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Photo of Albert Abair

Albert Abair

Attended 1929 opening day ceremony of the Lake Champlain Bridge. He had to walk miles with his family to see it because the crowds of people in Vermont created a huge traffic jam.

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Photo of Martin Bezon

Martin Bezon

Attended 1929 opening day ceremony of 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge. Seeing an airplane for the first time was such a thrill he signed up for the U.S. Army Air Corps. in World War II.

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Photo of Raymond “Bud” Bodette

Raymond “Bud” Bodette

Third generation West Addison dairy farmer and curator of numerous historic photographs of the building of the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge taken by his uncle, William Bodette

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Photo of James Boni

James Boni

New York State Department of Transportation Project Manager for the Lake Champlain Bridge Project

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Photo of Erwin Clark

Erwin Clark

President of Addison Historical Society and member of the Lake Champlain Bridge Public Advisory Committee and Working Group for Commemoration.

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Photo of Lisa Cloutier

Lisa Cloutier

Owner of The Bridge Restaurant, West Addison, VT, named after the nearby Lake Champlain Bridge.

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Photo of John Crock

John Crock

Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Vermont and Director of the University's Consulting Archaeology Program. UVM excavated threatened portions of the Chimney Point archaeological site and monitored bridge demolition and construction to help protect highly significant archaeological resources preserved under the new bridge.

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Photo of Steven Engelhart

Steven Engelhart

Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, which sponsored the nomination of the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge to the National Register for Historic Places and its designation as a National Historic Landmark; member of the Lake Champlain Bridge Public Advisory Committee and the Working Group for Commemoration

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Photo of Lorraine Franklin

Lorraine Franklin

Resident adjacent to bridge, business owner of the West Addison Grocery Story and Champ’s Trading Post and key organizer of the Lake Champlain Bridge Coalition

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Photo of Elsa Gilbertson

Elsa Gilbertson

Regional Historic Site Administrator, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, for the Chimney Point, Mount Independence, and Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Sites, and member of the Working Group for Commemoration

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Photo of John Grady

John Grady

New York State Department of Transportation Regional Construction Engineer

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Photo of Tim Kayhart

Timothy Kayhart

West Addison dairy farmer and member of the Lake Champlain Bridge Public Advisory Committee

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Photo of William LaFrance

William LaFrance

Worked as a toll collector for the Lake Champlain Bridge Commission

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Photo of Dan Lee

Dan Lee

Former bridge worker whose father was a maintenance worker for the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge for 52 years.

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Photo of Bob McCullough

Robert McCullough

Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at the University of Vermont and author of the nomination of the Lake Champlain Bridge to the National Register of Historic Places

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Photo of Bruce Peters

Bruce Peters

New York State resident who commuted to Middlebury for the night shift across Lake Champlain in a small boat and snowmobile once the bridge was demolished

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Photo of Thomas Scozzafava

Thomas Scozzafava

Town Supervisor of Moriah, New York

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Photo of M. Virginia LaPointe Southworth

M. Virginia LaPointe Southworth

Great-granddaughter of the first Chairman of the Lake Champlain Bridge Commission, Mortimer Yale Ferris, and granddaughter of Elizabeth Ferris, the 17-year old who cut the ribbon at the 1929 opening day ceremony

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Photo of Mitch St. Pierre

Mitch St. Pierre

Crown Point, NY resident and owner of St. Pierre Hoof Care, whose service to Vermont’s dairy farmers was challenged by the closing of the bridge

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Photo of Jane Tur

Jane Tur

Attended 1929 opening day ceremony of 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge who vividly remembers seeing the two governors riding in touring cars and being impressed by the music provided by many bands.

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Photo of Frank Wojewodzik

Frank Wojewodzik

Worked as a toll collector for the Lake Champlain Bridge Commission

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Photo of Ted Zoli

Theodore “Ted” Zoli, III

Glens Falls native, Vice President of HNTB, winner of a 2009 MacArthur Fellowship and designer of the 2011 Lake Champlain Bridge

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