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Municipal Services and Finance Proposal Makes Rounds around Pennsylvania and the Nation (redux)

Jun 24th, 2018 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

It’ summer.  It’s VBS time.  For the unwashed VBS is short for vacation bible school.  Is there any better way to spend summer vacation than basking in the word of our lord? This has motivated the editors of EJ to resurrect a previously published article (Oct. 2011) that tells a tale of how church advocates may stealthfully garner government support for church agendas and evangelism.  This comes on the heels of a program in Pennsylvania (and some other states) that allows corporations and non-profits to receive a 90 percent tax credit on scholarships for students to attend private schools.  Most[Read more...]

Senior Center activities week of June 14

Jun 11th, 2018 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

Thursday, June 14: 9:00 am Walking, 10:00 am Mosaic Craft, 10:30 am Dice Games 12:30 Pinochle or Bridge. Lunch will be: Meatloaf with gravy, whipped potatoes, green beans, white bread, and banana pudding Friday, June 15: 9:00am Walking, 10:00 am Bible Study or Table Games, 11:00 am Price is Right Game, 5:00pm T.G.I.F. Dinner and Pinochle Party. Lunch will be: Steak Sandwich with onions, peppers and cheese, ranch seasoned potatoes, sandwich roll and fresh melon Monday, June 18: 9:00 am Walking, 9:00am Ladder Golf, 10:00 am Stretch, Strength, and Balance 10:30 Team Trivia with Bob, 12:30 Pinochle, Lunch will be:[Read more...]

GEARS News May 30

Jun 1st, 2018 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

  Movies in the Park              GEARS and Richard Knowlton Dental Associates presents Movies In The Park.  Bring the family out and experience the drive-in theater atmosphere without the car!  Movies begin at dusk at the Elizabethtown Community Park Amphitheater, Spruce and Washington Streets.  No admission fee. Giveaways every night! Refreshments will be sold. The movie line-up is Tuesdays, June 12 (Beauty & the Beast), June 26 (Despicable Me 3), July 10 (Paddington 2), July 24 (The Lion King) and August 14 (Coco). Raindates are June 19, July 3, July 17, July 31 & August 21. Call the GEARS Office[Read more...]


May 4th, 2018 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

This is an article that was posted last year.  I recently read it and thought it needed to see daylight again. (ed.) Click on the link below to read a short essay on morality in our ever-changing world, a world of increasing individualism.  It is a story about philosophy.  It is a story about sociology.  It is a story about morality.  And it is a story about how to look at the world. Find Essay Here


Apr 29th, 2018 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

“The fifth best meal I have ever sat down to was at a sort of farmhouse-inn that is neither farm nor inn, in the region of New York City. The fourth best was at the same place–on a winter evening when the Eiswein afterward was good by the fire and the snow had not stopped falling for the day. The third best meal I’ve ever had was centered upon some smoked whiting and pale mustard sauce followed by a saltimbocca, at the same place, on a night when the air of summer was oppressive with humidity but the building was[Read more...]

Bear Creek students participate in all-star choral ensemble

Apr 25th, 2018 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

April 25, 2018- Six students from Bear Creek School recently took part in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 7 Elementary Songfest. The students were sixth graders William Bonsall, Olivia Gable, Katie Keeports, Rowan Meiser, Lacee Miller, and Annabelle Price. The students were accompanied by Bear Creek choral director Melissa Miller. The Festival was held on Saturday, April 7 at Middletown Area High School. In all, approximately 200 elementary students from schools located in the eight counties that comprise District 7 (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York) participated in the day-long songfest and concert. The festival is an opportunity[Read more...]

Trump Seeks Asylum in Moscow (Redux)

Apr 10th, 2018 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

  This article was originally published in January. We now know that it was a false alarm–fake news. Of course, EJ admits no responsibility in that deception. We picked the story up from a wire service with which we had a contract, Ersatz News.  We also now know that it is poor judgement to enter into a contract based on a solicitation appearing on the inside cover of a matchbook. Even though it was false news then,  it may yet prove to be prophetic and evolve as true in the near future. The plane was fully fueled in a hanger[Read more...]

Justice in the balance in Luzerne County

Apr 8th, 2018 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

In 2011, two judges in Luzerne County were found guilty of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for sentencing children to private prisons operated by two businessmen. These children, thousands of them, were taken away from their parents and put into for-profit juvenile facilities for minor infractions. One of the victims later committed suicide. Former Judge Mark Ciavarella, who is serving a 28-year sentence, scored a legal victory in January, when a federal judge threw out convictions on three counts (but upheld them on nine others). In an ironic twist, the ruling relied on the incompetence[Read more...]

Teaching Evolution

Mar 24th, 2018 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

Recent remarks by a member of the Elizabethtown school board have led to some agitation among the crack staff of EJ. Keen observers of the local education scene will recall that Mr. Menno Riggleman, in an interview with the school newspaper, observed that the curriculum on evolution was outdated. He also went on to argue that homosexuality is a sin, not unlike unmarried people living together. (1) The crack staff of EJ does not shy away from covering controversial cases. Rumor has it that its reporters were sent to Tennessee in 1925 to cover the celebrated Scopes Monkey trial. However,[Read more...]

EAHS inducts 60 students into its National Honor Society

Mar 20th, 2018 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

March 20, 2018- Elizabethtown Area High School inducted 60 students into its T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) at a special ceremony held Thursday, March 15. Membership in the National Honor Society is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a high school student. It recognizes the outstanding students of Elizabethtown Area High School who have exhibited the four pillars of scholarship, character, leadership and service. The student-lead ceremony recognized the students’ selection into the prestigious organization in front of family and friends. Dr. Theresa Swenson, National Honor Society advisor, and Maura Hobson, high[Read more...]