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Old makes way for new, but sometimes it takes the “new” awhile to arrive. In the town of Peace River, the old hospital was torn down and a new one built elsewhere. A large, fenced-off pit remains on the vacant lot where the hospital foundation used to be. To one side, a small park-like area is covered in trees, shrubs and tall grass, no longer cared for by any groundskeeping staff. A short flight of cracked steps, leading to a path under a spreading canopy of branches, once took hospital visitors into the space. Judging from tracks in the snow, the main visitors now are deer and neighborhood dogs.

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