Friends Rebuilding Whites Bridge Executive Board pursuing nonprofit status

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 10:46 am on Monday, January 20, 2014

KEENE TOWNSHIP — It’s been more than six months since the quiet morning of July 7 was suddenly awaked by the sight of the historic Whites Bridge engulfed in flames. 

The bridge, erected in 1867, was destroyed that day as it eventually collapsed into the Flat River.

But a group of area residents, all who possess a passion for the former bridge, are determined to see a replica bridge built in its place some day.

Not long after the remains of the bridge were removed from the river, an official board, now called the Friends Rebuilding Whites Bridge Executive Board, was formed.

The board consists of nine members, Chairman Jeffrey A. Christensen, Vice Chairman Tom Byle, Treasurer Nancy Stroosnyder, Secretary Joy Skutt, Trustee Ann Tyson, Trustee Jennifer Byle, Keene Twp Liasion Corey Wojcik, Fallasburg Historical Society Liasion Alan Rumbaugh and Founder Paul Phenix.

“Everything is going great,” Phenix said of the board’s current work to see the bridge rebuilt. “We know it’s going to be rebuilt., our task now is just getting the money to do it.”

The board will be meeting at the Keene Township Hall Monday evening at 6 p.m. for the board’s monthly meeting.

Phenix said the focus of the meeting will be to finalize the remaining steps of pursuing and completing a 501 C3, establishing the group as a non-profit organization.

Phenix said the public is welcome to attend and offer any ideas and input.

“I’m damn proud of the board we’ve got,” Phenix said. “We really didn’t have time to get organized right away. We were just a loose-net group of people that were trying to get things done. But now we are running smoothly.”

For more information about the board, visit

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