Ever wondered about the lights on the Silverdale Christmas Tree that alternate from red to multicolor?  Ever wonder how big the star is?  Well, for decades the HUGE (now 128 ft) Silverdale Christmas Tree has been maintained by a small but determined team of dedicated volunteers from the Silverdale Dandy Lions, Silverdale Rotary Club (we have also provided major funding assistance through the years), local companies, electricians, arborists, and many others.  Note for relative size in the photo below: on the lower left is a standard light pole with a man and wheelbarrow way down at the bottom next to it. 
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Every year the light strings are maintained, and burned out lights are replaced. To do that, arborists climb to the very top of the tree and lower the strings of lights using a pulley system. It was a nice day on October 6, but imagine past years in the wind and rain at 128 feet (yikes)!  The Silverdale Dandy Lions organized the work party, helped out by Silverdale Rotarians, two arborists from Bloedel Reserve (Ken Little is pictured below, climbing branch by branch to the top), and others, who also spread that huge pile of donated wood chips to control weeds and provide nutrients.
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This year, the star needed fixing, so it was lowered, too, and taken to Hanson Signs for maintenance of the LED light bars.
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It's truly a community effort!  For more photos, go to the Photo Journal at http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/Journals/JournalDetails.aspx?accountid=730&jid=48468 .