Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania, Inc.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Manheim, PA

Meeting of November 2, 2014


President Tom Walczak called the meeting to order at 2:06 p.m. welcoming everyone and encouraging all to do their civic duty and vote on Tuesday.  He then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

New Members and Guests:  Janet Orland introduced her son, Aaron Orland, who was in the process of relocating from Utah to Maryland.

Tom reminded everyone that copies of the October minutes were available for review.  Approval would be sought after the break and before the program begins.  He thanked everyone for bringing baked goods in today for our sale.

Treasurer Bob Kuether read the monthly treasurer’s report.  It was approved as read by the membership.  We have 5 new members since last month (Bob’s daughter Diane Dickson and her 4 sons). As of October 31st we have 249 renewed members, 22 less than last year.


Clyde Sheib thanked everyone for cards and prayers during his recent illness and recovery.  They will hold the luminaries event again this year at Kennedy bridge (PA-15-13#2) on Friday/Saturday December 19-20, 2014 starting at dusk.

Tina Conn attended the Bartram Bridge (PA-15-17/PA-23-02) Joint Commission Meeting.  She reported that the $1000 donation we made to the bridge would be used for “maintenance”.  They plan to remove a tree and do abutment work.  She accepted a position as a member of the commission.

Pat Cook and Bonnie Shultz went to New Castle Delaware October 25-26 and saw Wooddale Covered Bridge (DE-02-04#2) from a train ride and then revisited it the next day for a closer look and visited Ashland (DE-02-02).  They both looked nice.  They didn’t look for damage done to Ashland, it was open. 

Greg Williams saw a covered bridge in the scene behind contestants on Wheel of Fortune but didn’t know which bridge it was.  Also mentioned that tomorrow on the 6pm ABC27 news they will repeat a segment of their ‘out and about’ series where they drive through a covered bridge (unknown which bridge it is).

Connie Francis attended ribbon cutting ceremony for the Laurels bridges – catered with wine and great food.  Each group or person who made a significant donation was presented a picture of the inside of the bridge.


President Tom Walczak visited Shearer’s (PA-36-31#2) and Kauffman’s Distillery (PA-36-32#2) in Lancaster Co. after the October 12th meeting.  On October 19th he visited eight bridges in Washington County: Sawhill (PA-63-34), Wyit Sprowls (PA-63-03) which had been recently painted, Plants (PA-63-26), Longdon Miller (PA-63-22), Danley (PA-63-11), Erskine (PS-63-15), Ebenezer (PA-63-14) and Henry (PA-63-16).  Today, prior to the meeting, he visited Siegrist’s Mill (PA-38-36-37) and Forry’s Mill (PA-36-28) both in Lancaster County and both in excellent condition.

First Vice President, Jim Smedley and Gloria Smedley visited some covered bridges while visiting family in Ohio last month.  They saw 8 bridges in Ohio, 3 in Indiana and 2 in PA.  Guilford bridge (IN-15-01 #2) was a very nice bridge in a beautiful park setting.  In PA they stopped by the newly restored Cox Farm/Lippencott Bridge (PA-30-25 #3) in Greene County and Hewitt Bridge (PA-05-26) in Bedford County – both in great condition.  Bids for restoration of Jericho bridge (MD-03-02/MD-12-01) have been settled and Kinsley of York PA will be doing the work which is scheduled to start in the spring.  The deadline for PA Crossings Newsletter is February 1st the day of our first meeting next year. 

Second Vice President, Ray Finkelstein took a ride on October 14th to get a picture of Ewinna Bridge (PA-09-04) after it was fixed.  That day he also stopped at Sheard’s Mill Bridge (PA-09-06) and got some great fall shots.  On October 18-19 he visited all the Indiana County bridges (all in good shape) and Linda spotted a nice Romantic Shelter.  On the way home they stopped at Lower Humbert (PA-56-12) in Somerset County and spotted Kreger Bridge, another Romantic Shelter.  On October 26th he visited Kutz Mill (PA-06-05) and Greisemer’s Mill (PA-06-03).  The clearance signs that we couldn’t get off when we painted this bridge had been taken down.  It looked odd that those spots had not been painted.  Perhaps they plan to replace them.  The abutment wall is being repaired.  On November 13th he will give a PowerPoint presentation in his community on Buck County bridges.

Ray announced that he has been given the opportunity to Chair a new Membership Committee formed by the Executive Board during yesterday’s annual planning meeting.  He is open to any ideas from the membership on ways to increase and sustain our membership.

Third Vice President, Steve Wolfhope and Gloria had just returned from their vacation visiting family in Texas.  There are no covered bridges in Texas but probably about 10 Romantic Shelters.  He visited one lighthouse.

Fourth Vice President, Ed Myers had no bridge report but provided some important reminders to the group:  to submit photos for next year’s calendar to Jim; volunteers are needed for this year’s Christmas Show, the Christmas dinner, and encouraged members to come out for decorating Poole Forge (PA-36-01) on the 22nd.

Recording Secretary, Gloria Smedley had nothing more to add to Jim’s report of their covered bridge visits but pointed out that Bob Grier asked her to show a bottle of beer he left up front called ‘Red Bridge’ that shows a covered bridge on the label.

Corresponding Secretary / Program Chair Pamela A. Heisey had no bridge report, but thanked everyone for their contribution to the church’s food drive today.  The grocery cart in the front lobby was overflowing!

Treasurer Bob Kuether had no bridge report.

Historian Fred J. Moll showed a package of New England Coffee which has a covered bridge on the package.  He drives through Dreibelbis Bridge (PA- 06-07) each month.


Edna Borger, Charter Member of our Society, died in February.  Jim posted a copy of her obituary on the bulletin board.


Pat Cook saw Emerson and Edie Flurky and reported that Edie broke her leg, is using a walker, but is doing well.


Clyde Sheib was in attendance using a walker and was doing well.  Tom noted it was good to see him!





Tom reported on several items discussed at yesterday’s annual Executive Board planning meeting:



Pat shared a tin of mints she bought when taking the train ride in Delaware where she saw Wooddale Bridge.

Michael shared a new book by Joe Conwill on covered bridges. (Joe has seen every covered bridge on the continent.)

Bob has the new Arcadia book on New York Covered Bridges by Trish Kane and the Arcadia New Jersey Covered Bridges book available for sale today.

Ed noted that the Members First calendar has a picture of Sachs bridge (PA-01-01) in Adams county for one of the months.

Tom mentioned that Wal-Mart has a Christmas tin for sale this year with a covered bridge on it.

Connie noted that there is a new smart phone app called ‘Bridge’ by Map Muse which is supposed to have information on all bridges.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Minutes were approved as presented.


50/50 DRAWING – Janet Orland won $22.



Our Next Meeting will be held on Saturday, December 13th at Dutch-Way Restaurant for our annual Christmas Dinner.  We will also have a Christmas card exchange and members will be able to make a donation to our restoration fund.




The meeting was adjourned at 3:10 p.m.


PROGRAM:  “The Bridges of Appalachian Ohio” by Michael W. Chorazy.


Respectfully Submitted by Recording Secretary, Gloria Smedley

November 6, 2014