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NH Woman Plans for 2nd Bridge Event after 90 Years
02/26/2013 11:21 AM ET  

Ninety-five-year-old Eileen Foley, who cut the ribbon for the original bridge in 1923, will participate in the ribbon cutting for the new bridge, scheduled to be completed this summer.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) _ Eileen Foley was just 5 years old when she was picked to cut the ribbon for the Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine in 1923. Now she's accepted an invitation to participate in the ribbon-cutting for the new bridge when it's completed this summer, nearly 90 years later.

Foley, the former mayor of Portsmouth, N.H., turns 95 on Wednesday. She says she's excited and looking forward to the bridge ribbon-cutting.

The Foley family has no idea why then-young Eileen Dondero was picked out of the crowd of 5,000 people for the ribbon-cutting honors on Aug. 17, 1923. That same day she also was in the group that rode the first draw of the lift span.


 

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