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Solstice tree celebrates the Return of the Light

December 21st, 2014 by Mike

Update 12/22:

More decorations are arriving:

Happy Solstice Maple Leaf!

Sunday afternoon, as the light was fading from the sky, a Solstice Day tree appeared on the east end of Maple Leaf Park, at the pavilion.

It has lights, a single ornament (a dog, of course) and an invitation to neighbors to bring ornaments to fully decorate the tree.

Celebrate the return of light!

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Halloween tree nightmare?

October 18th, 2010 by Mike

Seattle City Light has been in the neighborhood for some months now, trimming trees away from power lines before another La Nina cold winter hits.

Do they go too far? Jon K. writes: “Understandably trees need to be trimmed to prevent fires/injury/outages. In the past the city of Seattle has trimmed our very old 95th street icon very nicely and very respectfully to the tree while preserving public safety. This year was a major, major exception, it was butchered….”

He goes on:

From the city of Seattles page at

-Our goal is to keep your tree alive, healthy and out of harm’s way. City Light has certified arborists in the field and in-house. They are directly involved with pruning the trees to ensure that proper pruning techniques are used to preserve the health of the trees.

-Our contracted crews are required to work according to approved standards to ensure the health and well-being of the trees.

-The pruning methods we use are endorsed by the International Society of Arboriculture.

I’ve contacted an outside arborist to see what she says and if the tree will, much to everyone’s dismay, have to be taken down. It’s now not only an eyesore, I suspect it will grow heavily on the house side and become unsafe in the future.

It’s not just Jon’s house. Here’s a tree at one of the Maple Leaf Life editor’s homes:

Anyone else have problems?

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