Print Edition Highlights - June 1, 2023

Photos by Curt Werner

Boy Scout troups walk down S. Baltimore Street in the Memorial Day Parade to the Dillsburg Cemetery for the ceremony.

Annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony honors veterans

Marie Chomicki

On Monday, Memorial Day, a warm sunny day greeted area residents as they lined the parade route and assembled at the Dillsburg Cemetery to honor the veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

At 11 a.m., Boy Scouts and veterans with the colors led the annual parade sponsored by the VFW South Mountain Post 6771 in Dillsburg followed by motorcyclists from the local VFW Riders of Post 6771 and the American Legion Riders of Post 26.

Other scouts distributed small American flags with attached red poppies to the spectators along the route. As the parade made its way down South Baltimore Street, VFW Post 6771 Commander Brendan Middaugh and Vice-Commander Chris Wyatt stopped at the Community Hall to raise the American flag and place a wreath at the war memorial.

The Northern High School Marching Band, under the direction of Andrew Sheffer, played patriotic tunes as the parade continued down the main street, turned onto Harrisburg Street and pro- ceeded across U.S. Rt. 15 to the cemetery.




Guest Speaker Vietnam Veteran Dennis “Doc” O'Connor, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army and son, Sam, are escorted in a Jeep.

Vice Commander Chris Wyatt, Dillsburg VFW Post 6771 and Commander Brendan Middaugh pause at the Northern York County Fire Rescue station to raise the American flag and place a wreath on the war monument during the parade.


For the rest of the story see the June 1, 2023 edition.

Teachers, aides address school board

Last week, a group of learning support teachers and aides in the Northern York County School District attended the monthly school board meeting to show support for each other. Several of them addressed the board regarding the need to hire more instructional aides and to increase their pay and benefits to retain good employees.

The school board acknowledged that it has been working diligently for the past 16 months on try- ing to find classroom aides, especially for the class- rooms with special needs students.

“Legally, the district has to have the special edu- cation/intensive instructional aide positions filled in order to comply with the IEPs (individual education- al plans),” Superintendent Steven Kirkpatrick said.

At the start of the meeting, the teachers and aides asked the board to reconsider voting on an agenda item that would amend and extend the district’s service agreement with ESS Support Services, LLC, for the 2023-24 pay rates.

After listening to the teachers and aides, the board voted unanimously to accept the amended ESS contract. The board decided that a timely approval was necessary to allow Northern to continue with the hiring process for the next school year.

Teacher Molly Atkinson was the first to address the board. A special education team leader and autism support teacher, Atkinson called the board’s attention to the recent drop in the district support staff and pointed out the number of teacher resignations listed on the meeting’s agenda.

According to the agenda, 12 professional staff members were resigning for reasons other than retirement. Of those employees, one was a spe- cial needs teacher. The agenda also included the names of three professional retirees, none of whom were classroom teachers.

For the rest of the story see the June 1, 2023 edition.








Print Edition Highlights - May 11, 2023


Photo by Curt Werner

Holly and David Kelley of Dillsburg.

Battle of Roses Derby Day

Staff reports

In the tradition of Churchill Downs, Greystone Derby Day Battle of the Roses was a day full of Kentucky Derby fun, complete with a traditional Derby Day menu, mint juleps; a Ladies' Hat, Derby Gent and Best Derby Couple contests; silent auction, games, entertainment and a live showing of the 149th Kentucky Derby.

It was also one of the premier spring charity events that raises funding for veterans, through Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania or VOPA.

For the rest of the story see the May 11, 2023 edition.





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Staff reports

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) has begun building the final phase of its All-Electronic Tolling (AET) implementation. Work is underway to relocate tolling points in eastern Pennsylvania from their current interchange locations. New highway-speed collection points are being built along the roadway between interchanges using a technique called Open Road Tolling, or ORT — a cashless, free-flowing mode of collecting tolls without traditional toll plazas or tollbooths.

With ORT, tolls continue to be paid electronically, but now vehicles will drive at highway speed beneath overhead structures — called gantries — located on the PA Turnpike between exit and entry points. Equipment installed on the gantry and in the roadway identifies and classifies vehicles and processes E-ZPass and Toll By Plate payments.

The PA Turnpike is constructing 19 gantries — with small utility buildings to house the required equipment — east of the Reading Interchange (Exit 286) to the New Jersey line and along the entire Northeastern Extension (I-476). The eastern ORT system will go live in 2025. The ORT system for the central and western PA Turnpike roadway is expected to be built beginning in 2025, with an anticipated go-live date of 2027.

For the rest of the story see the May 4, 2023 edition.









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