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Ready to cross

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Jim Dinius, a retired Erie Railroad employee and a member of the Huntington Redevelopment Commission, wields the scissors during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, April 26, to mark the official opening of the Erie Rail Trail bridge. The bridge, which previously carried trains, will now provide a pedestrian crossing over the Little River between State Street and Riverside Drive. The bridge is designed as a connector between two planned trails. Eventually, the area could also feature a small park paying tribute to the city’s railroad heritage. Taking part in the ribbon cutting are (from left) Bryn Keplinger, director of Community Development and Redevelopment; Sarah Trout, Jody Schenkel-Davenport, Jim Lewis and Kelly Frank, all of the Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association (HARTA); Bob Caley, superintendent of City Services; Mayor Brooks Fetters; Charles Chapman, Huntington Common Council; Dinius; Anthony Goodnight, director of Public Works and Engineering Services; Robert “Froggy” McNally, Erie Railroad retiree; Jack Slusser and Joe Blomeke, both city councilmen and members of the Redevelopment Commission; and contractors David Henkle, of DLZ; Joe Thomas, of Primco; and John Nelson, of DLZ.