Danica and I walked over to the corner of Laing Street and Memory Lane (yes, really) today, to see the sorry remains of the tree said to have inspired “The Maple Leaf Forever” song.
Here’s my write-up from a while back.
Anyway, the tree really is history, now. The 150 year-old silver maple was clearly ready to go and it went as gracefully as it could. Had it fallen any other way, it could have taken out Maple Cottage or parked cars.
The attending policeman had a sense of occasion and brought a few branches and leaves out from behind his hazard tape, to let gathered citizens take them as souvenirs.
Danica and I have our gnarly bit of Maple Leaf Forever stick.