Volunteers recover to make Port Dalhousie festive

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One person’s waste is another person’s treasure. Or in this case, a beautiful Christmas display.

The Port Dalhousie Beautification and Renovation Committee beautified downtown in time for Christmas, with holiday displays in the dozens of planters the committee maintains during the summer.

While he’s traditionally done something every December, this year he’s gotten a bit taller, making Christmas “trees” out of old closet doors.

“This is recycling at its best,” said Sandy Slater, one of the members.

When renovations were made to a neighboring apartment this summer, committee members took the old closet doors that would otherwise have been thrown away and instead cut and painted them to look like Christmas trees.

Slater estimates they did about 150. It took quite a while, with her husband and BWC President Mike Slater working the saw, other volunteers did the painting. They also added rhinestones which created a problem because the adhesive wouldn’t hold on the red and green trees, only on the white.

However, they eventually got it to work and last week spent a few days getting it all set. They also used clippings from a tree that one of the members had pruned to add to the festive presentations.

“I’m very happy with it,” Slater said.

With the decorations in place, the committee hosted a tree-cutting, decorating and caroling event this past weekend, welcoming residents to the community to immerse themselves in the holiday spirit.

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