Ashland Boy Scouts sell Christmas trees

Ashland's Boy Scout Troop 112, 50th annual Christmas Tree Sale will occur on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The sale will take place in the Elks Lodge parking lot at Lithia Way and First Street in downtown Ashland. The Elk's parking lot is a new location this year. Tax-deductible donations for these beautiful trees helps to support the troop's activities throughout the year.

The Scouts cut trees from BLM land slated for thinning, allowing larger trees to grow.

"The boys cut a variety of heights of Noble fir, Grand fir, Douglas fir and red cedar. Like last year, we have a lot of great trees," said Jeff Jones, assistant scoutmaster for the troop. "It's always exciting that so many people around the area support the scouts by purchasing trees from the troop."

Scouts will be on hand to help select the best tree, carry it to a car and tie it on top, if needed.

Troop 112 marks its 50th year of this tree cut and sale that began in 1958. Boy Scout Troop 112 was first chartered in 1919 and is the oldest Boy Scout Troop in the state of Oregon. 2009 will be the Troop's 90th year of service to the community.

Tree recycling day

Ashland's Boy Scout Troop 112 Tree recycling day is on Saturday, Jan. 10.

People should have their trees at the curb in front of their houses for pick up Friday evening, Jan. 9. Troop 112 and sponsoring organization, the Ashland Lion's Club, will collect trees to be chipped by the Ashland Parks Department crew and used as mulch in our city parks. Donations for this service will be accepted and checks should be made out to Troop 112.

2009 will be the 27th year that Troop 112 and the Ashland Lions Club have recycled Ashland's Christmas trees.

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