Friends, family and local dignitaries honored Frank Linn, Lower Swatara Twp.’s longtime and recently retired commissioner, at a dinner on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Spring Garden Reception and Conference Center.
Linn resigned for health reasons on Sept. 18 after serving 36 years on the Board of Commissioners, most of the time as president.
A fellow commissioner, Bill Leonard, helped organize the event to honor Linn for his service. “You’re not going to meet someone like him again, who’s going to put in 35 to 40 years of service, so we wanted to thank him for all he did,’’ Leonard said.
The crowd filled the center, and Linn was surprised by the turnout.
“I didn’t expect all these people to show up,” Linn said. “It feels great.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 21:07
Written by Melissa Pavone and Isaiah Luck
State universities may ease their rules, but ban to remain at PSU-Harrisburg
While the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PSSHE) in January may vote to permit concealed firearms in designated areas at its 14 state-owned universities, leaders at two local colleges say they won’t follow that example.
Currently, with restrictions that generally ban them from school buildings and athletic events, guns are permitted at Shippensburg, Millersville, Slippery Rock, Edinboro, Lock Haven, California and Kutztown universities. Concealed weapons can be carried in open areas and streets.
However, guns would be allowed at all 14 state-owned universities – including Bloomsburg, Cheyney, East Stroudsburg, Indiana, Clarion, Mansfield and West Chester – if approved by the PSSHE in January.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:06
Penn State Harrisburg will donate the proceeds from its men's and women's basketball double-header on Sunday, Dec. 1 to a relief fund for the Radabaugh family, whose Middletown home was destroyed by fire on Oct. 26.
Parents George and Heather Radabaugh were hospitalized for burns from the blaze. Their four children were treated for injuries.
The Lion women will host Penn State-Altoona at 1 p.m. at the Capital Union Building, while the Lion men will host Lebanon Valley at 3 p.m.
The Middletown Area School District has also taken steps to help the Radabaugh family.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 20:43
Written by Daniel Walmer
If you see young foursomes sporting Elizabethtown College attire mixed among the groups of seasoned veterans at Londonderry Twp.’s Sunset Golf Course in the coming months, don’t be surprised.
It’s part of the master plan of Mandy Sheckard, a communications major at the college, to bring students to the course, a plan jumpstarted by Elizabethtown College Golf Day on Friday, Nov. 8.
Sheckard’s plan to forge a relationship between the college and golf course was sparked by a conversation with township officials that took place last spring when she tried to convince them to purchase advertising with the college.
The township told her there was a problem: They didn’t mind advertising if it worked, but they hadn’t been receiving much business from college students.
“We have advertised with them, but nothing every came out of it – nobody ever came here,” said Beth Graham, the township’s office manager.
Both Graham and Sheckard recognized the potential for a partnership between the course and the college.
“We’re trying to create a relationship with college students,” Graham said. “We think it’s a good alternative for the college kids to the local bars. It’s a good place for college kids to come and hang out.”
So Sheckard – who was drawn to the course by its great views, outdoor deck with music, and “the best burgers I’ve had in a long time” – decided to devote her college capstone project to promoting the course.
“Although it is a golf course, there’s so much here to do,” she said.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 18:33
Written by Noelle Barrett
Two incumbents and one newcomer will take seats on Steelton Borough Council in 2014, according to unofficial results of the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Council members Jeffery Wright and Maria Marcinko will remain on council, while Brian Proctor will replace Raymond Spencer, who did not seek re-election.
Incumbent Mayor Tom Acri was also re-elected, defeating challenger Jason Bryant.
Acri received 550 votes, nearly 200 more votes than Bryant, who received 367 votes.
Acri had overwhelming support from First Ward voters, securing 173 votes to Bryant’s 33 votes. He also received the most votes in both Second Ward precincts and the Third Ward’s first precinct. Bryant had a slight edge over Acri in the Fourth Ward and Third Ward’s second precinct.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 22:45