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The Stony Creek granite which has proudly upheld the Statue of Liberty at her base since she was first installed was celebrated again in Branford on Saturday, May 18 at Stony Creek Quarry; this time to recognize the new supply of "Stony Creek Pink" which went into the construction of the brand-new Statue of Liberty Museum, which officially opened to the public on Ellis Island, NY on Thursday, May 16.
Dignitaries from the federal, state and local level joined representatives of the quarry's project team for a celebration at the quarry, which included a cadre of Stony Creek Fife and Drum Corps members playing as they marched on a quarry road of crushed stone, empty except for the players admist the dramatic quarry vista. A tent with renderings and photos of the granite at work on Ellis Island, from its base at the Statue of Liberty to its installation as part of the new 26,000 square-foot, $100 million Statue of Liberty Museum, which took two years to construct.
At the quarry on May 18, speakers and invited guests were greeted by project leader Darrell Petit, who gave an overview of the recent project, as well as the Quarry Director of Sustainability Tom Cleveland and Quarry Operator Stacy Bandecchi. Many guests spoke about the proud history of the quarry and the granite it shares, including federal and state legislators U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Representative Rosa DaLauro and Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz
As the history of the quarry ties to Guilford as well as Branford, representatives from both towns were on hand to help celebrate, including local quarry historian and former Branford First Selectman Anthony "Unk" Daros, current Branford First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove, Branford State Representative Robin Comey (D, District 101) as well as Guilford selectmen Susan Renner and Robert Hartmann.
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