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PEPPERELL — The Covered Bridge Committee, a group of business people and other volunteers who have been laying plans for an historic park beside the new covered bridge (Pepperell River Access and Scenic Outlook), has begun fundraising efforts for The Pepperell Memory Walk, a commemorative brick walkway leading to monuments honoring Prudence Wright and past covered bridges.

Links have been placed on the town Web site ( with information and order forms to purchase bricks for the walkway engraved with a name or message honoring loved ones, family members, groups and businesses. Proceeds will benefit the covered bridge site and help maintain the scenic outlook.

According to information on the Web site, local businesses, residents and groups are donating time and supplies to build the river access and scenic outlook, so named because land owner — the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife — does not allow “parks” on federal property.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 26 will work towards their Eagle Scout badges as they work with landscapers and masons to build the site.

The river access and scenic outlook will site monuments and covered bridge artifacts and will include natural planting and landscaping.

Engraved bricks measuring eight-inches by four-inches may be purchased for $50, or $75 for an eight-by-eight inch brick.

Order forms and information for are available on the town Web site and the town clerk’s office, at, on the covered bridge construction Web site (, at Lawrence Library or by calling 978-433-6749.

A bridge opening celebration is tentatively planned for May to coincide with completion of the bridge. Events will include an authentic re-enactment by the Pepperell Women’s Club of the Prudence Wright story, a marketplace open to all local businesses, music, street dancing and more.

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