Dan Tabler

Record Observer - - News -

are hold­ing their Christ­mas Pageant this year on Satur­day, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m., turn out to see their per­for­mance.

••• BIG TREES HERE The lat­est is­sue of Shore Home and Gar­den that I usu­ally pick up at Ed­ward’s Phar­macy has a grand story with pictures of a few of Mary­land’s cham­pion trees, mainly here on the shore. Mary­land state forester from 1906 to 1942, Fred Bes­ley, ini­ti­ated a Big Tree project, which set out to lo­cate, pho­to­graph and mea­sure as many of the states’s big trees as pos­si­ble.

In his pam­phlet, “Big Tree Cham­pi­ons of Mary­land, a Record of the Largest Trees of the Prin­ci­pal Species” pub­lished in 1957, Bes­ley re­called that the first grand prize over­all cham­pion was a pe­can tree lo­cated in Princess Anne, mea­sur­ing 14’ 8” in girth, owned by H. Fil­more Lank­ford, and re­port­edly grown from a nut planted by his grand­fa­ther in 1800.

I am sure most of my “se­nior” reader-friends will re­mem­ber our own Wye Oak, down in Wye Mills, which was the na­tional grand cham­pion WhiteOak for a half-cen­tury and was lost in a strong thun­der­storm in 2002. Its site — prob­a­bly the small­est state park in the

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