RUMFORD – At Wednesday night’s River Valley Growth Council board meeting, members learned there are two new spiritual businesses in Mexico and Rumford.

The new businesses are The Master’s Plan, a Christian bookstore and coffeehouse owned by Christine and Jay Gerrish, at 225 Main St., Mexico; and the Inward Journey Center and Workshop, a site dedicated to educating the public in psychic mediumship development and paranormal phenomena.

The latter business, which is located at 232 Waldo St. in Rumford, is owned by Patricia Pepin.

In other business, Mexico Town Manager John Madigan told other board members that the new bridge over Webb River at the end of Coburn Avenue in Dixfield will be lifted into place on Thursday morning.

It will replace the original bridge, which was built in 1893 and rebuilt once during the Depression.

Mexico, which is on the west side of the river, and Dixfield, are sharing half the cost to replace the old bridge. The state is picking up the other half.

The work should be completed by the week of Nov. 22. Afterward, Madigan said Mexico may hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony complete with antique autos being driven over the span.

Madigan also briefed the board on new water lines installed on Carlton Avenue and Flood Street, which were then resurfaced. Additionally, a new storm drain system was installed on Ledgeview Road and at the top of Swett Avenue, which will be paved before the end of the month.

Rumford Board of Selectmen Chairman J. Arthur Boivin said work on a section of Hancock Street is finished.

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