Friday, November 1, 2013

Mill Cove Woman Donates Tree For Boston

A Lunenburg County woman is this year's donor of Nova Scotia's Christmas tree for Boston. Mary Lou Milligan of Mill Cove has a 47-foot white spruce on her property that is about 40-years-old. The large evergreen is an annual thank-you gift to the city for help provided after the 1917 Halifax explosion. About 2,000 people were killed and hundreds more were left injured and homeless by the explosion. Boston was quick to provide medical personnel and supplies. A crew from the Department of Natural Resources will cut down the tree during a public ceremony November 12 at 10am. Another ceremony will be held in Halifax on November 13 at 11:30am for a final farewell before the province transports the tree to Boston. This will be the 42nd tree sent to Boston by the province since the tradition began in 1971. The tree lighting will take place on the Boston Common, December 5, at a ceremony attracting about 30,000 people and broadcast live on television.