Thursday, January 3, 2013
PAYT customers can leave Christmas trees out next week for disposal.
Christmas trees will be collected next week, beginning Jan. 7, for Middletown residents using the PAYT program. The collection will follow the regular pickup schedule that can be found attached to this article. For questions, contact the recycling coordinator, 401 842-6519 or email@example.com Don't miss out on important updates, get local news: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates |
Friday, November 30, 2012
A look at the history and traditions of the Christmas tree
As you tag and buy your Christmas tree this year, do you ever wonder where the tradition 'stems' from? Although the custom of decorating trees as part of Christmas celebrations can be traced to the 16th and possibly the 15th centuries, the Christmas tree did not become popular outside of Germany until the second half of the 19th century. Even then, the custom was practiced primarily by nobility only. Originally, the tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts or dates. Candles adorned the trees in the 18th century which were eventually replaced with Christmas lights, once electricity was invented. Although Christmas trees as we know it are relatively modern, the use of evergreens as a symbol of eternal life …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Gov. Chafee's office backtracks from an announcement Monday that there would be no official tree-lighting ceremony this year.
There will be a tree-lighting ceremony this year after all. Gov. Lincoln Chafee's top press aide said Tuesday she spoke in error Monday when she said there would be no tree lighting ceremony. "There will be an official tree lighting ceremony at the State House with the Governor in attendance," said Christine Hunsinger in an email statement. No date has been set. Now, the question is, will protesters turn up again as they did last year, when Gov. Lincoln Chafee referred to the large evergreen in the middle of the State House rotonda as a holiday tree instead of a Christmas tree. The tree was erected Monday. Last December, Chafee was lambasted by GOP lawmakers, some talk show hosts, and the Roman Catholic Bishop Tobin for his decision to …