THE YEAR IN REVIEW July-September 2018

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Public Works Manager Dave Nichols, left, shown with his crew, Brian Maynard, Travis Atherton and Daniel Kendall, at the borough maintenance building, will retire on Aug. 31 after 27 years with the Borough of Greencastle.


July 3 — Three students in the life skills support class at Greencastle-Antrim High School brought home medals and memories from the Pennsylvania Special Olympics held May 31 to June 2 in State College.

It's been a number of years since G-A was represented at the state level, but local teachers hope to change that.

Amanda Jones, Stefanie Glessner and David Dussuau didn't just get to compete, they stayed in the dorms at Penn State, ate in the dining halls and met other students from Franklin County and across the state, according to Connie Caldwell, a learning support teacher from G-A, whose her husband, Tom, is the area manager for the Franklin County Special Olympics. She coached the athletes then accompanied them to State College.

July 5 — Mark Siner, who lives across North Carlisle Street from Industrial Pallet Corp., brought up fire concerns during the public comment portion of Monday's Greencastle Borough Council meeting.

He cited the company's recent "huge fire in Indiana."

That facility was "in the middle of nowhere. Ours is next to elderly in trailers. Why would we want that?" Siner asked.

Industrial zoning at the property dates back to the 1960s, Eden Ratliff, borough manager, explained.

The zoning was changed last year to mixed use which will not allow industry there in the future.

"You can't just kick them out, but the next company there will not be industrial," Councilman Steve Miller said.

July 10 — A Greencastle-Antrim community tradition enters its second half century this week.

The 51st annual Greencastle Sidewalk Days will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 13, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14.

Around 100 participants are lined up, including local merchants and businesses as well as food, craft and direct sales vendors and entertainment. In addition, several churches in the downtown area are planning yard sales and food sales in conjunction with Sidewalk Days.

July 12 — Proposed zoning changes in the western, eastern and southern parts of Greencastle were tabled Monday by the borough planning commission pending more staff analysis and public input. Further discussion is planned at the next meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12.

Some of the reasons for the revisions to the borough zoning code and map are to promote redevelopment, increase mixed used zones, decrease industrial zones, enhance organization and preserve green space, according to a presentation by borough solicitor Zachary Rice of Salzmann Hughes.

Eden Ratliff, borough manager, said the update was initiated earlier this year the borough's community development committee.

About 10 residents attended the meeting, including some from South Washington Street rallied by neighbor Angela Garland. She has expertise in this area, having worked as the Antrim Township zoning officer a number of years ago.

July 17 — A young man who lived his early life in Greencastle died late last month in a plane crash in Nebraska.

Nicholas Kinsey "Nick" Hanson "was doing what he loved," said his mother Sharon Hanson.

The experienced pilot recently received his crop dusting certification and was flying over Nebraska when his plane crashed on June 29.

"He was ferrying a Citabria in NE when it is believed he passed out following a maneuver," says his obituary. "He had just phoned his father while fueling up the aircraft and mentioned he felt nauseated. The accident was witnessed by a close family friend. He had good altitude and plenty of recovery time."

The family lived on Fletcher Drive in Antrim Township for a number of years and Hanson attended Greencastle-Antrim schools, starting with first grade at the primary school with teacher LuAnn Skutch through middle school.

July 19 — Railroad passes issued to her father, an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad, have been donated to the High Line Train Station by Cora Crider of Greencastle.

Railroad passes were issued to employees as a benefit of employment. They allowed the employee and family members to ride the train free of charge within the restrictions noted on the pass, according to Scott Sutton, president of the Greencastle Area Youth Foundation, which oversees the historic train station on Jefferson Street. Depending on the employee’s position or importance within the company, different restrictions applied regarding which cars they could ride in and which rail lines they were allowed to travel on.

Crider's father, Russell Trumpower, was an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad, initially as a coach cleaner and later as a car inspector.

July 24 — When the new pastor officially took over leadership of First United Methodist Church of Greencastle on July 1, he was a familiar face to members of the congregation.

Ryan Whisel, who had been youth pastor for two years, is replacing Pastor Bob Marsh, who is now at a First United Methodist Church in Bedford.

Both men started at the church in 2016 and Whisel filled in for Marsh as needed for duties like preaching and home visits.

"Word got back to the powers that be and I must have done OK," said Whisel. "God's got a sense of humor and I always enjoy it."

July 26 — The Greencastle-Antrim area is soggy, but not swamped by the rainy weather that started Saturday.

Local weather observer Robert Wertime measured "exactly 3.99 inches" from the first round of rain at 1:10 p.m. Saturday through 1 p.m. Wednesday.

That total is more than the 3.5 inches that is the norm for the whole month of July, but nowhere near what is happening to the east, where creeks are over their banks, roads are flooded and the attractions Hersheypark, Zoo America and Knoebels Amusement Resort had to close due to high water.

Wertime said the Adams-York County area has seen 5 to 8 inches of rain, while the York-Lancaster area is in the 8- to 12-inch range.

There was less rain to the west, where even just a few miles made a difference. While Wertime's total on Leitersburg Street was nearly 4 inches, Greencastle's water treatment plant on Grant Shook Road measured under 3 inches.

July 31 — Dave Nichols knows the highs and lows in the Borough of Greencastle, from the tree limbs to the water and sewer systems and everything in between.

After 27 years at the helm of the public works department, Nichols will retire on Aug. 31.

The 1971 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School spent 20 years at Nitterhouse Concrete before he started as the borough's public works supervisor in February 1991. His title has evolved into public works manager.

"The job has grown as the town has grown," said Nichols.

He and his crew of three — Travis Atherton, Brian Maynard and Daniel Kendall — look after the borough's streets, the water distribution system and sewer collection system.


Aug. 2 — The friendly wager between Dr. Kendra Trail, Greencastle-Antrim School District superintendent, and Dr. Tod Kline, Waynesboro Area School District superintendent, over last year's G-A Blue Devils vs. Waynesboro Indians football game is featured in the the August edition of the national publication School Administrator.

The LEADERSHIPLITE page item has the headline "Not Her Usual Color" and talks about how Trail donned a Waynesboro football jersey for a day on the job after G-A's 27-24 loss. The article described the jersey as purple, although the Indians colors actually are blue and gold.

The piece, one of four on the page highlighting humorous anecdotes, quips and quotes, also has Eric Holtzman admitting his involvement in the wager. Holtzman serves on the G-A board and is Waynesboro's business manager. He noted the friendly contest was held in conjunction with a combined training session for both districts' administrative teams.

Aug. 7 — A special meeting of Greencastle Borough Council Friday afternoon resulted in a reorganization of the board.

After a 6-0 vote, Steve Miller took over as council president. Councilman Craig Myers was absent.

The move came after former council head Frank Webster Jr. opted to step aside after some health problems.

Webster resigned as president July 18, but rescinded his resignation earlier last week after getting a second opinion and realizing his situation was not as dire as once thought.

He said he Friday he will stand by his decision to step down and nominated Miller as his successor.

Aug. 9 — Traffic was switched from the eastbound lane to the rebuilt westbound lane of the Route 16 bridge over the Conococheague Creek west of Greencastle just before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The eastbound side will now be torn down and reconstructed as the nearly $2.3 million bridge superstructure replacement project reaches the halfway point.

Traffic signals continue to alternate the flow as more than 11,800 vehicles cross the single lane of the bridge every day.

Aug. 14 — An executive director with extensive qualifications working with non-profit organizations joined the Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation Monday.

Cheryl A. Brown of C.A.B. Cause and Effect Consulting is now at the helm of G-AEF, a non-profit organization established in 1997 that helps supplement athletics, education and the arts beyond the school district budget.

Brown's resume includes serving as executive director of Make A Wish of Western and Central Massachusetts and vice president of advancement at Wilson College. She was in charge of the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation's campaign that raised $13.5 million in two and a half years and has been involved in the capital campaigns for local organizations including the Coyle Free Library in Chambersburg and Hospice of Washington County's Doey's House, according to Dr. Kendra Trail, superintendent of the Greencastle-Antrim School District.

Aug. 16 — Science is the crux of Kyle Andruczk's high school education, his specialty is physics and he has a special interest in astrophysics.

The 17-year-old spent the summer delving into those areas and more at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The son of Paul and Christa Andruczk, he was one of 56 students selected from 302 applicants.

Physics is "our basic understanding of the universe, but it's flawed and there is so much we don't know," said Kyle, who is now a senior at Greencastle-Antrim High School.

He and his fellow students lived in a dorm on the Carnegie Mellon campus, attended classes and did research projects.

Aug. 21 — The arrival of a new fire engine was cause for a celebration Saturday.

Members of Rescue Hose Company No. 1 hosted a "housing ceremony" for the engine, with a wet down by the 1741 hand pumper, followed by a towel drying of the engine by everyone present and a blessing of the unit. "It's a firehouse tradition," explained Kevin Barnes, fire chief.

The 2018 Pierce Enforcer replaces a 1995 truck. It has all the latest safety features important to the crew, including front and side airbags and seats six. It carries 1,000 gallons of water on board and can pump 1,500 gallons per minute.

Barnes said the engine cost more than $600,000 and money was raised through donations by businesses, municipalities and community members and various fundraisers.

Aug. 23 — Dr. John Joyce, Republican nominee for the 13th Congressional District, met with members of the public Thursday afternoon at the John Allison Public House in Greencastle as part of his campaign trail.

Nearly three dozen individuals took to the restaurant to get a chance for a one-on-one conversation with the nominee.

"As a doctor, one of my major skills is listening to people and trying to problem solve with them," said Joyce. "Listening to people has been the major component of our campaign. People want to realize that you will work for them."

According to Joyce, he endorses permanent tax reductions, the pro-life stance and upholding the 2nd Amendment as it is written.

Aug. 28 — No one has to fight alone.

The Get Back Up program was created to extend a helping hand to those affected by drug addiction — specifically the opioid crisis — in Franklin County. Recently implemented, the initiative now offers an on-call cornerman who truly understands the fight.

John Lloyd, a recovering addict who has transformed his outlook on life from dependent to dependable, is currently serving as a liaison for Get Back Up, providing relatable face-to-face interaction and treatment options for potentially dire circumstances.

Aug. 30 — Franklin County Commissioners Tuesday proclaimed September as National Recovery Month, and events to kick off the month will begin this week.

"We wish we didn't have the need for recovery in the county, but we're not unlike any other county," said Commissioner David Keller, as he stood on the steps of the Old Courthouse on the square in Chambersburg and read a proclamation.

"Preventing and treating substance use and/or co-occurring disorders is effective and people do recover in Franklin County and around this great nation," Keller said. "An estimated 25 million people in the U.S. are affected by these conditions. Throughout Recovery Month, our community becomes more aware and able to recognize the signs of substance use disorders, which can lead more individuals into treatment."


Sept. 4 — Brittany Thomas enjoys entertaining. She also enjoys cooking and baking for friends and family. One of her favorite foods is pie.

"It's so satisfying to make something from scratch and give it to someone you know and love," Thomas said.

The Greencastle woman is turning her passion into a business, Mason Dixon Pie Company, a home-based bakery from her residence in Antrim Township.

Sept. 6 — A program that partners a mental health co-responder with the Greencastle, Waynesboro and Washington Township police departments will continue with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

Money from the state also will cover a mental health liaison for the Chambersburg Police Department, according to Franklin County Commissioner Bob Thomas, who said specific information about the amount and duration of funding is not yet available.

Kay Martin has been the Keystone Health co-responder with the three police departments in the southern part of the county since May 2017. The position initially was funded by a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant that expires in December.

Sept. 11 — Burger King, the Greencastle-Antrim area's newest fast food restaurant, will open its doors on Buchanan Trail East Monday, Sept. 17.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned with the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.

The restaurant will open with 44 employees and Shawn Herrick as regional general manager, according to Lisa Grier, marketing and communications coordinator for GPS Hospitality, the Atlanta, Ga.-based franchisee for the local restaurant, as well as numerous other Burger Kings in Hagerstown, Chambersburg and elsewhere in Pennsylvania.

Sept. 13 — Allison-Antrim Museum Inc., 365 S. Ridge Ave., will host back-to-back fundraisers — each with a different historic focus — the last two weekends in September.

The Allison-Antrim Classic Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and the Allison-Antrim Antique and Vintage Arms Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

Both the vehicles and the guns are appropriate for fundraisers because "they are a part of history," said Jason Green, the museum's executive director.

Proceeds from the two events will be used for ongoing operations at the museum and the buildings the museum cares for at the The Archaeology Conservancy's Ebbert Spring Archaeological Preserve and Heritage Park.

Sept. 18 — The tax abatement program to retain and attract businesses and electronics recycling were the two main items on the agenda at a joint local government meeting last week.

Elected officials and other representatives of the Borough of Greencastle, Antrim Township and the Greencastle-Antrim School District met Thursday evening in the high school cafeteria, a year and a day after their last joint meeting to discusses issues that affect all three entities. The meeting was discussion only and no action was taken.

The township and the school district are the main players in the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance program, while electronics recycling impacts the borough and township.

Sept. 20 — The sun was shining Wednesday morning and clear weather was in the forecast as the old tin roof was torn off the front of the farmhouse at Tayamentasachta, the Greencastle-Antrim School District's environmental center.

Frequent rain throughout the summer months delayed the roof replacement project, which was originally scheduled to be finished before the start of the 2018-19 school year.

"You'll have to talk to Mother Nature about that," director of environmental studies Kerri Barnes joked about the timeline.

"This is an exciting day," she said, adding work is now supposed to be done before the annual Apple Festival at Tayamentasachta from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

Sept. 25 — Pennsylvania State Police teamed up with local law enforcement agencies for the first Fishing with a Cop Saturday at the Greencastle Sportsman's Club.

It was organized to "build positive relationships in the communities they serve," according to a news release from state police.

Greencastle police were represented by Chief John Phillippy, Officer Jim Bradley and administrative assistant Ericka Faight.

Sept. 27 — Monthly planning meetings for the 40th Triennial Old Home Week started Monday evening with about 40 members of the Old Home Week Association on hand to hear brief reports from more than 40 committees during a 40-minute meeting.

Andy Everetts, president of the Aug. 3 to 10, 2019, celebration welcomed the group gathered in the multi-purpose room of the Rescue Hose Hose Co.

"Honor the past, encourage the present and grow the future," is Everetts' mission statement.

Everetts said he is honored to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, the late Tom Fox, and all the other Old Home Week presidents and wants to build on the success of the past 39 Old Home Weeks and make sure the celebration prospers into the future.