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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 13, 2001, Centralia, Washington A2 a the chronicle Centralia Chehalis wash., thursday dec. 13, 2001local by Boh Hansen snippets of life the life of a Christmas tree Farmer elements make tree farming no laughing matter one of the things i do to make a living is grow Christmas Trees. Of course this is the very time of the year that i am deeply involved in that activity. So it Only seemed right that i should write something humorous about harvesting Christmas Trees. There Are a lot of different ways i could go with this topic. I could Tell about the Days in the tree Patch when the Sun barely seems to lift above the horizon. In those december Days the dark Gray Clouds growl As they nibble away at the Light. They swirl and bluster Ever threatening us the forlorn Christmas tree workers. Still we toil All the while praying the storm will hold off until we get those last few Trees loaded on the truck. But i guess there in t much to laugh about in that. Then perhaps i should Tell of the times when the Crew members Jam themselves into the truck Early on a snowy morning. At least the pickup s Heater when it works warms the harrowing icy Road trip to the tree Patch. That will be the last warmth we will feel for quite some time. When finally we do arrive at our destination we see a wonderland made Beautiful by a fresh covering of White flakes. Yes it is a Beautiful sight a while we re in the truck. It is Only by the Force of our Iron wills that we Are Able to pry ourselves out and into the elements. For we know what awaits us. Every Snow Laden tree must be handled and As it is the Snow will leap from the branches and attach itself to our bodies. The hands Are the worst. Soaking wet gloves Are a Magnet for the Snow. And the instant they land the melting flakes Send their numbing chill through the maternal. Through the skin and into Bone itself. But then i suppose there Isnit much humor in that either. Curiously the Days of Snow May not be the worst ones at All. I recall a particular dim lit Day when the temperature was in the mid-30s. On that Day the rain was not allowed to fall naturally by Gravity. Instead it was driven by a howling wind which was particularly Strong on the top of a Hill where we worked. We had Many Trees to carry Bale and Load that Day so it was hard to Tell where the wetness came from. Was it from the Rainwater that crept in through the smallest opening in the rain gear or was it from the sweat of hard labor regardless the result was the same and dryness was Only a dim memory. It is not Likely that death would claim us on such Days a As Long As we kept moving. But taking a break for lunch would be too risky. I m still not laughing though. I Don t want to make it sound As if the weather is always horrible. There Are a few Days when the elements do not threaten our lives. This is usually the time when the equipment Breaks Down. Then the whole Crew will stand around twiddling its thumbs while i engage in a wrestling match with the tree Bailer thus providing great entertainment for the Crew. And they also have the Comfort of knowing they Are getting paid for doing nothing. I think i am failing miserably in my attempt to bring a Little lightness into your lives though perhaps you will now appreciate your Christmas Trees More. As for myself there is Consolation at Days end. When i have come in from the Battle i will often collapse on the Couch. As is her habit my wife will come and cuddle up next to me. She will say. Quot you smell Good a like a Christmas and so she will linger at my Side. Then i recognize that it has All been worthwhile. A a a Boh Hansen a local resident can be reached at All rights reserved. The a a Effiee f a a Jvn f Lossie turn of the Century w4apblb a a Droom 1.75 Bath Ling the City Reed air heat Robes amp new lances v tit. I most completely remodeler Tom Burchett or twi Lund realtors to minutes to 1-5 Beautiful Chihalu count silk Nevi Home grew pc Bool 3 Bdrm. 2 it hath family mom plus Den office. I a acres #3277 Gars of 360 262-w 54 centaurs 21 Lund. Realtors i k k -34h-4hod $219500 awesome Valley View from the Lichen u window a Brand Neback deck be Vinyl windows a Carpel paved driveway a double detached garage shop hour from White pass skiing #332 Call Blake 3h0 4 8-3627 or vie at a top $149,900 Condo in Chehalis enjoy to maintenance in this 3br/2ba unit Oak Kuchen tile floors huge Hobby storage area garage amp off Street parking great condition own Greg Lund Vail huge lot. Fenced backyard perfect inside a out covered porch hot tub great neighbourhood a convenient location the Hest starter or retirement Home available #3boi 3#oi9r3-37io $ 119.500 this custom Hilltop Home has it All sweeping staircase formal dining huge master suite gourmet Kitchen super vie of River a mountains 3-car garage 3 acres 40 Vav #3621. Greg Lund to i $442,500 a heat Price at $6 it 00 for this cute Little 3 Bdrm Home recently remodeler close to school fenced Yard Don t pass this up till you give it a look #3671 Tracy Tingle 13601 348 8312 Absentee owner Mist sell reads to make a Deal on clean rambler that s just like be in a perfect private Venine vie Tanas i a acres of country Side #376 Cun Sholas Deer from your Back deck that overlooks acres of Ai izod this custom built Home is loaded special touches 3 Bdrm. 2.5 Baths formal living a dining rooms Den Large Bonus room 1.25 acres in a great location #3963 Gary Foa 3601 262-9654 224500 i i i very Nice 3 Bdrm Home be roof Oak floors a carpet heat pump. Deck detached Jarac finished room fenced backyard 3975 Tracy Tingle i.3601748 8312. Cod vie of i Rainier 5563whi tiled entry a Hall. 2 fireplaces Marble 2 huge Bonus no my family room off Kitchen walk in a tiled Island in Kitchen #3976 Debbie a a a ft., expansive win Quot of a country find this Home a great shop w Mother in la apartment Are on a partially fenced 3.29 acre parcel Home has be roof heat pump come take a look #398.3 Cara Nicholas 360 26948 14 $159,900 a a Ner loved Thi a so will you when you step inside this 1.872 St it Hoove in a private setting a Nice neighbourhood huge lot a fenced backyard be roof a be Vinyl windows Gas a Wood stoves #3982 Debbie Hubbard 360 245 3745 $169,500 close to in f it thing Well maintained 2 Bdrm Bungalow Gas heat plus Wood stove Large Kitchen w Esting area a Patio doors out to deck overlooking i vat backyard. A must see property �3990 Patti Longden 13601736-87 f9 Check olt the location Well maintained Fords Prairie Home vaulted ceilings through tout. Impressive entry Large rooms be roof heal pump a $70,000 carpeting Quality materials Large fenced $179,1 Yard paved private Lane #3998 Greg Lund 360 740-9457. Classy High Valley Cabin great getaway Cabin a garage a re hookups includes 2 hip lots a River frontage Golf a Pool privileges #4012 Call Blake 1360 498 5627 or vie All my listings at a top Blak Egriffith com $59,900 looking kor clean immaculate Home situated on 6 82 useable acres .3 harms. 2 full Baths Large Kitchen 7 Island heat pump #4014 Kim Pill 360 291-3949. $143,900 Anim als and crops needed this 118 acre farm is mostly in pasture a Hay 2 older Hornet that needs up dating Large Ham a other outbuildings River frontage a close to 1-5. #4019 Ken Van Ledom 13601 748-0397 $315.000 Mani factored Home 3 Bdrm. 2 Bath Home being reconditioned in Nice area #4020 Dennis Crow 360 983-3710 $76,000 horse around on this 26 5 acres has a Nice ranch Stylc Home w 2 Bdrm. I 5 hath heat pump. Vaulted ceilings mostly pasture partially fenced a Cross fenced stall Ham 1 washroom a much More #4021. John Peterson 360 262 9368 $269,000 Home Sites this 20/ acres is divided into 4 parcels level pasture a mount Tain vie 3 Bdrm. 1,800 a i Home Larse Kitchen a living room Only Milev from i a. Seller May do a Vic #40 2 kciidon6048a 39234jooo on Luqu 21 a Lund realtors Century 21 Lund realtors 360-748-8619 a 800-546-4609 1169 s. Market blvd., Chehalis Chehalis@century21 d Mast the weather almanac 5-Day forecast for Lewis county area tonight Friday saturday sunday monday jew mostly Cloudy a mostly Cloudy few showers with some ram especially late mostly Cloudy with showers. Mostly Cloudy and Milder with rain. Mostly Cloudy and cooler with showers highs 40-45 lows 35-40 lows 33-38 highs 38-43 lows 33-38 highs 45-50 lows 35-40 highs 40-45 lows 33-38 River stages readings at 5 a in today i for Ola latest information on gauge Heights and the rate of flow of selected local Rivers and others in Western Washington Call the steel headers and Whitewater hotline in Seattle at 526-8530 gauge it. Flood stage 24 or. Change National forecast for Friday december 14 site 65.0 850 18.0 10.5 a a up 0.33 up 0.43 Down 0.12 Down 0.05 Down 0.01 twin cities data statistics through 9 p m yesterday for the Centralia fire department temperature High yesterday.48 average High.47 record High. 61 1952 Low yesterday.41 average Low .34 record Low.10 1932 barometer. 29 78 precipitation total yesterday.0 26 average .0.20 record.1 37 1929 month to Date .394 Normal month to Date 3.25 year to Date. 37 09 Normal year to Date .39 57 All maps forecasts and data provided by acc weather. Inc. O 2001 area conditions City High Yast. Low today prep. Centralia 48 41 0.26 be Ell Nana a Toledo 40 34 0.52 Mossyrock 47 42 0 35 Glenoma 43 36 0.57 Packwood 34 33 038 Sun Sunset tonight 4 24 p m. Chehalis at Mellen St. 54.41 Skook Urichuck at Pearl St 76.60 Colwitz at Randle 5.30 Colwitz at Packwood 2.28 Colwitz at Mayfield dam 13.65 cos Burn bans i for the latest information on burning bans and restrictions in the Lewis and Thurston county areas Call the number below that corresponds to your location of your location is not listed Call your local fire department Centralia. 330-7681 Olympia air pollution 438-8768 Chehalis. 748-3394 dept Nat bes 1-800-323-2876 Lewis county. 740-1146 across the Region shown is tomorrow weather. Temperatures Are tonight lows and tomorrow s Hight. Yes Spokane 35/36 a i Aberdeen 42/44 e Centralia 37/42 in Quot in Sunrise tomorrow 7 49 a m. City Hilo prep Bellingham 41 28 019 Hoquiam 49 37 0.53 Ocean shores 47 37 038 Olympia 43 38 0.22 port Angeles 42 34 004 Portland. Or 49 41 018 Seattle 47 35 0.16 Spokane 32 23 0.11 Vancouver b c. 43 37 093 Walla Walla 45 32 003 Wenatchee 33 29 006 Yakima 33 31 to Moon new first full last dec 14 dec 22 dec 30 Jan 5 there will actually be a Small change in the weather Over the next couple of Days. While it will continue to be Rainy there is the possibility that it will get colder into the weekend. Temperatures on saturday might be in the upper 30s and lower 40s, and this colder air will bring the Chance of a few snowflakes mixed in with the rain. Weather w a sunny. Pc partly Cloudy a Cloudy so showers. To thunderstorms a ram Low -19 in Randolph it High 86 in Tampa Al travel Erst cities City yesterday Friday yesterday Friday Hilo w Hilo w City Hilo w Hilo w Albuquerque 38 26 of 44 29 pc Mexico City 73 46 s 70 44 pc Anchorage 29 19 in 6 -6 pc Oklahoma City 51 42 r 51 36 s Atlanta 52 49 r 62 44 r pans 40 35 c 25 18 s Boston 44 36 c 55 36 r Phoenix 53 43 pc 54 41 pc Calgary 34 7 pc 36 �?�2 in Portland me 38 26 pc 53 32 r Charlotte 52 49 r 68 44 so Reno 44 30 pc 40 22 in Denver 26 10 in 50 20 pc Rio de Janeiro 86 75 pc 78 72 r Honolulu 82 72 pc 82 72 r Salt Lake City 29 21 St 36 19 in Las vegas 51 31 pc 51 37 so san Diego 61 49 pc 60 47 so Memphis 65 50 r 56 42 pc Tokyo 54 44 r 48 30 s to storms flurries Snow ice shown Are noon pontoons of weather systems and erect Petaton temperature bands Are highs for the Day forecast High Low temperatures Are Given for selected cities 3 w i 60s 70s 80s front Miami #3/70 warm stationary the Metal Mill corp. Pole buildings amp kits Metal roofing Moreau chiropractic 146 Estep rd., Chehalis exit 71 800 272-9080 360 262-9080 a 8 there a no such thing As a a a Normal headache. We do Mio work for you next to fullers in Centralia or. Phil Moreau 802 s. Gold St. A Centralia i 736-6263 f

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