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Tradition ends

Demolition ends swift tradition

Dozens of chimney swifts descend upon the remains of the Hubbell Glove Factory in Northville in this file photo from 1999.
Dozens of chimney swifts descend upon the remains of the Hubbell Glove Factory in Northville in this file photo from 1999.
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More than 60 years of chimney swift history and village tradition came crumbling down a few weeks ago as a backhoe demolished Northville’s Hubbell Chimney. “We lost a very important historical landmark,” said Village Historian Gail Cramer. “We lost a community event, but most importantly, we lost the swifts.” Year after year on May 6, a flock of chimney swifts would end their migration from the Amazon rain forest in a swirling mass over the ...


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