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Century-old tree in Methuen due to be cut down

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METHUEN, Mass. (AP) - A birch tree more than 100 years old that's been battered by storms and afflicted by old age is about to be cut down in Methuen.

The Eagle Tribune (http://bit.ly/1q7Fq0l ) that city tree warden Jack Collins says the tree is set to be cut down next week, weather permitting.

He said the tree has suffered from complications due to its old age for years.

Krista McLeod, director of the Nevins Memorial Library says the tree was fertilized and was kept alive longer than it might have otherwise. The tree stands outside the library.

The tree began shedding bark in large sheets last summer and the trunk has been infested by carpenter ants.

Information from: The Eagle-Tribune, http://www.eagletribune.com

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