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Library’s mackerel weathervane returns

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The mack is back — that is, the mackerel weathervane atop the Paul Pratt Memorial Library. The 110-year-old fixture was damaged in last winter’s storms and sent for repairs to Burgess Co., a steeplejack business in Pembroke, said Brian Joyce, the town’s director of project management and planning. Workers reinstalled the iconic, gold-plated weathervane early this month, with the repair costing $2,550, he said. Mackerel fishing, and building the boats for such fishermen, were important parts of Cohasset’s history and closely tied to the library’s image. The big fish weathervane perched on top of the library’s original building, the Pratt Building on North Main Street, for 100 years — and moved to the library’s new site on Ripley Road in 2003. “The weathervane is our library logo, it’s our brand,” said library director Jackie Rafferty. “Everyone missed it. We’re thrilled to have it back.”

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