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Thank you for the work done to rename Portland Park

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After reading “Portland family’s request to change park’s name raises questions about history” in the March 4 Press Herald, I want to thank the following people.

Thanks to the Noyes family for noticing the apparent difference in the name of Noyes Park (Bedford) recently and for helping with historical research into the context of this part of our town’s heritage.

Thank you to the Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department and its manager, Ethan Hipple, for understanding that the naming of our public parks is important and for helping with the research as well. He came to the conclusion that the name “change” is historically correct, and he supported the city council’s vote in favor of the name change on Monday.

Thanks to Councilor April Fournier for requesting that the research include the role of Indigenous peoples in this territory. She also recommended that the board vote for this name correction.

Thanks to Herb Adams, local historian, who assisted with this research and also recommended that the council approve this name correction.

And, finally, thanks also to local resident George Rheault, who encouraged the city to tackle major issues, “including our homeless crisis,” he told The Forecaster for an article. from March 1. Now that this simple name change vote has moved forward with a majority of our advisors voting to correct the story, they can move on to more pressing issues!

I am pleased that our councilors have approved this name change.

Timmi Sellers
Peaks Island


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