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Lethbridge man carves replica RCMP officer out of fir tree


New officer getting plenty of attention

LETHBRIDGE, N.L.— There’s a new RCMP officer on duty in Lethbridge.

But he’s rooted to one spot— literally.

Alex Stephenson, 80, recently had a 45-foot fir tree in his yard cut so that it’s branches would not get entangled with some overhead wires.

After the branches had been cut, it was only the trunk left to deal with.

“I was sitting on the chair there, and I said, ‘Maybe we’ll see if we can carve something,’” he told The Packet.

A neighbor, whose daughter is an out of province RCMP officer, suggested he try an officer.

Stephenson worked on the project every day for about a week, and applied the finishing touches Saturday, July 28.

He says the officer seems to have caught a few eyes, as people stop to take his photo.

“People say now, ‘We got an RCMP officer on duty in Lethbridge,’” he laughed.

Stephenson also managed to salvage parts of the fir tree to create a flower planter box and a toad stool.

Mark.squibb@thepacket.ca

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