Back when I was catching copperheads I was living in Hamden, Connecticut. And the catching was usually preceeded by lunch.
This made me chuckle, since I spent parts of two summers growing up working at my grandfather’s machine shop in Hamden (on Skiff Street, the location is now vacant, after a short stint being remodeled as a fitness center). One of my jobs was going out with my uncle and catching copperheads in the field out back.
I suspect I’m way too young for Marchitto’s Grocery, since most of Dixwell has been box stores and shopping centers since even then. Where was Marchittos?