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Tree vandalized

October 13, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

About seven years ago, my friend the late Ray Berghefer sent this letter to The Daily Mining Gazette:

Day made

To the editor:

(Recently) while I was on my way to Lake Linden, just a light snow was falling and it was a beautiful night. As I rounded the last big curve there in the middle of this field was this beautiful, little, lighted Christmas tree.

It is quite some distance to the nearest house. I started to laugh as I know the lady who lives there. A little later, I saw her in the Loading Zone II and I had to ask her about the tree.

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She said it took over 400 feet of extension cords, plus much trudging back and forth through some deep snow but she got it done and it is beautiful.

As Clint Eastwood would say it, "You've made my day."

Thank you, Mary. Next time you go down the hill and round that curve and see that beautiful, little tree, honk your horn (but not too late at night) to let Mary know that you wish her a Merry Christmas.

Ray Berghefer


It made my day (as Clint Eastwood and Ray would say).

I've had a lot of compliments on the tree. I liked knowing other people were also enjoying it.

But sometime during the night of Sept. 28, it was pulled out and scattered along M-26 on Lake Linden Hill.

I found the tree Saturday morning ripped out of the ground laying in parts on the side of the road with the lights, flag and metal bar that was holding it in the ground.

I thought maybe deer had done this, but my friend David said no way could deer do this.

It makes me sad to think this was done intentionally, and why, is the question.

But the tree will be back soon.

Because I like it!

Mary King

Lake Linden



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