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Rockefeller Center

Amazing Grace

OUR Tree at Rockefeller Center

Amazing Grace

Angie, Graig, Ava and Brock Eichlers' blue spruce in their backyard at 72 Country Club Road, Oneonta, completed its journey to Rockefeller Center at 8:55 this evening, when it became a Christmas beacon for millions of people.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Angie, Graig, Ava and Brock Eichlers’ blue spruce in their backyard at 72 Country Club Road, Oneonta, completed its journey to Rockefeller Center at 8:55 this evening, when it became a Christmas beacon for millions of people. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Herzigs Greet Eichlers In Behemoth’s Shadow

OUR Tree at Rockefeller Center

Herzigs Greet Eichlers

In Behemoth’s Shadow

Craig and Angie Eichler and Mayor Gary Herzig and Oneonta First Lady Connie are awaiting the big moment in the VIP section at the foot of the 96-foot-tall blue spruce from Oneonta that will be lit alongside Rockefeller Center's ice rink at 8:55.
Craig and Angie Eichler and Mayor Gary Herzig and Oneonta First Lady Connie are awaiting the big moment in the VIP section at the foot of the 96-foot-tall blue spruce from Oneonta that will be lit alongside Rockefeller Center’s ice rink at 8:55.

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Bright Lights, Big Tree And Oneonta’s Eichlers

OUR Tree at Rockefeller Center

Bright Lights, Big Tree

And Oneonta’s Eichlers

Oneonta's Eichler family – from left, daughter Ava, mom Angie and dad Graig – pose in front of the 95-foot-tall blue spruce that has gone from their Country Club Road backyard to fame at this year's Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center's famed rink. The tree will be lighted at 8:55 this evening, and many Oneontans are in attendance in New York City to witness the moment. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Oneonta’s Eichler family – from left, daughter Ava, mom Angie and dad Graig – pose in front of the 95-foot-tall blue spruce that has gone from their Country Club Road backyard to fame as this year’s Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center’s famed rink. The tree will be lighted at 8:55 this evening, and many Oneontans are in attendance in New York City to witness the moment. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Mayor Herzig Awaits Lighting Under Shadow Of Big Spruce

OUR Tree at Rockefeller Center

Mayor Herzig Awaits Lighting

Under Shadow Of Big Spruce

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig sent along this selfie of himself the the Eichler family's big spruce from a VIP section at the foot of the tree, a few steps from the famed Rockefeller Center ice rink, where the 95-foot-tall tree is scheduled to be illuminated at 8:55 this evening.
Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig sent along this selfie of himself the the Eichler family’s big spruce from a VIP section at the foot of the tree, a few steps from the famed Rockefeller Center ice rink, where the 95-foot-tall tree is scheduled to be illuminated at 8:55 this evening.  A light rain is falling, but spirits are high, AllOTSEGO.com Rockefeller Center Bureau Chief Libby Cudmore is reporting from the scene.

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In Line, Mother, Daughter Enjoy Saks Show

OUR Tree at Rockefeller Center

In Line, Buzzy Daughter,

Mother Enjoy Saks Show

Michaela Buzzy and Mom Heidi Hofbauer Buzzy waiting in line watching the Saks 5th Avenue light show. "It looks huge! It looks great! I am so glad the tree made the long trip!" said Heidi
Waiting in line to get into the Rockefeller Center rink to watch the Eichler family’s spruce tree lighted, Michaela Buzzy and mom Heidi Hofbauer Buzzy of Oneonta take in the Saks 5th Avenue light show. “It looks huge! It looks great! I am so glad the tree made the long trip!” said Heidi..  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Oneonta Spruce Standing At Rockefeller Center Rink

Oneonta Spruce Standing

At Rockefeller Center Rink

Glenn Linsenbardt of Hartwick, who works for the county Office for the Aging, snaps a photo at Rockefeller Center Saturday, where he witnessed the placement of this year's Christmas tree – it grew on the Eichler family's lot on Country Club Road, Oneonta – next to the rink. The huge will decorated and lit on Nov. 30. Lisen
Glenn Linsenbardt of Hartwick snaps a selfie at Rockefeller Center Saturday, where he witnessed the placement of this year’s Christmas tree – it grew on the Eichler family’s lot on Country Club Road, Oneonta – next to the rink. The huge tree will be decorated and lit on Nov. 30.  Lisenbardt, who works at the Otsego County Office for the Aging, rode down to New York City on the bus trip organized by Eastern Travel.
Christmas Package

Christmas Package

The Eichlers' spruce tree was packaged and ready to head down I-88 to Rockefeller Center.  Oneonta's Patty Dresser snapped the image.
The Eichlers’ spruce tree was packaged and ready to be borne out of Oneotna and down I-88 to Rockefeller Center. Oneonta’s Patty Dresser snapped the image.
Curious Flock To See Most Famous Tree

Curious Flock To See

Our Most Famous Tree

tree-followOneonta’s Katy Yager is among numerous passersby who are stopping at 72 Country Club, Oneonta, to snap photos of our most famous tree.  The spruce, owned by Angie and Greg Eichler, was chosen as the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center’s Christmas display this year.  Already – as you can see in the tree’s upper boughs – work is beginning on trussing the behemoth, which is due to be taken down Nov. 10 and unveiled to the public Nov. 30 in one of New York City’s most famous Christmas venues.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Eichler’s Norway Spruce Selected As Rockefeller Center Tree

Eichlers’ Spruce Selected

As Rockefeller Center Tree

This season, Greg and Angie Eichler's tree will be THE tree of Rockefeller Center.
This season, Greg and Angie Eichler’s tree will be THE tree of Rockefeller Center.

ONEONTA – The towering Norway Spruce in Angie and Greg Eichler’s Oneonta yard is destined to become the 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, according to a press release sent this morning.

“It’s a gorgeous tree,” said Brady Littlefield, the VP of Rubenstein, the marketing company promoting the tree lighting for Rockefeller Center.  “We’re very excited.”

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