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Developer to Preserve Grave of Ross Founding Father, Whether He's Buried There or Not

Casper Reel, and members of his family, were thought to have been buried near the 18th hole of the former Highland Country Club.

An attorney for the developer who wants to build 170 townhouses and 134 single-family Heartland Homes on the grounds of the former Highland Country Club told Ross Commissioners Tuesday night that the area where one of the township's founding fathers is thought to be buried, will be preserved.

. He, and 6 members of his family, were thought to be buried near the 18th hole of the old golf course. The family cemetery is still marked with a plaque near the 18th green, according to O’Hara historian Norman Meinert, who researched the Reel family. 

"I'm happy to report we've reached an understanding with Mr. John Reel, a representative of the Reel family, that we're going to preserve that area where they think there may be some graves there.," said attorney Jonathan Kamin. "We haven't been able to find any records of it but it's the right thing to do so we're going to go ahead and preserve that area with a carve-out, so it will remain undisturbed."

John Schalcosky, President of the Ross Township Historical Society, said he had given the developers several different documents which prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the Reel family is indeed buried there.

"I am very glad that they are not going to dig up our founding father and disturb his 189 year slumber," said Schalcosky. "This was the right thing to do from the very beginning and should have NEVER been a debatable issue."

Also part of the plan was the creation of the Casper Reel Memorial Park. Kamin those plans have not changed.

"That will not result in any change to the street pattern, that will not result in any change of the development in any way," he said. "It's just we're basically cutting out a perpetual easement to make sure that area remains undisturbed."

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Virgough February 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Could "The Patch" please publish the traffic impact study which was made by Penn-Dot and the Ross Police Dept. which was mentioned in the November article. I get the impression from the tone of todays article that this project is a done deal. Is it?
Richard Cook February 22, 2013 at 02:55 PM
The intent of this story was to focus on the issue of the Reel family cemetery. However -- this development is not a done deal. I'll refer you to a story we posted earlier this week regarding the traffic issues: http://northhills.patch.com/articles/traffic-concerns-delay-vote-on-heartland-home-plan-for-highland-country-club

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