[caption id=”" align=”alignleft” width=”188″ caption=”Friends of Adamstown Library members (left to right) Jane Lesher, Carol Lewis, Ann Roseboro, Cindy Grill, Joan Reinecker, Brenda Shreiner, Joy Maier and Margaret Harting pose with some of the items…read more
[/caption] Grace S. Graybill, 82, of Stevens, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at Denver Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Mastersonvil…read more
By: PATRICK BURNS Review Staff , Staff Writer [caption id=”" align=”alignleft” width=”188″ caption=”Emergency crews transported two workers to the hospital with burns suffered in an industrial accident at Covance, Inc. in West Cocalico Township on Oct….read more
ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent
, Staff Writer
East Cocalico Township supervisors are working together with West Lampeter Township, Manheim Township, Warwick Township, Mount Joy Borough and Lititz Borough to address the federal stormwater regulations which, in the end, will help clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
Monica Billig, program manager for the Lancaster Satellite Office of University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center worked with East Cocalico and the five other municipalities to study stormwater financing to make sound financial recommendations for financing the federal stormwater regulations.
Billig complimented East Cocalico for having and enforcing stringent requirements for development in regard to stormwater management.
Planning must occur for how to repair and replace stormwater infrastructure and the mapping of water transport (I.e. conveyance) needs completed.
Billig encouraged exploring working with local groups, such as the Cocalico Creek Watershed Association and other municipalities for stormwater management funding. Seeking grant money is an option.
East Cocalico Township, according to Billig, will need to generate money specifically for use for stormwater management and to acquire guidance and technical assistance in dealing with the regulatory requirements.
“No one except Lancaster City has implemented a fee (to deal with stormwater),” said Billig. “Nationally the standard residential fee is between $45 and $50 dollars.” Locally, suggested municipal fees range from a low of $15 to a high of $85.
Billig said each municipality must determine if a dedicated fee is needed or if the municipality has alternative financing mechanisms to implement and maintain the federal stormwater regulations.
General cost estimates for East Cocalico Township were generated by studying Warwick and Manheim Townships’ approaches.
“Warwick has done a lot of work on this (stormwater management) for the last 20 years,” Billig said. “They’ve done a lot of outreach work. All fifth graders do a Watershed Day. In the high school (Warwick), stream study work and data collection are part of a science class.” Her power-point presentation estimated Warwick’s costs at about $15 per resident per year.
If Manheim Township develops a separate stormwater department, moves current and future costs to that department’s budget and pays for costs using a dedicated stormwater fee, it is estimated at $85 per resident.
Residential rates estimated are based on 6,632 square feet, the average impervious surface of residential properties. All residential properties would pay a flat fee.
Billig said that some municipalities might attach a stormwater fee to the water bill.
Summing up, Billig said East Cocalico Township needs to address mapping (which is started, according to Mark Hiester, Township Manager), outreach and capital costs.
In other business, supervisors:
Authorized the Township’s legal counsel to prepare the necessary resolutions/amendments to the 1994 Inter-municipal Agreement for Law Enforcement Services for Denver Borough, the 1978 Police Agreement with Adamstown Borough and the 1984 Cooperative Police Services Agreement with West Cocalico Township so that they may continue to buy police services from the Township in 2014. This occurred in response to clarifications asked for by Denver Borough at its Oct. 14 meeting.
Approved a letter from Bruce Carpenter to permit the Lions Club to hold their Nov. 29 annual toll road fundraiser at Church Street and Reamstown Road.
Heard and agreed with Alan Fry’s public thank you to Supervisor Noelle Fortna for her outstanding job and Dr. Ken McCrea’s time and help on the police advisory board.
Authorized the road crew to construct a pool chair storage rack.
Authorized end of year advertisements which will change the 2014 supervisors meetings to the first and third Thursday night of the month and eliminate workshop meetings.read more
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Author Dana Beachy will host a book signing event at Courtyard Cafe on Main in Denver on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Beachy, a resident of Denver, will be available to sign copies of her book,”Saving Grace.”
Alone, unworthy, and afraid to love again, Grace can count a thousand reasons why she should not let anyone else into her heart. Seventeen-year-old Grace’s life is turned upside down when she is sent to live with a Christian foster family on a Wyoming ranch. Along her tumultuous journey to belonging, she is confronted with God’s grace, an unexpected love story, and a choice: Is the beauty of surrender worth the pain?
Courtyard Cafe on Main is located at 349 Main St., Denver.read more
ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent
, Staff Writer
West Cocalico Township Supervisor Chairman Jacque Smith and supervisors Terry Sheetz and J.J. Stoner each said yes to continuing police coverage with East Cocalico Township Police in 2014 and working with the police board to form a Cocalico Regional Police Force at their Oct. 10 special meeting.
This decision maintains what residents say has been excellent police coverage throughout the Cocalico School District. Elementary schools are located in Adamstown, Denver and Reamstown. Cocalico middle school and high school are located in Denver.
“I’m satisfied with the decision,” smiled Dr. Bruce Sensenig, superintendent of the Cocalico School District.
Sheetz made a three-part motion in seeking to continue East Cocalico Police in 2014.
“Supervisors need to notify Northern Lancaster County Regional Police that West Cocalico Township will not be joining them by the Oct. 15 deadline,” Sheetz said. “For the calendar year of 2014 we’ll enter into a one-year contract with East Cocalico … and re-examine the situation.”
“I’d like to ask Adamstown Borough to reconsider,” Sheetz continued.
Adamstown voted 5-2 on Oct. 1 to accept Northern Regional Police Department’s offer of coverage, contingent upon West Cocalico and Denver also doing so.
“If Adamstown and/or Denver don’t agree, then I think we have to have another meeting,” said Sheetz.
On June 5, East Cocalico Township supervisors sent a new contract to Adamstown, Denver and West Cocalico Township. None of the municipalities would sign the contract because of high financial penalties for withdrawal from the proposed contract and fees for an unfunded pension balance. Since then, residents have praised the East Cocalico Police and Chief while criticizing the police management.
Residents spoke to statistics showing prompt response times to calls and high clearance rates (I.e. solved cases). Although municipal officers did not wish to lose East Cocalico Police, they felt there was no choice except to shop for other police coverage, since East Cocalico supervisors declined to discuss the new contract.
Northern Lancaster Regional Police Force provided quotes for service to Adamstown, Denver and West Cocalico Township.
“I think the school somehow needs to be involved so they can share as we continue to work,” said Sheetz when Jacque Smith seconded his motion.
After the meeting, Sensenig noted that “we’ll participate” if asked to do so.
Neither Smith nor Sensenig suggested how that cooperation or participation would look, or even if it would mean a seat at the table of the police board for the school district. By definition the police board is composed of the municipalities who would be financially contributing to the organization of the new regional police.
Smith praised the consistent efforts of East Cocalico Supervisor Noelle Fortna, who sits on the new police board.
“I really appreciate you stepping up to the plate,” Smith said.
Fortna has been the liaison to the other municipalities as East Cocalico took steps to help keep the municipalities served by East Cocalico Police together. Some of the steps taken include taking the proposed new contract and all deadlines for it off the table; funding the unfunded pension for 2014; proposing new, reduced police costs after working closely with Chief Beever and Police Association President Corporal Darrick Keppley; abolishing the position of police commissioner, held by East Cocalico Supervisor Chairman Doug Mackley and using the new police board.
Approximately 150 residents attended the meeting, many affiliated with the grassroots group, Citizens 4 Cocalico Police (C4CP).
Retired East Cocalico Township Police Sergeant Ray Burns, a resident of West Cocalico Township, thanked the supervisors for their hard work and decision.
“You’ve asked us (police) to make concessions and we have. The police are taking no raise for 2014 and a 1.5 percent raise in 2015, which is below the cost of living and below the 2.75 percent recommended by the police arbitration report” (which was returned on Oct. 5 to East Cocalico Township).
“Please,” (supervisors) work to form a true Cocalico Police Department,” said Burns.
“To the public,” Burns said, “thank you for your support throughout this process.”read more
Alexander Evan Marks, 17, of Reamstown, passed from this life on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, after a two-year battle with depression.
Born in West Reading, he was a Cocalico High School senior and an intern with Clair Global, Lititz. Music was Alexander’s passion and playing the drums with his band, “The Pause,” brought him the most joy in this life. He also enjoyed fishing in Canada, card and video games and watching movies with his family. Alexander expressed his faith in Jesus Christ through his participation in St. Paul’s Band of Brothers, Praise Team, and sharing God’s love with his smile and compassion. Surviving are his parents: The Reverend Kirk R. and Deborah A. (Lockwood) Marks, Reamstown; sisters: Emily, Philadelphia, and Margaret, at home; paternal grandparents: Arlan R. and Raedell M. (Ammerell) Marks, Temple; maternal grandfather: Arthur Lockwood, Kutztown and aunts, uncles and cousins. He will also be lovingly missed by his church family, fellow band members and many friends.
A service in celebration of Alexander’s life was held from his church home, St. Paul’s Evangelical Congregational Church, Reamstown, Oct. 14 with The Rev. Jeffrey Byerly officiating.
Contributions in Alexander’s memory may be made to the Memorial Fund of St. Paul’s E. C. Church, P. O. Box 275, Reamstown, PA, 17567.
Good Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, Reamstown, is humbled to be chosen to assist and support The Marks Family through this tragic loss. For online condolences, visit goodfuneral.com.read more
ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent
, Staff Writer [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="188" caption="Former college roommates from two continents celebrate a 35-year friendship. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Teresa Beever of Ephrata and Karin Steinberger of Creglingen, Germany and (back, l-r) Karinâ??s children, Marianna and Mattia. "]
One never imagines when they go to college that their freshman year roommate will be a young lady from Germany who becomes a life-long friend.
“First I rescued Karin Steinberger for Thanksgiving” said Teresa (Marvin) Beever, who majored in German at West Chester University.
“My Dad, Andy, was a milk inspector. He took Karin along on his milk runs,” said Beever.
“I got to visit many Amish farms,” Steinberger fondly recalled. “Many times we were invited into the kitchen for coffee and a cookie.”
When the Christmas break came, Steinberger again accompanied Beever home.
“Her mother sent cookies from Germany for our family. When they arrived they weren’t even crumbs, more like dust,” said Beever. “We ate them with a spoon.”
“This area looks like my home area of Creglingen, which is 100 miles north of Frankfurt,” said Steinberger.
Steinberger found her way to West Chester University when, as a high school student, she visited with friends from Malvern.
“When we drove by West Chester University, it looked so pretty. We stopped and walked around. It happened that we met a professor from the German department. He spoke at length with me and later with my parents.”
One year later, Steinberger was enrolled as a freshman at West Chester University as a German major.
Not many U.S. parents would relish sending their child so far away for four years of college.
“My parents saw the opportunity and felt I was sufficiently protected,” said Steinberger. “I would pity that German professor if anything had happened to me!”
Steinberger and Beever became close friends during their college years. After graduation they relied on letters to keep in touch.
“Each of us got busy and we lost touch for a while,” said Beever. “I wrote to her parents and she wrote back. Our friendship was reestablished and has remained firm.”
“We have common interests and our children are close in age. We email each other regularly,” said Beever.
“We have the traditional Christmas package,” said Steinberger. “It is eagerly anticipated, and there is much excitement with its arrival.”
“I bake Snickerdoodles (cookies) in late October,” said Beever. That’s how early our package of gifts needs sent to arrive in time for Christmas.
“We send German chocolates and other gifts,” said Steinberger.
Professionally, Steinberger conducts business English courses for executives most mornings.
“Afternoons are devoted to translations of marketing fliers and brochures representing many fields – business, engineering – things that will have an American market,” said Steinberger.
Beever does some translation work for Steinberger.
“I make notes when a translation into English will sound awkward,” said Beever. Suggestions of phrases more commonly used are supplied.
Steinberger visited the U.S. in 1996 and 2000. This time her young adult children, Marianna and Mattia (Italian for Matthew), came with her for a one-month vacation in America.
“She wanted to show us where she lived 35 years ago,” said Marianna.
They also visited Washington, D.C., Gettysburg, the beach, and other places of interest.
When asked about any American food that Steinberger likes and cannot get its equivalent in Germany, the answer was cheesecake.
“I made a monstrous cheesecake,” said Beever. “Cherry, blueberry and chocolate toppings were provided. It was the hit of that evening.”
Steinberger said she looks forward to having Beever visit her in Germany, something which has not happened yet.
“She can help teach my business English classes in the mornings,” said Steinberger. “And her German is perfect!”
The love these friends and their families share was evident with the relaxed conversation and recall of former experiences that easily flowed throughout the afternoon they were together again.read more
[/caption] Donald G. MacLeod, 83, of Stevens, died Sunday night, Sept. 22, 2013 at Reading Hospital, surrounded by his family. Born Jan. 12, 1930, in Brockvil…read more