Lancaster County, PA, August 22, 2012 - Last Saturday members of The Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania and a contracted painter painted Shearer's Bridge in Lancaster County.
A fresh coat of paint made a remarkable difference in the appearance of the bridge. Attached is a photo of the finished bridge taken Sunday.
On a sour note, when we visited the bridge on Sunday to take a photo we were saddened to see that a person or persons had vandalized the bridge with graffiti sometime between 9 p.m. Saturday night and noon Sunday. The graffiti was extensive. Manheim Township already has a volunteer who will remove all the graffiti and repaint areas as needed.
Below is a link to an article that appeared in Lancaster Online and Manheim Central about painting the bridge and about the graffiti. Gloria Smedley wrote the article about the painting and also submitted the three photos showing our group painting the bridge. The newspaper writer wrote the portion of the article about the graffiti and she took the graffiti photos. Click on the photo in the article and it should enlarge and then click "next" in the top right corner of the photo to advance to see all six of them. Go to: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/717654_Vandals-mar-new-paint-on-bridge-in-Manheim.html.
[This story was distributed to the Covered Bridge Community by Jim Smedly and James Crouse - Ed.]