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Jury Awards Neighbors $51,000 After Logger Misreads Map

March 28, 1989

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ A jury has awarded a landowner $51,000 after a logger hired by his neighbor misread a map and felled 100 of the wrong trees.

George F. Rufo and his wife, Dorothy, had sued neighbors Louis and Anna Arace for the lost oak, ash and pine timber and damage to their property caused by Henry St. Marie, who had been hired by the Araces to clear 50 acres in 1985.

″The way the map was shown to me didn’t help, as it should have been turned the other way,″ St. Marie said in a letter to the court.

The jury reached its verdict last week.

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