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The tree was two thirds of a century old; was it a victim of the current hot and dry summer?

RITA A. LEONARD - Large oak limbs down, from a 65-year old tree next to McLoughlin Boulevard, at Westmorelands Union Manor. This summer's extended hot and dry weather has been rough on neighborhood trees, which often do not get watered. On the east side of Westmoreland Union Manor, a large oak tree limb fell on Sunday, August 5, leaving two other large limbs damaged and hanging. Since the remainder of the tree threatened to fall toward nearby McLoughlin Boulevard, a tree service crew was summoned to remove the hazard the following week.

Crew Chief Ryan Smith reported that the tree was a red oak, about eighty feet tall and likely about 65 years old. "We've been taking care of it for about ten years now," he remarked, as the last of the limb debris ran through a nearby chipper. "We're waiting for a permit to arrive so we can remove the rest of the tree, and then we'll replant with probably eight new trees – tupelos and red oak, among them – closer to the fence."

Office personnel at the nonprofit high-rise retirement community assured THE BEE that there had been no damage to the recently remodeled building.

Smith told THE BEE, "I left some of the oak wood for a Manor wood crafter who makes clocks. There is also enough wood to make souvenir coasters for each resident at the Manor, and a few walking sticks. We'll be back to remove the rest of the oak after our permit arrives."

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