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cemetery averages 35,000 visitors during the six weeks of the fall foliage season each year, and those are just the ones on tourist buses," Coffrin says. "We don't even keep count for the rest of the year." The rest of the year can be a problem in Barre. Despite the city's Green Mountain location, summer temperatures and humidity sometimes soar here, and the winters are numbingly cold. Just ask Pete O'Grady. In Sep tember of last year the 33-year city employee resigned as Barre's super intendent of streets to start a new life in Phoenix. The desert held an obvious appeal: O'Grady's job had involved clearing his hometown's roads of its annual average of seven feet of snow. But after only ten weeks away, O'Grady returned to Vermont in November. He'd been miserable in Phoe nix. He'd hated the crowds and crime, the traffic and bureaucracy. "Every thing's so complicated there," he remembers. "You have to give them your social security number and sign your life away just to get your utilities hooked up. In Barre, whatever you need, you make one call and it's done." O'Grady's former job had not been filled yet, so the city rehired him. The superintendent of streets of Barre, Vermont, picked up right where he'd left off-in time for the season's first blizzard. "I didn't mind," says the guy who grew up on Granite Street. "It was so good to be home'." Stone isn't cold when local artists personalize granite to reflect love (above) or a life's work: Natalino Galfetti's marker In Hope Cemetery (below) reflects his truck-driving past. But Nat Isstill very much alive. Uke many in Barre he's Just planning ahead. There's more on 05641 at nationalgeographic.com/ ngm/0310. Tell us why we should cover YOUR FAVOR ITE ZIP CODE at national geographic.com/ngm/zip code/0310.