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PEPPERELL — A week and a half has passed since Webmaster Jeffrey Sauer placed the “Name the Covered Bridge” survey online, and so far 221 responses have been registered, he told selectmen this week.

Two hundred and sixteen of the votes were for the proposed names, the Prudence Wright Covered Bridge and the Pepperell Covered Bridge.

The five write-in names included Ann O’Donnell Memorial Bridge, Joseph Hallisey Memorial Covered Bridge and Bob Hanson Memorial Covered Bridge.

“I’m not sure how to read them,” Sauer said with a smile. “Usually that someone is when they’ve passed on.”

“Then I’m in good company,” selectman Joe Hallisey said, drawing laughter.

Sauer said voting favored the “Pepperell Covered Bridge” by a 59-41 percent margin.

“The survey is still up and the trend is very clear,” Sauer said. “There’s nothing to stop someone from visiting the site many times but it is possible to see such activity.”

VFW Past Commander Tony Saboliauskas said he is an advocate for military people and as such, Prudence Wright should be the choice.

“She is a Revolutionary War veteran,” Saboliauskas said, handing over photocopies of hand written town records from 1777. “The town paid her and her guard (as members) of the women’s militia.”

He read from the record that Leonard Whiting’s Guard was paid seven pounds on order of the treasurer.

“She wasn’t recognized as a militia member but she is a true military person who was selected to be captain. Sorry, the bridge should be named for her,” he said. “(Her service) says a lot about the people of the town.”

Sergi agreed.

“You have my full support. I was touched by the fact that when the men were in Concord and Lexington the women protected the town,” he said.

“I will advocate for her,” Sergi said. “It’s a truly great story.”

Selectmen agreed naming of the bridge should be deferred for a while so as to gather more public input.

Sauer reminded television viewers that a memorial park is planned beside the bridge and will include a greater tribute to Wright than the stone marker that’s currently there.

Wright is buried in the old portion of Walton Cemetery not far from the grave of Col. William Prescott who led men from Pepperell, Groton, Hollis N.H. and other towns at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

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