Remember Mario DiStefano and his hot air balloon?
He’s run into a bit of trouble in Grafton. I just got off the phone with him and he’s been issued a trespass notice by the Grafton School Department threatening him with arrest if he lands on school property. He said he has launched his balloon, with permission, from North Grafton Elementary (permission has since been revoked) and with permission from the Municipal Center for years without incident, until the day I photographed him.
And yesterday, he landed on Blanchard Street. It was a routine landing and neighbors were helping him pack up the balloon, he said, when the police showed up.
“The police chief was screaming at me,” he said. “He said ‘you can’t land anywhere in Grafton anymore!'”
I have more, but I’d like to check in with the chief first and check the log. Anyone from Blanchard Street see what happened yesterday?