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President Emeritus Todd Milano Joins Knightly News Podcast

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

The Knightly News Podcast is proud to release Episode #43, featuring President Emeritus Todd Milano during his last few days with the school, as he will retire after 42+ years with Central Penn College.

During the program, Milano tells several key stories about the history of Central Penn, including new details about our founding date, the interaction with the Boyer family when purchasing the Boyer House, and the back-story of Henszey’s Bridge and how it came to Summerdale.

Milano is an avid seeker of history about the college, and even visited the grave site of the founder of the school at a Virginia cemetery in recent weeks.

The podcast is also joined by Knightly News President Sherri Long, a 1989 alumna, who is in her final term prior to completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.

In his final days before retirement, he looks forward to the future of Central Penn.

“May (Central Penn) inspire students to grow beyond their wildest dreams.” Milano said on the podcast.  “And may those students as graduates, go out and locate careers, not jobs, careers that excite them, as they work their hardest to make this world a better place.”

Finally, President Emeritus Milano would like to invite all interested parties to a president portrait unveiling of Todd and Bart Milano on Nov. 22 in the ATEC Lobby from 10 – 11 a.m.  This will be his last day with the college before retirement.


This episode may also be found at our SoundCloud page:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/the-knightly-news-podcast-episode-43-todd-milano

 

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Campus Bridge is a Link to the Future, and to the Past

By Destani Matthews

Knightly News Reporter

Central Penn College has been home to the 148-year-old Henszey’s Wrought Iron Bridge, a historic touch to the campus scenery, for over a decade.

This bridge has been one of the main attractions for not only prospective students, but the school’s surrounding community. The school’s former tagline that interweaved with having the historical piece is “Your Bridge to Success,” as well as making the school logo the outline of the bridge.

Henszey’s Wrought Iron Bridge is one of the historic treasurers on Central Penn's campus.

Henszey’s Wrought Iron Bridge is one of the historic treasures on Central Penn’s campus. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

Former Central Penn College President Todd A. Milano bid on the bridge for just $22 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; he was the only bidder. Before giving bridges away, the state first seeks to improve and reuse its historic bridges.

“If it can be rehabilitated, we’ll rehabilitate it – that’s our preference, especially from a historic preservation perspective,” Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) spokesperson Kara Russell told structuremag.com.

According to historicbridges.org, the bridge is 92 feet long, 17 feet wide and 9 feet high. Patented by Joseph G. Henszey in 1869, and built by the Continental Bridge Co. of Philadelphia, the shape of the wrought iron (a tough, pliable form of metal made for forging instead of casting) bridge is both bowstring (the braided steel cable) and arch.

The main purpose of the bridge was to carry Main Street traffic over Trout Creek in Slatington, Lehigh County. It functioned for nearly 80 years, carrying cars and milk trucks – loads heavier than the bridge was meant to hold.

It was later replaced by another bridge and moved to Wanamakers, also in Lehigh County, where it served to carry lighter traffic until the bridge was again moved to Greiner Industries in Mount Joy, Lancaster County, for restoration.

On Jan. 16, 2001, the Pennsylvania Department of General Services informed Central Penn College the school held the winning bid on the bridge. The historic bridge was set up at the college on May 6, 2002. Part of the agreement of buying any of the bridges specifies that they must be restored to meet Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Interior’s standards.

According to The Washington Post, it’s important having the Henszey’s Bridge on Central Penn’s campus, for historical purposes.

“Historically, truss bridges were made to be moved, so it’s still in keeping with their historic nature to move them,” Russell told the Post.

The bridge’s influence on the spirit of Central Penn continues through appearances in the background of numerous college photos and videos, and the bridge continues to offer a beautiful and functional connection on campus, a unique landmark that no other place in the country has.


To comment on this story or to suggest a story, contact the KnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

Edited by media club coadviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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