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Historian seeks funds to save Scythe Tree

The Town Board was asked Monday to consider helping save the historic Scythe Tree on the Waterloo-Geneva Road.

Local historian Blaine Elkie has told Supervisor Gary Westfall that the tree, a Balm of Gilead that is at least 150 years old, is dying and needs tender loving care from an arborist to survive.

The tree contains the blades of scythes placed in the trunk by a young man who went off to fight in the Civil War, only to die, and two brothers, who enlisted in World War I. They returned, but their scythes remained in the tree. It has become an historic site, visited by many tourists over the years.

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