Branch­ing out

New Glas­gow fam­ily do­nates tree to Aberdeen Hospi­tal

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - BY ADAM MACINNIS

Twenty years ago when Jim Sweet first moved into his home on Chelsea Court in New Glas­gow, there was a strag­gly look­ing blue spruce in the yard.

He sus­pects it was planted when the house was built in 1969.

“It was ugly look­ing,” he says and re­calls how he con­tem­plated cut­ting it down.

But be­fore he could, a neigh­bour sug­gested he in­stead try cut­ting the top off the tree to see what would hap­pen.

“Within a year it filled out,” Sweet said. “It was a beau­ti­ful shape when it filled it in.”

Con­tent, he left it to grow and thrive.

But as the tree reached in ex­cess of 30 feet, he be­came con­cerned about the pos­si­bil­ity it could fall dur­ing an ice storm. It was also block­ing the view of their sun­room. He de­cided it should go, but rather than just cut it down, he thought per­haps, given its shape, it might make a nice Christ­mas tree.

It was just un­der the re­quired height to qual­ify for a Bos­ton Christ­mas tree so he de­cided to check with the Aberdeen Hospi­tal to see if they might like it. Each year a tree is put in front of the hospi­tal and dec­o­rated by NS Power. NS Power gladly ac­cepted his of­fer and the tree was cut from Sweet’s yard re­cently by NSP em­ploy­ees.

Prob­lems arose a day be­fore it was sup­posed to be lit on Fri­day, Nov. 30, how­ever, in the form of last Thurs­day’s storm, which not only kept NS Power crews too busy to al­low time for dec­o­rat­ing the tree, but also blew the tree on to its side.

Sweet said un­for­tu­nately a few branches broke dur­ing the mishap and it doesn’t look as good as it once did. Still, he hopes that once it’s dec­o­rated, the tree will of­fer a pleas­ant sight for those at the Aberdeen Hospi­tal and for peo­ple trav­el­ling down East River Road in New Glas­gow.

The tree is now sched­uled to be lit on Fri­day, Dec. 7 in front of the hospi­tal.

CONTRIBUTED

Nova Scotia Power crew mem­bers cut down a tree in the yard of Jim Sweet on Chelsea Court in New Glas­gow. It has been placed in front of the Aberdeen Hospi­tal and will be lit on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.

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