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[Eliana Smiewec, 5, poses in front of a 20-foot Norway spruce before it was planted on the north side of the Kane County Courthouse lawn in Geneva Aug. 13. The tree is a replacement of a 50-foot Colorado spruce – known as the Great Tree during the annual Christmas Walk – because the older tree was removed due to weather damage. Geneva Chamber member Wasco Nursey & Garden Center in Campton Hills engineered the replacement tree, which was done by GRO Horticulture in Union, which specializes in transplanting big trees.]
Among those who came to watch the planting was Jeffrey Glaser of Geneva Township, his granddaughter Eliana, 5, and his dog Sprinkles.
“This is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing,” Glaser said. “She will be able to bring her grandchildren here to see the tree in the future.”
Geneva resident Tracy Temple said she came out of curiosity to see what the new tree was going to look like.
“I was not happy when they they took the other tree down without notifying the community,” Temple said.
The former tree's location was marked by disturbed ground and a scattering of shredded bark.
“It’s going to be different at Christmastime with such a large tree to decorate and this one is so much smaller,” Temple said.