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Operation Evergreen

We’re proud of the Trail Life & American Heritage Girls Troops that meet here at Valley (Monday’s from 6:30 – 8:00) as they reach out and make a difference in the community and around the world. The following is taken from an article that was recently published by The Vindicator.

POLAND, OHIO – NOVEMBER 10, 2018: David Bennett 9, of Columbiana pulls a freshly cut Christmas tree behind him, Saturday morning at Pioneer Trails Tree Farm in Poland. DAVID DERMER | THE VINDICATOR

It may have been an unusually cold morning, but what Dave Grimm saw happening around him warmed his heart.
“It makes me feel proud of my country, proud of the people who are concerned for the vets and those still serving,” the Poland man observed.
Grimm, 76, who served two years in the Army in the early 1960s that included a tour of duty in Korea, was referring to the few dozen people who took part in Saturday morning’s 22nd annual Operation Evergreen project at Pioneer Trails Tree Farm, 4222 Center Road (U.S. Route 224).
The Ohio Christmas Tree Association reaches out to veterans of all military branches each year by supplying Christmas trees to soldiers stationed around the world.
Also putting their tree-cutting talents to work were Marty Novotny, 9; David Bennett, 9; Marshall Lewis, 11; and Marty’s father, Marty Novotny IV, all members of Boardman-based Trail Life Troop 1412, a faith-based outdoor adventure, character-building and leadership program for boys and young men.
The complete article can be found at