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February 3, 2011

Fireworks, parades to dedicate new bridge




The group's next core meeting is at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Lake Champlain Visitors Center at the bridge site.

Hennessey and Co-Chair Lorraine Franklin will brief the Essex County Board of Supervisors Friday morning in Elizabethtown about the celebration.

"A lot depends on the volunteers we get to help with the committee," Hennessey said. "Everyone has ownership in this. It's two days because we'd like people to come to it as a destination."

The bridge's contract date for opening is no later than Oct. 9, and DOT officials have said it could be any time between mid-August and then when the bridge opens. Flatiron would receive a bonus for opening the span early.


Crown Point Supervisor Bethany Kosmider said the original celebration 82 years ago had 40,000 spectators.

"This bridge celebration will resemble that of the 1929 celebration, and the efforts of Karen and Lorraine to get us there are commendable.

"We are expecting countless numbers of participants and visitors here. The new bridge is going to be our focal point for tourism and commerce."

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