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Scouts still easing the chore of Christmas Tree recycling

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Boy Scouts Garrett Neuman and Grant Parsons, of Troop 64, unload trees at Holy Family Catholic School's west yard on S.E. 36th Avenue.When the Holidays are over, disposing of the Christmas tree is a chore in many households.

“We make it easy for people here in Inner Southeast,” said Jim Van Hook, who took over coordinating the event this year for Boy Scout Troop 64. “We provide a service that people value, and our Scouts love doing it.”

Although Van Hook is in charge these days, Jim Sharp, who directed the recycling for 13 years, was still involved, driving a big U-Haul truck on the last weekend of 2012 and the first weekend of 2013.

After picking up a load, the Scouts unloaded the disused trees at Holy Family Catholic School’s back lot in Eastmoreland.

“We started back in 1999,” Sharp said as Scouts loaded a tree in the truck along S.E. 36th Avenue. “It’s grown each year. People now know we’ll be picking up trees in here, and in Westmoreland and Sellwood as well. It’s a valuable fundraiser for Troop 64.”