August 02, 2020

Town manager’s car tarred, feathered

TREMONT — Town Manager Gretchen Strong had her car back on Thursday, but said she has no clues about why vandals tarred and feathered it during a special town meeting earlier this week.

Heavy tar and feathers were smeared across the top of her automobile, a gooey mess that required special treatment and cleaning but no new paint job.

“It was just a nasty thing to do,” Strong said this week. “It was an action that seems long out of date.”

Strong said that she may be seen by some in town as a symbol for what is perceived as encroaching town government with rules and regulations.

She added that the town office has received no other threatening letters or actions, and said she is mystified by the action.

“This office does nothing that is not first decided by either the selectmen or by people at town meeting.”

Even though the car was vandalized during a meeting about whether the town should purchase property in Bernard, Strong said she felt the action was unrelated as the overwhelming majority of residents approved the purchase.

“If someone is unhappy with the town, that certainly is an out-of-date way to show it.”

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has the incident under investigation.

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