Print Edition Highlights - January 11, 2018



What went boom? Frost quake shakes the area

By Peggie Williams

___ A boom heard in the Dillsburg area at 5:25 p.m. on January 2 had some residents thinking they might be experiencing an earthquake as they did 10 years ago.
___But Jeri Jones from Jones Geological Services, who has been closely monitoring the area since that swarm of quakes in 2008, says what was heard was probably a frost quake. Because frost quakes don’t show up on a seismograph, they are hard to prove and it’s a process of mapping reported locations and times to establish them as the cause of the noises. They are rarely heard more than 300 feet from the source, he said. The very tightly-clustered reports over a very large area, along with their timing after several days of extreme cold, led Jones to his conclusion.
___ The Banner office received reports of the booms heard by several neighbors in Memphord Estates in Monaghan Township and at least one in the Tannery Road area. But Jones had received reports of other booms earlier on Stoney Run Road, as well as in other areas of York County.
___ These quakes, also known as cryoseisms, occur when extremely cold temperatures lead to sudden deep freezing of ground that has been saturated with water. Just as freezing water can expand and crack a pipe, freezing water in the soil can crack the ground. Often these small cracks can be seen in the yard.


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 District Justice Richard Thomas swears in Dillsburg Borough council members and employees at the reorganization meeting Jan. 2. Pictured from left are Matt Fawber, Mark Ryder, Mike Gaffney, Isaac Tucker, Holly Kelley and Debbi Beitzel.

Dillsburg’s new Mayor John Richardson shakes hands with District Justice Richard Thomas after being sworn in .

Photos by Mark Ryder

Hal Anderson receives a plaque for his service from Dillsburg Borough Council President Holly Kelley.


Dangers of space heater stressed

___ Addressing the bitter cold weather that the Dillsburg area experienced over the past week, Dillsburg Borough Council President Holly Kelley warned residents to be careful when using space heaters.
Last week, a propane heater started a fire, killing two elderly residents in their Liverpool home.
___ According to Weitzel, all space heaters should have a thermometer to regulate the heat, and an automatic shut-off valve in case it tips over. It should be plugged into an outlet and not into an extension cord.
___ Also, make sure the heater is UL-tested and positioned at least three feet away from combustible materials such as bedding or drapery, Whitzel said. Other tips she noted include placing the heater on a flat surface, keeping it away from foot traffic and small children and never blocking an exit.
___ She recommended a useful article posted on Facebook by Citizens Hose Fire Co. that features Franklintown Fire Chief Mike Whitzel as he offers advice on the safe use of space heaters.
___ Also at its first meeting of the year, council welcomed two new members and honored a former councilman who had served the borough in that position for 13 years.
___ Council President Holly Kelley welcomed Isaac Tucker and Mike Gaffney to the council, and she and the council awarded out-going Councilman Harold Anderson with a citation for his years of service to the borough.
__ “He and his wife have been two of our biggest supporters,” Kelley said during the presentat n.
Anderson responded by thanking his wife for her support. He also added that it was a pleasure to work with the other council members over the years.
___ “I have never found anyone on the board with their own personal agenda,” he said.


For more information see the January 11, 2018 edition of the Dillsburg Banner.




Photo by Curt Werner

Alicen Erwin placed third in heat one of the Girls 200-Yard Individual Medley with a time of 2:51.26.

Polar Bears splash to win


By Joe Guty

___ Facing Schuylkill Valley and York Suburban at home last Saturday, Jan. 6, Northern H.S. swimmers and divers went up against two of the best teams in District III.
___ “We rose to the challenge,” said Head Coach Bill Resser. “And posted 46 Career Best Times, five In-Season Best Times, four Season Best Times and four Career First swims!”
The YS girls prevailed 87-83, while the Lady Bears also lost to the defending District Champion SV girls 95.5-74.5. Northern's record stands at 3-4 overall. The defending District Champion YS Boys team scored 104 to Northern's 66 and SV came away on top by a score of 93-77. The Polar Bears are now 2-5 overall.
___ Some of the top finishers for Northern: In the Girls 200-Yard Medley Relay, the team of Kate Luft, Evangeline Soerens, Katelyn Boyce and Jackie Brettschneider clocked 1:56.08 for second place, just .06 behind York Suburban's winning time of 1:56.02. Also competing for Northern was the team of Lauren Eby, Meredith Engle, Abigail Soerens and Jane Secord (2:13.76). In the Boys 200 Medley, the team of Gavin Stuckey, Noah Spencer, Ben Clarke and Shawn Cutright clocked 1:50.84 for third place. Also competing: Zach Chavey, Jackson Hazen, Aaron Argot and Zach Nagel (2:08.25). Dahna Yoon placed second in the Girls 200 Freestyle (2:04.80) while Ben Clarke was fourth in the Boys 200 Freestyle (2:01.44). Ryan Boyce added a fifth-place finish in 2:02.12 and Nick Catalano was sixth in 2:03.53. Katelyn Boyce won a close race in the Girls 200 IM as her 2:19.83 held off York Suburban's Sophia Guyer (2:20.39). Jackie Brettschneider was fourth for the Lady Polar Bears in 2:30.78).

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