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Addition to veterans park reflects college collaboration

Four members of the ConCreate Design Club joined instructor Harry W. Hintz Jr. at the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park this week, installing paving bricks engraved with the names of Penn College students and faculty who have worked on the project over the past three years. The group rendezvoused at the West Fourth Street/Wahoo Drive site with John O. Markley, of the Veterans Memorial Park Commission, who oversaw the latest enhancement to the ever-expanding memorial. As preparations continue for a Memorial Day dedication at the park, organizers generously wanted to permanently spell out the college’s collaboration. The pavers acknowledge Hintz and three other faculty members – Glenn R. Luse, Richard R. Motter Jr. and Franklin H. Reber Jr. – as well as more than 100 students engaged in the improvements to date, from site preparation to stone-wall construction.

Those who joined Hintz for the Thursday afternoon work detail are David M. Collazo, a building construction technology student from Monroe Township, New Jersey; Madison L. Kistler, of Kutztown, graduating next month in surveying technology (and staying on for additional degrees); Stephen K. Lee, of Bethlehem, enrolled in residential construction technology and management; and Harrison Wohlfarth, a concrete science technology major and building construction technology alumnus from Midlothian, Virginia. “What a great opportunity to link the college’s commitment to community connection and real-world classroom activities … and to have the students’ names permanently displayed side-by-side with those of war heroes who have given the supreme sacrifice,” Hintz said. “The veterans group’s actions have touched my heart in a way that I can’t even describe, and I am truly humbled by the goodness that this cooperative college effort has produced.”

– Photos by Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday

 

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