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Millstones unearthed, and Elizabethtown turns them into a plaza

Apr 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

From Chronicling Elizabethtown April 10,2014 A few years ago, when the borough was building the new bridge and the new section of Bainbridge Street, the excavation turned up some millstones at the site. Rather than discard them, the borough decided to incorporate them into the design of the intersection. It really turned into a nice spot for downtown. Because they were an unexpected discovery, the borough didn’t have any money  budgeted to add any historical information about the millstones. This year, that finally happened — along with the borough’s receiving a Lancaster County Urban Enhancement Fund grant awarded by the[Read more...]

MoviE-town’s new owner makes significant upgrades in theaters, property

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page, News

From Chronicling Elizabethtown April 1, 2014 Last December, Room One Corp., which owns the Cocoaplex Cinemas in Hershey, placed the winning bid in an auction for MoviE-town. For $1.325 million, Room One bought a seven screen theater that was sorely in need of maintenance and upgrades. This included interior and exterior painting, paving the parking lot, repairs to light poles and upgrading the projection of movies to all digital. It was a year before that one of my Twitter followers tipped me off that MoviE-town was for sale for $2.2 million. In coverage of the auction, LancasterOnline reported that Room[Read more...]

Elizabethtown says, “Walk this way!”

Mar 13th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page, News

From Chronicling Elizabethtown A few months ago, some borough staff members saw a presentation of a walkability audit of another Lancaster County community. Upon asking about it, they soon had an offer to do a walkability audit here in Elizabethtown. It’s scheduled for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28. Participants — and anyone in the community is invited to participate — are meeting in the Free Parking Lot on Cherry Alley behind Groff’s Meats. An email invitation to attend the walk says the audit will focus on assessing how friendly parts of Elizabethtown are for physical activity and[Read more...]

Six reasons why runners need to come to Elizabethtown

Mar 6th, 2014 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

From Chronicling Elizabethtown In the past two years, I have used the streets, sidewalks, paths and roads in and around Elizabethtown as my training grounds for three half marathons. I have run often enough to establish short routes of 4 miles that get me home in about 30 minutes and long runs of 12 miles that take me from one end of Elizabethtown to another (literally from Darrenkamps to the Masonic Village Farmers Market). When 500 people show up for a race in the dead of winter, you know there’s a community of runners. With that in mind, here are[Read more...]

Borough wins planning award for parking lot design

Mar 5th, 2014 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

From Chronicling Elizabethtown 3/3/14 The Lancaster County Planning Commission awarded Elizabethtown’s new long-term parking lot at the Amtrak Train Station with one of its Envision Lancaster County Leadership Awards on Feb. 25. The lot, located at the end of Wilson Avenue, received an Achievement Award and was cited for a compact design combined with park-like open space, porous asphalt to let stormwater to seep through and the use of high-efficiency LED lighting. Working with the borough on the design of the lot were C.S. Davidson, Horst Excavating, Hanover Engineering Associates Inc. and Derck and Edson Associates. The Envision Leadership Awards[Read more...]

5 reasons why Movoto missed the mark about retiring in Elizabethtown

Feb 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

From Chronicling Elizabethtown (Feb 22, 2014). Jeff McCloud is a borough council member. Maybe you saw the story on the real estate website that Elizabethtown is the best place to retire in Pennsylvania. Aside from picking this picture as representative of the community as a whole (I mean, come on, seriously?), I was excited. I’m not sure how Movoto reached its conclusion by assessing that weather, standard of living, amenities, proximity to an airport, crime rate and cost of living all translate into an awesome retirement community because I live here in part because of those things. And truth[Read more...]

Bierly Retires

Dec 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

From Chronicling Elizabethtown (Dec 18,2013) Tomorrow night (Thursday Dec 19), a page in Elizabethtown’s history will come to a close. Borough Councilman Meade Bierly will retire after 40 years. That is, at a minimum, 960 regular Borough Council meetings over the years, a number that doesn’t take into account special meetings and other boards, authorities and organizations on which Meade has served in his capacity as an elected official. Nor does it take into account the hours spent during and preparing for the meetings. In today’s world, it is unheard of for people to stay in jobs for more than a[Read more...]

Getting ready for holiday festivities

Nov 10th, 2013 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

From Chronicling Elizabethtown 10/31 Elizabethtown is getting ready for holiday festivities, including the holiday parade at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. This year’s theme is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” And if you’ve been around E-town for the parade, you know it’s one of the largest community events. Every year, thousands of people jam the downtown to see Santa Claus, floats, bands, fire trucks and an array of organizations. Last year, the borough changed the parade to a Saturday evening instead of a Friday, and by all accounts (at least from what my colleagues on Borough Council and the[Read more...]

Ridership at Elizabethtown Train Station jumps nearly 10 percent

Oct 18th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page, News

From Chronicling Elizabethtown (Oct 15) Thanks to a post on the Elizabethtown Advocate’s Facebook page yesterday, I learned that ridership at the Elizabethtown Train Station has jumped nearly 10 percent for the fiscal year ending on Sept. 30, 2013. Here’s what Dan Robrish, the Advocate’s editor and publisher, posted: Holy Toledo! Amtrak released ridership figures today — for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013, there were 123,153 passengers boarding and leaving trains at Elizabethtown. That’s a 9.8 percent increase over the previous year and puts Elizabethtown ahead of the busiest Amtrak stations in 25 states — including Toledo, Ohio,[Read more...]

Why I think extending Carey Lane is a good idea

Jul 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: Features, Front Page, Lead Article

From Chronicling Elizanethtown If you’ve driven to the south side of the Elizabethtown area — Giant, Kmart, Weis — you’ve probably seen the construction at the former Hiestand Flooring. This is at the corner of Carey Lane and South Market Street, across from McDonald’s and Union Community Bank. Members First Credit Union is building a new branch there, which will be a big improvement over how that corner has looked in recent years. The development gives the borough an opportunity to create a new access point from South Mount Joy Street. Members First is giving the right of way to[Read more...]