• Talk of the Town
    October 11,2012

    Dig in (again)

    BARRE — The “Big Dig” may not be done just yet, but The Quarry is back in business.

    The Quarry Grill and Tavern, which closed Sept. 1 due to conflicts with the North Main Street reconstruction project, reopened Wednesday, according to owner Chuck Bradley.

    “It’s good to be back,” said Bradley, whose restaurant until recently was flanked by heavy machinery.

    When Depot Square recently reopened, Bradley said, it was time for his restaurant to follow suit.

    “We’re looking forward to being part of Barre’s new downtown,” said Bradley, who has a new and improved outdoor seating area on Depot Square courtesy of the construction crews.

    He had initially hoped to remain open through the construction.

    “I probably hung on for longer than I should have,” said Bradley, who welcomed back supportive patrons during a better-than-expected lunch run Wednesday and is hoping business will build as word spreads that The Quarry has reopened.

    To the rescuers

    MARSHFIELD — Officials are crediting passersby — including a 16-year-old Maine student and a local nurse — with helping the victims of a fatal car crash Saturday morning on Route 2.

    Ethan Park, a 10th-grader from Maine, said neighbors, a nurse and his four college friends helped at the scene as emergency officials arrived.

    The crashed killed two women. Two men in the same car survived.

    Plainfield Fire Chief Patrick Martin said one passerby helped the men out of the car because the person feared it could catch fire.

    The nurse, who works in the Burlington area, is said to have coordinated several of the initial rescue efforts. Marshfield Fire Chief Tim Maclay said that without her help, the injuries to the men could have had more serious — even fatal —results.

    Park said he used a jacket to prop up the head of one of the men. The group of friends, traveling to Charlotte, also kept the men talking so they’d stay conscious.

    Another person had a medical kit and gave out medical gloves to people, Park said.

    The car had hit a pickup truck head-on, and the driver of the truck was a firefighter who also helped in the rescue efforts, Maclay said.

    Not just cookies

    MONTPELIER — Attention, girls in high school who are interested in a life in politics: Here is your chance.

    The Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains are inviting girls to apply for internships in Montpelier for a program called Girls Rock the Capitol. This program links girls to female legislators who act as mentors, while girls learn about and work on issues affecting the future of Vermont from inside the Statehouse.

    Through the internship, girls become critical thinkers, work as a team to advocate for themselves and others, prepare for leadership roles in their schools and communities, and have a rich understanding of the Green Mountain State democratic process.

    To apply, contact Michelle Carignan toll-free at 888-474-9686, ext. 142, or mcarignan@girlscoutsgwm.org. Applications are due Oct. 31.

    No Girl Scout experience is needed.

    Man in black

    BARRE — Like Johnny Cash? Want to be Johnny Cash for a night?

    You can help raise cash for the Barre chapter of the Salvation Army, which is hosting a Man in Black Contest Concert at the Barre Opera House on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m.

    The event is hosted by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. OK, not really. It is hosted by our own George Woodard.

    Admission is $10. For more information, go to www.maninblackvt.org.

    Packing the house

    BARRE — Rocker John Hiatt had high praise for Barre, the Barre Opera House and the audience at his concert Tuesday night.

    He mentioned that while in town, he would not be able to get any bath salts, since the synthetic drugs had been banned by the state and removed from local stores — one in a pseudo-raid several weeks ago.

    “OK, bath salts. I don’t even know, do you smoke those things or put them in the bath,” he joked. “Good thing I don’t do either.”

    The packed house got two and a half hours of Hiatt and his band, the Combo, belting out the tunes and filling the Opera House with high-powered music.

    That was unfortunate for the Barre City Council and city staff, who were underneath the show trying to hold a weekly meeting.

    City Manager Steve Mackenzie admitted Wednesday it was a challenge with all of the noise.

    But that’s a good problem for Barre to have.

    Dead heat?

    BARRE — Barre is a community that takes its cemeteries seriously, which probably explains why four (count em, four!) people applied for two vacant seats on the city’s five-member cemetery commission.

    Did we say “five-member”?

    Make it seven, because city councilors weren’t about to send any of the applicants home disappointed Tuesday night, so they went ahead and appointed all of them.

    It wasn’t a bad idea, because the panel’s workload could pick up in coming months as the city prepares to make a major investment in Hope Cemetery thanks to the generosity of one of the fellows who is buried there.

    Charlie Semprebon’s money is paying for more than parks and playgrounds and the bike path that was near and dear to his heart. A good chunk of his bequest to the city will be used to repave the roads, replace the water system and possibly create a working fountain in Barre’s world-renowned cemetery.

    The now-seven-member committee will have a hand in seeing that project through, and its newest additions — a young sculptor (Giuliano Cecchinelli II), a retired granite manufacturer (Real Maurice), a newly retired florist (Jerome Bolkum) and a woman with granite roots (Norena Zanleoni) — are a nice mix.

    In other “appointing” news, councilors added Michael Hellein to fill a vacant seat on the planning commission, a week after picking Jeff Friot to fill another. They also appointed recently hired Janet Shatney to serve as the city’s zoning administrator, filling the vacancy created by Eric Sturm’s resignation.

    Vice president-elect

    BARRE — Lucas Herring can add another line to his resume after recently being elected vice president of the Vermont School Boards Association.

    It’s just another meeting for Herring, who is already pulling double duty in Barre as chairman of the local school board and a Ward 2 representative to the City Council.

    Herring is quickly learning how to multitask and this week decided to try to kill two birds with one stone by volunteering to serve as the school board’s representative to the city’s recreation board. That won’t be another meeting for Herring, who is also the council’s representative.

    Gun shy much?

    In response to a recent open records request by The Times Argus over emails and text messages exchanged by the Montpelier City Council, City Clerk John Odum decided to get into the spirit Wednesday with his recent email to councilors. The additional consent agenda, dated Tuesday, poked fun at the newspaper’s efforts toward government transparency.

    “As the upcoming election is kicking my butt (and I use the language to be sure I’ll get quoted in any Open Records requests from the media), I have failed to complete the minutes for the last meeting beyond my initial rough draft.”

    We — the newspaper and the public — truly look forward to your accurate minutes, John. The effort is appreciated.

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