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Lancaster searches for "perfect Christmas tree" for Penn Square

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

Lancaster City officials are searching for "the perfect Christmas tree" to be featured in Penn Square for the holidays.

Every year the square features a large evergreen that serves as the focal point for the December holiday observance.

For several years, in keeping with the city's Green Initiative, a live tree has been loaned or donated by Millwood Landscaping so that it can be replanted in a city park.

But officials say these live trees are less than 25 feet tall and often do not survive the transplanting process. They added that a bigger one would be more in keeping with the proportions of Penn Square.

Director of Public Works Charlotte Katzenmoyer is asking property owners who have an appropriately-shaped evergreen tree that is larger than the usual city Christmas tree to enter a friendly competition.

A "jury" of city personnel will look at all the trees offered and select the one to be used. The city will handle cutting down the tree and mounting it in Penn Square, giving the property owner full credit for the donation.

After the holidays, the tree will be ground up for mulch in the city parks.

If you have a tree that fills the bill, contact the Public Works office by calling or emailing the City Arborist, Jim Bower, at 291-4846 or jbower@cityoflancasterpa.com. City officials ask participants to include a name, address, phone number and location of the tree.

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