TROY — Troy’s holiday tree was secured in its downtown home for the season on Thursday.
The blue spruce — weighing in at 4,300 pounds — was donated by Justin Beck and his fiance, Elisabeth Rentz.
The two, along with their children, Jaden Williams, 13, and Hannah Beck, 9, recently purchased the home at 502 Summit Ave., Troy, where the tree was located. Beck said city employees counted at least 40 rings on the tree, and with one ring generally representing a year of its life, Beck said the tree is believed to be at least 40 years old.
Beck, who works for the Mercer Group of Troy, said the tree was found to have a fungus, and was dying, according to city staff, and likely would have needed to be cut down soon.
He said the family that lived in the house prior to them had mentioned that the city had been asking for the tree to be donated for the city’s Christmas tree, however, they were not interested. Beck said the tree is large, standing at about 65 feet in their yard, and he was worried about the home and his family’s safety if the tree were to fall at some point. The tree having been found to have a fungus further secured his desire to donate the tree.
“The city told me that they had been after that tree for a long while, four or five years,” he said.
Beck, a Miami East graduate who has resided in Troy his entire life, said city workers cut the tree down to the 32-foot maximum allowed for its Public Square location prior to taking it downtown.
“It’s really nice,” said Beck, who said his family is happy the tree will get one last use.
Beck said he and Rentz, a Troy High School graduate, plan to replace the tree.
“We’re going to plant probably plant a Maple tree, something smaller,” Beck said.
The tree will be officially lit on Friday, Nov. 25, during the city’s annual Grand Illumination and Kris Kringle Market, which will begin at 5 p.m. on the Public Square.
For more information, contact Troy Main Street at 339-5455 or visit www.troymainstreet.org.
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