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VCBS 6th Annual Spring Meeting - May 7, 2005
William Caswell Will Present "Covered Spans of Yesteryear"

Open to All Friends of Covered Bridges

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The Sixth Annual All-member Meeting of the Vermont Covered Bridge Society will be held Saturday, May 7, at the Lyndon Corner Grange Hall on York Street, Lyndonville, Vermont.

The featured event of the meeting is a presentation about historical covered bridges of the past given by William Caswell, Jr.

William Caswell, Jr. is part of the group, "Covered Spans of Yesteryear," which is researching long gone covered bridges, recording their history, and collecting their photographs. The "Group" is comprised of four people:

Trish Kane initiated the Covered Spans of Yesteryear Project in her Spanning New York State column in the NSPCB Newsletter in the spring of 2003, asking her readers for their assistance. Bill Caswell, Bill Cockrell and Dick Roy responded. Trish works at Colgate University as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Annual Fund. She is a covered bridge researcher, enthusiast and advocate for their preservation since 1981. She and her husband Bob live in Sherburne, NY.

Bill Caswell works for the Dept. of Transportation in NH as a CAD/D Section Supervisor and lives in Concord, NH. He designed and maintains an excellent website for Covered Spans of Yesteryear:, and, says Trish Kane, is most definitely the "brains" behind the website.

Bill Cockrell is Newsletter Editor of the Bridge-Tender and past President of the Oregon Covered Bridge Society. Bill has been very involved with Covered Bridge Preservation and research on Oregon's Covered Bridges for nearly 30 years (since 1975). He is also the co-author of Roofs over Rivers - A Guide to Oregon's Covered Bridges. He and his lovely wife, Linda, live in Salem, Oregon.

Dick Roy was editor of the Connecticut River Covered Bridge Society Bulletin from 1977 until 1989 when the organization dissolved, then the editor of the National Society newsletter from 1992 to 2002. Dick is a mentor to new and upcoming covered bridge enthusiasts and always willing to assist in any way he can. He is a historian on covered bridges and has a tremendous collection of covered bridge postcards that he has shared with the project. He and his charming wife June reside in Manchester, NH.

The doors and refreshment table will be open at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. with reports of the society's activities. The presentation will begin at 11:30.

The meeting will break for dinner at 12:30 and a drawing for raffle prizes will be held, the receipts to go to the VCBS Jim Fearon Save-a-bridge Fund.

The dinner will be Vermont style Chicken and biscuit with vegetable coffee and dessert, served by the ladies of the Grange for $8.00 per plate. If attendees wish to participate in the dinner, they must make reservations by April 30 by sending a check to VCBS, PO Box 795, Lyndonville, VT 05851.

After dinner the meeting will adjourn to allow participants to tour the area's covered bridges.

The Vermont Covered Bridge Society is a non-profit organization, founded in the year 2000, dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Vermont's covered bridges. Our membership comes from all walks, scattered throughout the US and Canada.

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