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April 15, 2008
Today is April 15 in Brighton, a special day here and nowhere else, the day the diamonds surface on the pond in the glen. They bubble up when the breeze comes and quickly harden in the sun. They must be gathered before touching the shore. The pond is lined with hopeful young men, and conditions allowing, the tridge is lowered at 10:30 exactly. In earlier years, the gathering was a more haphazard affair, with boards shoved out from the bank. With the first man in, all the diamonds would disappear. And the 200-year rule still holds: one man, one stone.