Neighbors give tree a second chance

July 05, 1996|By Elaine Tassy | Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF

Five years ago, Bill Seebach used his vacation money to buy two dozen Bradford pear trees to spruce up the 1000 block of S. Paca St., where he lives.

Earlier this week, one of the trees was uprooted in a traffic incident. "A truck run over and squashed it on the ground," said Seebach.

But not for long.

Yesterday, Seebach and two young neighbors labored to give the tree another chance, at a new location several hundred yards down the block, a mix of rowhouses and low industrial buildings.

Wielding shovels, a pick and a posthole digger, Seebach, Bobby Wortman, 18, and Heather Emmons gouged a hole for the pear tree in rock-filled dirt.

"If we do this and the tree lives, it's worth it," Seebach said. "If it doesn't, you can't say we didn't try."

Pub Date: 7/05/96

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