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Rantoul farmers deliver governor’s Christmas tree

November 21, 2006

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— An area Christmas tree farm made a special delivery Monday.

Harry and Juanita Peckham, of Rantoul, picked a 15-year-old Scotch pine from their 6-acre Memory Lane Christmas Tree Farm and delivered it to Cedar Crest, the governor's mansion.

"It's quite an honor to get to deliver the tree," Juanita Peckham said.

The perfectly shaped, 9-foot-tall tree was transported up the mansion's driveway on a red carriage drawn by two Belgian horses and then placed in the living room.

Harry Peckham said the tree had been groomed for about a decade at the Franklin County farm.

"It's not a get-rich-quick scheme," Harry Peckham said of his Christmas tree business, which he opened in 1999. "It takes seven to eight years from the time you plant a tree until it gets to be salable size."

It wasn't the only special Christmas tree delivery Monday.

Area Douglas County tree farms donated Christmas trees to the Trees for Troops program. The effort sends trees to members of the military and their families at bases in the U.S. and overseas.

Robin Dunn, left, and Kirsten Henzlik use a horse-drawn carriage to deliver the governor's Christmas tree to Cedar Crest in Topeka. The tree for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' residence is from Memory Lane Christmas Tree Farm in Rantoul.

Robin Dunn, left, and Kirsten Henzlik use a horse-drawn carriage to deliver the governor's Christmas tree to Cedar Crest in Topeka. The tree for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' residence is from Memory Lane Christmas Tree Farm in Rantoul.

"It's honoring our servicepeople for the work that they're doing and it's in the Christmas spirit," said Eric Walther, of Strawberry Hill Christmas Tree Farm, who donated 10 trees.

Other farms that donated were Prairie Elf Tree Farm, owned by Kathy and Jeff Heeb, near Lone Star, and Memory Lane Christmas Tree Farm. Twenty-three trees were donated in all.

The Trees for Troops program, put together by FedEx and the Christmas Spirit Foundation in conjunction with the National Christmas Tree Assn., plans to send more than 11,000 trees from at least 27 states to more than 20 U.S. military bases and to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Qatar.

And it's not too early to start Christmas tree shopping.

Walther said customers began coming in over the weekend. The early birds, he said, mainly are families that celebrate Christmas early, perhaps because they celebrate the holiday two times with different sides of the family. Walther said he sold about a dozen trees.

Comments

bd 8 years, 4 months ago

If they can put one in the Gov's mansion why not Strong hall rotunda???????? I really miss not having a tree there!

Poon 8 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, I miss the tree in Strong Hall too. I vote for putting one in the middle of all of the local roundabouts.

imagold 8 years, 4 months ago

I'm surprised we get to hear Christmas carols in the Rotunda. And boy do I love to hear them sung by that choir.

don_burgess 8 years, 4 months ago

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Sounds like a very elaborate ceremony.

"The perfectly shaped, 9-foot-tall tree was transported up the mansion's driveway on a red carriage drawn by two Belgian horses and then placed in the living room."

"It's quite an honor to get to deliver the tree," Juanita Peckham said."

I didnt realize there was so much hype and gravity behind the governor's holiday decorations.

What does this all mean? What is the symbolism behind the red carriage and the two belgian horses? Must they be belgian?

Was an animal sacrificed during this ceremony? Perhaps a virgin maiden?

Perfectly shaped 9 foot tree - 15-year-old Scotch pine - 6 acre christmas tree farm - 2 belgian horses

There is a message here, I KNOW it! What are you trying to tell us, LJW!!!?!?!? Does someone need help? What ancient secrets are hidden within this riddle?

don_burgess 8 years, 4 months ago

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How much did they buy you for, Ramirez? What price did the Rantoul clan pay for your role in hiding the truth?

"The riddle of the rantoul tree", as it has come to be known, WILL be exposed!

The Rantoul and the governor's underground network cannot hide the truth forever. I will find out what goes on inside the governor's mansion - - even if it costs me my life.

don_burgess 8 years, 4 months ago

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Common... I can do this.... this is big....

Think... thINK....

Cant give up! - must concentrate...

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