I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.
May 3, 2023 at 11:12 am
Beautiful and moody!
May 3, 2023 at 12:24 pm
They are removing the dam (it needs repair) and letting the water go downstream, eliminating the pond. Work begins this month.
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May 3, 2023 at 12:37 pm
Wow. Now it makes sense 🙂
May 3, 2023 at 12:00 pm
I wonder the same as Dale–why goodbye?
May 3, 2023 at 12:25 pm
Our little town has had a millpond forever, at least for the 30 years we’ve lived here. There’s a dam with a road on top that needs repair and it’s too much $ to replace, so it’s being torn out and a bridge built over the stream that will be left.
May 3, 2023 at 12:31 pm
Oh, that is a shame.
May 3, 2023 at 12:33 pm
May 3, 2023 at 6:21 pm
Sad, its so beautiful.
There is a similar situation here, but no one seems to want to take responsibility for repairing/replacing the dam, so the road has been closed for years now. I feel bad for the people who live there, since they have to detour to get anywhere. Reading this, I wonder if it is really because people would lose their
“lake” front home and that would reduce their property values even more?
May 3, 2023 at 7:41 pm
The value of the pond property owners is part of the argument against taking the dam down, but there are only a couple of them. It’s not a huge pond. But it’s pretty. We’ll have to see what the new stream (old stream really, right?) looks like Seems to be it will all be mud… And will the fish survive the wash downstream?
May 4, 2023 at 12:07 am
Oh, here in Washington State there are huge reasons to take down dams to let the native fish repopulate (and so the birds, and bears, and the entire spectrum of the food chain) … fish that are hugely on the decline, and there are some streams/ponds/dams that have not been taken down soon enough such that the native fish are gone forever. Many sides to all things.
May 4, 2023 at 5:52 am
Interesting! No one has mentioned any environmental impact here, but that’s not surprising. It’s all $$$$.
May 4, 2023 at 9:12 am
I will miss the pond, won’t deny it. But I AM interested in what the stream will look like and how it changes things in town and further downstream. And since it’s happening regardless, I’m just going to embrace the change.
May 4, 2023 at 5:53 am
Love the clouds- even though they are gray
May 4, 2023 at 9:12 am
You’d have thought I was shooting in black and white!
May 4, 2023 at 3:31 pm
What a shame! I suppose it’s a necessary step in someone’s mind, but gee, you’re losing such a pretty pond. Glad you’ve got this photo to remember it by.