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Spreading some Christmas spirit is exactly what a father and son in Ellsworth have been doing for the last couple of years. Ryan Kelly and his son Aiden decided to start decorating their house for Christmas two years ago. Ryan said Aiden wanted to decorate. "I thought it would be nice for neighbors to see all the lights," Aiden said, "and they would be happy to see them."
Consumers may want to consider where they are buying their Christmas trees this year as the number of trees available at the national level is less than usual. According to the National Christmas Tree Association website, consumers may face higher priced Christmas trees this year, as there are not as many trees available. "Recent price increases are due to a tighter supply of harvestable size Christmas trees," states an article on the National Christmas Tree Association website. "The current tight supply situation results from fewer trees being planted 7 to 10 years ago."
Finding a home away from home is what 11 foreign exchange students are trying to find in the Ellsworth School District this year. Godwin Kudzo Gakpe from Ghana said he had wanted to see what America was like from impressions left on him from the movies. "I used to watch American movies a lot and always wonder if what they show in their movies is what actually it is," Gakpe said. "Moreover [I] wanted to understand why others behave differently from how we behave and what definitely makes us different."
This year Ellsworth Community School District has expanded their student exchange program and is hosting more students than it normally does. Ellsworth High School Principal Mark Stoesz said most years Ellsworth has three to five foreign exchange students but this year is hosting 11 foreign exchange students; this is "the most we've ever had," he said. The benefit of having these students in the school, Stoesz said, benefits the Ellsworth students as much as the exchange students.