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County to offer Christmas tree recycling


Last updated 12/18/2019 at 3:19pm

Photo Courtesy of Christina LePage

Anthony Lyons and his children Adalynn and Christian lay wreaths at Pikes Peak National Cemetery on Saturday.

Good day, everyone. I hope the week is going well for you and that the recent snow didn't interfere with your Monday much. I had a fun and full weekend, attending a wreath laying ceremony as well as the Calhan Christmas Parade (on a very chilly Saturday night where in most parts of the County, "not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse"), and a holiday luncheon with friends. As we approach Christmas, I hope all stay safe and enjoy a joyful time with family and friends.

This past Saturday, I was honored to have been able to attend the 2nd annual placing of wreaths at our own Pikes Peak National Cemetery. The organization Wreaths Across America hosts this annually at veterans' cemeteries nationwide. From their website, the organization's efforts are to "Remember and Honor our Veterans," through "the laying of Remembrance Wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes." It was a wonderful, though solemn ceremony, and I was impressed with how many youth participated in this year's event. I am very happy to see so many families teaching their children about the importance of veterans and respect to the service they gave to our great country.

As per the instructions given prior to distributing wreaths to volunteers and attendees, the individual who lays a wreath first says the name of each veteran aloud so that every veteran is remembered. And, participation increased this year over the inaugural ceremony in 2018, which is a great sign. I hope all can participate and volunteer at some point in the coming years, if you have time. Thanks again for all those that came out and I hope to see you there in 2020.

Also, I did want to remind everyone again this year on how you can recycle your Christmas tree once the holidays are over. The annual TreeCycle drive will be open for two weekends following Christmas. El Paso County, Colorado Springs Utilities, Rocky Top Resources, Colorado Springs Gazette, and Colorado Springs Youth Sports will be operating a TreeCycle event to reduce landfilled tree waste, provide free mulch, and support youth sports. It's a great way to keep your Christmas tree out of the landfill and pick up free mulch while supplies last. For a suggested minimum donation of only $5 per tree, area residents can drop off trees at seven convenient locations. All decorations must be removed from trees before drop-off. Find more information at, or (719) 520-7878.

Trees and donations will be accepted at the following locations from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 28 & 29 and Jan. 4 & 5 at:

Baptist Road Trailhead (Baptist Rd & Old Denver Highway)

Falcon Trailhead (SW of Woodmen Rd & McLaughlin Rd)

Cottonwood Creek Park (Dublin Blvd & Montarbor Rd)

Sky Sox Stadium (Barnes Rd & Tutt Blvd)

Rock Ledge Ranch (Gateway Rd & 30th St)

Memorial Park (Pikes Peak Ave & Union Blvd)

Christmas trees and donations can also be made at Rocky Top Resources (1755 E. Las Vegas Street) from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, from January 2-31. Rocky Top Resources is closed on Sundays.

I pray all enjoy a most blessed and Merry Christmas next week!! "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."


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