Resolution honors Weatherly's 150th anniversary celebration
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Harold Pudliner, Weatherly borough manager, second from left, accepts the resolution from Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard, left, Wayne Nothstein, second from right, and William O'Gurek, honoring the borough on its 150th anniversary.
The borough of Weatherly is celebrating its 150th anniversary.
During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board adopted a resolution recognizing the occasion.
Weatherly was originally known as Black Creek and founded by Benjamin Romig in 1825. It became the borough of Weatherly on Oct. 8, 1863.
The borough's start began in the timbering industry, and with the development of the railroad for the transportation of coal, the population grew and more businesses began to take shape. Most notably, the proclamation states, was the former Read and Lovatt Silk Manufacturing Company, which was the world's largest throwing mill, "had the honor of making the silk threads for the manufacture of material for the inauguration of President Theodore Roosevelt."
Throughout the years, the town has been touched by a number of visionaries, including Asa Packer, Charles Schwab, James Audubon, Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt, all while maintaining the small town atmosphere with a community nestled in the mountains that is rich in history and legacy.
Harold Pudliner, borough manager, accepted the proclamation.
He thanked the commissioners on behalf of the borough for this honor and stated the borough looks forward to working with the county for another 150 years.
Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard, who lives in neighboring Packer Township, thanked Pudliner for the great job that he and council do to make Weatherly a great place.
He pointed out that in August, a 150th anniversary community festival was held. Thousands came out to attend the three-day event.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, a parade will take place through the borough, beginning at 2:30 p.m. It will begin at Tweedle Park, move down West Main Street to Plane Street then continue on the traditional Weatherly parade route, ending at Eurana Park.
A dinner and dance will end the celebration on Sunday.
Pudliner commended the anniversary committee for planning the events, as well as the parade and making it all come to reality.
"They did a fantastic job," he said.
Commissioner William O'Gurek said that the county is happy to have such a good working relationship with Weatherly and thanked Pudliner for all that he has done over the years.
Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said that he is looking forward to working with he borough in the future.
In other matters, Ron Gilbert, owner of the Covered Bridge Inn in the Little Gap section of Lower Towamensing Township, asked the commissioners if they knew how long the covered bridge on Little Gap Road will be closed.
He said he is worried that if the bridge is closed over the ski season, his business will take a major hit.
The commissioners said they are not sure how long the bridge will be closed but if something can be done, such as signage or if the bridge can be opened to cars only, they will look into it.