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Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2]- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014 17 Family donates tree in honor of Magee ryanm@capegazette.com The first year Dale R. and Har- riett Magee lived at their home on Plantation Road in Lewes, they chose a live Douglas fir tree for Christmas. After the holidays, Dale and his granddaughter, Alex, planted the tree in their front yard. Twenty-four years later, the tree they planted is 30 feet tall and 25 feet wide. In February, Dale R. Magee died of heart fail- ure, and to honor him, the family decided to donate the tree to Re- hoboth Beach Main Street as the city's official Christmas tree. "We decided to do something in his memory. This is the first tree he planted here when we moved from Love Creek 24 years ago. It came from a local tree farm," said Dale W. "Woody" Magee. Harriett said it was the Christ- mas tree the first year in their home. "We planted it, and he decorated it for a couple years afterward. Then it got too tall for him," she said. "Either that or the ladder got too short, I don't know which." Woody Magee said Rehoboth Main Street, which sponsors the tree lighting, had contacted the family two years ago about the tree, but it wasn't until after his father died that they decided to donate it. He said the family is proud to donate the tree, view- ing it as a sendoff for their late patriarch. "I hope the people get to enjoy it as much as we did donating it," Harriett said. The Magees are Sussex County lifers; Harriett is from Rehoboth and Dale R. Magee was from Selbyville. Woody was born in Lewes and is a 15-year member of the Lewes Fire Department. Officially lighting the tree will be Alex; Woody; his wife, Amy; and Harriett. More photos, video of the tree )installation: capegazette.com REHOBOTH TREE LI6HTIN6 >- Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m., at the Bandstand with a sing-along hosted by Clear Space Theatre Company, followed by the tree lighting at 7 p.m. After the tree lighting, Clear Space will host a special performance of "She Loves Me" at Clear Space Theatre, 20 Baltimore Ave. For show ticket information call 227-2270. Tree donors Dale W. "Woody" Magee, his mother, Harriett, and canine friend Freckles stand in front of the tree before it was removed from their Plantation Road home. Looking for a new stylist/colorist? S! REHOBOTH BEACH'S OFFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE arrived at the Bandstand Nov. 19 after traveling from the Magee home in Lewes. The tree lighting is at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28. RYAN MAVITY PHOTOS You Always Get Our Best Price First Open 7 Days A Week Hassle-free Dealer Color" CUTS" Perms Brazilian Blowout. Mani/Pedi Gregory Meyers 20245 Bay Vista Rd, Suite 201 Rehoboth Beach Hairc 0 GregoryaeyersHalrStudlo.com .corn 4567 S Dupont Hwy .,,, o.o,,v, o.oo. Dover, DE 19901 Honda Sales: 888-562-0601 I Service: 888-547-5381