One man’s dream lights up downtown

Photo by Cindy Boeing/The Valley ChronicleThe lighted Christmas tree after dark that brought chills to the onlookers. Giant Christmas tree brings joy to Hemet residents ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Realtor and humanitarian Matt McPherson brought a holiday tradition back to downtown Hemet on the Friday following Thanksgiving. He and attorney Kevin Speir towed a flatbed trailer down to the Del Mar Fairgrounds to collect a 16-foot noble fir from The Pinery in San Diego where one goes to shop for tall Christmas trees. They are the source for annual tree requests from throughout Southern California and are known for trees the size that might be displayed at the Hearst

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