2013.05.06 – Vernon, CT – “This is like a life-sized jigsaw puzzle,” says Jim Tedford while repairing slate around the base of the 72-foot tall Fox Hill Tower in Vernon. The Vernon Public Works employee says “a couple weeks work” is required to remove and reposition slate damaged by the winter’s frost and heave cycles. The tower was built in 1935 by the Works Progress Administration for Vernon veterans when, says Tedford, they didn’t have the technically advanced primers and bonding agents of today, “This stuff, he says, “is like Elmer’s Glue on Steroids.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com


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