Herbie Auction: A tree for all

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An bidder holds up her number during the Herbie Project “Tree for All” auction on Nov. 13. The event, sponsored by the Maine Forest Service and held at DeLorme in Yarmouth, featured more than 80 products crafted from the 217-year-old great elm tree nicknamed “Herbie,” which was cut down in Yarmouth in January after finally succumbing to Dutch Elm Disease. Money raised from the auction went to the Yarmouth Tree Trust.

Sara Crisp, and her husband Gregg Lipton, center, present Peter Mertz, Headmaster of NYA, with the wooden portrait of Herbie that they successfully bid on. Frank Knight, the former tree warden of Yarmouth was a student at NYA when he grew up in that town and so the couple thought it fitting to donate the portrait to that institution.