Dec 22, 2016
Rumble Over Wehr's Dam
This striking photograph of Wehr's Dam was taken recently by local professional photographer Hub Willson, and featured on his facebook page. Among the many who complimented the photograph was Randy Cope, Park and Recreation Director of South Whitehall. Randy cooperated with efforts by the Wildlands Conservancy to demolish the dam, and still calls for its demolition in his Parks Master Plan. After I spent the last 30 months defending the dam against the Wildlands and South Whitehall, I couldn't refrain from reminding Randy that if he had his way, the dam wouldn't have been there last week for Hub to photograph.
When the former Allentown Park Director allowed The Wildlands Conservancy to demolish the quaint Robin Hood Dam in Lehigh Parkway, he told me that the dam could be replaced with a nice sign and picture of the former dam.
Just as the Democrats were surprised that Trump won in November, Randy Cope, The Wildlands Conservancy and the South Whitehall Commissioners never expected the Wehr's Dam Referendum to pass. They expected the residents to vote the dam away, when threatened with a tax increase for restoration. They thought that they could accommodate the Wildlands Conservancy with no political consequence. They still hope to demolish the dam.
Hub has understandably deleted the posting and controversy from his page, and I apologize for my intrusion there. Sometimes, in the course of fighting for our history, I must cross some boundaries; For that I make no apology.
photograph of Wehr's Dam by Hub Willson
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