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"Troop 84 has a paper drive" every third Saturday of the month, weather permitting.
They will be picking up next to the water tower at Bartís Centenary Methodist Church on E. King St.

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Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
03:15 PM ET (US)
PS. Test results in Littlestown are not good, but hey we'll soon have a new soccer field............
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
03:13 PM ET (US)
From Fox News:

American school kids became more stupid under the Obama administration, according to rankings released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
They recently released the results of a worldwide exam administered every three years to 15-year-olds in 72 countries. The exam monitors reading, math and science knowledge.
Based on their findings, the United States saw an 11-point drop in math scores and nearly flat levels for reading and science.
The Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, fell below the OECD average – and failed to crack the top ten in all three categories.
In other words, thanks to the Obama administration’s education policies, kids in the Slovac Republic are more proficient in multiplication.
In fairness, American teenagers may not know long form division - but by golly they know their non-binary gender pronouns. Yes sir, they do!
But you can't blame the kids for being dumb as rocks.
Instead of aspiring to greatness, public schools across the fruited plain are programming kids to be mediocre.
It doesn't matter if Little Johnny thinks five plus four is 12.
Modern-day classrooms are safe spaces where everybody’s a winner – everybody gets a gold star.
There's just one problem with that philosophy. When Little Johnny becomes Big Johnny he's going to be living off the taxpayer dime.
And good luck making change down at the Piggly Wiggly.
Littlestown cynicPerson was signed in when posted
05:36 AM ET (US)
Could be worse, Groucho. They could have written their message on your fender with a Sharpie brand marker.

That stuff never comes off except with fingernail polish, which also removes the clear coat on your car's paint job,

I guess they could have secured the papers with a drop of Crazy Glue in your door locks. You must be careful of that in which you are concerned.
GrouchoPerson was signed in when posted
12:31 PM ET (US)
This is to the man and women putting out "The Bolt Pride". Since you didn't secure them somehow...they are now blowing all over Littlestown. More litter...
major momPerson was signed in when posted
06:21 PM ET (US)
Thanks Cynic! Its still there. It actually had closed a few years back and reopened. Prices are MUCH better than they used to be and certainly better than IGA which is who is now running Kennie's
Littlestown cynicPerson was signed in when posted
02:04 PM ET (US)
Major mom - re: /m16363 - I was in our local Food Lion the other day and they have several versions of the 2017 Farmer's Almanac proudly displayed in the magazine aisle.

I guess you all still have the Food Lion in Hanover.
major momPerson was signed in when posted
04:43 PM ET (US)
Snow Bird - Dealers or distributers are putting a tranquilizer used for Elephants in what they are selling and Narcon isn't believed to be able to help. Touching it could result in death it is so potent and take so little. Heroin is cheap and deadly as are all drugs!
Snow BirdPerson was signed in when posted
03:36 PM ET (US)
Just saw on face book 7 overdose's in Carrol County. Maybe there is something to this heroin story.
Lincolnchic79Person was signed in when posted
07:54 PM ET (US)
Heroin article in Gettysburg times today...I totally agree with the statements made by Chief Keller. However, some information is in accurate on locations etc. Also, littlestown school district has a student assistance team for drug and alcohol and mental health through true north services as well as access to mobile and crisis interrventon services. Yet, I have it under authority they rarely refer to either. There is also amazing free programming through the Rase Project in which LASD has not accessed per several parents and students. Remember secrets keep you sick.
major momPerson was signed in when posted
12:25 PM ET (US)
Does anyone have the 2017 Farmer's Almanac? I'd be curious about what it says.
Snow BirdPerson was signed in when posted
06:11 AM ET (US)
Each morning I check this site, to see what is happening in Littlestown. Mainly I check to see what weather is, and I see that there have only been a few cold day's and very little snow. I think the weather has been a little screwed up the whole way up and down coast.

Here it has been unseasonably warm, near 80 last 10 day's, how ever a little more normal in next 10 day's.
Littlestown cynicPerson was signed in when posted
05:14 PM ET (US)
Its been awfully warm this winter (so far) but I bet we all get dumped on in March.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
02:17 PM ET (US)
Interesting. Thanks.
major momPerson was signed in when posted
04:00 PM ET (US)
Harry - He misses more than he attends.....For an exact count, I'd have to as the Secretary......but yes.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
08:16 AM ET (US)
From the Times:

In other business, the athletic committee discussed the five-year athletic facilities project. The project includes three phases that could cost anywhere between $2.4 million and $5.3 million, according to Superintendent Christopher Bigger. The actual cost will be determined after the board receives bids in July or August and decides what it can afford.
The first phase includes improvements to the stadium and is estimated to cost about $3.4 million. The second phase, at an estimate of $1.4 million, includes changes to baseball and softball practice fields. Phase three, at $1 million, could include team room construction and miscellaneous improvements. Plans are in place, but cost is not set in stone, Bigger said.
"We get to pick and choose in August what we can afford to build," Bigger said.
The school board held a workshop session before the athletic committee meeting, during which it honored substitute teachers for their service. The board also received an update on the Alloway Creek Intermediate School construction, which Bigger said is on track to be complete Aug. 7.

Folks spending this amount of taxpayer money is a mistake. It will take a few years to surface and this board will have moved on, but make no mistake, this is not a good decision. Also the odds are they will spend it all. Soccer is driving the boat!
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
01:27 PM ET (US)

Are you saying Mr. Sharpless does not come to the meetings?
major momPerson was signed in when posted
04:59 PM ET (US)
Somethoughts for you guys on the budget....

Part of the best thing to come out of the past few years is the Capital Fund. It was always a "line item" as far as I can tell that never got funded. This "enforcement" if you will started a few years ago and has been a saving factor for us. But it has made the budget tighter than ever. I'm sure everyone expects that this kind of
fund existed before but it didn't...So we haven't got as many fires to put out when we need a Capital item, because its budgeted. There are things that we were actually paying contracts to have done but the previous manager wasn't enforcing the actions such as the painting of the water towers. I'm sure you all have noticed (except for you Cynic) that the one in the Cemetary has been painted. We paid for a contract, it wasn't done, The current Manager jumped it and said "do it!" Frankly, the situation with the DEP made a lot of this stuff come to light. We have reviewed contracts for maintanence and shopped them for better pricing, professional services too and saved where we could. I'd have to check but I think our staff may be down too. You'd think that would be obvious it isn't because some of the positions are part time.

We are watching but as with everything costs are rising faster than we can all make money to pay for!
major momPerson was signed in when posted
04:50 PM ET (US)
thanks for posting that Harry. I don't get the paper or subscribe so I don't see his rants and they can be so enjoyable. Hehe- There's not much to say about this except Paul, that you have pledged to "disparage" people in the same way you find "reprehensible"..... If you had come to meetings you would know that the Chief of Police is covered by a different Union situation and he's not supposed to comment.....

"The only book bigger than the one full of things you do know, is the one full of things you don't know." Westcott 2017
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
08:54 AM ET (US)
In the Times today:

Conflict in Littlestown

Editor, Gettysburg Times,
"Debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust and wide open, and that...may well include vehement, caustic and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials," Justice Brennan (1964).

On Dec. 28, 2016, Littlestown Borough President Ron Baird made the following statement: "You guys deserve the respect of the community, but it's common knowledge around town that you guys hate (borough council) and the community also deserves a little more cooperation from you." Fontana (2016).

This total disparagement of the police department was and is reprehensible and totally unacceptable. In my opinion, his action (words) requires either immediate censorship of the president or, even better, removal from his current position as borough council president. "Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action." Goethe (1807)

At this same confrontational meeting, the chief of police, Charles Kellar, verbalized nothing in defense of the police department. In my opinion, this was the straw that broke the camel's back. This was paramount evidence that a major conflict of interest existed at that moment. How is it possible to hold two positions, borough manager and chief of police, at the same time? You cannot!

Again, in my opinion, he must resign from one or the other or both.
"A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers or pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality." JFK (1956)

Paul Sharpless,
lekolightPerson was signed in when posted
07:55 AM ET (US)
Merry Christmas Littlestown!

Hope you all have a great Holiday season and a great New Year! As always, thank you Mar for facilitating a place to say Hi, say Boo about something, or just a place to say somethin'.
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Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
08:29 AM ET (US)

No it is not use it or lose it. It may be that increasing taxes is the correct decision but calling it unavoidable is wrong and it makes my BS radar go up.
Littlestown cynicPerson was signed in when posted
11:31 AM ET (US)
I disagree, Harry. You may be able to slow the inevitable increases but that just kicks the can down the road a block or so.

Does the burro have a "use or lose" policy when it comes to their budget? That's the biggest waste producer I've ever seen - senseless spending on unneeded items just to keep their budget the same as the proceeding year.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
07:46 AM ET (US)
One comment to Mr. Kellar's unavoidable comment, it is not unavoidable. You always have the option of reducing expenses. Reduce staff, reduce the health care costs with plan changes, etc. While this may not be the best option, increasing taxes is not unavoidable.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
07:44 AM ET (US)
From the Times:

Littlestown Borough Council approved an .5 mill tax increase Tuesday night to balance the borough's 2017 budget.

An increase of .25-mills was designated for the general fund and .25 mills for a Fire Services Protection Tax Fund. It is estimated these new taxes will generate about $80,000 each, balancing the budget with total revenues and expenditures of $4,407,279.

"No one wants to see an increase in taxes," said borough Manager Charles Kellar in the final budget summary. "However, it was unavoidable because of rising costs of healthcare, maintenance, utilities, and insurances, plus the coming expense of improvements to Maple Avenue and the need to purchase a new police vehicle."

Alpha Fire Company had requested a fire services tax to assist with increasing operating expenses and the construction of a new fire hall. Council debated the fire tax issue for several months, and Tuesday night adopted an ordinance allowing a fire tax of not more than 3 mills.

"I wasn't in favor of a fire tax, but now I'm totally convinced it's overdue, and that Alpha will use the money wisely," said council President Ronald Baird.

The largest revenue amount to the general fund is listed as coming from real estate taxes at $1,148,299.

The top expenditure is salaries, set at $1,131,868, with police department employees the highest at $605,575.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
09:00 AM ET (US)

No disagreement on that point. Our state government knows they have a large problem. A problem that is killing local schools' budgets and killing taxpayers. It shows the power of PSEA to control the state government. Public employee unions need to be banned or at least banned on dealing with salary and benefits. When public money is involved there is no check and balance and all you have to do is to look at this pension mess and understand public unions are bad.

Did anyone notice the state raised gas taxes another $.08 a gallon? Now the highest in the USA. I think also related to the pension mess.
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
09:45 PM ET (US)
I'd just like to point out, for the umpteenth time, the elephant in the room is the State pension funding situation. It has been for years. Bluntly, more has been promised than can be provided. And the burden for making up much of that shortfall has been passed down to local school districts.

"According to PSERS, employer contributions increased from $2.1 billion in 2013-14 to $2.7 billion in 2014-15 due to the increase in the total employer contribution rate from 16.93% in 2013-14 to 21.40% in 2014-15. The contribution rate for 2016-17 is set at 30.03% (resulting in an estimated $4.1 billion in employer contributions), and will continue to climb over the next several years, projecting to peak at 34.20% in 2019-20 and remaining above 33% through 2026-27.

As required pension contributions have risen, so too have the amount of each school district’s budget dedicated to paying them. All of this translates into millions of dollars that must be included in each school district’s budget every year to cover mandated pension obligations."

For a District the size of Littlestown, that means an increase in pension payments of over $1 million dollars per year over the next several years. That figure is based on a presumed figure of $20 million in salaries, which may be a little less. It can only come from an increase in local taxes. Cutting services such as bussing, extra-curriculars, etc. will hardly make a dent.
Regardless, my point is that the BIG problem confronting everyone in this State is the increased cost of the State Pension System.
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CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
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No problem Harry. And I agree with you to a degree. That's the other side of the coin and I think both sides have validity.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
04:38 PM ET (US)

I have to respectfully disagree with you. The primary goal of the school is education not sports or extra curricular activities. The recent school performance results, while you might argue are not totally fair, are relevant as at least some type of measurement of education results. Littlestown got two F, a D and a B plus. Major work to do. Spending money to tear down Rolling Acres and $5,000,000 on a soccer field is a mistake I think. If they had plenty of money fine. But to have to raise taxes above the index to fund it is a bad decision in my opinion.

Most parents care too much about sports and extra curricular activities and too little about education.
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
02:27 PM ET (US)
Cynic, that may be true if all factors stay equal, but they haven't and rarely do. Especially tax wise. The pension bomb and the way it's been handled, or haven't handled, is far worse now. That's just one example of factors the School District must deal with which it has no control over. EPA regs, more Govnt codes, etc. make construction costs now far higher than 15 years ago.
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