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Chief Rich Garipoli: Raising the standards of law enforcement
ich Garipoli looks like he could be an accountant. The suit and tie, along with the MBA from Columbia Southern University, suggest strong nerdish tendencies. On this day, the 52 year-old Garipoli has a full plate from a popular Lititz smörgåsbord, and was looking very much like many of the desk jockeys sitting for the midday meal. But Rich Garipoli is not your average suit. He is the Chief of Police for Warwick Township, the current President of the Lancaster County Chiefs of Police, and is the Chairman of the Lancaster County Human Relations Police Committee. “I’m teaching a self-defense class at the Lititz Rec, why don’t you come out?”, Garipoli says over the delicious lunch. Six hours later, after a full day at the office, Garipoli, a 4th Degree black belt and former professional martial arts fighter, is surrounded by about 20 young women, along with a few men, soaking up advice from someone regarded by many as a law enforcement ‘professional of professionals.’ The Chief has been in law enforcement for more than 30 years, and shares the profession along with his five brothers. “Nope,” says the Chief with a laugh, “My dad was not a cop.” His passion for professionalism and standards in law enforcement has led him to push for accreditation for his township’s police force. In fact, Warwick Township was the first police force in Lancaster County to be accredited by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. Garipoli is a strong advocate of “accreditation,” which according to the Police Chief’s website, is “a progressive and time-proven way of helping institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance.”
Garipoli is puzzled that only a handful of municipal and university/college police forces are pursuing the accreditation. “I don’t understand why more police forces are not doing this.” Garipoli, smashing blocks with Garipoli stressed that the his bare hands. public will have greater confidence when law enforcement agencies are run by professionals who are trained and operate under accepted practices that accreditation helps direct.
Garipoli (L), receiving his 4th degree Black Belt.
The Brothers Garipoli, policemen all.
(Note: “private” police such as Franklin & Marshall public safety have zero statutory training requirements.)
Teaching a self-defense class at the Lititz Community Center.
Garipoli’s admirers include both law enforcement (the Chiefs elected him president) but also elected officials and citizens’ groups. Lancaster County Sheriff, Terry Bergman, says that “Chief Garipoli is a man of character who demonstrates to the world of law enforcement daily all of his many leadership qualities and character traits that have made him successful in his field of expertise.” Garipoli pursues law enforcement ideals of professionalism, not just during his day job. He also teaches at his alma mater, Reading Area Community College, in the Criminal Justice Program.
Additionally, he has designed courses for the leadership and executive management courses for the Municipal Police Officers Education & Training Commission, has been a course developer and instructor for Harrisburg Area Community College in the “7 Habits for Law Enforcement officers,” as well as for the PA Chief’s Command Institute & Advanced Command Institute for Police Executives. Garipoli is also a member of International Association Chiefs of Police Training and Education Committee, (responsible for training throughout the US), in addition to being a member of the PA Chiefs of Police Training & Education Committee. “When I teach officers on weapons training, I tell them that their tongue is the most important weapon they have and they must learn to control it. If they don’t learn to control that, than they will surely be using their other weapons.” Founder and President of Justice & Mercy, Tom Zeager, a prison and justice system reform group, praised Garipoli, “He is a man of character and knows the right thing to do and I highly respect him as a law enforcement officer.” Zeager was eager to share how the Chief’s knowledge, experience, and professionalism helped their organization. “He’s a great guy,” Zeager said. Gary Spangenburg, Mayor of East Petersburg, is a personal friend of Garipoli and relies on him for advice as well. “Rich is the epitome of a police chief of character. He’s good man.”
Side by Side: A Home for Sex Offenders
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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.
Richard Owen is living in Tom Armstrong’s house and participating in his mentoring program.
Tracy Portner has been a Marietta resident for 15 years, and before that, a Columbia resident for 13 years.
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ex offender. The label alone assaults the mind and generates thoughts of fear, judgment, and rejection. Such emotion-driven responses can never result in success or security. Is anyone listening? There is no end to such madness because no steps to satisfy it are ever enough, and the label never changes. Naysayers want cameras on every exit of a sex offender’s home and supervised escorts around the clock. They want GPS tracking, medical castration and notification when a non-violent, non-predator moves into the neighborhood. The law provides none of these things yet the cry for such measures increases. The naysayers have no respect or confidence in the very system they elected the get-tough politicians to legislate. Get tough! Get tough!! Get tough!!! Responding to such fear is a costly enterprise. The system spends untold millions in the door getting tough on crime but virtually nothing out the door when these men and women are released back into society. Get tough policies demand that a sex offender have ‘approved housing’; yet provide no means of attaining it. Moreover, it is impossible for a sex offender to find a place from inside a jail cell. Imagine this conversation: “Yes, Mr. Landlord, I am a sex offender being kept in jail because I have nowhere to live. It has been months now, so I don’t have a job or any money but…” CLICK! There are currently upwards of 160 men and women languishing in our state prisons because they are homeless. This number does not reflect those in our county jails. The cost is staggering. A recent issue outlined by Warden Guarini at the Lancaster County Prison involves the loss of federal benefits for those classified as ‘unconvicted detainees.’ Local taxpayers are being left to pick up the check. There are, in fact, several categories of unconvicted detainees beyond those simply awaiting trial. Homeless sex offenders are among them. They have paid their debt, but taxpayers keep footing the bill. Sex offenders without approved housing are kept in jail until a place to live is located or the sentence is maxed-out. The latter is typically the case. Society seems content to just leave them locked-up for as long as possible: out of sight, out of mind. However, this is a very short-sighted approach to the problem. When a sentence is maxed-out, the system is forced to release the unprepared and unaided sex offender into a homeless reality. Are any of us served well when that happens?
would like to take a minute to speak about the gentlemen currently living at the residence of Mr. Thomas Armstrong, at 704 East Market Street in Marietta. At a recent zoning meeting, Mr. Armstrong was denied his appeal to house these folks -- registered sex offenders -- in his home. It is my understanding that he plans to take this to the next level through another appeal. The zoning ordinance states that four or more unrelated persons cannot reside in the same location. These unrelated people do not make a family unit by the borough’s definition. Mr. Armstrong, however, feels very strongly that he and these registered Megan’s Law Offenders do, in fact, constitute a family unit, and that they are his “brothers.” I can understand the use of that term in a religious sense, but a DNA test would prove otherwise in this case. During the zoning meeting, Mr. Armstrong’s actual family unit was discussed. That consists of Mr. Armstrong, his wife, 19 year-old son, and 16 year-old daughter. Mr. Armstrong’s wife and daughter are out of town caring for his motherin-law who is under Hospice care. The question was raised at the zoning board hearing meeting asking why Mr. Armstrong’s mother-in-law was not brought to his home for care. Mr. Armstrong’s daughter cannot be in the presence of these men because she is a minor. That means that Mr. Armstrong is choosing these convicted sex offenders over his own family. I am certainly not opposed to any convicted criminal getting a second chance in society. What has peaked my curiosity is why, after all of this time, do these men still need to rely on someone like Tom Armstrong and the housing arrangement he is providing for their survival? According to the testimony at the zoning hearing board meeting, Mr. Armstrong is receiving $100.00 per week from each of his “boarders.” He did not refer to these monies as “rent,” but as “cost-sharing.” Either way, that is $1,200.00 a month to offset living expenses. While I personally don’t fear for my safety in this situation, I can empathize with the residents of Marietta that have children and
There are currently upwards of 160 men and women languishing in our state prisons because they are homeless. This number does not reflect those in our county jails.
While I personally don’t fear for my safety in this situation, I can empathize with the residents of Marietta that have children and are apprehensive of letting their children out of their sight.
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Fair Trial, Free Press, and the Constitution
t is easy enough to believe that Michael Roseboro killed his wife. He is said to be the last one to see her and said to have been alone with her before she died. He was having an affair with a married woman. He was supposed to have a temper He had reason to end her life. This is what the public has been told by the Lancaster County District Attorney, Craig Stedman. Mr. Stedman made his statements not in a courtroom, but in front of a bank full of microphones, cameras, and other assorted notetakers. Stedman said Mr. Roseboro had committed this crime, that he had a “motive” for doing so, and that his office would be filing pre-meditated murder charges against him. If a trial is held in Lancaster County, the pre-trial prejudicial publicity has already likely poisoned the jury pool, disposing potential jurors against Mr. Roseboro’s innocence. Mr. Roseboro has already been convicted in the court of public opinion. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides for freedom of the press. But the ‘due process’ clause of 14th Amendment allows for a fair trial, which is based on the presumption of innocence. In the case where one rubs against the other, the press ought to defer to the right of the defendant to receive an unbiased hearing, especially when the details it is publishing only serve to bias the people deciding the case. A few days of lurid headlines, (with titillating, but perhaps irrelevant details) should not compromise Mr. Roseboro’s right to a fair trial. But that has occurred with the statements of Mr. Stedman and the dutiful “reporting” of Lancaster Newspapers. The District Attorney’s office has impressive resources. Apart from its many assistant district attorneys and extensive office and clerical staff, it also has the ongoing funding of the taxpayers. The average citizen is no match for the DA’s office in garnering media attention. And Mr. Stedman’s evident and alarming affection for the camera and the sound bite bodes ill for the those coming before his office seeking justice.
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attention. Once inside, you might find paintings, carvings, pottery, glasswork, sculpture, antiques, metal workings, or mixed media. These works of art might be detailed reproductions of what they are supposed to represent, such as a detailed landscape painting, or a lifelike sculpture. More often, the artist has in some way interpreted what they are trying to represent, perhaps by painting in broad strokes to evoke a feeling instead of detail (one local artist paints cats and dogs in whimsical
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A big part of “First Friday” is the many people who attend. It is common for friends and acquaintances to meet and chat just about anywhere. People are attracted to “First Friday” not only by the art on display, but also by what appears to be a tradition in the art community: most galleries offer free punch, wine, or both, along with snacks like cheese and crackers, pretzels, cookies, brownies, or even more interesting goodies. But I have a confession to make: I am artistically challenged. When I first started taking a renewed interest in downtown Lancaster several years ago, I made the acquaintance of several fascinating people. Some of these are heavily involved in the arts community in Lancaster, and as a result I attended an enjoyable arts event at Mulberry Art Studios. This raised my interest in the arts, and I have been visiting as many galleries as I can on the “First Friday” of almost every month since then. I’ve known for a long time that I just don’t “get” many different forms of art. Yes, I can often appreciate a realistic or semi-realistic painting or picture. Once in a while, a sculpture will catch my attention. But on many occasions, I just can’t figure out what the artist is trying to communicate. I can personally appreciate why many people might not be attracted to looking at works of art. On the other hand, I can understand that many people do understand and appreciate works of art. And “First Friday” is always a great experience. “First Friday” is definitely a welcome part of the Downtown Lancaster experience, and I highly recommend it to everyone. I can even recommend “First Friday” to the many people who, like me, are artistically challenged.
n the first Friday evening of every month, downtown Lancaster celebrates the arts. “First Friday” has become one of the biggest recent success stories in Lancaster, with thousands of people visiting dozens of galleries and shops which stay open late for this event. Downtown Lancaster has become home to an increasing number of art galleries, and other shops which also display pieces of art. These galleries and shops are scattered throughout downtown Lancaster, with clusters located on or near the 100 and 200 blocks of N. Prince St., also in the 300 block of N. Queen St. Many of these galleries and shops are converted storefronts. A few are on floors above street level, like Gail Gray’s (the mayor’s wife) at 34 1/2 N. Queen St. Others are nearly underground, like the eclectic and always interesting Gallery 141, at 113 N. Water St. And a few of these galleries are quite large, like Mulberry Art Studios at 19-21 N. Mulberry St. The heart of the arts district seems to be centered around the corner of Prince and Chestnut Streets, where a large sign painted on a building proclaims “Gallery Row.” In fact, the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design is just north of this intersection. Immediately to people-like poses). And then there is abstract art, the south, the 100 block of N. Prince St. hosts a where the artist can use a wide variety of methods concentration of storefront art galleries, an area to make their point. Some galleries may even host musical performances. which is often packed with people on a “First Friday.” It is not unusual for some of these galleries to be so full of people that moving through them can take quite a bit of time. Meanwhile, the sidewalk 2860 Yellow Goose Rd. can become barely passable while Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601 people meet their friends and carry on conversations. 717-898-0800 Visiting an art gallery can be quite an experience, especially if www.lancasterpropanegas.com you’ve never done so before. Even Wholesale Propane National Service before you enter, the storefront Propane Delivery Turnkey Propane Systems galleries often display pieces Tank Sales Community Gas Systems in their windows to catch your
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This is where we re-write the press releases from the local police departments. Obviously, we have fun with the rewrites, but after some self-reflection, we thought it was important to affirm – in accordance with the United States Constitution – that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Of course, we will continue to take our little jocular jabs at both sides of the law, but we do hold that all accused are innocent until proven guilty in a court of American law. And that is as it should be.
Unlocked Locker Looted Manheim Township police received a report from the high school that an unlocked locker had been looted, the thieves taking a wallet and a cell phone. The stolen items and the thieves were later found, and both of the accused have been charged with Theft, and one with Receiving Stolen Property. Hey kids, they call it a “locker” for a reason – not that leaving it unlocked made the theft OK, but it might have slowed them down! More High School Hijinks Two Lancaster City kids, ages 13 and 14, have been charged with Theft and Conspiracy. It seems the two were seen running away from some parked cars – always a mistake if you’re trying to make a discreet getaway – and when the police apprehended them, the kids were in possession of items that had been stolen from the cars. That would be the kids’ Mistake #2. In addition to the charges resulting from the theft, one of the kids has also been charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, which would be Mistake #3. Released to the custody of their parents, the kids may now be wishing they’d found something better to do that day.
They’ll Do Anything To Stay In Shape Someone (most likely two someones) stole two bikes, one locked and the other not, from a bike rack at the Overlook Pool on August 12th. A loss to the owners of about $200, we hope the thieves are getting some use from the bikes, what with the cost of gas and the rising rates of obesity these days.
his way into the house, and a scuffle ensued. The young woman sustained some bruises, a small price to pay for successfully scaring the intruder away. She may have had more than the normal reasons to fight back, too – a 2-month-old baby was sleeping upstairs. Anyone with information about this case should call Lancaster City Police at 735-3300. Callers need not give their names.
Can Someone Flush Out These Thieves? Apparently, no location is sacred these days. Contractors report that two steel “plumbing fixtures” were stolen from a job site at the Highland Presbyterian Church on Oregon Pike. The cost of the fixtures? $570. The bad karma incurred by stealing from a church? Priceless.
No, Really – Give Me All Your Money After simply asking for all the money in the register and being ignored by the clerk, Tara Dorsey allegedly opened her jacket to reveal a handgun, so that the Turkey Hill clerk would know she meant business. This strategy worked, because the clerk then handed over the cash. Tara was later arrested, found at a residence on Williamsburg Road. The car in which she was seen leaving the crime scene was also found at the residence, which, along with surveillance footage of Ms. Dorsey at the Turkey Hill, may have a chilling effect on any not-guilty plea she might be considering. Ms. Dorsey is being held on $50,000 cash bail – a lot more than she got from the Turkey Hill.
One Busy Lady A 25-year old female has allegedly been on quite a crime spree, specializing in fake IDs and counterfeit checks. She started out at the LANCO Federal Credit Union office in Manheim Township, where she used a fake PA driver’s license to open an account, and then she was caught a few days later, in Lebanon, passing counterfeit checks. She’s been charged with Forgery, Identity Theft, Criminal Conspiracy, and Access Device Fraud. Her bail was set at $10,000, and she’s currently cooling her heels in Lebanon County Prison – presumably because nobody would cash her check. There’s No Place Like (Someone Else’s) Home A young woman, entering her home through a back door, found herself face to face with an intruder, said to have a dark complexion, short, dark hair, and wearing dark clothing (boy, that narrows it down!). The intruder forced
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Side by Side: A Home for Sex Offenders in Marietta? Tracy Portner Richard Owen Along comes a man like Tom Armstrong with a better solution, but all he gets for his trouble is… you guessed it…fear, judgment and rejection. There are over 400 sex offenders living independently in Lancaster County and not a peep or a squeak is heard from the concern-ridden label-judgers, but the minute that three of them decide to commit to a faith- based transitional house all hell breaks loose. Why? Are people so strongly opposed to mentoring, accountability, and success? These men have voluntarily placed themselves under the closer scrutiny demanded by so many. It would be easier for them to return to anonymity like the guy down the block who nobody questions or bothers, or the other hundreds who do not face the uproar. Would that make the streets any safer? Would that eliminate a parent’s responsibility to watch over the children? Would that provide mentored, transitional living for those still seeking freedom from their cozy, tax paid jail cells? Would that calm the fears of the fearful? No. The idea here is to do the right thing. Our elected and appointed officials are falling dismally short of that mark by pandering to the fear-based vocal Not-InMy-Back Yard (NIMBY) minority. The right thing may not be the easy thing or the popular thing. Daring to make sense can be difficult and unpopular. Ask Tom Armstrong.
are apprehensive of letting their children out of their sight. At the zoning hearing meeting Mr. Armstrong said that he knows the whereabouts of these men and that they are supervised. As he said this, only one of the men was present at the meeting, meaning the other two were home alone. The residents of Marietta were told that each man has his own room and that Mr. Armstrong hasn’t seen anything out of line in any of those rooms. He also assured the residents of Marietta that no pornography was allowed in the home. That sure made all of us feel better. Mr. Armstrong also testified that he plans to find a facility to house 15 to 20 of these types of offenders or even more. Good for him and I hope that works out. Maybe if Mr. Armstrong would follow the rules as they are written, not just in Marietta, but throughout every jurisdiction he contacts, instead of trying to make up his own, he would be a bit better received. My advice to Mr. Armstrong is be up front about what you are trying to do and maybe someday, somewhere, it will work.
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Massive storm damages crops by Lancaster Post Staff
ortions of Southern Lancaster County had a crop-destroying hail storm this week, damaging many hundreds valuable crop acreage. According to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in State College, PA, funnel clouds were also reported over Leola and New Holland. Between 1 and 1:10 PM on Sunday August 10th, “trained spotters” observed quarter-size hail stones in an area from one mile south of Lancaster to an area two miles west of Wakefield. Trees and limbs were down in Pequea as well as golf ball size hail in Quarryville. While the trees will find their way into a wood stove this winter, the corn and tobacco losses are a total lost for some. One plain farmer with eight acres of tobacco had every leaf ripped off by the wind and hail. His brand new tobacco barn will be empty this winter unless he can find someone to rent it. Tobacco is a labor intensive and important “cash crop” that farmers count on to keep them busy over winter and to put toward the financial bottom-line. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, farmers can grow over 2,000 pounds per acre. Depending on the price per pound, the eight acres lost could be over $20,000 for the farmer whose land is pictured. If you’d like to help by making a donation, contact the Post for more information by calling 717.431.8145 or send an email t o : H u m a n s @ LancasterPost.com.
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Southern Market, South Queen Street at Vine Street, Lancaster. Circa 1950, photographer unknown.
Same location, August 2008.
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t the very top of the usa.gov website, you’ll find the words “Government Made Easy”. That’s pretty funny, considering how much fun we’ve all had dealing with the IRS, Social Security, and Medicare. Should you need, however, to find information on anything – from how to apply for a grant to travel advisories before you head off to some exotic location, it’s all here – at www.usa.gov. The home page is pretty easy to navigate, and you don’t need to have some kind of government lingo guidebook handy to find your way around. It might be that the people who designed this site are actually organized, friendly, and sincere in their desire to help you. They must be private contractors. On the right side of the home page, you’ll find a list of government agencies, listed alphabetically and also by major branches of the government. “Tribal Governments” piqued my interest, and it turned out to be an alphabetical listing of all the Native American tribes that are on reservations in the US. There are maps, too, so you can see where the reservations are. As your adventure continues, if you scroll all the way down on the right side of the home page, you’ll find a link to watch government videos – including two amusing movies, “The Wizard of Oz,” which makes fun of the difficulty involved in obtaining help from the government and “In the Pink,” about finding forms, services, and avoiding a long wait in line. Various government departments, including Health and Human Services, NASA, and the Department of State also have their own channels, each one taking you to a series of videos. For example, if you click the NASA channel, one of the videos you can watch pertains to maintaining one’s personal hygiene while in space. Talk about useful information! Another part of the usa.gov site that’s pretty weird is the government blog, called “Gov Gab.” Again broken down into topic categories, you can read various government employees’ entries on topics ranging from the new dollar coins to the joys of bike-riding. The archives go back to October of 2007, so there are lots of blog entries to wade through if you’re so inclined. I wasn’t. Now, I’m probably dating myself here, but I grew up watching commercials for government publications, helpful little booklets and brochures that one could obtain by writing to some address in Pueblo, Colorado. Those ads may be the only reason I knew there even was a Pueblo, Colorado, which, it turns out, is the home of the Federal Citizen Information Center. You can visit its online location by clicking the pueblo.gsa.gov link on the Gov Gab page, or by going directly to that address. Ordering publications is easy, using a series of topic-based links on the left, and then clicking in checkboxes to indicate which documents you want to order. They’re all free, and you can find one on just about any topic – in fact, the US government actually publishes a document on the safety of hair dyes and hair relaxers, and another on tattoos and permanent makeup. These appear right along with the ones you’d expect, like the booklets on how to quit smoking or why you’d want to participate in a clinical trial for new medication. All of the publications can be mailed to you, or you can download a PDF version to read online. The post office in Pueblo must appreciate the web access, as it probably cuts down on their workload considerably. So, if you’ve been feeling unloved by Uncle Sam lately, you can climb right up in his lap and ask him to read you a nice bedtime document at www.usa.gov. From finding the most popular baby names (courtesy of the Social Security Administration) to searching government and public libraries, it’s all there – just a few clicks away. You can even chat online with a government employee, from 8 AM to 8 PM, Monday through Friday, about any government-related topic that might interest you. Take note of their Privacy statement, however: “Visitors that use our web chat service are anonymous. We can’t identify you, but you should not enter any information that is private, such as a social security number. Although USA.gov has taken measures to protect your privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you send over the Internet. We will review records of web chat sessions for purposes of quality control and evaluation.” Yeah, right.
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Reamstown Days will include a Talent Show this year, and you can audition for your time in the spotlight! The talent show will take place on September 6th, but you can audition now -- by submitting an application by August 22nd, via email, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The auditions will be held on August 27th, at 7 pm, in Reamstown Memorial Park. Check the website, www.reamstowndays.org, for more info.
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. Strasburg Rail Road Ronks (Strasburg), PA | 717.687.7522 Fun train ride through Amish Country. Enjoy shops, dining and activities at the station. NOTE: Green text indicates an outdoor activity.
Let’s Go to the Movies! Check out reviews and showtimes - and buy tickets online - for theaters in the Lancaster area. Simply enter your zip code at the following sites: www.movietickets.com www.fandango.com www.moviefone.com Support a local independent theater:
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Thursday, August 21st: Cinema Paradiso (1988 | PG) Start out with dinner downtown, and then head over to Binns Park. Movies begin at 9 PM. Bring your own chair or blanket!
Old-Time Liberation Front, a local accoustic band made up of young Lancastrians, is releasing their CD, Twenty Twelve, on Friday, August 15th. You can attend the release party, for free, at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, 328 W. Orange Street, Lancaster. The party starts at 8 pm -- be there or be square!
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Grownup Stuff American Music Theatre 2425 Lincoln Hwy East 717.397.7700 www. americanmusictheatre.com The British Invasion Through October Classic Crooners Through October Building Character 342 N. Queen St. Warehouse B Lancaster 717.394.7201 www.buildingcharacter.biz Music Friday (8/15) Sunday Market (8/17) Support local artists, businesses, and farmers by purchasing locally-grown produce, great food, art, antiques, and collectibles. Eastern Market 308 E. King Street, Lancaster www.historiceastside.org/ eastern/news.html Wednesdays (4-7pm) and Saturdays (9-2pm), through Oct. 25th. Art, crafts, antiques, and great food in a combined indoor/outdoor setting. Support local artisans, merchants, and farmers! LancasterARTS www.lancasterarts.com 717.509.2787 Sunday, August 17th: An Afternoon at the Circus The Fulton Opera House 12 N Prince Street, Lancaster
Lancaster Museum of Art 135 N. Lime St. | 717.394.3497 Through September 7th: New Paintings | Suk Shuglie Sunshine & Shadow | Valerie Jo Coulson Paintings | Sadradeen Ameen Visual Dialogue | Jan Yatsco, Janie Oakes, Mariann Lehman, Blakelyn Albright & Donna Albert Musser Park Chestnut & Lime Sts., Lancaster Art in the Park Saturday, August 16th 10 am - 2 pm Outdoor art show & hands-on art experience for all ages. Whitaker Center 222 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 717.214.ARTS www.whitakercenter.org Dark Knight Now Showing in the IMAX Theater Girls Night: The Musical Through August 17th Sunoco Performance Center
BARS & CLUBS: Annie Bailey’s 28-30 E. King Street Lancaster, PA 717.393.4000
Live Entertainment: Friday, August 15th: Duane Slaymaker
Bube’s Brewery 102 N Market Street Mount Joy, PA 717.653.2056 www.bubesbrewery.com The Catacombs Pirate Feast - Sundays Call for reservations The Biergarten Live music every Sunday The Bottling Works Live Music Fri, Sat, & Sun. Team Trivia on Tuesdays, Karaoke on Sundays Ghost Tours every Friday at 10 pm, call for reservations. Chameleon Club 223 N. Water Street Lancaster, PA 717.299.9684 www.chameleonclub.net Friday, August 15th: DJs Image & Steele Got Bob? A Bob Dylan Tribute Saturday, August 16th: The Trakes Uncle Skip Sunday, August 17th: Once Nothing Monday, August 18th: Meg & Dia Tuesday, August 19th: Saving Abel Thursday, August 21st: Everclear Lancaster Dispensing Company 33-35 N. Market Street Lancaster, PA 717. 299.4602 www.dispensingco.com Now smoke-free! Live Entertainment.
Molly’s Pub 253 E. Chestnut Street Lancaster, PA 717.396.0225 www.mollyspub.com Weekly drink specials, live entertainment. Olde Lincoln House 1398 W. Main Street Ephrata, PA 717.733.3490 www.oldelincolnhouse. com Six dining rooms, plus the Tavern. Tiki Barn open for the summer season! Prudhomme’s 50 Lancaster Avenue Columbia, PA 717.684.1706 www.lostcajunkitchen. com Smoke free, Weekly Events: Every Friday night - Rock & munch to DJ & Karaoke w/ Steve Murray 9pm -12am. Every Wednesday - LIVE Acoustic 70’s w/ Keith Kinard Every Thursday: “Name That Tuna” from 7:30 – 10 pm.
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Hard to Please Restaurant reviews by a very discerning diner.
A Corner Pizzeria (and more!)
my kitchen Cinnamon Raisin French Toast
e have to say we’ve b e e n coming to Dominion Pizza on Columbia Av e n u e for years. Both the cheerful and surly publishers have regularly stopped by Mike Maillis’ family-run restaurant for cheese steaks, pizza (firstMike Maillis rate), sandwiches, and some of the best lasagna in town. Dominion’s is popular with the Post staff, and with the local cops, because Mike and his staff serve a wide variety of items, and all of them -- and we’ve sampled most of the menu -- are consistently well-prepared. Harper is partial to the cheese steaks, which are served either as a sub or with sauce and onions (sm.$4.95/lg.$6.55). They come with chips, but he usually gets an order of fresh, hot fries ($1.95). And with a tall root beer, you can pretty much forget about getting DOMINION PIZZA conversation out of him for about 10 minutes. 938 Columbia Avenue The surly one prefers the Italian sub ($4.95) or the Gyro Lancaster ($4.45), which, though he swears delicious, might explain 717.481.5544 his somewhat limited social life. What? I’m just sayin’. I do enjoy the lasagna ($7.95), which comes with a Hours: warm, delicious small loaf of garlic bread. The salads are Mon-Sat 10am-1am ample, and I had a Tossed Green Salad ($3.25), which Sun 12pm-10pm complemented my meal very well. Delivery There are inviting lunch specials (2 slices and a small soda, $3.45; slice, small salad; small soda, $5.00; soup & salad, $5.50), which can make the lunch hour tasty and economical. Harper took home a cup of cream of broccoli soup ($2.99) and raved about it the next day. I sampled the chicken noodle ($2.99) and found it hearty and delicious. Dominion’s is an open, family-style restaurant with quick efficient and friendly service. And while you are waiting for your meal, you can pick up a copy of the Post. Dominion’s is one of the paper’s distribution points. Buon appetito, and say hello to Mike for us! Dominion Pizza is popular with the Lancaster City Police.
his wonderful, warm, and comforting breakfast is served at the Rose Garden Bed & Breakfast in Strasburg by the owner, Stephanie Kaminoff. An excellent cook who provides a delicious breakfast to her guests each morning, Stephanie also appreciates a recipe with common ingredients and a simple preparation method – and she figured you would, too. This dish will provide plenty for a ravenous family on Sunday morning or something special for visiting guests in your own “bed & breakfast”. Assemble it the night before, and all you have to do is slip it in the oven just 30+ minutes before everyone gathers at the table. Here’s Stephanie’s recipe: Ingredients • 1 loaf of cinnamon raisin bread, sliced • 12 eggs (beaten) • 1 cup raisins • 1 cup chopped pecans • 1/2 cup brown sugar Preparation Spray a baking dish (13x9) with cooking spray, and place a layer of bread slices (no overlapping) on the bottom of the dish. Next, sprinkle some raisins and pecans on the first layer of bread slices. Continue to alternate layers of sliced bread and an even sprinkling of raisins and pecans on top of each layer. End with a final layer of bread, and pour the beaten dozen eggs over the top of the whole thing. Cover the dish and refrigerate it overnight. The next morning, bake the dish in a 350 degree oven for 3040 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Sift confectioners sugar over the top and serve. Things I’ve learned: Resist the temptation to sprinkle more raisins and pecans on the top layer of bread and eggs before baking – if you do, they’ll burn in the oven. [Reviewer’s note: This column (Hard to Please) is intended to direct the diner to the better eateries in Lancaster County. We are truly ‘hard to please,’ and do not review every restaurant sampled. We’ve eaten at, and decided to not review several local establishments because either the food and/or service was sub-standard. We want to tell you where to go, rather than where not to go; after all, those people are trying, too.]
How We Met...
August 15, 2008
by Melody Harper
Couple: Skip and Kim Ranck Years Married: 25 Kim: “It all started with Skip’s big toe on his right foot. Our church announced that a 12-year-old boy had cut off his toe in a mowing accident and was requesting prayer for him. I did not know who Skip Ranck was. Little did I know I was praying for my future husband. When he came back to church, I remember thinking he was really cute. I should mention that I was 15 years old at the time.” Skip: “Kim didn’t enter my field of vision or even my thoughts until several years later. As a matter of fact a friend of mine suggested we take Kim and her sister along to Hershey Park with us and I was like, ‘Who are they?’” Kim: “Well, I was keeping my eye on Skip over the years. I dated a handful of guys, but none of them were serious relationships. I kept tabs on the girls Skip dated and was many times annoyed with how some of them treated him. Skip is such a kind, caring, and patient person. When I was about 19 years old, I asked God to give me a husband just like Skip. I never dreamed I’d get Skip; he was too young.” Skip: “Our youth group went on a winter retreat at Black Rock Retreat in Quarryville. On their wedding We went hiking one afternoon and I found myself continuously looking for her. day, in 1983. When she caught up to me, I asked her if she wanted to split a Pop Tart with me. Hey, you know I was seriously interested The couple in in Kim if I was willing to part with some 1982. of my Pop Tart!” Kim: “That’s ‘classic Skip’….always making sacrifices for people [lots of laughter]. Our age difference was a bit of an issue. I had already graduated from high school when Skip and I began dating. My parents were not too sure about this younger guy dating their daughter. That all smoothed out in short 12-year old Skip, minus his big toe. order…to know him is to love him.” Skip: “On my part, it was kind of a status symbol to be dating someone who had already graduated. Not only that, we really turned heads when we drove by in her 1978, root-beer-colored Pontiac Firebird. After dating for about 3 ½ years, I decided Kim was the one for me. I proposed to her in my parent’s living room on bended knee.” Kim and Skip in a recent family photo. Kim: “We had just gotten back from a steak dinner at the Ponderosa in Lancaster. I wasn’t expecting the proposal, because we didn’t go look at rings together or anything. At the same time, I thought that day would never come. Skip always thinks before he speaks, so I knew when he finally asked me to marry him, he was totally sincere. I responded with a teary, but very happy ‘yes’. The chair I was sitting in during the proposal is now sitting in our living room.” Skip: “Kim is a wonderful wife and mother…very Bed & Breakfast determined and energetic.” Romantic Getaways • Discounts for Military Personnel • Gift Certificates Kim: “Skip is more than enough man for me…with or without his big toe.” www.RoseGardenBedandBreakfast.com
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ACROSS 1 A cozy high style restaurant on the corner of First and Ruby streets. 6 Martin _______, one of the first gunsmiths in Lancaster County. 9 The new Lancaster City School Superintendent. 10 The name of the Mennonite church and cemetery on Rte. 30, east of Lancaster. 12 The ______ Field, the former name of Lancaster’s Bing Conlin Field. 13 Lancaster elementary school at West New and Mary Street named after the first PA governor. 18 Former Steeler fullback from Manheim signed by the St Louis Rams. 19 The letters that represent the local community college. 20 This famous 19th century abolitionist is buried in the cemetery at Mulberry and Chestnut Streets. 21 Manheim Township park on Lititz Pike adjacent to the stock yards. 22 ______ of View, the independent movie theater in Millersville. 23 Local man who is known as the local historian of fast pitch softball. DOWN 1 A book of the Bible and the name of the Episcopal church at Duke and Orange St. 2 The location of an airport on Rte. 340 east of Lancaster. 3 _______ M, Outdoor World campground on Rte. 741 outside of Millersville. 4 The home of this judge, who served as a delegate to the convention to ratify the Constitution, still stands at 24-26 South Queen Street. 5 The nickname for the Columbia High School sports teams.
7 A famous Lancaster artist of the early 1800’s whose house still stands at 46 South Lime Street. 8 The name of the United Methodist church in Paradise. 11 Recently reopened, classic, long-standing diner on Rte. 462 between Mountville and Columbia. 14 Name of early settlers from France who settled in Three Center Square Apartments Paradise and Strasburg. Maytown, PA 15 The creek that begins near Narvon Road and flows through six townships to the Susquehanna River. 16 The state senator who recently demanded an apology form the Post. 17 The present staff artist for the Lancaster Post.
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... of the week
How I love me, by Dave Pidgeon
s easy as it is to mock Lancaster Newspapers for its rampant fluffery (embarrassingly disguised as journalism), we take no pleasure in the ridicule. OK, maybe just a little pleasure. And we must admit that we enjoy certain targets more than others, and the dronings of Dave Pidgeon have made him a welcome favorite in this space. Pidgeon joins us this week with a blindingly brilliant recounting of some time he spent running with Rep. Bryan Cutler (“Rep. Bryan Cutler works out to stay fit, relieve stress.”) With a headline like that, we knew we were in for some vintage Pidgeon insight. We were right. Here’s what we learned about Dave:
• Dave is 29 • Dave’s exercise routine hasn’t changed in five years (although he’s getting “soft” in the “waistline”) • Cutler had to catch up with Dave on the run • Dave’s “shoe soles pounded the pavement” • Dave knows what the word “bonked” means (hint: it’s an athlete’s term; Dave, we now know, is an athlete) • Dave doesn’t think training is “easy” Hmmn. That’s kind of a lot to learn about Dave in an article about Cutler. Guess Dave, the political columnist, was too busy leaving the state representative in the dust to ask him what he was doing in Harrisburg. Gee, Dave, we’re surprised you didn’t tell us your favorite bedtime story. No, wait, with all the huffing and puffing, it’s got to be The Three Bears, right? Keep it up, big guy, and congratulations. You deserve the esteemed “Puff Piece of the Week.” Thank you!
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Lisa Madenspacher: Artist of Balance
isa Madenspacher was going to be an artist. That was evident very early in her childhood along the river in Columbia. “I’ve been drawing since I’ve been a toddler,” says the charming Lisa from her home in Manheim Township. “In school, I was always into art and I got some encouragement and attention for it, so I kept doing it.” Lisa Madenspacher attended the York Academy of Art for one year, before transferring to Millersville University. “I found being around only other artists unsettling,” she says. After college, Lisa worked for the Susquehanna Times doing artwork, and putting ads together. She was also waitressing and networking at the same time. “I just wanted to do the artwork so badly, I just took any job – buildings, logos, anything,” she says. “And because I turned nothing down, I got experience doing all kinds of things. I stayed up a lot of nights getting it right, but I really worked at it.” Soon her client list grew and she was able to do commissioned art work full-time. “I never had a problem doing commissioned work,” she says today. “And I was always busy.” She’s done portraits of all kinds, people, animals, homes. Lisa Madenspacher had four illustrations featured in the Parade of Homes. Her car poster for Lancaster Museum of Art for the Artistry in Motion show is a notable work. About five years ago something changed in Lisa Madenspacher, the artist. “As I said, I was always happy doing commissioned pieces,” she says. “But then something internally exploded with creativity and I just wanted to do art for art’s sake. And I did.” She’s worked intensively with oils, and is excited about a new digital reproduction technique – giclee – that allows custom reproductions of very high quality. During this creative period, Lisa has done palette knife A great oils, abstract florals, realistic florals, landscape. “I space for was painting everything,” she says. your Today, Lisa Madenspacher has found an artistic next meeting and life balance that obviously agrees with her. “I’m pleased with the point where I am,” she says. “I’m working between commissions and fine 21 North Mulberry Street art. I notice that my performance Lancaster, PA 17603 is better as an artist when my 717.295.1949 life is balanced – if I exercise, www.mulberryartstudios.com take care of the house, walk the dog, and the rest. I realize that and it reflects itself in the work.” Lisa Madenspacher will be showing at the October First Friday (10/3) at the Lancaster Arts Hotel.
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The Mountville Inn: A Sociable Joint
hen James Harkin and his brother, Bill, bought the Mountville Inn in 1982, they knew exactly what they were getting into. They bought the business from their parents, Edward and Margaret, who owned the tavern since 1969. But the Mountville Inn has been around a lot longer than that. Originally called the Stockyard (there was a cattle stockyard out back), it served as a toll house for coming into Mountville in the early days of the Foxy Greta town. Today, the place is managed by The Mountville Inn our friend, and James’ son, Cody. 61 E Main Street - Mountville, PA With darts, 50 cent pool, daily beer (717) 285-9907 specials and the charm and beauty of The original Mountville Inn Sharon Harkins, Greta, and Bill, this is a “back bar” “a sociable joint” pretty fun place to hang out. Jim sums up the Mountville Inn vibe: Wednesdays: $2 Labatt’s bottles
“Big or little, thick or thin You’re always welcome at the Mountville Inn”
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Adopt a Pet... Save a Life!
The Humane League of Lancaster County... The Best Place to Find a Best Friend!
April & Peanut 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. For more information on the animals awaiting adoption at the Humane League, please call (717) 393- 6551 or visit them at 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster.
PLEASE don’t buy a pet - ADOPT one and save a life! www.humaneleague.com Save the date!
On September 13th, 2008, Humane League supporter and Tailwagger Trotter, Angela Mast, will be throwing a Doggie Wedding Extravaganza to benefit the shelter. This event, taking place from 11am to 2pm, will be held at the Overlook Dog Park in Manheim Township. The official ceremony will be held at noon, with Veterinarian Dr. Jeffrey Steed officiating. After the ceremony all newlyweds will get to pawsonalize their wedding certificate by stamping their paws on them! The cost of getting your dog married is just a $5 donation per dog. ($10 per couple) Same-sex marriages are allowed, as we join our doggy friends together in friendship and matrimony. There will be wedding favors and tasty treats as well as a most beautiful bride, most handsome groom, and cutest newlywed couple costume contest with great prizes donated by local businesses! Please come out, play, and help raise money for the Humane League all in a dog’s day of work! For more information, contact Angela Mast at email@example.com.
Poor April! This sweet, 1 year old, mixed breed dog was found abandoned behind our veterinary clinic. We don’t know where she came from or why she was left all alone. April has proven to be a wonderful dog thus far during her stay at the shelter, however, we are hoping that someone soon comes along and offers April a permanent place in their home and their heart. April can be somewhat timid at first, but talk softly to hear and give her some much needed attention, and pretty soon this girl will be all smiles and kisses!
“Hi there! Are you looking for a man who is quiet, gentle, and respectful? If so, I am just the guy for you. I am just a year old, so we could spend a whole lifetime together. I am a curious fellow and am looking forward to exploring all of the nooks and crannies in your house-er, OUR house, I mean. Obviously, if you are going to adopt me, I expect to have the same status in the family as everyone else. I want to be a truely loved cat! In return, I will snuggle with you and purr to let you know that you have made me happy.”
HOME GAMES 8/15 - 8/20
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Post 5 Random Questions: Danny Gonzalez
7 - D ay ule Sc hed
NEWARK BEARS Friday, August 15th Saturday, August 16th (Fireworks!) Games Start: 7:05 pm Sunday, August 17th Game Starts: 6:05 pm
CAMDEN RIVERSHARKS Monday, August 18th Tuesday, August 19th Wednesday, August 20th FRIDAY, AUGUST 21st Away Games with Bridgeport Bluefish begin
Atlantic League Standings Freedom Division: W York Somerset Lancaster Newark
18 16 15 15
L 14 15 17 17
Liberty Division: W S. Maryland Long Island Bridgeport Camden
18 18 15 11
L 13 13 16 21
Standings are accurate as of games played through 08/13/2008.
T Danny Gonzalez
Position: Shortstop Height: 6’ Weight: 200 Throws: Right Bats: Both
anny Gonzalez is not only a slick as a shortstop, (with an impressive ‘pop’ in his bat), but the guy is slick in pretty much every way. Gonzalez is one of our favorite people on the team, even if he is entirely too comfortable with himself. The durable (but recently injured) native of Boriqua (Puerto Rico), caught up with the Post to answer some random questions. 1 Who was your inspiration growing up? “I’d definitely say my dad. He was always there for me.” 2 Which ball players do you admire? “I like Manny Ramirez, man.” 3 Music? “Reggatón and Salsa are what I listen to the most.” 4 What’s your favorite movie? “I like action movies. I guess I’d say ‘John Q.’” 5 Most embarrassing moment on the baseball field? “I was on first base. There were two balls on the batter. The pitcher threw a third ball. I thought it was ball four and jogged to second base. I got picked off. That was pretty embarrassing. (laughs)”
his season is starting to look like crossed-eyed stars for the Lancaster Barnstormers. The first half was marred by signings, injuries, and freak losses, many of them of the one-run variety. The second half, while starting promisingly, is beginning to resemble the unsightly first. Injuries to starting pitchers, Eric Ackerman and Shane Youman, had V.P. Keith Lupton working the phones, and Von Hayes, Rick Wise, and Boots Day tapping decades of baseball knowledge to try and get the team on a winning pace. Matt LeCroy (.332) continues to hit like the Major League batter he is. Michael Woods maintains his production both at the plate and in the field. Versatile Lloyd Turner also has hit the ball consistently well for most of the season and has played good defense at a number of positions. Any team in the league would take Danny Gonzalez faster than Ron Harper, Jr. swallows a warm Krispy Kreme doughnut. Ian Bladergroen is a firstrate Atlantic League baseball player. The issue isn’t talent, or managerial or coaching expertise The coming weeks will determine how much more baseball will be played in Lancaster in 2008.
(minimum 190 at-bats)
Matt LeCroy .332 Michael Woods .302 Danny Gonzalez .293
Danny Gonzalez 54 Jutt Hileman 45 Lloyd Turner 43
Michael Woods 80 Danny Gonzalez 53 Lloyd Turner 50
(minimum 45 innings pitched)
Josh Hall 4.10 Eric Ackerman 4.42 Patrick Cassa 4.70
Josh Hall 6 Ryan Cullen 5 Eric Ackerman 5
Eric Ackerman 114.0 Nick Renault 86.2 Josh Hall 83.1
Kick Off 2008! The Post’s Lancaster
County High School Football Preview
f baseball is America’s pastime, football is America’s passion. And perhaps there is no more essentially American experience than Friday night, at a high school football stadium, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The 2008 Lancaster Lebanon League football season begins August 31st, and this season, like every other, promises transcendent triumph and despairing defeat for the young men who, each week, strap on courage, along with their helmets, and leave parts of their blood and bone (and hearts) on the field for all of us to see. The Post will be covering these battles, these real-life athletic dramas, all season, with profiles of the players and coaches, previews and summaries of the important games (for the players and coaches and many fans, they’re all important), and our usual, slightly off-center take on the sporting world. Football is important to Lancaster County, and it is important to us. Are we ready for some football? Yeah, you could say that.
The Season Ahead Section One:
[(alphabetically listed): Cedar Crest; Hempfield; J.P. McCaskey; Manheim Township; Penn Manor; Reading; Warwick; Wilson] The Section One title in 2007 went to the Manheim Township Blue Streaks, which went undefeated in League play. Senior attrition means that Mike Melnyk’s Streaks will need contributions from relatively inexperienced players. Melnyk won’t have to guess what he’ll get from Nick Sizemore, a returning top defensive lineman. Sizemore will anchor a disciplined, well-coached defense. The Warwick Warriors also had an impressive 2007 season, finishing just behind Township in the League race, and defeating Wilson on the road in a playoff game. Head Coach, Bob Locker, should have another highly productive season from workhorse running back, Eric Resch, who rushed for 1,069 yards last season (in a league leading 274 attempts). Some other players to watch in this section include, Eric Macik, a two-way star (first-team Section One all-star linebacker; honorable mention, running back) at Hempfield; and Penn Manor’s Carl Christmas, who tied Resch for the rushing title last season, should help the Comets to a few more wins. 2007, Section One final Standings: MANHEIM TOWNSHIP [7-0-0 league; 11-2-0 overall] WARWICK [6-1-0 league; 9-2-0 overall]; WILSON [5-2-0 league; 9-4-0 overall] HEMPFIELD [3-4-0 league; 4-6-0 overall] JP McCaskey [3-4-0 league; 3-7-0 overall] READING [3-4-0 league; 3-7-0 overall] CEDAR CREST [1-6-0 league; 2-8-0 overall] PENN MANOR [0-7-0 league; 1-9-0 overall]
Post 2008 Section One Prediction: With Resch another year stronger, look for Warwick to take the League prize, and move deeply into the playoffs.
[(alphabetically listed:) Cocalico; Conestoga Valley; Elizabethtown ; Ephrata; Garden Spot; Lebanon; Manheim Central; Solanco] This might be the most competitive section in the entire league. Jeff Polites’ remarkable title-winning Elizabethtown squad lost 21 players to graduation, making a repeat of the amazing 2007 season unlikely. But Polites is an unusually able coach, with a stable of smart assistants, so a redux of ‘07 is still possible. Polites also has linebacker Shane Rosenberry returning. Rosenberry plays with heart, talent, and strength, and is poised for another terrific season. As always, Manheim Central will field a strong, together football team, led by the legend, Head Coach, Mike Williams. The Barons had a disappointing 2007 season, finishing 5-2 league; 6-5 overall, behind the E-town Bears and Solanco’s Golden Mules. Central Defensive End, Dakota Royer (99 tackles), will be administering headaches and other painful contusions to opposing running backs and quarterbacks all season. 2007, Section Two Standings: ELIZABETHTOWN [6-1-0 league; 10-2-0 overall] SOLANCO [6-1-0 league; 7-4-0 overall] COCALICO [5-2-0 league; 7-4-0 overall] MANHEIM CENTRAL [5-2-0 league- 6-5-0 overall] GARDEN SPOT [2-5-0 league; 3-7-0 overall] EPHRATA [2-5-0 league; 2-8-0 overall] LEBANON [2-5-0 league; 2-8-0 overall] CONESTOGA VALLEY [0-7-0 league; 1-9-0 overall]
The Solanco Golden Mules, under Coach Joe Pearson’s generalship, will certainly be a top-tier team. Solanco’s senior quarterback, Ben Miller, who connected for 1425 yards last season, will consistently move the Golden Mules down the field; it’s up to the defense to stop the other teams from doing the same. The team will also be helped on both sides of the ball by stud linebacker/running back, Sam Johnson. The Garden Spot Spartans return the terrifying tackling tandem of linebacker Joe Strangarity (125 tackles) and safety Andersan Beamer (92 tackles). Look for the Spartans to improve on their 2007 season. We are bullish on the Cocalico Eagles, led by Head Coach, Dave Gingrich, and his hungry, young staff. Cocalico, which finished 2007 at 5-2; 7-4 overall, returns senior Kyle Fisher, who rushed for more than 1,158 yards a year ago, with 18 touchdowns, and a 9.42 yard per carry average. (He also averages more than 21 yards per reception). Fisher evidently has been doing a lot of speed work, impressively winning the 100, 200, 400 meter races at the League championships in the spring. Running the Cocalico offense will be savvy junior, Matt Carty, who threw for an impressive 664 yards (with 9 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions) on limited attempts. Play action passing, because defenses will ‘bite’ with Fisher’s running threat and Carty’s decision making-ability and accurate arm, should be an effective weapon for the Eagles all season.
Post 2008 Section Two Prediction: This is Gingrich’s year with the Cocalico Barnstormers’ team & action photos courtesy Driendl Eagles . . . and look for Fisher to re-write Photography. Football photos from pafootball.com, gregdespres. Cocalico’s record books in the process. com, View from the Press Box (blog), and the individual players’ schools.
August 15, 2008
by Chris Hart Nibbrig Lancaster Post
[alphabetically listed: Annvile-Cleona; Columbia; Donegal; Eastern Lebanon; Lancaster Catholic; Lampeter Strasburg; Northern Lebanon; Pequea Valley] To be the king, you must beat the king, and the reigning king of this section is the Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers football team. Joe Mannion’s machine, despite key losses in personnel on the field, would not surprise us with another strong season. Confession: Catholic’s quarterback, Kyle Smith, will be the player to watch all year long. The Crusaders’ recordsetting qb led the league, by far, in passing yards ( 2615 yards)), 26 tds/ 6 interceptions. 67.6% completion Smith had a qb rating of 130. Travis “Freddy” Jankowski is a big play threat that should be utilized more extensively this season. Barring injury, it will be another record setting year for Smith and the Crusader offense. Defensively, senior Alan Berlucchi (67 tackles in ‘07) stops the run. Nick Schmalhofer is also an outstanding two-way player. The Pequea Valley Braves had a miserable, winless season in 2007. That should change with the combination of qb, Mike Rice (1571 passing yards), and maybe the most exciting player in the league, wide receiver, Sean Persch, whose 71 receptions, 1029 receiving yards (14.49 per catch), 400 rushing yards and 875 kick return yards (!) will be bringing people to their feet all season. 2007, Section Three Final Standings: LAMPETER STRASBURG [6-1-0 league; 12-3-0 overall] LANCASTER CATHOLIC [6-1-0 league; 9-3-0 overall] COLUMBIA [5-2-0 league; 8-3-0 overall] NORTHERN LEBANON [4-3-0; 7-4-0 overall] DONEGAL [4-3-0; 6-4-0 overall] EASTERN LEBANON [ 2-5-0 league; 4-6-0;] ANVILLE-CLEONA [1-6-0; 2-8-0 overall] PEQUEA VALLEY [0-7-0 league; 0-10-0 overall]
Post 2008 Section Three Prediction: This is Smith and Catholic’s year. Sit back and enjoy the ride; this one is special.
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