Bridge to be named after Earl Luzader

When it’s time to work in the garden, Earl Luzader crosses a concrete bridge over Sugar Creek Branch, which runs alongside the cabin where he’s lived since the depression.

The bridge will be dedicated in Luzader’s honor during a ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday on Fall Creek Road in Ripley Township.

Luzader’s property sits in the unincorporated community of Hibernia, a four-minute drive from Yountsville. His neighbor, Justin Miller, set sights on the bridge after reading local author Dick Munro’s book, “Paddling Sugar Creek.”

In the book, Munro writes about his frustration over nearly all the county’s bridges and roads being numbered instead of named according to local character. Miller began thinking about names for the bridges crossing the branch.

Montgomery County Commissioners have already renamed the bridge on Luzader’s property as the “Earl Luzader Bridge.”

At the dedication ceremony, local artist Larry Ward will unveil a wooden sign designating the bridge. An official proclamation will be read and Father Alexis Miller of the nearby Holy Transfiguration Church will offer a prayer of blessing.

Following the event is the Fall Creek Road Spring Clean-Up, where residents pick up trash along the road.

A pitch-in picnic will be held at the church at noon.