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Frozen river keeps couple on Blennerhassett Island

Photo provided to Parkersburg News-Sentinel Miles Evenson, assistant superintendent for Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, stands near the boat dock on the island.
Photo provided to Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Miles Evenson, assistant superintendent for Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, stands near the boat dock on the island.

By Brett Dunlap

Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG – It has been much more than a simple three-hour tour for the assistant superintendent on Blennerhassett Island as he and his wife have been stuck on Blennerhassett Island since last Friday.

Assistant Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park Superintendent Miles Evenson, his wife, Lindsey, and their two dogs, Spartacus and Mr. Knuckles, have been on Blennerhassett Island since Jan. 24.

“Things have been good,” Evenson said Thursday. “I have been doing the normal things around here that I would normally do if I had a day off.”

The Evensons live in a residence on the island as part of Miles’ employment with the park.

On a normal day, they are able to hop on a pontoon boat and make their way to Parkersburg and the Blennerhassett Museum where the park staff have their offices and where Lindsey can make her way over to the hospital where she is a nurse.

“Last Friday, I went down to the dock and the boat was frozen in the water,” Evenson said. “The river was also frozen. It was pretty cut and dry; we were not getting off the island.”

Personnel from the park were able to get supplies to the Evensons Monday by lowering them down from the Blennerhassett Bridge (U.S. 50).

“No one had really thought of doing that before and it just popped in our heads,” Evenson said.

They are well supplied with plenty of food for themselves and the dogs, a Rottweiler (Spartacus) and an Old English Bulldog (Mr. Knuckles)…

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