Letter: Thanks for help replacing historic signs in Portsmouth

Posted 6/17/22

To the editor:

A few years ago, I started a project to replace the unreadable, scratched-up historic signs at Lehigh Park and Heritage Park. I raised money from the citizens of Portsmouth, some …

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Letter: Thanks for help replacing historic signs in Portsmouth

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To the editor:

A few years ago, I started a project to replace the unreadable, scratched-up historic signs at Lehigh Park and Heritage Park. I raised money from the citizens of Portsmouth, some local businesses and from The Rhode Island Harbor Heritage Foundation to complete the project. The manufacturing and transporting of the signs were delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Finally, last summer the signs were ready to go into the ground. 

This year, as the weather gets warmer, I would like to encourage the Portsmouth community to check out the signs. There are two replaced at the Lehigh Park Overlook off of West Main Road, and one in the back field at Heritage Park off Hedley Street.

In addition to this, there is a new sign about the Civil War Hospital at Melville, thanks to information obtained from Frank L. Grzyb. This sign is located at Rail Explorers off Alexander Road. 

I would like to thank my project mentor, Jim Garman, and my logistics mentor, Dave Gleason, and thanks to Gary Gump for helping me with grant-writing. Appreciation goes out to Patrick Connelly and Russell DeSimone from the R.I. Heritage Harbor Foundation for their advice and contribution to make this project happen. 

Additionally, I'd like to thank local businesses and the Portsmouth community for their donations and to Town Administrator Richard Rainier, Jr., and Department of Public Works Director Brian Woodhead and his team for doing a great job taking out the old signs and putting in the new ones. 

If anyone has any other suggestions concerning historic signs in Portsmouth, please email me at nateminese12@gmail.com. 

Thank you, 

Nathan Minese

30 Ethel Drive

Portsmouth

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