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Teamwork helps tame Tucson monastery tree

Teamwork helps tame Tucson monastery tree - (22-06-2016)

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Photo: Martin Green and Alvaro Tanco, a lay employee of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, help guide a troublesome date palm to fall into a safe area while Angelo Romeo, owner of Romeo Tree Service, oversees the proper cuts to remove it from the property.

With the generosity and expertise of a local business owner and a fire department captain, the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Tucson, Arizona, are breathing a little easier.

A palm tree was leaning precariously close to the Benedictine Sisters’ property and causing some anxiety among members of the community.

“The palm was by the chapel and looked like it might fall into our monastery reception room,” Tucson Prioress Sister Ramona Varela, OSB said.

On Friday, June 17, Angelo Romeo, owner of Romeo Tree Service, and Tucson Fire Captain Martin Green showed up to help out. Throughout the course of an entire day, with temperatures reaching 100 degrees in the hot desert sun, they and BSPA lay employee Alvaro Tanco carefully removed the tree section by section in order to prevent damage to nearby, healthy palms.

Everything was taken care of safely and efficiently - all due to the generosity and helpful spirits of neighbors and friends.

“Angelo and Martin donated their time and labor, and Joe Verdugo at BlueLine Rental provided the lift,” Sister Ramona said. “It was a tremendous gift to us, and we are feeling a lot safer now.”