To most people its just a big pile of junk, an eyesore and a disater waiting to happen. To others it's a link to our past as the coal mining center that fueled the industrial revolution and should be preserved.
The only contact I've had with a breaker was the one on North River Street next to the Wilkes-Barre Cemetery that I climbed around and threw rocks at the few remaining windows when I was a kid. When they tore down the place and cleaned up the mess around it we all cheered. A nursing home in now in that location.
Some of the ideas for the Huber site are creative. Paul Golias has the idea of a regional anthracite magical mystery tour that would tie the Huber to the coal mine tour and museum in Lackawanna County with the Ashley Planes and Eckley Miners' Village, and its museum, near Hazleton. Tourists could plan multi-day trips based on the anthracite heritage of the region. History would come alive for school kids on day trips.
Why not schedule "Anthracite Days,'' an annual valley-wide celebration of our heritage?
Renita Fennick said she would be willing to contribute a few bucks to the project and has many fundraising ideas.
But the owner of the site, Al Roman, is threatening to sell the thing for scrap. So our county commissioners led by the football player went into panic pass mode and decided to take the property by eminent domain. Mr. Roman will have to be compensated and it will take millions to restore the building and develop the property. How will the county pay for it? Float another bond is my guess. This is an idea that is nice but we just can't afford.
For more info on the Huber Breaker see the Huber Breaker Preservation Society.