- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A blue spruce that was damaged as storms packing high winds swept through Michigan in August is serving as the annual Christmas tree for downtown Traverse City.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1Id6tvr ) the tree once stood more than 42 feet tall on the lawn of Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District’s Career-Tech Center. Brent Boerema, assistant principal of the center, says it was leaning to one side after the storms.

Boerema says it was a “beautiful tree,” but “it was too big to try and get the roots to get resettled.” He says there was “no saving that spruce anymore.”

Boerema called the city and arrangements were made to cut it down and haul it away. It will shine this holiday season with hundreds of large LED bulbs.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, https://www.record-eagle.com

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