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RUMSON: TEMPERATURES ON THE RISE

rumson church 061015 2Workers atop the First Presbyterian Church of Rumson Wednesday. Roofwork could be particularly challenging Thursday, when temperatures are expected to peak at around 92 degrees, according to the Weather Channel. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

UNDRESSING IN THE CHURCHYARD

On the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank, atop Tower Hill, is a wonder of a nature: a paper-bark birch throwing off its clothes in paper-thin layers to reveal something purer underneath.

Red Bank arborist Bill Brooks tells redbankgreen that the exfoliation process occurs “pretty much year-round” for the trees, also known as white birch and canoe birch, because Native Americans used the detritus to waterproof their vessels.

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