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The votes are in: its Cornelius by a needle

News-Times readers weigh in on their favorite town Christmas tree


by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Cornelius holiday tree shines bright and blue -- and victorious -- on Adair Street.Drumroll, please. Cornelius is the victor in the Great Holiday Tree Contest of 2013 — but by only two votes.

Forty-two News-Times readers caught the holiday spirit and cast a vote for their favorite town Christmas tree on the paper’s Facebook page between Dec. 18 and 25. In the end, Cornelius had 20 votes, Banks garnered 18 and Forest Grove earned a paltry four.

The rules were simple: Tell us which tree you like best — Forest Grove’s dark, mysterious one; Banks’ green, light-filled number; or Cornelius’ blue-lighted evergreen — and why. A goodly number of folks gave us their unvarnished opinions.

Die-hard Forest Grove fans Julie Larson and Megan Geiger had different reasons for choosing the tall but simple tree with the lone white star at the top and colored ornaments dotting its branches. “The Forest Grove tree has improved over last year,” Larson reasoned, while Geiger went with hometown pride. “It has history ... it’s a part of our town,” she wrote of the tree that has stood for decades in front of the Chamber of Commerce on Pacific Avenue.

When it came to his choice, Aaron Berneau didn’t mince words. “Cornelius, with Banks in second,” he decreed, adding a chiding sucker-punch at the end: “What happened, Forest Grove?”

Eric Lewis thought the Cornelius tree was “very contemporary” and said he liked “the deep blue lights.” A more competitive Cheryl Hall urged others to join her in a nod to Cornelius.

“Vote for Cornelius! It’s beautiful and artistically done,” she proclaimed.

Those who preferred the Banks tree over the others had a lot to say about their taste in conifers.

“Banks has my vote,” wrote Thamar Alvarez. “That is how a Christmas tree should look ... brite and cheerful!”

Stacie Blankenhorn chimed in, saying Banks’ tree is “how I imagine a town tree looking, all lit up. It’s beautiful!”

If there had been an award for tact, Steve Nice would have taken it, hands-down. “I love all three,” he said. “They all show all three of the towns’ Christmas spirit ... something sorely lacking in our country today.”

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