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Baldwin Apple Trees

Baldwin Apple tree photo by Michael MatrosPrime examples of Keene State College's rich heritage of trees are our Baldwin apples. These ancient survivors of a different time remind me often of their value to our present day. The Baldwin apple trees, located just south of Oya Hill, are nestled on precious greenspace enhancing the view of two Owl's Nest residence halls. Their large trunks dotted by bird peckings and with charming bumps in all the right places support the typical array of complicated fruit tree branching. Yours truly must find time to arrange the limbing in a less complicated order.

Our Baldwins have been able to overcome the assaults of encroaching construction quite well over the years. I attribute this success in part to the fact that they are twins and have protected each other's back over time from external threats.

Baldwins are vestiges of times past when one hundred years ago they were the apple of choice. Several severe winters around 1918 killed off many Baldwin trees in our area. Replanting old Baldwin orchards with the new McIntosh spelled the end of the Baldwin as a popular variety.

Our trees produce a particularly prodigious crop of apples year after year. The fruit is large and red with a yellow background, good for cooking. Resident wildlife populations have been benefiting from this bounty for quite some time. Human consumption has been limited to the occasional passerby who cannot resist a sampling.

Where there were once rows of Baldwin apple trees, the College's southern end has emerged. My hope is that the old apple trees that remain will continue to nurture Keene State students for years to come.

- Jeff Garland, Campus Arborist

Where in the World?

In January 2005, having trekked to Guatemala for a home-building project, the KSC Global Village team poses in the home's foundation, along with their favorite reading material.

Great-Grandmother Knows Best

Photo: Jacqueline Louise West '08 great-granddaughter of Bertha Horton Davis Perkins '26"In the winter of my senior year of high school, my great-grandmother helped me resolve a problem I had been wrestling with for weeks - which college I should attend next fall.

"As far back as I can remember I used to sit and visit with her. We talked about everything, but the one thing we never really discussed was where she went to college. We all knew she went but it was never really brought up.

"On one of my visits during that winter we talked about the schools I was interested in: Ithaca, Northeastern, Saint Anselm's and Keene State College. As I went over the list of schools and their pros and cons, a smile lit up her face the minute I mentioned Keene. She got really excited and started talking about how much she enjoyed attending Keene Normal School in 1925 and 1926. She told me about the people she met, the professors who sparked her interests and the wonderful community that Keene had.

"I had already held Keene State College with high regard and was really interested in going but the minute she smiled and got so excited I knew it was the school for me."

- Jacqueline Louise West '08, great-granddaughter of Bertha Horton Davis Perkins '26

Ruth Doan MacDougall '61

Ruth Doan MacDougall '61 recently finished book number three in what she says she "never, ever expected to become a series when I wrote The Cheerleader"! But The Cheerleader, written in 1973, led to Snowy, written in 1993, and now to Henrietta Snow (Frigate Books, 2004). Ruth's series follows the same characters from their high school days in 1950s New Hampshire to both their unique and universal middle-aged experiences as part of the Silent Generation. Labeled a "girlfriend novel" by Rebecca Sinkler, former editor of the New York Times Book Review, Henrietta Snow will be followed by, yes, another sequel as Ruth begins work on book number four.

At the same time that her newest novel was being completed, Ruth was also finishing the sixth edition of 50 Hikes in the White Mountains (Countryman Press, 2004). This is a job she inherited from the original author, her father Daniel Doan, who died in 1993. With each update, Ruth checks out the trails and takes new photographs.

In all, Ruth has written 11 novels. She grew up in Laconia, N.H., and attended Bennington College before graduatingform KSC. She lives in Center Sandwich with her husband and classmate Don MacDougall '61. For more about Ruth and her books, visit her web site at

Harvey Smith '62

Harvey Smith '62, a Concord, N.H., native, began teaching at Simonds High (now Kearsarge) in 1962 after graduating from Keene State. In 1965, he went to Bishop Brady, where he became head of the English department. He also coached cross country and basketball at both schools. But it was at Concord High School that he made his mark in high school athletics - as Concord High's tennis coach for 30 years.

Harvey Smith photoHe retired in January, leaving behind a 527-30 record on the Memorial Field courts (tops in the nation for winning percentage, and sixth nationally for most wins). He leaves with 14 state tennis titles, including the last seven, and an ongoing 112-match winning streak. He was Coach of the Year 16 times and was named National Coach of the Year in 1988.

"It isn't about the sport. It isn't about the mechanics, though some of those things are important," Smith told the Concord Monitor's sports editor Sandy Smith '88. "It's about kids working hard and feeling good about themselves."

Phil Jacques '97

Television cameraman Phil Jacques '97 was there for ESPN to cover the Red Sox winning the World Series in St. Louis. He was also at work at the Super Bowl and covered the women's Final Four in Indianapolis this year.

Photo: Phil Jacques
Phil, who worked for ESPN for seven years, recently received a Technical Emmy for his camera work on This is Sport Center Behind the Scenes. He frequently traveled with ESPN's College Game Day show and sometimes went on camera for the game. After seven years on the road, though, Phil decided to become a freelancer and moved back to New Hampshire with his wife, Ann Chandonnet Jacques '97, a business analyst for Biogen Idec. He still gets behind the camera for ESPN and for a Boston television station when the Patriots are on the field.

Phil majored in journalism with a concentration in television. His advisor and mentor was Professor Rose Kundanis. Says his wife Ann, "It's great that he is doing what he set out to do in his major and has a fun job that any sports fanatic would love."

Jake's Van Needs Wheels

Photo:Jacob Jake Diego Bergeron '04Jacob Jake Diego Bergeron '04 passed away last September 29 at the age of 23. Jake, who suffered from muscular To dystrophy, was confined to a wheelchair for most of his life, including his career as a computer science major and HelpDesk staffer at KSC. Although he was unable to walk, Jake left his footprints all over the Monadnock Region in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him. Quietly, with courage, and a big smile that could light up a room, he inspired others to love with all their heart, live every day to the fullest, hope for the very best, and dream the biggest dreams!

honor Jake's exceptional life, the Jacob Bergeron Fundraising Committee, a nonprofit group of friends and family members, hopes to raise approximately $45,000 to purchase Jake's Van. This van, modeled after Jake's design, will be used by the Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District to transport special needs and wheelchair-bound students to recreational activities. Jake's Van will also be used for volunteer and employment opportunities in the communities of Jaffrey and Rindge.

To learn how you can make a tax-deductible contribution to Jake's Van, call Kathy Moore at 532-6154 or Sheila Bergeron at 532-7242.

- Joy Tibbetts for Jake's Van

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