The tree has a storied history in town. Late author John Updike even wrote about it. Updike and his family lived at 26 East St. in the 1960s, directly across from the elm.
For years, the Department of Public Works treated the tree to fight off the advancing stages of Dutch elm disease, until it was determined that its limbs posed a hazard for both pedestrians and motorists.
“In the last two years, it began to suffer,” Craft said. “We knew it wouldn’t make it.”
Applications to submit proposals can be found on the town’s website, ipswichma.org.
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