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 THE GREAT OUTDOORS                                                               Winter

         It is not uncommon for our members to
         team up to hug a very large tree, to give
         reverence to its girth. One of our young
               members took this mentoring to
           heart, hugging this not-so-very-large
             tree. Maybe she was mentoring us!
       (Pictured: CU Trustees Sue Fenili and Tony
 athletic prowess in high regard.   Klock with 4 / -year-old Vera Rossini.)
 Classmate Joanne Murphine and
 Berwyn were both selected as Best Athlete
 in their class and both were original
 Trustees of CU Maurice River. Joanne
 relayed to me that Berwyn and his brother
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 Ellis were also expert tap dancers and
 entertained classmates on stage.                                                                          BOO             T     SALE
 “I suppose no one dared to tease
 “No way,” Joanne replied with a laugh
 and a very knowing look.
 I asked him about these dance skills
 and he told me—with that special twinkle
 in his eyes—that he and Ellis were a pair,
 and that tap dancing earned them money
 in their college years—plus a few dates.
 He mentioned their being grunions and
 pool boys in California. I chose not to ask
 for details, which were not likely forth-
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 coming anyway. But for all his brawn he                                               Layaway Available • Gift Certificates
 was a gentleman too. Berwyn always told
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 However, in my humble opinion when

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 He was a big softie for a flying squir-
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 rel that lived in his house for a few weeks  furnishings from their lumber. Canopies   dioxide they store slows the rate of global   CLIP & SA VE         C OUPON
 before wearing out its welcome. I told him  of trees are a physical filter of dust and   warming. There are many statistics about
 his friendship would come to a bad end-  pollutants in our air. Each tree removes   the rainforest being the lungs of the   $  00
 ing, and Berwyn protested, “But he’s really  3 and 3/4 pounds of particulate from the   planet. Sometimes I think we talk about   OFF
 a little character, he’s so cute.”   air. Many trees have medical properties,   the rainforest to distract ourselves from
 “Yeah, right, until he becomes mischie-maybe a great topic for a future article.   our own responsibility to forests here in
 vous and  brazen,” I said, suggesting he   Treed properties have a greater resale   North America. Honestly, the rainforest   $25 or more
 end the friendship before the relationship value. Animals rely on trees for habitat. A   is an unusually large carbon sink and the   Not to be combined with any other offer. Expires 1/31/22.
 deteriorated. Too late…  mature oak supports 543 species of moths   estimates about our demise without it are   CLIP & SAVE         COUPON
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 Berwyn understood the connection   and butterflies, and an endless number of   disconcerting to say the least. But it does
 between many things in nature and shared  animals. Black cherries support 456 lepi-  not eliminate our accountability to trees   $  00
 those feelings often. Honestly, he knew   doptera species. The young of many bird   here at home.             10                    OFF
 the squirrel would have to be evicted.   species rely on caterpillars and insects as a   I’ve intentionally kept my story long
 That squirrel belonged in the trees.  food source. Cherries are eaten by 54 dif-  and my facts short, hoping we might each
 This story brings me to a few succinct  ferent bird species.  retain my key point—just as Berwyn was                $100 or more
 points.   Research is demonstrating their benefit   my friend, trees are our friends too.                 Not to be combined with any other offer. Expires 1/31/22.
 What Berwyn knew, because he was a  for the human spirit and body. Within   So let me be clear: I am a tree-hugger,
 “tree hugger” in spirit if not in fact, was   minutes of being in a forest and green   and proud to admit it. One of the most
 that trees do an amazing variety of things  space, your blood pressure drops, your   important roles that trees play is a link
 for us and need to be protected. They   heart rate decreases, and your levels of   between the present and the past. They
 hold soils and prevent erosion. Trees   stress are reduced.   are the longest living species on earth.
 offer shade, protecting ourselves and   Trees provide oxygen by the process   And when I hug a tree, I get a twinkle in
 other animals from solar radiation. Trees  of photosynthesis; they absorb carbon   my eye. And in spite of Berwyn’s deni-  639 Landis A ve.  • V ineland
 provide noise and wind attenuation, as   dioxide and produce the oxygen we   als, I know he was secretly a tree-hugger
 well as shelter. We build our homes and  breathe. The absorption of the carbon   too. n  856-691-1180 •
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