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Seller helps families pick Christmas tree, then trims, wraps it

Corey Drapala puts the finishing touches on a wrap job at Ellms’ Christmas Trees in Charlton. (Jeff Wilkin/Gazette Reporter)
Corey Drapala puts the finishing touches on a wrap job at Ellms’ Christmas Trees in Charlton. (Jeff Wilkin/Gazette Reporter)
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For Corey Drapala, the woods of Charlton are lovely, dark and deep. Deep and green — Drapala has been waltzing with evergreens at Ellms’ Christmas Trees since late November. He’s carried Fraser firs, balsams and blue spruces up the rows of pre-cut trees. He’s drilled, shaken and wrapped holiday trophies in blue twine, and sometimes helped people secure trees to roofs of cars and sports utility vehicles. On a gray Saturday morning with light mist ...


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