Dear Residents of the Town of Dorchester:
Four years ago, I traveled from Rochester, New York, to Northfield, Vermont, to visit my youngest brother. During that visit, I decided to go for a drive through New Hampshire. Nearing the end of my twenty-one-year career in the United States Marine Corps, I wanted to get a better look at the State my wife and I had decided to call home upon the end of my military service. So, although I was still a few years from retiring, I went for a drive to begin the process of finding a hometown. I started driving aimlessly, enjoying the vastness of the mountains and the rolling green foliage. Somehow, I ended up on New Hampshire Route 118. As I neared the top of 118, I saw a sign that said “Andrews Reed Farm.” There was a “For Sale” sign out front. Out of curiosity and without the intent to buy, I contacted the realtor. The realtor couldn’t make it, but she let me know that Lucy Andrews was home and could show me around. I drove up the gravel driveway and parked in front of the beautifully maintained farmhouse cape. I walked up the driveway, passed the barn, turned left, and was greeted by one of the most beautiful mountain scenes I have ever had the privilege of viewing. Mesmerized by the calm and beauty of the mountains, I called my wife and told her I wanted to retire early. Shortly after that, I brought my wife to visit the “Andrews Reed Farm.” She cried when she saw it for the first time. Eight months later, we moved to Dorchester. I was convinced I had purchased my “forever” home. So it is with deep sadness that I write to you today to notify you that, come September, we will be moving. For those who are disappointed, I extend my sincere apologies. In March, when I ran for a position on the Select Board, I had no intention of leaving Dorchester. If I had known that I would be moving, I would not have applied for the position. I have made many friends since moving to Dorchester. Our time here has been as enchanting as I hoped it would be, and I am sad to go. I plan on continuing to serve in my current position until the Board of Selectmen appoints my replacement. I wish the town of Dorchester the very best. I will always cherish my time here.