Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Largo offers a curbside Christmas tree recycling program.
When you are ready to say good-bye to your live Christmas tree, Largo offers a tree recycling program. Decoration-free trees should be placed by the curb on your regular recycling day from Dec. 26 until Jan. 8. Trees should not be wrapped in a plastic bag. Call (727) 587-6760 for more information. Pinellas Park residents can drop trees off at 12950 40th St., Pinellas Park. Call (727) 541-0711 for more information. Belleair Bluffs and Seminole residents can place their trees curbside on their regular trash day. The tree won't be recycled but it will be picked-up. For more information Belleair Bluffs residents can call (727) 584-2151 and Seminole residents can call (727) 397-6383. Check with Pinellas County Utilities for more tree recycling …
Saturday, December 25, 2010
How did a monk named St. Nicholas become Santa Claus? What's the meaning behind peppermint candy canes? Find out where these Christmas traditions came from and what they mean.
Santa Claus He's known as Santa Claus, the jolly man in the red coat who flies from house to house on sleigh led by reindeers. But the legend of Santa started with a monk named St. Nicholas born around 280 A.D. According to History.com, St. Nicholas was a wealthy man who traveled Eastern Europe giving gifts to children and helping the sick and poor. Over time he became known as the protector of children. In Decembers of 1773 and 1774 Dutch immigrants living in New York held a celebration in honor of his death. The name Santa Claus came from St. Nicholas' Dutch name Sinter Klaas. The tradition evolved, and in 1804 a historian distributed woodcuts of what we know Santa Claus to look like today. Source: History.com Candy Canes Turn a …
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Guess Where in Largo is a weekly feature that tests how well you know Largo. Do you know where this photo was taken?
December is the one month in Florida when pine trees are more popular than palms. Most people would agree that Christmas trees are as much a part of Christmas as Santa is. Christmas trees light up just about every house on most blocks. They are even in parks, government centers and tropical gardens. This Christmas tree was the center of attention at a place that has more than half a million Christmas lights. It sits on 30 acres of cultivated gardens and on 90 acres of landscaped native Florida plants. Residents who visited this location enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the mellow live piano music. The Christmas tree is in a place that has celebrated many "I do's." Where was it taken?
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Home fire safety is a concern year-round, but the holiday season always sparks more incidents than any other. Here are some precautions you should take with your live Christmas tree.
The frigid temperatures sweeping through Pinellas County have many residents cranking up their heaters, but with live Christmas trees, added heat can be a fire safety concern. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, fires during this time of year claim over 400 lives and injure more than 1600 people. They cause an estimated $990 million in damages nationwide. Fortunately, Largo is safer than most cities. "We don't have too many instances where trees can catch fire," said Edward Mullins, Largo Fire Department's Fire Marshall. "It's more common up north where they use portable heating devices." In order to keep it that way, here are some safety tips you can follow each and every year to ensure a fire-free holiday season: Taking these …