October - November - December - Fall 2003
Society for the preservation of Covered Bridges
|David W. Wright, President
P.O. Box 171
|Mrs. Christine Ellsworth
Worcester, MA 01603
|Carmela Sciandra, Newsletter Ed.|
Cambridge, MA 02139
|Send dues to:
143 Freeman St. Extension
|Richard Roy, Historian
73 Ash Street
|KC Klingensmith, Newsletter Ed.|
P.O. Box 425193
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MEETINGS and EVENTS for 2003
Sunday, October 19 NSPCB Annual Meeting at the
French King Restaurant in Millers Falls, MA. See last page of
newsletter for dinner reservation coupon and more
newsletter is scheduled for January 2004. Therefore, anyone wishing
to submit any photos, articles, etc. should submit them to Carmela
or KC by December 20, 2003. Any newspaper or magazine
articles must include source information and details (such as name
of publication, date, etc.). Electronic submissions are
preferred. THANK YOU!
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR
Dear Fellow Members, Greetings!!
This quarter, my message shall not be a lengthy one. There is
first of all, the press of much other business, business which I
have had to be tending to, and then there is the fact that Topics
must always be mailed out quite promptly in September; adequate time
has to be given to the United States Postal Service so that the
Newsletter shall reach each and every one of you before the Annual
Speaking of the Annual Meeting, I do hope that as many of you as
possible shall make it over to the French King Restaurant on the
third Sunday of October. Gatherings of fellow covered bridgers have
long been to my taste, and the bigger the gathering, more often than
not, the greater the fun. Besides, this year we have the extreme
good fortune of having Joseph D. Conwill, amongst many other things
the Editor of Covered Bridge Topics , as out guest speaker.
He plans to talk about what might be called the sociology of who
built Covered Bridges. Joseph made a similar presentation at the
first Covered Bridge Best Practices Conference in Burlington,
Vermont last June. His was one of the best papers presented on that
occasion, so those of you who manage to get to the Annual Meeting
are in for a rare treat.
Once again, please come one come all!!!!
Respecting Covered-Bridge news, and as suggested above, I shall
be brief. It has been, in my view at least, a very good summer for
the National Society. First of all, we were well represented at the
above mentioned Burlington Covered Bridge Conference, and our
preservation philosophy had, I believe, some influence upon both the
form and the content of the Burlington Charter , one of the
products of that conference.
(I shall have more to say about the Burlington Charter next
Second, work is now proceeding on the Contoocook Covered Railroad
Bridge. As most of you will remember, the plan there for this summer
was to jack up the span, and then to replace the structure's bed
timbers and corbels. Thanks to the many contributions members have
so generously made over the years to what is now called the
Eastman-Thomas Fund for Covered Bridge Preservation, the Society has
been able to finance this rather expensive operation entirely with
its own monies, an important first for the Society. An article will
soon be published in the Newsletter of the New Hampshire
Preservation Alliance on the subject, an article penned by James L.
Garvin, Architectural Historian for the State of New Hampshire.
Further details regarding the stabilization and preservation of the
Contoocook Covered Railroad Bridge will of course also appear on
these pages subsequently.
Finally, we now have in hand the engineering report on the
Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge which the Society commissioned a few
months back. This report was prepared for us by David C. Fischetti,
P. E., of Cary, North Carolina. Mr. Fischetti, amongst other things,
specializes in the detailed structural analysis of historic Covered
Wooden Bridges. He is in fact a genuine timber engineer, of which
rare profession there are currently not too many practitioners.
Though there is much that could -- indeed, needs -- to be said
respecting this noble span, suffice it here to state that because of
Mr. Fischetti's comprehensive analysis, we can now all be assured
that the Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge is in fact an extremely
robust and beautifully proportioned span. Without going into a
myriad of detail, with a 65 pound-per-square-foot load on the floor,
and a 30 pound-per-square-foot snow load on the roof, plus of course
the dead weight of the bridge itself, the various components of this
structure have only relatively light duties to perform; just two
examples: the bottom chord of the longer of the two spans at its
midpoint is only subjected to a force in tension of some 110 pounds
per square inch, and the two ends of the longer arches support a
compressive force of but 118 pounds per square inch.
Such findings have important implications as regards the repair
and stabilization of the Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge.
Again, without going into great detail, because the forces within
the span are so relatively small, even when the structure itself is
subjected to a quite considerable load, very little replacement of
the historic fabric of this bridge will be necessary during the
course of any repairs to it. A case in point, the floor system,
about which there has been so much muddled talk; this floor system,
again according to Mr. Fischetti's analysis, is more than adequate
for the pedestrian loads to which it will be subjected in future,
and therefore, it needs only to be repaired, not replaced.
And so on and so forth.
I shall have a great deal more to say about the Bath-Haverhill
Covered Bridge in the winter issue of the Newsletter, so
please stay tuned.
In the meantime, Happy Bridging!!!
Sincerely, your President
David W. Wright
Letter to the Editor
Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge,
September 16, 2003
I am writing to update the membership on the most recent
developments regarding the Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge and to
clarify or correct several issues raised in the Summer 2003 National
Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges (NSPCB) Newsletter.
I was greatly concerned with the tone and statements expressed in
the summer 2003 President's message, particularly since many of the
issues raised were based upon an Engineering Study completed in June
of 2002. Numerous meetings, discussions, presentations and
rehabilitative decisions have occurred since June of 2002, altering
the original recommendations put forward in this study.
I have called Mr. Wright and expressed my concerns. Mr. Wright
has assured me that his comments in the last newsletter were not a
personal attack upon me or my firm, Hoyle, Tanner & Associates
(HTA), but rather an expression of his differences of opinions with
us. I take Mr. Wright at his word that no malice was intended.
The current status of the project is as follows: HTA has
submitted 60% complete plans for the Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge
rehabilitation to the owners of the bridge (Towns of Haverhill and
Bath, NH) and the reviewing agencies and continue to discuss many
aspects of the project (see below for further discussion). The
owners have decided to pursue the rehabilitation option that will
retain the arches and will have a sidewalk (the option to remove the
sidewalk and arches was dismissed in 2002 and was not pursued).
Nearly one half of the funding for the project is in place at this
time. The Towns are working with their congressional representatives
to resolve the funding mechanism for the remaining funds, which the
Towns have informed us, may become available at any time.
On September 11th a meeting of the New Hampshire Department of
Transportation (NHDOT) Cultural Resource Committee was held to
discuss the project. This was the second such meeting held and was
in addition to two (2) public Town Meeting presentations on the
project. The participants in the meeting included Selectboard
Representatives for the Towns of Haverhill and Bath (the owners of
the bridge), a covered bridge committee with members from each Town,
the New Hampshire Department of Historical Resources (NHDHR), the
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the New Hampshire Department
of Transportation (NHDOT), Hoyle, Tanner and Associates, Inc. (HTA)
and representatives of the National Society for the Preservation of
Covered Bridges (NSPCB).
During this meeting all parties were allowed to discuss and
comment on the current rehabilitation plans for the bridge. Much
discussion of the issues took place, including a presentation of the
NSPCB sponsored engineering report on the bridge. Space does not
permit a complete discussion of all topics discussed in the 1-1/2
hour meeting, however of the 14 enumerated recommendations made in
the NSPCB report, the current rehabilitation plans agree with 12 out
of 14. The two (2) issues not in agreement are the retention of
existing siding and the extent of repairs and replacement of lattice
members. In addition to the issues raised in the report, there were
many differing opinions on repair issues for the bridge members
supporting the floor.
I have expressed to Mr. Wright my satisfaction that all parties
involved with directing the rehabilitation of this bridge are in
agreement on so many issues, and only two issues have some
disagreement. We will strive to come to a resolution on these two
There are several other points that we (HTA) feel are important
to clarify. The members identified for replacement in the bridge are
slated for replacement due to their poor condition and are not being
removed because of a lack of theoretical structural capacity.
Members in `poor condition' include those with heavy rot, impact
damage from floods, fire damage, and inadequate prior repairs (most
accomplished with sisters steel members and bolting). In several
areas of the truss, we are repairing members in place using epoxy
Although a thorough inspection of the bridge has been made on
more that one occasion, some portions of the bridge remain hidden.
At the start of construction, the contractor will temporarily remove
bridge members, such as siding, and install temporary shoring so
that areas currently hidden from view can be fully inspected. At
this point each and every member of the bridge will be once again
inspected to ensure that replacement or repair is warranted. To
further ensure that the historic fabric of the bridge is not
unnecessarily replaced, we have requested that NHDHR be part of this
In summary, the review process for rehabilitation of this
important bridge is ongoing and all opinions have been welcomed and
taken into consideration by the parties involved. It does not
benefit the participating parties or the project to work with
outdated information. To that end, Mr. Wright and HTA are now
sharing information such as reports, letters to the editor,
presidential newsletters, etc. to work together. This will not only
benefit the project but our Society as well.
Robert H. Durfee, P.E. Hoyle, Tanner & Associates
www.hoyletanner.com Member, NSPCB
Green Sergeants Covered Bridge: last covered bridge
in Sergeantsville, NJ|
Photo by Dan
A Postscriptum to the above President's Message:
Dear Fellow Members,
By now, all of you have probably read the most recent `Letter to
the Editor' from our engineering friend of Bath-Haverhill fame.
Suffice it to say for the moment that there are many things in his
letter with which we disagree, and others about which we hold
similar views. Which matters are which, and my various thoughts
regarding each of them, are for the time being of no importance,
with the single exception of the subject which I am about to address
here briefly. This subject arises quite naturally out of what our
engineering friend wrote in the last paragraph of his `Letter to the
Editor', which document is printed above; more explicitly, one could
read that paragraph in such a manner as to conclude that somehow the
National Society had suddenly turned its vest, regretted for one
reason or another our previous public interventions in favor of a
properly stabilized and preserved Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge, and
was now going to walk off hand-in-hand into the sunset with our
engineering friend and the firm for which he works.
Nothing could be further from the truth!!
What the National Society has done, for reasons which should
become immediately obvious, is to request "Official Consulting Party
Status" for the Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge project. I am
consequently quite happy to be able to report to all of you today
that `official consulting party status' has indeed been granted to
our group; in other words, the voice of the National Society will be
heard in all future meetings where ultimately the fate of the
Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge will be decided. This voice may, or
may not, always be the same as that of our engineering friend, or
the firm which employs him.
The possibility of interested entities becoming official
consulting parties was created by Section 106 of the National
Historical Preservation Act of 1966. It is therefore a status firmly
established by Federal Law.
Consulting Parties, as the phrase suggests, have the right to be
consulted; that is to say, to be present at all pertinent meetings,
to receive all pertinent documents, to comment freely upon the
latter, and to have any such comments taken into account and
considered seriously. There is also the expectation that a fair,
free albeit orderly, discussion of the issues arising from the
matter at hand shall take place on the occasion of the above
mentioned meetings. At the same time, it must be remembered that it
will be the lead agency, in the case of the Bath-Haverhill project,
it is the Federal Highway Administration, in conjunction with state
and federal historical people, once again in the case of
Bath-Haverhill, the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources,
with perhaps an assist from the federal Advisory Council on
Historical Preservation, who will ultimately be making the necessary
decisions, and NOT the consulting parties.
Society members may be curious to know who the consulting parties
are for the Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge project; they are:
The Town of Bath,
2) The Town of Haverhill,
3) The local
Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge Committee, and finally
National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges.
To return to the essential point of this postscriptum, the
National Society are certainly going to be sharing documents,
opinions, an engineering report, and whatever other wisdom we may
have accumulated during the course of our 50 some years of existence
as a society, with all the parties legitimately concerned with what
happens to the Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge, but this sharing will
be taking place principally in the context of the consulting party
process. I of course will also be bringing all of you up to date
from time to time as to where things stand, but, as I am sure most
of you will understand, the Society's primary focus for the moment
is seeing that a very great National, nay, WORLD, treasure, namely
the Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge, is properly preserved.
Sincerely, Your President,
Dalton Bridge Photo
Dalton Covered Bridge was the center of attraction for the 50`h
Anniversary Photo day/Luncheon on Sept. 6`h. Don & I got there
early to set up our sales table and were joined right away by Dick
& June Roy. We had something for everyone including Covered
Bridge books, t-shirts, maps, and new items commemorating our 50th
anniversary: tote bags, pens and ornaments (see page 9). We had
"drive by" visitors that morning from New York, Pennsylvania and
Connecticut. They were glad to have directions from Dick Roy on how
to get to the next bridge on their travels. Howard Kirchner, whose
land abuts the Dalton Bridge, gave us a quick and very interesting
"unwritten" history of the bridge and its name. Everyone had fun
sharing stories with each other and getting their picture taken.
Aurel Stuart had quite a time getting everyone lined up and looking
in the same direction at the same time. We thank him for his
donation of time and talent for the society. We then headed to the
Covered Bridge Restaurant across from the Contoocook Railroad Bridge
for lunch. I think everyone went home full and with a raffle item.
Thanks for a great day everyone!
A MESSAGE FROM THE MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR
This will be your last Topics/Newsletter. When you
read this notice and see (03) on the mailing label, it means that
your dues are due. If (03) does not show up then you are paid
through June 2004. Please look at the following information and
write me with your renewal. We ask that you be prompt, if possible,
in order that Topics and the Newsletter be delivered by Bulk Mail
process. Thank you very much for your cooperation.
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Howe Truss Contribution
|Burr Truss Contribution
Haupt Truss Contribution
PLEASE MAKE CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS TO N.S.P.C.B. INC. and mail
143 Freeman St.
Haverhill, MA 01830
Every year over $1,000 is remitted towards the Harold F. Eastman
Fund from Optional Donations. Please help keep the fund afloat for
50th ANNIVERSARY ITEMS
We are very happy to have to offer this year a couple of items in
commemoration of the 50th Anniversary.
Tote Bag - Has the National Society for the Preservation
of Covered Bridges emblem in dark blue on front pocket measuring 12
1 /2" by 15 1 /2" with a top snap and 20" handle straps. Available
for $15 including shipping
Ornament -Also has the Society emblem. It's a 3" round
glass maroon ornament with the emblem in gold. Available for $7
Pens -They have "I love Covered Bridges - N.S.P.C.B."
written on them. Available for $1.25 including shipping.
You may want to
have them all. One of each tote, ornament and pen will be available
for $20 including shipping. They are great gifts for family, friends
and other bridgers. We have a limited supply, so please order yours
PLEASE MAKE CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS TO N.S.P.C.B.
INC and mail to;
143 Freeman St.
Haverhill, MA 01830
Montgomery, VT Hectorville Bridge
by Scott Perry
Montgomery holds bragging rights as the Vermont town with the
most covered bridges, boasting six inside the town limits and one on
our border, the most of any town in the State, country, and, as some
claim, the world. As recently as the 1940s, there were thirteen in
use here; most were built by Savannah and Sheldon Jewett, from the
1860s to the 1890s.
But with bragging rights also come obligations and costs, and
since two of the town's bridges no longer serve vehicular traffic
(the Hectorville or Gibou Bridge, and the Creamery or West Hill
Bridge), the costs associated with their upkeep and renovation fall
to the town's approximately 900 taxpayers. These costs compete with
all other municipal needs: schools, water, roads etc., so it's not
surprising the condition of these two bridges has deteriorated over
A couple of years ago the Montgomery Historical Society took the
initiative to hire an engineer to study these two bridges and
develop recommendations on what the town should do. Of the two, the
engineer said the Hectorville Bridge was in the worst shape and
would likely fall into the South Branch of the Trout River if it
wasn't taken down before last winter. The Historical Society made a
recommendation to the Selectboard and with generous support raised
the funds necessary to disassemble the bridge and put it into
storage until its fate could be determined.
The Hectorville Bridge is now resting in the yard of St. Onge
Construction and seems to be the object of curiosity and amusement
as many still stop and take its picture. In the meantime a group of
townspeople has been charged by the Selectboard to recommend where
the bridge should be placed and provide a cost estimate for the
This group has been meeting since May and is building on work by
a similar ad hoc group formed by the Historical Society that worked
through the winter. Options under consideration are to repair the
bridge and return it to the Hectorville site on the Gibou Road, or
to repair the bridge and relocate it to an area of town that would
integrate it into a recreation path. (Of note this bridge was
originally located in Montgomery Village and was moved to the
Hectorville site in the early 1900s). Of these options, the latter
has garnered the most enthusiasm on the committee because it could
put the bridge in plain view on a main thoroughfare and make it
eligible for several State and Federal programs related to
recreational use, easing the financial burden on the taxpayers.
In the future we hope to provide progress reports via the town
web site at htip://www.vermont-towns.oriz/montizomery/.
Advice and any other comments may be made by e-mailing the webmaster
at this page or by writing the Hectorville Bridge Committee, or
Selectboard, c/o the Town Clerk. Tax deductible contributions will
be gratefully accepted also and can be sent to: Hectorville Bridge
Fund, Town Clerk/Treasurer, P.O.Box 356, Montgomery, Vermont
The Pisgah Covered Bridge in Randolph
County, North Carolina Lost in Flood
The Pisgah Covered Bridge was washed away in a flash flood on
Saturday night, August 9th. The area received between five and seven
inches of rain. The bridge had survived hurricanes in the past but
this storm was just too much to handle. The 51-foot bridge was built
by J.J. Welch in 1910 and was located on the Little River about 10
miles southwest of Asheboro. It was owned by the state Department of
Transportation. Before the weekend, it was only one of two remaining
covered bridges in North Carolina; the other is in Claremont in
Pisgah Covered Bridge, NC (33-76-01). |
John and Linda Laetz, 1995.
Don and Pauline Prideaux at the new Covered Bridge
museum in Bennington, VT.|
Spanning New York State
and Trish Kane
Oxford Riverwalk Project -- Many of you have asked how the
Riverwalk Project is coming along. I am happy to report that the
project is moving along nicely but will, of course, be a work in
progress and take some time to complete. To date, $25,000 has been
raised to help with the excavating around the river bed and some of
this has already been completed. Walks have been groomed and the
area surrounding it has been seeded. Estimated cost for the
construction of the Burr Truss Bridge is $1,300,000. Funding for
this kind of a project is difficult at best. The committee is
working to complete smaller components of the overall plan in order
to better show intent. Hopefully, they can aggressively approach
funding once the Route 12 corridor receives some additional funding
and the state and federal programs are once again funded. Grants are
being written and submitted to help with the funding of the Covered
Bridge and the surrounding area which includes the Oxford Library,
former home of Theodore Burr. We'll keep you posted as this project
Salisbury Center Covered Bridge - NY 32-22-01 On September
25th, there was a special meeting of the Salisbury Town Board for
the purpose of opening bids for the Salisbury Center Covered Bridge
rehabilitation. They still anticipate that the work will begin this
Buskirk, Rexleigh and Eagleville Covered Bridges -- NY
32-42-02/58-04; NY 32-58- 03 and NY 32-58-01 - According to
Willie Grimmke, Superintendent of Public Works for Washington County
bid openings for the Covered Bridge rehabilitation project is
scheduled for October 1, 2003. Approximately 15 contractors have
picked up plans and are preparing bids in anticipation of the
October 1st bid opening.
Newfield Covered Bridge -- NY 32-55-01 By all accounts the
Newfield Covered Bridge celebration was a huge success. There was
plenty to see including memorabilia displays on the history of the
covered bridge. One of the highlights of the event was the unveiling
of a sign created by Eagle Scout, Joshua Carrasco which featured
photographs along with a historical account of the bridge. Ice cream
and a special commemorative cake were served to guests. Another
highlight of the day was the official presentation of the State and
National Register of Historic Places plaque to Town Supervisor,
Charles Breggren. Unfortunately, Bob and I were not able to attend
this event and make the presentation ourselves due to a prior
commitment. Special thanks to Richard Wilson for making the
presentation in our absence.
Virginia Covered Bridge Society -- Leola Pierce, Author of
Covered Bridges of Virginia reports that Senator Frederick Quayle
was the guest speaker at their August 20th meeting. Senator Quayle
was responsible for starting Covered Bridge Weekend in Virginia in
1998 and for getting the Covered Bridge License Plate bill passed
this year. Quayle attended the meeting to discuss how selling the
plates will help in the restoration efforts. For every $25 spent on
these plates, $15 will be allotted towards the restoration of their
covered bridges. For anyone wishing to learn more about this
society, contact Leola at 757-484-4404 or email her at
Smith Covered Bridge - DE-02-02.
Photo by Sandy Adrion
of Pine Hill, New
Delaware Covered Bridges -- Smith Covered Bridge -- DE-02-02
Thanks to Sandy Adrion of Pine Hill New Jersey for sharing the
latest on the Smith Covered Bridge in Ashland County, Delaware. This
bridge was constructed in August 2002 and on September 12, 2003
vandals left their mark by spray painting graffiti on the portals of
this bridge. Sandy was there in April of 2003 and the graffiti was
not there at that time. What a shame to deface such a beautiful
We lost three bridges recently. The Wooddale Covered Bridge --
DE-02-04 was swept away on Monday, September 15, 2003 due to
flash flooding, as was the Pisgah Covered Bridge -- NC-76-01
on August 9th. The Delta Covered Bridge -- IA-54-01 was
lost to arson on September 3rd, 2003 and we almost lost the
Hogback Covered Bridge -- IA-61-04 just three days later on
September 6th. The Hogback was not severely damaged thanks to a
passer-by who saw smoke and threw water on the flames.
National Covered Bridge Conference -- For anyone who is
interested, some of the programs from the conference have been
posted on the following website:
www.uvm.edu/coveredbridges/papers.html If you have a moment to visit
this site, I think you will find the material very interesting.
Brighton, VT Pedestrian Bridge
By Sean T. James, P.E.
After many years of hard work by the Town of Brighton and support
from the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the Brighton Pedestrian
Bridge is nearing completion. The bridge consists of three sets of
elevated wooden stairs on timber piers, a 112-foot long Howe truss
main span and covered stairs on grade. The total length of the
covered portion of the bridge and approaches is 327 feet. Design of
the bridge and construction are being completed by Hoyle, Tanner
& Associates. The grand opening is scheduled for the end of
September. The date and time will be forwarded once it has been
For more information, please contact
Brighton, VT Pedestrian Bridge: South end of the
bridge with roof added.|
The following are items still available through the Society: All
of the items below are available from June Roy, 73 Ash Street,
Manchester, NH 03104-4906 or E-mail dickroycb1@Juno.com
The Book, Life in the Slow Lane is still available
for $16.95 + $3.95 Shipping and Handling.
Patch with N.S.P.C.B. logo 3" arm patch available for $1.75 + 55
Books Available by Andrew Howard:
CB's of Madison County IA, A Guide . . . . . .$6.50
Connecticut, A Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.50
Virginia, A Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6.95
Bennington County VT, A Guide . . . $6.50
CB's of Massachusetts,
A Guide . . . . . . . . . .$7.00
There is a $2.00 postage and
handling charge for each book.
Covered Bridge Polo Shirts with N.S.P.C.B.
Logo.For a white Polo Shirt with a blue NSPCB
logo, send $15.00 plus $3.95 for shipping and handling to June
Roy, 73 Ash Street, Manchester NH 03104-4906. Specify,
Medium or Extra Large. This is a
fund raiser for the preservation fund. Buy several as gifts
for your family and friends. Shirts are 100% pre-shrunk
Other available books from the Society Store
|Covered Bridges of Vermont by Ed Barna. This is a book
depicting all the covered bridges in Vermont in the year 1996.
Postpaid $17.00 (From June Roy)|
|New Hampshire Covered Bridges, "A Link With Our Past," by
Richard Marshall, color photos by Arthur Round. Excellent book
on NH bridges. $20.00 plus $3.95 shipping and handling.
Proceeds to Eastman Fund.|
There is also an excellent book out on Vermont Covered Bridges
called, "Spanning Time -- Vermont's Covered Bridges." You can get a
copy by contacting Joseph Nelson, 2 Sugar Hill Road, Underhill VT
05489 or Visit >www.vermontbridges.com> Joseph Nelson is the
President of the Vermont Society.
WORLD GUIDE or INDEX TO COVERED BRIDGE TOPICS
Both are now available on computer diskette in either Mac or PC
format. Please specify your choice. The TOPICS index
includes: Table of Contents for each issue, an index to subjects and
authors, as well as more. The World Guide is kept up to date
and in the regular format. The file on this diskett is compressed
using the WinZip utility (www.winzip.com). Order your choice at
$5.00 each from Joseph Cohen, 130 Westfield Drive, Holliston, MA
01746 from mid-April until mid-September. The rest of the year he is
at 210 Wellington F, West Palm Beach, FL
The Raleigh News and Observer , August 16, 2003, N.C.
Zoo to Help in Rebuilding Covered Bridge. The NC Zoo will lead
an effort to rebuild the Pisgah Covered Bridge, which was demolished
by floodwaters. It was estimated that half of the bridge had been
salvaged and is being stored in a secure location. Zoo officials are
trying to estimate how much money they will need to raise to rebuild
N. Y. Gazette, June 24, 2003, Edinburg Gets $28K for
Covered Bridge. The town of Edinburg has received a $28K federal
grant to pay for landscaping, benches and interpretive designs to
enhance the tourism potential of the only covered bridge in the
Adirondacks still standing where it was built 124 years ago.
Times Union, July 2, 2003, Plans for Bridging the Gap
Find an Opponent. The 153 year old Buskirks Covered Bridge was
closed last year after cracks were found. A proposal to build a
temporary one lane bridge parallel to the old one seem to have some
concerned that it will slow the efforts to fix the last covered
bridge in the county.
The Eagle Tribune, June 23, 2003, New Hope for State's
Few Remaining Covered Bridges. Only a handful of covered bridges
remain in Massachusetts and they are among the most threatened of
the state's historic structures. Senator Stephen Brewer is seeking
$700K from the federal Historic Covered Bridge Program to repair the
137 foot Gilbertville Bridge built in 1886 and refurbished in 1986.
It has been closed to vehicular traffic since last August.
Boston Sunday Globe, July 13, 2003, Four Vermont
Covered Bridges to Receive $1.9M for Repairs. The grants were
given through the National Covered Bridge Preservation Program. The
four bridges are The Thetford Center Covered Bridge, Weathersfield
Upper Falls Covered Bridge, Salisbury-Cornwall Cedar Swamp Covered
Bridge and the Tunbridge Cilley Covered Bridge.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , September 8, 2003, Another
Covered Bridge Burns, but is Saved. The 97 foot Hogback Bridge,
built in 1884, was set on fire but passers by doused the flames
before the fire caused much damage.
CONTRIBUTORS: John and Linda Laetz, James Hull, Tom Walczak, Dick
Wilson, Phyllis Jackson, Carol Riley, Ken
All black and white -- SOFT BACK
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French and French copyright 1984
ON SALE NOW FOR $10.00
Frenco Co./Thomas L. French, Jr.
730 Broadway, Columbus,
NSPCB ANNUAL DINNER
Sunday, October 19,
2003 at 12:00 noon
This is the Annual Meeting and is being held on October 19th at
the French King Restaurant on Route 2 in Millers Falls, MA. See
dinner reservations and application below.
The French King Restaurant is located at the east end of the
French King Bridge. The well known landmark carries Massachusetts
Route 2 over the Connecticut River near Millers Falls, at a very
picturesque spot. The dinner will be served at 12:00 noon and
meeting will follow at 1:00 P.M.
Joseph Conwill, editor of Covered Bridge Topics, will be the
speaker this year.
Cut off below or reproduce and send along with your check or
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Dinner Reservation coupon for October 19, 2003 annual meeting. To
be returned with payment as designated below. Please return
no later than October 10. 2003.
_____ Whole Boneless Breast of
with stuffmg and gravy . . . .
. . . . .$17.95
_____ Yankee Pot Roast . . . . . . . . . . . .
_____ Baked Haddock au Gratin . . . . . . $17.95
_____ Fisherman Casserole . . . . . . . . . . $18.95
Mrs. June Roy
73 Ash Street
Make checks payable to N.S.P.C.B.
top Joe Nelson, P.O
Box 267, Jericho, VT 05465-0267
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Preservation of Covered Bridges, Inc. and its membership.
posted October 3, 2003