Tree stumps in Kennbunk sand draw concern

6:54 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some tree stumps popping out from beneath the sand at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk are getting a lot of attention.

The stumps are revealed every few years after a bad winter. But this year, a large stump also washed in from out of town. Soon, social media was full of rumors that the town was digging up the stumps, and that they were 3,000 years old.

Town Manager Barry Tibbetts said that's just not so. "Everybody thought we dug it up. We didn't dig it up. It just appeared after a storm one day. So it floats in and out and eventually, it'll float to some other community, and we're glad to send it to them."

Tibbetts said not only has there been no study done on the age of the stumps, the town has no plans to dig them up either. Some of the stumps' rough roots will be trimmed, however, because they could hurt children playing in the waves.


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