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o many politicians, it’s a “wish list” that represents promises made to a”friend” and/or constituent back home. To the taxpayers, who will pay forthese promises, the list is something about which most people know nothing.It’s called the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act of 2007-2008, and formany of the projects listed - it’s the first time that taxpayers are madeaware that a project is in the pipeline for public funding. Being on this 331-page wish list doesn’t mean that a project is going toget funded, but it must be on the list in order to apply to the state forthe money. The state borrows money to pay for these projects, and, by law,the debt is limited. And just like the credit limit on your credit card,the state can and does “max out” their limit. After paying down their debt,they can borrow again. But, unlike your credit card - where you can’t decide to unilaterallyincrease your debt limit - the Pennsylvania House and Senate can and did,in fact, raise its own debt limit. HB 2231 raised the limit from $2.65billion to $3.45 billion. Now the politicians have $800 million in borrowedmoney they can hand out over the next four years. The wish list bill that was passed on July 4 has listed a dozen new orexpansions of previous jails at an estimated cost of $200 million a piece. The $2.4 billion in ‘brick and mortar’ construction cost does not includethe cost of staffing for the 24,000 new beds, nor the operating costs of thenew facilities. The bill also includes $6 million a piece for three “Small Nature Inns” inthree different counties. How about another convention center? $62 millionis earmarked for a Reading convention center, as well as millions ofdollars for convention center “development” money for five more conventioncenters in the communities of Monroeville, Allentown, Lower PottsgroveTownship, Warren, and Poconos. And on and on it goes. Lancaster County’s wish list total is just under $230 million of state taxmoney and includes moving the Norfolk Southern rail yard from Franklin &Marshall’s backyard for $20 million. Lancaster General Hospital (which had$136 million in profits last year) gets $2.5 million for a “Community
HealthCenter” and Dale High gets The senate hallway, Harrisburg $10 million for his shopping mall across fromLong’s Park. The convention center-hotel project - another Dale High venture (inpartnership with Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.) - is in line for $7.5 million.There’s $6 million in direct subsidy, as well as a stealth $1.5 million forthe Montgomery House, which is going to be integrated into the hotel. Lancaster Newspapers and High, which owned the Montgomery House for yearsbefore signing it over to the Redevelopment Authority of Lancaster, is goingto be “restoring” this historical property and needs your tax dollars to doso! Beside the controversial projects like The Crossings shopping mall, theconvention center, and the rail yard relocation, the wish list includesitems like $15 million for a “Transit Revitalization Investment District.”The area that this money is targeted includes the privately ownedstock-yards. So, are there public meetings allowing the public to prioritize the billionsand billions of requests for their tax dollars? After all, if theCommonwealth is going to take on the expense of thousands of new prisonersand all the related costs, shouldn’t the public be involved in deciding howtheir money is spent? ... story continues on page 6
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Side by Side: Does Pennsylvania
Need Stronger Laws to Protect Dogs?
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. This Side by Side pertains to PA House Bill 2525, which would raise the standards for the conditions under which commercially-bred dogs are kept, including increasing the size of cages (they can currently be the size of the inside of a dishwasher, regardless of the dog’s size), require cages to have solid floors, and to require all dogs to have annual veterinary care. The bill has more than 90 co-sponsors in the Pennsylvania House, and is endorsed by the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States. It is opposed by several groups that represent commercial dog breeders.
Dennis Wolff Dennis Wolff of Millville, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, was appointed Secretary of Agriculture by Governor Edward G. Rendell and confirmed on May 5, 2003. Wolff is a dairy farmer and owns Pen-Col Farms, a 600acre dairy cattle operation specializing in purebred Holstein genetics. He currently serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Dairy Stakeholders and Penn State University Board of Trustees.
Bob Yarnall, Jr. is the president of the American Canine Association, Inc.
n behalf of the American Canine Association (ACA), I am writing to express the association’s sincere concerns regarding many of the provisions of House Bill 2525, which would make sweeping changing to Pennsylvania’s Dog Law. After extensive review, the association believes that this legislation has many problematic issues that must be addressed in order for it to achieve the goals that it purports to have. ogs in many Pennsylvania commercial breeding kennels lead terrible In order to fully appreciate the position of the ACA, who is joined by many lives. While some commercial breeding kennel owners provide their other organizations in opposition to some of the provisions of House Bill 2525, dogs with a comfortable and healthy living environment, too many do I wanted to share some general observations about what I believe is a very not. Current Pennsylvania law allows for dogs to spend their entire lives in troubling trend. small, stacked cages, standing on wire floors that will destroy their feet over There can be no mistake that there are unscrupulous dog breeders – of all time, with no provisions for exercise. These dogs may never run or jump – for sizes – in Pennsylvania. When cases of abuse or neglect are raised, the media them, turning around in their cage is considered ‘activity.’ sensationalizes these tragedies. The ACA, along with many other organizations, Legislation currently before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives strongly believes that any dog breeder in Pennsylvania who will not follow the House Bill 2525 – would ensure that breeding dogs in commercial kennels get law and corresponding regulations, along with the requirements of the United off wire floors and receive larger cages, outdoor exercise areas and annual States Department of Agriculture (USDA), should be appropriately addressed veterinary care Yet this legislation is being opposed by groups like the and if they refuse to change, should not be in business. Pennsylvania Professional Dog Breeders Association, which, in representing What has become troubling is the willingness of some to assign blame on most of the state’s commercial breeders, believes that the federal standards an entire sector of dog breeders for the issues that only some bad actors create. currently in place today provide adequate safeguards for dogs, and that, Last year the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture promulgated regulations accordingly, Pennsylvania law should not surpass federal standards. in an attempt to “get the puppy mills” but soon realized that making new, We believe that Pennsylvania can, and must, have higher commercial unworkable, illogical and unnecessary rules for everyone simply does not work. breeding kennel standards than the federal law. If we do not, the conditions These regulations received a record 16,000 comments – from all corners of the referenced above – small cages, lack of exercise areas and Commonwealth, including your legislative district. wire flooring – will continue to exist, as all are currently legal Now, it appears that the same approach is being taken “You can have a new home legislatively. House Bill 2525 is not just a bill to “crack down under both Pennsylvania and federal law. without changing Some opponents of House Bill 2525 simply state we should on puppy mills” – it is legislation that strips legitimate business give the Department more time to better enforce existing your address!” owners of their rights, while at the same time, creating vast law. Since 2006, at the direction of Governor Rendell, the new, unworkable requirements that simply cannot be complied Department has taken enforcement of the current dog law to with, regardless of effort. The intent of this 91 page bill is to new heights. I am proud to say there are fewer illegal kennels accomplish one thing: reduce kennel sizes by putting large and fewer dogs living in substandard conditions today as a breeders out of business. result. Unfortunately, no amount of enforcement can make up The reason the ACA takes such a strong position in for what the law lacks. To truly improve the lives of dogs opposition to many of the tenants of House Bill 2525 is suffering in commercial breeding kennels, we need a new Dog because the elimination of legitimate large breeding operations Law that mandates larger cage sizes, self-effectuating exercise that follow proper animal husbandry practices, comply with areas and annual veterinary care while ending the practice of existing USDA and PA law and regulations, and who help housing dogs on wire floors. families across America enjoy the companionship that a dog Some groups have argued that the proposed cage size and can provide is wrongheaded. housing changes that House Bill 2525 seeks to implement These breeding operations are as important in ensuring will impact all kennels, which is misleading. The fact is that that there will be affordable dog ownership for families. housing requirements are virtually unchanged for all other Additionally, due to their size, they are more strictly types of kennels, including sporting and hobby dog kennels. Home Improvement scrutinized than many other breeding operations. The result The legislation keeps the proposed changes focused on is what the ACA believes is a positive, healthy way to breed
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Senator Armstrong finds a nut (almost)
hat’s that they say about broken clocks and blind squirrels? In that same spirit, Senator Gibson E. Armstrong recently found himself, at least partially (and rarely), on the correct side of one of his patented eleventh-hour changes of legislation, this time stripping much of the power from state fish and game commission deputies. It seems one of these deputies got macho and hassled one of Gib’s sons on private property last December. The son didn’t want to indulge the deputy, told him so, and took off. The deputy got miffed, and then 36 year-old Kristian Armstrong found himself pleading guilty to disorderly conduct and paying $1200 in court costs. The case, understandably, caught father Armstrong’s attention, and after House Bill 747(intended to auction elk hunting licenses) wended its way through committees in both legislatures, it came to the committee Gib chairs, the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. It was at this point that the Senator inserted language that virtually neutered the entire deputy program. This is the part where Gib, kind of, finds his nut. The Senator -- despite his blatantly punitive intentions; he is clearly trying to punish the agency who busted his son -- is absolutely right to curb the power of these types of “officers.” Too often, quasi-police forces like this, and private security forces at private colleges and institutions, overstep their mandate and end up abusing authority and citizens’ rights. This happens too often. While he’s rewriting laws, he might as well include a mandatory course for these deputies (public and private) on protecting citizens’ Constitutional rights. So while we are pleased that Senator Armstrong, at last, has recognized that even those issued uniforms are capable of misusing power, we wish he had the same mindset during his 30+ years as a “public servant.” Instead, we got a man who, when he wasn’t stealing city bricks for his private patio, was funneling millions of dollars and re-writing legislation mostly to the benefit longtime benefactor, Dale High, Lancaster Newspapers, and himself. But we won’t dwell on that now. Here, we will optimistically offer a bow to the outgoing Senator Gib, and hope that this is an indication of things to come as he exits the stage. That’s it, maybe Gib’s saving his best for last. © Copyright Lancaster Post 2008
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t the end of March, 2007, the Lancaster County Convention Center Authority (LCCCA) sold $64 million in construction bonds. This permitted the construction of the taxpayer-financed hotel and convention center project – which was already under way – to legally proceed. Those who are behind this project act as if this bond sale means the hotel and convention center project is now free to be an unqualified success. It is not. Please consider the agreements which stipulate the ownership and operation of the hotel and convention center (a collection of which are available at: www. LancasterFirst.org). Many of these agreements clearly take advantage of the LCCCA, which is completely funded with taxpayer dollars. Together, these agreements clearly represent abuse and misuse of our taxpayer dollars. For example: The “Declaration of Condominium” agreement, dated March 27, 2007, includes the following excerpt from section 2.2(m):
This clearly means that the LCCCA (i.e. taxpayers) will pay to build, own, and maintain areas which will also be used by Penn Square Partners’ (PSP’s) “private” hotel. Note that even though the hotel will use the only kitchen in the entire complex 80% of the time, taxpayers are being forced to pay for 100% of its construction and maintenance!
Why does S. Dale High have ANYTHING to do with the public’s convention center? Section 5.3(a) spells out how proceeds from the sale of “naming rights” for the convention center will be allocated: …fifty percent (50%) to the Unit Owner of the Convention Center Unit and fifty percent (50%) to the Unit Owner of the Hotel Unit. The “Hotel Unit” being, of course, Penn Square Partners. But it gets better. Section 5.3(b) says: S. Dale High (who may nominate High Industries or any affiliate thereof to exercise the rights granted in this Section 5.3(b)) shall have a right of first offer with respect to all Naming Rights.
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The “First Amendment to Joint Development Agreement” dated March 28, 2007 includes, in section 1(c), a lengthy passage that describes the allocation of any additional State funds for the project. Other than a $1.5 million grant to the LCCCA promised by State Sen. Gib Armstrong (and still not delivered as of this writing), additional State money is first to be used to support a complex collection of contingency funds. However, this section closes with this statement: …any additional funding received (other than the Additional State Grant) shall be equally allocated between RACL/PSP and LCCCA to be utilized in accordance with this Agreement. In other words, half of all additional money which comes to the LCCCA must be handed over to Penn Square Partners. Compounding this taxpayer travesty, section 2(c) states: The capital expenses required of PSP as defined in the Modification of the King Street Garage agreement between the City of Lancaster Parking Authority and PSP dated March 28, 2007 shall be allocated in this Exhibit as either Parking Connector Costs or Garage Renovation Hard Costs and shall be allocated 100% to the Convention Center Unit. This means Penn Square Partners’ share of structural modifications to the existing King Street Garage (which will primarily be used by patrons of the PSP’s hotel) must be paid for by the LCCCA – with taxpayer dollars. As these and many other examples demonstrate, this “private-public partnership” clearly favors private gain over public benefit. We the people are on the receiving end of a very bad deal. As long as these agreements stand, it doesn’t matter how “successful” the project is claimed to be; we are ultimately the losers.
“Convention Center Unit” means Unit number 1 to be owned by the LCCCA which will consist of Why does S. Dale High have ANYTHING to do the following areas of the Property and the Building with the public’s convention center? currently constructed and to be constructed on the Property, as more specifically depicted on the Plats And that’s not all. and Plans: (i) All Interior areas on the Watt & Shand Meeting/Administration Level; (ii) All Interior areas on the Watt & Shand Ballroom A Level, except the Hotel Business Center; 2860 Yellow Goose Rd. (iii) All Interior areas on the Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601 Watt & Shand Ballroom B Level; (iv) Those Interior areas on the Watt & Shand Lobby Level identified as Kitchen (and www.lancasterpropanegas.com notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, Wholesale Propane National Service including Kitchen equipment), Propane Delivery Turnkey Propane Systems Mechanical and Sound Control Tank Sales Community Gas Systems Room
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Hands are out for taxpayer dollars
Which of the six proposed convention center projects should take priorityover, say, the new Lancaster County Forensic Center? According to law, thedecision is normally left entirely up to Governor Ed Rendell, who gets tochoose the winners and losers from the 331 pages of “wishes.”However, this year’s budget, with Lancaster County’s own State Senator andAppropriations Chairman, Gib Armstrong, making the deal, he has agreed totake $100 million for the House Republican Caucus, $100 million for theHouse Democratic Caucus, $100 million for the Senate Republican Caucus, and$100 million for the Democrat Caucus. The governor will get $400 million oftaxpayer dollars to hand out. This is our current system. It is one that provides our elected politicianswith credit cards that they can hand out to their friends. And when thebills come, they are forwarded to the taxpaying public. ... story continues on page 7
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Side by Side: Does Pennsylvania Need Stronger
Laws to Protect Dogs? Dennis Wolff
larger commercial breeding kennels by defining what a commercial breeding kennel is, so that new standards can be placed only on these operations. Only kennels that breed dogs and sell their dogs to dealers or pet stores, or that breed dogs and sell more than 60 dogs per year, will need to make the cage size, flooring and exercise area improvements that House Bill 2525 seeks to implement. I want to be clear that we are not seeking to end commercial breeding operations in Pennsylvania. We, instead, are seeking to raise the bar on these operations, which are clearly different from other types of kennels, and thus need to be regulated differently. These changes are essential for the breeding dogs that live their entire lives in small cages, seen only by a few – kennel operators and state inspectors – while their many litters of puppies are born and sold. Timing is critical. When the PA General Assembly returns in September, there will be a limited number of legislative days that House Bill 2525 can be voted on before the end of this legislative session. I urge all Pennsylvanians who care about dogs to contact their state representatives and urge their support of House Bill 2525. For more information, please visit DogLawAction.com.
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Bob Yarnall dogs. When large operators follow the existing law, everyone benefits. When any sized operation doesn’t follow the current law, dogs, consumers and society suffers. The ACA recognizes that the General Assembly is under significant pressure from the Governor and others to enact a law to do away with “puppy mills.” Certainly no one can argue against making sure dogs are treated humanely and that breeders operate and follow the law and regulations. However, no matter what course is ultimately decided, House Bill 2525 will not eliminate the problem of dog abuse and the result will only be that good breeders will go out of business. You may receive a free copy of the association’s review of House Bill 2525 by calling 1-800-651-8332. This 16-page analysis will set forth a more detailed account of the various issues that this bill creates. I encourage you to read the ACA’s comments and to actively study this issue as the deliberations move forward. I believe that if you review House Bill 2525 in its entirety, then you will conclude, like many other organizations, that this bill should not become law in Pennsylvania, as currently drafted.
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our days is a long time to be away from one’s job, so we kind of understand how some at the Intelligencer Journal were still in a stuperous state on Monday, July 7 when they finally went back to work. We’re hoping Lancaster Newspapers’ Chairman, Jack Buckwalter, either didn’t read the E-edition of one of his papers, or that he has a good sense of humor, because in the electronic edition of the paper that morning there was a (surprise) warmed over AP story pasted onto the site. The story was about rock star, Jack White, who wrote a poem about his home city of Detroit. The funny thing was that they electronic item showed a picture not of White, but of Buckwalter. Looking at the two, it’s easy to see how the crack Intell staff could’ve made the mistake.
The E-edition of the Intell ran a picture of Chairman Jack Buckwalter instead of a picture of rock star, Jack White.
Presents from the Politicians Below is a list of the projects hoping to be funded with taxpayer dollars.
The Wish List Rail Trail - 9 Municipality Red Rose Transit Authority Bus Storage Paradise AMTRAK Station Lancaster Airport Authority - Various Buildings Community Health Center At Lancaster General Hospital Stevens-Smith Historic Site Project Lancaster County Historical Society “Campus Of History” North Museum - New Building Crossing At Conestoga Creek Shopping Center Project Lancaster County Convention Center City Parks New County Jail Children And Youth Facility Renovate County Office Buildings Renovate Old County Courthouse Forensic Center Conestoga Valley Environmental Center Thaddeus Stevens Technology Center Lancaster Wireless Access Lancaster Community Safety Coalition Cameras Lancaster Public Library YMCA - New Building In “James Street Improvement District” Montgomery House (Convention Center Project) Lancaster County Performing Arts Center Project Manos House - Rehabbing A Warehouse For Use In Drug And Alcohol Rehabilitation Conestoga Plaza Project F&M Railroad Relocation Costs PA Academy Of Music Improvements Transit Revitalization Investment District Center For Brain Injured Children - Acquisition And Renovation Silk Company Property Development Elizabethtown Athletic Facilities Elizabethtown Instructional Building Elizabethtown Reconstruction Of A Dam Ephrata Mountain Spring Development Ephrata Township Park Development New Holland Borough New Holland Farmer’s Fair Hall Project East Cocalico Community Center East Lampeter Improvements To Strasburg Pike Honey Brook Municipal Building Manheim Borough - Renovation To Office Building Mount Joy Borough - YMCA Warwick Township - Rail Trail Speedwell Forge Dam Renovation PennDOT New Wash Bay Lancaster County Total
$9,000,000 375,000 200,000 5,000,000 2,500,000 6,000,000 9,000,000 3,000,000 10,000,000 6,000,000 5,000,000 25,000,000 5,000,000 10,000,000 10,000,000 5,000,000 1,000,000 4,000,000 1,000,000 600,000 3,500,000 6,000,000 1,500,000 15,000,000 1,000,000 5,000,000 20,000,000 15,000,000 15,000,000 4,625,000 1,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000 1,500,000 500,000 1,530,000 500,000 600,000 4,000,000 500,000 1,850,000 1,300,000 4,000,000 875,000 550,000 550,000 $229,555,000
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he answer to our question is “yes!” if by “all” you mean better security, faster loading of web content, cool new features, and the ability to bookmark a web page with a single click, then Firebox has all that - and more. We don’t tend to endorse products, but given that Internet Explorer is a pain in so many ways, we just had to speak up about Firefox, a web browser that recently released a new version (3). It’s definitely worth checking out. Security Firefox offers Instant Website ID, which identifies bad sites (“attack” sites, the ones that try to slip you a virus, worm, Trojan horse, or some spyware) quickly, warning you of possible scams and other dangers. You can click a little “favicon” once to check on a site’s safety in terms of making a purchase or filling out a form, and then click it again to find out if the site is saving your password and/or if you’ve visited the site before and they’re tracking you. The browser also maintains the list of sites that should be avoided, so you don’t have to do anything other than surf safely, knowing you’ll be prompted if you stumble upon a malicious site. You can also clear out saved passwords much more easily now, and remove private data from places where those who’d exploit such information often look for it. This is especially useful on shared computers, like the one at your office, in the library, or the one your whole family fights over at home. Speed With the current version (which you can download for free, at www.mozilla.com/ firefox), you’ll find that memory and graphics are handled better now - better than previous versions of Firefox, and better than Internet Explorer’s current and past versions - so pages load faster and don’t crash. With multiple tabs for viewing several pages at once in one Firefox application window, the ability to hop back and forth between sites is great, and knowing that it won’t seize up and shut down unexpectedly (as Internet Explorer does on a regular basis) is quite comforting. Of course that’s not to say Firefox will never crash. If it does, it has automatic restore capabilities that will bring you right back to where you left off. Cool New Features “Cool” is such a relative term - but if you spend any time online at all, the ability to zoom in on any part of a web page, with just a few motions with your mouse, certainly qualifies. Can’t quite see that image? Are you straining to read some tiny text? Zoom in and give your eyes a break. Want to step back and see a whole page, rather than having to scroll around to see it all? Zoom out for the big picture. If you’re one of those people who hates to spell things wrong, especially in emails and online forms (where you don’t get a chance to edit it once you click Send or Submit), you’ll love the fact that spell-checking is built in to Firefox. When you’re filling in that rant on a Contact Us page or typing information into any field in an email window or form, Firefox checks your spelling and lets you know when you’ve made a mistake. It also makes fixing your errors easy, with just a couple of clicks. Speaking of clicks, single-click bookmarking is great for people who use the web a lot and visit a lot of different sites. Having a page bookmarked means you don’t have to remember the exact URL (web address) for future visits, and you don’t have to type those long, complex addresses anymore. To use single-click bookmarking, just click the little star icon that appears at the end of each web address on the location bar. It’s almost too easy - and so is the new smarter location bar, which remembers where you’ve been and takes you back to places you’ve visited. It even “learns” which kinds of sites you seem to prefer and will suggest sites to you when you type a keyword. There’s much more to say about Firefox than we can fit into this space. We encourage you to download the browser, for free, at www.mozilla.com/firefox. Before downloading, check out the features list and see what you’re in for. Granted, the information is written by the people who made the software, but it’s really not hype - Version 3 is pretty snazzy, easy to download and install, and will make your web-browsing experience much safer, faster, and simpler than what you may be experiencing with Internet Explorer.
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BFF - DGT - Txt MSG Gets Ticket Tiffany Wike would stop sending harassing text messages to fellow 18 year old Meghan Witmer even after being told by Manor Township Police Charles Snyder to stop. Meghan sent two messages 9 minutes apart and txt herself a ticket for harassment!
Punks Steals TV and Cash Mike Testerman of Lancaster reported that someone entered his Park Circle Drive home and took a TV and unknown amount of cash. Police estimate the loss at $850
Cops Get Their Drugs City undercover police hooked up Albert Johnson with some marked money to score some crack in the southwest quadrant of the city. Johnson bought some from Terrance Hogue and came back to the undercover cop. The cops suspected they didn’t get their money’s worth and after a brief struggle got their crack from Johnson and busted Terrance as well.
Thieves Now Know Where They Are... Crooks took a GPS unit from a vehicle belong to Phoung Tao of the 200 block of Colonial Crest Drive. The Magellan unit was valued at $150
Cops Get A Gun City Police were checking out firework near the 400 block of Manor Street when they heard the sound of gunshots coming from Campbell Alley. Police booked over to the alley and head three more shots and saw three guys with one carrying a gun. The guys took off with the police on their tale. Soon the gun carrying - soon-to-be-arrested guy tripped and fell to the ground. In what BOXES: sounds like a scene from Cops, they Lancaster wrestled the gun out of his hand. Jason • East Orange & North Duke, the corner of SOTO-GONZALEZ, 24 of the 700 Lancaster County Courthouse. • 555 North Duke Street by Lancaster block of N. Duke Street was charged General Hospital’s entrance with two weapons violations, recklessly • Marietta Ave and North School Lane, one endangering another person and resisting block west of James Buchanan’s home • Corner of Prince & Orange Streets arrest.
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Intercourse Pretzel Factory Intercourse, PA | 717-768-3432 A free pretzel factory tour (when factory is in operation) where you’ll learn to twist a pretzel. Featuring soft and hard pretzels.
Strasburg Rail Road Ronks (Strasburg), PA | 717-687-7522 Fun train ride through Amish Country. Enjoy shops, dining and activities at the station. All aboard!
Lancaster Museum of Art Lancaster, PA | 717-394-3497 Changing exhibitions of local, national and international artists located in a scenic downtown public park.
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Lancaster Science Factory Lancaster, PA | 717-509-6363 Experience the hands-on, inter-active learning experience of The Lancaster Science Factory, where children of all ages will discover that Science is FUN!
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Landis Valley Museum Lancaster, PA | 717-569-0401 Largest Pennsylvania Dutch Living History Farm & Village in the country, interpreting German Heritage from 1740-1940, including tours and craft demonstrations. North Museum of Natural History and Science Lancaster, PA | 717-291-3941 Generating excitement and curiosity about natural history, science and technology and offering something for everyone. Rock Ford Plantation Lancaster, PA | 717-392-7223 The historic 18th century home of General Edward Hand remains an authentic example of refined country living.
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Thursday, July 17: The Natural (1984, PG) Start out with dinner downtown, and then head over to Binns Park. Movies begin at 9 PM. Bring your own chair or blanket!
July 11, 2008
Grownup Stuff Lancaster Museum of Art
American Music Theatre
Open Art Awards
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The British Invasion Through October 11th Phil Vasser (July 11th)
Lawrence Welk Stars (July 12th)
342 N. Queen St., Warehouse B Lancaster 717-394-7201 www.buildingcharacter.biz Music Fridays (every third Friday)
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
510 Centerville Rd., Lancaster, PA 717-898-1900 | www.dutchapple.com Footloose, through July 29th
Ephrata Performing Arts Center Cocalico Street in Ephrata Community Park (717) 733-7966 | ephrataplayhouseinthepark.org Tickets available now:
135 N. Lime St. 717-394-3497 Through July 27th
Long’s Park Amphitheater Lancaster; Info: 295-7054
Theater of the Seventh Sister
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Seed of a Nation: Lancaster and Penn’s Holy Experiment F&M’s Roschel Performing Arts Center, through July 27th
222 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101 717-214-ARTS | www. whitakercenter.org Dark Knight, preview July 15th in the IMAX Joan Armatrading July 11th Our Body (ongoing at the Harsco Science Center, through July)
Jesus Christ Superstar
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Annie Bailey’s Dieter Strause & Hassan Ali Belvedere Matrix Bube’s Midnight Spaghetti & The Chocolate G-Strings Chameleon Trey Alexander Band;
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Hard to Please Restaurant reviews by a very discerning diner.
very person has their own little biases and preferences when it comes to food, and your talented taster is no exception. This reviewer is not partial to buffets or family style restaurants for a number of reasons: they tend to be crowded; I don’t like serving myself when I go out; and the food is generally average, at best. So I was naturally thrilled when one of the publishers (the friendly one) suggested I try Yoder’s Restaurant & A plate full of happiness Buffet in New Yoder’s Restaurant & Holland. The drive east on Highway 322 reminded me Buffet of how fortunate I am to live in such a lovely place. The green rolling hills of the county are beautiful in July. Even 14 South Tower Road if the food was bad, at least I would have a very nice drive New Holland, PA 17557 Monday - Saturday 6:00 am in the country. We were seated quickly by a charming (what!) hostess - 8:00 pm with virtually no wait. The large dining room was about Closed Sunday half-filled, but the conversational noise was not a problem (717) 354-4748 at all. When in Dutch Country, eat like a Dutchman, right, so I and friendly Ron went for the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet ($8.99). This is traditional food served in many households across the county, which is to say the food was fresh, wholesome, filling, and very delicious. Yes, the food was terrific! Publisher Harper and I both had French Dip sandwiches, made to order, with choice of cheese served on a warm, fresh roll. It was the best French Dip sandwich I have eaten. Absolutely delicious. Harper agreed and we were contemplating another, but remembered we were there to review the rest of the buffet. We tried the fried chicken, pulled pork, bbq chicken, fish, corn, rice, mac& cheese, mashed potatoes/gravy, and the salad bar. The thing that both of us found ourselves saying Publisher Ron Harper, Jr. grades over and over again was, “Man, this is really good! And the food. everything is fresh!” The salad bar, for instance, had different kinds of fresh lettuces, spinach, and too many fresh and colorful veggies to list. Even the shrimp at the salad bar was fresh and tasty. Yoder’s also offers a great selection of deluxe sandwiches including chicken, tuna, patty, and turkey melts, Reuben, meatball, veal parmesan, fillet of fish, and gyro sandwiches. After the French Dip, I wanted to try every single one of them. We finished our meal with freshly made desserts. Ron decided on big on slice of cherry crumb pie that he pronounced, “Ahhh.” That’s darn good in Harperspeak, really good. I intended to just sample the blueberry cheesecake; two minutes later I was contemplating going back for another piece. (I did.) The staff was attentive, friendly, and there was not the usual crush of people found at many buffet lines, even as the restaurant began to fill. Senior Citizens 62 years of age and older receive a 10% discount if they tell they waitress before ordering. I’ll tell you how much I think of Yoder’s Family Restaurant. I will take my harder to please father there the next time he visits Lancaster County. It is that good.
my mish A kitchen Just Plain Good Recipes: Amish Potato Salad
#1 in a Series
s a tribute to the many contributions our Plain neighbors make to the Lancaster County community, not the least of which is some great food – “Pennsylvania Dutch cooking” – that people travel thousands of miles to sample, we’ll be doing a series of Amish recipes over the next few weeks here in the Lancaster Post. With this issue, we start with something everyone’s probably eaten, but may not know how to make. It’s a simple recipe for a great summer side dish, something great to bring to a picnic or potluck, and if you make it with locally-grown potatoes, celery, and onions, you’re supporting Lancaster County farmers. Here are the ingredients: 1 cup of raw bacon 1 sweet onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped small 3 T flour 1 1/2 cups of water 2/3 cup of vinegar 1/2 cup of parsley, minced 2/3 cup of sugar 2 t celery seed 6 cups boiled (but still firm) red potatoes, sliced To start building this terrific salad, begin by sautéing the onion and bacon. The bacon will crumble up as you move it around in the pan. Add flour and cook it with the onion and bacon for a few minutes, and then add the water, vinegar, parsley, celery, sugar, and celery seed to the hot mixture. After it’s all mixed together, pour it over the sliced potatoes and bake for 45 minutes in a 375 degree oven. You can eat it right away while it’s still warm, or wait and eat it cold later. The leftovers are even tastier than the first servings! If you’d like to suggest a recipe for this series, please contact us by postal mail or email. Our contact information is on page 3.
How We Met
July 11, 2008
by Melody Harper Lancaster Post
George: “After high school I worked at Millie’s Esso station at the intersection of Black Horse Road and Route 30. Maggie worked ½ mile down the road at Mertz’s Diner as a waitress (the Wachovia Bank is at that location nowat Old Leacock Road and Route 30). One evening in March of ‘56, I waited for her to be done with her shift to ask her out.” Maggie: “While George was talking to me, one of my girlfriends jumped into his car – a 1948 convertible Ford coupe.”
George & Maggie Urban in a recent family photo
Bobbysoxer lands a big fish Couple: George and Maggie Urban Wedding Date: May 5, 1957 Years Married: 51 George: “We moved into Paradise Township when I was 16 years-old. I had to walk half a mile through the woods to Cedar Hill School to catch the bus to Paradise High School. Maggie was one of the students waiting there, along with her twin sister, Marty. I remember thinking that she and her twin were cute.” Maggie: “All the girls were talking about George, the new kid on the block. All I heard was, ‘George Urban this, George Urban that.’ I said, ‘Would you please stop talking about George Urban; there are other fish in the sea besides G e o r g e Urban.’” Circa 1957
George: “It was very awkward. There I was asking Maggie out and another girl slides into the front seat of my car. I somehow managed to get control of the situation, and Maggie agreed to go out with me.” Maggie: “I was living in Lancaster when George and I started dating, so we enjoyed going to a lot of different places in the city. I loved the chili dogs at Green’s Store on the corner of Orange and Queen. And the pork sandwiches at The Little Pig on New Holland Ave.”
George: “And the luncheonette in the lower level of Watt and Shand was very nice. We also went bowling and roller skating at Rocky Springs Park and, of course, rode the roller coaster.” Maggie: “I remember Gorgeous George-not you, honey- the professional wrestler at Maple Grove. They held professional wrestling matches where the Castle roller rink is now. Oh, and every week I would buy a 45 record at Stan’s Record Bar on Prince St. for 79 cents.” George: “On Saturday nights we dressed up in our best clothes and went to the YMCA where they held Youth For Christ meetings. Afterwards, we went to Joe Myers Restaurant on Route 30.”
Maggie: “It only took one date, though, for me to realize I had landed a pretty nice fish. All my girlfriends thought so, too” George: “And I was pretty sure she was the one for me...and it wasn’t the pink cardigan worn backwards or the pink bobby socks and loafers. She did look sharp, but she was a very special lady.” Maggie: “Our first date was Easter Sunday, April 1, 1956. I like to say he’s been fooled ever since.”
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ACROSS 1 The call letters of the PBS affiliate serving Lancaster. 3 The tank engine that is popular with kids at the Strasburg Railroad. 6 A Lancastrian and major league pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006 8 The Southern Lancaster creek where tubing is popular in the summer. 10 A Lancaster County native presently managing the AA Akron Aeros in the Eastern Baseball League. 12 The historical figure’s name given to US Route 222 in southern Lancaster County. 15 A female East Hempfield Twp supervisor and recent Commissioner candidate.
19 The __________ Center Museum, a historical museum in Penn Square. 20 The area that describes the location of the Dirty Ol’ Tavern. 21 The road name, also Rte. 772, that goes from Leola to Rt 30 near Gap. 22 The creek that flows through Tanglewood Golf Course. 23 A family name with food markets at Willow Valley, Mount Joy and Elizabethtown. DOWN 2 F & M was originally chartered in 1787 as __________ College. 4 A free online Web mapping service headquartered in Mountville. 5 The road name from Millersville past the elementary school of the same name.
7 A family name that operated a holiday store on South Queen Street and closed after 96 years. 9 A major general in the Continental Army and buried at Trinity Church. 10 The former shanty town area on the peninsula of the Conestoga River. 11 The name of the Solanco middle school near Robert Fulton’s birthplace. 13 The man who started his candy business as The Lancaster Caramel Co. 14 The Lancaster semi-pro team in the North American Football League. 16 A Navy Lieutenant from Lancaster who was selected as “The Bachelor.” 17 The acronym for the residents committee opposing F & M’s railroad plan. 18 Route 462 through Mountville is known as _______ Street.
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...of the week Who you callin’ lazy?
e can’t remember when the three Lancaster Newspapers came anywhere close to being independent of one another. In recent years, reading one Lancaster “news”paper has been virtually indistinguishable from reading another. The lockstep “coverage” of the hotel-convention center issue (of which it is a 50% private stake holder) is the most obvious, but not only, example of the uniformity of its self-interested “reporting.” But when the Intelligencer Journal merged with the Lancaster New Era for a joint Saturday edition, even we at the Post raised a brow. Like everyone, we were blown away immediately with the out-ofthe-box creativity of the title of the hybrid publication, “Intelligencer Journal Lancaster New Era.” That is smooth, you’ve got to admit. We were then paralyzed with envy when the combined forces of these two great news organs re-printed the very same wire stories from the Associated Press. It was like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant combining to form one perfect basketball player. And just when we thought journalistic laziness couldn’t plumb greater depths, we were hit on Friday, not Saturday, with yet another “Intelligencer Journal Lancaster New Era” edition. Yep, the brains behind the broadsheets didn’t want to field a team that day, so they cut and pasted a joint newspaper and charged the public (and their advertisers) for the privilege. Those are some eggs, folks. So, for bringing new clarity to the definition of shameless selfpromotion, we bestow the coveted Post “Puff Piece of the Week” to the top editors at the newly minted “Intelligencer Journal Lancaster New Era.” Enjoy the moment, boys! See y’all next week.
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Gail Hines: Fine Artist
ne of the very best artists in Lancaster County is also a friend of both publishers. Before the launch of this publication, Gail Hines was talked into (and we mean talked into) being the staff artist for the Post. Other demands on her time, and her reluctance to work in caricature, made her stint with the paper short-lived, but she has an important place in the development of the Lancaster Post. And her image of Peggy Steinman (pictured) on a race horse is a worldclass example of illustration. It is simply awesome. Gail Hines is an award winning nature artist who originally came from Baltimore County, Maryland. The classically-trained artist, who has lived in Lancaster County for Gail’s illustrations for our cover (above) Pet portraits by Gail Hines decades, is nature lover who has also spent and for our Editorial page (below) a quarter of a century in commercial art as a amused and 2009 2011 designer, illustrator and art director. informed our Her lifelong love of the outdoors includes hunting and fishing and all things readers. Lanc aster Coun ty ter Lancas Conv entio n Cent er equestrian inspired an interest in painting County nature scenes and animals. From the feathery softness of a dove to the CASINO fierce snarl of a bear, to the majesty of an eagle in flight, Gail’s paintings capture nature with realism and vivid detail. Gail Hines’ commissioned work hangs in private collections across America as well as in Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Austria and Germany. One of Hines specialties are animal portraits, often of beloved pets. As a lover of animals, Gail knows how much a faithful animal friend can mean to a person. Her art shows pets as they are now - or as they used to be! “I love the challenge of looking at old family photos and with the family’s input, re-creating a scene from an 154 N. PRINCE STREET, LANCASTER old memory,” Gail says. 717.572.9961 A great Art + Design www.metropolis-store.com For more information space for of the your about Gail Hines and her next Past + Future retail store art, or to commission the meeting gallery artist, contact: gailhines@ online shopping gmail.com or visit her at 21 North Mulberry Street Lancaster, PA 17603 www.gailhines.com.
Adopt a Pet... Save a Life!
July 11, 2008
The Humane League of Lancaster County... The Best Place to Find a Best Friend!
Adin and Clyde are just two of the many animals at the Humane League, waiting for a home. There are millions of homeless pets in the United States -- and more are born and abandoned every day.
PLEASE don’t buy a pet - ADOPT one and save a life! For more information on the animals awaiting adoption at the Humane League, please call (717) them at 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA. As you can see from his picture, Adin, ID#109108, has a silly personality and loves to play! This one year old feline was found as a stray and is now hoping to become part of your family. Adin especially likes to bat around his stuffed mice and sometimes even chases his own tail. Adin would be a great playmate for another young kitten. If you don’t already have a kitten in need of a playmate, that’s not a problem; take advantage of our summer cat adoption specials and adopt Adin and a friend for the price of only one adoption!
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Humane League of Lancaster County’s Trap-Neuter-Return Clinic Reduces Fees to $10.00
Clyde, ID#109498, is a nine year old Lab mix with tons of spirit whose perfect day would include being outside with his new family and playing all day long. This lovable guy doesn’t mind being left alone, but when you return home, you can be sure to receive a warm greeting! Clyde loves to play with children and knows the basic commands. The ideal home for him would be one without another dog and with lots of space for him to run and play.
Lancaster, PA (July 9, 2008) – As of August 1st, 2008, the Humane League of Lancaster will take one more step towards becoming a shelter that actively encourages Trap-Neuter-Return as a community wide solution for the area’s feral cat population. Currently, feral cats can be spayed and neutered through the shelter’s low cost clinic for fees of $45.00 and $35.00, respectively. Come August 1st, however, these fees with both be lowered to just $10.00. Of the decision to drastically reduce the cost of getting feral cats fixed, Humane League President, Joan Brown says that, “It is no longer ‘business as usual’ here at the shelter.” “In fact,” Brown says, “the Humane League is dedicated to saving more lives through proactive programs and services, such as Trap-Neuter-Return, that reduce overpopulation and promote adoption.” The shelter hopes that the community will take advantage of the lower cost and become part of the solution by working together to get feral cats in their local neighborhoods fixed. Contact Spay/Neuter Clinic Coordinator, Nacomi Bissonette, at (717) 393-6551 ext. 302, to schedule an appointment.
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Post 5 Random Questions: Judd Songster
Friday, July 11th LONG ISLAND DUCKS Game Starts: 7:05 pm
Saturday, July 12th LONG ISLAND DUCKS Ag/Dairy Night 7 - D ay ule Game Starts: 7:05 pm d e h c S
Sunday, July 13th LONG ISLAND DUCKS FIREWORKS! Game Starts 6:05 pm JULY 14th - 17th ALL STAR BREAK
Atlantic League Standings Freedom Division: W York 1 Newark 1 Lancaster 1 Somerset 0
Liberty Division: W So. Maryland 1 Long Island 0 Camden 0 Bridgeport 0
L 0 0 0 1
L 0 1 1 1
Standings are for the second half of the season, and are accurate as of games played 07/08/2008.
JUDD SONGSTER Position: Pitcher Height: 6’ 3” Weight: 195 Bats: Right Throws: Right
erhaps the Barnstormers’ pitcher with the best control on the team is North Platte, Nebraska native, Judd Songster. Songster, a natural humorist with the deadest of deadpan deliveries, is a team leader in E.R.A. (2.65), and holds opposing hitters to a measly .237 batting average. The right-hander entertained the Post for a few minutes and answered our Random Questions.
1 What was the best thing about growing up in North Platte? “Just the small town environment where everyone knows everyone.” 2 Play any other sports besides baseball? “I played wide receiver on the football team and was also on the basketball team.” 3 If you weren’t playing baseball, what do you think you’d be doing? “I’d probably be on Saturday Night Live. I consider myself the complete entertainer. I’m a crowd pleaser. I’m the people’s champion.” 4 Do you have a nickname? “In my hometown, I’m know as ‘Buster.’ Everyone knows me by that.” 5 Most embarrassing moment on the baseball field? “It happened to another guy. He hadn’t got a hit all year, and he hits a foul ball and just nails a lady in the crowd. Then he gets in the field, he’s playing third base, and a ball hits him right in the forehead. It drops to the ground and he throws the guy out.”
War of the Roses Standings 2008 Season Wins:
Next War of the Roses Game: 8/1 at Home
fter the signings of key players (Zack Parker, Brian Stavisky, Vasili Spanos) to Major League organizations, injuries (Ian Bladergroen, Lance Burkhart, among others), close games lost, and other freak occurrences, the Lancaster Barnstormers’ first half of the season could have been worse. As the first half of the season ended, manager Von Hayes’ club tied the York Revolution for third place in the Liberty division of the Atlantic League. (We look at the glass as half full.) The good news is that players like speedster second baseman, Juan Francia, and power hitter, Matt LeCroy, are healthy, and already contributing to the ballclub. Bladergroen, who was hitting .319 when he was injured, is due back early in the second half of the season, where the records go back to 0-0. On the pitching side, Eric Ackerman [team leader in strikeouts (51) and innings pitched (79)] has settled into the starter’s role, and had a solid first half after a rocky start. The bullpen has been strong with Judd Songster (2.65 E.R.A.) and Ricardo Gomez (45 strikeouts) making major contributions. Hitting (90 or more at-bats) Ian Bladerg roen 1. Ian Bladergroen -- .319 2. Michael Woods -- .285 3. Danny Gonzalez -- .284
1. Danny Gonzalez -- 41 2. Manny Mejia -- 37 3. Jutt Hileman -- 35
1. Lance Burkhart -- 10 2. Danny Gonzalez -- 9 3. Jutt Hileman -- 8 Runs Scored
1. Michael Woods -- 50 2. Danny Gonzalez -- 41 3. Lloyd Turner -- 35
1. Michael Woods -- 76 2. Danny Gonzalez -- 75 3. Jutt Hileman, Lloyd Turner -- 62 Pitching (30 or more innings pitched) Wins
1. Josh Hall -- 4 2.Eric Ackerman, Ryan Cullen, Nick Renault, Judd Songster -- 3 ERA
1. Ryan Cullen -- 1.69 2. Judd Songster -- 2.65 3. Ricardo Gomez -- 4.47 Innings pitched
1. Eric Ackerman -- 79.1 2. Nick Renault -- 63.0 3. Josh Hall -- 54.2 Strikeouts
1. Eric Ackerman -- 51 2. Ricardo Gomez -- 45 3. Yamel Guevara -- 42
Quiet Leader: Barnstormers’ Michael Woods
o get an idea of Michael Woods’ value to the Lancaster Barnstormers, manager Von Hayes is probably the best person to evaluate the versatile outfielder. “Michael Woods has been very solid all year long,” says Hayes. “He plays both corners of the outfield well, and can play second base. He has good speed, and is a tough out at the plate.” “He’s also plays very hard, 110%, and will run into a wall for you. Michael is also very good in the clubhouse,” Hayes continues. “He is a real asset to this team.” Michael Woods grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he starred on the football field, as well as on the baseball diamond. He was all-state in
both sports, playing second base in baseball, and defensive back, wide receiver, and kick returner on the gridiron. “I wanted to be Deion Sanders,” Woods laughs. “Prime Time. I wore my wristbands like him, taped my shoes like him!” After graduating from Broadmoor High School, the academically high-achieving Woods received an academic scholarship to Southern University in Baton Rouge. “My father (Michael) and I felt I had a better future in baseball,” says Woods, who is two semesters shy of a degree in math. “But my mom (Wendolyn) actually wanted me to play football.” Michael Woods, who also has a sister, Krystle, 23 (who works for Dow Chemical) and a younger brother, Terrance, 20 (who interns at Dow) was a standout baseball player for Southern University, earning All-America honors, among other accolades, in his junior year. He was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Tigers and played Rookie and Single ‘A’ ball for that organization for a few years. Away from the field, Woods carries around his computer and software for mixing musical beats. “Sometimes after a game, Lloyd [Turner, Barnstormers infielder] and I will make some songs. Lloyd is a really good singer. I hope he doesn’t mind that I said that!” Woods, who, as of this writing, leads the team in runs scored and hits (tied with Danny Gonzalez) and is among the leaders in hitting average and onbase percentage, is most happy talking about his daughter, Bria, age four.
July 11, 2008
by Chris Hart Nibbrig Lancaster Post
“She is just the sweetest little girl,” Woods beams. “She says the funniest things. I was away on her birthday (May 24), and called her during her birthday party. I said I wished I was there, and she said, ‘It’s OK, Daddy, you can come to my next one.’” And Michael Woods laughs with a father’s pride and affection, and you can see why his teammates, coaches, and manager think so highly of this young man. He makes the team look good.
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