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E-town’s second craft brewpub set to open

Oct 14th, 2015 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

From Chronicling Elizabethtown If all goes well, Elizabethtown’s second craft beer taproom could be open — and smack in the middle of downtown — by the beginning of November. That’s the word from Jon “Norm” Norman, an Elizabethtown resident and one of the two partners in the Lehigh Valley-based Funk Brewing Co. If you’ve driven by the former Elizabethtown Hotel, you’ve seen the signs and the renovations that are happening. To say this is good news for the downtown business district is a huge understatement. They are making renovations to the first floor of a building that has been vacant[Read more...]

E-town police seize marijuana, arrest borough man

Mar 31st, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page, News

From Chronicling Elizabethtown, March 30, 2015 Elizabethtown police arrested a borough man today for allegedly dealing marijuana and other drugs from his home in the 300 block of North Market Street. Police charged Samual J. Schlenbaker with three counts of felony possession to deliver, one count of criminal use of a communication facility and 59 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. In a news release, police said they received information on March 14 about a person dealing a large amounts of illegal narcotics at an address in the 300 block of North Market Street. They obtained a search warrant, and[Read more...]

Mars Inc. named a leading employer for third year in a row

Mar 28th, 2015 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

From Chronicling Elizabethtown FORTUNE recently released its annual list of 100 Best Companies to Work For, and for the third year in a row Mars Inc. was recognized as a leading employerin the United States.  In an email, the corporate communications office said, “Mars is pleased to be recognized for its extensive learning and development training, community engagement and health & wellness programs. Other benefits of working at Mars cited by the list include open offices that are highly collaborative and perks of free candy, coffee/tea and being able to bring one’s pet to work.” The FORTUNE list also noted[Read more...]

Dinner this Sunday to raise money to help E-town’s homeless

Mar 20th, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page, News

From Chronicling Elizabethtown Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen some signs around town promoting a dinner this Sunday at 5 p.m. at Trellis Place on East High Street that will raise money to help homeless people in Elizabethtown. Now, you might think, “We don’t have people sleeping on the street, so we don’t have a problem with homeless people in Elizabethtown.”  But did you read this story? Further, there’s what is called “situational homelessness,” where someone doesn’t have a place to live because, for instance, of a death or divorce. Some folks in the community have had some meetings[Read more...]

E-town recognized for partnership with Commuter Services

Mar 9th, 2015 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

From Chronicling Elizabethtown Last month, Commuter Services of Pennsylvania presented Elizabethtown with a certificate recognizing the borough’s partnership with the organization. Commuter Services is a program of the non-profit Susquehanna Regional Transportation Partnership. Its mission is to reduce congestion on the highways with the goal of reducing air pollution. It serves Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties. The organization helps commuters find alternatives to get to work other than driving alone. By logging onto its website, commuters can connect with other commuters to find carpooling information. It also promotes the use of public transportation and[Read more...]

Jan 20th, 2015 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

From Chronicling Elizabethtown January 20, 2015 Last Thursday night Borough Council meeting turned into a lovefest for the Elizabethtown Police Department — and rightly so. Two officers were honored for their work with the department. Detective Clair Martin was recognized for 26 years of service to the community upon retiring from the department on Jan. 3. And Officer Rick Farnsler received the Police Officer of the Year Award, an honor bestowed on him by his fellow officers in the department. Over the years, Martin received a litany of letters of commendation, distinguished unit citations and other awards and recognition for[Read more...]

One of E-town Borough Council’s most important meetings on Thursday

Dec 16th, 2014 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

From Chronicling Elizabethtown, December 16, 2014  by Jeff McCloud This Thursday night, Elizabethtown Borough Council will approve the borough’s 2015 budget. Council meets every third Thursday, but I consider this meeting in December to be one of the most important of the year because of the budget. We also vote on the millage rate to establish what property owners will pay in property taxes. Unfortunately, this week a family responsibility conflicts with the meeting, and I will not be able to attend. It’s disappointing because my fellow council members and I have spent hours in many meetings combing through the[Read more...]

Elizabethtown is prepared to kick off the holiday season in style

Nov 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page, News

From Chronicling Elizabethtown, Nov.20 Santa Claus will arrive in downtown Elizabethtown once again this year as part of the annual holiday parade at 6 p.m. this coming Saturday. The theme is “A Storybook Holiday.” Unlike last year, the weather forecast looks to be clear, albeit a little cold with temperatures in the 30s. But it’s a holiday parade, and it’s supposed to be cold, right? If you’ve never experienced the parade, it is one of the largest community events, with thousands of people — many of them youngsters waiting for parade participants to hand out candy and get a peek[Read more...]

E-town area’s elected officials work together to find common ground (Opinion)

Nov 13th, 2014 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

From Chronicling Elizabethtown, November 11, 2014 Ever since I was elected to Elizabethtown Borough Council, the elected officials from the municipalities in the Elizabethtown area — Conoy Township, Elizabethtown Borough, Mount Joy Township and West Donegal Township — have tried to get together to discuss and solve issues that affect the region. So a few years ago, when all of the municipalities approved a comprehensive plan for the region, we decided to establish the Elizabethtown Area Regional Authority (EARA) as a way to implement the plan. And that worked pretty well, fostering discussions about traffic, economic development and land use[Read more...]

A unique program that could save iconic E-town properties (news and commentary)

May 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

From Chronicling Elizabethtown In March, the news about a brewery opening in Elizabethtown made for an exciting development about business in the borough. And then, the new owner of MoviE-town announced upgrades to the theaters. These two posts were the top posts in the past month. As exciting as both of these are, I would submit that soemthing Borough Council approved last week is even more important to the long-term health of the community: a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Abatement (LERTA) program. Ramon Escudero, executive director of the Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce, laid out a proposal to create the LERTA[Read more...]