Town of Pittsford says farewell to beloved tree

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Pittsford, N.Y. – Pittsford is preparing to say goodbye to an old friend.

The iconic copper beech tree, which is about 200 years old, will be taken down Tuesday.

The stately tree, which is used in the town symbol, fell victim to a fungus, putting it in danger of collapsing.

“It means a lot to a great many people,” said Town Supervisor Bill Smith. “It’s centrally located, and it’s sad that the tree has to go, but I think everyone knows it’s diseased to the point where it’s no longer safe to allow it to remain up.”

Saplings from the tree will eventually be re-planted.

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