WOODSTOCK – As town officials prepare for the coming holiday season, Selectman Bruce Korhonen has volunteered to take care of decorating the town’s Christmas tree on the Town Common in Bryant Pond.

Town Manager Vern Maxfield said, “The town crew has done the decorating for years, but they told me they would rather not have to continue to do the job as they have other things they need to get done before winter. As a result of their request to turn the decorating over to someone else, Bruce said he would arrange for a bucket truck and do the job himself.”

Maxfield said the cost of having Lucas Tree Services do the decorating was $1,000, and selectmen did not want to pay more than $800. The cost of renting the bucket truck has been quoted at $280, and the town has the lights and other decorations.

It was also decided by the board last week to ask the voters at town meeting next March if they wish to continue to decorate the large tree on the common or have a smaller tree brought in annually.

The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony is scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, with a visit from Santa and refreshments at the Woodstock Elementary School on Rumford Avenue.

“It’s always a fun evening for kids and adults alike,” Maxfield said, “and everyone who wishes to attend is certainly welcome.”

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