A crane supplied by H.J. Blanchard and Sons Riggers of Danvers hoisted the tree into place. When the tree was lowered into place, its lower branches brushed the sidewalk, prompting Reardon to grab a chainsaw to trim some of them and shape the trunk so it could fit the hole.
Forestry Division foreman Brian Richard said the hauling of the tree went smoothly this year. The Danvers Electric Division was also on hand to help secure the tree with guy wires and to string lights.
“It’s been a really good move, a nice, coordinated effort between all the departments in town,” Richard said.
The tree is scheduled to be lit by Santa during the 15th annual Danvers Holiday Festival on Saturday. The festival runs from 2 to 5 p.m., and Santa will light the tree at 5 p.m.
Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.