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By YVONNE BASKIN | December 20, 1992
Encinitas, California.--In a greenhouse in Madison, Wisconsin, a row of ordinary-looking six-inch spruce trees may represent the ghosts of Christmas future. These tiny trees are clones of superior white spruces, fortified with a bacterial gene for pest resistance and rooted in soil after long incubation in a lab dish.They represent only the second success scientists have had in regrowing conifers (cone-bearing trees) from genetically engineered embryos. The first came last year at Michigan Technological University with a European larch, and similar manipulations of fir and pine are close behind.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
Sick of the holidays? Santa didn't bring what you wanted? Or maybe you are just looking to spruce up the garden? Send your Christmas tree to the wood chipper. Christmas tree disposal began as early as Thursday and continues into January around the region. Residents are asked to remove all decorations, ornament hooks and other trimmings before disposing of trees. In some cases, the trees can be chipped into mulch that, come spring, can help green flower beds at government buildings or even residents' homes.
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By ROB KASPER | January 10, 1998
LIKE MANY HOUSEHOLDS, ours has been busy trying to dispose of the remnants of Christmas. Last weekend, we stripped the Christmas tree of its finery, pried it loose from its holder and carried it, in a not-so-solemn procession, to a resting place.The Christmas tree fought back. It scratched its pallbearers, my 17-year-old son and me. It took a swipe at a living room lamp. It dropped needles faster than some Block dancers drop garments.Once we got the tree out of the house, we wrestled it to the sidewalk.
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By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | December 26, 2013
Howard County is offering a free tree-recycling program for residents looking to dispose of their Christmas trees in an eco-friendly manner this holiday season. The "Merry Mulch" Christmas tree recycling program, run by the county since 1993, has sent thousands of trees to a compost facility, where they are recycled into compost and mulch. From Thursday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, Howard County residents can drop off their Christmas trees seven days a week, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at one of the sites listed below.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 22, 2011
Even though there was no formal lighting ceremony this year, an Edgewood couple wants to remind their fellow residents that the community's Christmas tree is alive, well and fully decorated. Sam and Donna Gibson, longtime residents active in the community, say they made sure the tree near the Edgewood MARC station did not go neglected. Standing next to the tree Thursday morning, the Gibsons wanted to remind everyone that even though there was not an official tree lighting because of construction by the station, the tree is decorated and lit at night for people to come and see. The Gibsons both talked about how grateful they are for the community and the people in it. They said they just wanted to make sure they could spread some holiday cheer.
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By Ellen Nibali and Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2009
Question: I hesitate to put up a Christmas tree this year, despite having three-year-old twins who would love to have one, due to my concern about stinkbugs living in it. This fall/winter, my house was infested with stinkbugs. I am not knowledgeable enough to determine which pesticide is environmentally safe to use in the house. What extermination company knows how to get rid of this bug in order to save Christmas? Answer: It is not necessary to hire a pest control company to deal with your marmorated stinkbugs.
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FROM THE AEGIS | December 26, 2012
The Harford County Department of Public Works, Recycling Office has announced the location and availability of recycling for Christmas trees and similar greenery following the holiday season. The Harford Waste Disposal Center Yard Trim Facility will be open Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Harford Waste Disposal Center Yard Trim Facility is at 3135 Scarboro Road in Street. The Tollgate Yard Trim Drop-off site will be open on Saturdays only from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Tollgate Yard Trim Drop-off site is at 703 N. Tollgate Road in Bel Air. For additional information, contact Robert Ernst, recycling program ,manager for Harford County, 410-638-3417 or crernst@harfordcountymd.gov .
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November 19, 2012
Beginning Saturday, Dec. 1, the Laurel Lions Club's Christmas trees sales lot will be open in the parking lot of Laurel Shopping Center, Route 1 at Montrose Avenue. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The club's Christmas tree lot moved from its usual spot in the parking lot of Laurel Mall this year because of the ongoing demolition at the mall. The sales lot will be underneath the new, brown Laurel Shopping Center sign, near Route 1. Sales will continue until all trees are sold.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 6, 2012
Robert and Wilma Muir, owners of Deer Creek Valley Tree Farm in Street, have once again provided a large white pine Christmas tree for display outside the Maryland Department of Agriculture headquarters in Annapolis. Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance and Deputy Secretary Mary Ellen Setting, joined by Maryland Department of Agriculture staff, kicked off the state's Christmas tree promotion on Nov. 29 with an official lighting ceremony for the 16-foot tall white pine. The Muirs donated a 20-foot high white pine to MDA last Christmas season.
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By Elizabeth Large | December 16, 1990
I write this I've just finished reading the entries in the magazine's Holiday Short Fiction Contest, the winners of which will be published next week. One recurring theme this year was the picking out of a Christmas tree. Kids as young as 8 as well as adults wrote about families squabbling over their trees, the children blaming the moms for misshapen trees and so on. But not one entry did I get about how much fun tree shopping is. (Although all the stories end with someone saying, once the tree is in the house and decorated, "This is the best Christmas tree ever!"
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2013
The moment Fred and Kimberly Clark waited for since planting firs, pines and other evergreens eight years ago finally arrived last weekend. Their first Christmas tree sales. All farming is delayed gratification, but the delay is particularly long for Christmas tree growers. The Clarks, who run two backyard farms in Calvert County, have done a lot of planting and shearing since 2005 in the hopes of an eventual payoff. It's not as simple as it looked to Fred Clark years ago when he stopped by a Christmas tree farm and watched a farmer accept customers' cash.
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By Louise Vest | December 11, 2013
50 Years Ago Let's park and have lunch "Helicopter Parks in Don's Backyard  "Don Flax, of Wilflax Motors on Route 40, was startled Thursday to see a helicopter hovering overhead, circle around and land in his parking lot. "Ideas of an emergency, invasion, or an early visit from Santa clause were dispelled when several men descended, identified themselves as a survey team and asked, 'May we leave our helicopter here while we go to...
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December 10, 2013
Carroll County government's annual lighting of the county Christmas tree won't be held Tuesday, Dec. 10, because of the weather. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will instead be held next Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 4:30 p.m. at the county office building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster. In addition, county government offices and all county senior centers are closed Tuesday because of the second snowstorm in three days.
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Derek Chavis and For The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
“Hello, I'm America's Jane Lynch,” Jane Lynch says as she snaps a heavy duty cleaning glove on her left hand to stick coal in the stockings of Cloris Leachman, Meryl Streep, Melissa McCarthy and Edie Falco. She explains to the viewers that Fox had taped a Christmas special in 2012 titled “Rough Trade Santa,” but it was entirely too inappropriate to air, so it sat in the vault. Until tonight. We'll never get to see the original episode. An episode which contained the answers as to why Blaine Anderson is obsessed with yule logs and why Will Schuester decided to abandon all of his Washington, D.C., dreams to come back to New Directions.
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By Bob Allen | December 3, 2013
After 20 years, Catonsville's annual lighting of the town's Christmas Tree and welcoming of Santa easily qualifies as a cherished tradition for this tightly-knit community. The Nov. 30 event was ample proof of that. Greg Morgan, the spark plug behind Catonsville's annual Yuletide celebration since its outset, was overcome with emotion as he stood on a portable stage and welcomed more than a thousand people, young and old, to Saturday evening's event in the 700 block of Frederick Road.
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Staff Reports | December 1, 2013
The weekend after Thanksgiving not only signals the official start of the Christmas season, but also the start of the Christmas tree hunting season.  For many families, holiday traditions include a visit to a cut-your-own tree farm the weekend of Thanksgiving -- or soon afterward. In Carroll County, there are many options for farms where families can search for the perfect tree, cut it themselves and haul it home. In addition to fresh-cut trees, some farms offer baling, wreaths and greens.  The 2013 version of Christmas Trees and Holiday Greens in Carroll County is available online HERE.
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By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 5, 2011
Charles W. St. Clair Sr., an accountant who launched a second career as a Jarrettsville Christmas tree farmer, died May 31 of pneumonia at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. He was 88. Born on a Jarrettsville dairy farm, in the early 19th-century house he would restore and move back to in 1977, Mr. St. Clair was a direct descendant of Luther Jarrett, founder of Jarrettsville. He grew up on the farm but had a career in business before he started moonlighting in the early 1960s as a Christmas tree grower as a way to put his children through college.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | November 30, 2013
The Town of Bel Air kicks off the Christmas holiday season this weekend with the annual Festival of Trees and the town parade and tree lighting ceremony. Don't forget to visit the Festival of Trees at the Bel Air Reckord Armory, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, $6 for adults, free for children 12 and under. Decorated trees, wreaths will sold by silent auction and there will be vendors, fresh greens, bake table, children's crafts and activities and entertainment.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
Bridget Gregory loves many things about her cat, Curtis, but finds his feet among his funniest features. "Curtis is a polydactyl cat, meaning he has more than five toes on one paw," says the 11-year-old Towson resident. "He has six!" Bridget's family adopted Curtis the 24-toed cat from the animal shelter last year and say he's about a year and a half old. "Curtis is very, very friendly and likes being the center of attention," says Bridget. Given the chance, he meanders into neighbors' homes for a visit and loves meeting new people and being loved by family and friends.
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