Lake Pleasant Village Association is organizing this fundraiser.
Our community of Lake Pleasant, a small village in rural western Massachusetts, was recently hit hard by a storm, and our Village Association is seeking donations to help pay for the repair and maintenance of our iconic Bridge of Names, the unique and historic structure that unites the two sides of our village. We are the smallest of the five villages that comprise the town of Montague, Massachusetts, located on the highlands and bluffs above the reservoir that gives the village its name. There are two sections of the village, which, until recently, were connected to each other by a pedestrian bridge that was rebuilt in 1975 by the newly formed Lake Pleasant Village Association (LPVA), with local labor and local donations. The bridge is a demonstration of our community ties, and it is named for the hundreds of pickets that each bear the name of a donor who financially supported the structure, but the Bridge of Names was severely damaged by a number of trees that were uprooted in the storm, demolishing the roofed structure at the west end of the bridge and smashing through the bridge itself, separating one side of the village from the other. Historically, maintenance and repair were all covered by donated funds and time, but we’ve never experienced damage to this extent before, and we need your help! This unfortunate incident separates neighbors and prevents guests and residents alike from enjoying the beautiful view of the lake from the bridge. Additionally, access to the Post Office by residents of one side of the village is restricted. Please consider donating to the LPVA to help us retain our village identity, united by the Bridge of Names. Your support is greatly appreciated! If you would prefer to send a check, your donation is welcome at: LPVA, Box 7, Lake Pleasant, MA 01347.