Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bosun progress

Ahh, that's better. The blank flat facade of the Bosun Hall is getting a roof to cover the entry.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Almost a grocery store

I like the way the roofline fits in with the tree behind it. Apparently the floor has had its 28 days to cure and they're moving in shelving and coolers. They expect to open by early June.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Construction on Main Street

The new craft store is getting its porch built. Construction of the building began last fall. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Esso

One of the things I find endearing about small towns is how long the collective memory lasts. There's a crumbling corner in our town referred to as "the Esso." Years ago it was an Esso gas station but the gas station closed, though an auto service shop continued for some years in an adjacent building, eventually dwindling to hobby status for the owner and closing entirely more years ago than I can recall. The buildings have since housed a succession of failed businesses including a video rental place, convenience store, pizza joint, bakery and warehouse space for an African import business. But although it hasn't been an Esso in more than 20 years, maybe closer to 30, people around here still call this The Esso.

I think of it as a decoy that keeps the tourists from moving in wholesale. It's ugly as anything, and it graces the intersection of Main Street and the highway through town. I suspect a lot of people miss giving our town a second glance as a result of driving by this empty lot.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

My Aunt's Place

This is the formerly-crumbling building that used to house "My Aunt's Place," an ice cream store, gift shop, lottery ticket agent and a surprisingly terrific little yarn store. The owner retired several years ago and the building had sat dismal and empty ever since. It's the left-hand building in this photo. Now it is on its way to becoming something new. We're not sure what.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Wild turkeys. These two toms and their wives, scratching nearby.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sun, melting and steam

The whole canyon fills with steam when the sun starts really melting the snow.

Monday, April 4, 2011


An entire winter's worth of parking lot plowings, minus 95% of the snow. Ewww.

Sunday, April 3, 2011