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News of Otsego County

norway spruce

Thar She Goes!

OUR ROCKEFELLER SPRUCE

Thar She Goes!

As more than 50 people look on, “Daddy Al” and Susan Dick’s huge Norway Spruce is lowered onto the flatbed that will carry it to Rockefeller Center, where it will be the centerpiece of Christmas celebrations that begin in early December.  Inset, two woodsmen from  Lynn Warren Lawn Maintenance & Landscaping, Newburgh, attach the harness to the spruce – midway up and at the bottom.  Once cut, the crane lifted the harness, and the tree swung – to “ooohs!” from the crowd, and some applause – and laid in on the flatbed.  The rig will be parked outside New York City until Saturday, when the lighter weekend traffic will enable it to be placed alongside the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, 22 acres that stretch between  48th and 51st streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues, about a three-minute walk from St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  This tree, on Route 23 in West Oneonta, is the second Town of Oneonta fir tapped for the Big Apple festivities in four years; in 2016, Graig and Angela Eichler, Country Club Road, provided a record-tall 96-foot tree.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Eyes On The Prize

OUR ROCKEFELLER SPRUCE

Eyes On The Prize

Awaiting the arrival of state Ag & Markets Commissioner Richard Ball before the felling begins, “Daddy Al” Dick, who runs a West End deli of that name, admires his Norway Spruce for one of the last times.   His wife, Susan, is next to him and, behind her, longtime friends Bill and Karen O’Mara. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Only Oneonta Has 2 Trees Chosen By Rockefeller Center

SPRUCE HEADS TO NYC THURSDAY

Only Oneonta Has

2 Trees Chosen By

Rockefeller Center

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

“Daddy Al’s” Norway Spruce on Route 23 is due to be cut down at 8 a.m. Thursday. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

WEST ONEONTA – Supervisor Bob Wood doesn’t want to brag, but there really is something special about the Town of Oneonta.

Bob Wood

“From my understanding, it’s the first time they’ve selected two trees from one community,” said Wood. “The rumor is they wanted it four years ago, but it wasn’t quite big enough.”

With the 75-foot-tall Norway Spruce on “Daddy Al” Dick’s Route 23 property due to be cut down at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday), Oneonta is now home to not one, but two Rockefeller Center Christmas trees, centerpiece of a world-famous  holiday celebration spanning the Great Depression, World War II and now, COVID-19.

“We’re very honored to have been selected twice,” said Wood.

Local Spruce For Rockefeller Center Will Be Cut Down At 8 a.m. Thursday

Local Spruce For Rockefeller Center 

Will Be Cut Down At 8 a.m. Thursday

WEST ONEONTA – The 75-foot tall, 45-foot in diameter, 11-ton Norway Spruce that will be the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree for the 2020-2021 season will be cut down at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday) and hoisted by a crane onto a 115-foot long trailer.

The 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree at 3851 Route 23 is donated by Daddy Al’s General Store in Oneonta. The donor of the tree, Al Dick, will be available for interviews on site.

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