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Crown Point author reflects on life

Crown Point author Jean Arleen Breed has authored her second book, “Poems from the Champlain Valley.”

Crown Point author Jean Arleen Breed has authored her second book, “Poems from the Champlain Valley.”

— The Lake Champlain Bridge was immediately closed in October 2009 when state transportation officials, without warning, declared it unsafe. The bridge served about 3,000 vehicles a day, meaning people who used the bridge daily to reach their jobs, health care facilities, grocery stores and other necessities were forced to take detours lasting up to four hours. The closing led to the closure of businesses on both sides of the lake and crippled tourism.

Breed was one those who used the bridge and was forced to drive the 100-mile detour.

A new bridge is now being constructed. It is scheduled to open this October. At the opening ceremonies for the new bridge Breed will read her poem “The Journey.”

Breed is now working on her third book, “Paper Girl.”

“This is my true story of growing up in Port Henry and delivering newspapers around that town and all the people I met,” she said. “I am working with the Town of Moriah Historical Society to get pictures of the stores and people that were in Port Henry in the (19)50s and 60s and these will be included in my next book. ‘Paper Girl’ is just a joy to write so I’m not sure when I will finish it.”

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