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EDITORIAL: Garry oak's demise inevitable

Oak Harbor’s beloved Garry oak tree located at the post office will be cut down Sunday, and barring a stay-of-execution from some higher power, the tree will be history.

Arborists all seem to agree with the city that the diseased oak tree with its enormous limbs poses too great a hazard to post office customers to allow it to remain. Citizens seem to agree with that diagnosis, based on the lack of a public outcry over the tree’s imminent demise.

Fittingly, lovers of the tree have come up with a way for townspeople to say goodbye to the old oak, which has watched the city grow since its beginnings. A gathering will be held Friday, March 5, at noon. All will be welcome to share what the oak tree has meant to them.

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