, Gloucester, MA

Latest Cape Ann News

June 20, 2013

Weed whackers whirl at rotary

A quietly fought war has come to end, and the winners may be the drivers who travel around Grant Circle.

In a sure sign of the ceasefire, dozens of members of the Cape Ann Garden Clubs gathered at the rotary, the conflict’s ground zero, Tuesday, armed with shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows and weed whackers. They weeded, redug flower and shrub beds and cleaned up the island at the center of the circle, the hotbed of contention for years between the “Steel Magnolias” from the local ladies’ gardening clubs and a lone “Maverick” macho gardener.

Earlier this spring a truce was negotiated by the state Department of Transportation Sector 4, under whose aegis the gardening rights to the Grant Circle rotary site falls. State officials diplomatically divided the rotary site between Peter Perthou and Lida Bernard, representing the Cape Ann Garden Clubs.

Perthou, who, for 30 years had, with the DOT Sector 4, taken on the Herculean task of single-handedly planting, maintaining and controlling state highway traffic islands and road sites throughout Cape Ann, hasn’t been idle. Reportedly he was out at the circle earlier this week working on his area.

Members of the local garden clubs in Gloucester, Rockport and Cape Ann joined together to create Cape Ann Garden Clubs.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest Cape Ann News

Pictures of the Week
Your news, your way
Comments Tracker
AP Video Network
Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins