Bradford Bridge  

Local news, notes and musings by  Nancy Latanier

May 2022

Bradford Bridge, NH, wasn’t immune to the effects of the COVID pandemic.   So much so that even this simple “newspaper” stopped publishing for almost 12 months.  Hard to believe in a town with less than 2,000 residents!  But the effects are still being felt in our home town.

New Residents

Local Realtor, Sally Maison of Dudeck Realty, said that 18 new families have moved into town within the last 18 months.  Most were living in Boston, MA, and decided to ‘get out of Dodge’ and embrace the work from home new reality.  We welcome the new families and hope to meet them properly in the near future.  Here is a partial list of the new residents that asked to be included in this post.

Bob and Manny Thompson

Maria and Jeff Tucker

Jenney and Sebastián Ruiz

Donny and Marnie Higginbottom

Carl Winthrop

Lewis and Luigi Martino

Annual Rubber Duckie Race for Charity   June 11, 2022

Believe it or not we are ready to have the 6th Annual Rubber Duckie Race on June 11th!

This event was started by Ben and Tim Minore to raise funds for the Bradford Bridge community fund.  The event starts at 11am and they hope to raise a lot of money this year.  Please plan to arrive 30 minutes early if you have purchased your ‘Duckie.’  Each numbered Duckie costs $5 and you can purchase as many as you would like.  They are released from the boat ramp at the Warner River cutout on the north side of town, near the intersection of Routes 103 and 114.  First ‘Duckie’ that makes it into the culvert drain at Ringer’s Point wins $100!

Last year was cancelled due to COVID but this year they hope to raise $2,500.   Please be generous with your donation and have fun!  It is a great cause and a good way to reconnect with neighbors.

July 4th Parade update

Tom Becker of the Parade committee is pleased to announce that the July 4th parade Will take place this year!  As you know, last year it was cancelled due to Covid.   Any group wishing to march or participate must do so by June 19th.   Tom reports that many of the crowd’s favorite groups have already signed up to march.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed for beautiful weather!

Here are some of the groups that are confirmed entrants

Fife and Drum Corps of New Hampshire

Colonial Soldiers of New England

Shiners and the go carts

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Current members of the Marines, Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard

Regional High School Marching Band

Middle School Regional Jazz Ensemble

Miss Daisy’s School of Dance

Dr. D and his break dancers

Natasha Sablinski playing the accordian

Sam and Mary Haskel’s Llama squad

David Jones, dressed as Uncle Sam, on 10 foot stilts!

Tax Notice

Jan Dinero, tax collector for the regional assessment district, wants to remind everyone the July 1st tax payment is due soon.  If you have any questions or difficulties paying your current bill please contact Jan to make arrangements.  There are several programs to alleviate this annual burden, including;

-Senior Tax Abatement

-Disability Discount

-Veteran Discount

Southern New Hampshire Triathlon

The 4th annual SNH Triathlon will take place on August 5 at Ayer’s Pond.  The race has 3 components; 500 yard swim, 13.1 mile bike and 2.5 mile rune.  The race starts at 9am sharp!  All entrants are required to check in at the Ayers Pond picnic area by 8am.  Bartlett Tree Service of Southern New Hampshire is sponsoring the event again this year. 

Mary Rabinisky, head volunteer, could use more volunteers to help with the race.  Specifically she needs:

4 strong swimmers, with paddle boards, to act as life guards during the swim

12 water station attendants spread out over the bike and running course

2 timers

Please contact Mary directly at SNHTriathlon2022@gmail.com