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Roundup: Christmas Trees, Deer And More


There’s been a run on live Christmas trees this year. Something about making up for this tough year with something that looks (and smells) beautiful.

If you’ve procrastinated: no worries. Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center still has plenty in stock.

At least, they did this morning …

(Photo/John Karrel)


Once you get your Christmas tree, you’ve got to decorate it. Then you can enjoy it.

And then — a few weeks from now — you’ve got to get rid of it. Who you gonna call?

Boy Scout Troop 39!

For years, they’ve been hauling away Westporters’ trees. They’ll do it again this year — with COVID precautions, of course.

First, register online (click here). On January 9 (6:30 a.m.!), haul your tree to your mailbox. Tape an envelope with cash or a check made out to “Boy Scout Troop 39 Westport.” The suggested donation is $20, but of course you can give more.

They can’t accept wreaths or garlands. Other than that: take it away, boys!


Rick Hochman was working from home yesterday, near Long Lots. He looked up from his laptop and saw this lovely doe, looking like she wanted to come in for a cup of tea.

Or perhaps she was waiting for her cousin Rudolph.

(Photo/Rick Hochman)


Jordan Kessler is just 29 years old. But the 2009 Staples High School graduate is in his 7th year with J.P. Morgan’s sports finance group. He manages $5 billion in loans.

On Tuesday he received a great Sports Business Journal honor: a “New Voices Under 30” award.

Remarkably, he was not the only former Wrecker in the elite group of 30. Jesse Heussner — a 2011 Staples alum, now director of basketball operations and analytics at Creative Artists Agency — joined Jordan as a “New Voices Under 30” honoree.

Jordan graduated from Vanderbilt University, with a major in financial management and entrepreneurship, and minor in Spanish. Jesse majored in government at Dartmouth College, from which he graduated cum laude.

Jordan Kessler (Photo/Kenta Shirafuji)


And finally … this is Phil Ochs’ birthday.

The folksinger — compared, often unfairly, to Bob Dylan — has been somewhat forgotten today. His songs — often about important political and social issues — were pointed, thought-provoking, and had a profound influence on me growing up. (I still think “Power and the Glory” should be our national anthem.)

He also had an interesting connection to Westport. On March 31, 1968, while performing a benefit concert here, someone handed him breaking news, which he relayed to an appreciative crowd: Lyndon Johnson had just announced he would not run for a 2nd term as president.

Phil Ochs died by suicide in 1976. He was 35 years old. Today, he would have been 80.

Boy Scouts’ Good Deed: Recycling Christmas Trees

Sure, yesterday was magical. Christmas is, you know, the “most wonderful time of year.”

But today. Christmas is so yesterday. Boxing Day is for Brits. Us go-getting Americans need to throw away the toys that no longer work. Toss out the leftovers.

And think about getting rid of that big Christmas tree too.

Fortunately, there’s help. At least for that last task.

Boy Scout Troop 39 of Westport will happily pick up your tree. That once beautiful, soon dying and needle-dropping symbol of recent holiday cheer can be disposed of with one simple mouse click.

The big day is Saturday, January 11. This is the 11th year in a row the Scouts are providing the service, so they’ve got the drill down pat. (And it’s a green drill: The trees are recycled as mulch. Typically they collect and chip enough trees to provide the town with 5 tons of garden mulch!)

Boy Scout Troop 39 to the rescue!

To register, click here. Reservations are limited so — unlike Christmas shopping — don’t delay.

Place your tree by your mailbox by 6:30 a.m. that morning.

The suggested donation is $20 per tree (cash or checks made out to “Boy Scout Troop 39” are fine). I’m sure the Scouts would not refuse higher amounts. Funds go toward activities like food drives, community service projects and backpacking trips.

The Boy Scouts are well known for “good turns” like helping old ladies across streets. Bush league. In Westport, they help little old ladies — and strapping young men — dispose of big old Christmas trees.

NOTE: The Scouts can’t accept wreaths or garlands (the wires ruin tree chippers). You’re on your own for those!

(Hat tip: Nanette Buziak)

Pic Of The Day #42

Yesterday, Boy Scout Troop 39 placed flowers on the graves of veterans, at 5 Westport cemeteries. Here, they decorated the entrance at North Kings Highway. The flowers were donated by VFW Post 399. (Photo/Amy Schneider)

Boy Scouts’ Next Good Turn: Hauling Away Your Christmas Tree

Sure, Christmas was nice. Presents, family, eggnog and fruitcake.

But now it’s on to the next thing: Getting rid of the tree.

Like so many other tasks in Westport — leaf-raking, pool-cleaning, airport-driving — this task too can be outsourced.

Boy Scout Troop 39 of Westport will happily pick up your Christmas tree. That once beautiful, soon-to-be dying and needle-dropping symbol of recent holiday cheer can be disposed of with one simple mouse click.

The big day is Saturday, January 7. This is the 7th year in a row the Scouts are providing the service, so they’ve got the drill down pat. (And it’s a green drill: The trees are recycled as mulch.)

Boy Scout Troop 39 to the rescue!

Boy Scout Troop 39 to the rescue!

To register for this service, click here. Reservations are limited so — unlike Christmas shopping — don’t delay.

Place your tree by your mailbox by 6:30 a.m. that morning — yeah, you do have to move it that far yourself — and tape an envelope with your donation to your front door.

The suggested donation is $20 per tree (cash or checks made out to “Boy Scout Troop 39” are fine). I’m sure the scouts would not refuse higher amounts. Funds go toward troop activities like food drives, community service projects and high adventure backpacking trips.

The Boy Scouts are well known for “good turns” like helping little old ladies across streets. Bush league. In Westport, they help little old ladies — and strapping young men — dispose of big old Christmas trees.

O Christmas Tree! Go Christmas Tree!

Sure, Christmas was nice. Presents, family, tropical weather and all that.

But now it’s on to the next thing: Getting rid of the tree.

Like so many other tasks in Westport — leaf-raking, pool-cleaning, airport-driving — this task too can be outsourced.

Boy Scout Troop 39 of Westport will happily pick up your Christmas tree. That once beautiful, soon-to-be dying and needle-dropping symbol of recent holiday cheer can be disposed of with one simple mouse click.

The big day is Saturday, January 9. This is the 6th year in a row the Scouts are providing the service, so they’ve got the drill down pat. (And it’s a green drill: The trees are recycled as mulch.)

Troop 39 in action.

Troop 39 in action.

To register for this service, click here. Reservations are limited so — unlike Christmas shopping — don’t delay.

Place your tree by your mailbox by 6:30 a.m. that morning — yeah, you do have to move it that far yourself — and tape an envelope with your donation to your front door.

The suggested donation is $20 per tree (cash or checks made out to “Boy Scout Troop 39” are fine). I’m sure the scouts would not refuse higher amounts. Funds go toward troop activities like food drives, community service projects and high adventure backpacking trips.

The Boy Scouts are well known for “good turns” like helping little old ladies across streets. Bush league. In Westport, they help little old ladies — and strapping young men — dispose of big old Christmas trees.

 

O Christmas Tree … Go Christmas Tree!

Boy Scouts are supposed to do a “good turn” daily.

It’s hard to imagine a better one than what they’ve got planned for Saturday, January 10.

Troop 39 of Westport will pick up your Christmas tree. That once beautiful, now dying and needle-dropping symbol of last month’s holiday cheer can be disposed of with one simple mouse click.

To register for this much-needed service, click here. Then place your tree by your mailbox by 6:30 a.m. on Saturday — yeah, you do have to move it that far yourself — and tape an envelope with your donation to your front door.

The suggested donation is $20 per tree. I’m sure the scouts would not refuse higher amounts.

The Boy Scouts are well known for “good turns” like helping little old ladies across streets. Bush league. In Westport, they help little old ladies — and strapping young men — dispose of big old Christmas trees.

Troop 39 in action.

Troop 39 in action.

 

Boy Scouts’ Good Deed: Christmas Tree Removal

Boy Scouts are supposed to do a “good turn” daily.

It’s hard to imagine a better one than what they’ve got planned for Saturday, January 11.

Troop 39 of Westport will pick up your Christmas tree. That once beautiful, now dying and needle-dropping symbol of last month’s holiday cheer can be disposed off with one simple mouse click.

To register for this much-needed service, click here.

The suggested donation is $17 per tree. I’m sure the scouts would not refuse higher amounts.

The Boy Scouts are well known for “good turns” like helping little old ladies across streets. Bush league. In Westport, they help little old ladies — and strapping young men — dispose of big old Christmas trees.

Troop 39 in action.

Troop 39 in action.

O (Old) Christmas Tree

Sure, Christmas was nice — but it’s already a fading memory. The gifts have all been opened, returned, broken or forgotten. The bills will soon come due.

And then there’s that big, beautiful tree, still hung with tinsel and ornaments. Pretty soon, it too will have to go.

But where?

As usual, the Boy Scouts ride to the rescue.

This Saturday (January 7), Boy Scout Troop 39 will pick up your tree. In keeping with the Scout’s focus on the environment, it will be chipped into mulch and used by the Town of Westport.

To register for this much-needed service, click here.  The tree should be placed by your mailbox by 6:30 Saturday morning.

Tape an envelope with a check (“Boy Scout Troop 39″ ) to your front door. Cash is fine too — hey, Scouts are trustworthy, right?

The suggested donation is $15 per tree, though I’m sure the Scouts would not refuse higher amounts.

After all, the money helps fund Troop 39’s activities, including food drives, community service projects and high adventure backpacking trips.

The Boy Scouts are well known for helping little old ladies across streets.  In Westport, we thank them for helping little old ladies — and strapping young men — dispose of big old Christmas trees.