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  • Weathering it well

    A week's worth of mostly rainy days has only slightly dampened holiday season energies of Rogue Valley businesses and their customers
  • You'd hardly expect a little rain — well, a lot of rain — this past week to keep Oregonians from going about their day-to-day business.
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  • You'd hardly expect a little rain — well, a lot of rain — this past week to keep Oregonians from going about their day-to-day business.
    However, the record rains that ushered in December have dinged a few businesses and made some outdoor jobs less than pleasant.
    Steven and Cindy Andrews spent Tuesday cutting down Christmas trees for customers visiting their tree farm, despite the drizzle that fell throughout the day.
    When asked whether the rainy weather has hurt sales because people put off Christmas tree shopping in a storm, Steven Andrews laughed.
    "Hey, this is Oregon," he said. "People are used to some rain. They'll still come and get Christmas trees."
    The couple own Yuletide Trees on Madrone Lane in west Medford, a 25-acre tree lot that grows prime Douglas firs that will decorate homes throughout the Rogue Valley this holiday season.
    Cindy Andrews said the rain hasn't hurt sales, but the business was forced to close Sunday after nearby Griffin Creek jumped its banks and flooded the tree farm.
    "We closed for safety reasons," she said. "We didn't want people to walk out there when it had flooded."
    With only so many weekends left before Christmas, tree sellers have to make the most of their time.
    But the Andrewses aren't worried about more rain.
    "We are seeing good sales," Steven Andrews said.
    Gene Wood, of Medford, waiting at the property for Andrews to chop him a tree, recalled a very different experience last year at Yuletide Trees.
    "Last year at this time it was too dry," Wood said. "We were kicking up dust as we walked out there."
    Last year's arid weather damaged the trees, Wood said.
    "This year's trees will be healthier," he said. "The needles fell off almost immediately last year because the trees were distressed."
    Meanwhile, across town at Food 4 Less, cart-pushers worked in the soggy weather to clear the store's parking lot.
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