- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - A giant blue spruce tree that had stood tall in downtown Waterville and was long used as the Maine city’s Christmas tree has been cut down.

Parks and Recreation Director Matt Skehan tells The Morning Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2eCZxAr ) that city workers removed the distinctive tree from Castonguay Square on Tuesday morning.

Skehan says half of the 40-foot tree was infected with a needle disease that it never fully recovered from over the past few years. Maintenance costs were too high to save the tree.

For years the tree served as Waterville’s largest token of the Christmas season, with a lighting ceremony held following the Parade of Lights on the day after Thanksgiving.

Skehan says another tree will be placed in the square in time for the upcoming holiday season.

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Information from: Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/

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