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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Nazareth Chops Down Popular Shade Tree


Nazareth people are different from the rest of the Lehigh Valley. It's still a very close-knit community. Everyone already knows what's going on. They really need no blogs, but have two. Now I've lived here about 1,000 years, but am still considered an outsider.

Usually, the people in town just do their own thing, cracking goofy jokes like calling the Calandra cheese factory Cheeses of Nazareth. But when they get worked up, look out. I've never seen citizens galvanize like did when burgermeisters tried to pull a fast one and build a new government center on part of a kids' park.

The people here just don't trust government.

And so it was with the decision to chop down a very popular and very old shade tree, located inside the circle on Main Street. Whether the tree was diseased was debated at length, but the decision was finally made to give the tree ... the axe. Yesterday was that fateful day. At various points in the morning, several hundred people watched as tree executioners did their dirty work.

Some were sad. Others wanted to see for themselves if the tree really is rotten inside.

People here believe government is rotten inside, but not trees.

15 comments:

Augie Daugie said...

I agree with bernie 100%, its a shame to see the tree come down. You shouldn't mess with Mother Nature!

Anonymous said...

Of all days to pick, Earth Day. What a shame. I hope the citizens of Nazareth are now safe from the poor tree. Way to go.

Anonymous said...

As Anon 9:08 stated, what poor timing to bring down the old tree. Why didn't they wait until Arbor Day?

Bernie O'Hare said...

This is big news, here. I'm sure that the borough did the right thing, but it was interesting to watch all the people stop by.

Anonymous said...

Who cares? Unless Lord Angle was there.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Nazareth people care. I enjoyed watching them react as the chain saws went to work. This has nothing to do w/ Angle or politicians. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

It is big local news. Emmaus went through the same thing a couple of months ago, took down a pine tree that had been on the triangle for about 50 years.

People's reactions were something on both sides, people do care.

The Banker

Anonymous said...

It would be a nice thing to plant another tree sapling there on Memorial Day to pay tribute to all the Nazareth Veterans living and long gone. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Was the tree actually rotting as was told by the tree service? The photos I saw showed a healthy looking tree. Admittedly, none were of the trunk.

Anonymous said...

shade tree for mayor!

Anonymous said...

Boonie, where will you live now.

Anonymous said...

Fuck'em. They can grow a new t
ree over the next 100 years.

Anonymous said...

O Shitbag lives in his jeep with the Fuckin' squirrels. Why do you think so many of the damn furry fuckin rats look like him?
They are probably paying his fuckin'parking tickets with walnuts! At least they smell better than he does, and don't have that ass tan from being so far up Angle or Stoffa's ass like that crazy bitch claims. Yeah, and she is a heartless, crazy bitch.

Anonymous said...

wow :):):)

Anonymous said...

Nazareth has no hopes.