Thursday, November 09, 2000

Spruce donated for city holiday tree

Spirit moves College Hill couple

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Richard and Barbara Runck of College Hill are donating their 30-foot Norway spruce to the city of Cincinnati for display on Fountain Square this holiday.

        About 20 years ago, it was a rooted family Christmas tree.

[photo] The fir tree given to the city, background, was planted by Lloyd Peterson and his father-in-law, Dick Runck, 20 years ago. It will be the official Christmas tree.
(Tony Jones photo)
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        The spirit moved them to donate it this year when the city needed a tree.

        This is the latest date the city has gone before designating an official tree of the season. The tree must be moved soon to Fountain Square for decorating.

        The Runcks designated their grandson, Spencer Peterson, 6, as the family spokesman for a 3 p.m. Wednesday press conference to announce they were donating the tree.

        Spencer is in the first grade at St. James School in White Oak.

        Todd Bucher, senior event manager for the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, traveled 831 miles in search of the city's tree — inspecting 152 trees.

        Underground utility lines and access made many of the trees unusable.

        The trees are dug with a 10-foot rootball so they can be transplanted after Christmas into a local park.

        The tree will be decorated with 10,000 mini white lights.

        The lighting ceremony will be 6 p.m. Nov. 24 at Fountain Square.

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