Pittsfield's Places Annual Christmas Tree in Park Square
Standing about 35-feet tall, the Colorado blue spruce was donated to the city by Timothy and Susan Rapkowicz of Euclid Avenue.
Susan Rapkowicz said the couple planted the tree in their yard when they first moved into the home more than 30 years ago.
"I always wanted to put lights on it but it wasn't an option. Now it will be a very special Christmas tree because it will now have lights on it and will be in memory of our family members who have since passed away," she told city officials.
City workers felled the tree from the property Wednesday morning and with the help of LP Adams, which donated the use of a crane for the installation, installed it at Park Square.
The annual tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.
The event typically features music from the Taconic High School chorus, Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by fire truck to meet with children, and free hot chocolate.
Residents are typically asked to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to a local food pantry at the tree lighting.
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