A large oak in the center of the Green is already dead and has dropped a sizeable branch onto the ground. Other large limbs on the tree appear to be in danger of falling.
At the same time, a huge honey locust with a base circumference in excess of 20’ is showing signs of extreme strain. It has shed a great deal of its foliage; has many dead branches and is mired in an area overrun with weeds. Considering its size, the tree is probably more than 100 years old.
Whatever is affecting these stately masters is blatantly indiscriminate. In addition to the oak and locust, there are several maples that are showing the same fate. Judging by the pile of dead branches assembled near the small stream that runs through the Green, the problem has been going on for a time.
And the struggle doesn’t seem to be limited to the Town parkland. Whatever is troubling the Village Green trees looks to have sickened a very large sugar maple on private property directly across Park Avenue from the Village Green. That majestic stalwart is in obvious distress, has shed much of its foliage and is in need of immediate care.