Who can miss the "back to school" commercials and advertisements during the last few weeks? Time has a way of flying by and we find ourselves once again near Labor Day and school starting again. Kids are thinking about the end of their summer freedom and new classes, while those older may reminisce of their own bygone school days and the stories their parents told them of great lengths they had to walk in the snow to get there. It turns out, some people did. The past two weeks have told stories related to the beginning of Chautauqua County in honor of our bicentennial, with a continuation this week of some of our early school history. In a land full of dense forests and unpaved roads, it turns out that these kids did have to make a trek to school and studied in a schoolhouse very different from today. An account of Fredonia even said that children found their way to school by following marked trees.