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Indian law scholar visits Elizabethtown College as Native American Heritage month highlight

Nov 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page, News

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA – A highly respected scholar of Indian law and a native of the Yaqui tribe visits Elizabethtown College at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in recognition of Native American Heritage month. The event, free of charge, takes place in the College’s Gibble Auditorium. Rebecca Tsosie, an Indian law professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU), plans to speak on “The Politics of Inclusion: Indigenous Peoples and U.S. Citizenship.” While visiting E-town, she’ll also have lunch with pre-law students and speak to various classes. The Yaqui, Tsosie’s native tribe, are a people[Read more...]

What is the GEARS story? An interview with Barry Acker

Nov 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

GEARS, Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation Services, is one of those community institutions that most of us take for granted.  It naturally seems to be a part of the community and always seems to be there; like roads, schools, and grocery stores.  The natural feeling of GEARS is one indicator that it is a model for a cooperative community institution and community service agency.  A community service like GEARS just doesn’t happen.  It requires a great deal of planning, foresight, and vigilance. To get a better understanding of GEARS as an institution, EJ caught up with Barry Acker, the Executive Director[Read more...]

Retrieved from Archives for Thanksgiving: The Idea of Progress

Nov 17th, 2014 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

Although an issue of philosophical interest for many centuries, the Idea of Progress in its modern formulation can be attributed in large measure to Sir Francis Bacon. The Idea of Progress is a world view which assumes that history proceeds in the direction of improved material conditions and a better life for people on the planet. In Bacon’s view, the role of technological innovation, practical knowledge, and the material tools of existence are a major contributor to the intractability of progress. Since Bacon professed this view in the 17th century, it has become a widespread view in modern thought.

EAHS November Students of the Month Named

Nov 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page, News

November 13, 2014- Elizabethtown Area High School seniors Carrie Reale and RJ Rawa were named the Elizabethtown Rotary Club’s Students of Month for November. Reale and Rawa were honored for their high academic achievement and extensive involvement in school and community service activities. Reale, daughter of Rob and Karen Reale of Mount Joy, has excelled in the classroom earning membership into the prestigious National Honor Society. She has also earned underclassmen honors in field of health science. Reale is a member of the concert and marching bands, serving as drum major her senior year. She is highly active in the[Read more...]

Elizabethtown Students Honored For ‘Doing The Right Thing’

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

November 13, 2014- Five Elizabethtown Area School District students were recently recognized as a “Do the Right Thing” students for October. Joseph Szymanski, an eighth grade student from the Elizabethtown Area Middle School, was nominated for his willingness to help other students. A teacher observed him offering assistance to another student who was concerned about a reading and writing assignment. As the student continued to express significant concerns about the assignment, Szymanski repeatedly offered his support by suggesting the student call him anytime and he would help him out. Szymanski assured him it would be all right. Four Elizabethtown Cross[Read more...]

Elizabethtown Area School District Honors Local Veterans

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

November 13, 2014- Elizabethtown Area School District saluted 34 local veterans during its seventh annual Veterans Day Ceremony. The program afforded school officials and high school students an opportunity to salute local veterans for their service to the country. It was also an opportunity for students to learn about the contributions that veterans have made and learn about the meaning of the day. Elizabethtown Area School District board president Terry Seiders and Elizabethtown Borough Mayor Chuck Mummert joined superintendent of schools Dr. Michele Balliet in thanking the veterans who had gathered for the program around the school’s flagpole. Seiders welcomed[Read more...]

Falling crime rates, but more justifiable homicide by police

Nov 13th, 2014 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

  First, the good news. Violent crime is falling. The estimated number of violent crimes in 2013 was 4.4 percent lower than in 2012. The estimated number of property crimes also fell, by 4.1 percent. (FBI Crime Statistics for 2013) But the news on justifiable homicide by police, defined as killing of a felon by a law enforcement officer in the line of duty, is more troubling. In 2013, there were 461 such deaths, up from 397 in 2010. (FBI Crime in the United States 2013)     Justifiable Homicide by Weapon, Law Enforcement 2009–2013 Year Total 2009 414 2010[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...]

Justices behaving badly (Commentary)

Nov 11th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page, News

What’s up with Pennsylvania’s judges? They seem to be trying to outdo each other in avarice, venality, and sheer idiocy. First, untrammeled greed and the case of privatized prisons. In 2009, a county judge was sentenced to 28 years in jail for sending hundreds of juveniles to prison for minor indiscretions and pocketing cash from the for-profit detention centers. He had also received cash from the builder of the facilities. But the real tragedy is the blighted lives of the youngsters who spent years in jail and then found it difficult to re-enter society. Transferring prisons to the private sector[Read more...]

Middletown Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes

Nov 11th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page, News

  The Greater Middletown Economic Development Corporation (GMEDC) is hosting the annual “Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes.”  This year’s tour highlights Middletown area homes that are decorated for the holidays and open to ticket holders during tour hours.  The Tour will be held on Saturday, December 13th, from 4-8 p.m. and Sunday, December 14th, 1-5 p.m., regardless of weather. A Holiday Tea is also planned for December 13th from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Smuller House Bed & Breakfast on Union St., Middletown, PA.   Seating is limited. Ticket information: Advance tour tickets will be available November 18st for[Read more...]