Special Edition 6-24 & 25, 2017

Special Edition
Monday, July 10th

June 24 and 25: An interview with former Wilkes-Barre School Board member Dr. Mark Schiowitz of the group Save Our Schools about the possibility of neighborhood schools instead of a mega-school planned for Plains; a preview of the Briggs Farm Blues Festival in Nescopek and part two of Wilkes-Barre Councilman Tony Brook’s tour of historic parts of the city.


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Welcome to a special edition. A weekly look at these issues in the news and the personalities shaping the stories special edition is a production of Entercom communications. The views expressed by guests are not necessarily those of Entercom communications staff. Management or sponsors. Now here's your host soon Henry. On today's program. We'll talk to a neighborhood school advocate who believes wilkes-barre areas consolidation plan for its high schools is not the best path will meet the founder of an area blues festival that's ready to roll into its twentieth year this July. And will learn more about our areas prominent people and historical structures within wilkes-barre councilman. Who recently hosted a tour of the downtown that attracted hundreds. The Wilkes-Barre area school board has been wrestling with the future of its high schools for several years now various plans have been put on and in some cases taken back off the table in Maine the board chose a site in plains township near the current Solomon plains educational complex. Foray consolidated high school for students of miers and Coughlin high schools. While leaving GA our students in their current building miers and Coughlin are considered to have structural issues. And board members believe this plan is the best possible solution to a contentious issue former Wilkes-Barre area school board member. Doctor mark shield wets is part of a community group save our schools. They have a different vision for the future. Doctor she awaits and group members are advocating for neighborhood schools. Which would eliminate the need for expensive busting allowing children from families to be educated and facilities near each other. As they transition from lower to upper greats. And give parents the opportunity to walk to schools increasing their involvement in the process. We recently sat down with doctor Sheila wets to discuss the plan he and members of save our schools supports me out. Your case for your interest. In the Wilkes-Barre area school district in general and I have children. Who went to the district but what else did you see in and palaces you can involved it probably started with. A coach and coaching activity when I was asked to be volunteer coach centenary years ago with the junior high students recognized though. Important exports were to the children that mr. exports and activities. And then. There was some talk about cost cutting cutting out junior sports at that it was so important for those. Kids to stay. Active and involved in positive things that wind there was a controversy all school board opening I volunteered to fill out somebody's term. And and that's a court court appointed. Fill in on the school board. And that got me interest didn't in a lot of other things it'd become prominent now like school size number of schools what fit achievement best it's after. We need him involved in this he must have been aware that there are some structural deficits many schools and then there. Began a conversation about where to go from here should the schools be rehab should there be. A new school in that timeframe what do you remember best was your mind open to different possibilities. Were you listening to what. That people had to say about it and the professionals. Yeah I I had some background from that time on the board. When a board member suddenly sit up in and said let's close Myers high school. And I thought well how many schools we need what's the proper number of students in the school. What is you know what is optimal. And to do a lot of Reading at that time it came in handy now because at this point there is in the school board plan. To consolidate to either one. Were too high schools. That plan came because of structural problems that Coughlin and then some structural mostly facade problems were noted minors which is stable GA or was thought to be in pretty good shape and then had to come up with a building plane had to cope with the building plan. They felt first instead of what usually happens in that is have curriculum dictate your facilities so they are engaged Nate. Building first. Sort of scenario which which is not proper it may be necessary. Because their facilities but that's a position and. You know I have both been in the schools. That if you look at the schools you may think yourself as a layperson. Schools are disaster how could kids possibly go to the schools and then. How would they be motivated to stay in school once you see the condition. Of some of those schools how do you respond. To that and in in your research have you discovered that there can be things done here to bring those existing buildings. Up to some kind of semblance of order. If if you can look past the unkempt. Nature of the buildings because the buildings have not been well cared for and that's been for many years. You concede their potential if you're aware of some school restorations that have been done have been and elsewhere and PST punt a school for instance in in Delaware where some members of SOS visited. There it was a real eye opener as to what can be done with the school about the sightseeing sizes miners in the same age and they did a remarkable. And sensible job of not making it a new school but modernizing completely. Changing out the systems. Maintaining many of the features that we're the we're good they're seek and see what can be done and has been done elsewhere but. Schools are never built like this anymore. And so when you're looking at schools that are structurally. Steel and concrete Mike Myers in GR. With stained glass and granite and marble they are. Landmark schools they really should be on historic registry and there's some work being done to. See about that but you see that there is potential for those buildings those polling also. By the words of plan on the construction arm of the state deal we. Kim last. Indefinitely if their restored. Whereas any new construction can only expected to last 440 you're 45 functionally years. And that's with maintenance and upkeep which has been the downfall over buildings. The cost of this obviously is a concern of people and you seem to believe that restoring these schools. Is fiscally. More prudent. In March cost less. To restore school. The and to build a new. Some of the numbers the district has received from the design team confuses that issue but planned com we'll tell you in general. If you can restore restore yet infrastructure. You have neighborhood schools have the ability to walk to school you have a smaller in moments which usually fit achievement. And again you have these longer these longer lasting schools when you were when you do that and further than the yen. The track record of consolidation has not been good in terms of operations costs it's generally good operations caused generally go up. And that's mean justification. You know for consolidation in the first place so I think you have to look to the potential. Of these of these buildings in all the advantage. One of your other concerns would be the issue of the transportation. And I guess that time spent boxing. Children and and may be the inability of parents to attend different events that are held at a consolidated school Kenya talents and your concerns and that report those agree points. Busing. Puts children. On on transportation for a good amount of their day. A distant school. Has disadvantages. With less participation. In school events. One of the M one of the things that experts think can be done to help troubled academic schools like our schools. I used to try to get more parental involvement. In the schools. We have a lot of feelings without transportation we have a lot of realize a lot of poor families. And those are interested if we do but signed better programs to get appearance involved the school to be able to walk to school is their children do. He encourages that kind of participation. Whereas if they don't have transportation school several miles away that's just not gonna happen. He also some concerns about this kind of consolidation. Based upon extracurricular activities. And the opportunity for maybe only a handful of kids to get involved in the Anders tourists or to be the drama club at center right. Right the activities. For. These students he is critical to their overall development critical to keeping them out of trouble. Keeping them engaged. And in fact athletes in hand those that are active in clubs when they are active generally pull their grades up during those periods of time. So so that's that's very important. The statistics on consolidated schools are that there is far less involvement from French club football I like to say. So the number of kids that are involved in school life go down the drop out rates increased security problems also increase. The academic achievement usually goes down these are all known disadvantages. Of further consolidation and there's there's pretty good evidence in the in the literature. About that and further it has not save money. When you look at that model of but neighborhood school can you talk a little bit about what you think is so advantageous. And that firm firm located twelve and the structure and you see. These these schools going toward under what you would like to see. Gives some neighborhoods a chance it have their individual schools and it gives kids stability really from K through. Graduation. It seemed to do better when there's the least amount of a people. And the fewer. Numbers of school changes so systems such as K through six and seven through twelve. Work K through eight and 9012 are well fond of systems where you don't have that transition year but further. They seem to do better when they can do their schooling in the single neighborhood and that's basically what we have whether it was. With great foresight or by accident. We have a situation we're in self will expert in the heights neighborhoods there news. A campus that involves the elementary school and the high school kisser right across the street Myers. Heights elementary right near JR that's an excellent situation for families who keeps those students in the same. Neighborhood and stable and off buses and walked into school. And with potential for family involvement what we'd like to see is the same thing developed for the third school coffin coffins older building is thought to be structurally unsound is now has been stripped of their students are divided between two buildings. We would like to get them into. A single building as soon as practical and it seems to me that given the demographics of this. The district the ideal spot would be adjacent to the major elementary center in plains township. Building a limited school Coughlin there and restoring the other schools and staged fashion seems to be. The most logical step to take that would give that neighborhood a elementary secondary camps as well. How much investigation has been done in two. Making what you say really happened you say there's this design team and they seem very desirable to build a new school. Have spoken out over what they think. Are not obstacles to creating. These three neighborhoods schools. He seemed to think. That the cost would be prohibitive. To. Renovate the renovate schools. The SOS group and and I take issue with their numbers all of their numbers seem to be inflated. Perhaps not intentionally inflated them nonetheless. I'll give you a single example. That sticks in my craw nets 26 million dollars force seismic bracing. In the restoration Myers high school has never been an earthquake here even if some local. Code person says to them you should brace for earthquakes which is highly doubtful. The type of bracing according to an expert that that I've come to know that they've elected to. Choose an estimate. Is both the most expensive and least effective. So that that's one. Figured that bothers me great deal in the number they gave. For building. A new Myers on site he was considerably less than restoration. Which again is. Contrary to the experience. Elsewhere. The number they gave for building. A new Coughlin. In planes. Was. More than double. What Dallas paid for me 12100 student school built in in their region just 55 years ago with no. With no significant them construction inflation during that period of time so they were able to build their school for 39 million dollars. Still a lot of money but we list in the estimate that this group. We talk about these issues at did meetings and in other venues I imagine a lot of people. My supporter what you wanna do you believe that there is a growing support. To have neighborhood schools verses building one mega school. Think there's a lot of support in I think the more that. That people hear this message that that there is that there's evidence and research that suggests the advantages I believe who have still greater support what they're also is unfortunately though is not so much apathy. But the feeling that there's little that one can do to. Deter school board it's on a determined course and I think that's where did you. And you think that that school board can be. Featured at this point what what will it take. Ideally. Those people in the room in them majority that are. And running again for office we'd be replaced. I think that an opportunity to to get people on the ballot was missed. And now some sort of independent run writing campaign would be the only way to do that. That's really the the most practical way to stop this plan. That's doctor mark she'll wets a former Wilkes-Barre area school board member you can find out more about the group people logs to. Wilkes-Barre area save our schools on their FaceBook page you're listening to special addition. On Entercom communications. You were listening to special edition on the intercom communications. Hosted by sue him ring. And just a pac man's dream to bring their music he loves to his family farm has becoming highly successful reality. That is celebrating its twentieth anniversary in July. Richard Briggs has loved blues music since he was a teenager helping his father on the land his family has farmed since the seventeen hundreds. Now the brakes farm blues festival brings together people for four days of peace love and music. Kind of reflective of another event that Maxi Astor once put together we recently spoke to Richard Briggs about the popular festival the. Special place there really is you can definitely feel the excitement. When you get there but you can also tell that it's it is a family farm. In our own end and can or friendly and some variants like perfect atmosphere turned to relax and to enjoy some music. This arm has been in your family for a long time right. Yes and so of 1760s. Yeah must farm my family go. Settled the farm back some teams sixty's so. It's a good sized farm from Pennsylvania that's 430. Acres and dozens of festivals is pretty much rate in the middle of the foreign. And to assume that's that's all we're doing now sort of getting the feels ready for parking and camping and anything delegates ready so everybody's been excited to see a couple weeks away. You slicker your personal field of dreams right because this is something that you start obviously you started a twenty years ago. What was your impetus to put this to get out there. Well you know I think anything like this and decide the size is it's it's a dream but it's more a dreamy and you have to really have the ability to stick with your your dreams and your ideas and and keep keypad and this is our twentieth year so. We've we've been able to do you know as a farm. And as a family and done it's it's worked for for twenty years so on college started was probably one of sixteen in note 1969. So that was the Woodstock time and to I was farming. With my father I was helping out the same feels so we're using now so that was probably did not also. I worked for on channel 44 Ford 22 years soon to know. You production there right ice a bore with so look really good people that know how to put on an event like this so it's there's a lot to putting on event that had been toasting 7000 people and getting everything right been in the end to presented in a way that. Dead people were happy you know when they come so that that's a big event type atmosphere that you have to go you have to know the you can do so I knew I can do it and I had to add farm. Had a desire to stay on the farm and keep the family farm going. So all those things worked together and I was going to Al thawra festivals a Philip felt folk festivals one of the closest that I can remember thinking well. I can do better in this you know so but indeed it did take quite a few years to get. So the point where we had enough people there to make it so that I didn't feel like I had to go back. To work Monday morning just to gonna pay for the bills that I just had so but everything's gone well now. And has been for but well. And in need in the beginning of this evening to black issues blues. As the thing you want to base this on and then how did you go about to choose talent that you thought you could afford. That would attract an audience to ask a pack because it's. Kind of bucolic and I'm sure wasn't on the festival circuit in the beginning and you have to new make people believe they should come here. Because it wasn't on the personal circuit because there's nothing happening there but it is we are close to new York and Philadelphia so I quickly learned that there are a lot of artists that are playing. On the East Coast are looking for other gigs and also I would always wait till. Late in this in the booking season so that I could follow where they weren't figure out you know that I can get somebody that I could afford and actually very lucky the first year we can beat Jack Johnson who really started us off on the right with. Right foot you know under and it it actually propelled me to go further into the history of blues and and he got down to the delta two Clark's dale and and and Antonio and a bunch of places down there and sort of meet a lot of guys so I've had up since the let that's one of the things has been part of the festival since the start. The day as far as the blues music whatever music we listen to when we're teenagers you know warm and high schools that is kind of music that. Sticks with us on the rest of our lives and to Intel into music I was listening to was very much blues based I mean literally Vance. Like in The Rolling Stones for one Eric Clapton and oh Bob Dylan even all the bands we're we're going to listen to these old guys a Muddy Waters who wasn't all down the Muddy Waters send him to how long Walsh and all those guys on Chicago. And so. I think that's what made it and made sense to me and also there was already. A lot of people out there listening to the blues I like those people made sense to me so I just was something network farewell and until the audience is an audience. That followed the blues who followed blues music Canada I like the fact that there is so deep history to it to lose. The audience that comes to Briggs farm. Is it's an amazing audience to me dishes are really special pride in that audience there's there's so much harmony. That there are so many people there who aren't listening very closely to their music and there are so many people there who come out to. Dancing hula hoop and such like that in. It's just there's about the people who come that I think also makes this festival just a great pleasure. And there's truth to it it becomes a community at an audience a group of people that large in the end it's an enjoyable. Community. And I think the bands do their best. Well performance because of the audience. Excitement about them upon him and I know. A lot of people don't even really know the bands when they come so I I do enjoy. Introducing exit them to bands and they won't have ever heard of or are different sounds. And M personalities that they haven't seen before. But Doug then on the other hand there are people who know everything about the blues there are people that follow the blues from spring to fall. And to us all over the country all over the world and don't abuse there are so it makes for a pretty interesting time especially early you've been in the green room backstage at her hip and that's the escorted a nice time back there and where you get to me a lot of people in the business you know I'm. And also people who attend it's that type of place where the artist will come out. And sit down at a table on talk to everyone in the crowd or even walk around in afternoon. And go back into the campgrounds enchantment and things like that's those kind of a nice. Open. Type community of people are musicians is fairness. And also with this festival Richard M eight you've managed to strike a beautiful balance and that I know there are other festivals across the country that are that are large in. Hmmm that they're they're like they're restricted air and and so on and so forth spears Justin as restrictive. As other because you actually let people bring food if they choose and you know in beverages if they wish is on the during containers that are safe or you know cause it's on the grass and stuff but. You hurrying to. Of freedom. Hasn't worked trio in another places I don't know if it would always worked with the green others I was up there were reasons why some of these festivals had such strident rules about what he couldn't couldn't bring him though computers it's a little bit more relaxed. Yeah I think and go to bed that's just because of the form Amway typed typed up this journal well the people that work with us so there. They're very friendly and open end. The audience picks up on land the respect spec phone and only cute to please claim. We do you know have to. Remind them about the glass but then when we tell them they just aren't thinking about you know salute the work something else out so now. Yes so we respect the artist M we also respect the audience and so we get some sort of up. Neutral thing going we can't we just never have to tell people what to do or not to do. That is a great pleasure by the way as we can go there and honestly everybody is friendly bet there's there's no tension it's beautiful. And I'm that you had very little trouble over the years up there. There we haven't. The script is usually if there's trouble somewhere and having a little bit too much foreign in the so we. We have to calm him down for their own good but it doesn't matter and it's it's a good time there and and you had the a little bit too. Bigger this year he got a couple of days you start there with what do you start with two days he's O and an end expanded has traditionally been. Two days Friday and Saturday. And we just last year and this year decided to. Bookend both of those days so Thursday's just for the campers. That so that's neat thing about cam fell assault always our biggest. Complaint from people's and it wasn't long enough so especially people that come in and set up for camps so so now they'll be waiting to come in Iowa on Thursday morning and we'll let him in in the afternoon. And then we have we have a stage in the woods just for them will be doing Allman Brothers music all night and don't. Then we also added Sunday so Sunday we do gospel blues who would Ciara. That's a very special aspect those the blues funerals always spend. Part of that I'm American music this epidemic in a mostly gospel music has a very strong emotional attachment not not necessarily spiritual Burnham emotional. Claim attachment and two people so it's been. A perfect way to finish up to weekend. We have Alexis these suitor in the ministers are sound in mid day there should do their record at your place which so those are some days saying oh my goodness. I love her so much she is. Fabulous. In June. Yes she's come back again this year and him you recorder throws her record company vote last year or two years ago. I'm recording some of the special bands that we have there are some will be doing that Lincoln this year and selects a Sony back from gospel Lonnie shields is doing gospel. That kind of hangs up for the whole we can grab money's been yet employees like our family he's seeking but he grew up in Mississippi. Are not Mississippi and in Arkansas and his family. Had to ban that went around to. Two. Hospitals and didn't perform as for hospitals so he's spin tunes. If spiritual gospel blues since he was a little kid so he's come and they really want to be part of our gospel show so he's going to be on the gospel show on Sunday and then we also love thorn in Davis. On but on the stage for gospel Sunday she's well known into Detroit two fabulous voice. In this great mix of nationally known accent and this guy slam on my gosh when he plays he jumps into the crowd plays the guitar and the crowd that's wonderful and but her dad John Neman and none the blue dreamers we heard him already today these are great acts they come back here near each year ending year out but you're so I have and I just is such a great tribute. Because our areas sometimes is it knocked from being you know backward and what ever beat you have some people scored a local. And they are wonderful players and then what did you give them the opportunity to take the stage to I think that's really a great. Tribute TU NN them. Yeah well that that's something doubt that we should all try to support is the show local artists because there in our community and so it's it's just very good for all of us to have exposure to Norman and I think that's something that's been growing has been coming back anyhow. In due to the breweries in and other venues around Austin Douglas is common then we also have. Miss Melanie. Oh she's done I don't know if you caught her set two years ago I miss her and she's she's from a state college and achieve. Unless done should play Jim six standing ovation she just hasn't been tremendous attachment to the audience and those into acts that are on the on the back ports stage and also. Ed Rendell slow and to Brent Alexander Tony I'll check planning on their during the band name is called. These are minor blues when they all played together so there and there are festival favorite also on the back or stage. Doesn't get much better than breaks armor Betty if you haven't then I would suggest that you go because his disease is very special time. And this is the twentieth anniversary so ambulance to do it up big on the twentieth and lord only knows we gonna do for the fiftieth that's going to be it's going to be spectacularly. I'm the things that was really special about this year being in the twentieth is. I hunt I really felt that I had to do something special for the lineup or not known him. The only. Ban that was still playing from our first year we had done protons and blues revue. Big Jack Johnson and bug the First Act up was phils top concern band was. Was told little sister at the time and so she was the first to. They end up on stage so oh. We managed to get her from this year which is playing at the opening act on the back or spiritual on Friday. We have felt that was appropriate love her with the restored together enact girl can shred. So she's also doing the National Anthem forest because she is the first victim should be doing National Anthem when asked her to do it she said. Just she had been on a trip to. To Paris soon when she came actually started practicing the National Anthem without even knowing why and so she was should be shocked and asked her. That's Richard Briggs founder of the breaks farm blues festival set for July 6 at the ninth and ask a pack. For more information visit their FaceBook page you're listening to special addition on Entercom communications. You were listening to special edition on intercom communications. Hosted by sue Henrik. It looks very man's enthusiasm for history is contagious that was evident recently when councilman Tony Brooks hosted his spring tour of some of wilkes-barre is most prominent homes. Hundreds came out to find out about FM Kirby Fred what officer and just Myer family. Situated along river street in Wilkes-Barre is a line of blue historical markers that motorists trolleys that I am a daily basis without giving much thought. Brooks discuss the historic past of that green space and one of wilkes-barre is mostly as citizens. Who became a well known painter. You are on a battleground right now or battles took place where people fought and died for. Property and what they thought would be air colony. And then later state and if you look at these blue historical markers. And a large. Stone marker reluctant to treat it that says support Turkey. And we're gonna walk by 124 Wyoming. Andy's wearing two sports. Where that pennsylvanians in the Connecticut's. Setup camps literally a thousand feet from each other. And back and battle it out this is. Really. A battleground. How many people actually ever take the time to stop and read these Lou. Historic markers right I've during the middle street. That's river red lights right are spotted but it is you go by so fast you know. On Tuesday's third marker commission actually makes a bumper sticker I stop for historical workers. You Gary and I actually served on a couple terms on that committee. Makes those markers in your review new elections in the years that I was on your 6070. Different people. Organizations groups would submit communities and and only about fifteen would make and there are about one in. 800 it's. Workers across the problem well. Wilkes-barre hats. Once and our most recent one was for the last two recent ones the ball the mine disaster. And then needs bounding. Mining in juniors which is placing part of guard insurance. First there. There's one right here between the trees that George Kaplan. And in my estimation George Kaplan is our most famous export. Who is revered in the art world today. Source cal was born here what's republic square over the Dunkin' Donuts is today. And I and a little log cabin and 1790 six's father apartment Catlin was when it first of four attorneys and looks very when the Tony was formed in 1786. Loser carriers form. And Georgetown was first going to be a lawyer. Throughout the law school. If you were living in here you're living here at the time you usually went to school in Connecticut that was like the homeland so at that time. Lots at Yale graduates are in this area and Litchfield adult law school called it's bill lost us this day so every hour go to jail. Or which field for others cooling. Count goes to that. He gives up the law though because he really has a different passion passion for the art. Passion for pain and he moves to Philadelphia to go to the cup and it had a mean a fine arts institution that still exists today a beautiful building. On north broad street by all and it becomes. A portrait pain. Of wealthy philadelphians. At that time this is the eighteen twenties and thirties when it gets also caught up in this wonderful stories that start coming from. Then midwest in the west Lewis and Clark. Go west and survey all the sling and write about it in the newspapers as a young man George reads this stuff and it's very fascinated. In line disease there's this whole movement in America you heard that expression go west young man right. And people would start to go in Georgia gets swept up. And exploring. Indian culture native American ceremonies their religions your sporting events and their people. Any Erica. Painted portraits of cheese. Portraits of their women orchards of am hunting buffalo on horseback portrait or pains. Buffalo. As well and because it really the very first of his error to use any doubt that time period. That was absolutely. Perfect because. If he waited. Ten more years they'd all be. Sad parts of artistry. United we shot him or you die of diseases we just kept pushing so luckily he was at the right time. To record. Historically. Their lives and how they look. Any amassed. Under pain and usually where artists. As a body of work completed they go on tour they go to art galleries they show off their work right George catlett as it goes in your London. Queen Victoria's jesus' work odd Piccadilly Circus he goes to Paris for mentioned taking 500 meaning it. 1845. Atlanta Paris making 45 he brings it right rings of and we Indians with him and at like eight. Rose versions show and tell right people are passing imagine Europeans seeing all the that it addresses. Very exotic. To them oriental looking people he doesn't show in Paris and he gets the notice that the king of France. Says to them you know like it really big museum. Would you like to show there elect you have your genes come to the loose how many people have been Hulu. Kind of amazing got a boy from works there it gets a royal invitation to become the first American. Have a large scale exhibition absolute. That's pretty cool. Very fascinating story. Speaking of France and George Kaplan meet at the lewd act. Opening up a show and have a conversation. And the king says George where your problem in George's arm from Wilkes-Barre and the king says well I've been there. AC 45. How the world for the king of France had been there was he was a guy. I mean people know while losing what you while losing. Or asylum right Marie Antoinette was supposed to go to. A French aristocrat refugee camp in the middle of the woods in northern Pennsylvania I don't understand that our story. God bless the people it. Well if you were part of the aristocracy of Harris during the revolution. You're worried about. Pretty much one day. Right yes. Keeping an attached U packed town really fast right here Lugar had. Young guys names the duke colonial nineteen years old. Least Paris. He goes to England south Hamptons the big port. Takes ship. Call America. To Philadelphia this ship by the way America is owned by a guy named David he field Cunningham. Ever heard those names. Heard hate fieldhouse. Right it's becoming a father of the purse Cunningham comes here. Completely at Kuwait's. It took a bully on gets the Philadelphia C guy named Robert Morris he's the financing or the American revolution. We got a lot of money from France and arms. That broke their government actually he says to the duke of only on paid gold to Wilkes-Barre ghosts in my body Mathias Holland back. He's arranged for me it was 12100 acres. Updating. Northern loser in county Bradford county did exist at this time go see him go check this land that we're getting four. You're a little click it come to the metal bullets. Well the duke all along comes here to whatever comes to exactly across the street which charcoal is today too which average. On my guy named John art. And looks very turned out has this huge party where young little French aristocrats nineteen years old they do colonial. Lord Butler is there. Is all about. Whole council everywhere just shows up for this thing. He gets on a vote not voluntary course was all along the banks of the Susquehanna go check on this land. This duped and gets in. Essentially invited back. To Paris because there's another little dictators it gets the French throne and Napoleon today and he says are all catcher head off comeback right. They do it comes back well what happens Napoleon. He has his Waterloo Eagles off to Corsica comes back Eagles off. Alba. Dice. There and when he leaves the French imperial throne. The more ball thrown comes back in movie the eighteenth. The eighteenth is short Charles the ninth comes. And then a guy named you re fi. There's a sense to the French throne and he was the duke Italy don't hear wilkes-barre 17967. That means George Kaplan. In 1840 spot. And talks about his Indian days and says that it looked. Very answers right small world the connect all these little dots. When you go on that sort house score or you don't wanna my courthouse doors I was so you in the dome of the courthouse. Rotunda. There are two president's founding father and George Allen. I think it's a passing our courthouses built in 1909. And they stayed at a public building is specific. Index of the characters the people who build. So we thought very highly of ourselves and 99 does it mean if gem of a court and in this courthouse we decorated with our local history here our local art. And we pay homage to presidents are dome Lincoln and Washington. We pay homage to a founding father Benjamin Franklin who by the way I was president of Pennsylvania when music and it was formed. Six in April local boy there. That's how much we spotted George Allen in 1909. But it would presidents have been frankly I wish we think this game and we know there's a certain class of people in the art world. But we hope. That you'll tell your kids in your friends or neighbors about. This guy from experience for a public square how X. There's absolutely anyways of course those on the tumor also learned about the man reared on Franklin street in the expanding city. Who gave the world one of its most important financial instrument. So after after the civil war wilkes-barre starts to expand south of south street. And there are in our our practices purposes citing records from the city where Barnum. Had this farm and he he knows there's an Alley over here call Barnum place. So it's after the civil war this is in this neighborhood starts to get the belts hand. Houses that the times are close together because the demand for housing. Is pie. Because we don't have cars so everybody who's living downtown is also walking to work or they have a carriage and know how to carriage house in the back to. To keep their to keep their horses. Well. This was a very successful project. And rebuild houses. By an organization calls yes got a bad name later with a toaster but prior to a Joseph sterling they were very successful. And on restoring these houses which were come the lead lap eight. You can see right through to the roofs of them. And they started to come back. 2004. Lines but it's a great story. The guy who built it guiding. Charles Morgan. Built this house in in the artwork. Right he built this house in 1890 hires an architect mean. In HD HW Hawkins. Hawkins is the guy who built hotels sterling. Sterling so. Bad houses around. But 1998. Charles Morgan Burke in his white house on name Walter Morgan. Walter Morgan goes off to Princeton university graduate in 191. In 1928 he comes back to wilkes-barre. Hits up all the relatives. His uncle is in the also and a hardware businesses. Nieces nephews also live on west are here there's no other houses. And he raised 100000. Dollars. 92 is 100000 dollars an awful lot of money. He takes that 100000 dollars any invested in. New financial instrument called a mutual fund. And he gives inane to this mutual line after the duke of Wellington he calls at the Wellington. Ever heard it. It's still exist today it's now owned by vanguard. And Wellington fine went from 100000. Dollars in 1928. You right now on its market expected. Hanging nine billion now. And it's RD year. You know those little historical markers that you see you around looks barrel over the outlook Pennsylvania right that undoubtedly off by. So. It takes a year process hopefully one game we will happen historical marker to that fact that. Wellington on the Genesis on mutual funds. Start right here. The oldest house in wilkes-barre sits on river street but it didn't start there are according to Brooks so welcome to the. Oldest house in Wilkes-Barre won I mean this is very indicative of what we call can Yankee yankees style architecture the first settlers that. Come to bear. And if you look at it from the front. You've committed. You see a very small version of the port for being straight this is what all the houses looked like and looks. And in 1858. I have a copy of lovable dad bought mine I need game. Little travel guide to Pennsylvania that's put out by the railroad because the rose one you'd take they're trained to go see cities and make money. They would have a little travel guide. An 1858 he described wilkes-barre had. Any Connecticut New England town in Danville Pennsylvania where all the houses are white with green shutters and flower garden in front. And white steeple churches. That's pretty nice right I'm taking it. What happened after that. Ages is more critical ally and obviously we just knock all the houses now here's an interesting story about this house is it's true. It's not its original location. When would Butler and name that I hope you know from the battle Wyoming. Cain to Wilkes-Barre he is it is dated a leader. Of expert he's the moon that military leaders of the political leader gets elected to be in town moderator so we've kind of like the first mayor before reading app makers he buys a lot number three. We it's wives. On the corner. A lot number four. At the corner of North Hampton and south rivers. At him Boller has a son named lord saw a wonderful name. I'm sure he was pompous. He gets it because his mother's maiden name with more snow and lord Mary's Evelyn Butler bull. Addison and Daimler bought. Lord Butler and having. Thirteen different political offices. First off that the world. Was by virtue of having his father. Appoint him to be a core Europe or will there we call that nepotism right. It's something we haven't seemed to shake out there. Lord Butler becomes the first chair of the town council. He's one of my predecessors. And it becomes the second mayor walks which we call those days purchase becomes the first Sarah. The county commissioner of retirement area to register sales and estate editor. Help all these office. And had this wonderful house that house but at North Hampton and doctor. It gives birth to a young lady you yet. And but when it hits girls. Mary's a woodwork. And any. Names and the work he's that they decide you know what. Let's get ready field house and build mine mansion and due in 1968. When standard totally demolishing. A take you there. And who. If you or where an affront. One of the hallmarks of knowing architectures symmetry. Or in the middle. One. Right there all. You look at it and how she did door and it just one. It is in our hallway and won their house and two thirds of it. Is moved here in 1868. Has been here ever since. That's Wilkes-Barre city councilman Tony Brooks leading a crowd any recent walking tour of the historic downtown. Stay tuned for more on feature shows you're listening special addition on Entercom communications. Thanks for listening to special edition. A weekly look at these issues in the news and the personalities shaping the stories.