2017-12-07 / Local News

Christmas icon for G-L toppled, then uprighted

Frank Siepker Jr. was a busy man Tuesday.

Siepker, engineer and operations manager for Cherryland Electric Cooperative, was hopping to restore power to more than 1.400 cooperative members in the county whose services were interrupted during the windstorm.

But once this was done, about 4 p.m., Siepker set to work uprighting the Christmas tree boat he launched on Glen Lake over Thanksgiving weekend.

“This is the fourth year we’ve had it,” said Siepker, who lives along the south shore of big Glen Lake. “My wife loves to decorate the house for Christmas, so I thought I’d do something outside.”

Siepker explained that this time of year, things are pretty quiet on the lake and he thought a Christmas tree on the lake would be interesting.

The first year, he used an artificial tree with a single strand of lights running on a single battery. This year, a real Christmas tree is strung with 1,180 LED lights running on three batteries and a 90 watt solar system.

“We try to put it up the weekend after Thanksgiving, when we get our tree for the house,” Siepker said.

The boat is usually about 600 feet off shore and visible to drivers traversing the M-22 at the Narrows. However, on Tuesday Siepker donned waders and put the boat just 50 feet off shore pending the return of calm conditions.

“It started out as something for our family and has kind of become an icon in the community,” he said.

The Christmas tree boat remain on the lake through Jan. 1.

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