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Woman forms group to save the square's pears

May 24, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

A Washington County woman who grew up in Hagerstown is forming a group to save the Bradford pear trees in Public Square.

Beth Beckner-Mills, who lives between Boonsboro and Hagerstown, is forming the Committee to Spare the Pears.

The Mayor and City Council are expected to decide on Tuesday whether to have the trees, which are known for their white blossoms in the spring, removed from the square.

"If anybody is as angry as I am I want to meet with them to see what we can do," said Beckner-Mills, who is accepting correspondence for the newly formed group at P.O Box 465, Williamsport, MD 21795.

"The only time Hagerstown is pretty is when those trees are in bloom," she said.

The six Bradford pear trees in the square were "spared" during the 1998 renovation of the square, but it was expected they would be taken down eventually, according to Public Works Manager Douglas Stull.

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Earlier this month Stull told the Mayor and City Council the trees would be cut down soon. Council members Susan Saum-Wicklein and Alfred W. Boyer argued against cutting down the trees and at least temporarily stopped them from being removed.

At that time the Mayor and council decided they would tour the square at 6 p.m. Tuesday to take a closer look at the trees.

Stull said Wednesday that a final decision on the fate of the trees will be up to the Mayor and City Council.

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