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    Trimming the lobster trap tree

    Frank Ritacco uncoils one last string of lights to go on the Stonington Lobster Trap Tree Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Frank Ritacco hangs a string of lights on the Stonington Lobster Trap Tree Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Frank Ritacco uncoils one last string of lights to go on the Stonington Lobster Trap Tree Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Stonington ― The second iteration of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce’s famed Lobster Trap Tree is taking shape in advance of the lighting ceremony scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend.

    A lighting ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 26.

    Electrician Frank Ritacco spent Thursday stringing hundreds of feet of brightly colored bulbs around the tree. Hundreds of hand-painted lobster buoys will be added to the tree decor in the coming days.

    The first tree, brainchild of chamber Director Lisa Konicki, was a social media darling last winter, getting mention in news media as far away as England.

    The new tree features dozens more traps, and more hand-painted buoy decorations than last year.

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