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The Road No Longer Taken
We are getting ready to build a second childcare center, and next week our contractor will clear another two-acre lot for us in Centerra. I’ve been tramping through the land for a year now, both to take measurements and, also, to get a feel for the space. At one end of the property, what seems to be an old wagon track runs through the woods. Two ruts in the ground go in parallel for about forty yards, before they are erased by sitework done over the years by our first childcare project, the Marriott, and the Grafton County Courthouse:
The lot has been forest for at least 70-80 years, probably since the farm there was abandoned when the federal government mandated that all dairy farms have refrigerated bulk tanks to store their milk. That rule was the last straw for a good many farmers, hence the name “bulk tank farms” to describe so-abandoned pieces of land. Stone walls delineate the former pastures in every direction, too, as they do throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.
How many farmers and travellers went down that dirt road, either on foot, driving carts pulled by horses or oxen, or on tractors? They compacted the earth to such an extent that nothing could grow on it, and so the road stayed visible in the forest like an ancient Roman byway. Next year it will be gone, and the memories that it evokes will disappear forever.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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