Cedar Ridge Children's Home rises from ashes

October 10, 1997


Staff Writer

WILLIAMSPORT - Cedar Ridge Children's Home, which suffered a major fire last May, opened its doors Thursday following about $1 million in repairs and improvements to the facility.

A building that housed a gym, recreation center and several classrooms went up in flames in an electrical fire May 14, officials said.

Six months later, school officials broke ground on a new facility along Cedar Ridge Road to replace the burned structure.

Thursday morning, local school and court officials were invited to see the new complex, which includes a recreation area, gymnasium and six classrooms, said administrator Dave Swacina. Also, 12 new baseball fields have been developed on the property, which encompasses more than 100 acres, he said.


The school raised about $900,000 for the work, and borrowed about $278,000 from Hagerstown Trust, Swacina said. The school hopes to raise an additional $300,000, Swacina said.

Several group homes on the property were not affected by the fire. Students stayed in the homes and studied in temporary classrooms until the improvements were completed, Swacina said.

Students began using the new facility over the Labor Day weekend, Swacina said.

Cedar Ridge Children's Home and School Inc., is a private, nonprofit organization consisting of a home for troubled and abused boys, a special education program, WCRH radio and Adventure Programs.

On Saturday at 11 a.m., the new building will be officially dedicated and will be opened to the public. Swacina said.

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