SEPTA dedicated and officially opened its Crum Creek Viaduct last Friday in a ceremony at the foot of the newly-built rail bridge. On a beautiful fall day, PennDOT and SEPTA managers thanked the state, county, borough, Swarthmore College and local neighbors for their cooperation on the project. Present were PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards, SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel, Media-Elwyn Line Director of Railroad Services Kim Kennedy, State Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky, Delaware County Council Chair Mario Civera, staffers for Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Bob Brady, Swarthmore Mayor Tim Kearney, Borough Manager Jane Billings, and Borough Council member Ross Schmucki, who took this photo. Officials noted the crucial importance of the Elwyn line to our region’s economic and cultural health. Replacement of the 120-year old original bridge took about 18 months, and should last for another century. Ross Schmucki reports: “It was heartening to see such a collection of dedicated, capable people who are working for good in our community. From Swarthmore College, Greg Brown [VP of finance and administration] and Stuart Hain [VP of facilities and capital projects] have interacted with the town on this and many other projects. Jeff Jabco [director of grounds for the college and a member of the town tree committee] coordinated the planting of trees along the creek through the TreeVitalize project, in addition to the hundreds planted by SEPTA. The college re-laid the Stonehenge blocks in a new configuration that looks positively ancient and authentic from the hillside. The entire valley looks beautiful.”
On Wednesday, September 28, John Crawford of Troop 112 was approved for Eagle Scout Rank by the Boy Scout Board of Review held at the Media Court House. John has been a scout with Troop 112 for seven years, and serving in leadership positions including Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader. As part of his development, John attended the week long National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) several years ago, a youth led leadership training program. John’s parents are Joe and Joy Crawford of Swarthmore. For advancement to Eagle, John led a service project designing and constructing benches and picnic tables in Little Crum Creek Park over the summer, to provide a better outdoor experience for the members of the community. As a senior in high school, John is applying to the Naval and Coast Guard Academies. Pictured (l. to r.): Scoutmaster Charles Kropac, committee chairman Kevin Connell, Eagle Scout John Crawford, assistant Scoutmaster Joe Foglio, and assistant Scoutmaster David Heinbockel.
SUMC Group Reports From Appalachia. More than 20 members of Swarthmore United Methodist Church traveled this July to live and work for a week on three home sites in Guyan Valley, West Virginia as part of the Appalachia Service Project. Last month, youth and adult ASPers reported on their experiences making homes “warmer, safer, and drier” for needy families, accompanied by lots of photographs and bluegrass music during SUMC’s worship service. From left to right: Jonathan Cresson, Steve Murray, Sarah Peichel, Rich Cresson, Nick Restrepo, Henry Shankweiler, Justin Fitzgerald, Aidan Cole, Bella Perrins, Ted Murray, Kay Walker, Evan Savoth, Vicky Huestis, Will Huestis, Zoe Bock, Will Haury, Katie Pell, Matt Restrepo, Marty Spiegel, Linton Stables and Charlie Hoover. Many of this year’s crew have already signed up for 2017; if you are interested in learning more about ASP and joining them next year, contact the church office.