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Flag day | Keeseville Column

June 14 is Flag day. A business in Keeseville has donated 21 new brass flagpole holders and 21 new solid aluminum five-foot flagpoles for the Veterans Park, just in time for Flag Day June 14. The original stamped steel brackets did not hold up well, so they are all being replaced atno cost to the village. The flags will go up on all military and flag holidays.

I have not received any details at the time I write this, but I believe the Elks Lodge No 2072 will have their annual ceremony for Flag Day in Veterans Park on the corner of Main Street and Front Street.

Museum day this past Saturday was a success for the Anderson Falls Heritage Society. My thanks to all who turned out to either volunteer at the Museum or paid it a visit. You can now visit the Society online at www.andersonfallsheritagesociety.wordpress.com.

I’m still researching local history and am continually amazed at the historical importance of our three bridges that span the Ausable River, though I acknowledge that we really do have four. Generally, bridges had to be replaced as the traffic got heavier from foot to horses to cars and finally to trucks. Again, communities usually replaced the bridges, not built a whole new bridge nearby. Keeseville is an anomaly with three historically different bridges in terms of the design and that all are still standing. All three are features of engineering from the time they were built back in the late 1800s. Remember, these bridges are close to 150 years old each. All three bridges are historically registered nationally. Our Iron Truss bridge is in sad condition and desperately needs to be repaired, and for historical value, it should have the honor of repair. Essex County has been willing to provide some of the funding for this repair, but so far Clinton County has not been willing to share in the costs.

Visit my website at www.kylempage.wordpress.com for more details as well as links to my column here and other writings I have. Have a great week.

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