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This Year's Holiday Tree in Basking Ridge Came From Unexpected Source

And there were plenty more where that came from when the first tree cracked in half while being loaded.

This year's Holiday Tree for downtown Basking Ridge is collected at a former Christmas tree farm in Mendham. Courtesy of Todd Middleton
This year's Holiday Tree for downtown Basking Ridge is collected at a former Christmas tree farm in Mendham. Courtesy of Todd Middleton
If the holiday tree gracing the center of Basking Ridge since last week had been cut down several years earlier, it would undoubtedly have served as a majestic Christmas tree at a local home, likely in Morris County.

As it is, the tree — which comes from a former Christmas tree farm in Mendham — ended up on the Basking Ridge green by a somewhat circuitous route.

After a long search for this year's trees — with many of the evergreens that would have been candidates felled or damage by last year's Superstorm Sandy and earlier storms in 2011 — TODD MIDDLETON said he was contacted by a Mendham resident whose parents still live in Basking Ridge.

Middleton said that XXXXXX Dewy grew up in Basking Ridge, and his parents had seen stories about the Basking Ridge fire company's fruitless search for this year's tree.


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