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Kathleen Mary Fiske

What would you rather see today as you look out at Berry Creek? The pastures full of horses of a few years ago or the suburban subdivision it is today? It was originally donated to be used as recreational property and could have become our valley’s Central Park, with trails for riding, jogging, and biking with some soccer and baseball fields thrown in. The Berry Creek Equestrian Center will be history in another two years and the last of the horse vistas will vanish.Now there has been another blow to the local horse owners. The very wealthy owners of the Diamond S Ranch have decided to throw out all of the boarders in their lovely barn. Of course they have the right to do this. The question is whether this is the right thing to do.The barn has been filled with local horses ridden by local riders who do not have the money to build their own barns or buy property on the Diamond S. They have supported the barn since it was built.The reason that the (did I mention wealthy) owners have decided to do this is that they do not want to rub shoulders with the locals. Even though all of their homes, but one, are located far up the road from the barn, they simply cannot deal with the idea of having locals on their land and possibly in their way.So their beautiful barn will sit empty and rust away. They keep the horses that they ride once or twice a year out in the pasture so that they can ride by on the way to their homes and pretend that they own a piece of a ranch. The horse owners who have been evicted are scrambling to find a place for their horses.I have lived here for 27 years and I am continually amazed at the arrogance of the part-time owners who think that they are somehow better than us. We are the lucky ones. We live here year-round. This is why I resent their lack of community spirit and the idea that the type of action that they took at the Diamond S is somehow OK. After all, it only hurts the locals.Kathleen Mary FiskeAvonMissing a cemeteryOn Dec. 17, after attending a beautiful memorial service for a wonderful many who had lived in the valley for many years, I found myself drifting back in time and thinking about my crazy cousin, Marva Joan.It was Aug. 5, 1989, the day of my father’s funeral and interment. There, in the tiny Toutle, Wash., cemetery that overlooked Silver Lake and what was left of Mt. Saint Helens, Marva Joan spoke out.”It looks to me like all the good spots have been taken,” she said. We tried hard not to laugh, but the solemnity of the day’s events was broken. Marva Joan was right. All the good spots were taken.Within a few weeks, the residents of Toutle got busy. They cut down a few more trees, cleaned up the brush, and before long there were dozens of new good spots for Marva Joan and other community members.I live in Eagle-Vail and I am thinking how sad it is that we do not have any spots at all. And, most likely, we never will. It is true that land is in short supply in this narrow valley but many residents have children who were born and raised here. This is their home. A cemetery is what makes a community a real community; it gives it roots.Just some rambling thoughts from one who wishes that some land could be set aside for good spots – good spots where family and friends could go to visit departed loved ones.Aggie ChastainEagle-VailVail, Colorado


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