BY ANDREW SMITH
ATWOOD – Christmas time in Atwood will be a little brighter this year thanks to a little help from some members of the community.
For years, decorations in Atwood included a large tree downtown with lights. Unfortunately, the tree died for unknown reasons and needed to be removed, leaving a hole noticed by local residents and business members, including Susan Boneschansker of The Country Computer Store.
“Last year we did not have a tree and it was missed,” she said. “It was really noticed that it wasn’t there.”
Boneschansker wasn’t the only one who noted the tree’s absence in Atwood, as North Perth councillor and Atwood Lions member Ken Buchanan said.
“It’s one of those things when it’s there, you take it for granted,” Buchanan said. “When it’s not there, you miss it.”
The Lions decided at a recent meeting to replace the tree with one from a farm west of Newry, owned by Tony Los and originally planted by Buchanan’s brother Larry. The task was accomplished with assistance from resident Russell Danbrook, who helped co-ordinate the services of Treemendous Tree Sales and Transplanting to move the tree. The tree has already been decorated with lights in time for the Atwood Santa Claus parade on Saturday, Dec. 8. Buchanan said he’s received some positive feedback from the community on the return of the tree.
“There’s been different people since it went in who said the tree looks good and it’s nice to have it back,” Buchanan said.
Boneschansker said the tree will once again be a special place for the community.
“It’s a place where the community comes together,” she said. “It’s something you don’t get from a bigger place.”