Capital Region holiday trees begin their journeys Thursday

ALBANY, N.Y. – NYS's holiday trees will be cut down and transported this week, one of the donated trees will be erected on the Empire State Plaza and the other in East Capitol Park.

Lights will be turned on at the New York State Tree Lighting and Fireworks presented by SEFCU on Sunday, December 2, at 5:30 p.m.

A tree from Rachlin Ln. in Loudonville is destined for display in East Capitol Park, and has been an integral part of life for a Loudonville family with seven children. Along with yellow ribbons to support the deployment of three family members to Iraq and Afghanistan, the tree has also boasted signs announcing births, graduations, and weddings.

The Rachlin Lane tree was cut down at 8 a.m. on November 15.

A second tree from Vista Avenue in Latham was planted more than 20 years ago, after the owners of the house felt sorry for the misshapen branches on the Blue Spruce at the nursery and decided to give it a home. Today, the ugly duckling has turned into a swan and will soon grace the Empire State Plaza.

The Vista Avenue tree will be cut down on Friday, November 16.

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