Thanks to Carol Murchie
I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation and respect to our former tree warden Carol Murchie for an informative and enlightening letter concerning the removal of the trees on Green Street.
I can only say that I wish that she was still our Tree Warden. One can readly see she has a passion for trees and a great depth of knowledge of them together with legal issues concerning them.
For my part I can claim that I have a love for trees. I believe that they are just anothor demonstration of just how great our God is when you consider that a mighty Oak starts from an acorn.
At this point I readily agree that we do need to be cutting down some. I was a former owner of a 140-acre woodlot in Vermont and selective cut many, which brings me to this point. I have walked down Green Street and looked over each tree which was tagged. For the most part they are decayed and diseased and should be cut down.
However there are two I strongly take issue with, one being a large ash on the corner of Union and Green in front of Memorial Church Park, a gift of Lady Fairhaven; another a large, I believe, pin oak just south of South Street.
These are healthy trees and I believe that they are irreplaceable. Once cut down they will never be replaced. They provide a great deal of shade which we all can appreciate durning this hot summer and the oxygen which we need to live
John Pond, Fairhaven
Bell Committee Says “Thank You”
The Town of Fairhaven Bell Committee wishes thank everyone who attended the Rogers Bell Removal. It certainly was a long, hot, sticky day, but in the end, it was certainly fun watching those little kids (and big kids alike) ringing the bell, taking pictures and seeing the smiles on their faces.
Many memories were created that day, and especially for those like Doris Blanchard, a 92 year old lady who went to Rogers School. Getting a chance to ring the historic bell again was truly amazing!
This is what it is all about… allowing people to see and touch history while thinking of the future and to reconnect with their personal memories of long ago.
A special “thank you” to Patrick Carr, Jerry Bettencourt and the crew of A#1 Crane Company, who provided all services. We certainly appreciate their perseverance in the hot weather while safely and delicately removing this precious piece of our Town’’s history.
Thank you to Keith Silvia and Daniel Silvia for building the crate to store the historic bell until its restoration, with wood supplied by Fairhaven Lumber.
Thank you to the Fairhaven Neighborhood News, Standard Times and The Advocate for taking pictures to document the event in timeless photos. Thanks also to the hundreds of Town residents who lined Chestnut Street to witness the event first hand.
The Members of the Bell Committee’s desire was to remove the Rogers School Bell with respectful dignity while providing an enjoyable occasion for residents to gather and share memories in their beautiful historic Town of Fairhaven.
Sincerest Thanks, The members of the Town’s Bell Committee
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