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When a tree falls in the river...

robert_paulette.JPGPeople in Sherbrooke may know this landmark: a rock island in the middle of the St. Francois river, not far from the city's core, near where the St.Francois meets the Magog River.

Today, a large cross sits on that rock. But residents may not know that the cross marks the place where a famous tree once stood. Ninety-nine years ago, a lone pine tree that grew out of a crevasse on the rock was blown over in a violent wind storm.

But a piece of that historic tree recently resurfaced in Sherbrooke. Retired doctor Robert Paulette had kept a piece of the tree given to him by a neighbour in the 1960s. Now, that famed stump has a new home, at the Sherbrooke Historical Society's interpretation centre.

Our Townships reporter Sarah Rogers caught up with Dr. Paulette at his Sherbrooke home.

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