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By Hilde Kate Lysiak
A Selinsgrove woman is considering herself lucky after a large tree fell on top of her home.
The tree smashed into the house on 13 High Street on Monday, August 7 at 12:45, according to one of the owners, Alicia Coopwood.
“It was loud,” Coopwood told the OSN.
The awning and the front door were damaged, but the residents were just happy that no one was hurt.
The tree fell because it was dying, according to Coopwood.
The tree was removed yesterday at 2:30 pm.
Nicely shot color photo of an unfortunate event. I once spotted a tree section in a DC courtroom at the lunch hour and found out what judge was presiding over the trial and politely sought him out in his chambers. It turned out to be a really sad tale — a tree firm had partly cut a tree on the grounds of the West German/FRG embassy in DC, then years later, a Vietnamese boat person who had somehow survived to arrive in the USA, learned from scratch fluent English, made it through school and college, and was on the verge of graduating from dental school, by chance parked a car under that tree during a storm. Alas, the tree fell on the car with fatal results to the young lady. The court case in 1987 was a civil lawsuit. The Washington Post missed the story but I got it, thanks to being observant, curious, and persistent! I wanted to offer some encouragement to our intrepid junior journalist.
A few suggestions to make the story better: Did the tree fall at 0045 or 1245? If you use 12-hour times, you should specify (24-hour time obviates that). Also, what kind of tree was it, how old, what height, and how long had the house’s occupants or family lived there? “My grandfather loved nature planted this oak tree as a sapling way back in 1965, the year he and my grandmother moved here from Philadelphia, to get away from the big city. He loved the Betty Smith book “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” and the film version, and wanted a tree on their new lot,” said Ms. Coopwood in an interview while looking dismayed at the fallen tree. Or what have you, for a colorful quote and added perspective. Maybe a botanist from the local college could weigh in with an expert comment, too.
Congratulations on your stick-to-it-tiveness. Theodore “The Beaver” Cleaver started a neighborhood newsletter on the classic TV series LEAVE IT TO BEAVER, aired in glorious black and white from 1957 to 1963 on CBS and then ABC. But his efforts only persisted for one episode, though I think the fictional plot took place over multiple weeks. Good luck, ace!
Every home owner should inspect and see if a tree needs trimmed. They do not all need to be cut down.
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