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Bridge Naming Contest

A committee has been formed to develop a contest to name the new bridge in Williamsburg.  Voters will be able to choose between 10 potential names or they may write in a name of their own choosing.  Paper ballots will be made available in the Williamsburg Borough Office as well as several local businesses.  Votes will be collected through May 15.  All those casting a vote must certify they have a Williamsburg address or their vote will not be counted.  Residents may only vote once.  Voting can also be done through this website.  Once the votes are tabulated, the committee will work through local representative offices to officially name the bridge.  Money is being provided via the Sons of the American Legion to purchase appropriate signage for the bridge. 

Click here for the link to the online ballot. 

The following are the choices:

1. Wilmer Stultz- The first pilot to make history when he flew the (monoplane) “Friendship” across the ocean along with his co-pilot Amelia Earhart (trans-atlantic flight on June 17-18 1928).

2. Charles Schwab- Born in Williamsburg, President of U.S. Steel and Bethlehem Steel. He is credited with building the Williamsburg Paper Mill which operated here for 70 years.

3. Galen Hall- Professional football player for the Washington Redskins. He later became head coach of the Florida Gators with an undefeated season of 11-0. He is currently offensive coordinator for the Penn State Nittany Lions.

4. Lt. General Vaughn Lang- 3 star general who has served as top commander of communications. He also worked at the Pentagon (34 years?).

5. William Cramer- Nationally known chalk artist who spent many years of his life trying to preserve the rich history and heritage of our town.

6. Jacob Ake- Founder of our town - “Aketown” which was changed to Williamsburg when he named it after his son William.

7. Chad Edmundson Memorial Bridge- In memory of Chad Edmundson who was killed in Iraq May 27, 2009.

8. Baum-Edmundson Memorial Bridge- In memory of G/SST Ronald Baum and Spec. Chad Edmundson who both lost their lives in Iraq K.I.A. May 3, 2004 & May 27, 2009 respectively.

9. Veterans Memorial Bridge- In honor of the 29 service-members from all branches of the military who lost their lives during combat operations in all wars from the Williamsburg area.

10. Williamsburg Memorial Bridge- In honor of ALL veterans, law enforcement & firefighters who have contributed a lifetime of service to our community, state and nation.

11. Other