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Borough in Search of Christmas Tree for Triangle Park

Borough Councilman Mike Waddell puts out the call for a Christmas tree donation at Monday night’s Emmaus Borough Council meeting.

Once all of the praise and thank you’s for a successful and were finished, Emmaus Borough Council turned its thoughts to another Emmaus tradition – the in .

Councilman Michael Waddell brought up the topic of the borough’s need of a Christmas tree donation at Monday night’s borough council meeting, describing the borough’s ideal Christmas tree.

“It should be 30- to 35-feet tall,” he said, “with no flat spots. We are looking or a tree. If you have one on your property that’s that right size, contact Craig (Neely, the borough manager.)”

The tree donor doesn’t have to live in the Borough, Waddell added.

Waddell also suggested to Councilman Nathan Brown, who heads the borough’s Community Relations, Planning and Development Committee, that the borough look into getting a plaque to honor those who donate Christmas trees each year.

The donors’ names could be engraved on the plaque, which would be hung in , he said.

Beth October 20, 2011 at 12:28 PM
I think it would be a nice gesture for the borough to donate some saplings for the tree that they do end up cutting down. A plaque is a nice thought, but more planting trees would be more practical.
Gerri Wetherhold October 20, 2011 at 02:37 PM
This almost blew my mind. First they cut down a beautiful tree in the center of town that everyone loved to put up a park that you can't even walk in, if you have a dog on a leash. Now they are looking for a tree replacement. What the heck is going on?
Rob Miller October 20, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Maybe they should scrape the change out of the $500,000.00 fountain, and buy a tree!!! What a joke!
Pamela October 20, 2011 at 05:54 PM
You know what that change is for.. its for the little kids who swim in there all summer! and now they can use it to buy an ice cream cone.. you are right it is a joke!
An interested bystander October 20, 2011 at 06:11 PM
the tree that was cut down was anything but beautiful. It had several trunks, a flat top, and bare spots so wide open you could see the other side of the triangle through it. It was replaced by a park that is used almost constantly. Seems like a fair trade.
Gerri Wetherhold October 20, 2011 at 06:24 PM
I don't agree with you one bit.
An interested bystander October 20, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Which part do you disagree with, the tree being ugly or fair trade?
Gerri Wetherhold October 20, 2011 at 07:45 PM
The tree that was originally there really was not ugly. It did not seem diseased in any way. The park is nice, but it is not a living thing such as the tree. But, everyone is entitled to their opinion and mine is different than yours. It does not mean that you are wrong or that I am wrong. We just see things in a different light.
silent observer October 20, 2011 at 08:06 PM
The fountain was donated.
Reality Check October 20, 2011 at 08:34 PM
Yes, silent observer, the fountain was donated. Thank you for making a note of that. What is disappointing in many of the Patch comments is that people respond without knowing many of the facts. They seem to assume. Many of the improvements seen in Emmaus over the past several years are a result of grant money and donations from local businesses. There have been NO TAX INCREASES. Instead of residents complaining, they should be applauding our council for the efforts they have made to be smart in finding these grants and donations to keep the town healthy and beautiful. It's a sad shame so many people are quick to attack without knowing any of the details. Emmaus is a unique town with many beautiful characteristics. Visitors comment they wish they could live in a place as quaint as Emmaus. Maybe everyone should consider the good things rather than always looking for the bad. Seems to me there is a lot of energy going into a lot of 'issues' that are not really issues (i.e. the non-existent stadium). Perhaps their efforts would be more productive if they volunteered for one of the local service organizations and actually made a difference in someone's life.
Gerri Wetherhold October 20, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Well said.
Rob Miller October 21, 2011 at 03:47 AM
Quaint little town? The same town that is being overtaken by Hud Housing, an increase in bank robberies, and naked high school kids on the internet. Heaven forbid the kids get a baseball stadium to play ball in...how can u say thats not an issue?
Robert Sentner October 21, 2011 at 12:34 PM
I don't have a dog in this fight, but I did grow up in Emmaus. It is and was one of the best places to grow up in, and yes it has changed and not for the better, but that is happening everywhere. East penn school district, and the town of Emmaus are going thru growing pains like everyone else, instead of everyone bashing, why not do something different and see if you can bring something to the table, volunteer, become active in your local planning committee, start a watch committee, etc. really getting tired of everyone complaigning about what someone else did. Become part of the fix. and no I am not talking about demostrating, I am talking about helping out. And it is still a quaint little town !!!!!!!!
Gerri Wetherhold October 21, 2011 at 01:18 PM
I like your sentiments. Thank you.
Pamela October 21, 2011 at 06:00 PM
In our "quaint little town" that has had 6 plus bank robberies in one year, the people do not like change! They are arguing over something like trick or treat and what night it should be on? Read what the mayor himself said" it is what it is" ..so in order for us to get a stadium we need to step up get these old timers out!!! And HUD housing!!!
Lyle Richardson November 06, 2011 at 11:55 PM
Was a tree found ? and when will it be put up ????

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