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New Website About Old Covered Bridges Goes On Line
by Trish Kane

       I am extremely pleased to announce that Covered Spans of Yesteryear's web site, lostbridges.org is now up and running and ready for assistance from covered bridge enthusiasts. Before I tell you how you can help, please join me in thanking Bill Cockrell from the Oregon Covered Bridge Society and Dick Roy from the National Society for their tremendous support, words of encouragement, testing of the site, and for supplying so much wonderful information on past bridges to get this project off the ground. And thanks to each of you who sent in information on covered bridges in your state, and to those of you we contacted who tested the site for us and offered such great feedback. It was extremely helpful. And last, but certainly by far not least, a very special thank you to Bill Caswell who has spent countless hours this past year setting up, testing, and inputting information for this website. His computer expertise has been invaluable and we are extremely fortunate to have him be such an integral part of this project.

       On behalf of all of us, please accept this warm invitation to visit: http://www.lostbridges.org to see the progress we have made and please, feel free to offer suggestions. We really do want to hear them. If you would like to enter information on bridges from your area, state, or any state, please let us know. We will be happy to provide you with instructions on how to do so. Don't have a computer but would still like to help out? Not a problem. We have designed a special form just for this purpose. Just contact us and we will be happy to provide you with the necessary material to get you started.

       As in anything new, and keeping in mind how frustrating computers can often be, we anticipate there will still be some "bugs" that will need to be addressed as more and more people input information. Each computer system is different and will accept and send information in various ways. If you find you are having any issues with the site, please do not hesitate to contact Bill Caswell, our Webmaster for this project.

       Again, thanks to each of you for your wonderful words of encouragement and support with this new endeavor.

For more information, contact:
Bill Caswell, New Hampshire, (603) 753-8244, wscaswell@aol.com
Bill Cockrell, Oregon, (503) 399-0436, wildbill-salem@worldnet.att.net
Bob & Trish Kane, New York, (607) 674-9656, bobtrish68@frontiernet.net
Dick Roy, New Hampshire, (603) 623-8406, dickroycb1@juno.com

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This file posted March 29, 2004