Methuen's landmark tree must come down

July 13, 2014 3:57 AM

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METHUEN — The weeping beech tree outside the Nevins Memorial Library has weathered more than a century’s worth of storms, with Hurricane Arthur being the latest. But since the historic tree dropped a limb on the sidewalk two years ago, library staff members have been fighting an uphill battle to keep it healthy. Deemed a safety hazard, in the next two weeks it will have to come down.

“They told us it has to come down, so my goal since we heard this is to get it down before hurricane season, although of course I didn’t know that our first hurricane would be Fourth of July weekend,” library Director Krista McLeod said.

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