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Bristol Area Lions Tour Granite Hill Quarry 06/08/2016

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Toby Plummer (left), owner of Granite Hill Quarry, is thanked for his interesting tour by Bristol Area Lions Club President Brendan Donegan.

At its meeting on June 6, the Bristol Area Lions Club met at Granite Hill Quarry in New Harbor for a tour led by owner Toby Plummer. Plummer purchased the 22-acre working quarry from Hanley Construction four years ago.

Plummer also owns Plummer Excavation Inc., a full-service earthwork company. This business prepares new home sites, and does septic system installations, simple lawn care, and driveway construction and maintenance. The natural materials needed are supplied from the quarry.

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The quarry produces an erosion control mix, mulches, compost, screened loam, septic sand, fill, various size wall rocks, steps and stepping stones, flat rocks, small and large rip-rap, 3/8- and 3/4-inch crushed stone and gravel. Many of their customers are other contractors who collect their material at the quarry. Small quantities of one to three yards are delivered on the Bristol and South Bristol peninsulas and smaller quantities are available at Damariscotta Hardware.

The fairly solid rock is broken out by blasting twice a year by an outside contractor using a total of 22,000 pounds of liquid explosives inserted into a number of drilled holes in the rock. All abutters and other neighbors are advised of the date of the blast. A crusher is brought in and crushes rock, of various sizes for two weeks, supplying 20,000 yards.

The quarry is inspected unannounced by the Mine Safety Hazard Administration several times a year, which requires hard hats, steel-toed shoes, and restricted access to the site during working hours. If a violation is found, there is 24-hour period to remedy it and a fine. The quarry has never had a significant violation or large fine, but even a broken truck mirror can incur a $100 fine.

The rock formation is similar to that found on Pemaquid Point. Geologically, it is part of the Devonian-Ordovician era’s Bucksport formation. The Devonian is from Devon, England where rocks from this period were first identified. It is a period of time that lasted from approximately 416 million to 359 million years ago.

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Kathryn Young with husband Toby Plummer. Kathryn runs Dental Design and is the director of The Lincoln County Dental clinic, she helps out in her spare time.

After the tour the group enjoyed dinner at the Willing Workers Hall. Caterer Steve Hawks served ziti pasta with a bolognese sauce, with grated asiago cheese, a salad and garlic bread.

At the business meeting that followed, final plans were made for the Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, June 21 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Willing Workers Hall. For further information or to make an appointment to donate blood, please call Jock Winchester at 677-6585.

The next meeting will be held at the Hawks House Inn, 349 State Route 129, Walpole. This will be the annual meeting with spouses. Special guests will be the four 2016 scholarship winners and their parents. There will be appetizers upon arrival, three entrée choices, and dessert. To make reservations for that meeting, please call Herb Watson at 677-6191.

To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

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