We received the following press release from Lowell Light & Power.
Lowell Light & Power (LL&P) is thrilled to wrap up its two holiday events: Trees to Trails and Lights through Lowell.
Trees to Trails (a.k.a. Christmas Tree Recycling) was a great success for a second year. Once again, LL&P donated its time and resources to provide the community with free Christmas tree recycling. From December 27 to January 10, area residents dropped off their bare Christmas trees to be recycled. Working around the winter storm, LL&P crew members used their chipper to recycle 84 trees. A big thank you to all who donated a tree!
The chips were donated to the Wittenbach-Wege Agriscience and Environmental Center, to be used along the trails. The outdoor learning center includes 140 acres of forest, wetlands and open fields, just waiting to be explored. The trails are open 365 days a year, from dawn til dusk and are open to the public at no charge.
“Lowell community members really came together to support the Trees to Trails program again this year. We had several people call or stop by to thank us for offering the service. It feels great to provide such a simple service that gives back to the community,” said Emily Mackie, LL&P Communications Specialist. “We look forward to offering Christmas tree recycling for years to come!”
In its inaugural year, Lights through Lowell was a community-wide holiday lighting event to benefit youth services programs through the Lowell Rotary Club. Lowell Light & Power teamed up with the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce to expand participation in the revamped community-focused event—formerly the Lowell Holiday Lighting Competition. LL&P made a total donation of $1000 to the Lowell Rotary Club, giving a small donation for each address that participated in the Lights through Lowell trail.
“We want the event to be bigger and better next year!” said Lisa Pape, LL&P Utility Services Specialist, “So, LL&P encourages all community residents and businesses with even the smallest holiday lighting display to think about joining in next year. Our goal is to bring this community together for a good cause and make a great trail for Lowell residents and beyond to enjoy the holiday season to the fullest.”
The event wasn’t just fun and lights – five awards with prizes valued at $100 each were handed out by various community partners. In case you missed the announcement on social media, the award winners are as follows:
The “Nice List” Drawing Award (sponsored by Betten Baker) went to Robert R. at 527 N Monroe St.
The Clark Griswold Award (sponsored by Lowell Light & Power) went to Brad W. at 313 N Washington St.
The Whoville People’s Choice Award (sponsored by King Milling) went to Michael C. at 1610 Sibley St.
The 34th St. Classic Christmas Award (sponsored by Lowell Rotary Club) went to Alli C. at 4013 Amazon Dr.
The 12 Days of Christmas Business Award (sponsored by the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce) went to Greenridge Realty – Lowell Office at 1160 W Main St.