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December 2, 2012

Holiday hunting abounds at local tree farms

Niagara Gazette — MEDINA — The Christmas season is filled with many visible traditions, but maybe none more so than the avalanche of cars you see driving carefully with an attached present as big as Santa's sleigh.

Local tree nurseries and farms are already launching out hundreds of Christmas tree-carrying vessels each weekend as families throughout the region pick out the centerpiece of their holiday decorations.

Barbara Ball and her husband Scott left Rickard Nursery in Gasport with two trees, one each for their Rochester home's living room and back porch. The Balls were joined by their daughter Ashley and her husband Marc, who grabbed a tree for their Lockport home.

"We've tramped long distances before," said Ball, who brought a pole to make sure the tree didn't stand taller than their ceiling. It helped make her picks. "I liked the size and shape, not too tall."

At Sevenski's Christmas Trees in Medina, it didn't take long for Adeline Castricone to pick out her family's Christmas tree.

"She picks out the best trees," C.J. Castricone said of his six-year-old daughter.

Michelle and Jeff Plummer of Lyndonville went to Roberts Christmas Tree Farm in Shelby for a concolor fir, a variety that is becoming increasingly popular.

"I like the smell and needle length," Michelle said as the tree was baled. "It has stiff branches. The cats don't tip it over.

Sevenski noted that there are many benefits of the tree-growing operations beyond the Christmas cheer. During the year, they provide shelter for animals and return oxygen to the environment while growing on land that's not ideal for other crops. Sheared off branches make good wreaths and unsold trees find use as anchored fish habitats in ponds and as

There are other benefits as well.

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