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October 10th, 2008 Volume 1 Number 25
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by Ron Harper, Jr., Lancaster Post
Railroaded: Is trainyard relocation shutting out the public?
arlier this week, Kathleen G. Horvath, Chief of the Special Projects Section of the Environmental Cleanup Program with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, sent a letter to the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA).
The letter approved the beginning of the removal of municipal trash and industrial waste on a 11.8 acre site owned by the Authority. This removal will generate an estimated 140 - 160 truck trips per day for the next six to nine months. The trucks will make the trip to dump the waste at the Frey Landfill in Highville, Manor Township. This is the start of the Norfolk Southern switching yard relocation, which will move the yard from an industrial area by Dillerville Road, to an overgrown forested area near Marietta and School Lane Hills homes. The cost of the project is expected to cost an estimated $42 million, with non-profits Franklin & Marshall College (F&M) and Lancaster General Hospital (LGH) putting up $6 million each, and corporate owner, Norfolk Southern, putting up $2 million, while the taxpayers must cough up the other $28 million dollars to complete the project. Project supporters say that Norfolk Southern benefits by being able to expand
its train switching capacity with claims of reducing trucks on the road. Meanwhile, F&M and LGH get to split up the current rail switching yard property, as well as the nearly 50 acre remnant of Armstrong’s former property. The noisy train operation will also no longer interrupt performances at F&M, the rumored catalyst for the entire project. The relocation project began in July of 2006, when F&M, through its law firm, Barley Snyder, hired A.R.M. Group to do “remediation and reuse plans” on 1/3 of an estimated 30 acres of landfill containing 1950’s and 1960’s trash, as well as rolls and rolls of asbestos-laden vinyl from “Armstrong Cork” and other industrial waste, including drums and drums of “liquid waste.” The other 2/3 of the dump will remain - even though Field Inspectors with the United States Department of Environmental Protection Agency “Superfund” observed, “Franklin and Marshall dumping construction waste on site,” as recently as 1989. Another report from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources also noted, “Franklin and Marshall College has been dumping waste building material in this area.” The material, “Class III demolition waste,” in this “non-permitted” dump, was illegal. According to environmental laws regulating the cleanup, F&M is to have a PIP or “Public Involvement Plan.” “Inasmuch as Manheim Township, the host municipality, has requested to be involved with the remediation and reuse plans for the site, a PIP is required.” Shouldn’t the report -- on how the property is to be cleaned up – be completed, so that the public can review the plans? Or, better, shouldn’t the public’s input be considered before the plan is created, and then presented to the public as a “draft,” pending input from the public after review of the plan? Instead, the 1,056 page F&M report, dated “July 2008,” informs the public that they had their chance at a “public meeting” to comment at the meeting held on F&M campus on June 17, 2008. Does the public get to comment on the plans to clean up the site now that the plans have been completed? At a Manheim Township meeting on September 22, 2008, the commissioners unanimously passed a resolution authorizing township manager, Jim Martin, to contact the DEP’s, Horvath, and communicate to her that the township was not happy about the “public
meeting” held on June 17, and that another meeting should be scheduled. When contacted on Thursday, October 9, Martin said that he had received a letter from Horvath that day, but that he didn’t want to release it to the public until the commissioners had received it. Just how “public” was this “public meeting”? The Lancaster Post was given notice by F&M Public safety director, Maureen Kelly, that F&M security would arrest any of our staff if we stepped foot on the their soil! The day after this supposed “public meeting,” F&M again reiterated, in a letter released to the media, information that among other libelous comments that Lancaster Post was NOT permitted on F&M soil and subject to arrest! The mammoth report killed more than one tree in its analysis, but is it accurate? Interestingly, on page 21, under the heading, “Site Location and Historic Property Uses,” it fails to mention that this dump was only part of larger dump - the larger portion not coincidentally owned by F&M college since 1981! It also seems to confuse a 1987 report on F&M’s property, and implies that it’s referring to other side of the tracks. The report goes on to say that: “Since the site constitutes a solid waste management area that ceased disposal operations prior to September 7, 1980, its closure (and the long-term use of this site) is not regulated by the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act, but instead, is regulated under the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law.” Story continues on page 6.
Side by Side: The PA Senate 13th District Candidates
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What are the most important issues facing Lancaster Countians, and what will you do to address them?
José Urdaneta is the Democratic candidate for the PA Senate, representing the 13th District.
Bill Neff is the Independent candidate for the PA Senate, representing the 13th District.
Lloyd Smucker is the Republican candidate for the PA Senate, representing the 13th District.
’d like to thank the Lancaster Post for this opportunity. As I have walked door to door and met many people throughout the entire district, the one common concern I have heard is the state of the economy. Pennsylvania is feeling the consequences of the failed economic policies of the past eight years. As a leader during these tumultuous economic times I understand that we are facing short and long-term problems. You can count on me to support programs that assist families and the elderly on fixed incomes with rising energy costs. All Pennsylvanians deserve a warm home. Our economy continues to flush quality jobs outside of Pennsylvania and the country. I will help business by reducing the tax burden on them and reform the healthcare system so that all business owners can provide quality healthcare benefits to their employees. I will work with Republicans, Independents and Democrats as well as the State Administration in providing the resources and funding needed to help our business’s expand and create new jobs for Pennsylvania’s hard working men and women. Another concern on the minds of the voters is the honesty and integrity or lack of it by those working in Harrisburg. People are tired of empty promises, back room deals and partisan politics. I have been open and honest this entire campaign. I will and have told the public, what is on my mind and not what they want to hear in an attempt to gain political points and votes. What you see and hear, are what you get. My website, www.urdaneta4senate.com, has detailed positions regarding the issues, with nothing to hide. I have two Republican opponents. Bill Neff, a local businessman who has displayed honesty and integrity throughout this campaign. Smucker, the other Republican candidate has had his honesty and integrity questioned not only by constituents, but also by local media. Paul Thibault, well respected ex Lancaster County Commissioner who ran for the Republican nomination in the primary was maligned by the Smucker campaign. WGAL-TV had taken the Smucker campaign to task by calling his portrayal of Thibault’s record untrue and nasty. The Smucker campaign was also put on the spot when they mislead everyone with regards to their campaign finances. They stated that they raised $76,000.00. When the dust finally settled, it was Lloyd Smucker who loaned his campaign the money, and after the date that he stated that he had raised the money. His original statement was again untrue. In addition, Smucker quit his elected post as West Lampeter T o w n s h i p Supervisor but continues to indicate that he is currently an elected official. which he is not. For the record, I am an elected City
he politically correct answers would be the elimination of property taxes, healthcare issues & the impending electric rate hikes. However, I don’t think these are the most important issues facing residents of the 13th District. There is one issue that should be most important to ALL Pennsylvania voters. It’s the fact that the Center for Integrity in Washington, DC has selected our legislature as the most corrupt in the United States. Right now our state government is in a crisis both morally and financially. Every other issue that the legislature faces is predicated on this single issue. Our state, just like our country, faces record deficits brought on by poor judgment, poor planning and poor leadership. 12 individuals in our legislature have been indicted for a variety of illegal acts. Attorney General Tom Corbett promises this is only the beginning. My first and foremost priority as a Senator will be to work to implement effective reforms of our election process. Without more honest legislators in the majority, nothing else can be accomplished. I will start by actively seeking to overhaul Pennsylvania’s antiquated campaign finance laws. Under our current laws a candidate for office, can be funded entirely by a special interest group or even an individual. In this election cycle which includes the Primary (April 22nd) and the General Election (November 4th) I will spend approximately $50,000. On the other hand, my opponent Lloyd Smucker will spend close to $500,000. This fact is especially disturbing when you consider that the man we both hope to replace has less than half that amount in his own war chest. In these economic times when the words “fiscal conservative” are a favorite mantra recited by politicians and wannabes, a persons campaign finances can tell you a great deal. If a candidate isn’t conservative with their own campaign spending how will this translate in Harrisburg when they’re faced with billions of dollars to oversee? Also I will work to bring the Pennsylvania Election Laws in line with federal election laws. Federal laws restrict the amount of money a candidate can receive from Political Action Committees, individuals or special interests. Any smart business person expects a return on their investment. In state politics when you take over $100,000 in donations from one group, such as Mr. Smucker did with the building industry, it gives the perception that something’s owed back. This change would eliminate that.
he most important issue to the people of Lancaster and York County right now is the state of our economy. Everything else of importance – job creation, tax reform, government spending and more – is affected by this single issue. Turning our economy around will take a new approach in Harrisburg – a business approach that prioritizes spending and focuses on the efforts that spark economic growth. As the only candidate for State Senator who has already successfully put this type of approach into practice as a local elected official, I believe I have the right experience to lead this effort in the State Senate. I have grown a small business of four into an industry leader employing nearly 150, so I understand job creation and how government helps or harms economic growth efforts. I will use this knowledge to push for the tax changes needed to make Pennsylvania competitive with other states when it comes to attracting the entrepreneurs and employers who will invigorate our economy. I have served as a local elected official and proven my ability to focus spending on priorities and improve services without raising taxes. That is a skill we will need in Harrisburg as the out-of-control spending of the Democratic leaders has put our state on the edge of massive tax increases. What we need now is systemic change in Harrisburg and someone to stand up to the Governor and his bigspending allies in the Legislature. I will be that person – and the reason to do it is simple: because controlling spending and keeping taxes low sparks economic growth and job creation. Once we do that, we can finally deliver real property tax relief, protect our open spaces and meet other vital goals. As state Senator, I will work to make every legislator ask a simple question: how can we do more with less? Every day across our state businesses, working families, seniors, schools and civic organizations are tightening their belts and controlling costs. I’ll make the state do the same. As I did in business, I will focus our attention on two areas: prioritizing spending on what is most important, and finding areas for growth in our economy. Prioritizing spending won’t be easy because entrenched special interests will fight us, but we all know that government needs to return to its core functions: providing a quality education, keeping our families safe, and providing help for those who truly need it. Growing our economy won’t be easy either, but there is a clear path we must follow. F i r s t , Pennsylvania must become competitive again when it comes to attracting
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Gib Armstrong leaves the stage
n 1977, Jimmy Carter was President, Star Wars dominated the box office, Elvis overdosed, and Gibson E. Armstrong began his career in the Pennsylvania State Legislature. In less than a month, voters will choose a new state senator to represent the 13th District for the first time in almost a quarter of a century, and Gib will retire to his spread in Refton. Armstrong, who spent eight years in the Assembly before moving to the upper house, was known for his indolence for most of his years in Harrisburg. It wasn’t until 1999, with the introduction of Dale High’s and Lancaster Newspapers’ scheme to use taxpayer money to fund a hotel and casino, er, convention center, that Armstrong became activated as a legislator. “Get on the train, or get run over,” Gib said crudely in front of a lot of people, in response to opposition to the project, now the largest capital project in the history of the county, at $176 million dollars and counting. The vast majority (90+%) is taxpayer paid and guaranteed. As a senior senator – and recently the Appropriations Chairman – Armstrong was able to leverage his position to enable his beloved project. He rewrote laws requiring a tax on local hotel and motel owners to pay for the center. He pushed laws that sharply penalized these county businessmen who were late with tax payments. He rewrote a law eliminating a prohibition on building a publicly owned convention center if there were comparable private facilities nearby. This is only a partial list of Armstrong’s legislative maneuvers. Even now, when the State is facing multi-billion dollar deficits, Gib is trying to pry another six million dollars for the bloated, nonsensical project. When asked by a County official why he was helping the project to this extent, Armstrong reportedly said, “It was time to pay Dale back.” Our question: When will it be time for Gib to pay the taxpayers back? The Lancaster Post
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Dear Editor, As a working member of the so-called “mainstream” news media for nearly 30 years, I must commend your publication for the valuable service it provides to the residents of Lancaster County. It is a journalist’s job, in fact, mandate, to pursue the absolute TRUTH, wherever it may lead, however “unpretty” it may be, and regardless of what “feathers get ruffled.” As journalists, we are the watchdogs of government and public service, and while, in many cases it is a dangerous and unpopular job, it is completely necessary for the purpose of informing the public so that they may then make informed decisions based on all the facts presented, whether it be at the voting booth or in their daily lives. This mandate is even more important in Pennsylvania, where corruption in state and local politics are rampant, and underhanded, closed-door deals are, unfortunately, the rule of the day. Too often, the mainstream media sees their “real” customers as their advertisers and political cronies. And while it is an editor’s job to “pick and choose” what stories they want to run, or what “angle” they want to take (or not take) on a particular story, doing so based on financial and political expediency is a grave disservice to the public at large, with whom the news media has an absolute obligation to serve. As they taught us in J-school: It is our job to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Keep up the excellent work. I will be a reader for years to come. Sincerely, Elaine Keno
To the Editor: I want to thank the Lancaster Post for its Side by Side coverage of the much-debated puppy mill issue and House Bill 2525, which was intended to make dogs’ lives safer, healthier, and more in line with what the public expects as treatment for “man’s best friend.” While amendments introduced by Senator Brubaker and Senator Armstrong have created some dangerous loopholes that may continue to allow dogs to live in unhealthy and inhumane conditions, if the legislation is effective, it will result in dogs leading better lives and bad breeders being fined and the worst of the breeders convinced to find some other line of work. Good breeders have nothing to fear. No other industry would allow so much suffering, so many corners to be cut, and “products” with so many problems to be created and sold, but somehow, these unscrupulous breeders have enjoyed a long-standing vacation from any real oversight. Hopefully, those days will soon be over, and by the time you print this, HB2525 will have passed, with few or no amendments. Thank you again for providing unbiased and thorough coverage of this issue and contributing to the democratic process. Mary Margaret Kelly
A View from Downtown
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To the Editor: Last Saturday Democrats rallied in Binns Park. ALL our candidates were there - federal, statewide, local, and special guests included a Governor reputed to be on the short list for VP - Kathleen Sibeleus of Kansas. Guess who didn’t mention it in the morning? Lancaster Newspapers. Guess who didn’t show? WGAL. In spite of slights like this, our candidates reach voters. Bruce Slater covers the Berks and Chester corners of the 16th Congressional District as well as Lancaster, and Jose Urdaneta crosses the Susquehanna often to talk with voters in both the York and Lancaster sections of the 13th Senate District. Both are better candidates than their opponents Pitts and Smucker. When people come into our Campaign Headquarters at Chestnut & Queen to buy Obama gear, we tell them about all our candidates. Once we talk about Bruce and Jose, we have voters who will vote the entire ticket. Our growing registration numbers make this election big news. Lois K. Herr
Dear Editor: When it comes to saving students money, Pitts fails with flying colors! He voted against the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007. What does the College Cost Reduction and Access Act do for students? It: • slices interest rates on student loans in half - from 6.8% to 3.4% by 2011 • gives financial aid the largest federal boost since the GI Bill • forgives debt for those who work in the public sector in needy communities • limits monthly payments to 15 percent of discretionary income College costs have risen 35% - that’s 40% faster than inflation - in just five years. In the wake of skyrocketing college costs and more students needing financial aid, how could our congressman vote NO? Republicans like Joe Pitts originally allowed the lower interest rates to expire. Then, when given the option to cut rates in half, Pitts voted against it. My son, a student at F&M, will be paying the price - literally - for Pitts’s negligence. In this age of global competition, we need a congressman who understands how important it is to keep college affordable. We need someone to represent the hardworking students in this district, not the big loan companies. This November, support the candidate who will defend affordable higher education. Vote for me, Bruce Slater. I’m running for Congress in the 16th congressional district, and I’m determined to make sure students can pay for school. It’s time this district is represented by someone who understands the value of a college degree. Bruce A. Slater
Adaptive Reuse: A Success Story by Artie See, Lancaster Post
or nearly a century, Watt & Shand wasn’t the only major department store in downtown Lancaster. Serious competition was located just over a half-block away. Hager’s Department Store was established in 1821, 57 years before Watt & Shand. Although Hager’s 25 W. King St. location was smaller than Watt & Shand’s Penn Square complex, both were wellknown for quality merchandise and friendly customer service. In 1968, Watt & Shand purchased Hager’s, and continued to operate it until 1977. By then, Watt & Shand’s Park City store had become tremendously successful. Watt & Shand was purchased by the Bon-Ton in 1992, which really wanted only the highly profitable Park City site; the downtown store was closed in 1995. The 1998 LDR International plan for downtown Lancaster called for the adaptive reuse of the Watt & Shand building. Shortly after the Penn Square Partners purchased the Watt & Shand building in 1998, Tom Smithgall of High Real Estate said at a public meeting that “What we’re trying to create here is a mixed-use project that can house a variety of uses that will bring people into Lancaster to work, to play and to visit.” By then, the Hager building was already an adaptive reuse success story. Initially turned into first floor shops with apartments above, the Hager building was converted into condominiums in the mid-1990s. Today, the shops in the Hager Arcade have become popular with residents and tourists alike; its location adjacent to the Central Market adds to its appeal. I often visit the Hager Arcade; following is a brief description of the shops located there. Apron Strings has a split personality: it is both a gourmet shop and a bistro. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, bagels, and smoothies. On sale are an assortment of high quality cooking supplies and accessories. This is an interesting place to get a quick bite. Festoon is the largest shop in the Hager Arcade, and it also has multiple personalities. Closest to King St. is an assortment of high-quality women’s clothing, jewelry, and accessories. The rest of the store is dedicated to home décor, like dried and artificial floral arrangements, candles, and glassware. Be sure to visit between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when Festoon offers a wide variety of wonderful holiday decorations. Britain’s Best offers an amazing assortment of authentic British goods. Included are a wide variety of packaged foods, including tea, sauces, candy, and snacks. For a long time, Britain’s Best was the only place to purchase HP sauce in Lancaster, which is mandatory with steaks for most people from Britain or Canada (and tastes better than the many domestic steak sauces). I’m partial to Nestle’s chocolate, especially the Aero bars; European chocolate is smoother and richer than most American brands. Potato chips and other snacks sold here often have flavors that can be quite interesting. Britain’s Best also sells clothing, games, and household items. Arabesque Dance & Fitness Wear offers exactly what its name says: dance and exercise clothing, shoes, and accessories for all ages. Chestnut House at first glance seems to be an art gallery instead of a store. There are often paintings by various artists on display here. A wide variety of attractive arts, crafts, and collectibles are offered for sale; these include home furnishings and decorative items in glass, metals, and ceramics. Also available is a selection of jewelry and accessories. I find it difficult to adequately describe the many eye-catching and attractive items View from Downtown continues on page 6.
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Side by Side: PA Senate 13th District Candidates
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Councilman who will continue to serve until the voters send me to Harrisburg. My local constituents elected me and at the very least, deserve my commitment and to not leave them “out to dry”. The person put in office should and must have a moral compass that steers them. Without this foundation, it doesn’t matter whether that person is a Republican, Democrat or Independent. Without honesty and integrity, we have nothing. In a day and age where nasty politics are not being tolerated in Harrisburg anymore, If the voters of the 13th District take a good hard look at the candidates and choose someone that above everything else will serve with honesty and integrity, I am certain they will vote for me.
Hand-in-hand with that, I’ll work to introduce a “Citizens Bill of Rights” regarding, how money that’s donated to a campaign can be used. Were you aware that when you donate money to a candidate they can turn around and give it to any other campaign they want? In this election cycle Mr. Smucker received $30,000 from State Senator Joe Scarnati (Potter/Tioga Counties). Senator Dominic Pileggi (Chester/Delaware Counties) gave $10,000. It’s legal but is it fair to their contributor’s? As your State Senator I will work to bring fair and balanced representation to all the residents of the 13th District. I will go into office with no attachments to special interests or other politicians. In this economic climate where voters are cutting back on unnecessary expenses and luxuries, I’ll do the same in Harrisburg voting only for essential spending that contributes to the health and wellbeing of all our citizens. It’s time we fix our infrastructure and take care of you, the citizens of the 13th District. We are in a time of crisis in our state and now is when you should be able to depend on your legislator’s to act in your best interest and not their own.
employers and businesses. We can no longer allow our jobs to go to other states because of burdensome taxes and an unwillingness to make our business climate match the 21st Century. Second, we must provide training for displaced workers whose industries are shrinking – first to attract the industries of tomorrow and so they can secure the jobs these industries will create. Third, we must encourage economic growth in the areas we know will provide jobs for years to come: alternative energy, technology, bio-tech and more. Finally, we must make sure our education system is providing our children with the skills they will need to serve as the next generations to support these new industries.
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that are on display at Chestnut House. I highly recommend allowing some time to enjoy them all. Be sure to walk up the ramp to the left, and across the rear of the shop; and don’t forget to look up! Peachy Green offers clothing, accessories, toys, stationery, and gifts based on natural and organic fibers. A great place to find items that are environmentally friendly. Baubles & Beads sells jewelry and accessories with a focus on beads and gold. Available are necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other jewelry, as well as accessories. I would describe most of what is available here as eye-catching. Red Rose Tasting Room offers a variety of wines made in Pennsylvania. In addition to the expected wine racks, there are quite a few bottles set up in a unique system to make taste samples easily available. If you are a wine connoisseur, or even just like a good bottle of wine now and then, a visit here will be time well spent. Carr’s Corner Grocery is a gourmet shop which offers a variety specialty breads, along with cheeses, sauces, oils, vinegars, teas, coffees, and other specialty boxed and canned goods and supplies. The Hager building is proof that adaptive reuse can be successful in downtown Lancaster. If you’ve never visited the Hager Arcade, I highly recommend that you do.
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The truth? The entire properties has been used for some kind of dumping from 1955 to almost 1990. The properties were used together since March of 1926, when the Lancaster Brick Company bought the ground that is collectively known today as ‘the brickyards.’ The land was on both sides of the railroad tracks, and used an underpass underneath the tracks to allow the brick-making company to operate into the mid-1960’s. According to meeting minutes from the regional public trash authority, the property was also used as a trash dump for municipal waste, as well as industrial waste from Armstrong starting in 1955, and lasting until 1961. By 1959, a Lancaster Brick Company complaint was printed in the trash authority minutes, saying that “their drinking water has been useless since we (the trash authority) are performing operations in certain areas of their property”! A year later, the meeting minutes reported that Armstrong was sending “substantial volume” of liquid waste to be disposed of on the land known as the brickyards. Fast forward to September of 1980, when the
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owners of the Lancaster Brick Company were dissolving the company and Lancaster Malleable Castings Company bought the 11.8 acres north of the railroad tracks, now being considered for the switching yard. Lancaster Malleable used the land to dump sand that was used on their castings. Lancaster Malleable went of business shortly after it sold the land to LCSWMA in 2002. As to the F&M side of the brickyards, there’s documentation that from 1955 until almost 1990 there was dumping on the site. Will the DEP require more public input? Will the DEP require F&M to clean up their dump? At press time, neither F&M’s president, John Fry, nor the Department of Environmental Protection’s, Horvath, got back to the Post. Richard Kilpatrick, press secretary for the state Department of Transportation Penn DOT spokesperson, said that the project “is currently under review,” and that he wouldn’t make any other comment.
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A Different Standard by Ron Harper, Jr., Lancaster Post
t was 1:15 AM on September 6, 2008 on West James Street in Lancaster, and the coed was almost literally ‘dead drunk.’ She and a handful of Franklin and Marshall students were stopped by Lancaster City police because one of them was visibly drunk. By the time I parked and walked the block back to the officers, three F&M public safety officers Two Lancaster City police officers discuss the coed’s had joined the city police, and it was they – F&M security – .40 blood alcohol level. who were clearly calling the shots. The petite coed was having difficulty standing, and for public drunkenness?” I asked. “I don’t think she was a young man had his arms around her, and kept her from disruptive,” the soft spoken F&M officer said. swaying. When the video camera was spotted, the students The Public Drunkenness statute includes disruptive did not appear concerned about the five uniforms, flashing behavior, but it also includes “…to the degree that he may police lights and spotlights, but indignantly asked, “Is he endanger himself” Apparently being so drunk with a near allowed to film us?”, in a tone that implied they expected the toxic amount of alcohol that an ambulance must be called police or public safety officer to do something NOW. The doesn’t meet that criterion. city police never looked over, but watched as the older F&M While F&M public safety appears to move quickly to security officer encouraged the drunk coed to blow into the use their police powers on “townies” – they hesitate to use portable breath tester to check the blood alcohol content. them on students, and instead use the “college system.” A “BLOW! BLOW!” her friends cheered. “Don’t STOP,” the few weeks later on September 20, F&M security interrupted young man that held her yelled. two alcohol parties in Thomas Resident Hall on Campus. As the city police huddled around the breath tester, According to the school’s newspaper, The Reporter, 47 with the F&M security officer holding it, the young lady students were caught and “cited.” Later the story clarifies, concerned with the camera turned and writing, “While Public Safety officers said “F _ _ _ You!” toward the camera have the option to issue legal citations, and turned away. they did not in this case.” “Point four-oh!” announced one So what does the college do about the of the uniforms. They huddled closer drinking? Remember that College Row is and talked about what to do with the built over a bar. In the case of the parties F&M student who was five times the in the dorms, the entire Thomas Hall limit to be considered legally drunk. was subject to a lecture about drinking The drunk girl wanted to talk, and her in the dorms. It’s the normal practice friends kept saying, “Allie, ssshhh,” for F&M to provide a Mercedes-made until finally she took a step forward shuttle bus to pick up students Thursday with her hands in a begging posture, through Saturday, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.. and insisted she was fine and that they A drunken coed pleads that she’s fine The party route stops at Frat houses and should let her go. Soon an ambulance to the F&M public safety officer as two favorite watering holes like Hildy’s, The showed up and took her away. The Lancaster City police officers look on. Brickyard, and Brendee’s. The college man that was holding her up feigned even provides a GPS tracking device on as though he was going to come at me while another coed the shuttle so students know exactly where it’s located. with a “Traveling the Road Less Taken” t-shirt held him In response to the dorm parties – the college banned back. One of the city police stepped in his way and warned parties at the “Greek Houses” on the following weekend. him not to do anything stupid. Or, did the college ban parties because that weekend was Soon everyone scattered as the ambulance left, leaving also “Family Weekend”? only F&M security in charge. “Aren’t you going to cite her This past weekend, a visiting alumnus died at 110 Thomas Hall. F&M students discovered the former swim team star had turned blue. They called 911, and then attempted to perform CPR without success. 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Dear Cardinal, I am looking to purchase my first home. During open houses, the Realtors want me to sign a Buyers Agency Agreement. First of all, I do not want to sign anything, and second they are not explaining clearly what this contract or agreement is. Could you please shed some light on this? Am I being too cautious? WM of Manheim Township Dear Cautious, Absolutely not. In these times, I am finding it hard to trust my bank!!! Sincerely, you need to find a Realtor that you feel will work in your best interests, one who can help you find what you can afford, but, above all, understand your needs and wants. IF you attend open houses and are asked to acknowledge a GREEN form called the Consumer Notice, that is NOT a contract and briefly explains the roles that a Realtor has in working with Sellers and Buyers. A Buyers Agency Agreement is a CONTRACT between the Realtor’s firm and you for a set period of time. It is a contract, however. There is no standard length of time. You agree to that period. I usually request 30 days if the prospective Buyer is ready to buy. Within that time frame we will know if the relationship is working, if not, we can shake hands and go our separate ways. FORCING someone to work with you is not the way to buy or sell a home. Make sure you understand what you are signing, otherwise do not sign it. Good Luck and enjoy the journey to home ownership.
Dear Cardinal, We are finding that nothing is free. My husband and I are buying our first home and we are having a very tough time communicating without being asked to SIGN ON. Right at the moment we only want to understand the FHA language. Can you help us? Confused and overwhelmed from W. Hempfield Township. LB & SB Dear L and S, This must be the week for words that begin with C. You are confused, and I do not blame you. Please contact a full-time realtor, interview a few and ask some questions before they show you one house. Briefly, FHA is the Federal Housing Agency. They will supply to the lender of your choice insurance of the 17% you will not have in buying a home. One needs 20% down to have a conventional loan. An FHA loan, one can have as little as 3% down and financed 97% of the loan. From what I have been told, the 3% figure is going to change to 3 1/2% in January of 09. If you can buy, this is the time to buy. Along with the lower amount of monies down, FHA has several guidelines to make sure you are buying a home in good and safe condition. Along with their help, your mortgage will include PMI insurance until your home has 20% equity built up. I would be glad to pass on detailed information at your request. An informed buyer will not make mistakes!
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Today by Lancaster Post Staff
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n recent weeks, we’ve noticed that several of our clients and friends seem to be uninformed on the magic of PDFs, so we thought it might be a useful column. If this is review for anyone, feel free to turn your attention (and your head) just a bit and look at page 9, where you’ll find the Crime Blotter, or the always-exciting Post Distribution Sites List. OK. If you’re still with us, let’s talk about PDFs. First, PDF stands for Portable Document Format. The name alone makes it sound pretty useful, and it spells things out: it makes documents portable. And more than portable, it makes them hard to edit unless you want someone to be able to. This can be very handy when you’re sending your résumé around, so that when you send it to The Really Big Company that you hope will hire you, you know it won’t be accidentally edited when someone in their HR department opens it to read it. If you attach your résumé to an email as a Word document, that could happen, quite easily. Founded in the late 1800’s, the Lancaster Stockyards, on Marshall Avenue, Whether you realize it or not, you’ve probably viewed many PDFs in recent years, Lancaster, were at one point the largest stockyards east of Chicago, with over 10 assuming you spend any time surfing the web. Many pages of web content are million animals moving through the facility in its lifetime. The 1990s brought charges of animal cruelty that drew national media attention, and the last auction occured in actually stored as PDFs – newsletters, meeting minutes, articles from newspapers and the summer of 2000. This photo was taken in the spring of 2008. magazines. The use of PDFs for online content is attractive to web designers, who The larger photo and more images of the stockyard can be found at: don’t enjoy incorporating pages and pages of existing text into web page content. forgottenpa.blogspot.com/2008/04/lancaster-stockyards.html. The inset photo was taken by Lancaster Newspapers in the late 1990s and appeared in a book by J’Nell L. Pate, Instead, they save the existing document as a PDF, set up a link to it within an America’s Historic Stockyards. existing web page, and upload the PDF to the website. Done. This is also attractive to the visitors to these pages, who can save a copy of the PDF file to their local computer for later reading, excerpting, or other uses. If they wanted to snag that same content from an regular web page, they’d have to copy the text out to a word processor and save it as a new file. If you haven’t visited LancasterPost.com, check it out – the Post is published as a PDF every week – all 20 pages of it, graphics, text, everything – and it comes out to a fast-loading approximately six-megabyte file. So how do you turn your documents into PDFs? It’s pretty easy. If you have Office 2007, one of the options for saving your document is to turn it into a PDF, so it’s a matter of making a menu selection, naming the file, and you’re done. This may be one of the only things that’s good about Office 2007. Well, there are other things, but that’s another column. You can also download third-party software that operates as a printer driver within your current word processor, and use that to save documents (and other files, too) as PDFs. We use deskPDF, which costs $19.95 in the Standard October 2008. version or $29.95 for the Professional version. You can download it from the www. The stockyards are nearly completely demolished. One of the ramps docudesk.com website. There are other similar packages available, too – just inside the building is all that remains of the structure. Google “PDF creation software”. You’ll also find software that converts PDFs back Have some vintage photos of locations in Lancaster County you’d like to share? to editable documents, so if you want to edit a huge document that’s currently a PDF, Contact us by email (Humans@LancasterPost.com) or phone (717.431.8145)! you can “unPDF” it, turning it into a regular ol’ word processing document again. Of course, the third option is Adobe’s Acrobat software, but that’ll set you back quite a bit more than $19.95. The Standard version, from Adobe (www.adobe.com/ products/acrobatstd/) is $299. There are a lot of features included in that price, so it can be worth it, but if all you want to do is convert documents to PDF files and have some control over security – so people can be prevented from copying the file, to determine how it’s displayed, etc… – something as simple as deskPDF will work just fine. One important note: if you can’t open PDF files, it’s because you don’t have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. It’s a freebie, available from Adobe at www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. This only allows Can you identify you to open PDF files, though, not to make them. It also allows you to select content this location? from within a PDF, which can then copy and paste into another document. Most people already have the Reader, so just about anyone you send a PDF to will be able The answer to open it. If you don’t have it yet, go get it, and then grab deskPDF or a reasonable is on page 14. facsimile, and turn your documents into safe, portable files that you can send to anyone, anywhere, and know they arrive and remain intact.
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This is where we re-write the press releases from the local police departments. Obviously, we have fun with the re-writes, 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.
Who, me? On October 3rd, Donald Curtis, of Coatesville, was pulled over by State Trooper Timothy Connolly. Claiming not to have any ID on him, Curtis gave the Trooper his name verbally, but in a stroke of criminal genius, gave a fake first name. Why would he do such a thing? Because he was driving with a suspended license. It’s always good to try to stack your offenses up, so that when the police do figure out you’re not who you said you were (they’ve got computers!) they can file all the charges at once. Curtis faces not only the traffic violation for which he was pulled over, but False Identification charges. Way to go, whoever you are! Coveting His Envy Nicholas Ryan Myers was at the Thaddeus Stevens School when he was relieved of his cell phone. Not really an interesting story to anyone other than Mr. Myers, except for the fact that his cell phone was an “Envy II”, which retails for $350. If he’d had a less attractive phone, Mr. Myers would probably still be chatting and texting to his heart’s content. The Police report also states that the thieves left the scene, “undetected”. What exactly does that mean? Was there a “Poof!” noise when they vanished?
The Criminals Have Been Watching Roadrunner Cartoons Again It wasn’t enough that the vandals spray-painted something “inappropriate” on Charles and Angela Moore’s mailbox in Bart Township on October 3rd. No, these criminal masterminds decided that rude graffiti wasn’t enough, so they sprinkled about 50 screws on the ground at the foot of the Moore’s driveway. Clever! We suggest the Police investigation include checking into anyone who received any deliveries from Acme Explosives – the recipients are probably planning some other capers involving dynamite, anvils dropping on people’s heads, and TNTlaced bird seed.
Converging Mergers According to Manheim Township Police, Robbie K. Hogentogler of Lancaster was merging onto Route 30 from Route 272 when his technique in completing the merge aroused the interest of another driver. The other driver pulled up next to Hogentogler’s car and “made some hand gestures.” (Gasp!) Hogentogler was understandably annoyed by this, and followed the other driver to Knollwood Drive, at which point he exited his vehicle and grabbed the other driver’s shirt. Take that!! The victim, a 19-year old young man from Marietta, was not injured. We trust he’ll be keeping his suggestions about safe driving to himself from now on.
Interior Decorating School Drop-Outs? Benjamin Beiler’s home in Martic Township was broken into and vandalized, perhaps by frustrated interior decorators who’d run out of ideas for their own home. The perpetrators broke in by forcing the front door, and then proceeded to spray-paint several walls and other surfaces. Unhappy with the impact of this splash of color, they then completed their decorating project by driving holes into the same surfaces. Now, if they’d left some screws on the ground by Mr. Beiler’s front door, it could be the Roadrunner Bandits, striking again. Alas, it was probably just some mean, stupid people with too much time on their hands.
Product Placement Goes Wild You know how in the movies, companies pay to have the actors drinking a particular brand of soda or driving a particular kind of car in their scenes? Well apparently, the cigarette companies have been planting their names into the feeble minds of Lancaster’s finest criminals, just so the reports would read like this: “… a thin white male 6’ tall took two cartons of Marlboro cigarettes. The actor then fled south on Newport Avenue...” We think this particular scene would have been perfect if the thief had escaped riding a Camel.
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BRIGHT RED BOXES: Lancaster • East Orange & North Duke, by the Lancaster County Courthouse • 555 North Duke Street by Lancaster General Hospital’s entrance • East Chestnut St. at Prince St., across from the Police Station • 19 N. Mulberry Street • Marietta Ave and North School Lane, one block west of James Buchanan’s home • Clipper Magazine Stadium, front gate STORES & BUSINESSES: Akron Akron Nutrition Center 22 North 7th Street Columbia Hinkle’s Pharmacy 261 Locust Street East Petersburg Blue Eyed Six Antiques 1961 State Street Ephrata The Brew House & Bistro 52 E. Main Street Ephrata Public Library 550 S. Reading Road Martin’s Country Market 1717 W Main Street Parkhill Jewelry 5 West Main Street
Elizabethtown Darrenkamp’s Market 191 S. Ridgeview Road
Lancaster Apple Tree Restaurant 100 S Centerville Rd. Charlie’s Place Market E. King & N Shippen Sts. Dominion Pizza 938 Columbia Avenue Dosie Dough 323 W. Lemon Street Figure Firm 1400 Elm Avenue Hess Station Yale & Columbia Aves. Lancaster County Library 125 N. Duke Street Rainbow Pet Creations 305 N. Queen Street Square One Coffee 145 N. Duke Street Tabor Community Services 439 E. King Street Trailer Village Grocery 2801 Columbia Ave Triangle Express & Lube 1615 Columbia Ave Villa Nova Sports Bar 1310 Harrisburg Ave Wheatland Beer Distributors 1701 Columbia Ave
Leola Lantz’s Discount Groceries 105 Horseshoe Rd Manheim Dino’s Pizzeria 30 S. Main Street Marietta Shank’s Tavern Front & Waterford Streets Mount Joy Darrenkamp’s Market 945 East Main St. New Holland Yoder’s Country Market 14 South Tower Road Martindale Eby’s Store 562 Martindale Road
Maryland Johnson’s Discount Liquors
Paradise The Revere Tavern 3063 Lincoln Hwy. East
Willow Valley Darrenkamp’s 106 Willow Valley Square
Quarryville Hess Gas Station Rte. 222 South Citgo/Subway Rte. 222 South Quarryville Library Peking Chinese Restaurant Good’s Store Sam’s Pizza Ross’ Feed & Grain D&J Farm Store & Hardware Maplehoff Dairy Bartville Store & Deli Pleasant Valley Store Sproul Road Little Britain Store Tanglewood Citgo
Wrightsville American Legion Post 469 South 2nd Street Sue’s Market 214 Hellam Street Wrightsville Pizza 203 Hellam St
Wakefield Maplehoff Dairy Wakefield Post Office Willow Street Valley View Restaurant Mountville Musser’s Market at the Buck Mountville Inn Beer Distributor at the Buck 61 E Main Street George’s Restaurant & Pizza Castle Holtwood Supply Beer Distributor (Willow Street) 14 W. Main Street Kmart (Kendig Square) Oregon Oregon Dairy Markets Oregon Pike Millersville John Herr Village Market 25 Manor Ave
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>> FOR HALLOWEEN! << Rock Ford Plantation 881 Rock Ford Rd. Lancaster, PA 17602 717.392.7223 Theatrical production of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. October 10th, 17th, and 24th. Ticket sales by advance reservation only. Strasburg Rail Road Ronks (Strasburg), PA 717.687.7522 Fun train ride through Amish Country. Enjoy shops, dining and activities at the station.
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: Point of View 121 West Frederick Street, Millersville 717.872.4131 MOOSE: The Mayor’s Office of Special Events
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Experience a fabulous dinner under a 60’ diameter dome. Taste the artistry of Chef Ralph Mazzocchi of Gusto. After dinner stay for the Bow Arts Bash featuring the soulful sounds of Third Power. Visit the website or call to purchase tickets for the Bow Arts Dinner @ $150/person, includes admission to Bow Arts Bash after dinner.
Bow Arts Bash: October 10th, 9:00 p.m. - Midnight
Featuring the soulful sounds of Third Power. Come as you are, just wear your best bow or bow tie! Visit the website or call to purchase tickets for the Bow Arts Bash @ $50/ person, includes entertainment, adult beverages & food
Pajama Rama: October 11th, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
It’s a pajama party in a dome! Starring Pete Geist, visual comedian & The Jimmies High energy rock show for kids. Kids and Adults wear your PJs! Food provided by This Little Piggy. Visit the website or call to purchase tickets for the Pajama Rama @ $10/person, includes entertainment, hands on activities & food.
Brews & Bands: October 11th
Sample a variety of beers from local breweries including Lancaster Brewing Company, Appalachian Brewing Co., Troegs Brewing Co., Stoudts Brewing Co., Spring House Brewing Co., and Iron Hill Brewery. Get your groove on with live bands. Must be 21 + to attend this event. 2 Beer Tasting Sessions, @$35/session. Visit website for tickets or call for details.
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Grownup Stuff ART, THEATRE, ETC... : Building Character 342 N. Queen St. Warehouse B, Lancaster 717.394.7201 www.buildingcharacter.biz Sunday Market (10/12) Support local artists, businesses, and farmers by purchasing locally-grown produce, great food, art, antiques, and collectibles. Check the website for details and other events! Fall Art Walk Participant October 18th & 19th Singer Songwriter Series October 24th, 7-9 pm. Eastern Market 308 E. King Street, Lancaster 717.358.9368 www.historiceastside.org/ Wed (4-7pm) and Sat (92pm), through Oct. 25th. Art, crafts, antiques, and great food in a combined indoor/outdoor setting. Support local artisans, merchants, and farmers! The Heritage Center 5 West King Street, Lancaster 717.299.6440
Through December 31st, 2008 Psychic Photography: Lancaster’s Spiritualist Connection
LancasterARTS www.lancasterarts.com 717.509.2787 The Phila. Ten on the Road: The Rotary Exhibit Demuth Museum 120 E. King Street, Lancaster Through November 2nd Inscriptions Phillips Museum of Art (Steinman College Ctr., F&M) Through October 28th Lancaster Museum of Art 135 N. Lime St. | 717.394.3497 www.lmapa.org Artful Dining Dine in the Museum Through October 25th Friday & Saturday evenings Call to register. Whitaker Center 222 Market Street, Harrisburg 717.214.ARTS www.whitakercenter.org Dark Knight also Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk Both Now Showing in the IMAX Theater
NIGHTLIFE: Annie Bailey’s 28-30 E. King Street Lancaster | 717.393.4000
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Hard to Please Restaurant reviews by a very discerning diner.
Raiding the Pantry
my kitchen Aunt Lil’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Karl Ulrich, Wilmington, NC ost pal, Bonnie C. Miller, is a delightful companion with whom to share a meal, and today she joined me at The Pantry on Marietta Ave. in E. y Aunt Lil made the best chocolate chip cookies in Hempfield. the world. The recipe wasn’t fancy or complicated, When I first came to this beautiful county, I and it probably looks a lot like ones you’ve used remembered passing The Pantry and I thought it before, but there was just something about her cookies that looked very quaint from the outside, and noticed made everyone devour them. It was probably the fact that there were always a bunch of cars in the lot. But it she loved making them that made them turn out so well, so seemed I could never get around to trying it out. if you’ve got people you love to bake for, you’ll be able to I finally did for breakfast, on Bonnie’s add that extra “ingredient,” too. recommendation, and I can really recommend My daughter, who does the layout for this newspaper, it. Mary Kardiasmenos runs the front of the called and asked me for this recipe, and I was happy to restaurant, while husband, John, and son, Peter, help out. We look forward to our weekly delivery of the ably man the kitchen. There are daily, fresh, Lancaster Post all the way down here in North Carolina, inventive specials, none of which are bad. and hope all the Post’s readers enjoy Aunt Lil’s cookies! Greek Salad Good friend, Andrew highly recommends the We know she’d be happy to share them. with Chicken, baked oatmeal. served with For lunch on this beautiful early October 9-grain toasted Ingredients: bread and a afternoon, Bonnie had the Greek Salad with 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour cup of Lobster chicken ($7.50), and fresh 9-grain toasted 1/2 teaspoon baking soda Bisque. and buttered bread ($2.00). “I’ve had the 1 teaspoon salt Greek Salad with chicken before, and it’s 1 cup of butter (2 sticks), softened terrific,” Bonnie says. “John is Greek.” 3/4 cup granulated sugar It true. John is Greek. So I decided to play to 3/4 cup tightly-packed light brown sugar his strength, and selected the ‘Spartan Special,’ which was strips of tender, gyro 2 teaspoons vanilla meat (seasoned beef/lamb) with a traditional Greek Salad with warm pita strips. The dish took me extract 15 years back in time, when I lived in Astoria, Queens, and commuted into my job in the city. The 2 large eggs Greeks know how to eat. My meal was fabulous. 2 cups The menu items at The Pantry are too many semito list, and there is an incredible variety. They sweet roast their own turkey. John, Mary, or Peter make chocolate homemade soups (Bonnie had creamy lobster chips bisque, which I sampled. Excellent. Full of flavor 1 cup and chunks of lobster.) There are inventive wraps, pecans – and delicious skillet dishes. Food is made fresh broken by and made to order hand, not The Pantry has recently expanded, opened seven chopped days, and added new staff. The restaurant looks to seat almost twice as many patrons as it did prior Directions: to the renovation. “We have the best customers,” Preheat the oven says Mary, beaming. “The nicest people eat here. to 375° F. If you want salty or sweet, we’ve got something In a bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. Next, that’s good.” I would agree with that. beat the butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Add the two eggs, one at a time, being sure to mix the first one in well before adding the second. Keep beating The Pantry the mixture so that the eggs are completely mixed in. 2715 Marietta Ave Slowly add the flour mixture, beating after each addition. Last, add the chips and nuts, and mix them in well. Place Lancaster, PA 17601 the dough, in rounded tablespoons, on an ungreased cookie (717) 898-6034 sheet. Open 7 Days for Bake the cookies for 9 to 11 minutes or until they turn a Breakfast & Lunch light golden brown. Cool them on wire cooling racks or tea The Spartan Special with a Greek Salad and warm pita strips. towels before transferring to a cookie tin. That’s if they last that long! [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.]
Makes 5 dozen cookies.
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How We Met...
by Lancaster Post Staff
shiny thing turned out to be a sewing machine! I did not hide my disappointment very well.” Kevin: “No, Chris was not real happy about her present. In fact, not long after that Chris gave me an ultimatum… ‘either show some commitment or let me go’. Fish or cut bait.” Chris: “Kevin ended a 3-year relationship with a girl before me and dated several different girls in the college and career group. In my view, he had become complacent and needed a nudge to take our relationship to the next level. I even joked with Kevin’s parents about ‘upping’ his rent.” Kevin: “My grandfather and father used to own Longenecker’s Greenhouse in Manheim, so I grew up loving flowers and would often bring Chris some.” Chris: “These were not just a handful of cut flowers, but beautiful arrangements…and not just on special occasions, but just about every two weeks. I loved the flowers, but quite frankly, they were becoming a little commonplace. So one evening before we went out, Kevin gave me another arrangement. I thanked him, set them down on the table, and turned to leave.” Kevin: “I had to draw her attention to the little box setting among the flowers.” Chris: “That arrangement was definitely not commonplace. Come to think of it, neither is Kevin.”
Couple: Kevin and Chris Shenk Years Together: 20 Anniversary: April 9, 1988
Bright and shiny
Chris: “I was around 20 years old when my parents decided to move from the Palmyra area to Brunnersville. I began attending the local college and career group. It was there that I first saw Kevin; he was popular, outgoing, and handsome.” Kevin: “When I first saw Chris, I thought she was very attractive, but off-limits. She was with a guy I assumed was her husband, and they were probably there to help with the college and career.” Chris: “The guy I was with was my brother. It didn’t take long for that news to spread, because in a short time, Kevin’s best friend asked me out. He’s was a nice guy and seemed anxious to pursue the relationship. I was not and was trying to figure out a nice way to decline his invitation to go to the mountains with his family. This was all on the first date! At the end of the evening he asked if I would mind going to the college and career play practice with him. I said, “Okay” and sat down to watch. While I was observing, Kevin came up and asked me out on a date! Talk about awkward!” Kevin: “Chris explained that she was on a date that evening with my best friend, but I assured her that he wouldn’t mind and asked her again if she would go out with me?” Chris: “I wasn’t convinced that his friend wouldn’t mind, but I agreed to go out with him anyway. Our first date was June 3, 1985. Kevin’s friend seemed to recover, and they still keep in touch today. Kevin: “We went miniature golfing at the Village Greens in Strasburg. I learned something about Chris that day; in spite of her quiet shyness, she’s very competitive! She almost beat me! We were neck and neck until the very last hole, when I pulled ahead. I would have never lived that down.” Chris: “By Christmas of 1986 we were dating about a year and a half and Kevin began to tease me about getting something big and Bed & Breakfast shiny for Christmas. I naturally began to Romantic Getaways • Discounts for Military Personnel • Gift Certificates think ‘engagement www.RoseGardenBedandBreakfast.com ring’. Christmas finally arrived, but the big, 1566 Lime Valley Rd • Strasburg, PA 17579 • 717-687-0705
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ACROSS 4 An autumn flavor of whoopie pie 6 Founded by Andrew Bare in 1780 8 _______ Mill, located in Little Britain township 12 Spiritualist camp in Ephrata from the 1930s through the 1980s 16 Lancaster County town known as “Antiques Alley” 18 Popular smorgasbord in Ronks, PA 19 Bird-themed restaurant headquartered in Lancaster DOWN 1 The Unitarian _________ Church is located on W. Chestnut Street in Lancaster 2 Originally known as Batten’s Corner 3 Lancaster artist Charles Demuth was born on this street
5 Chair of the Lancaster County Democratic Committee 6 The James Street Improvement District’s ______ Squad patrols parts of Lancaster City 7 Theatre of the Seventh ________, now located in Millersville 9 Fulton invented it 10 US President who retired to a farm in PA 11 James Buchanan’s Lancaster home 13 Lancaster town named for a swinging sign on an old hotel 14 Famous presidential assassin, who performed at the Fulton Opera House 15 Chair of the Lancaster County Republican Committee 17 This sculptor’s lion is seated in Reservoir Park
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Please Make it Stop
onestly, we would prefer not to continue to award the weekly Puff Piece to Dave Pidgeon. But when we evaluated the weekly candidates (and it was a strong week), once again an offering from his Daveness plopped to the bottom of the cage. Pidgeon’s winning entry comes from his still-witty-as-heck Bird’s Eye View column of October 6, “One more very, very, very long month to go.” This was one very, very, very stupid column. Here we have Dave, self-proclaimed, “political columnist,” bemoaning that there are four weeks left of the political campaign. Think about that. We have an historic Presidential election with the first legitimate black candidate (and Dave lives in a swing state), a longtime State Senate seat that will see a new butt for the first time in more 20 years, an unprecedented home rule referendum on the ballot, and Dave still can’t think of a thing to write about? Sorry, Dave, but that is pathetic. This is how Dave begins his page B1 column: “Welcome back to the Nest, where we’re tempted to crack open a cold one to mark just one more month to the Nov. 4 election. “Tempted, but part of my code for living is not to celebrate until the job’s done. We’ll call that the ‘Thomas E. Dewey Rule.’ So the special brew to mark the passing of another election season will have to stay in the fridge until Nov. 5. “In politics, four weeks is a lifetime — heck, just seven days is a lifetime — and that’s something supporters of presidential hopefuls Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama should keep in mind. While this campaign is entering the last turn, we’re not there yet, and any number of unexpected events could turn this election around, again.” This is bad stuff, even for Dave. Seriously, there are so many clichés, fragments, self references, and just straight nonsense, that it raises the question of whether Dave is telling the truth; that is, it seems the finely trained super athlete cracked quite a few “cold ones” prior to pecking this putrid prose. He writes like he was plastered. And so because of his self-inflating puffery, and some of the worst writing in the history of newsprint, Dave Pidgeon wins the Post Puff Piece of the Week. C’mon, Dave, give someone else a chance, ok? Rustin Glass, DC., C.C.S.P. 900 Centerville Road Suite B Lancaster, PA
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Black Crack Ash: Band
istening to Black Crack Ash feels like four guys are plugged not only into amplifiers, but plugged into each other. When the thrash metal-punk quartet launches into one of their original songs (the only kind they play), the raw power of sound literally moves the whole body. But these guys can play. And even though the music is fast, and definitely loud, there is a certain head-bobbing, listenability to their sound. “We try to be melodic,” says lead singer and lyricist, Jamie “Diablo” Arndt. Arndt is joined by guitarist and singer, Craig LaBow; drummer, Nate Marion; and bass player, Randy Rineer, to form Black Crack Ash. The musicians have known each other for years, having hooked up when they lived in Columbia. “Nate and Craig were living across the street from me,” says Arndt. “And I said, ‘There’s two dudes I have to meet. And we just got along. Craig’s always been serious about music.” “We bounce ideas off each other,” says LaBow. “We feed off each other.” The drummer, Marion, is unabashed about how Nate Marion, seated; standing l-r: Randy Rineer, he feels about playing music with his mates. “I Jamie “Diablo” Arndt, Craig LaBow love my band,” says the intense, intelligent Marion. “Music is a passion for us, and for me,” says LaBow. “It’s a great stress reliever, and playing with these guys, well, it’s pretty cool, man.” What can the public expect from a Black Crack Ash rock show? “We bring the thunder,” says Nate Marion. “You can quote me on that: We bring the thunder.”
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The Humane League of Lancaster County... The Best Place to Find a Best Friend! October is Adopt-a-Dog Month
his October, the Humane League of Lancaster is celebrating American Humane’s Adopt-A-Dog Month. It’s the perfect time for people to visit the shelter and see how much a dog can enrich their lives. Companionship, health benefits, social interaction and devoted love are just a few of the benefits of having a dog. Dogs also encourage people to exercise and promote family relationships. “The bond between people and animals is strong, and this is evident in the number of people who are making the life-enriching decision to adopt a dog,” said American Humane President and CEO Marie Belew Wheatley. The Humane League of Lancaster is active not just during Adopt-A-Dog Month but throughout the year promoting adoptions and creating strong, close relationships between people companion animals.
Dave, ID# 110746 Buster, ID# 113205 The shelter staff thinks that Buster is simply irresistible! A one and a half year old, German Shepherd, Cattle dog mix, Buster has been returned to us for a second chance at love! Although Buster’s family loved him very much, a change in their living status necessitated Buster’s return. When asked about life with Buster, his family could not stop praising him. Although they acknowledged that he does have a tendency to jump up when he is excited, Buster is otherwise a well mannered gentleman. Buster is housebroken and enjoys playing with other dogs. Going for rides in the family car and playing ball are two of Buster’s favorite activities.
One of the most common questions that we get asked here at the shelter is, “Don’t you want to take them all home?” The answer is, “Of course!” We know that we can’t, however, and so we dedicate our efforts to finding the best possible home for our furry friends as possible. Staci, one of our employees at the Cat Adoption Center, has fallen in love with “Dave.” She describes this 2 year old feline as “very playful” and “cuddly.” Staci says, “When you open the door of his cage, Dave bounds out and starts running around. Actually, he doesn’t so much as run as he gallops.” Dave is a curious cat who is guaranteed to bring lots of love and happiness into your home.
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Post 5 Random Questions: Mike Vogel
Position: Hempfield High School Varsity Head Volleyball Coach
f there is another person who loves his sport more than Mike Vogel loves volleyball, we haven’t seen him. The multichampionship winning coach of the Hempfield Black Knights has another strong team this season, despite losing six top players to graduation. The cerebral Vogel answered the Post’s ‘5 Random Questions’ this week. 1 If you could have three dinner guests, alive or dead, who would they be? “In no particular order: [Physicist] Robert Oppenheimer. I always thought he was fascinating and brilliant. He actually built something that changed the world. Carl Sagan. He just made science fascinating to me. Plus, he was a skeptic, and could explain science in a fun and interesting way. And I’d have to say my fiancée, Kathy Grether. She has to be there. She makes me laugh, plus she’s a great hostess, and a lot of fun to be around.” 2 Hobbies? “I don’t have any. My life is strictly volleyball.” 3 Favorite subject in school? “History. My father fought in WWII. He fought in the battles that no one know one knows about, in the Pacific theater. I am very interested in that period of history. It changed the world.” 4 Musical preferences? “1960s rock and roll and Motown.”
Lancaster-Lebanon League HS Football Standings Statistics accurate through 10/9/08. Section One Overall League Penn Manor 6-0 3-0 Wilson 6-0 3-0 Manheim Township 4-2 3-0 Warwick 4-2 2-1 Hempfield 3-2 0-2 Reading 1-5 0-3 Cedar Crest 1-5 0-3 McCaskey 0-6 0-3 Section Two Overall League Elizabethtown 5-1 2-0 Cocalico 5-1 1-1 Manheim Central 4-2 1-0 Garden Spot 4-2 2-1 Lebanon 4-2 0-2 Solanco 3-3 0-0 Conestoga Valley 0-6 0-2 Ephrata 0-6 0-0 Section Three Overall League Lancaster Catholic 4-1 3-0 Northern Lebanon 5-1 2-1 Annville-Cleona 4-2 3-0 Lampeter Strasburg 2-4 2-1 Donegal 2-4 1-2 Eastern Lebanon County 2-4 1-2 Columbia 1-5 0-3 Pequea Valley 0-6 0-3
Superfan Profile: Cody Harkins and the Washington Redskins
icking off’ our Superfan series is superfriend of the Post, Cody Harkins, of Mountville, who talks about his beloved Washington Redskins. “I was eight years old and into philosophy and art. And I thought what better thing to be than to be an art monk; you know, a monk that did art. Later that year, I started following football and discovered there was a player on the Cody Harkins and good friend, Redskins named Art Monk. “Joe Gibbs,” a real cut-up Plus, my brother was a diehard Eagles fan. It all came together. And that year the ‘Skins won the Super Bowl. “If you’re not passionate about something that means nothing, it’s bad for your mental health. The team is something I care deeply about, and it means absolutely nothing. If you are sitting around worrying about taxes and bills, that’ll drive you nuts. And when the team loses, it doesn’t really get me down. It’s like I feel sorry for a good friend, ‘Don’t worry, buddy, it’ll be all right.’”
5 Best thing about volleyball? “Two things. It’s extremely stimulating, and it’s fun. It is something that I just couldn’t wait to play everyday. It works your brain and your body. And you can play all year around.”
Garden Spot’s Terrific Tandem: Ashley Schnader & Rachel Wenger
t happens very suddenly. A Garden Spot player receives a serve, passes it to setter, Hannah Ertzgard, who sets up Ashley Schnader and... Smack! Schnader has risen her lithe six foot body high above the net, and in a synchronized motion of speed, power, and grace has spiked the air out of the volleyball, and her Spartans have scored another point. This has been something Garden Spot fans, and Spartan opponents, have been getting used to recently. Last year, Coach Dennis Werner’s team won the Section Two title, and was League runner-up to perennial power, Hempfield. The Spartans also went to the District Three AAA semifinals, losing to eventual c h a m p i o n , Susquehannock. The team ended the year reaching the state championship game, where Allentown Central Catholic defeated Garden Spot. The 2007 club was led by all-everything setter, Maria H o r n i n g , now starring Coach Dennis at Eastern Werner (center, University, a left) led his team, small collegiate including Rachel volleyball Wenger (#6), Ashley powerhouse. This year’s squad is anchored by Schnader Schnader (#15), and and fellow senior, Rachel Wenger, both of Hannah Ertzgard (#1) to the State whom were Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Championship game in 2007. Association All-State selections last season. Schnader, a senior, is the quiet force on the team. Last year, she amassed 506 blocks and 326 kills. Her numbers this year will be comparable, and will almost certainly earn her another all-state honor. “Ashley is an outstanding player,” says coach Werner. “And she will end up being one of the best players ever to play for the school.” There is plenty of whooping and yelling among the Garden Spot players in the fastpaced, regimented warm-up before a recent Spartan volleyball match. “Here we go, ladies!”, says Rachel Wenger, clapping her hands together. “Let’s go!” Wenger is clearly a leader on the court. She is an intense and vocal 17 year-old senior, encouraging her teammates and herself. An Blown-in Cellulose Fiber outstanding defender, the 5’ Spray Urethane Foam 10” Wenger is also a powerful
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and effective front court player, who, like Schnader, can dominate with her power and quickness. “Rachel has been one of our best attackers for last two years,” says Coach Werner. “She’s very fired up, and she gets everyone going. Rachel is very coachable, and listens to what we’re trying to coach, and she applies what she learns.” Garden Spot is a deep squad, with a number of returning starters, like outside hitter, Amber High, and middle hitter, Tracy Musser, along with the talented Ertzgard in the key setter’s position. “I think Hannah is the best setter in the League,” says Werner of Ertzgard, a top scholar in the classroom. “She could have started for most of the teams. For two years, she sat behind one of the best players in the state [Horning]. Hannah, too, is an outstanding player.” The Spartans have earned the respect of League rivals. “They’re like the ‘new kids on the block,’ “ says Hempfield Coach, Mike Vogel. “They were good last year. And with both of those kids [Schnader and Wenger] back, they can only have gotten better. Both of them are very good. They hit the ball with power, and also finesse. I’m just hoping we have the opportunity to face them. They’ll probably be hungrier this year. You don’t climb as high up the mountain as they did last year [state runner-up] and not want to get to the top.” Garden Spot also has the attention of Penn Manor’s head coach, Jarod Staub. “They have one of the top programs in the League, and District Three,” says Staub. “At all times, Coach Werner has six strong players on the floor. As for Ashley and Rachel, the worst part is: there are two of them. As a team, it is possible to stop one outstanding player, but stopping both of them is very tough. They can hit from many different locations, and they have a lot of experience. When you play Garden Spot, most of your attention and planning revolves around these two girls.” Both athletes plan to continue their volleyball careers at the collegiate level, and both are considering following Maria Horning to Eastern University. But, for now, their -- and the entire team’s -- focus is on the League championship tournament, beginning October 20. The final is the 22nd. Something tells us, we’ll be seeing Schnader, Wenger, and the rest of Werner’s Spartans on that Wednesday night.
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