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Crotched’s light shields are in, not up

FRANCESTOWN — The ski season is all but over, but the process of installing shields on Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride’s lights is still in full swing, even though the mountain missed the initial Jan. 22 deadline for installation, established in late December. Pat Terry, general manager for Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride, confirmed on Monday that the mountain received all required light shields and intends to start installation this week, according to Town Administrator Mike Branley.

Terry told Branley on Monday that the goal is to have the remaining 35 or so light shields installed by the end of this week, although he may not be able to install all of them. Terry said in previous interviews that weather affected the progress with shield installation.

If all the shields are installed in the next week or so, the town will “hopefully” not need to take any further legal action, Branley said. Because of the delay with installation, it is uncertain how long this final installation will take. The town did not establish a new deadline for Terry, Branley said. He expects that the shields will be installed this week, and if not, then the following week. On Monday, Terry told Branley it will be easier to install the shields without skiers.

Branley said Terry will reach out to the town once installation is complete so that the Code Enforcement Officer, Ed Hunter, can visit the mountain to ensure all 38 lights in the new expansion have shields.

Calls to Terry were not returned by press time.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, or larceci@ledgertranscript.com.

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