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Archive for December 2012

No tax increase for 2013

Dec 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page, News

From Chronicling Elizabethtown–December 26, 2012 At its final meeting for the year, Elizabethtown Borough Council adopted a $5.8 million budget for 2013 that holds the line on taxes. The budget for next year contains some large expenditures, but they are for items that are necessary for the long-term viability of the borough and its services. They include: $225,000 for the purchase of property behind Advanced Auto. A former industrial site, the borough plans to buy the property and use it to store maintenance equipment, with an eye toward eventually constructing a new maintenance building. $28,000 to refurbish the softball field[Read more...]

Commentary: Is Penn State president being paid too much?

Dec 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

Rodney Erickson, president of Penn State, will see his salary increase by 16 percent to $600,000 next year. Not surprisingly perhaps, the comments forum on is filled with outrage [1]. But consider that, despite the increase, Erickson’s salary will be lower next year than what Spanier was earning as his base salary last year. PSU says that the increase brings Erickson’s salary in line with that of presidents in comparable institutions. We do not know what that reference list is, but below is data on president salaries and student enrollments at a few public universities [2]. Spanier’s base pay[Read more...]

Bainbridge Elementary Performs a Pirate Christmas

Dec 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page, News

December 21, 2012— Students from Bainbridge Elementary School donned pirate costumes, elf outfits, and reindeer ears and went on a mighty adventure at the school’s annual holiday play. During the festive celebration titled “A Pirate Christmas,” the elves and reindeer saved Christmas from the Pirates by teaching them the real meaning of the holiday and its treasure. The heart-warming holiday spectacular was performed for a full house of family and friends.  The production was chock-full of Ahoy mates, Arrrrs, and holiday carols and even included a special appearance by the legendary White Beard (aka Santa Claus).

Students Make Holiday Cards for Nursing Home Residents

Dec 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page, News

December 21, 2012— The season of giving was in full gear at Bainbridge and Mill Road Elementary Schools where students made holiday cards with personalized messages for residents of the Masonic Village and Manor Care. The project was part of the schools’ CUBS curriculum and helped the students better understand how a simple act of kindness like sending good wishes through the cards can impact the larger community. Prior to making the cards, the students explored how the holidays are celebrated by different cultures. The students also discussed the spirit of the holidays and included in that was doing something[Read more...]

Elizabethtown Journal Statistics

Dec 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page, Uncategorized

In the past month there were  3,182 visits to the site and 4,722 page views.  In the past month, there was an average of 106 visits per day.  These statistics eliminate any trivial visits, spam, and spider from the count. In the past year there were 27,758 visits to the site and 48,917 page views.  In the past year, there was an average of 76 visits per day.  These statistics eliminate any trivial visits, spam, and spider from the count.

Gears News

Dec 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page, News

Dance Classes  Mommy & Me – This class is designed to encourage younger children to express themselves through dance in a fun way with support from Mom. Dancers will develop body awareness, gross motor skills, rhythm and flexibility. Dancers and Mothers will learn the foundations of Ballet. Ages 2-3 & ½. Class is on Thursdays, January 10-March 7 from 5-5:30 pm. Fee is $25 for GEARS members and $31 for non-members. Cheer Dance & Tumbling – This class is designed to teach younger children the basics of cheerleading and tumbling. Students will learn one cheer dance, multiple cheers and basic[Read more...]

Natalie Haist Dixon: Center Square Bakery

Dec 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Features, Front Page, Lead Article, Uncategorized

In March of this year a small bakery opened on the square in Elizabethtown (see: Jody Viers Stapler: J’s Sweet Treats and J’s Sweet Treats Ice Cream Parlor).  It may not be obvious to those who are not regular bakery customers that the bakery currently operating in this location is an entirely different business.  The original bakery closed its doors a few month ago and a new business opened in its stead.  The two bakeries are not related in any way, except that they occupied the same site.  The new bakery, Center Square Bakery, is owned and operated by Natalie[Read more...]

Etown Bears Basketball

Dec 15th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page, Lead Article, News

  Boys basketball results to date.  Current record is 3-1. December 7 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Elizabethtown 19 11 15 17 62 West York 14 12 17 10 53 December 8 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Elizabethtown 7 14 16 14 51 Donegal 14 19 14 14 61 December 10 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Milton Hershey 16 4 9 8 37 Elizabethtown 14 9 15 7 45 December 14 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Elizabethtown 10 14 23 15 62 Cedar Crest 16 9 15 16 56     Upcoming Games: December 17 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Hempfield[Read more...]

Senior Center Activity Week of Jan 20

Dec 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page, News

Area seniors are invited to participate in any of the following programs held at the Elizabethtown Area Senior Center.  The Senior Center is located in the GEARS Community Center, Elizabethtown and is open Monday through Friday.  Call the center for more information about the activities or to make reservations at 367-7984.  he Elizabethtown Area Senior Center is a service of GEARS and The Lancaster County Office of Aging. Thursday, December 20: 8:30-9:30am walking, 9:00am Quilting, 9:30am morning stretch, 10am Christmas Craft, 11am Christmas Reminisce,12:30 Pinochle, 1pm Bridge. Lunch will be: ham sandwich, vegetable soup, pudding. Friday, December 21: 8:30-9:30am walking,[Read more...]

King James Bible

Dec 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page, News

Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible, a traveling exhibition opening Saturday, Feb. 2 at the High Library at Elizabethtown College, celebrates the 400th anniversary of the first printing of the King James Bible in 1611 and examines its fascinating and complex history. Elizabethtown College is one of 40 sites across 27 states displaying the exhibition and the sole location in Pennsylvania where the public can experience the exhibition. Visit for detailed information about the exhibition. In addition to the exhibition, the High Library will showcase four displays of historical texts and bibles, including the[Read more...]