EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 4, 2012

Scott Brown to visit Smolak Farms Saturday

By Paul Tennant

---- — NORTH ANDOVER – U.S. Sen. Scott Brown will visit Smolak Farms on Saturday afternoon to greet and thank members of the military who have served overseas.

Smolak Farms, at Dale and South Bradford streets, is hosting the annual Trees for Troops celebration. Organized by the United Service Organizations (USO), which has supported American troops since World War II, Trees for Troops provides free Christmas trees to the families of men and women who have been deployed to Afghanistan.

Michael Smolak, owner of Smolak Farms, said the USO has already arranged for 150 trees to be given to military families in the area. The families have been invited to Saturday’s event, he said.

This is the third year Smolak Farms has been the site for Trees for Troops, Smolak said. Brown attended the event last year, he noted.

BAE Systems, a defense contractor that is sponsoring Trees for Troops, selected Smolak Farms, Smolak said.

“I am so humbled by this,” he said. “You can’t do enough for them (those who have served in Afghanistan).”

Adam Sapienza, who is in charge of festivals at Smolak Farms, said some of the trees that will be given to the military families were grown on the farm. Others came from a farm in Canada, he said.

Brown, who was defeated for re-election last month by Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Warren, is expected to be accompanied by his daughter Ayla Brown, a former American Idol contestant who played Division 1 basketball at Boston College, according to Smolak.