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Letter: Red-Banner Day for Sunapee

To the Editor:

Sept. 15 was a red-banner day for the town of Sunapee. Over 400 people gathered on River Road for the dedication of the Sugar River Covered Bridge, which joins River Road with the harbor. A band, ice cream, hot dogs and the Times Traveler chorus helped mark the occasion. Balloons, cookies and lemonade were provided by community members. Project Sunapee, a nonprofit organization, organized the event. Fred Gallup, chairman of Sunapee’s Selectboard, thanked Project Sunapee for all it had done, commenting that he had never seen the community so enthusiastically come together like that before.

Brent Stocker, a master carpenter, told Project Sunapee that he’d “just like to help.” He first built a model of the bridge to help raise funds. Then he and many others put the pieces together to build the bridge, just as if it were a Lego project. After he cut the red ribbon to open the bridge, he, his son Josh and grandson Noah were the first to cross it. Cheers of gratitude from the Sunapee community could probably be heard for miles.

What will Project Sunapee do next? Its mission is to help the town. Working with the schools may be the next on the long list of Sunapee needs. Yes, Project Sunapee has helped provide an access to the harbor from River Road and extra parking, but its biggest gift to Sunapee are the many volunteers working together it the great town it is.

Betsy Katz