The Little Brown Church of Sunol’s members
are faced with one of the most difficult decisions it has had
to make in its 122-year history. After years of speculation
and testing it is with great regret that the magnificent oak
tree, which grows within the church’s courtyard, will
have to be removed.
A certified arborist recently tested the tree and the report
indicates that the tree is in extremely poor condition with
75% of the trunk decayed. The tree is estimated to be 300 to
500 hundred years old and church members are distraught that
the old tree cannot be saved. Past efforts to trim limbs and
suggested cabling have not been effective and as is stands
the tree removal process will have to be performed by crane,
as it is too dangerous to put a worker in the tree.
More importantly is the safety issues that put the church’s
neighbors, their homes, and of course, the church’s buildings
at risk. Therefore, the arborist has recommended that the church
act swiftly and have the tree removed as soon as possible.
The Little Brown Church is currently planning to celebrate
the 100-year anniversary of the church parsonage however; the
church wishes to ensure that the life of the old tree is also
appropriately celebrated. The church has discussed a variety
of ways to honor the old oak and realizing that the community
would be sensitive to their decision to remove the tree, they
are asking that if anyone in the community has suggestions
or is interested in helping plan a celebration, please call
the church at 925-862-2004 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The church is also faced with the expense of the tree removal
and is hoping to plan an event to raise funds to help cover
the cost. If anyone would like to contribute to the cost of
the removal of the tree, please call 925-862-2004.
Early pictures reveal that the church was built around the
stately oak and in recent years a concrete courtyard was built,
further incasing the tree. The tree is also a favorite photo
spot for the churches newly wed couples, and of course, the
children love chasing each other around it’s the wide
The Little Brown Church would also like to extend a big thank
you to the Sunol Business Guild and Save Our Sunol groups for
their generous contribution towards the tree testing.
Sunol’s Postmaster Joan Hall received a special invitation
to meet John Potter, the US Postmaster General and Chief Executive
officer on July 26. Joan also joined approximately 100 postal
employees who were on hand to hear the Postmaster General speak
at a San Francisco postal facility. He explained the new Postal
Accountability and Enhancement Act and how it would affect
the postal service.
Proud parents, Marlene and Max Moses of Sunol are returning
from Rio de Janeiro Brazil where they watched son Merrill win
a gold medal in the Pan American games. Merrill, who is rated
one of the best goalies in the world, is on the US Olympic
Water Polo team and the win secured a spot for the team to
compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing China. Max is
the brother of Sandi Bohner of Little Valley Winery and Rancho
Alegre Lavender in Sunol. The team is now off to Germany and
we wish them the best of luck.