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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1993, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 8/29/18

Carrying a torch: Sister disturbed by theft of mementos from cemetery

Jessica Lawson visits her younger brother Robert several times a week.

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1993, edition of the Press & Journal


Trucking company gets OK for Lower Swatara facility

Watkins Motor Lines, Inc., a Florida-based trucking firm, got the green light from the Lower Swatara Township Board of Commissioners to submit a subdivision and land development plan for a 30-acre tract located along the east side of North Union Street, approximately 800 feet north of Fulling Mill Road.

The commissioners unanimously approved a resolution that gives the trucking firm the ground cover ratio of 80/20 percent impervious/pervious which is an “Alteration of Requirements” of Section 505 (1) entitled “Lots — General Standards.”

This exception to township zoning ordinances is exactly what Watkins had requested at the Board’s August workshop meeting. On a suggestion from Lauren LeVan-Williams, the board amended the resolution to allow the trucking firm only four months to submit the subdivision and land development plan instead of the 12 months which Watkins had originally requested.

“I’d prefer to talk to the planning commission,” explained LeVan-Williams. “I understand the urgency.”

She added, however, that if the situation was urgent then there was no need to take 12 months to submit the plans.

Thomas Clark, vice president of the board, asked Lance Collins, director of real estate for Watkins, if anyone from his organization had a “relationship or professional affiliation” with anyone on the board.

At that point Glen Grell, the attorney for Watkins, said that Frank Linn, president of the board, was his uncle. Linn abstained from the 3-0 vote in favor of the resolution.

Ron McAlpine, budget and finance chairman, was out of town on a business trip.

Janet Wells thanked the Watkins team “for taking time and showing us your Baltimore facility.”

Echoed LeVan-Williams, “I was impressed with your facility.”

In other action, the commissioners:

• Approved the preliminary/final subdivision plan of Five Oaks Mobile Home Park, Lots F-1, F-2 and F-3 with stipulations.

• Tabled the final subdivision plan of Twelve Oaks, Phase VI (25 lots).

• Approved the auditor’s report for the year ending Dec. 31, 1992.

• Tabled the proposal for 1994 auditing services as submitted by Waggoner, Frutiger and Daub.

• Approved the final subdivision plan of Woodridge PRD, Phase 3, section 3 (Lots 84, 85, and 92-97).

• Gave the go-ahead for the installation of temporary stop signs north and south on Ebenezer Road at the intersection of Farmhouse Lane.

Evans cites study on urban dropouts during MASD school board meeting

Middletown Area School Board member Wayne Evans, who sparked an angry campaign to have him removed from office following a highly publicized controversy in mid-1992, has again drawn attention to himself with comments about minority and single-parent families.

In the closing minutes of the board’s Aug. 16 meeting, Evans read from a recent publication of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association which reported the results of a study on “urban boys” and their dropout rates. The study, conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute, concluded that the dropout rates of male high school students who live in urban areas “are more influenced by family factors than neighborhood characteristics.”

Another theory of the treatise, cited in the PSBA’s July 16 edition of Information Legislative Service, stated that “boys who live in two-parent households are more likely to stay in school than those who do not.”

Reading from the study, Evans quoted further:

“[The researcher] found that boys who live with both parents, rather than one parent or another older relative, are 'about 80 percent less likely to drop out of high school.’And the chances that a boy would leave school were decreased as the education or job status of his parents increased.

“The report found that whites or Asian-American youths were less likely than black youths to drop out of school.”

Blue Raiders dig in for 1993 football action

The 1993 season is turning into a good news/bad news scenario for head coach Dennis Iezzi and his latest Blue Raider football team.

For example, note the following:

Good news: 20 percent of the senior boys are out for football.

Bad news: Only 50 boys are in the senior class, which translated, means just 10 seniors on this year’s squad.

Good news: A good number of players at the skill positions this year are experienced. Bad news: There is only one returning starter (center Uriah Schroll) on the offensive line this season.

Good news: Iezzi has two good-looking quarterback prospects, senior T.R. Leach and junior Mark Sevenack. Bad news: Neither has varsity experience and both have looked good enough to make Iezzi’s decision a tough one.

Nonetheless, Iezzi is pretty excited about this current group of youngsters.

“We’ll have a lot of new faces for sure,” he said. “But we’re coming in with more experience at the skill positions. We have good experience in the backfields on both offense and defense, but not in the line.

“It’s just the opposite of last year,” he added.

Headlines from the edition

• Back to school shopping: It’s that time of year again

• Highspire moves ahead on borough hall plans

• Rule about playing in streets riles some Steelton residents

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