Release of the Documentary "Both Sides of the Bridge; Examining the Issue of the Schell Memorial Bridge" Northfield.
Produced by Kevin Murphy and Bill Marcy.Kevin Murphy and Bill Marcy release their documentary about a controversial topic in Northfield. The Schell Bridge is a a steel Pennsylvania truss bridge across the Connecticut River inbridge. It served the NMH campus and Northfield residents for many years. In 1987, the bridge was voted to be closed and plans to demolish the bridge were set due to its deterioration. A non-profit organization, “Friends of the Schell Bridge,” have sponsored an engineering study of the bridge and while extensive repairs are needed, they are envisioning a recreational restoration of this unique bridge because of both its historic value and the character it provides to the town. The bridge will potentially connect a popular bike network across the river and serve as a recreational destination. Grown-in, rusted metal are the remains of this rich architectural marvel. Its gothic features and sweeping arch across the river have been inspirational to artists from near and far.While the vision seems a positive step for the town, concern remains that the current economy does not allow for such a restoration project. No grants have been located and the townspeople express no desire to have any additional burden on their tax base.
Kevin Murphy, former Operations Manager for Bernardston-Northfield Community Television, has been eager to create a documentary on this subject because of his real lack of understanding. He wanted to find out what the issues really were and wanted to share them with the community. Community Access television has been a passion of his. He believes it is a great medium for community voice. To him, it is disappointing how little coverage Franklin County gets in the TV news. He envisions more volunteers creating informative programs or documentaries about “where we live”.Bill Marcy first volunteered with BNCTV over two years ago. Bill’s excitement for local historic content was a strength needed to make the project take off. For 13 months, Bill has learned basic camera and video editing along with Kevin. “We worked just about equally on the project”, Kevin adds “Bill has been careful about making sure the content was unbiased."The Show is set to premiere Friday April 3rd on BNCTV 17 at 8:00 PM. It will be rerun Sunday, April 5th, also at 8:00 PM, and at various times thereafter. Kevin and Bill hope to share it with other community access stations in the area as well as the town library.
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