Millennium Christmas tree stems from friend

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— A Routt County resident, who died last winter in a car accident, will be remembered through a Christmas tree that will be sent to Washington, D.C., in her name.
Nancy Castagnasso died in a head-on car accident in January west of Steamboat Springs.
Along with being an active member in different community agencies, Castagnasso represented Routt County in the the Colorado Rural Development Council and pushed to have Colorado provide the White House with the millennium Christmas tree this year.
On Nov. 20, the millennium tree will be cut in Woodland Park, near Colorado Springs, and begin a long trip on the Santa Fe Trail to Washington, D.C.
In what the development council is calling "Colorado's Gift to the Nation," each county in Colorado will be cutting down a Christmas tree to go along with the millennium tree.
Those trees will be set up in different government offices and meeting rooms in Washington, D.C.
To honor Castagnasso's hard work on the project and to remember an old friend, Routt County Extension Office chose to chop a tree from Castagnasso Ranch, where her husband, Berry, still lives.
"Nancy was our representative to the council," said Deb Alpe, who works at the extension office.
She said that it seems like the right thing to do.
The tree is a 15-foot tall spruce tree. Jay Whaley, 4-H extension agent, will chop it down and the 4-H club will be responsible for its travels.
"I'm going to cut it on Nov. 7, first thing in the morning," he said.
The tree will travel to Eagle to be wrapped and packaged and then go to Woodland Park.
Along will the millennium tree and other trees from the state, Castagnasso's tree will make the 2,000-mile journey, partake in 19 community celebrations held in Colorado, Kansas and Missouri and finally end up in the Senate's private dining room. Near the tree will be a plaque that says, "In the memory of Nancy Castagnasso."

To reach Doug Crowl call 871-4206 or e-mail dcrowl@amigo.net

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