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Time to think about the tree

In just a week the boys of Boy Scout Troop 471 will be busy setting up their mobile tree corral and office. It’s become a tradition in town and is the primary fundraiser for the scouts.

The group will once again be on the Maple Valley Shopping Center parking lot near CiCi’s Pizza. The tree corral will be set up Nov. 25 and trees will be for sale through Dec. 18. By the end the group hopes to sell about 400 Scotch Pine and Balsam Firs.

Selling trees accomplishes a couple important things for the troop, spokesman Dr. Dennis Robinson says. It is the main fundraiser for the year to earn money to pay for summer camp and the annual High Adventure outing. Last year’s High Adventure outing was to the Florida Keys. This year the group will be going to Filmont, a Boy Scouts of America-owned Secondly, the scouts handle all set up, stocking of trees, sales and clean up around the tree corral. The project teaches basic business skills that scouts can take with them into the future.

Trees this year will be &#8220freshly cut from our secret hiding place,” Robinson said. The trees will range from between four and nine feet tall, and cost $15 and up. The trees are marked with color-coded ribbons and divided by size to make it easier to shop the available selection.

Troop members have sent out about 400 letters to customers who bought trees last year. In addition, they inserted 500 letters to Farmington area businesses by way of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce newsletter. They will also have signs and banners up around town.

Hours for this year’s tree sales will be Mondays through Thursdays from 4-9 p.m., Fridays from 4-10 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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