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Beloved tree removed despite efforts

October 18, 2013

ARKWRIGHT — A beloved tree is no longer standing on Route 83 in the town of Arkwright. The New York State Department of Transportation cut down an 80-foot cottonwood tree Thursday morning....

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notalways

Oct-22-13 7:19 AM

Gina, I am sorry and understand your attachment to a tree. It is all about the memories that come with it and the people in our lives that we share those memories with.

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Marcia

Oct-19-13 4:41 PM

Psychofux, yes unfortunately he comments on just about every article in the paper. Hos posts are filled will misogyny, hate, prejudice and delusions of grandeur. It's very sad.

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Psychofux

Oct-19-13 6:35 AM

Does Steiner post here often? It is obvious that his perceptions of what is/has happened aren't reflective of what actually happened. Someone hoped that a tree could be saved, and Steiner responds as if she was trying to stop the world.

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kcw007

Oct-18-13 5:02 PM

When the highway people are tasked with certain levels of repair or upgrade to a given piece of road, part of their work is to see that the right-of-way conforms to then current standards as regards unauthorized or dangerous objects. A fraternal organization to which I once belonged had maintained a sign along RT. 5 for decades, set back further than that tree. One day the club received a letter from the DOT stating that they were about to do road work and the sign had to go. We were given the option to take it down ourselves, and if we did not, the DOT would do so...and scrap it. The club management rationalized that the DOT was bluffing, after all there were a lot of "important" people in the club, and so the sign was left there. As it turned out, the DOT wasn't bluffing!

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Christopher

Oct-18-13 4:24 PM

This is just bureaucracy at work, no more, no less. Remember the landscaped wall and flower fight a few years back, on Rt. 20? That wall was there for years, but when something caused a survey, it got to be a big deal. A Compromise was worked out due to a lot of community support. Joe is right, so are others, there are many other objects within that distance. the difference is, quite simply, it just hasn't become an issue yet. I still think it was a mountain out of a molehill for everybody, and the wording of "beloved tree" just a TAD over the top.

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DarkStar

Oct-18-13 3:16 PM

joew,

Yeah I wondered the same thing, there are trees, poles, and untold other items closer to virtually any road in the County and State, so why was this one tree such a hazard while the others aren't?

As for Christopher, first I'm not a her, second I don't care if you disagree with me but the simple fact remains that anything that annoys you ends up as a column here, so I don't know why my pointing that out would upset you.

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joew

Oct-18-13 2:37 PM

I think as well that all the power poles,hydrants,etc are as well safety hazards along with parking meters. You never know when they could jump out in front of you! It happened again last evening on second and Brigham,sue that power pole! Don't wait,call 8!

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kcw007

Oct-18-13 12:52 PM

"Before, if the snow was mounded up around there, they would LITERALLY bounce off that tree." In the article of October 6th involving this issue, Vecchio, in an effort to save the tree, related that the tree was NEVER involved in a traffic accident! But just how did the act of vehicles "literally bouncing off that tree", apparently on something of a more or less regular basis, not constitute an accident or a least an "incident" and moreover not represent a dangerous condition?! Thankfully it's now a moot issue, but that lady needs to learn how to keep her stories straight!

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Christopher

Oct-18-13 12:34 PM

I guess Darkstar still hasn't gotten over my disagreeing with her.

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DarkStar

Oct-18-13 12:18 PM

What funny is that you know if this were to happen to most of those taking digs at Gina they would have been screaming bloody murder.

Hell we would have had weeks of columns on it if Christopher was involved. lol!

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commentor

Oct-18-13 9:59 AM

Get over it. It's a tree. Plant another one.

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ChrisNSFW

Oct-18-13 9:52 AM

I'm surprised this article didn't plug any of her music gigs. It is a tree. Go to Home Depot, buy a sapling, and plant it in your yard. Problem solved.

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PR24601

Oct-18-13 8:59 AM

Steiner, you're allowed "choice" when it comes to killing babies.

When it comes to using energy, saving the rainforest, and global warming..oops I mean climate change, there is but once acceptable choice.

Liberal dolts.

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DKexpat

Oct-18-13 8:54 AM

Technically, it was on private property. The state’s ROW is limited to roadway-related improvements and maintenance, so removing a perceived hazard was within the state’s purview.

Can we all get back to "real news" now? :-)

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kcw007

Oct-18-13 8:50 AM

I can however understand Vecchio's emotional attachment for the tree. I grew up on a farmstead that dated well back into the mid 19th century. There were a half dozen huge Sugar Maples in the yard, including one that which was situated within only a couple feet of the county owned highway pavement. Two years ago the county cut the tree down for the same reason the this cottonwood was taken down by the state. We stopped and counted the annual growth rings across the 5' stump of the freshly felled Sugar Maple. We confirmed that the tree was indeed a sapling, likely planted in that location expressly for the purpose of providing welcome shade to passer-bys, when the house was 1st built in 1840; such was a common practice in the days of horse drawn transport. Unfortunately the dangerous realities of modern day high speed travel and expensive litigation negated the practical/beneficial aspects of its being located there.

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Steiner

Oct-18-13 8:41 AM

hey libs, is this the end of the world ? weeping over a tree and america has 50 million abortions ! You gotta be kidding. And look, it was a woman, Gina leading the fight to save it. Go gals !Preserve the legacy of Ida Tarbell, Carrie Nation, etc. Gina, you have made a fool out of yourself. Seek mental help immediately . Dont forget to join a liberal save the earth organization to further making a fool out of yourself.

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kcw007

Oct-18-13 8:22 AM

"The tree was located on family-owned property". Where did the author get that idea? It was in fact TOTALLY on the state right-of-way and as such there was no private property right in it. "The state did not give any notice.." Why should they? Are you required to notify your neighbor if you cut a tree down on your property? "he was unaware of the tree being in the litigation process". What litigation process? Was a "show cause" order duly filed in State Supreme Court? The tree constituted a dangerous, fixed object at the end of the state's mowed strip, AKA "clear area". Much like Silver Maples, cottonwood/poplars are "quick grow" but short lived trees; firmly in the "weed class" of the tree world.

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Chuck392

Oct-18-13 6:31 AM

I seriously doubt that the tree was actually on private property. State right-of-ways are fairly wide most of the time.

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Christopher

Oct-18-13 6:20 AM

"Beloved tree"...lol!

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Clowns

Oct-18-13 6:05 AM

Gina there are biggest concerns then a freaking tree. Your 15 minutes of fame are over. Now leave.

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