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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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Sandy Conrad, Borough SecretaryPerson was signed in when posted
02:39 PM ET (US)
Sorry for the short notice on this event but I was just informed that there will be a Veterans Program put on by the Littlestown High School Students tomorrow (11/14/17) from 10:00am to 10:45am. The program will be held in the High School Auditorium.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
08:04 AM ET (US)
Editor, Gettysburg Times,
For The Record: I am responding to the front page article in the Times on Saturday about my ethics violations.
The article stated that the Borough of Littlestown leased the building that my laundromat is in.
That is not correct, I do lease a building to the borough for the library, which is a lifetime lease, rent will never increase and the borough gets the building when my wife and I pass away.
I was found guilty of not having the proper paperwork for my financial statements.That's all. This all came about by a complaint that I was signing checks to my son's business for work being done for the borough. Nobody at our office was aware that that was a violation.
The other things were discovered by the information I gave them. This all happened by a community-minded person who could have told us it may be a violation to check it out. But I suppose when you have no friends or support from anyone you have to take it to the state where they have to follow through on any complaint. I assure you none of this was intentional and I'd like to thank all who have been supportive of me since this incident.
The main issue I have is that I do not have the right to know who filed the complaint. Everyone I talked to seems to know who it was. Real transparency.
Ron Baird,
Littlestown Borough
Council President
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
01:37 PM ET (US)
Littlestown council member admits to ethics violation
Times Staff Report
A Littlestown Borough Council member must pay $1,500 as part of a consent agreement approved by the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission.
Ronald Baird "technically violated" the state's Public Official and Employee Ethics Act, according to a news release issued Friday by the commission.
Violation occurred when Baird took part in approval of "bill listings containing payments to his son and/or a business with which is son is associated," and served "as an authorized borough signatory on borough checks issued as payment to same," according to a summary of the commission's order contained in the release.
The commission's 21-page "final adjudication" is online at www.ethicsrulings.state.pa.us/weblink/DocView.aspx?dbid=0&id=260461.
Violations also resulted from "deficiencies" in statements of financial interest Baird filed for 2011 through 2015, the release says.
The commission's order says Baird must refile the statements, pay $1,000 to the state, and pay $500 more to cover "a portion of the expenses and costs" of the investigation. The commission ruled the borough cannot reimburse Baird for the required payments.
There were no violations when Baird approved bill listings or was a signatory in relation to payments to himself or his own business, the release says, because such payments were "contractually pre-fixed and uncontested."
According to the online document, Baird owns Baird Enterprises, which in turn owns the Littlestown Laundromat.
The borough leased the laundromat site, 232 N. Queen St., from Baird and his wife Jill Baird for 99 years at $750 per month with the right to buy the property for $1 on the death of the last surviving spouse, according to the document. The borough's intended use was to house a branch of the Adams County Library System.
The lease took effect in 2010, while Baird did not join the council until 2012, the document says.
Nor were there violations when the borough entered into contracts of $500 or more with Baird's son's business without "an open and public process, in that Baird was neither a party to such contracts nor a principal" of the business, the release says.
Baird has no ownership interest in his son Andrew Baird's business, Baird Heating & Cooling Inc., according to the online document. The son's business has done work for the borough since 2008, before the elder Baird joined the council, it says.
major momPerson was signed in when posted
04:01 PM ET (US)
thanks for all the help! I did find someone and have an appt!
S LaughmanPerson was signed in when posted
07:44 PM ET (US)
Major Mom- Check with Finch's on Frederick Street in Hanover (the old W.L. Sterners). They sell and service a large number of gas & wood fireplaces. I have to imagine they would do service calls too.
major momPerson was signed in when posted
02:38 PM ET (US)
Does anyone know a licensed Fireplace Repair person? I have a gas stove in my Family Room and it needs attention. I've called the businesses in Gettysburg that intall and repair including where we bought it and NO ONE has any service people!
major momPerson was signed in when posted
10:30 AM ET (US)
Harry - Yes he finally did. Effective 9/30/17.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
08:36 AM ET (US)
Did Paul Sharpless resign?
Sandy Conrad, Borough SecretaryPerson was signed in when posted
08:07 AM ET (US)


There is a vacancy on the Littlestown Borough Council. Anyone interested in serving the vacancy with a term ending 2020 must submit a letter of interest along with a resume to the Borough Secretary, Sandy Conrad via email (sandy@littlestownboro.org) or via mail (10 South Queen Street, Littlestown, PA 17340.

In order to qualify for appointment all applicants must be a resident of the Borough of Littlestown for at least one (1) year and reside in ward 1 (south side of East and West King Street).

Letters of interest and resumes must be submitted by Noon on October 23, 2017 to be considered for the position.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Borough Secretary, Sandy Conrad at (717) 359-5101 ext. 31.
Edited 10-11-2017 08:07 AM
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
07:53 AM ET (US)

And the people who pay to attend these programs have too much tax payer money to spend.
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
08:06 AM ET (US)
Many of these "programs" were dreamed up by people with way too much time on their hands.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
09:08 AM ET (US)
Seems like a waste of money to me.

Times Staff Writer

A positivity program is helping Littlestown Area School District staff spread a little happiness.
Student Services Coordinator Dr. Carolyn Rhodes and Maple Avenue Middle School Assistant Principal Cortney Golden received a special training called The Happiness Advantage, just before school started.
The program teaches employees positive psychology. They learn how to "train" their brains to find that silver lining and bring those feelings into the workplace, according to Rhodes and Golden. The hope is that the positive feelings of the staff will lead to a better environment for the students, they said.
Superintendent Christopher Bigger first heard of The Happiness Advantage at an out-of-state conference. He brought the idea forward and Rhodes and Golden jumped on board.

Businesses, various companies and schools have received Happiness Advantage training, Rhodes said. "The Happiness Advantage" book was written by Harvard University psychology professor Shawn Achor.

Littlestown first wanted to offer this opportunity to its support staff.
"We don't give our support staff enough credit," Golden said.
She said staff, such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers, build bonds with students others don't always notice.

"The bus driver is the first person the student sees in the morning," Rhodes said. "That carries with them throughout the school day."

Rhodes and Golden received their Happiness Advantage training over three days in Alexandria, Va., through the International Thought Leader Network in August. They came back to Littlestown and spent a few days sharing their knowledge with bus drivers and cafeteria staff.

Golden said this was the "most impactful" part of her experience, and said the staff was "very receptive" to the training.

"You get a more positive outlook on life," Rhodes said.
Golden noted The Happiness Advantage isn't about ignoring the negatives of life, but being grateful for the positives.

She said the program can be explained through a tale called, "The Orange Frog," also by Shawn Achor.
Spark the frog is born green with an orange spot, according to Achor's website. When he does things that make him feel better and produce positive results, he turns more orange. The bright color makes him stand out among the other frogs. Golden said this is like being a "positive outlier."
Through her training, Golden learned it's OK to be an outlier and felt encouraged to spread her positivity to others.

"It's proven to be way more powerful than I ever anticipated," Golden said.
She and Rhodes agreed they want to teach more of their colleagues about The Happiness Advantage to make them feel valued, and in turn, benefit the students.

The district's goal is to train all support staff this year and start training teachers next year, according to Rhodes.
major momPerson was signed in when posted
04:39 PM ET (US)
Harry - yes. Today
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
11:56 AM ET (US)
Mighty quiet.
major momPerson was signed in when posted
09:13 AM ET (US)
Harry - No. No response.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
02:38 PM ET (US)
Any news on the Paul Sharpless front?
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
03:58 PM ET (US)

Contact Lisa: 717-515-6664, <lnoble@loreefoster.com
snowbirdPerson was signed in when posted
06:19 PM ET (US)
I see a major bru ha ha coming!
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
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MGPAGALPerson was signed in when posted
07:01 PM ET (US)
I am posting this message in hopes that the thieves that stole several items from my garage sale during Good Ol Days see this message. A older gentleman driving a red pickup truck with a cap pulled up to the end of the driveway, got out of his truck, grabbed an old vintage fishing rod and tackle box, got in his truck and took off. The same afternoon several ladies arrived and one asked to borrow a pair of tweezers. Being the Christian I am, I went into the house to get her a pair of tweezers and when I came back out to the garage several brand new candles were taken and the woman were gone. The very next day, a lady and man arrived and there were several others here as well. I was speaking to one of the men that was here and while talking a lady walks up to a table that had antiques on it and took a vintage Norman Rockwell Plate and quickly walked to her car with the gentleman and took off. I realized soon after they took off that the plate was missing.

It is so very sad that we live in a community that has multiple people who steal from others. NOTHING is safe anymore. May God have mercy on the folks who decided to steal something that didn't belong to them. Rotten rotten people. So very sad. I will never have another garage sale ever again. In the end, the thieves will have to answer to the Man above.
Edited 09-05-2017 07:04 PM
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
06:56 AM ET (US)
/m16499 Yeah, it was sometimes fun, always interesting, and sometimes aggravating. And yours was a position although different than mine, also similar in varying ways. The biggest mistake public "officials" often make is making false assumptions or following personal agendas. Or in some cases both, using one to reinforce the other.
major momPerson was signed in when posted
01:46 AM ET (US)
Lekolight - You would know about "secrecy"! But please, don't assume to know anything about how the board functions now, or how anyone else functions in this position. I know you like to respond with a thesis on this stuff but the rhetoric says the same.
HArry C- I haven't heard but I don't expect to. After all, his goal is to be a "Gadfly" LOL! He can't fill the position but if he leaves, he can't hassle the employees he's hell bent to have resign or fired. (as if) He also can't look at the $$ to try and decide who is "stealing" it. Well, that's not true. He can do his Right to Know requests. No doubt he's loving this publicity.

Cap - No one would be affected if legitimate issues are discussed... I really would hate to think that Lekolight only was interested if things were "self serving". I'm not really believing that myself....

Groucho - I think Sandy might have your answer or better yet, the Historical Society. I don't know and haven't heard. Night folks!
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
11:19 AM ET (US)
Mom - Did Paul respond to the request to resign yet?

Cap - I agree. Paul seemed to be wrong more than right. He was right about the Sunshine law and council but that was only after he was wrong about it. :)
Edited 08-31-2017 08:16 AM
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
04:14 PM ET (US)
/m16496 There's a difference between bringing up legit issues which have merit and reason and those which do not. Provably so. And to then contend, after being proven wrong, that the professionals, who provided the proof of being wrong, are lying incompetents is delusional, in my opinion.
GrouchoPerson was signed in when posted
02:47 PM ET (US)
Does anybody know who won the prize money in the parade.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
02:21 PM ET (US)
Major Mom,

Thanks, LOL on Gadfly. As I recall there was a lady who used to post here and Ben Ricci I believe, nicknamed her Gadfly. Perhaps Paul borrowed that name. :)
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