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Cutting of historic oak tree begins at Fair Street Elementary

POSTED: November 24, 2013 12:03 a.m.

Tree company workers started work Saturday morning cutting down the old oak tree that has stood in front of Fair Street Elementary School for many years.

Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Merrianne Dyer, Transportation Director Jerry Castleberry, Director of Maintenance and Operations Adrian Niles and project administrator for Fair Street Elementary Dave Shumake turned out early to see the old tree’s last day standing.

Niles and Castleberry attended Fair Street’s second building incarnation as children. Niles said once-common May Day and homecoming festivities took place below the boughs and neighbors sat on shady benches as recently as five months ago. Some of the wood is planned for use as school benches. A plaque and young white oak will take the big tree’s place.

Earl Morrison of Morrison’s Tree Service began cutting dead limbs from a bucket truck about 9 a.m. Saturday.

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