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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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major momPerson was signed in when posted
01-15-2018
03:01 PM ET (US)
Harry C -I agree.
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Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
01-15-2018
08:10 AM ET (US)
Happened to drive by what is left of Rolling Acres. What a complete travesty and waste to be tearing that down to build a soccer field. It is disappointing the degree of apathy in the community that allows this to happen. People just don't want to get involved anymore which allows the few with agendas to carry on.
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major momPerson was signed in when posted
01-05-2018
02:00 PM ET (US)
Groucho - Call the Code Enforcement officer to complain about that.
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GrouchoPerson was signed in when posted
01-03-2018
03:04 PM ET (US)
Snowbird: Don't bother calling the police to enforce the law. They won't do anything. Who is suppose to enforce the law when people don't shovel their sidewalks within 24 hour after snow falls? A LOT of sidewalks NOT DONE from the last snow fall. You better hope to GOD that I don't fall on a snow covered sidewalk.
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major momPerson was signed in when posted
01-03-2018
02:28 PM ET (US)
Snowbird - I spoke with Mr. Kellar yesterday and there is to be a 5 ft. clearance on either side of a driveway entrance. That means no one parks there,not even your vehicles. If it happens, you may call the Police to come enforce the law.
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snowbirdPerson was signed in when posted
12-30-2017
05:40 AM ET (US)
Thank, M M.
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major momPerson was signed in when posted
12-28-2017
01:25 PM ET (US)
Snowbird - Call the Boro manager and let him know of the problem. He will look at it and if he agrees, paint it for you. Its been done in several places in the Boro.
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snowbirdPerson was signed in when posted
12-27-2017
04:40 PM ET (US)
I have a concern and question. For all the person's that have driveway's. It become's very difficult to exit drive way when some one pull's right up to cut out, but not over. It is even more difficult to exit when car's pull right up to edge on both side's. Question, would owner's be able to paint the curb yellow or red appx 5 to 7 ft at owner's expense and would it be enforceable?
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major momPerson was signed in when posted
12-24-2017
01:35 PM ET (US)
Merry christmas eve everyone! May 2018 be a blessed time for you and yours and may you feel the love of God in your lives!
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Sandy Conrad, Borough SecretaryPerson was signed in when posted
12-15-2017
12:19 PM ET (US)
Wine Festival gift certificates are available to purchase at the Borough Office, Mon-Fri 7am - 3:30pm or by calling Sharon Lentzner at (717)359-9550. They make great Christmas, Birthday or Anniversary gifts for the person who loves wine. Each gift certificate is only good for one day (May 19th or 20th). Price is $15.00 for advance tickets (includes wine glass) and $10.00 for Non-Drinker.
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Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
12-14-2017
04:21 PM ET (US)
Let me get this straight, the school board approves a $72,000 airplane sculpture because the bids are low and they have extra money from the stadium project, then the stadium bids are substantially over budget. Hello? No one asked how much substantial was in dollars? Out of control. Not representing the taxpayers. Where is the accountability? Where is the common sense?
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Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
12-14-2017
07:58 AM ET (US)
Littlestown school board's meeting struck a sour note Monday when members discussed the cost of providing a guitar/ukulele elective for the high school.
Board member Lauren Nace was surprised to learn the district plans to provide guitars and ukuleles for the class.
"Band is a class and the kids have their own instruments and they purchase their own," Nace said.
Board President Dolores Nester noted the bigger instruments like tubas are given to students for free. Director of Curriculum and Technology Lori Stollar said requiring students to buy their own instruments could prevent some from taking the class.
"If a kid takes an art elective they have to supply their own art supplies," Nace said.
Nace said she felt "very uncomfortable" voting when she'd thought the board was going to approve the class without adding to the budget.
The newest board member, Brian Lawyer, asked what would happen if 30 students sign up for the first year and then only five sign up the following year. The district would be left with 25 instruments in storage, Lawyer said.
Board Vice President Randy Mosebrook said they'd probably leave it to the administration to decide how many instruments to purchase and how to absorb those costs into the budget.
"I just feel like there are a lot of classes, including electives, that students have to provide some of the materials," Nace said.
"Do we make them buy a car for driver's ed?" board member Carl Thompson asked, noting he wasn't trying to be "facetious."
Nace countered by saying students do, in fact, need a vehicle because they don't reach the required 60 hours behind the wheel through the school's program alone.
Nace and two other board members voted against adding the elective to the course catalog. The motion passed 6-3.
A current staff member will teach the course in the fall of 2018 if students sign up for it, officials said.
"As a member of the curriculum committee, I never would have put this forward if I would have known this was a part of it," Nace said.
In other business, Greenawalt & Company presented the 2016-2017 financial audit report.
Ronald Morgan noted two deficiencies. The limited size of the business office team doesn't allow for proper segregation of duties, he said. Six months of food service checks were issued without authorized signatures being printed on the checks, according to Morgan. A vendor notified the district and the situation was rectified. Morgan said a segregation of duties helps minimize such errors.
The board approved a resolution under the Taxpayer Relief Act to set the tax index for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, not to exceed 3.1 percent.
The board approved a contract with Sapphire Software for a new student information system, which will be covered by the technology budget, officials said.
A work session will be held by the board Jan. 8 at 6 p.m.
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Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
12-12-2017
04:55 PM ET (US)
A boondoggle for sure.
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Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
12-12-2017
04:54 PM ET (US)
Bids too high for L'town stadium
• BY MARY GRACE KELLER Times Staff Writer
Bids for Littlestown Area School District's stadium project came in "substantially" over budget.
"Tonight, we were hoping that we were going to have bid results for the board to review and approve," Anthony Colestock, project manager, said.
Instead, Colestock came before the school board to ask for time to talk to the contractors about cost savings and "value engineering."
The district received about 15 bids that were all "substantially" over budget in general construction, Colestock said outside the meeting.
"This last year we have seen construction costs rise significantly," Colestock told the board.
Colestock plans to return in January, talk about ways to save money, and offer the bids to the board for rejection or approval.
Phase 1 of the campus improvement project is expected to cost about $3.4 million, according to Colestock. Phases 2 and 3 may come later down the road, if the district can afford them.
The first phase, which is the most expensive of the three, would include the addition of a new turf stadium on the Rolling Acres Elementary site, turf fields for soccer and field hockey, new home bleachers, a new concession stand and public restrooms, new ticket booths, a new stadium entry plaza, lighting and fencing.
Colestock said the design of the stadium has been more "budget-driven" than "program-driven" from the start. It looks as though Littlestown will need to find more ways to pinch pennies.
The district could save dollars by substituting less expensive materials for "credit" with the contractors, Colestock suggested. Another concern is the cost of fill to level the ground after Rolling Acres is demolished. Instead of paying for fill, the district could have the demolition contractor pulverize the debris left over and use that to fill the ground, Colestock said.
Board member Lauren Nace asked how this could affect the timeline of the project.
Colestock said the schedule would still be "manageable." He predicts the demolition to be done in February 2018 and the stadium to "hopefully" be completed in August.
He said there is an option to re-bid the project but it would be better to pursue the cost-saving value engineering approach first because going out to bid again could "drastically" affect the time table.
After hearing Colestock talk about budget concerns, a Littlestown resident stepped forward to question the board's choice to purchase a $71,000 Thunderbolt airplane sculpture for the stadium.
"It's a decoration. It's nothing that needs to be put in that stadium for the abilities for that stadium to do what it needs to do for the students," Dave Lawrence said.
He said the board deserves to be criticized, to a point.
"You're in tough position, doesn't matter what you do," Lawrence said, "but when you spend $71,000 on a decoration ."
The board voted in November to approve a contract with Stoner Graphix Inc. of Hummelstown for the plane sculpture at $71,791.
Superintendent Chris Bigger previously said the plane will be a "symbol of strength" for generations of Littlestown students to rally around.
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CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
12-07-2017
06:55 AM ET (US)
The marketplace should decide how many stores sell a legal commodity, not local political officials.
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major momPerson was signed in when posted
12-04-2017
01:26 PM ET (US)
Harry C - I absolutely agree. I framed it in the "I". My answer more correctly is that the people in my area, who I could reach and ask about this were not in favor of it. Their feelings were that we have enough availability for this and the concern of it for the camping passersby.

I wish had more reach to the folks I represent but my attempt to "spread the word" as it were, has been unsuccessful.(I cant spell that word!) Anyone reading this board, I would welcome the chance to hear from you. I ask only that you use the board to give your opinion OR my boro address cwestcott@littlestownboro.org. Sandy Conrad also has a list of email addresses of people who are interested in the happenings and she emails a short "overview" of what happened at meetings. If you are interested, let her know. Sandy@littlestownboro.org
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Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
12-04-2017
10:20 AM ET (US)
Mom,

I agree, nice affair. Well done to all.

Now a bone to pick. If this article is true, I don't think your vote should be decided on your personal opinion as to whether we need or don't something but rather on whether it meets all legal requirements needed for approval. Basically are the T's crossed and the I's dotted.

The vote was a smooth ride, with a vote of 5-1.Council member Charlene Wescott said she has nothing against the gas-station/fast-food store."I just think we already have plenty of places around here where people can buy those things, and I don't object to that," she said. "I just don't think we need more of them."
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major momPerson was signed in when posted
12-03-2017
02:15 PM ET (US)
Christmas on the Square was GREAT last night! Wonderful weather, great crowd and lots of happy faces.

We had 23 vendors signed up for this year! They were varied and I hope people collected lots of business cards and will support these local businesses. I wish I'd come prepared to do some Christmas Shopping!

Thanks to the Borough Crew for all their support, Alpha Fire for their help and to everyone who came out to support this. If you missed this year, mark your calendar for the first Saturday in December of 2018 for next years bash!

Be watching for info on the Wine Fest!
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Sandy Conrad, Borough SecretaryPerson was signed in when posted
11-29-2017
07:55 AM ET (US)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 27, 2017

Construction to Begin on Route 97 Bridge Over Alloway Creek
Bridge to be replaced as part of Public-Private Partnership

Harrisburg, PA – Construction for a Route 97 (Baltimore Pike) bridge, spanning Alloway Creek at the Germany-Mount Joy township line in Adams County, is scheduled to begin as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from the state’s structurally deficient bridge list.
Construction is expected to begin during the week of December 11 and be complete in June. During this time, an alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.
In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.
This bridge is referred to as JV-223 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.
The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.
The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.
To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, visit www.parapidbridges.com. Additional information on P3 programs in Pennsylvania can be found at www.p3forpa.pa.gov or by calling the project hotline at 877-444-9990 or email info@parapidbridges.com.
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Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
11-22-2017
07:53 AM ET (US)
Your tax dollars at work!
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Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
11-22-2017
07:52 AM ET (US)
Plane for Bolts field
BY MARY GRACE KELLER
Times Staff Writer
Littlestown Area School District plans to have a $71,000 Thunderbolt airplane sculpture in its new stadium.

The school board Monday approved a contract with visual communication company Stoner Graphix Inc., of Hummelstown. The $71,791 contract includes the cost of conceptual design, labor, fabrication, transport, and installation.
The sculpture will be put up in the multipurpose field of the stadium, which is planned to be complete by graduation, Superintendent Chris Bigger said. Normally, the sculpture would have been considered during the opening of the bids, but Bigger said the company needed more time to get it done by graduation.
The contract describes the plane as 3-dimensional with a 16-foot wingspan. The plane will have a steel skeleton and fiberglass shell, the contract states.
Bigger said the sculpture will be a "symbol of strength" for the district.
"What a great place this will be for generations to come and rally around the thunderbolt plane," Bigger said in an interview.
Some board members seemed to like the idea, but expressed concerns about the price tag.
"At $71,000, I have a hard time," Carl Thompson said. "It's a hard pill for me to swallow."
Bigger said the cost for the sculpture is already included in the money set aside for the campus improvement project. The first phase of the project is estimated to cost $3.4 million, according to project manager Anthony Colestock. Phases 2 and 3 will come later down the road, if the district can afford them.
The first phase, which is the most expensive of the three, is proposed to include the addition of a new turf stadium in place of Rolling Acres Elementary, turf fields for soccer and field hockey, new home bleachers, a new concession stand and public restrooms, new ticket booths, a new stadium entry plaza, lighting and fencing.
Bigger noted the district saved money by improving Alloway Creek Intermediate School, now the elementary school. The district also made cost-saving choices in the Phase 1 design of the campus improvement project, according to Bigger.
"You saw the savings from Alloway moved over, you saw the bid come in much lower for the demo (of Rolling Acres Elementary School). I think we'll have some funds to move things forward," Bigger said to the board.
Board member Jennifer McClay was more concerned about lights in the stadium.
"I have a hard time knowing that we're going to spend this much money and there might not be lights," McClay said.
She said lights are necessary for graduation because by the time the ceremony is over it is dark outside. Bigger said stadium lights will be considered in the bidding process.
The board voted 6-2 to approve the contract with Stoner Graphix, with McClay and Melinda Jones voting against it. Board President Dolores Nester was not present Monday.
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Sandy Conrad, Borough SecretaryPerson was signed in when posted
11-13-2017
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.
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Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
11-09-2017
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
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Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
11-06-2017
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.
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major momPerson was signed in when posted
11-04-2017
04:01 PM ET (US)
thanks for all the help! I did find someone and have an appt!
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S LaughmanPerson was signed in when posted
11-02-2017
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.
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major momPerson was signed in when posted
11-02-2017
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!
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major momPerson was signed in when posted
10-11-2017
10:30 AM ET (US)
Harry - Yes he finally did. Effective 9/30/17.
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Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
10-11-2017
08:36 AM ET (US)
Did Paul Sharpless resign?
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