Articles in the Government Category
by JIM HOOK
SHIPPENSBURG — Shippensburg Mayor Bruce Hockersmith has won a fourth term.
Hockersmith, a Democrat, beat Independent candidate Frank Cressler 420-252, according to unofficial results. He took 63 percent of the vote. Hockersmith won the West End precinct in Franklin County 178-83 and the two Cumberland County districts.
Hockersmith, 304 W. King St., has served as mayor of Shippensburg for 12 years. He won both the Democratic and Republican nominations in the May primary election.
Cressler, 9400 Molly Pitcher Highway, is a businessman in the borough.
Cressler said he wanted to facilitate things …
By LAUREN CAPPUCCIO@LCappuccioPO
SHIPPENSBURG — To increase a steady flow of communication, a new process has been implemented that will be used for suggesting activities at Shippensburg’s park and pool.
At Shippensburg Borough Council’s meeting Tuesday night, the Park and Recreation Advisory Board created a form as the first part of a process for suggested activities using the borough’s park or pool.
If someone has something to present to the Park and Recreation Committee, the form will be filled out and be forwarded to the Parks and Recreation Director Kip Fordney. After an …
Shippensburg Borough Manager Earl Parshall announced his immediate resignation during Borough Council’s meeting Wednesday.
His resignation was unanimously approved by council 4-0. He declined to make any further comments to Public Opinion on Thursday.
There was no discussion from council about his decision, according to president Andrea Lage, but his work for council was acknowledged. Parshall had served as borough manager since July 2009 and he previously served council on West End’s seat.
Nicole Bard, borough office manager, was appointed to serve as interim borough manager, according to Lage.
HARRISBURG — Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced Tuesday that Colleen Harmon, daughter of Christopher and Jean Harmon of Shippensburg, will intern in his Harrisburg office this summer.
She will support Sen. Toomey’s Harrisburg staff with constituent inquiries and outreach efforts.
Harmon graduated from St. Joseph’s Catholic Home School. She attends Christendom College in Virginia, and majors in English language and literature. She plans to pursue a career in law and public service.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lizzie Bailey, Pennsylvania State Grange Communications and Membership Director and member of Cumberland Valley Grange, met today with representatives from Sen. Pat Toomey’s office to discuss several issues central to rural Pennsylvanians.
Bailey, of Shippensburg, who is a participant in the National Grange’s Legislative Fly-In, said the meeting, in which she discussed the 2013 Farm Bill, rural health care and broadband, and postal reform, was successful.
Specifically, Bailey said the need for elected officials to support the expansion of rural broadband was most important to her.
“Whether I’m Skyping with …
By LAUREN CAPPUCCIO@LCappuccioPO
SHIPPENSBURG — A committee of the Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition is working toward improving social service and youth programs in the Shippensburg Area School District.
Representatives of the group spoke to Shippensburg Borough Council Tuesday night to explain the process.
The Community Assessment Committee is a branch of the organization formed in 2009 as a result of some members of the community looking into whether there was a need for a homeless shelter in town. While the information did not indicate a need for one, the organization came to the …
By AMBER SOUTH@ShipNews Girl
Shippensburg residents who use the area’s soon-to-be-displaced senior center filled a few rows of seats at this week’s borough council meeting, in support of finding a new facility in the borough.
The senior center will lose its current facility on Cleversburg Road in Cumberland County’s Southampton Township on June 30, and Shippensburg has become a popular choice for the next location.
Ann Hinkle, director of the senior center, issued what she called a plea to council to play a role in offering solutions.
“It’d be wonderful to have a collective …
By AMBER SOUTH
SHIPPENSBURG — In wake of several complaints, Shippensburg Borough Council has repealed a recent decision to eliminate some parking on East Fort Street.
That means parking spaces between High and Queen streets that had been eliminated by the ordinance are available again.
Other no-parking regulations were included in the ordinance passed in early March, but they were only added to fix inaccuracies between the language of the ordinance and signage on East Fort Street, Borough Manager Earl Parshall said.
Council’s decision reflected a recommendation from the …
By AMBER SOUTH
Shippensburg Borough Council is reconsidering a recent decision to eliminate some parking on East Fort Street.
A number of people have come forward in opposition of an ordinance council adopted last month that eliminates parking spaces on both sides of the street between North Prince and North Washington steets; south side from North Washington Street east approximately 164 feet; north side from North Washington Street east approximately 248 feet; and the north side between High and Queen streets.
Parking prohibition on both sides of East Fort Street for the …
By BRIAN HALL @bkhallpo
SHIPPENSBURG — The Shippensburg Area school board on Monday night approved a new tax-abatement zone for a section of farmland adjacent to Interstate 81 and the owner hopes to entice a major distribution center tenant.
A possible tenant has emerged for a property owned by Liberty Property Trust. L. Michael Ross, executive director of Franklin County Area Development Corp., described the company with the “national profile and global profile comparatively to Volvo.”
“What makes it more significant is we’re looking a lot at the uncertainty of Letterkenny right now,” …