Tall tree wanted for Portland celebration

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PORTLAND — If you’re pining to get rid of a pine tree, furious at a back-yard fir, or eager to spruce up the city with a spruce, Portland’s Downtown District wants to hear from you.

The business development group is searching for a 40- to 60-foot-tall tree that will serve as the centerpiece for the city’s holiday celebrations. The lucky conifer will be decorated with LED bulbs that get switched on at the annual tree-lighting ceremony in Monument Square, Friday, Nov. 23, at 5:30 p.m.

“Each year we look for a stately and well-rounded tree within 10 miles of Portland that a resident needs to have taken down. If selected, the tree will be cut down and transported downtown at no cost to the homeowner,” City Arborist Jeff Tarling said.

Tree owners who wish to enter should submit their address, phone number and a photograph of the tree to [email protected], or mail the picture and contact information to Portland’s Downtown District, 549 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101.