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December 4, 2012

Step Back in Time: Dec. 4, 2012

25 years ago

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To Ray Tallman of Decatur, there’s more to selling Christmas trees than the money.

“This is a hobby,” he said. “We’re here mainly for the families.”

Tallman and many other area tree farmers could sell their crops wholesale and forget about the local trade. But they won’t.

“We don’t get involved with big sales,” Tallman said. “If we sold out we’d have unhappy families.”

Middlefield tree farmer Charles Bronner was snoozing in his car, trying to keep warm, while waiting for Christmas tree customers at the Chestnut Street Dairy Queen. He and his wife, Eleanor, brave the cold and the boredom between customers primarily to make money, but said a nice fringe benefit of the annual job is that they share the Christmas spirit.

“We like the personal touch. We get the Christmas spirit,” said Mrs. Bronner.

“I look forward to seeing the people,” said Mannie Freedman, who started selling trees last year at Works of Heart in Guilford. “I’ve never had an angry customer.”

But not everyone feels that way.

After several years of freezing by the side of the road, Denny Degear, a Norwich tree farmer, said selling Christmas trees has lost some of its spiritual quality, and he now looks at it more practically. This year he hopes to sell most of them wholesale and figures he’ll make more money that way.

“I did like the people coming in as long as it wasn’t too cold, but it just wasn’t worth it,” Degear said.


50 years ago

Dec. 4, 1962

HAMDEN — Postmistress Christena Pampalone, with a big boost from village citizens as well as town and village officials, has written a new line to the old Post Office slogan “neither rain nor snow nor gloom …”

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