Demand For Christmas Tree Permits On The Rise

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Workers were placing supports for basketball hoop masts and concrete forms for the new basketball courts at Capps School in Heber Tuesday.

There is nothing like cutting down your own Christmas tree for the holiday season. Here in Arizona, it has been a tradition among many to go out and get their own tree. In recent years, there has been an influx of many moving to Arizona, and the demand has grown significantly.

As there are many areas where permits are offered by the Forest Service, finding an area that is close that still has permits available can be a challenge. So planning ahead to get that permit may make it easier when that time comes to get your tree. Permits are issued at many Big 5 sporting goods stores across Arizona, as well as some Forest Service offices as well.

They only allow one permit per household and the permit costs $15 for cutting in designated areas outlined by the Forest Service. The permit for cutting of the trees will commence on Nov. 20 and run all the way through Dec. 24.

Please contact Black Mesa Ranger Station in Overgaard at (928) 535-7300 for more information regarding cutting in the Heber-Overgaard area. Otherwise please contact Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in Springerville at (928) 333-4301.

Every year on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, this year it will be held on Nov. 27, the Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce hosts a party for the community called Winterfest. Our Winterfest is an informal event at Mogollon Complex where families can come and enjoy hot beverages, holiday music and a visit from ol’ St. Nick. It’s typically held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is a wonderful opportunity to drop by, visit with friends, acquaintances and Santa and enjoy some holiday cheer. If you are interested in assisting with this event, please contact the chamber of commerce at (928) 535-5777, or stop by the Visitor Center at 2774 Highway 260, Overgaard.

Thanksgiving

The American Legion is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 25 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

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