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Forum, Nov. 10: Lyme-Thetford bridge

Published: 11/10/2022 11:55:24 AM
Modified: 11/10/2022 11:54:58 AM

New Lyme-Thetford bridge
would be dangerous

I agree with the recent assessment of the need for a better Lyme-Thetford bridge and a better construction plan for the bridge 100% (“A better Lyme-Thetford bridge”; Forum, Nov. 2).

Unfortunately, the link in the electronic version of the letter leads to a dead end.

I will look on the NH DOT website and see if I can figure out a way to most effectively forward my comments to them.

I am appalled that the bridge will not be widened. Drivers take their lives in hands crossing that bridge and the lack of space for walkers and bicyclists is also life-threatening.

I thought at least the new bridge would accommodate heavy trucks so they could avoid the 14-mile detour to Orford and Fairlee to cross the Connecticut River. This plan may make the bridge safe for heavy trucks, but at the current narrow width, that increases the danger to autos, other trucks and non-vehicular traffic.

Completing the current plan will send the Lyme-Thetford bridge to the bottom of the construction schedule, meaning a dangerous bridge will be in place for decades.

I urge anyone who agrees to contact the NH DOT.

Gene Cassidy

East Thetford

How to honor
Harmony Montgomery

At the news conference announcing that Harmony Montgomery’s father was charged with the murder of the 5-year-old girl, Manchester Chief of Police Allen Aldenberg implored us to “take a few moments out of your day to say something nice to a child. Give him or her a hug, or special words of encouragement.”

This is something many of us can do, but what if you could help a child in a way that will not only be life-changing for them, but for future generations? If Chief Aldenberg’s words spoke to your heart, but you don’t know how to make a difference, Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire is an answer.

CASA of New Hampshire provides all the training and support that ordinary people need to do extraordinary things for children. As a CASA volunteer you get to know a child that has suffered abuse or neglect, and help them change their story by advocating for their needs and best interests in court. It sounds daunting, but more than 600 current advocates statewide would be the first to tell you that they are doing exactly this, and so can you.

You can put Chief Aldenberg’s words into action. You can help shape a future where children grow up in safe, loving homes. Where they feel important and know they matter. You can honor Harmony and all the children like her, the ones who will never get the love and the life that they deserved. How? By learning how to speak up for the children and youth who are ready and waiting for you to stand by their side and help ensure their future is safe, bright, and full of possibility. Visit for more information.

Marcia “Marty” Sink

CASA of NH CEO and President


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