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Tom Gralish / Staff Photographer, a Philly.com reader
Neighborhoods by Tom Gralish - Normandy Village -When Albert and Ruth Knorr bought their brand new house on Norcom Road in Normandy Village (inside the corner between Roosevelt Boulevard and Woodhaven Road) forty years ago, Albert planted a sugar maple in the front yard. That tree eventually died, but he planted two more on the same spot over the years. The last one, about twenty-five years old, came down in a storm. The birdhouse was built by a neighbor and put in the tree about 10 years ago, and has had a family of birds in it every spring since then. The three babies living inside survived the upheaval of their home, and after Albert removed the tree, the neighbor stuck a 2x4 in the ground to hold the house up, and Ruth helped feed the babies until they flew the nest. Albert says he doesn't plan to replace the tree this time, and isn't sure yet where the birdhouse will end up.