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News - March 23, 2012

Around Town

IN WITH THE OLD ... Little George. Baby George. George Jr. Georgina. George II. Boy George. Whatever you call him, her or it, Cowper Street's newest resident received a hearty welcome from city leaders and area residents this week. The oak tree that the city planted on the corner of Cowper and Homer Street stands at a spot previously occupied by George, a coastal live oak that had graced the corner for about 150 years. George got the ax in February after various arborists had determined that its root system was weak and the danger of its toppling too high. About 20 people, including block residents, members of the urban-forest advocacy group Canopy and city staff joined Mayor Yiaway Yeh and Councilwoman Karen Holman for the brief ceremony and heaped shovelfuls of dirt around the new oak. The event, Holman said, "really expresses how the neighbors, neighborhoods and community can come together for a special cause." George also made a surprise appearance, albeit in a different form. The company Michael Meyer Fine Woodworking has taken parts of the oak and made several "George bowls" out of it. The cured and finely sanded bowls vary in diameter from 7 inches to 15 inches. They were created by Seth Harpending, a cabinet-shop foreman at the company who detailed the process in a Youtube video. The company also highlighted its work with George on its website and noted that the new bowls "are not intended to be 'salad bowls' but objects in homage to a magnificent tree."

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