Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New Problems for Straban!

We had a comment on the previous post that we felt significant enough to post in the body here.

Here is the quote from a person known as STANDstraban:

Did anyone catch the articles in the Gburg Times just before Thanksgiving re: BIg Dig....Big Secrets Well after a little digging, I found out that Wal-Mart does plan to erect a Supercenter on the Sheler Road/Route 30 site across from Sheetz. Not only Sprawl Mart, but also a Lowe's and other big box stores which total about 500,000 square feet of new retail. The developers, Faison, from North Carolina have quietly requested a zoning hearing board meeting for January 15 to start their plans for this massive development; If any Strabanites believe this will bring too much traffic and other problems, they should contact STANDstraban@gmail.com for more information.
We find this interesting but not surprising, as the preparations have been long underway. The infrastructure of the property, water and sewer lines, and road access have been under construction for many months. It hasn't ever looked like much, but this will likely go up in a hurry.

We hope it is not too late. And we wonder what WalMart has in mind for its current location. Can you imagine, Target and WalMart right next to each other. Its starting to look more and more like Hanover, Lancaster, York, and Carlisle every day.

Question: How many light changes will it take to get through the 30/15 interchange once WalMart and Lowes and Target are in place? And don't forget S&A Homes will be tearing out all those trees on the west side of 15 between 30 and 116 so they can slap up more of their high density housing!

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“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Epitaph for Adams County

There is an epitaph in the Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona, a throwback to the old west days of Wyatt Earp, and the Cowboys gang. The epitaph dispenses some dry wit along with the information about the demise of one Lester Moore.

Here lies Lester Moore
2 slugs from a .44
No Les, no more.

Your taxes are going up because they want you to move. We live in a modest single home, and our taxes are driving the mortgage up by about $70 per month!

Can you imagine what the local farmers will have to pay? So why is this happening? Exorbitant tax increases like those the County and Cumberland Township are slamming on us are wholly, and totally unnecessary.

Most of the money in their budgets goes to support growth in financial aid to developers, and builders.

But really, they want to drive you out. If taxes get too high and drive your mortgage up enough, you’ll sell. And you’ll sell at THEIR price, not yours, because you have to sell.

They do this to foster more growth.

Your elected officials are doing this to you.

Say good bye to the Gettysburg you know. In five to ten years, it will be gone. Gettysburg will look like York, Carlisle, Lancaster, Hanover, Frederick, and Chambersburg, and all the other “small sleepy” towns that “growth” has destroyed.

Say good bye to the great, stable economy the area has enjoyed for several decades, withstanding inflation and recession alike. Say good bye to lower than average taxes, and lower than average unemployment.

The divide in the county between rich and poor, between haves and have-nots, between us and them, has just increased by miles, and it is taking the middle class with it.

If you move the middle class too far to one side or the other of that divide, you destroy it. Destroy the middle class and you dissolve the glue that holds our society together. Society then decays to an ever widening gap between only two classes, rich and poor. Poverty increases because the rich will have more of the money and with an increase in poverty comes a corresponding increase in crime, disease, and moral decay.

What’s happening is not growth that is healthy, it is destructive, greed-driven growth. And we, our friends and our neighbors are responsible for it because we have allowed it to become the monster that it is. We pay homage to the good works done by people like Dave Sites, Dave LeVan, and Bob Monahan because they spread their money around, and look good in tuxedos receiving community awards, or handing over small checks that are pocket change to them. They buy your good will. Imagine what that purchasing power does to a local politician! Imagine the chains that philanthropy places around their necks. But you admire them for it.

It is not philanthropy because true philanthropy is anonymous and requires nothing in return. What they do comes with an IOU signed by someone, some group who is receiving their money, and is signing on your behalf. It is not philanthropy by any standards, as it is not freely given. There is a return expected.

You are paying part of that bill now. You are paying for everything the developers will need to build their 20,000 homes in the county over the next five-ten years. The first 2,500 are already approved by the local townships! Now there will be more. Many, many more. And the farmers who already pay high property taxes will find themselves taxed out of business. They’ll be forced to sell their farms to developers at extremely low prices – the days of a farmer getting mega-millions for his farm by selling it to a land-hungry developer are long gone.

Very few currently living in this county will get rich from this. The divide is not balanced in population.

What our elected officials are doing to us is, quite simply, thievery and extortion.

The consequences are disastrous. Do you think there is a drug problem in Gettysburg now? Of course there is. But just wait. In the next few years as people with money move here from the DC metro area, the drug problem will explode. Washington Street and Franklin Street will see parades of bright new SUVs that stop at corners and alleyways. The tinted windows roll down, and someone darts out from a darkened doorway: money and drugs change hands. The police are powerless to do anything because they simply will no longer venture into the area.

Gettysburg College will see enrollment drop from around the country because the campus will be surrounded by high density, low income housing, making it a hazard for anyone to leave the campus. Crime on campus will skyrocket.

The economically oppressed resort to desperate measures just to survive. There is no thought of bettering their lives any more, it is purely survival.

Those are your new friends and neighbors. High energy prices, high taxes, high food prices, and theft rates will go through the roof.

It’s already too late. Adams County five years ago was a Garden of Eden. It is rapidly becoming a cesspool, mainly thanks to a few greedy developers and a whole passel of gutless, spineless, greedy politicians.

Here lies Adams - sweet
Too much asphalt and concrete
No green, all beat

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“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

To the Residents of Cumberland Township

We are not ones to say "We told you so!", but, well, we did.

And now you know just how arrogant the Cumberland Clowns are, and even more, how unafraid they are of you voters and tax payers.

You will now experience a 250% increase in your township taxes.

That is your Christmas gift from the overblown, self-important, greed-oriented, arrogant clowns you call Supervisors.

We suggested to you that they could save money by going from 5 supervisors to 3, and eliminating the Township Manager's position. But even more, that would enable the Township to meet its obligations to its constituents without the expensive expansion program on which they have embarked. Indeed, you are seeing first-hand the cost of the million-dollar revolving line of credit they arranged with Adams County National Bank to pay for the expansion.

We told you they wanted to create a developer friendly environment in their new digs, which will allow them to sit in self-aggrandizement in their new Taj Mahal Cumberland Township Municipal Complex, which will match the Taj Mahal High School your School Board built.

We asked you to show up at the Supervisors meetings. Some did, and they were vocal and expressed themselves about the planned water park, but no one opened their mouths about the expansion plan, because no one showed up to protest the expansion plan.

What they've already done has affected Willoughby Run, partially blocking its flow.

Now they have placed their hands in your pockets to satisfy their greed and arrogance. They will sit as potentates upon their gilded thrones, and you will do without to pay for it all.

We've asked repeatedly where is the Environmental Impact study for their expansion plan, and also for the water park? Apparently there is no requirement for Environmental Impact Studies for the township, or at least they are arrogant enough to feel they do not need one. And if they don't, then neither does Cali Entertainment that wants to build the water park.

This one is on you, dear residents of Cumberland Township. You have a huge problem on your hands, and have allowed it to grow far beyond something simple to fix.

We told you so.

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“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

“Legislation without representation is tyranny.” -- GettysBLOG

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Monday, November 26, 2007

GettysBLOG: …Water, Cool, Clear, Water

The Sons of the Pioneers were a wonderful group of men who sang in many of the old classic westerns, including many of the great John Ford - John Wayne collaborations. They were founded in 1933 by a man named Leonard Slye, who we now know by the name of Roy Rogers. Ken Curtiss, who later went on to fame as Festus in the TV series, Gunsmoke, was John Ford’s son in law. Two of their classics have been placed into the National Archives, Tumbling Tumbleweed, and the other here reproduced [Lyrics only. Sorry!].

Cool Water
All day I face the barren waste
Without the taste of water, cool water
Old Dan and I with throats burned dry
And souls that cry for water, cool, clear, water
CHORUS
Keep a-movin' Dan don't ya listen to him Dan
He's a devil of a man and he spreads the burning sand with water
Dan can you see that big green tree
Where the water's running free
And it's waiting there for you and me?

2. The nights are cool and I'm a fool
Each star's a pool of water, cool water
But with the dawn I'll wake and yawn
And carry on to water, cool, clear, water

3. The shadows sway and seem to say
Tonight we pray for water, cool, water
And way up there He'll hear our prayer
And show us where there's water, cool, clear, water

4. Dan's feet are sore he's yearning for
Just one thing more than water, cool, water
Like me I guess he'd like to rest
Where there's no quest for water, cool, clear, water


http://www.cowboylyrics.com/tabs/sons-of-the-pioneers/cool-water-1908.html

As Adams County and the Gettysburg area contemplate the future, they are faced with the prospect of massive growth that has been in the planning stages for many years, and the unmistakable fact that there is a limited water supply in Adams County. Indeed, there are no streams flowing into Adams County. There are several flowing out. Everything that flows out of Adams County eventually enters the Chesapeake Bay.

Now there is a movement to bring up to 3 million gallons a day of Susquehanna River water clear across York County, and halfway across Adams County to the Gettysburg Area – primarily to Cumberland, Mt. Joy, and Straban Townships. Eventually, it might extend farther west and south to Freedom and Liberty Townships.

According to some reports, developers are already sitting on multiple extensions with the various township governments in the area while waiting for water to be assured. Local residents have been informed through the newspapers that the piped water from the Susquehanna will cost the Gettysburg Municipal Authority [GMA] customers an additional $80 per year. This is on top of a 3% rate hike they already enacted in October!

The enormous cost of building the pipeline will be forced on the water customers currently using the Authority’s Water. These customers, then, will be forced to pay for the water to supply houses and businesses that are yet to be built in Adams County. There is already opposition to the pipeline.

See, there is already water here, though the GMA has issued a water rationing order to cut use by 10% because of the terrible dry weather we experienced this summer. There is enough to support the homes and businesses already here. Just. Over the past six or seven years, this is perhaps the third dry summer we have experienced here. Wells have gone dry. New wells are drilled. And the relentless building goes on. Townships claim they are powerless to stop it, or even slow it down.

They lie.

When the public is in danger, GOVERNMENT MUST ACT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC!

So what do we have from Government? A borough government that breaks its own rules for height restrictions so David Sites can cram two apartment buildings into the downtown area. Cumberland Township exhibits profligate spending of your money with a totally unnecessary project to expand its own facilities, and of your water with a project to build a water park and 100 room hotel on a scant 100 acres near Boyds Bears Country, and the Eisenhower Resort. Freedom and Liberty Township have sold their souls, as well as their farms to the developers from Maryland to build mega-developments of 1,000 houses or more. Straban changes its zoning to eliminate 11,000 acres of current green [open, farm, forest, etc.] to commercial/industrial/residential zoning. Mt. Joy Township is facing the same pressure from developers but seems to be handling it better than the rest. Up north, Butler Township and Biglerville Borough are struggling not just with water issues but with sewer issues, and shamelessly sucked in Cumberland Township into rescuing a developer so he could cram more homes onto the available acreage.

Townships put up development rules that require certain percentages of housing tracts to be set aside as green space and recreation area. They do not close the door for the developer to go to that space later and build in it, setting aside a smaller portion of it as green space and recreation area. And then later still, building on the green that’s left, and setting aside a percentage for green space and recreation area, then later still… It is the law of diminishing returns at work.

Your local government does not care. They do not care that supposed job creation by the development is wholly and totally unnecessary, and the so called economic boom to come with the development is not needed.

Adams County is about as close to Eden as you will find anywhere in the world. Good economy, low unemployment, high wages, low taxes, it is one of the most stable economies in the country. Between Agriculture, Fruit, and Tourism, the economy is stable and strong enough toward off inflation or recession. If one of the industries comes on hard times the others do not, and in fact, share the load of three among two.

So, why Adams County and not northern Frederick County in Maryland, which makes much more sense for the home buyers from Washington, DC? Several reasons: Adams County land is cheaper to acquire by the developers. Township, County and State government have all been conspiring to lure developers into Pennsylvania for decades and have set up laws governing the local government zoning authorities and stacking it in favor of the developers. There may also not be enough water in Frederick County, though it would be much cheaper to pipe water from the Potomac than it is to run it out from the Susquehanna River to us. Finally, the economy is so good the developers can then con the customers from the DC area with promises of low taxes, and a heritage-linked address.

But in the end, it will come down to water.

The planned development will essentially double the population of Adams County, destroy much of the farm and open green space in the county, and put such a strain on the water resources the residents will have no choice but to pay for the Susquehanna River water, and put themselves at the mercy of every community between the Susquehanna and Gettysburg. What’s left will be a vehicle-choked tangle of old roads, and new houses, new schools, and hospitals, more police and fire, and more crime.

And when the encroaching development hits the next phase demanding to put housing all the way out to the foot of South Mountain, the sprawl will strongly resemble that of Las Vegas, which is paving over the desert until they get to canyon walls. But we don’t have the Colorado River near by, nor the great Hoover Dam.

The decision is being forced on you now. Developers are waiting out the terribly depressed housing market. No one is building housing right now, and no one is loaning mortgage money. So the developers have no choice but to sit tight on their investment and take tax write-offs at the end of the year. But the developers like Wormold, S&A, Sites, Monahan, and LeVan can afford to wait.

Now you have to ask yourself, if somebody has to lose money out of this situation, who should it be, you, or the developers?

Tonight we pray for water, cool, water
And way up there He'll hear our prayer
And show us where there's water, cool, clear, water

Choose wisely Adams County, because if you choose the wrong path, what you see around you now will cease to exist. And it will not take long.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A Proclamation of Thanksgiving

In the midst of a bloody Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln found time, and occasion to create Thanksgiving as a national holiday, fixing the date as the "last Thursday of November".

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,Secretary of State


Please consider Lincoln's words today as you celebrate the holiday he made into our second official national holiday.


Have a safe, and happy Thanksgiving!


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Monday, November 05, 2007

Before you vote, GettysBLOG!

Election time is back. Here are our selected recommendations:

For Adams County Commissioner, vote only for Qually and Moreno. You do not have to vote for 3! Send a message by refusing to vote for the “Old Boys Network” which includes Weikert and Snyder!

Vote Qually and Moreno for Commissioner!

For Straban Township, is there any question here? Throw out that bum McDannell, who has the cojones to brag in his ads that he got the new zoning package passed!! Yes, HE DID, and it will see 70% or more of Straban Township paved over and developed! Get that man out of there! He is the man who brought you the Casino project, tried to pull a fast one several years ago in a land swap deal with Walmart involving land that the township acquired from the Federal Government and was not permitted to part with, and that deal still remains very questionable. McDannell has been trying to ruin Straban Township and the Gettysburg area for a long time!

Vote for Sharon Hamm!

For Gettysburg School Board, never vote for a politician who has 29 years on the job. Dump Biesecker! $3 million for a HS Football Stadium is simply ludicrous. Hell, they built an enormous palace of a school and cannot fill it -- a brand new building that needed the roof replaced? Do not reward wasted tax dollars!! Dump Biesecker!

Why do we have a HACC campus here just about a mile from the Gettysburg High School, where some HACC classes are taught, and the school district does not support HACC financially, forcing local students to pay full tuition? What is wrong with this picture? $3 million for a stadium, but not one penny to further the education of students in the district beyond high school? Dump Biesecker!

On another note, our old friend Steve Maitland has now hung out his tax-payer funded shingle. He still owes the taxpayers of the Commonwealth an awful lot of money that he took unethically and, unconstitutionally. But most of all, remember that you told him unequivocally how you felt about his atrocious actions.

Keep that in mind when the next election round gets here and the Clowns of Cumberland Township are up for re-election. It will be time to clean house and stop the wretched excess practiced by these clowns and their profligate spending. They are spending not only your money, but your water.

Water will become an election issue very soon. There are those who believe the answer to the limited water resources of Adams County lies in a pipeline from the Susquehanna River.

Who will pay for it? If you allow the rampant development of the county to continue, you will certainly pay for it, and for a very long time – perhaps forever.

Keep that in mind as you elect supervisors to your township boards. Will they protect your water resources, or force you to pay for water from the Susquehanna River to be pumped across two counties to supply water to the overdeveloped Adams County?

You need to start making this decision now.

While you are at it, take a ride down US 15 to Frederick. It’s a beautiful ride. Most of the area is gorgeous, with very large farms as far as the eye can see on both sides, and some state park thrown in as well.

So why is Adams County being targeted for development as a bedroom community for the folks from Baltimore and Washington D.C.? Anywhere along that stretch has those people closer to their jobs by 30-60 minutes.

Something does not smell right about this. There is an obvious stink bomb somewhere in this mess.

This is a very serious question that you must seek an answer for very soon.

Meanwhile, to recap:

Vote for Sharon Hamm for Straban Township Supervisor!

Vote for Qually and Moreno for Adams County Commissioners!

Vote out Biesecker from the Gettysburg School Board!


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We support the Roadmap to Reform!

“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

“Legislation without representation is tyranny.” -- GettysBLOG

Remember in November! Before you vote, GettysBLOG!

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

GettysBLOG: The Cumberland Township Circus is back in town!

Tuesday night saw a meeting before the supervisors of Cumberland Township which was advertised as a time and place for the citizens of the township could voice their concerns about or approval of the proposed zoning change that would allow amusement parks in the township, removing a huge obstacle for Cali Entertainment in their third try to install a water park in Adams County.

Why are we even discussing this? There is no water for a water park in Adams County. Folks, we are in the midst of a severe drought, and it is predicted to last for a long time.

So why, in the name of God, are we talking about a Water Park?

Is there not one of those duplicitous clowns called supervisors with a lick of common sense?

To make matters worse, we have the Pro-Casino leftovers of the Goldens, Mr. and Mrs., proclaiming the economic boons [oh, puh-lease! Not again? Or rather not still?!!] of the Water Park! Complete with the “much needed jobs” and “economic boost”, Debbie Golden touted her position in favor of the project. She and apparently her husband Gene, were the only folks besides the Cumberland Clowns who were in favor of the project. The rest of the approximately 20-25 members of the public were against it.

Once again we get a public official from another township coming out against the project in its current location, but thinks Cumberland Township will make the best location for it. Perhaps he has in mind something beside Sachs Mill Bridge so they can suck the water out of the Gettysburg Municipal Authority reservoir there. We must make a profit [and pay the taxes the Goldens claim will be a huge boost to the Township!] at the expense of the public water customers of the mid-county area, including Gettysburg Borough. [Apparently Golden doesn’t think he needs water to run his business.]

If the public official from the other township, which turned down a bid for Cali to build in his township, thinks it is such a worthy project, then he needs to go back and convince his township to put the project there. And he is welcome to it. Just don’t try to take people’s water for this project!

The Goldens, meanwhile, seem consumed by their defeat in the fight for the Casino project, which they very ardently and strenuously backed. Now they have seized upon a new version of the Disneyfication of Adams County, an indoor Water/Amusement Park, along with a large hotel, and other businesses proposed for the area near Boyds Bear Country. What is it about Eden that causes people to go to any lengths to change it?

Adams County is not in need of an economic boost. Neither is Cumberland Township – a township that feels economically strong enough to borrow a million dollars to finance an enormous expansion project to the township facilities, even though they never asked the voters if they should.

These clowns, and their backers like the Goldens are the death of the Gettysburg area. They care nothing for the environment, nothing for the industries that have created one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, a higher than average median income, and a lower than average local tax rate. Why in the world would anyone claim the area needed jobs and an economic boost? Yet the clowns in the Cumberland Township building pander to the developers that will double the county’s population in five years -- far, far faster than the local governments can keep up with increasing infrastructure needs, and far, far too many people for the meager resources of the county’s water supply to provide for that many people.

Should you elect George Weikert to a County Commissioner’s post, and re-elect Glenn Snyder, you can kiss the area good-bye. For that reason, we are backing Moreno and Qually for two of the three seats. We hope that some sense can come to the county if Weikert and or Snyder are no longer in office. Frankly, we’d prefer to see George Weikert turned down. After his performance in Cumberland Township as a lead clown, he’d be a disaster for the county as a commissioner.

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We support the Roadmap to Reform!

“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

“Legislation without representation is tyranny.” -- GettysBLOG

Remember in November! Before you vote, GettysBLOG!

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Monday, October 22, 2007

GettysBLOG: “Good fences make good neighbors.”

Each spring, according to the poem Mending Wall, the late Poet Laureate Robert Frost would walk along the wall between his property and his neighbor’s, with his neighbor on the other side doing the same. The two, in an annual ritual, would replace toppled stones from the wall, knocked loose mostly by hunters after rabbits.

But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.

The two neighbors continue along the line that separates them. Frost teases the man.

It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, 'Good fences make good neighbors'.

Wednesday night, the Borough of Gettysburg will consider changes to its zoning that will set a precedent for the future. Once it was important to the borough to keep a skyline consistent with the image of a small town where a great battle was once fought.

Local developer David Sites wants to construct two adjacent apartment buildings in the downtown area, one in a space that is not zoned for apartments, and the other, a five story structure that is in an area zoned for three stories.

What is it about the forbidden fruit that so attracts people like Sites to change that which he cannot have into that which he can have?

Obviously, Mr. Sites has no concept of the history of the area, even though he lives in grandeur within its context.

What is totally lacking in this request by Mr. Sites is any rational reason to alter or modify the zoning ordinances to permit such a tall structure. Indeed, Mr. Sites has gone on record in the past as suggesting what he terms “helpful advice” on changes to the Borough’s Zoning Plan that would make it a model for future development, and here we have the first suggestion for change: obliterate the small town skyline so Mr. Sites can develop two buildings into 64 apartments. [By their location, it would seem to be a project that would turn into student housing for Gettysburg College, although it has not been presented in that way.]

We give Mr. Sites credit for being realistic enough to not tout the merits of the project as a great economic boon to the area, creating many much needed jobs. That worn out dead horse has been beaten so many times as to become a local joke. The economy in the Gettysburg area is just fine, thank you, please stop wanting to tinker with it!

The problem with Mr. Sites is that as a developer he wants to build housing. That’s like trying to help the local economy. We don’t need it. We can’t support it. There are not enough people to occupy 25% of the planned housing for this area. Oh, right! “If you build it they will come!”

That’s the other part of the problem. We do not, or should not, want “them to come.” In order to support those numbers currently on the board in front of township supervisors in Butler, Liberty, Freedom, Mt. Joy, Straban and Cumberland Townships, the infrastructure will require a doubling of capacity: that is roads, water and sewer, electricity, and natural gas. Secondary to that is a doubling or tripling of the capacity of the Hospital, police, fire and emergency services, municipal government, and prison space.

All of that on the existing road structure? Hardly. New roads, widened roads taking frontage from landowners, the widespread use of eminent domain to resolve problems of right of way, and best use of property.

Mr. Sites, Bob Monahan, David LeVan, and others like S&A Homes have planned all this for your future. In the process they will be stealing something from you: your heritage.

The Battle of Gettysburg occurred on several days in early July of 1863 in the streets of, and in the fields surrounding the Borough of Gettysburg. In the streets of the Borough you ask? Yes, on the first day the streets were filled with the soldiers of both sides while the Union troops scrambled through town to the southeast in order to evade capture. On the second and third days, firing was directed into and out of the edges of town by snipers from both sides. The Borough was occupied by the Army of Northern Virginia throughout the great battle. The farms surrounding the Borough were the scene of many small, and more than a few large engagements during the fight. Only the immediate area to the northeast, along York Street and out the York Pike was spared any fighting, though farther north, Hunterstown saw its share. All the other surrounding areas are now preserved as parts of the entire Battlefield. The rustic and rural setting which was Adams County held this jewel of an American small town for 144 years now since the Battle. That nest of rustic flavor is not just the setting for the Great Battle, it was a part of it. Farms and homes for miles around were used as hospitals, headquarters, bivouacs, wagon parks, supply depots, and prisoner compounds.

This is the threat. This is the danger posed by men like Sites, LeVan, Monahan, and their peers, that they actively seek to destroy that heritage by strangulation. And your local governments are well disposed to favor any requests from them. The folks you elected to make these decisions almost all have some sort of stake in the development game. For example, good old boy Jay McDannell of Strabaddies fame, is a local contractor. Get the connection?

Just about all the local elected officials have some sort of direct or indirect connection that will benefit them, their families and/or their friends when land is being developed in their area.

That’s why zoning plans have been changed throughout the county to allow for the infamous PRDs – Planned Residential Developments that are enormous in size and scope. There are currently projects in the county that measure from 300-2000 homes.

There are not, and will not be enough jobs in the area to support that many people.

Many of the developers are competing with each other so they can build these expensive luxury homes and sell them to people who now live and work in the Washington, DC, Baltimore Metro area so they can commute.

Don’t believe it? Why do you think the good folks in northern Maryland are asking our support for a bypass around Emmitsburg? They are asking the people of Southwestern Adams County to help fund the bypass to relieve traffic congestion in Emmitsburg to and from US 15.

Why do you think Fairfield School District is preparing for a doubling of enrollment?

Why do you think the Taj Mahal north of Gettysburg now sits partly unused?

They await the onslaught of new students when 20,000 houses are added to the community.

And the assault has been on for a while in zoning boards around the county. Cumberland is entertaining a water park project favorably, after two other townships rejected it out of hand, and after repeated warnings about the fragility of our water resources. Yet they persist in allowing such a frivolous waste of our water! WE ARE CURRENTLY IN A DROUGHT: WATER USE RESTRICTION ARE IN EFFECT IN ADAMS COUNTY. But they’ll build it anyway. And the County that has no water to spare will have to fund an enormous pipeline project to run water to Adams County from the Susquehanna River, so the family from Cumberland County can run their Water Park and make a profit!

Now Sites, who already has built a project almost up to the edge of the Battlefield, wants to further infringe upon the history of the area, and its image. He wants an exception to the three story rule. That’s enough for now. Just for this project. Oh, and wait, in 18 months he’ll be back asking to put a hi-rise apartment complex in the Third Ward, along with a matching office tower. And two years after that…

Context is everything in an industry that supports half the County’s economy. Tourism and fruit hold the keys to the economy in Adams County, with agriculture a strong third. Dent either one of those, as they have been recently by encroaching development, and you upset the balance that has been in existence for decades, that has kept the average wage higher here than the national norm, and taxes lower than the national norm, and set a standard for long-term unemployment rates that are among the lowest in the nation. Ruin the context by changing the view, and the economy will descend into a deep hole from which the area may never recover. In fifteen years, Sites apartments may be slum tenements. In fifteen years, Straban’s and Cumberland’s vast housing tracts that used to be picturesque farms will sit half empty, victims of an area destitute of jobs, staggering under an ultra high unemployment rate, high taxes burdens, and unable to afford the water that must be pumped in for the residents here to survive.

Oh, and the Water Park? All dried up. The Cali family will be on welfare along with about 35% of the residents of Adams County.

Worst of all, they will vote overwhelmingly Democratic.
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
'Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it
Where there are cows?
But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Sage advice for anyone involved with the development of Adams County. I can’t save the county. You have to. I cannot make them stop, you must. You must arm yourselves with practical facts, knowledge that cannot be refuted, and stand tall in their faces and assert your rights.

No one has a right to make a profit at someone else’s expense. It is done with the full understanding of what the deal entails.

Except, apparently, in Adams County.

I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me~
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."
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“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

“Legislation without representation is tyranny.” -- GettysBLOG

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Monday, September 24, 2007

GettysBLOG: Cumberland Township Alert!

Don't forget! 7 PM Tuesday at the Cumberland Township Municipal Building! The Supervisor's Meeting.

“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

If you fail to show up you are effectively handing these greedy politicians your wallets.

Go, ask questions, demand answers! Make these clowns accountable for their actions.

The ONLY reason they chose to go after the $1 million loan as a "non-electoral" expenditure to pay for their "Plan" to expand is because you would never have approved it had it gone on the ballot!

Let them know you don't approve it now! They're going to raise your taxes to pay for it.

It is unneccesary, as are so many of their other decisions.

Remember:
"Seize the power back from those who would deny you its use and protection; wield it then for yourselves to secure your lives, your liberty, and your honor!" --GettysBLOG

Let them know you intend to keep the heat on until they stop being so arrogant!

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We support the Roadmap to Reform!

“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

“Legislation without representation is tyranny.” -- GettysBLOG

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

GettysBLOG: Are You Ready Cumberland Twp. Residents?

Next Tuesday night is the Clown's Convention...er...Supervisor's Meeting....7 PM. Are you ready for them? You must turn out and make your voices heard. They don't think you will. They believe you do not care.

Here's a list:
1. The Project. No one knows what this entails, except they've already entered into an agreement with Adams County National Bank to borrow up to a million dollars for whatever they want to spend it on and the taxpayers/voters be damned. They have yet to explain the whole thing to anyone.

2. The Water Park. These clowns stumbled all over themselves in their rush to get the Water Park done. Just in case it comes back to haunt them, or in case another group [from outside the county] wants to build another water park in Cumberland Township, they will amend the zoning plan to allow an outdoor water park.

3. The Hotel. Yards from where the Park Service used eminent domain to take and demolish the National Tower, the township has authorized the construction of a four story hotel. The rooms will overlook the Evergree Cemetery on two sides. Maybe the Ghost Tours from Town will prowl the halls out there telling stories, disturbing the guests at all hours, and seeing orbs outside the windows. Here's one vote for the Park Service to use Eminent Domain one more time, and take out the new 4 story hotel AND the Pike Restaurant. They may as well take out David LeVan's place, too. The property was used during the Battle.

4. The Housing Project. S&A Homes shoehorning nearly 350 homes into a nice stretch of greenery along Fairfield Road and butting up against the airport simply is too stupid to contemplate, but S&A and our Clowns did just that. Even to the tune of a very expensive extension to the water and sewer lines run down the Fairfield Road strictly for that development...and all courtesy of....you guessed it, your wallet! S&A gets the profit, you get the bills!

5. The studies. In all of their projects they have yet to release one single study...not an Environmental Impact Study, not a traffic study...nada...zilch...zippo. Now, tell us, please, for example, what impact 350 houses on Fairfield Road below the Gettysburg Times office, will have on our roads, on our schools, on our school buses? Tell us, please, what impact the Water Park will have on our water supply in this area, on the downstream area, and what impact the waste water will have on the township's waste water treatment plants? And please, tell us what impact your big Plan for the township facilities will have on the surrounding area, particularly Willoughby Run?

Start demanding answers dear readers. Demand answers from those clowns. Do not let them get away with the utter arrogance and disrespect with which they treat you and your wallet!

Show up Tuesday night at 7 PM at the Cumberland Township Municipal Building and demand answers! Show the Clowns you are fed up with their Circus! They MUST answer to you!

"Seize the power back from those who would deny you its use and protection; wield it then for yourselves to secure your lives, your liberty, and your honor!" --GettysBLOG


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“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG


“Legislation without representation is tyranny.” -- GettysBLOG

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

GettysBLOG: Cumberland Clowns in Panic Mode

Well, the Clowns who are running Cumberland Township approved a loan for $1 million dollars to expand their own facilities because they claim they have run out of space.

In the write-up in today’s Gettysburg Times, by our favorite reporter, Scott Pitzer, the Clowns went out of their way to indicate this deal was being done under a category called “non-electoral debt”. That’s a fancy way to say they can borrow huge amounts without asking the taxpayers for permission via the ballot box.

Obviously, some of you, enough of you, are starting to get through to these Clowns that you are not happy with what they are doing.

They are going to incur a debt that will total close to, if not more than, $1 million over the next seven years while they rebuild the township facilities so they have the room to allow developers to file the paperwork for paving over the township.

What irks us is this:

---No one but the Clowns claims they need more space. We offered several suggestions at making better use of the space they have by eliminating the township manager’s job, and reducing the number of Supervisors [Clowns] to three from five. This then frees up half the required office space in the building, and several parking spots in the lot.

---No one was consulted about this project. Indeed, no one knows anything about this project except the Clowns and the developers and contractors that will get the contracts [even though bids have not even gone out yet.]

---No one has seen the financial bids.

---Has anyone seen an announcement of a meeting to discuss the passage of an ordinance allowing this non-electoral debt?

---Where is The Plan? The Clowns are trying to put you into debt while claiming they don’t even have a complete idea of what the project will entail? What they’ve release3d so far has been piecemeal, and misleading. They are being very deceitful in what they let out to the public!

---Where are the studies on traffic, environment, finances?

---Why was no public input sought on The Plan? On the financing? On non-electoral debt?

Is there any doubt that the Clowns are taking the citizens of Cumberland Township for a ride? You are getting the shaft from these clowns, folks! Royally!

A half dozen good citizens and true could spend an hour in that building and come up with a dozen ways to totally avoid this unnecessary, extravagant and capricious project and even more ways to save enough money to cut your taxes in half.

This is not their money they are spending, it is yours.

And they are doing so without so much as a “by your leave!”

What are you going to do about it Cumberland Township Citizens?

Will you show up at the September 25th Supervisors meeting and express your displeasure?

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“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

“Legislation without representation is tyranny.” -- GettysBLOG

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

GettysBLOG: A Crisis in Cumberland Township - When Government Goes Bad!

“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" --GettysBLOG
It’s like one of those circus cars, where a VW Beetle is driven into the center ring and eighteen clowns climb out. That’s pretty much everyday life at the Cumberland Township Municipal Building these days. Everything but peanut shells on the floor. And it’s done at a level of absolute arrogance that often surpasses the heights to which the Strabaddies rose during the Casino fight.

The latest edition of the Cumberland Township Circus generated an article by our favorite reporter, Scott Pitzer, in the Gettysburg Times this week giving a few details of THE PLAN. We’ve mentioned THE PLAN before. THE PLAN is a nefarious and nebulous project to double the size of the Cumberland Township Municipal Building and facilities. Township manager Flo Ford was quite vocal on the projects, quoted in the article as saying:
“This expansion is to get us through 2020.”

“Right now we have a lot of equipment that just sits outside in the open. If you have a garage to house your cars, your equipment is going to last a lot longer.”

“We’re out of compliance with a lot. We’re crowded now and have nowhere to go.”
Alright, now we can live with the quote about the equipment. That’s what is called protecting the taxpayer’s investment. But we certainly have a lot of questions about the rest.

Out of compliance with what, exactly? Township supervisors use this term a lot, but they never give specifics. Frankly Ms. Ford, we don’t believe you.

What happens between now and 2020 that makes this expansion so important? Well, you can fill in the blanks. Obviously, massive development is what this crew of clowns that are running the township have in mind.

MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT.

The article goes on to explain, in a very confusing manner, the efforts to find funding for THE PLAN. This involves a seven year note to repay a loan from Adams County National Bank. It is a $1 million loan, according to the Gettysburg Times.

Now, they also indicated they had not solicited bids for the project and therefore can not estimate the cost of the project.

Cumberland Township Residents, do you recognize when you are being sold a bill of goods?

Since when does anyone get a loan first, and then decide how much to spend?

Why the rush? Ford explained that bids would be solicited after the bank deal is closed in October.

Hello?

This is a level of absolute disrespect for the taxpayer and residents of Cumberland Township.
  • First question: Who approved this plan?
  • Second Question: Were taxpayers polled to approve this plan?
  • Third Question: Was a committee formed to explore all the alternatives to the plan?
  • Fourth Question: When was this plan approved by the taxpayers who are going to have to face increased taxes on top of a 1000% increase in taxes two years ago?
This is a major capital expenditure, and it is being rammed down the throats of the residents of Cumberland Township by a group of malicious clowns who have no respect for the people who voted for them. They are NOT serving you, they are serving themselves and the developers who want to pave over this township.

We mentioned alternatives. A first step would be to eliminate the Township Manager’s job. That would not only save money, but it would also save much needed space in the building and a parking spot in the lot.

Problem solved, no expansion needed!

Find another property in the township, closer to town and purchase it for new Police Headquarters. It will shorten patrol routes headed to the other side of Gettysburg and create much needed space at the Municipal Building.

Problem Solved, no expansion needed.

Reduce the number of supervisors to three. This would free up much needed office space and parking spaces, and save some tax dollars [not to mention saving money for the developers!].

Problem solved, no expansion needed.

Unless and until these clowns can justify THE PLAN, and get it approved by the taxpayers, NOTHING SHOULD MOVE FORWARD!

Folks, you need to mobilize around this issue. It is YOUR MONEY these clowns are wasting. They must be stopped NOW!

Any attorneys out there willing to file a request for an injunction to stop them please contact us at the email link on the sidebar. We’ll pass info on to the readers here if someone comes forward.

In the meantime, write letters of protest to the editor of the Gettysburg Times and the Evening Sun [click on the links to generate an email letter to the editor].

Show up at the next Township Supervisor’s meeting, and feel free to bring protest signs.

This kind of arrogance and disrespect must be stopped. This is a project that requires taxpayer approval, and these clowns have already started THE PLAN!

They must be stopped NOW!

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“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

“Legislation without representation is tyranny.” -- GettysBLOG

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

GettysBLOG: Odds ‘n Ends for August

Casino Corruption?
It seems that only the Allentown Morning Call, and Harrisburg Online are the only news/information sites paying any attention at all to the Grand Jury investigation underway into the alleged mob connections to Louis DeNaples, the apparent owner and developer of the Mt. Airy Lodge Casino. Thomas Marino, the Middle District of Pennsylvania’s US Attorney recused himself from any connection to the investigation as he is listed as a reference on DeNaples application. There are inklings that Marino will step down as US Attorney but hold your bets on that for now. The FBI and state law enforcement personnel are investigating. Stay tuned on this one folks. We would remind you of a previous post over a year ago that forewarned of this issue with DeNaples. For a retrospective, take a look at our post,
“Remembering Don Michael Corleone!” from back in early 2006 before the licenses were granted.

Circus Circus at Cumberland Township!
A semi-secret meeting [only selected press were invited!] two weeks ago left the Clowns running Cumberland Township thinking they had finally evaded a stinking issue that would have made them look even worse than they already do. The folks from Cali Enterprises of Cumberland County decided to withdraw their request for a curative amendment to allow a water park in Cumberland Township. With the Supervisors all sighing with relief, Cali explained it would only build a mammoth water park indoors, thus avoiding an issue involving water disposal! Well, that’s a relief, isn’t it?

Hardly. Even though the Circus show at the latest Supervisors’ meeting on Tuesday night past made the withdrawal official, it still doesn’t answer a number of questions like:
  • Where is the Environmental Impact Study for this project?
  • Where is this project going to find a water supply that does not endanger the water rights of others?
  • If there is an issue with water disposal for an outdoor water park, why isn’t there one for an indoor water park?

We still would like to know how Cali is going to cram all those buildings – a huge indoor water park, a 400 room hotel, retail shops, and an outdoor botanical garden, plus parking for all of these venues, on 100 acres in the Marsh Creek watershed along Emmitsburg Road not far from Boyds Bears and the Eisenhower Resort.

Frankly, there are two killer issues here: water in and water out. Water out encompasses run-off. Where’s it going to go? Where else? Marsh Creek!

So, again, we want to know where the Environmental Impact Study on this project is? Why has it not been made public, who wrote it, based on what investigative studies, and who paid for it?

This project stinks. It stinks to high heaven. So do the actions of the Clowns that call themselves the Cumberland Township Supervisors. They will attempt to approve this project after it was already rejected by two other townships in Adams County. They have recently approved the demolition of the hotel on Baltimore Street between the Pike Restaurant and the Evergreen Cemetery and its replacement which is scheduled to go to four stories in height. Obviously the Clowns have a short memory. How long ago did the Park Service exercise Eminent Domain and take the National Tower from its owner, and then demolish it? We are talking about a four story hotel yards from the old tower site. The National Tower was obtrusive, as was the music that blared from it as much as 14 hours a day, washing over the graves in two cemeteries. It offered a helluva view, but intruded on what the Park Service calls its historic viewsheds. What makes the Cumberland Clowns think the Park won’t take a similar dim view of a four story hotel nearby?

See what we mean? These folks got themselves elected so they could assist developers any way they could to pave over the township. It is the same in Straban, and apparently in Butler Township as well. Mt. Joy Township is right up there, as is Freedom. [Why in the world would Butler Township authorize a housing development to hold a larger population than Biglerville, and which offers no plan to carry off the sewage the new residents will generate? Where is their water coming from?]

People! Pay Attention! You are letting your county slip away! And while the housing market is a bust, the developers will build commerce parks and malls.

Only responsible candidates, who will be answerable to the voters are acceptable. Get the Clowns and the Strabaddies out of office. Send them back to their day jobs where they can’t do any more damage! Unload the Jay McDannells, and the Weikerts, the Shealers, the Gregors, the Underwoods, and the Waybrights – send them all home! They operate in secret, they answer to no one except the developers, and are accountable to no one. They are in office solely for the benefit of the developers: the Monahans, the Sites’, the LeVans, and people like Cali who want to exploit Adams County because it gets plenty of tourists and the taxes are low. That’s why they won’t build in Cumberland County where they are based.

Wake up Cumberland Township residents! Time to take back your township before it is all gone.

Start with this: Where are the plans for the Township’s expansion project? Who approved the plan? Were any township residents consulted? Where is the environmental impact study for the expansion project? Who did the study? What impact does the project have on Willoughby Run?

LeVan is About to Announce A Big Project!
Just before LeVan surfaces to announce, or leak, that he is involved in a big project there is a flurry of publicity designed to show off his philanthropy. Recently, we’ve had photo ops of LeVan and his wife presenting a motorcycle to the Sheriff’s Department, the LeVans donating a car to the Borough Police, and the grand announcement of the couple named to receive an award for their patronage of the arts, notably the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center at the Majestic Theater [isn’t that supposed to be the other way around?]. So expect LeVan to soon leak or announce a new project, and it will likely be an unpopular one since he’s being so publicly philanthropic of late.

Could it be a motocross track at the site of the proposed casino? Nah, that wouldn’t qualify him for a casino license. Would it?

We wonder what award they will give LeVan for bringing 20,000 plus motorcycles to Gettysburg during a weekend in the first half of July? How about the “Golden Hearing Aid Award??”

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“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

“Legislation without representation is tyranny.” -- GettysBLOG

Remember in November! Before you vote,
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Thursday, August 23, 2007

GettysBLOG: A Fact Sheet on Gettysburg Battlefield Restoration

Our good friends at the National Park Service office in Gettysburg sent this Fact Sheet as part of a press release detailing some NPS anniversary events, and the re-placement of the 88th Pennsylvania Monument on Cemetery Ridge.

People with an interest in the Battlefield here have been following the Re-Hab that has been underway since before the turn of the century [ooooh, I've been waiting years to use that term!] will find this Fact Sheet of some interest:

National Park Service
Gettysburg National Military Park
Centennial Challenge Proposal

Rehabilitation of Cemetery Ridge

Key Points:
The National Park Service, in partnership with the nonprofit Gettysburg Foundation, would rehabilitate some of the most historically significant land on the Gettysburg battlefield by removing the current visitor center building, the Cyclorama building, the parking lots and roads associated with these two buildings, removal of overhead power lines, and re-establishing the historic landscapes at the center of the Union army’s battle line in July 1863.

Background:
· NPS has long-term agreements with the Gettysburg Foundation, which requires the Foundation to raise $125 million to construct new visitor facilities at a site two thirds of a mile from the current visitor facilities in an area where there was no major battle action.
· The Gettysburg Foundation’s campaign includes rehabilitation of the center of the Union battle line, historic Ziegler’s Grove, and other prominent features on Cemetery Ridge, as well as providing expanded educational opportunities for the public.
· The project area is 43.5 acres, containing historic houses, barns, fences, stone walls, and orchards, as well as commemorative features including more than 70 civil war monuments, seven of which will be relocated to their historic locations, where they had been placed by veterans of the battle, but had been subsequently moved during the construction of the Cyclorama building.
· The project also includes removal of 6,700 feet of intrusive power lines along the historic Taneytown Road corridor from Steinwehr Avenue to the horse trail crossing south of Granite School House lane. The power lines will be placed underground.
· Removal of modern intrusions, built between 1931 and 1962, is made possible by the opening of the park’s new museum/visitor center complex in 2008.
· The Foundation’s Campaign to Preserve Gettysburg has already raised $95 million.
· Mr. Robert Wilburn, former President and CEO of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, is the Gettysburg Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer.
· The project is a major initiative of the park’s 1999 General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement.

Current Status:
· The total project cost for the rehabilitation of Cemetery Ridge is $9,588,694. The Gettysburg Foundation will provide $7,000,000. The NPS is requesting $2,588,694 from Congress.
· A Cultural Landscape Report was completed in June 2004 including site history, existing conditions, analysis & evaluation, as well as treatment plan recommendations.

Contact: Katie Lawhon, GNMP Public Affairs Specialist, 717/334-1124 x452
August 23, 2007

Thank you Katie!

For the record, we think the Park has done an absolutely magnificent job so far. View-sheds that did not exist ten years ago have been restored to their 1863 condition, and this has stimulated a marvelous re-examination of the written history in several areas, and made the historical record of other areas much more understandable. Features long hidden have once again been restored to their proper historical prominence. Visitors who have not been to the Battlefield in several years should definitely plan a return soon. Perhaps next spring's planned opening of the New Visitors Center would be a good time.

We anxiously await the restoration of Zeigler's Grove in the meantime!

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“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

“Legislation without representation is tyranny.” -- GettysBLOG

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Friday, July 27, 2007

GettysBLOG: Odds 'n Ends

Just a few comments on a few subjects to finish off the week.

Don't ya just love the way these clowns think?
Cumberland Township's Manager reported on their new impound lot and that they had worked a deal with the DA's office to erect a fence around the new impound lot in exchange for storing some cars there for the DA's office. But the real kicker came afterward when the Township manager essentially called the lot, now in a new location where they had to clear several acres of trees and haul in dirt to level the area, an eyesore, and that the township would probably need to plant trees to mask the view.

Hello? Anyone home there? We're astonished that the thought of using trees occurred to anyone in the hierarchy of Cumberland Township, since they have obviously all contracted Asphalt Fever from their counterparts in the Borough and out in Straban Township. So, to recap, Cumberland Township scrapes trees out of existence to create an eyesore and now wants to plant trees around the eyesore to cover it up. Go figure. Oh, and just when are they going to release full details of their "Plan", including an environmental impact study.

Now you know why you got that 100% tax hike last year.

More McSherrystown Madness!
Poor McSherrystown. They cannot determine just what kind of town they are. Their Mayor wants [somewhat desperately] to have neighboring Conewago Township construct an extension of Eisenhower Boulevard that McSherrystown [apparently] would then add onto in order to create a by-pass around McSherrystown. Hmmm, and what of Brushtown, will they then extend this "By-Pass" around themselves so we have an expressway to nowhere heading toward Gettysburg? Will it by-pass Bonneauville, too?

Remember the adage from Field of Dreams? "If you build it they wil come". In this case, it won't be classic early 20th century ball players who walk out of the corn to play ball, it will be large yellow bulldozers scraping those cornfields off in all directions so Bob Monahan can build a twelve mile long super mall along the McSherrystown Bypass.

Even worse, all those main drag merchants in McSherrystown will close their shops for the last time pretty quickly once the traffic stops flowing on Route 116.


Hmmm, that didn't take long, did it?
This was posted on Harrisburg Online this morning:
"A Dauphin County Grand Jury is reported to be investigating rumored ties between of Mount Airy Lodge owner - Louis DeNaples - and William D'Elia - the alleged leader of the Bufalino organized crime organization operating out of northeastern Pennsylvania...D'Elia appeared before the Grand Jury on Wednesday in Harrisburg...D'Elia is currently in prison awaiting federal charges of solicitation of murder and laundering drug money...DeNaples - who just received a State slots license for the Mount Airy Lodge - was interviewed by the State Gaming Commission as part of the licensing procedure...he has denied any contact with organized crime...State Gaming Commission officials were also subpoenaed by the Grand Jury..."

Weren't they supposed to sniff this out in the licensing process? Would it be reasonable to expect indictments for some of the Pennsylvania Gambling Control Board? Wow, could that lead directly back to new indictments for "Prince Vince" Fumo? After all, he is the father of gambling here in Pennsylvania, or rather the co-father, along with "Fast Eddie" Rendell. Could Fast Eddie be in line for an indictment?

Pardon the analogy, but those two hucksters are slicker than snot on a doorknob. Speaking of hucksters, we remind everyone that our own David "You need this project" LeVan just fell short in his SECOND attempt to get in on the gambling action. He is buddies with Fast Eddie.

Guilt by association.

Well, that's all for now. Tune in again soon for more madness, mayhem, and monkeyshines from our local government and community leaders. Ah, the surprises they have in store for you.

Honest folks, we're not making any of this up.

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