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Dale High moves behind the scenes to get taxpayers to help pay for his shopping mall. It’s good to be Dale.
“We are working in close partnership with High Real Estate Group to advance this project.”
by Ron Harper, Jr. Lancaster Post
Imagine you are Dale High flying over Lancaster.
Look down. To the east you see your Greenfield Industrial Park, which draws businesses from the city. It prospers. In the center of town, taxpayers are building you a $76 million hotel beside an equally expensive publicly-funded convention center, which you get to use exclusively. Now, on the west end of town, you have a couple of friendly township commissions which are shepherding your $100 million shopping center, while pushing $25 million in taxpayer funds for road improvements so your customers can get there. The chorus of citizens protesting below? The sounds can’t reach you from where you sit. “Nobody here knows how anyone else is going to vote,” said Manheim Township Commissioner
and Vice President of the board, Mike Flanagan, before the 3-2 vote in favor of moving High’s project forward last week. The comment drew laughs from the small crowd who came to witness The Crossings at Conestoga Creek’s predictable vote at the Manheim Township Commissioners’ meeting last Monday night. The Crossings is a behemoth of a development, a 646,000 square foot shopping center and parking lot across from Long’s Park and Park City mall. Flanagan, together with Carol Simpson, had joined with ailing Larry Downing, who phoned-in his “yes” vote, to give key approval to the project. Downing’s unprecedented phone-in vote strongly suggested that his vote, contrary to Flanagan’s statement, was known prior to the meeting. The vote was taken after 15 hearings, which included over 50 witnesses and lasted over 50 hours. The vote was orchestrated and choreographed by one of the two Penn Square Partners, Dale High, and was the second step for “The Crossings at Conestoga” to becoming a reality. Just how big is High’s project? Combine all three of Lancaster County’s Wal-Marts, add the Home Depot and the Circuit City; that’s almost how big the proposed shopping center will be. The project was introduced with blaring trumpets on March 23, 2006 by business partner, Lancaster Newspapers, Inc., which is the other half of Penn Square Partners. That day, the Lancaster New Era ran a beautiful, full-color illustration of what the “… pedestrian-friendly, openair,‘lifestyle’ shopping center” would look like. The intrepid LNP reporters cut and pasted High’s public relations department’s description of the project. A High spokesman was quoted, saying that the project was conditional on road
- Carol Simpson, February 2008
improvements, and then described how it would be paid: “Construction of the new interchange would depend on Congress approving funding,” the spokesman said. Enter Carol Simpson. A little more than three weeks before the public found out about the proposed shopping center, then-board President Simpson signed a letter on behalf of the commissioners, asking Senator Arlen Spector to give funds toward the Harrisburg/Route 30 exchange. The February 28, 2006 letter said in part, “We are working in close partnership with High Real Estate Group to advance the project.” There are no township resolutions or any meeting minutes that indicate when the decision to enter this “close partnership” with High began. Zero. In addition to signing a letter asking for funds, Simpson also traveled to Washington, D.C., and lobbied for the money.
“Just how big is High’s project? Combine all three of Lancaster County’s Wal-Marts. Add the Home Depot and the Circuit City; that’s almost how big the proposed shopping center will be.” Did Simpson travel with High to Washington? It is unconfirmed, but widely rumored, that Simpson was indeed accompanied by High himself, and that the trip included some socializing, where High enjoyed his favorite mixed drink (Manhattans). When contacted by the Post a week after her “yes” vote about this trip, Simpson said, “I don’t want to talk about it. We made our decision and that’s it. I don’t want to talk about it.” Township manager, Jim Martin, said that just he and Simpson made the trip together. Throughout the entire public process, when the Lancaster Newspaper has covered the hearings, the stories are almost always supplemented with gorgeous developer-provided full-color “artistic representations” of the bucolic shopping “experience” to come. When William Cluck, a lawyer for neighbors fighting the project, suggested corrections and a story idea to an Intelligencer Journal reporter, she responded with a profanity-laced email dismissing it. Eventually the newspaper’s “coverage” of the hearings was reduced to almost nothing. Continued on page 17...
Side by Side
Side by Side is a regular feature of the Lancaster Post where our editors ask the same question of two or more parties on different sides of the same issue. In this edition, we gave two members of the Government Study Commission the opportunity to present their positions on Home Rule.
Carol Y. Philips
On November 6, 2006, 11 people were elected from a non-partisan
Those who favor home rule will use any arguments, no matter how
specious, to convince the rest of us that it ought to be implemented here ballot, to become the first Government Study Commission (GSC). The in Lancaster county. task of the GSC is to “study all available forms” of county government, The main aspects of their home rule charter are: to see whether any of the available alternatives would make county 1. The functions of our current three county commissioners, who government stronger, more accountable, more responsible, more efficient, serve as the top executive and legislative officers of our county--as they or more economical. For all practical purposes, there are only two forms do in 60 out of 67 counties in Pennsylvania--are to be stripped from the available—the traditional one we have now, and Home Rule. county commissioners and divvied up between a county administrator/ Lancaster County itself began in 1729 as a home rule movement by executive--who would be appointed by the home rule Board of 5 new breaking away from Chester County. Since 1790, we are only allowed Commissioners. This appointed county administrator/executive would to do what the PA County Code expressly allows us to do. Under Home be vested with absolute executive authority, while the 5 commissioners Rule, we can have greater representation, more flexibility, and more local would function solely as the county legislature. Further, 1 of the 5 control. One size does not fit all, particularly in view of the diversity, the commissioners must be given office, i.e., be a member the Democratic or richness, and the heritage of Lancaster County. other minority party. Home rule commissioners appointing their county That 1874 Pennsylvania Constitution established our 3 County executive is analogous to congress appointing the president; to our state Commissioner system. This system also MANDATES the current legislature appointing the governor: A bizarre aspect of the proposed arrangement of 11 elected “row officers” such as the Recorder of Deeds, Lancaster county home rule charter. Prothonotary, Register of Wills, and Clerk of Courts 2. Another feature of the proposed charter involves (Criminal). These positions, each of which carries a “You can have a new home the abolishment of the following elected offices: 2 Jury salary and benefit package of $100,000 annually, involve without changing Commissioners, the Clerk of Courts, the Register of Wills/ the administration of clocking, filing, and organizing your address!” Clerk of Orphans’ Court and the Prothonotary. To take up papers and other records. Even the two part-time Jury the duties of these 5 abolished offices would be one elected Commissioner positions, which almost no one believes Clerk of Judicial Records. are necessary any more, and which cost the County a total 3. Also, home rulers would provide for a newly of about $35,000 per year, cannot be eliminated without constituted board of elections, having a Home Rule Charter. The majority of these comprised of 5 members: 2 Republicans, 2 Democrats positions in the recommended Charter would remain and 1 Independent. The 2 Republicans and 2 Democrats elective, particularly the Controller, who is supposed to are to be appointed by the home rule commissioners and be the financial watchdog of our county government. the fifth member is to be appointed by the 4 other appointed One very important feature of the draft charter is members of the elections board. initiative and referendum. Under initiative, any person 4. Finally, under the so-called executive branch, the may submit a petition with 1000 signatures to the home rule charter provides for a new Office of Management Commissioners. If the Commissioners fail to act on the and Budget, whose function would be similar to that of petition, it becomes an ordinance. We are developing our county controller with respect to budget preparation, a referendum provision that would allow citizens to put Home Improvement budget execution, fiscal analyses, revenue and expense issues on the ballot. Currently, there are NO opportunities projections, etc. for citizen initiative and referendum. 717-892-6820 This home rule charter also provides for, among other The draft Home Rule Charter suggests we have an
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The Strange Departure of Mark Esterbrook
Recently, the Lancaster County Commissioners announced that County Administrator, Mark
Esterbrook, was leaving his position and that he would receive a $40,000, full-benefits severance package. The county has no severance policy, so this was unusual. Also, Esterbrook was known as a particularly able and ethical professional. So why is he gone? Mr. Esterbrook was selected as administrator -- the person in charge of the day-to-day operations of the county -- a year ago after a lengthy review by an independent search committee. The committee consisted of the county clerk, the county solicitor, and a few department heads. This group was not appointed by the county commissioners, and the commissioners had no role in selecting the applicants, culling the pool, nor in recommending the finalists. This independent committee then recommended three finalists to the commissioners and Mark B. Esterbrook was selected. It seemed the committee and the commissioners nailed the selection with Esterbrook. He holds three business-related degrees, including an MBA, and maintained a 4.0 GPA with every one of his degrees. He has experience as a tax and financial manager. He was a business manager for a company with $65,000,000 in gross revenue. He worked in large scale public-private partnerships. He has skills. He was also a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He is an accomplished musician. By all accounts, Mr. Esterbrook has performed his job as County Administrator brilliantly. According to the staff, he was always prepared and extremely productive. So, again, why was he let go? The Commissioners won’t say, citing personnel regulations. Something smells, and it smells like cronyism. When a man as capable as Mark Esterbrook is effectively fired, the public deserves an explanation. And if one is not forthcoming, at the least, the public can expect a similarly thorough search for his replacement. We are paying the salary, after all. We’ll be watching. Sound off! Send your Letters to the Editor to: Letters@LancasterPost.com
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parking spaces. And the median which F&M built on Harrisburg Ave. has already blocked ambulances from going around stopped traffic. By Artie See On streets which are already Lancaster Post Contributor congested, traffic calming is clearly counterproductive. Signals in downtown ancaster mayor Rick Gray is now Lancaster are timed to limit traffic to 25 promoting a controversial initiative miles an hour. But during much of the called “traffic calming.” It doesn’t do day, traffic on some of the main arteries a mayor any good to have his citizens through downtown Lancaster is so buzzed by speeding cars as they try to congested that it is nearly impossible to make it through one signal to the next cross the street. Traffic calming can include a without stopping. For example, Prince number of ways to slow down vehicles, Street is often backed up from Vine including lane narrowing, curb Street to Clipper Stadium, sometimes extensions or “bulb-outs,” and “speed beyond. Yet Mayor Gray and other Lancaster humps” (raised sections of roadway). Two-way traffic is another practical City officials insist that traffic calming measures must be installed along the major arteries through downtown Lancaster. The ll of Lancaster City’s current Gray administration has ‘revitalization’ efforts are already narrowed traffic lanes in the first and second focused on bringing more and blocks of both N. Queen more people into downtown Street and E. King Street Lancaster. If enough people by adding parking spaces encounter enough traffic jams, on both sides of the street. Mayor Gray has even they will become frustrated and recommended that Orange, spend their time and money Chestnut, and Walnut elsewhere.” Streets be made two-way. But vehicle accidents involving pedestrians in way to slow vehicles down, because even synchronized signals can only downtown Lancaster are extremely allow traffic to move smoothly in one rare. There is no evidence the heart of Lancaster City poses an unsafe risk of direction. Traffic calming has already proven injury by a speeding car. That area poses to be effective on streets like College other risks and dangers, but getting hit
Avenue and Hershey Avenue. Other wide, but less traveled streets, like Charlotte and Mulberry, would benefit from basic traffic calming measures. Why controversial? Because traffic calming can inconvenience people – or worse. For example, Race Avenue residents strongly object to Franklin & Marshall College’s proposed traffic calming measures on their street, which will reduce the number of available
by an auto isn’t one of them. Lancaster City officials claim that traffic calming measures do not reduce a street’s capacity. However, the capacity of a road is defined in the number of vehicles that can pass through all available lanes in a given period of time. If vehicles must slow down because of an obstacle, like a traffic calming measure, it will take more time for each vehicle to travel the same distance. This means fewer vehicles can travel the same distance in the same amount of time, which can result in a traffic jam. A good example of a problem created by a traffic calming measure is at the intersection of Prince and Chestnut Streets. As a part of the police station project, a large curb extension was built, which intrudes into the northeast corner of Chestnut Street. This forces cars to turn the corner from Prince onto Chestnut much more slowly than before the curb extension was installed. A large truck must slow to a crawl when making that turn, even at the hands of the most skilled driver. This “bulb-out” helps to contribute to the traffic jams that can extend for nearly a mile along Prince Street. Another concern is the roundabout way that traffic calming is being financed and implemented in Lancaster City. For example, the multi-million taxpayer dollar “streetscape improvement” project includes several curb extensions; their location and design have never been released to the public. Traffic calming measures have been proven to be a good
way to increase pedestrian safety. But slowing down already slow traffic only serves to drive motorists away from downtown Lancaster. And all of Lancaster City’s current “revitalization” efforts are focused on bringing more and more people into downtown Lancaster. If enough people encounter enough traffic jams, they will become frustrated and spend their time and money elsewhere. This is exactly what contributed to the downfall of downtown Lancaster a halfcentury ago; people got tired of fighting traffic, and started spending their time and money in suburban shopping centers which had easy access and plenty of free parking. Traffic calming in the wrong places will hurt, not help, the economic revitalization of downtown Lancaster. You can email Artie See at: ArtieSee@LancasterPost.com
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things, a law department and assistants and other personnel for each of appointed County Executive. For this highly skilled job, we should be the 5 home rule commissioners, but these 4 components are the main able (but not required) to hire someone from outside of Lancaster County. ones of the proposed Lancaster county home rule charter. Once hired, the Executive would be required to take up residence here. Home rulers argue that these principle elements of a new government The County Executive position will be very similar to the current for Lancaster county will provide for better government. County Administrator position, with former County Administrator, Don’t be fooled, it won’t. Mark Esterbrook, stating that it would be 90 to 95% the same. The Let’s look at their arguments, one at a time. Executive would constitute a check and balance for the Commissioners First, they say their home rule charter will “...provide County services who appointed him or her. and facilities with the highest degree of efficiency and economy.” We spent 9 months studying thousands of pages of data and research The reality is Lancaster county already has the most efficient, most papers, reviewing other counties’ charters, and interviewing dozens of economical government among our Pennsylvania 3rd class county peers. witnesses before taking the vote to go forward with the Charter. Just the The cost to deliver government services is $575 per person in Lancaster facts regarding the 2006 Lancaster County petition drive and the general county. Lackawanna is the next least expensive at $853 per person. The election vote demonstrate that Countians are ready for a change. About highest per capita cost of all Pennsylvania 3rd class counties is Erie--a 10,000 voters signed their names on petitions to put the Home Rule home rule county--at a cost of $1,397 per person to fund their home rule study on the ballot. More than 65,000 people voted “yes” on the ballot county government. question, and only 38,000 Democrats voted in the election, so this is not Second, they say home rule will, “...increase representation and a partisan effort. accountability in the County’s decision-making process.” In 1972, 68% of Lancaster Countians voted overwhelmingly to elect a The reality is just the opposite. They offer a home rule charter that Government Study Commission, which worked for about 7 months and provides for less representation and less accountability because there are actually drafted a proposed Home Rule Charter. That Charter never was fewer elected officials to represent our citizens and to hold accountable. voted upon by the general public, because the Commonwealth Court in For example, 5 county-wide elected officials are targeted to be Harrisburg ruled that the original ballot question had been improperly abolished with one elected Clerk of Judicial Records to be added, for worded. Lancastrians thought that a change in county government a net loss of 4 county elected officials who would no longer be directly structure was a good thing in 1972 when there were 320,000 people living accountable to the people. here, and the annual budget was about $16 million. Now that we have a The home-ruler contention that abolishing county wide elected offices population of nearly 500,000, and an annual county budget of $300 million, actually increases how have representation we changed and accountability and adapted to our citizens the county is disingenuous. government 2860 Yellow Goose Rd. It defies since 1972? Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601 common sense, The answer and Lancaster is: not at all. 717-898-0800 countians are too Many of www.lancasterpropanegas.com smart to fall for our large their propaganda. sister counties Wholesale Propane National Service Third, they say with the 3 Propane Delivery Turnkey Propane Systems this home rule commissioner Tank Sales Community Gas Systems charter will, “... form (Bucks
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Carol Y. Philips in particular) have higher taxes than we do. There is no way for any county to have more than 3 county commissioners, UNLESS THERE IS A HOME RULE CHARTER. The vast majority of people who testified before the current GSC were convinced that a change from 3 to 5 County Commissioners would be more representative, and likely to bring government more out in the open, so as not to repeat, for example, the debacle surrounding the secretive plan to sell Conestoga View. For greater efficiency, the draft Charter allows for the consolidation of 3 non-policy making row offices: Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts, and Register of Wills, into one office. This move alone will save the County about $200,000 per year, and would offset the cost of the 2 additional County Commissioners. Currently, all elected row offices in Lancaster County carry a salary and benefit package of nearly $100,000 annually. According to testimony the GSC has received, much of the day to day work is already being handled by the row officers’ deputies, who are paid much less than their bosses. These deputies even train the new row officers after they are elected. What about the cost of a Home Rule government? At least 6 of the other Class 3 counties (Lancaster is one of 11 of these) have higher taxes than we do, and they do NOT have Home Rule. Bucks County, also with the traditional 3 Commissioners, has a county tax millage rate about five times larger than ours. There is absolutely no relationship between higher taxes and Home Rule. In fact, the new Administrative Code would allow for significant savings by enabling the County Purchasing Director to make more economical decisions to buy in bulk, or in cooperation with other counties. Our goal is to make county government more open, accountable, and responsible to the people of Lancaster County. Please join us at our two remaining public hearings: April 29, 7 pm, at Mount Joy Boro office and May 3rd, 9 am, at Garden Spot Village in New Holland. We greatly value the public input and discussion and encourage your participation.
Want to know more about the Government Study Commission and Home Rule? The County provides a website:
Greg Sahd encourage the involvement of citizens in their County government...” The reality is our county government is completely open and available to the public. There are many ways our current structure of county government promotes input from our citizens: Weekly county commissioner work sessions and meetings, advertised and open to the public; citizens can offer their input and expertise by serving on committees, authorities, boards and commissions. Fourth, they say we need a new home rule county government structure, “to provide for the health, safety and well-being of all County citizens and residents,” as if we are not now providing these for our citizens. The reality is our current, historic structure of county government already provides for the health, safety and well-being of our citizens. Home rule may, however, pave the way for a new county Health Department: 5 of the 6 Pennsylvania home rule counties either have, or will have, a separate Health Department. Allegheny, Delaware and Erie counties all have county Health Departments, while Lehigh and Northampton are in the process of establishing a joint Health Department. Finally, they say we need a new home rule county government, “to improve fiscal stewardship of County resources.” The reality is Lancaster county taxes its citizens the least (at a Millage Rate of 3.42 in 2008) when compared with every one of the 6 Pennsylvania home rule counties as shown below: Allegheny: 4.69, 37% Higher | Delaware: 4.83, 41% Higher Erie: 5.20, 44% Higher | Lackawanna: 39.00, 1,040% Higher Lehigh: 5.125*, 50% Higher | Northampton: 5.40*, 58% Higher Thus, we have the lowest per capita cost of all 3rd class counties in Pennsylvania and we have the lowest tax millage rate when compared to all 6 home rule counties. The home rulers want to not only “fix something that ain’t broke,” they want to “fix it ‘til it is,” until we here in Lancaster county look like the 6 home rule counties: In government structure, in expenses and in taxes. Home rule is a liberal, progressive, elitist system of government characterized in every county in which it exists with higher taxes and bigger government; with the abolishment of elected offices and substituting appointed county employees instead. That’s not home rule, that’s government rule. Don’t be fooled by home rule. Vote NO to home rule in November. *Actual rate for Lehigh is 10.25 Mills and for Northampton is 10.80 Mills assessed at 50% and adjusted here for comparison purposes.
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Have you noticed? “Google” has become a verb.
As in “to Google.” As in “I’ll have to Google that when I get home.” Any question that eludes our memory or education, any piece of trivia, any fact we must have, it’s all there. Doctor just prescribe something new? Google it. Wondering which movie won Best Picture in 1945? Google it. It’s all there, just a few clicks away. Speaking of which, there are some tricks for making those “few clicks” more effective. Different ways to phrase your questions posed to the great oracle, Google. Here are a few to get you started: Use quotes. This is really helpful when you’re looking for an exact phrase or someone’s name. If you use quotation marks, you’re telling Google “find this exact phrase or name and list those pages first.” You’ll get other pages that have parts of the phrase or name, but the first hits will be those where it appears exactly as you’ve typed it. Use a plus sign (+). For example, to find the soundtrack for The Sound of Music, you’d type: “Sound of Music” +soundtrack. Put a space before the plus sign, but not after it. Use a minus sign (-). If you’re looking for information about The Sound of Music but you don’t want to know anything about the movie, type: “Sound of Music” –movie. Skip little words. For example, if you want information on travel to England, type: travel England. There’s no need for the word “to”, as in “travel to England”. There’s also no need for quotes here – in fact they might be a problem, as they’d force Google to give you only sites with that exact phrase in them. The capital “E” in England is also unnecessary (but not a problem), because Google is NOT case-sensitive. If you want sites that also pertain just to England and not just to travel there, type England travel – the first word in any series is considered the most important. Ask questions. If you want to know who your senator is, type: who is my senator? You don’t have to use the question mark. Feel lucky. Yes, that “I’m Feeling Lucky” button does do something. If you type in your search terms, clicking that button (as opposed to “Google Search”) will take you to the site that Google feels is the absolute best match for what you typed. For example, if you type “Penn State” (with or without the quotes) and click the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button, you go right to the Penn State University website – not to a list of Advanced likely pages, but right to the site. Pretty cool.
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Last week, we learned it has recently dawned on our
city elders that when the Convention Center opens next year, there is a possibility that people might not only come to the Center, but they might actually leave the building and go for a walk around the neighborhood. You know, see the quaint shops, spend some money, take in the flavorful delightfulness of the place. And so now, our brave leaders have gotten around to the question of how these visitors might judge the landscape, or “streetscape,” as they roam our downtown. Ah, details. People in unfamiliar territory have this annoying tendency to notice things -- streets, sidewalks, lighting, signage, traffic, passers-by, overall state of upkeep; all the little things we locals overlook because we’ve already seen it, heard it, smelled it, tripped over it, broken our shocks on it, and crossed the street to avoid it a thousand times. Our leaders have been so focused on their “cart” (the Convention Center) that they were unable to see that the “horse” that literally pulls it is the city surrounding it. The city should be the attraction, and the convention center should be something that enhances that attraction. If the first part isn’t in place (already having an attraction) then the second part (adding value and usefulness to it) can’t do much good. It’s kind of like saying that if you build a Friendly’s at a landfill, then the landfill will become more attractive and inviting, and people will flock to it just because of the Friendly’s. There are Convention Centers everywhere, in wonderful places and not-so-wonderful places. Guess which ones people flock to? A sturdy horse pulling a lovely cart is likely to attract passengers. A lovely cart with no horse sits still and empty. You’d think that simple logic would occur to those who manage our world, even if only on a local level. But it hasn’t. Ignoring the rational objections of both insiders and outsiders, ordinary folks and experts, our leaders always insisted it was the other way around. “Just shut up and let us build our cart!” they cried, “The horse will surely come.” And now, with the “cart” well under construction, at considerable cost and financial risk to the public, some rocket scientist working for our leaders wakes up, sticks his hand up and says “Um...hey, what about all the crappy infrastructure and broken stuff and
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criminals and poor people and all that? I mean, won’t the conventioneers, like, notice it?” And heads turn. Eyebrows raise. Rusty gears attempt to turn. Briefly. Then the Kool Aid attendant notices that the cask has gotten low and quickly refills it. Returned to their previous state of infallibility, our leaders and their minions huddle briefly and come up with a brilliant solution to their alleged lack of foresight. They will say they had a plan all along, for four years in fact, and they just forgot to mention it until now because they were so busy “tweaking” it to work in (their) everyone’s interests. The “plan” is a series of “recommendations” authored during the Smithgall administration and then tabled. Nothing shocking there. Plans have been written, scrapped and then resurrected before. It’s the “tweaking” that may bother you, if you pay taxes or own property downtown. Tweak #1: Taxpayers and property owners will largely pay for this “plan”, in many cases directly and with responsibility for implementation. Tweak #2: It will be THE LAW. And so we have our plan: “Administration Bill No. 4-2008: .... An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Lancaster ... creating a Streetscape District, authorizing the implementation of streetscape standards for items such as sidewalks, curbs, ramps, traffic calming measures, street furnishings, lighting and planting within the Streetscape District, providing for the enforcement of the ordinance, establishing penalties for violations of the ordinance;” Yes, folks, they built (with our money) their “cart”, but WE, under force of law, will be required to pay for the “horse” that pulls it; that is, IF we can make the horse catch up with the cart. In other words, IF we (the people) can make all our sidewalks, benches, lights, planters look kind of the same everywhere, our wise leaders now tell us, then the Convention Center will succeed. And if it doesn’t succeed, that will be our fault, you see. It was our “nay-saying.” It doesn’t matter that we never asked for a Convention Center, a Hotel Tax, a contentious and endless round of taxpayerfunded lawsuits and appeal, a board of insider dealers or this last-ditch-half-baked-make-it-our-faultSTREETSCAPE-LAW that burdens US with birthing the horse that drags the (frankly) broken cart into the ground either way When the project flops it will be recorded as being OUR fault. They tried their best to give us what we needed most, but in the end it was WE who just weren’t streetscapey enough. Tough luck, folks. You can email Steve Johnson at: citydweller@LancasterPost.com
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Friday April 25 North Museum of Natural History & Science - “Snakes, Rattles & Holes” offers a serpent’s-eye view of the world where kids can feel a snake’s skin, see how snakes slither and even use a video game to help a snake catch its dinner! 400 College Avenue. Tues.Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 12-5 p.m. 291-3941 or www.NorthMuseum.org. (through 5/30) Hole in the Wall Puppet Theatre - A marionette version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale “Treasure Island” will be staged Saturdays at 11 a.m. 126 North Water Street. 394-8398 or www.HoleInTheWallPuppets.com. (through 5/24) Sowing the Wind - This interactive production (suitable for grades 4-12 and adults) presents the struggles of an American farm family and the choices they face regarding safety and health in a dangerous occupation. Fulton Theatre, 12 North Prince Street (fourth floor). Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 1 & 7 p.m. 397-7425 or www.TheFulton.org. (through 4/26) Animal Grossology - Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg, PA. Discover some of the slimiest, stinkiest and downright yuckiest creatures on earth. Welcome to Animal Grossology, the interactive experience that takes a slightly different view of Fluffy, Fido and the rest of the animal kingdom! Twice as big and twice as much fun as the overwhelming popular “Grossology: The Impolite Science of the Human Body,” Animal Grossology is oozing with disgusting science and interactive learning games. Saturday April 26 Angelina Ballerina Party. There will be an Angelina Ballerina Party held at Cricket’s Performing Arts, Manheim, PA. children who love Angelina Ballerina. Dress as one of the storybook characters, dance and play games, light refreshments, prize drawings. Cost $5.00 Cherry Blossom Festival - 1-3pm Enjoy Japanese-style spring celebrations throughout greater Reading, including dragon flotillas on the Schuylkill River, a sushi and sake ceremony, a Japanese tea ceremony, taiko drums and more. For more information, call 610375-4085 or visit www.riverplacepa.com/cherryblossomfest.htm. Animal Grossology - (see Friday 4/25) Ruffin’ It...A Day in the Park. Long’s Park, 10am-2pm. Enjoy the day with your dog! Collect pledges for the event to earn fun incentive prizes! D.J. T-Minus will be playing your dog’s favorite songs all day! Enjoy contests, demonstrations, and other entertainment! Visit the many merchandise and food vendors! Sunday April 27 “Bug Scavenger Hunt;” Lancaster Central Park. Registration required. 295-2055 or www.co.lancaster.pa.us/parks. Family Spring Walk. Lancaster County Central Park. 295-2055 or www.co.lancaster.pa.us/parks. Registration required. Animal Grossology - (See Friday 4/25) Monday April 28 Spanning Centuries: Railroad Bridges of Pennsylvania Exhibit - Railroad Museum of PA, Rt. 741 East, Box 15, Strasburg, PA 17579 717-687-8628. (through 5/4) Tuesday April 29 Bird walk. Lancaster County Central Park. 295-2055 or www.co.lancaster.pa.us/parks. Wednesday April 30 Community Days Buchanan Park - Buchanan Park, Buchanan and Race Streets, Lancaster, PA, 717-392-4683. Carnival rides, games, music and food for all to enjoy. Wed & Thurs, 5 - 10 pm, Fri, 5 - 11 pm, and Sat, Noon - 11 pm. (through 5/3)
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scribe must grudge credit to his coarse editors who, alas, have confessed utter ignorance with respect to cuisine, and realize that your humble food taster has more sensitivity in a single bud than is in the entire genetic history’s of their respective family’s tongues ... combined. Fine. Dispensed. Now can we get on to evaluating food? Thank you. Our stop this week is Sukhothai, a Thai restaurant off Columbia Avenue in Mountville. Fussy, my regular dining companion, was unable to join me on this day, so her friend, Finicky, was my tablemate. Just like my own hellacious jalapeño, Finicky didn’t get her name by accident. I am saying the gal has taste, and if I say that, she does. (She also has a Ph.D. and knows more about politics than 99% of university professors in the state. So we had other things to talk about besides food. That was nice.) On this late weekday afternoon, the restaurant was sparsely crowded, so Finicky and I got to choose our table. We were seated, and charmed, by the owner, Khamphong Chanthongthip. Sukhothai (Sukhothai is a city between Chiang Mai and Bangkok in the Eastern part of country) usually bustles on weekend nights, so reservations are recommended during the dinner hours. But for lunch or an early dinner, like ours, the restaurant feels spacious and private. It is also very pretty, with a interior design by Tom DePaul. The DePaul touches are seen with the cool lighting and subtle indigenousinfluenced artwork. The Food: Let’s talk. Finicky started with the shrimp rolls ($8.95) and she was most pleased. “Very light and crispy, but also very meaty,” she said, clearly too pleased. Now, I am unhappy because she is so happy with her appetizer. I ordered two starters: the Tom Yum soup; and the chicken skewers. I am the reviewer; I can do that. The soup, Tom Yum, was Yum-Yum, a hot and sour spicy broth, with fresh, crispy veggies -- peppers, asparagus, onions. I sweated from the spice, but it was Great. The chicken skewers were perfectly cooked, seared on the outside, and served with a unique, but delicious, peanut oil, chili pepper, vinegar dip. I don’t question cooks when they get it right, and the dip was just right. I wanted more. I had forgiven Finicky.
For the entrée, Finicky went with the Lad Nar beef. She, again, was most pleased. (I secretly hated her again for ordering better than me. This was difficult, as Finicky is charming.) The flat rice noodles were cooked just right, she said, and the beef was wellflavored and sliced very thinly. “Yummy,” said the finicky one. Please shut up, Finicky, I thought to myself. “Oh,” said Finicky, “and it’s so pretty.” She was right, but was entirely too happy about it. I wanted Finicky to leave now, and I wanted to eat her food. My dish, Pad Phet Chicken, is served in a light, curry coconut sauce and, like Finicky’s, was served along with a painting of colorful, fresh vegetables. At Sukhothai, you order your food on a hot-o-meter 1-10, 10 being the hottest. Mine was a 2. I’d go for at least a ‘4’ next time. “I have customers that order at 10 1/2,” say Mr. Chanthongthip. “I only go to a ‘3’ myself.’ Finicky was happy; I was satisfied. But I had to sample a dessert. My companion was not helpful, “I don’t have any room,” she said. Thanks, helpful friend. I’m on my own. “I think I’ll have the ‘Banana cake,’” I said. Whoops. The problem was my preconception. I imagined a piece of western-style cake with a slathering of frosting. Silly me. What I got was a steaming pyramid wrapped in a banana leaf. Opening the leaf I found a purple gummy pyramid-shaped glob of rice. This was purple rice, sugar and bananas. This isn’t cake to my buds. I didn’t like this much and can’t recommend this dish. But the rest of Sukothai, Finicky and I both recommend. It’s tasty, the service is great, and the ambience a Thai daydream. Sukhothai Thai Food Restaurant 147 Oakridge Dr. Mountville, PA 17554 717.285.0074 Mon-Thu: 11am - 9:30pm Fri: 11am - 10pm Sat & Sun: 4pm - 10pm Email Hard to Please at: HardtoPlease@LancasterPost.com
Grilled 3-Cheese Potatoes by Shari Drury-Di Domenico Lancaster Post Guest Contributor
ur family is well known for our love of backyard cookouts! We invite a lot of friends and family over, and Stephen will fire up the grill, usually for steaks. The kids (Michael, Tara, Patrick, Hanna, and Paige) shuck the corn and prepare the salad. And I make the pièce de résistance... “3-Cheese Potatoes”! These are so easy to prepare; I guarantee your family and friends will beg you to make these over and over again; mine does! YUMMO! Here’s the recipe: Ingredients: 6 large potatoes, sliced ¼ thick 2 medium onions, chopped 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese ¼ cup (4 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese 1 pound of sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled ¼ cup butter or margarine, cubed 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives (dried OK) 1 teaspoon seasoned salt ½ teaspoon pepper Divide the potatoes and onions equally between two pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil (each piece about 18” square) that have been coated with non-stick cooking spray. Mix the Parmesan cheese and ¾ of the cheddar and mozzarella cheese and sprinkle over the potatoes and onions. Top this with the bacon, butter, chives, and seasonings. Bring up the opposite ends of the foil over the filling and fold down several times. Fold the unsealed ends toward the filling and crimp tightly. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 35-40 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Remove from the grill, and carefully open the foil. Sprinkle with the remaining cheeses and serve. Serves 6 – 8 hungry people. If you know a Culinary Wizard who’d like to share a recipe or other kitchen-related advice, email Melody Harper at: Melody@LancasterPost.com. We’ll feature a different cook and their recipe each week!
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Couple: Tim & Angie Trostle, West Hempfield Married: Almost 7 years Anniversary: June 23rd
Youâ€™d think a guy with a cherried out, cherry red Toyota Tacoma Truck -- with a license plate that reads â€œON EDGEâ€? -- would have a red hot, cherried out wife, and if youâ€™re Tim Trostle (pronounced: TrĹ?-sul), that would pretty much be your life. The Post caught up with the couple on a lovely spring afternoon among the Hempfield cherry blossoms. â€œWe met at Rookies in 1999,â€? says Tim, 41, a salesman who works in Harrisburg. â€œI was part of an organization -- Lancaster Young Professionals -- and we used to go there for social hour.â€?
Angie (a Cowboys fan): â€œTheyâ€™re gonna think weâ€™re rednecks.â€? Tim: â€œHey, thatâ€™s what we did! And I line danced and you did, too.â€? Angie: â€œI have two left feet, let me tell you.â€? Tim: â€œActually, she has eight left feet.â€? Angie: â€œI didnâ€™t want to dance.â€? Tim: â€œBut you did. And you know why? Because you liked me. You liked me!â€? Angie: â€œMy friends and family made fun of me because he was bald.â€?
Tim: â€œBy choice!â€?
These two are funny. So why does your marriage work? Tim: â€œFreedom. ... She can do whatever she wants. She can do her own thing. I donâ€™t tell her what do do. She goes out with her friends. Thatâ€™s cool. Plus, weâ€™re really good friends.â€? Angie: â€œIt works because, to me, love is trust. And we both really enjoy each otherâ€™s company.â€?
After just a few minutes with the Trostles, we enjoy their company, too.
â€œSo I went there with a friend, and Angie was brought by someone in the group,â€? says the diehard Steeler fan. Both at the same time: â€œBonnie Anderson!â€? Angie, 33, who works in a bank, picks it up from here. â€œSo Bonnie was telling me about this guy that was really cute, and so I went on this night,â€? she says. â€œI thought he was really sarcastic, but he was cute.â€? Tim: â€œAnd she... she had legs that you wouldnâ€™t believe, honestly, and a really unique face that was framed by the most beautiful red hair youâ€™ve ever seen. Anyway... We stayed there for awhile then we went out to â€˜Low Places.â€™â€?
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4. Name of most successful Tough one... Lancaster golfer on PGA tour 5. Golf and Country Club in Manor Township 6. Former ice company across the street from WGAL 9. County park on South Duke Street 12. PA’s winningest high school coach from Hempfield 13. _____________ Forge Lake 15. Former gas station at the Golden Triangle at Lititz and Oregon Pike 19. Well-known rock by the Susquehanna River 21. Former movie theater on Manor Street in Lancaster
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other instruments is that you are so physically connected to it. My first instrument was piano and I love playing it, but you are only connected to it by your finger tips and the bottoms of your feet! With a guitar, you literally wrap yourself around the instrument and embrace it. The vibrations that come from playing a guitar go right into your very soul and there’s nothing really quite it. ...as you will find out if you listen to her My Dad bought me my first guitar when I was 12. I remember that summer so well, because it was the first time I could be mobile with an instrument. Try carrying recording, “County Wide,” she always a baby grand piano into the woods! With my new bright orange plastic guitar, I ends up back in Lancaster County, was able to sit by the creek, or lean against a tree, or walk back into the woods and Pennsylvania, because she loves the land play what I was hearing all around me. It was and still is one of my biggest treats and the unique rural culture. for myself to play music in the woods. So much of my playing is through a sound system and you sometimes have to sacrifice the quiet nuance of the instrument for sheer volume. Don’t get me wrong...it’s a blast to hear “big sound” when you’re playing some outside festival and there’s like 15,000 people out there. It’s an important balance to make the time for both. So, whenever I get a chance, I head out in my woods and sit still and play all the quiet A great parts of the instrument that don’t get heard from the stage. The harmonics, the overtones space for your and just the sound of your fingernails on the strings.” next meeting
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Double Crossings So just how wired is this project? Martin signed a letter on behalf of the township’s Municipal Authority asking the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) for state tax dollars to pay for the road improvements. The letter talked up the shopping mall, saying that it was a “unique development opportunity” and that paving over the old Deisley farm would “preserve farmland in the township.” When Flanagan, chairman of the Authority, was questioned by the Post on Monday night at his home about the farmland claims, he pointed out that he voted against the text amendment (the first step in the approval process) because it didn’t require developers to purchase enough Transferable Development Rights (TDR). Flanagan, who helped develop the township’s TDR program in the 90’s was adamant about preserving farmland, but resigned to some development. Before voting ‘yes’ on the conditional use, Flanagan said, “It is likely that this particular shopping center will be built somewhere in Lancaster County in the coming years. That being the case, the question becomes - should it be here and under the conditions contained in this motion?.” He went on to talk about the benefit of the regional road improvements that were coming along with the project, albeit, he acknowledged, at taxpayer expense. So, how could Simpson and Flanagan sit in judgement of High’s “conditional use” application, given the cheerleading roles they both played? State case law in Min. Inc. v. Zoning Hearing Board of Wharton Township answers the question:
“…requires a local governing body in the performance of its quasi-judicial functions to avoid even the appearance of bias or impropriety. A showing of actual bias is unnecessary in order to assert a cognizable due process claim; the mere potential for bias or the appearance of non-objectivity may be sufficient to constitute a violation of that right.” But the apparent conflict of interest doesn’t end with Simpson and Flanagan. Township engineer, Rettew and Associates, also serves as High’s engineer! So township residents are paying their public engineer to review something prepared by the engineer’s private employer! And what about the grant from the DCED? When contacted Monday, DCED spokesperson Janel Miller said that the application is not approved, but refused to provide a copy of the application to Post. According to Cluck, the application says in part, “”High Real Estate Group and Manheim Township have formed a public-private partnership to advance the significant improvements to US Route 30 and SR 230 to support economic development initiatives in the region” That can’t be good news for taxpayers, because when High is involved in these “public-private partnerships,” it is usually the “public” who gets stuck with the bill.
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Adopt a Pet... Save a Life! by Lancaster Post Staff
The Humane League of Lancaster County... The Best Place to Find a Best Friend!
Abigail and Clyde are just two of the many
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Abigail was abandoned on a farm. She is the sweetest little lady and would love a new home, one where she is loved and wanted. She is already spayed and about 2 years old. For the fastest response, please call the shelter at 393-6551 for additional information on this cat.
For more information on the animals awaiting adoption at the Humane League, to find out about volunteering and/or donating your time to the League, or other ways to help, please call: (717) 393- 6551 or visit them at 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA.
Clyde is a black lab mix who is about 9 years old. This wise dog knows “sit” and is well mannered. He enjoys time spent outside and has an easy going personality.
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Sydney Clark is the Post ‘Athlete of the Week.
Sydney, a senior at Hempfield High School, was named the “Runner of the Year” as a junior. She has competed in cross country from her 9th through 12th grade years. Sidney also played FRIDAY, April 25th Opening Day varsity girls tennis during those years. This year as a member Bridgeport Bluefish of the tennis team, she was a state finalist in team tennis. Game Starts: 7:05 pm Sydney is a multi-faceted young woman and is also Fireworks! President of the Student Council. She has a 3.84 GPA and will bring her brain and fast feet to Columbia University SATURDAY, April 26th next fall where she plans to run cross country and track. Bridgeport Bluefish The Post salutes this impressive scholar/athlete. Game Starts: 7:05 pm Fireworks! Send nominations for Post Athlete of the Week to chris@LancasterPost.com SUNDAY, April 27th
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Post 5 Random Questions: Zack Parker 1 Where did you grow up? “Austin, Texas” 2 What was the best thing about growing up there? “The endless diversity of people you see there.” 3 Most embarrassing moment on the baseball field? “Yikes! There’ve been a few (laughs)...I was playing ‘A’ ball and went to cover first and tripped over my own feet and fell face first into the dirt. Didn’t trip over anything, just got my own feet tangled up. By the way, it was a foul ball.” 4 Rock or Country? “I’d say country.”
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Willie Mays, Henry Aaron, Ernie Banks, and Frank Robinson. OK, so you’re Rick Wise, you’re 18, and Willie Mays is on deck, what’s going through your mind? “I can tell you I knew he was there,” Wise laughs. “But, you know what, you think ‘I’m in the Big Leagues. I’ve got to go after him.’ You can’t be overwhelmed.” What happened with Mays and Aaron? “I remember those guys kept fouling them off,” Wise says. “I could throw anything past the hitters in high school, but these guys were so fast through the zone. Mays and Aaron are the best of the very best who every played this game. They got me when I was young, but, later, when they lost a little something, and I was in my prime, I got ‘em back. But these guys were the greatest. Defense, none better. And hitting, of course. And they were great base runners. They stole a base when it meant something to winning the ballgame, not just to pad statistics. There was nothing they couldn’t do well.”
Don’t ask. “I wouldn’t have played in any other thinks he knows a lot about baseball, era, I can tell you that,” Wise says. “Of ask him who was the winning pitcher course, the money notwithstanding,” for game 6 of the 1975 World Series. he laughs. “But to play with and Everyone knows the game, one of against those great players, I mean, the most famous in baseball history. it was an honor. I wouldn’t trade that That’s the one where the Red Sox Hall experience for anything.” of Famer Carlton Fisk hit his famous Who was the toughest batter you 9th inning home run, faced? the one where he was “Rod Carew. He was amazing. waving his arms to You could not get him out. His handkeep the ball fair. eye coordination was so great. You The winning couldn’t strike the man out. And pitcher of record that he could lay a bunt down, with two day was Rick Wise, strikes, which would just die half-way who along with the between the plate and the pitcher’s rest of his Red Sox mound.” teammates, was also On June 23, waving his arms. 1971, Wise threw Today, Wise, the 18the no-hitter against year Major League one of the most veteran, is the pitching feared lineups in the coach of the Lancaster history of baseball: Barnstormers. the Cincinnati Reds, “Yeah, everyone aka, “The Big Red remembers that home run,” says Machine.” Wise on a sunny April afternoon at That lineup – Clipper Magazine Stadium, “but the Pete Rose, Johnny three-run home run Bernie Carbo hit Bench, Joe Morgan, in the eighth was just as big, just as Tony Perez – was dramatic. He tied the game with that, in its prime when a and without it, Fisk wouldn’t have had feverish Wise took the mound on a the opportunity to hit his.” sweltering afternoon. “I had the flu, Rick Wise played his first Major but you had to pry the ball out League baseball game during of our hands in those days,” says the 1964 season. He was “Professional baseball is not easy. Wise. 18 years old, a year out of And these young men [Barnstormers “It was hot, about 105 on the James Madison High School players] give me everything they have, carpet at Riverfront Stadium, in Portland, Oregon, where every day. I can’t ask for more than and by the third or fourth inning he was a 3-sport (baseball, that. And I respect them for it.” I’d sweated the flu out of my basketball, football) all-city - Rick Wise Lancaster Barnstormers Pitching body.” Wise continued. “I got athlete. By the time he retired coach, and former Major League All-Star into a rhythm, and was locating in 1982, the right-hander’s my pitches well that day.” distinguished career included When did he start thinking a no-hitter, two All-Star game To give an idea of Wise’s current about the no-hitter? selections, 138 complete games, and a “You start thinking about a nowin-loss record of 188-181 with 1647 market value, in 2007, Barry Zito of the San Francisco Giants, in his hitter in the seventh inning,” Wise strikeouts and a 3.69 ERA in 3127.00 seventh season in the Majors, had says. “Before that you’re not thinking innings pitched. In his rookie year, Wise compiled a record of 11-13, struck out 131, about anything except the hitter in a 5-3 record with a 4.04 earned run and pitched 196 innings. His salary: front of you. But after the seventh, you start thinking about it.” average. Baseball fans know that $10,000,00.00. In his seventh season, Rick Wise Oh, and Wise also hit two home pitching in 1964 in the National had a record of 17-14, struck out 155, runs that same game. League meant facing some of the As impressive as that performance greatest players ever to play the game: and pitched 272 innings. His salary:
was, Wise doesn’t consider it his greatest pitching effort. He once pitched 10 and 2/3rds consecutive perfect innings. Rick Wise got out 32 Major League hitters in a row. Swish that around your mouth for a minute. Thirty-two straight. No hits, no walks, no errors. 32. “Control was my game,” Wise says. “I could locate up, down, in, out of the strike zone.” Wise played for five Major League clubs: the Phillies, Cardinals, Red Sox, Indians, and Padres. He played seven years with the Phils, and feels close to the Keystone state. “I feel at home in Pennsylvania,” he says. “I consider myself a Philly. I played in Philadelphia longer than with any other team. And Lancaster is my ‘home away from home.’ I love it here.“ Today, Wise, 62, improbably slim and youthful, enjoys his role with the Barnstormers and is excited about this year’s team and his chance to help young players. “These players work hard, I can tell you that,” he says with obvious affection and respect for his players. “Take [starting pitcher] Zack Parker. You won’t outwork this guy. His work ethic is fantastic. He’s a bulldog. He gives no excuses.” “You know,” he continues, “at any level, professional baseball is not easy. And these young men give me everything they have, every day. I can’t ask for more than that. And I respect them for it.” After learning of their accomplished pitching coach and his knowledge of the game, one imagines Barnstormers players will have a lot of respect for Rick Wise, too. We do.
April 25, 2008 - Volume 1
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Barnstormers’ Season begins April 25th Looking forward to this season, Barnstormers’ Pitching Coach Rick Wise shares some great memories.
Home games all weekend at Clipper Stadium! See page 18 for schedule
Inside... - Wise Words: Barnstormers’ Pitching Coach Rick Wise (pg 19) - Post 5 Random Questions: Zack Parker (pg 18)
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-Voted #1 in Lancaster County -Two challenging courses, over 13 tranquil acres -Recognized as one of Sports Illustrated’s “25 Summer Essentials” (July 2005 issue)
Route 741 West of Strasburg, PA 717-687-6933 www.villagegreens.com Page 20
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April 24, 2008