With its uncanny knack for backstopping out-of-control vehicles, the historic New Boston Store has provided repair work for generations of local carpenters. Itís located at a sharp bend in the road, tight against a bridge.
Setsuko Winchester/Sandisfield T With its uncanny knack for backstopping out-of-control vehicles, the historic New Boston Store has provided repair work for generations of local carpenters. Itís located at a sharp bend in the road, tight against a bridge.

Last October, after an out-of-control dump truck heading north on Massachusetts Route 57 careened through a stop sign, failed to make a sharp left turn, and slammed through the front wall of the New Boston Store in Sandisfield, Mass., proprietor Susan Murray knew just what to do. She and her husband, Peter, turned off the power, discarded any food that might have been contaminated in the crash, and called local builder Steve DellaGiustina to temporarily tarp off the damaged area.

Although the invasion was unwelcome, it could not have been called a surprise. The historic structure had been struck by at least a dozen vehicles since the Murrays took over the store in 1977, and many of them ended up partially or wholly inside the building. DellaGiustina and his son Nick had been called on to rebuild another section of the...

or Register to read the full article.