Arctic League chops down selected Christmas tree


Members of the Arctic League Broadcast Committee traveled to Catlin Wednesday morning to chop down the organization’s annual Christmas tree.

The selected Christmas tree will be used at the Arctic League’s annual broadcast at the Clemens Center, which is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 2 from 10:00am-1:00pm. It will be broadcast live on WETM-TV.

The tree was cut down from the home of Steve Matkosky, and then transported to the Clemens Center by Gary’s Towing Service. 

Matkosky says this is becoming a family tradition. Another tree grown at his home was chosen for the Arctic League’s broadcast six years ago. He’s already grooming another tree for future broadcasts.

He has been growing Christmas trees at his home since 1986, and this particular tree has been growing for 25 years.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, volunteers from Elmira Little Theater will gather to decorate the tree, using decorations provided by The Christmas House in Elmira.

18 News will be at the tree-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning.

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