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Two Mountain State timber veterans to cut U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in W.Va.


ELKINS, W.Va. — A couple of well known timbermen in West Virginia have been selected for the honor of falling this year’s National Christmas Tree on the Monongahela National Forest.

Arden Cogar Jr. of Charleston and Ron Polgar of Elkins have been selected for their longstanding dedication to the forest industry in the Mountain State.

Cogar is very active in Timbersports and is a past world champion. He also has a long legacy in West Virginia’s forests. His family has been in the timber business in West Virginia for six generations. His late father Arden Cogar Senior cut the White House Christmas Tree in 1962 for President John F. Kennedy and cut the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in 1976.

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