Mark Hayward's City Matters: Turkeys make Valley Cemetery their 'resting' place
Of late, Aurore has written about Valley Cemetery. A master storyteller, she finds and weaves a tale behind nearly every headstone.
For the past two years or so, a small flock of wild turkeys — counts vary from about seven to 10 — has made its home at the 20 acres of Valley Cemetery.
Photographer David Lane and I spotted them late last month as they prodded and pecked their way among gravestones on the southern edge of the cemetery.
Walski estimates there are 35,000 to 40,000 wild turkeys in the state. He was on hand when 25 were trapped in the Allegheny Mountains in the mid-1970s and brought to New Hampshire. He thought they would thrive in western New Hampshire, where most of the state's farms are found.
"They're opportunistic," Walski said. "They see the squirrels and song birds getting nutritious food, and they adapt to that."
And then there is the Smyth mausoleum. Centered on the edge of a steep hillside, its Greek columns give it the look of the Parthenon. I expect clouds to part and a beam of sun to shine on it.
Mark Hayward's City Matters runs Thursdays in the New Hampshire Union Leader and UnionLeader.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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