Blaine Bridge Community Preservation
OCTOBER 11, 2004
RE: BLAINE BRIDGE COMMUNITY PRESERVATION PROJECT, INC.
CONTACT: Sue Douglass, Chief Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On WEDNESDAY, Oct.13, at 7:00 PM, the Blaine Bridge Community Preservation Project will hold its monthly public meeting, which will be a celebration of the group’s 3rd Anniversary. There will be a cake, donated by the Ohio Valley Plaza Kroger store, ice cream, and fellowship shared. The public is invited and encouraged to attend at the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church, on the Historic National Road, in Blaine, Ohio. Photos and details can be found on the website www.blainbridge.org.
The project is commemorating their organizational history and looking over the progress they have made. The most singular and notable achievement has been the vitality of the group which lead to the acquisition of the $1.6 million funding of the repair of the 1828 Bridge. Awarded in February 2004 by Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor, the FHWA Enhancement funds are being used by the Sheldon Gant Company of Niles, Ohio to perform the restoration work. The work began in late August 2004 and continues under the supervision of ODOT.
In October of 2001, the historically unique 1828 “S” Bridge was named Ohio’s official Bicentennial Bridge. As Ohio’s oldest documented bridge, the designation was worked through the Ohio Assembly under the sponsorship of then Ohio State Senator Jim Carnes, and supported by Ohio Rep. Charlie Wilson. The 3-arch stone structure received an Ohio Historical Marker in July 2003, and will be the anchor spot in an authentic interpretative park site, as yet to be established.
“The recent devastating floods have altered the timeline for the park plans”, said Sue Douglass, Chief Officer of the Project “Our people now need our resources and the strength and spirit signified by a long-lasting structure. That amazing Bridge did not wash away; it stands to remind us, once again, of what people can do when called upon to serve their community. As a community preservation group, our main goal always has been to highlight and preserve the essential nature of this small-town, its outstanding 1828 Bridge, and its role as the guardian of significant American history. The floods have shown us we are “bridging” the future, in a history-making moment beyond what we originally envisioned. We celebrate our community and honor the strength of our unity as we move forward”.
Details of the group’s future activities will be part of the informal discussions at the celebration. As an all-volunteer, fully incorporated non-profit, with a 501c3 certificate, the group has many options to serve and provide service. Volunteers and ideas are needed. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be NOV.10, and will be the last meeting until January 2005.
For More Information Contact:
Blaine Bridge Community Preservation Project