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Tri-state residents can see tree for U.S. Capitol

November 26, 1998

Tri-state residents will get a chance Sunday to see the Christmas tree that will soon adorn the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

A special Mack Trucks Inc. tractor is being used to ship a 5,000-pound Christmas tree to Washington, D.C.

The truck is stopping at 18 locations along the way to allow people to get a peek at the 50-foot Fraser fir tree.

The truck will be at the Valley Mall in Halfway from about 1-3 p.m. Sunday. It is the last public stop before the tree arrives at the nation's capitol Monday.

The tree will be lighted by the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives during a Dec. 8 ceremony.

D.M. Bowman Inc. of Williamsport, Md., donated the use of a Mack CH model tractor with trailer to the trip.

Other project sponsors include Columbia Helicopter, AT&T, AAA Carolinas, Poulan Chainsaws, Builders Way/Pelican Lumber, Wal-Mart, Amtrak, GS Images and Hopewell Manufacturing.

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