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N.H. woman plans for second bridge event after 90 years

Eileen Foley was just 5 years old when she was picked to cut the ribbon for the Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine in 1923. Now she has accepted an invitation to participate in the ribbon-cutting for the new bridge when it is completed this summer, nearly 90 years later. ‘‘I’m excited and looking forward to it,’’ said Foley, the former mayor of Portsmouth, N.H., who turns 95 on Wednesday. ‘‘I feel fortunate to once again be participating in a celebration of a new Memorial Bridge.’’ The Foley family has no idea why then-5-year-old Eileen Dondero was picked out of the crowd of 5,000 people for the ribbon-cutting honors on Aug. 17, 1923.

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