- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The State House lawn is losing some its older maple trees.

The Times Argus reports (https://bit.ly/1VBWkT9 ) that five large maple trees near the sidewalk on State Street are scheduled to be cut down on Saturday because of their poor health and effect on nearby maples.

Grounds supervisor Ira Moser says the trees were planted between 30 and 40 years ago and only one is healthy.

Their canopies also are blocking the sun from reaching a row of maples planted several years ago. Three of the trees are dedicated to former state governors Robert Stafford, Ray Keyser, Jr. and Thomas Salmon. Moser says the dedication plaques will be moved to the small maples with a plaque explaining why.

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