As a boy in the late 1960s, Joe Piela would marvel at the throngs of alewife that would swim into the brook that flowed beside the old mill that housed his grandfather’s business, Piela Electric Inc.

“When I was a kid, it was so thick you could catch them with your hands,” he said Thursday [December 27], as a Schumack Engineered Construction Co. workman on a backhoe did some final regrading around a newly constructed fishway at the brook. “They’d be jumping off the dam all night long. It was an amazing thing. But now you hardly see them.”

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