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Vermont's big tree' makes debut

BENNINGTONThe Capitol Christmas Tree will make its public debut on Friday, Nov. 16 when the Green Mountain National Forest hosts a harvest ceremony for the cutting of the tree, close to Somerset Landing outside of Bennington, from 10 to 11 a.m. The ceremony will include caroling from the Castleton Collegiate Chorale and short speeches from Olympic Gold Medalist Hannah Teter, Gov. Jim Douglas and representatives from the Vermont Congressional Delegation. This will be the initial kick-off for the journey to Washington D.C. and the last time people will be able to see the tree where it grew up, said Green Mountain National Forest Supervisor Meg Mitchell. The tree location has been top secret and final location will not be revealed until the day of the ceremony. Everyone will get a chance to see the beginning stages of cutting down the tree and the planting of several new trees, and all are welcome to stay longer to watch the entire process of tree wrapping and loading.

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