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Bridge anniversary to be observed

Oct. 16 at Crown Point State Historic Site

Karen Hennessy of Crown Point is co-chairwoman of the Lake Champlain Bridge Community. The group will mark the two-year anniversary of the bridge closure Oct. 16.

Karen Hennessy of Crown Point is co-chairwoman of the Lake Champlain Bridge Community. The group will mark the two-year anniversary of the bridge closure Oct. 16.

— Music will be provided by the Moriah band Loose Connections.

“With some sadness we’ll recognize the two-year anniversary of the old bridge’s closure, but we’re celebrating all the accomplishments that have been made over the last 24 months and look forward to the imminent opening of the replacement bridge,” Hennessy said. “We’re especially grateful to Joe Bodette, Crown Point Barbecue Company’s owner, for his generosity and involvement.”

Area craftspeople have donated handmade items to help raise funds for the grand opening celebration — a wooden stool, a domed trunk and a handmade quilt. All items will be on display and raffle tickets are priced at $1 each and seven for $5. The drawing will be held in time for the opening of the new bridge.

All activities will take place in the pavilion at Crown Point State Historic Site.

In addition, the Lois McClure will be moored at the Crown Point Reservation Pier on both Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16. More information is available at www.champlainbridgecommunity.org

The former Lake Champlain 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.

A temporary ferry service now links Crown Point and Addison, Vt.

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