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Fort Plain mourns ‘death’ of elm

Tree was beloved for historic roots

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A land dispute in Fort Plain led to a very unconventional memorial service Sunday evening. About 25 village residents gathered on the lawn of Minden town Supervisor and Republican state Assembly candidate Thomas Quackenbush to eulogize the short life and mourn the chain saw death of a locally beloved elm tree. The story began hundreds of years ago, when, the story goes, Mohawk Indians lit their council fires beneath a huge spreading elm atop Prospect ...


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