By ERIC BLAISDELL
BARRE – It was the hottest day on record in Barre on Wednesday, with temperatures reaching 91 degrees, but people that had to work in that heat were not phased.
The record temperatures beat the previous high of 89 degrees set in 1953, according to the National Weather Service. Cindy Moran, who works as a traffic controller for the “Big Dig” on North Main Street in Barre, would still prefer the heat than working in the cold winter months.
“It’s the rain and the sleet and the snow that’s hard to stand in,” she said. Moran’s approach to dealing with the heat was to stay busy and “not think about it.”
Another construction worker on the “Big Dig,” Bryan King from Plattsburgh, N.Y, likes all seasons and was not put off by the hot weather. He said he would try to “stay in the shade as much as possible, but you have to work.”
Brad Betrashune, who also works on the “Big Dig” and is from Plattsburgh, said he tries to sit in his air-conditioned truck as much as possible, but prefers summer to winter and will deal with the heat.
“It keeps me busy,” he said. “There is no work in the winter.”
Barre City worker Sheridan Crowningshield could not get enough of the heat as he was working on a section of Cardinal Circle in Barre.
“I’m just happy to be here at this time of year enjoying the summer,” he said. “In Vermont, you have to live with it.”
For the complete story, see Thursday’s Times Argus.