Bridges Connecting Communities | Portsmouth NH Memorial Bridge

 

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Portsmouth New Hampshire’s Memorial Bridge has connected the 2 communities of Portsmouth NH and Kittery Maine since 1923.  And now, for a fairly short time, this bridge won’t be connecting these 2 communities in the physical way that it has all that time.  But it has connected and brought together communities within each of these 2 towns in really interesting ways that I’d bet most of us never thought about before the bridge dismantling began.

 

 

Memorial Bridge Portsmouth NH - Ann Cummings NH REALTOR

All the years I’ve lived here, this bridge has been mostly a means by which to get across the river.  Many days, I’d go back and forth across it several times a day, depending on appointments I had.  From time to time, I’d be stuck on it while it was in the up position for a ship or tanker to go through which often gave me time to sit and just soak in the view for a few minutes.   And I suspect that’s what the bridge was for most others who traversed it daily as well – a means to get where we’re going.

 

Portsmouth NH Community Bridge-Watchers

Portsmouth NH Memorial Bridge - Middle Section Floating - Ann Cummings NH REALTOR

Jim and I became avid bridge watchers as soon as they began preparing the sections for removal, and we joined the ranks of other area residents who were doing the same.  We’d go down and watch the workers several times a day, and as they got closer to being able to remove the middle section, we’d go down and watch for hours at time on the days/nights the middle section was to be removed.  This picture is of the middle section being floated upriver to be tied up to the dock so it could be readied for shipping down to the Boston area.  The NH DOT Memorial Bridge Project site does a great job keeping the community updated on changes and progress.

During those visits, we would end up meeting all kinds of people down there doing the same thing we were.  The conversations with various people were really interesting – many of them sharing amazing memories with us.  We met people who told us of their childhood memories of Sunday drives with their parents and crossing the bridge, other memories were of fishing with grandparents, boat trips, family members who’d worked on the bridge.  We met a man who was in his late 80’s who shared some special memories of dating his girlfriend and how he proposed to her on the bridge.  Some many wonderful people from all walks of life and some very special memories that have been shared with us…

 

We have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, all the wonderful people we’ve met through a common interest in bridge-watching.  Several times this past week I went down to see how the tearing down of the approach road to the bridge in downtown Portsmouth is being torn down.  I took a quick lunch with me twice and sat on one of the benches to watch for awhile.  Each time 1 or 2 people approached me and chatted for a bit, one man sat down beside me to eat his lunch.  Over that quick lunch I learned of some of his memories too – the memories he shared with me had to do with long ago fishing trips that his dad had taken him on, fishing under the bridge.  As he finished his story, I noticed tears in his eyes, which put tears in mine.   I’d venture to say, many a set of eyes have moistened up as cherished times connected to this wonderful bridge have been shared.  Who knew this kind of bonding and sharing would go on because of the dismantling of a bridge??

Portsmouth NH Memorial Bridge Middle Section Removed - Ann Cummings NH REALTOR     Portsmouth NH Kittery Side Being Removed - Ann Cummings NH REALTOR

The crews working on the bridge are in the process of taking down the Kittery Maine side, pictured in the middle picture above.  Our new bridge is slated to be up, operational and open for traffic in July 2013.  And I know when the bridge begins to go back up, many of those same people we’ve met will be there watching again, just as we will be too.  Bridge-watchers, what wonderfully interesting bonds this has created!

Ann Cummings and Jim Lee - 6-26-2011 Wedding Day - Memorial Bridge in Background
The Memorial Bridge was a backdrop to our wedding on June 26, 2011 – it appears in the background of many of our wedding pictures.

It’s a little special to us as well…..   Winking smile

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to make your home here in the Seacoast areas of NH or southern Maine, let us know – we’d love to show you the area and help you find that special home just right for your needs.  We love living here and calling Portsmouth home and we know you’ll love this area too!

Call us or email us – we’re here to help you with your real estate needs – ann@anncummings.com and jim@jimlee.com  1-888-349-5678 ext 3839 for Ann and ext 3801 for Jim.

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The Sounds of Home in Portsmouth NH

Have you ever listened to your hometown?  I mean REALLY LISTENED to see what you can hear? 

Prescott Park Bench and Flowers

I have, and I realized that all the sounds of being home in Portsmouth NH can tug hard at your heart……

 

 

              if you just listen….. 

 

 

 

 

 

…. the crack of a baseball hitting a bat
…. the cheering of friends and family from the stands
…. the ringing of bicycle bells
…. the barking of dogs playing outside
…. the friendly hellos from porches
…. the click-click-click of lawn sprinklers
…. the clip-clop of horse-and-buggy tours 
…. the sound of lawns being cut
…. the symphony of birds singing
…. the sounds of fishing boats heading out to sea
…. the sounds of drawbridges being raised for boats to pass down the river
…. the toots and horns of tugboats
…. the hum of chatter at outdoor cafes
…. the soft clanging of bell buoys in the harbor
…. the water flowing into the North Mill Pond at high tide
…. the honk of a car signaling hello to neighbors
…. the calls for kids to come in for dinner
…. the friendly exchanges at the Farmer’s Market

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These are the sounds of the neighborhoods of Portsmouth New Hampshire, the wonderful town I call home.  And what glorious sounds they are……

 

 

Does this sound like the kind of place you’d like to call home?  It can be!  And I can help you do just that – call Portsmouth NH home…..

 

 

 

 

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Portsmouth NH Home Owners – Express Your Opinion on City Matters

Portsmouth New Hampshire Residents – Vote on Hot Topics Around Town

The Portsmouth Herald has a blog that has periodic polls on it, looking for our opinions on what’s most important to us.  Did you know about the different polls on there?  I didn’t until the last couple of days.

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Today’s poll asks about the debate on the parking meters in downtown Portsmouth NH.  Should the parking rates be increased another quarter, or should they go back to only having to pay until 6pm at the meters?  Go vote and let them know how you feel about this question!

Portsmouth NH city officials are debating cutting back parking meter enforcement to 6pm and considering raising the hourly rate from 75 cents per hour as it is now to $1.00 per hour.   A dollar an hour sure seems on the high side to me, and I know we’re a little spoiled here in Portsmouth with the low parking rates we’ve had here for many years, but a dollar an hour??

The last poll asked a question about what the most important city issue is – keeping the currently property tax rate where it is; the cost of improving Portsmouth Middle School; the costs of education programs and making cuts to them; construction going on in the northern tier of town; or the new pay-and-display meters.  The highest rated was keeping the property tax rate level.  I would have been surprised if that wasn’t the most important issue for most, especially those who voted who own real estate in Portsmouth.

To give your opinion on local hot topics, check out the polls regularly!

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Portsmouth NH – Halloween Festivities Abound!

Halloween is almost here, and with that comes all kinds of ghostly fun around the Portsmouth New Hampshire
Seacoast
area.  Parades, parties, gatherings, and most importantly, all that fun trick-or-treating.

Portsmouth NH homeowners – get your porches and yards ready for all those fun costumed trick-or-treaters to come calling!  Here are the times for local area trick-or-treating:

Portsmouth – hursday, Oct 30, 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Greenland – Thursday, Oct 30, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Hampton –  Friday, Oct 31, 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Exeter – Thursday, Oct 30, 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Newington –  Thursday, Oct 30, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
North Hampton –  Thursday, Oct 30, 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Rye – Thursday, Oct 30, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Stratham – Thursday, Oct 30, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Eliot – Thursday, Oct 30, 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Kittery – Thursday, Oct 30,  5:00pm to 7:00pm

The 14th Annual Halloween Parade in Portsmouth is Friday, October 31st.  The parade festivities start at 7pm at the parking lot on the Mill Pond.  The parade route winds its way through downtownPortsmouth and then back to the Mill Pond area.  All are welcome to dress up and take part in the parade.  For more info on Portsmouth’s Halloween Parade, click here  —>  Portsmouth NH Halloween Parade

Stratham NH Fall Decorations

For information on other festivities going on around Portsmouth NH and the local Seacoast areas, be sure to check out all the spooky details here —->  Portsmouth NH Halloween Fun

Take a tour around Portsmouth homes, you’ll see some fabulously decorated homes in all of the neighborhoods this year.  I’ve seen some homes where the homeowners have gone to great effort in their decorating – we should have a Halloween Decoration Contest just like we have a Christmas Decoration Contest each year.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

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Portsmouth NH – 4th Best Town in America!

Portsmouth New Hampshire Chosen for Top 20 Best Towns In US

For those of us who call Portsmouth NH home, we already know what magazines
and surveys tell the rest of the world – Portsmouth is a GREAT PLACE TO CALL
HOME!!

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Portsmouth was recently honored with another high accolade, this one being
named to the Top 20 Best Towns in America’ by Outside Magazine.  This honor was
given based on criteria used to determine the best places in the country that
provide ‘the greatest opportunities for living the good life‘.

Sited as a ‘compact walkable city… a magnet for emerging musicians and
artists, with eight indie theaters including the renovated Music Hall, half a
dozen galleries, film fests, a slow-food movement, and live music seven nights a
week
‘.  We have all that and much more – those of us who live here in Portsmouth
just love it.

The top 10 of the ‘Top 20 Best Towns‘ in America:

1. Washington, D.C.
2. Chattanooga, Tenn.
3. Ogden, Utah
4. Portsmouth, N.H.
5. Tacoma, Wash.
6. Ithaca, N.Y.
7. Louisville, Ky.
8. Eureka, Calif.
9. Crested Butte, Colo.
10. Columbia, Mo.

Our fair city has received other recognition honors recently – Portsmouth was named the ‘most walkable city‘ in New Hampshire by Prevention Magazine.  The Portsmouth NH area, Rockingham and Strafford Counties, was also ranked as the second safest matropolitan area according California-based Farmer’s Insurance Companies.  Money Magazine had repeatedly named Portsmouth NH as ‘one of the top best places to live in America‘ as well.


Portsmouth NH really is a wonderful place to call HOME!!

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