in time for the Christmas Season, but nothing is certain at this time.

Watching the tree fall was Don Reeves from the Gyro Club.

“It was sentimental,” said Reeves, “Because one of our old members who is no longer with us, was the one who was responsible for it, Walter Bors. It was there for the people in the hospital. We looked after it now for a number of years and hopefully we get another one planted over there that we could do the same thing.”

While there is a tree at the new hospital which has been dedicated to the memory of Walter Bors, we were told it does not get lit up during the Christmas Season.

The location for the proposed park plaza, which was discussed at Monday night’s meeting of Kitimat Council, was selected by the Gyro Club, and is on District owned land, near the spot where the older tree stood. It will be brought forward again during the 2016 budget, if not sooner.

The rain stopped as soon as the tree was down, and the sun began to peak through the clouds.
The Great Tree on the ground after it is felled.
The Great Tree on the ground after it is felled.
The professional faller cuts around the base of the tree
The professional faller cuts around the base of the tree
Removing the branches.
Removing the branches.
Comment by emar on 29th August 2015