Topeka Tree Celebration

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A decorated blue spruce that will light up downtown Topeka during the holiday season stood for years next to a suburban home.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Bob Zwiesler thought little of the tree when he moved into his home a dozen years ago. But when the tree reached a height of 24 feet, he grew fearful it would damage his house or its foundation.

Before taking a chain saw to it, Zwiesler learned about a program that selects one tree from the Topeka area each holiday season for display outside the Westar Energy building.

Last week, crews from Westar cut the tree down. Westar volunteers will decorate it in time for a lighting ceremony Saturday during the Miracle on Kansas Avenue celebration.