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VIDEO: Salem's 2013 Christmas Tree Bonfire at Dead Horse Beach

The city's annual Christmas Tree Bonfire went off without a hitch Friday night.

Thousands of area residents converged on Dead Horse Beach at Salem Willows Friday night to witness the city's annual Christmas Tree Bonfire.

The event was sponsored by the City of Salem, the Salem Park, Recreation & Community Services Department and The Gathering.

Bob January 05, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Talk about going green. What a joke. It takes 7 yrs to grow a fine looking tree only to be cut down for a profit and then more money is made selling them and then used for a few days and then burned or thrown on the sidewalk. I remember President Johnson once said" We will plant a bush, a shrub, and a tree, to beautify America".
Mark Steele January 05, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Why do you keep deleting my video of the tree burning?
windpower January 05, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Bob SO right and from a "green" city
Donna Albino January 05, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Raising trees can be environmentally sound, and good business. Buying a real tree, especially one you can replant in the spring, is certainly a more green option than an artificial tree. But of course, the best option is not to buy a tree in the first place. http://www.motherearthnews.com/modern-homesteading/christmas-tree-business-zmaz90ndzshe.aspx http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2012/12/greenest-christmas-trees-real-fake
Chris Helms (Editor) January 05, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Hi Mark, this is Chris Helms at Patch. To my knowledge, none of us at Patch have done that. I'm suspecting it's a technical problem. We love it when residents share videos on Patch. Let me check into it...
Chris Helms (Editor) January 05, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Hi again, Mark. I don't see anything technically wrong that should prevent it. If it is an especially large video, over 20MB, I think, it's possible our system just can't handle files that big. Thanks again and I'm very sorry for the technical problems.
Russ January 05, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Would these trees have been planted in the first place if they weren't going to be harvested and sold? It does seem to at least be carbon neutral when they are burned. And there is an economic gain and some pleasure received in the middle. Seems like a good deal all around to me. Unless of course you happen to be a tree :)
Brian January 05, 2013 at 04:35 PM
The trees that are not burned,end up being chipped at lower gallows hill
Mike Blatty January 05, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Why this fascination with big fires? This story and video clips are some pyromaniac's delight!
Diane H January 05, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Let's just do away with all the American traditions....the "Holiday Tree" should be banned all together...no live trees, no fake trees....just no trees! No Manger scenes should be allowed anywhere...period! No bonfires of the "holiday" trees....nasty! Why not just eliminate Christmas and Easter and the tooth fairy. I'm on the fence about Presidents day and Veteran's day and Patriot's day....but I guess it wouldn't be PC to eliminate Martin Luther King Day so we'll leave that....oh wait, what will the Government offices do without all those Monday paid Holidays???? I give up this is just all too messy for me....I guess I will just hang with tradition....Christmas, Christmas trees, Bonfires, Easter, Easter egg hunts, bunnies, Church, Veteran's and Patriot Day Celebrations and thanks for their sacrifices....You can all celebrate what you want or nothing at all...makes no difference to me........just sayin ;-)
Diane H January 05, 2013 at 10:06 PM
thanks for being a voice of reason in all this nonsense!
Mike Blatty January 06, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Burn, Baby, Burn! :)
didiwin January 06, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Oh my word!!!!!!!..we can post videos on patch....holy molybdenum.....see you in a few days.....this will certainly piss off a few corrupt cops.......I'm a dummy for not thinking of this
Diane H January 06, 2013 at 01:23 AM
why wait???? LOL
Bob January 06, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Lets chop down all the trees and burn them. While we are at it lets get rid of all the wasted land and get rid of the woodland so we can build more Condo's and Rental properties. That way all the animals won't have a place to go so we can kill them for food. Just saying.
Beth Melillo January 06, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Thanks for posting video! Environmental concerns aside - this is a really safe, family friendly activity that Salem promotes that turns a typically boring incidental moment (throwing the tree away) into a community building event. That, I think, is commendable. - Beth from www.connectshore.com
Diane H January 06, 2013 at 12:39 PM
perfect! LOL
Bob January 06, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Ya, ever notice how it becomes a "community event" when a house burns down?? besides, the point of my 1st post is missed. It was the cutting of the tree's not the burning that is a waste. Just saying.
Bob January 06, 2013 at 01:40 PM
You need to concentrate more on learning English and Spelling more than Dianne. Just saying.
tarzan January 06, 2013 at 03:33 PM
I would of made wildlife enclosures...instead of burning......we take but never give back......
Carolyn Costain January 06, 2013 at 04:02 PM
I am glad they have the tree burning, I've noticed over the years that more people are bringing their trees to the bonfire and there are less trees to drive around that don't get picked up for weeks and end up rolling around in the streets with the wind. Christmas trees are grown to be used at X-mas and for every one cut , a new one is planted. It can hardly be called a waste when the tree served its purpose then its used again to bring people together to watch the bonfire.
Bob January 06, 2013 at 05:36 PM
it is "NOT" a Christmas tree. It is a "PINE" tree. We need more treee's to help the envoirement and not keep cutting them down for entertainment.
Lisa Connolly January 06, 2013 at 11:03 PM
You can always make beer! http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/01/04/168561089/dont-waste-that-christmas-tree-turn-it-into-spruce-beer?ft=3&f=111787346&sc=nl&cc=es-20130106
Bob January 06, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Finally someone is making some sense.

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