Monday, December 3, 2012
Are you willing to withstand the cold, sap and needles necessary for an 'authentic' Christmas or will a tree in a box suffice?
The Christmas tree dilemma: Purists won't go near fake trees; others can stand the thought of chopping down a tree that will leave needles, sap and leaking water in their living room. Despite the hassle, real trees outsell their artificial cousins by more than a 3-to-1 margin each season, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Bear in mind, of course, artificial trees can be reused every year. Are you undertaking the Griswold family tradition this year, or are will an artificial tree do the trick for your family?
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Columnist uses his senses to sniff out gifts.
My name is Mike. I'm a gift guesser. When I was a wee lad, I would wake up in the middle of the night, go downstairs and start shaking my gifts. I would sneak out of my bedroom when everyone was asleep and execute my game plan. I'd wake up in the middle of the night and raid the Christmas tree to see what was under it. I'd try to look under the wrapping to see if anything was sticking out. Rattling was usually good. That usually meant something to play with. No rattling usually meant a sweater or a shirt or pants. No fun there. My mom would say, "You want to look nice for Christmas Day." I'd say, "I'd much rather have a toy truck." The key was not to rip the wrapping paper or damage it in any way. That was a dead giveaway that my midnight …
Monday, January 3, 2011
MassDEP reminds residents to be safe and environmentally conscious post-holidays.
As Medfield residents clean up those last remnants of the holidays, the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection and Medfield Department of Public Works want to remind folks to dispose of and recycle Christmas trees properly. The Department of Public Works asks that Christmas trees be brought to the transfer station so they can properly dispose of them. "We take [the trees] at the transfer station, [residents] have to bring them to us," said Kenneth Feeney, Superintendent of Medfield Public Works. "We do recycle them. We chip them up and put them into the compost and reuse them so there's a little bit of recycling going on there." Trees can also be picked up by local boy scouts, according to Feeney, and brought to the transfer station…