Assistance Hours Posted For Veterans January 16, 2019
Rep. Kate Klunk will host Veterans' Outreach Days twice a month at her district office, located at 118 Carlisle St., Suite 300, Hanover. Veterans' outreach assistance with a representative from the American Legion will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday and from 2 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. In the coming months, the program will be held on Feb. 12 and 26, March 12 and 26, and April 9 and 23.
Some of the services available to veterans and their dependents include assistance with compensation, pension claims, death benefits, education and health care, as well as any issues pertaining to veterans' benefits. All veterans and their spouses are encouraged to sit down with a veteran service officer to understand what services may be available for them.
Appointments must be made in advance by contacting Klunk's office at 717-630-8942.
Brown Named To Judicial Conduct Board January 15, 2019
The Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania has announced that Gov. Tom Wolf recently appointed Joseph M. Brown of Berks County to the board.
The Judicial Conduct Board is an independent body of Pennsylvania citizens comprised of three judges, three lawyers and six non-lawyer lay members. Half of the board members are appointed by the governor and half by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The board's members serve four-year terms, without pay. No more than half of its appointed members may be from the same political party.
Brown possesses more than 32 years of law enforcement experience. He currently serves as a detective with the Berks County Office of the District Attorney. Brown recently retired from service with the West Reading Police Department. He retired with the rank of sergeant, having been with West Reading from 1991 to 2019. With West Reading, Brown served as a patrol officer, criminal investigator, and ultimately, patrol sergeant. Brown was also a detective with the Berks County Office of the District Attorney Major Crimes Unit. He is also an experienced polygraph examiner.
Brown serves as president of Berks Lodge 71, Fraternal Order of Police. Lodge 71 represents Berks County police officers. He also serves as president of the Berks County Police Heroes Fund, which provides financial assistance to the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. He is the current treasurer of the Pennsylvania State Fraternal Order of Police, the statewide organization representing more than 40,000 active and retired members of law enforcement across the commonwealth.
Brown obtained associate degrees in both law enforcement administration and public administration from Reading Area Community College. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree at Alvernia College in Reading.
Brown succeeds Harold E. Flack on the board. Flack completed his term on April 17, 2018. Brown's four-year term commenced on Dec. 4, 2018. Under the constitution, board members may not serve more than four consecutive years. Brown serves as a lay member of the board.
Created by constitutional amendment in 1993, the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania is an independent board within the judicial branch of the commonwealth's government responsible for reviewing, investigating, and, where warranted, prosecuting complaints of judicial misconduct. For further information, readers may visit www.jcbpa.org.
Postal Service Issues First Stamp Of 2019 January 15, 2019
The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the joys of love with the latest stamp in the Love series, the Hearts Blossom Forever stamp. It is the first stamp of 2019.
The stamp's first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place at the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art. Among the attendees were Erica-Marie Sanchez, an actress on "The Inspectors," and Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, author of the graphic novelist "La Borinqueña."
The Hearts Blossom stamp shows 12 colorful hearts in a palette - of red, purple, orange and pink - intended to create a happy and positive feeling. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.
News of the stamp is being shared on social media using the hashtag #LoveStamps. Followers of the Postal Service's Facebook page may view a recording of the dedication ceremony at www.facebook.com/USPS.
The Postal Service has celebrated love on stamp artwork ever since issuing the first Love series of stamps in 1973.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
For more information about the Postal Service, readers may visit www.usps.com.
Winter Recreation Programs Slated January 10, 2019
The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee for the programs, which will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. Registration and payment are required by noon on the business day before the event, unless noted otherwise.
Owl Pellet Dissection will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 19. Participants will investigate the contents of an owl pellet and try to determine what the prey was by reconstructing a skeleton on paper to take home. Participants will learn about Pennsylvania owl species and the unique adaptations that make them such great hunters. The program, led by naturalist Kaitlin Schafer, is geared for children ages 6 through 15 with adults.
A Winter Hike for people of all ages will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 19. The hike, led by naturalist Ann Strauss, will begin and end at Pavilion 21, 21 Kiwanis Drive, Lancaster. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather.
Full Moon Owl Prowl will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The program, led by naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez, will begin indoors with information about local owls and will continue and end outside under the full moon as participants walk through the park, listening and looking for owls.
A Cabin Fever Hike will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21. Led by naturalist Rachel Albright, participants will explore the winter woods and take part in a scavenger hunt. Hot cocoa will be available afterward.
The Munchkin Science - Snow program will be offered to children ages 3 to 5 on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. The celebration of snow, led by Strauss, will focus on learning how snow is made and from where it comes.
The Fun and Fascination: Snow and Ice program, designed for children ages 6 to 10 and led by naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel, will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Children will explore the properties of water and ice and conclude by cutting their own snowflakes. In the event there is snow on the ground, children will perform experiments and observations outdoors. Children should dress for indoor and outdoor activity. Children under age 6 are welcome if accompanying older siblings.
A program to help Scouts age 10 and up complete requirements one through four, as well as six and eight, for their Bird Study Merit Badge will be offered on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Schlegel, a Merit Badge counselor, will provide assistance. Attendees should dress for the weather and should bring a water bottle, lunch, and a field notebook, as well as binoculars and a bird field guide if they have them. Registration and prepayment are required by noon on Jan. 23.
Pine Cone Crafts will be offered for children age 3 and up on Jan. 26 from 1 to 2 p.m. Naturalist Ellen Blazer will lead the group in transforming pine cones into seasonal decorations such as owls and trees using paint, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and more.
Students Attend Government Simulation Event January 9, 2019
Twelve Middletown Area High School (MAHS) students joined fellow high school students from York, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties at the state Capitol on Nov. 8, 2018, for Senator for a Day, hosted by state Sen. Mike Folmer. The MAHS students were escorted by the school's government and economics teachers, Josh Rytel and Dale Shreiner. The MAHS delegation arrived at the Capitol in time to take part in a breakfast, which was followed by an instructional session during which Folmer and his chief of staff explained step by step how a bill becomes law.
Afterward, students began the government simulation. They took part in committee meetings, where they focused on amending and passing two bills that would be debated in a general Senate session later in the day. MAHS students were active in amending and strengthening bills before they went before the general Senate. Students were in their committees until lunch.
Following lunch with Folmer, students attended the general Senate session. Folmer presided over the session, where students debated the bills that had been approved by their respective committees. Some of these bills included a bill that ended property taxes and a bill that allowed for audio recordings on school buses. Middletown students were very active in floor debate. Senior Marcus Williams sponsored a bill that required drug testing for welfare recipients, which he had to present before the Senate. He successfully saw the bill passed.
Before leaving, Shreiner and Rytel took the students on a tour of the Capitol, including visits to the House of Representatives and Senate chambers. Students also stopped for photos in the Rotunda and outside the Capitol.
DMVA Offers Assistance To Veterans January 9, 2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) encourages veterans to review their benefits with a professional to ensure they are receiving the benefits they have earned through their service and sacrifice. All veterans should occasionally check with a veterans service officer to see if changes in a veteran's circumstances or changes to benefit policies may have modified the programs a veteran may be eligible to receive.
Safeguarding military paperwork, especially the DD-214, which is used to verify military service, is an important first step. The easiest way to manage military documents is to make sure they are filed in a safe place immediately when an individual leaves the military. Veterans often find that filing their documents for free at their county courthouse of record is an easy way to secure them until needed, which can often be decades into the future. Anyone needing assistance locating their military documentation can call 717-861-8910 or email RA-REQ@pa.gov.
Another key step is for veterans to apply for federal health care and state benefits by visiting their local county director of veterans affairs or area accredited service organizations to take a look at what benefits they may be eligible for and to get help applying for those benefits. A complete list of county directors and their contact information can be found at www.dmva.pa.gov.
In addition to connecting with a county director or an accredited service organization, veterans should sign up for the DMVA Veterans Registry, an extremely helpful, free tool that electronically delivers timely information about the many state benefits, programs and services available to veterans. Veterans, family members and people who work with veterans can sign up at www.register.dmva.pa.gov.
Veterans and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for veterans' benefits. There are about 200 veterans service officers in Pennsylvania who work with organizations such as the DMVA, county Veterans Affairs offices and several veterans service organizations. They are experienced, trained professionals who provide veterans with advice and assistance at no cost.
County Announces Its 500th Preserved Farm January 8, 2019
Chester County recently signed contracts on the preservation of its 500th farm, bringing the total number of farm acres preserved in the county to just under 40,000. In total, more than 136,000 acres - 28 percent - of land in Chester County has been preserved since the beginning of its open space preservation program in 1989.
The recently preserved 109-acre farm, owned by Gerald and Cindy Rohrer, is located in Upper Oxford and West Fallowfield townships. It has been a family farm since 1966, when Gerald's parents took it on as dairy farm. Over the years, the farm changed to raising heifers before moving to crop farming. Gerald, the youngest of five children, and Cindy took over the farm in 2001, and today the Rohrers grow corn for livestock consumption, hay for the equine industry and mulch hay for the mushroom industry. The family also runs a small sideline business of trucking for agriculture haulage.
Chester County's Agricultural Preservation program began in 1989 when the resolution was adopted. The first farm was preserved in Newlin Township in 1990, and over the years, the county has contributed more than $106 million toward farmland preservation.
Farm preservation in Chester County is based on an agricultural conservation easement. Farms that are 10 acres or more are eligible if they are adjacent to permanently preserved land. Farms not adjacent to permanently preserved land must be a minimum of 50 acres for the state/county program and 25 acres in size for the Municipal Challenge Grant program.
Chester County farm owners may review the eligibility requirements for preservation by visiting http://www.chesco.org/1368/Farm-Programs-Overview. The deadline for applications is Aug. 1 of each year.
Unclaimed Property Listed January 3, 2019
State Sen. Andy Dinniman reminds residents to check with the Pennsylvania Treasury's Bureau of Unclaimed Property to see if there is property waiting for them to claim.
The Treasury returned hundreds of millions in unclaimed property to Pennsylvanians last year. Still, there is more than $3.4 billion in unclaimed property waiting to be claimed by its rightful owners and about 1 in 10 residents have unclaimed property waiting for them.
Individuals may search the registry by visiting www.patreasury.gov or calling the Treasury's Bureau of Unclaimed Property toll-free at 800-222-2046.
Unclaimed property is any financial asset that has gone unclaimed for a period of time, usually three years. Under Pennsylvania law, businesses are required to report this to Treasury, which serves as the custodian until it can find and verify its rightful legal owner. The registry includes items from forgotten bank accounts and stocks, uncashed checks, and rebates, the contents of safety deposit boxes and other unclaimed property.
Dinniman encourages local residents to search the database and see if the Treasury may be holding unclaimed property for them.
Children's Park Programs Posted December 26, 2018
The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. There is a per-person fee for the programs, which will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. To register, readers may call 717-295-2055. Registration is required by noon on the business day before the event.
Munchkin Science - Science Play, for children ages 3 to 5, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Participants will make modeling compound, colorful paper towel butterflies, and more.
Fun and Fascination: Winter Birds will be offered to children ages 6 to 10 on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The program will run from 10 to 11 a.m. Children will learn to identify common winter birds and take a walk to look for them in their natural habitat with a naturalist. Children under age 6 are welcome, if accompanying older siblings.
Tour Scholarship Winners Posted December 26, 2018
The York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) has announced that nine schools and approximately 560 students will participate in the YCSWA's Tour Scholarship Program in 2019. The Tour Scholarship awardees for 2019 are Dover Elementary - Diane Benner, grade one; Leib Elementary - Teresa Dull, grade four; Manheim Elementary - Lesa Uffelman, grade two; Susquehannock High School - Elizabeth Worley, grades 11 to 12; Southern Elementary - Jen Collins, grade four; Shrewsbury Elementary - Cindy Procopio, grade four; and Washington Elementary - Amy Gotwals, grade two.
For more than 20 years, the Tour Scholarship Program has been offered by the YCSWA to local schools to pay the costs of buses and drivers needed for classes to take field trips to the York County Resource Recovery Center (RRC) and Education Center. In return for the tour scholarship, participants complete an activity or project on an aspect of solid waste management such as recycling or litter prevention.
The RRC is a technologically advanced and environmentally safe waste-to-energy facility where York County's household trash is used as fuel to produce electricity. Tour participants get a first-hand glimpse into this process beginning with a presentation followed by a walking tour of key areas of the facility.
To learn more, readers may visit www.ycswa.com.
Jones Opens District Office December 26, 2018
State Rep. Mike Jones' district office at 305 Leader Heights Road, York, is open for residents of the 93rd Legislative District. The 93rd Legislative District consists of the boroughs of Cross Roads, Dallastown, Fawn Grove, Jacobus, Loganville, Seven Valleys, Shrewsbury, Stewartstown, Winterstown, and Yoe, as well as the townships of East Hopewell, Fawn, Hopewell, North Hopewell, Springfield, and York.
Swearing-in day was Jan. 1, but Jones' term in office actually began Dec. 1. Normal business hours for the district office will be weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will be open on Wednesday, Jan. 2, through Friday, Jan. 4, during the week of New Year's Day.
The legislative services in the district office can provide include original birth and death certificates, applications for Pennsylvania's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and PACE and PACENET applications for seniors.
Constituents can also reach the district office by calling 717-428-9889. The telephone number for Jones' Harrisburg office in Room 409 of the Irvis Office Building is 717-783-8389.
Recreational Programs Set December 26, 2018
The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee for the programs, which will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. To register, readers may call 717-295-2055 or visit https://apm.activecommunities.com/lancastercountyparks. Registration is required by noon on the business day before the event.
Animals in Winter will be offered for people of all ages on Friday, Jan. 4, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and again on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn what local wild animals do during the winter season, such as migrating or staying and surviving the cold weather. The program will begin inside and continue outside. Attendees should dress for the weather.
In celebration of National Winter Trails Day on Jan. 5, people of all ages may take part in a program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Muhlenberg Wildflower Meadow in Lancaster County Central Park. Attendees will walk the trail, enjoy the views of nature in winter along the Mill Creek, learn about the natural world and explore the woods and the meadow. Participants will receive a laminated trail guide of Central Park. Attendees should dress for the weather. They should meet at the Muhlenberg Wildflower Meadow parking area at 548 Golf Road, Lancaster. If the area is snowy, people may park in the paved lot across the street at 539 Golf Road.
Story, Craft and Critter: Snakes, for children ages 3 to 8, will take place on Sunday, Jan. 6, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will learn about snakes through an interactive story, make a craft or two celebrating snakes and meet live snakes. Children must have an adult helper.
A Winter Scavenger Hunt will be offered on Monday, Jan. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. The program is geared toward children for people age 3 and up. Participants will hike around the Environmental Center, searching for various natural items on a provided list.
Christmas Tree Recycling Set December 24, 2018
York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) is conducting a free Christmas tree recycling program for all York County residents. The program will run through Thursday, Jan. 31. Residents may bring their trees to the parking lot located directly across the street from the Resource Recovery Center, 2700 Blackbridge Road, York.
In addition to YCSWA's collection site, two businesses will accept Christmas trees. They are Spring Valley Mulch in Dover, which may be reached at 717-292-3476, and H & H General Excavating in Spring Grove, which may be contacted at 717-225-4669. Readers should call these locations for hours and directions.
There is no fee to residents for this program, but residents must remove ornaments, tinsel, lights, and protective bags from their tree. Many municipalities will also offer curbside Christmas tree collection for their residents. Residents are encouraged to call their municipal office to see if the municipality offers a curbside collection program.
Organization To Offer Internships December 24, 2018
The Central Pennsylvania Congressional Internship Association, formerly the Fourth Congressional District Internship Association, has announced it is accepting applications from local college students with an interest in growing their leadership skills through public service during a 10-week paid summer internship program with a member of Congress.
Taking place from May through August, the Summer Internship Program awards several area college students a chance to experience the realities of public service through full-time internships with Congressman Scott Perry, who serves the 10th Congressional District, encompassing Dauphin County and parts of York and Cumberland counties.
Undergraduate college students who are residents of the 10th Congressional District of Pennsylvania and have completed their freshman year of undergraduate studies by the beginning of the internship are eligible to apply.
Each intern will spend five weeks in Washington, D.C., assisting with legislative projects and also spend five weeks assisting with constituent casework in one of Perry's district offices in the Harrisburg area.
Thanks to financial donations from members of the Central Pennsylvania Congressional Internship Association and other donors, the interns receive a weekly stipend, and intern housing is provided at no charge while the interns work in Washington, D.C. Housing is not provided while the interns work in the district offices.
Notable program alumni include Pennsylvania state Rep. Kate Klunk and Chris Gray, senior adviser to the Office of the Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Interns are selected based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, and their demonstrated commitment to the ideals of public service. The selection of interns is made on a nonpartisan basis.
Internship applications can be downloaded from www.cpacia.org. The 2019 application deadline is Friday, Jan. 18.
New Reporting Tool Available December 24, 2018
A tool for reporting suspicious activity surrounding the prescribing or dispensing of prescription drugs, including opioids, has been created. The tool will be available on the attorney general's website at https://pennsylvania.pmpaware.net, on the Department of Health's website at www.health.pa.gov, and within the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) site for registered users at https://pennsylvania.pmpaware.net/.
By making the attorney general's suspicious activity reporting tool available on the PDMP and the Department of Health's website, another layer of safety is added for the responsible prescribing of controlled substances such as opioids. The illegal diversion of prescription pain pills from doctors' offices and pharmacies is contributing to the opioid epidemic across the Commonwealth, but diversion activity is hard to identify and even harder to investigate. The new reporting tool, which is available online to everyone, allows people to anonymously give the attorney general's office detailed information about suspected diversion so criminal activity can be better investigated and prosecuted.
The attorney general's Office of Diversion created the suspicious activity report form, a web-based form, for health care providers and the general public to report suspicious activity involving prescription medication. Things that might be reported include fraudulent, stolen, or altered prescriptions; a suspicious doctor or pharmacy; or an individual obtaining prescription drugs for any purpose other than the treatment of an existing medical condition, such as for purposes of misuse, abuse, or diversion.
Completed reports are assigned to the appropriate attorney general's office investigator in the region where the suspicious activity is alleged to have taken place. Those with an active Pennsylvania professional license that permits them to prescribe or dispense medications must register to use the PDMP. Authorized users include prescribers, dispensers, the attorney general's office (on behalf of law enforcement), designated commonwealth personnel, and medical examiners or county coroners.
More than 90,000 registrants have conducted approximately 1.6 million patient searches each month. The PDMP online database allows prescribers and dispensers of controlled substances to monitor who is obtaining opioids, who prescriptions are being obtained from, and how often they are prescribed, and it also supports clinicians in identifying patients who may be struggling from the disease of addiction and help connect them with treatment services.
For more information on the PDMP, readers may visit https://pennsylvania.pmpaware.net/.
Support Grants Available December 24, 2018
State Cultural and Historical Support Grants are now available for qualified museums and official county historical societies. This is the sixth year that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PMHC) has worked with the state legislature to provide funding for museums through the grant program. A total of $2 million was included in the 2018-19 state budget for the initiative.
The Cultural and Historical Support Grant program is restricted to eligible organizations that are not supported by other state agency funding programs, including museums located in Pennsylvania with annual operating budgets exceeding $100,000 and at least one full-time professional staff person. Some museums are not eligible if they are eligible for grant support from other state agencies. The maximum award for a museum is $65,000.
In addition, official county historical societies are eligible to apply. The awards for Official County Historical Societies range from $2,500 to $4,000.
Applicants must meet organizational eligibility requirements. Awards are based on a calculation that uses the operating budget from the most recently completed fiscal year.
Applications must be received by Friday, Jan. 25. All PHMC grant applications are now submitted on the commonwealth's Single Application for Assistance system at www.esa.dced.state.pa.us. Eligibility information and grant guidelines can be found at www.phmc.pa.gov.
Controller's Office Receives Award December 21, 2018
The Chester County Controller's Office recently received notification of an award bestowed upon it by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). A Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was presented to County Controller Margaret Reif and her staff for the 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). A copy of the CAFR can be found at www.chesco.org/controller.
The GFOA Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and finance reporting, and its attainment "represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management," notes the GFOA.
The award for the 2017 CAFR marks the 37th consecutive year that Chester County has earned the GFOA accolade, ranking the county as one of the top in Pennsylvania and one of fewer than 60 counties out of more than 3,000 nationwide that have been recognized for 37 years or more.
Program To Offer Free Tax Service December 21, 2018
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will offer free tax service for taxpayers of all ages, especially adults 50 and older, for the 2018 tax season.
AARP Tax-Aide volunteers can prepare most personal income tax returns, including those with basic self-employment income. They are not trained to do business returns such as corporate, partnership, limited partnership, farm income, or rental income. These types of returns are beyond the scope of the Tax-Aide program.
There is no fee, and AARP membership is not required. Taxpayers should bring their photo ID and proof of the Social Security or ITIN numbers for anyone on the tax return, including children or other claimed dependents. Also, they should bring last year's tax return if it is available.
Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 15, individuals can call a participating location to make an appointment. Locations are as follows: Messiah United Methodist Church, North York Borough, 717-771-9042; York Alliance Church, Spring Garden Township, 717-771-9042; Union Fire Company, Manchester Borough, 717-771-9042; Aldersgate United Methodist Church, York Township, 717-771-9042; Red Land Senior Center, Newberry Township, 717-938-4649; Dover Area Community Library, Dover Township, 717-292-6814; Eastern Area Senior Center, Wrightsville Borough, 717-252-1641; Shrewsbury Grace United Methodist Church, Shrewsbury Township, 717-993-3488; Hanover Church of the Brethren, Hanover Borough, 717-633-6353; Golden Connections Community Center, York Township, 717-244-7229; and Windy Hill on the Campus, Jackson Township, 717-225-0733.
Last year in York County, more than 60 volunteers helped 3,500 taxpayers file their federal, state, and local income tax returns at 14 locations around York County.
Township Approves Budget December 20, 2018
The Derry Township board of supervisors adopted its 2019 budget on Dec. 18. The budget includes a 0.30 mill real estate tax increase to support the township's capital projects and equipment needs.
The increase will generate an additional $621,995 a year and is equivalent to $30 per $100,000 of assessed home value. The capital budget expenditures total $3,271,766 and include existing debt service and the purchase of or financing of new accounting and records management software, radios, vehicles, a dump truck, mowers, replacement of the flooring in the library, and $115,000 for street improvements on state Route 422 in downtown Hershey.
The capital budget will fund payments in the amount of $309,882 in new debt service. The borrowing will finance $28,310,000, including a $162,950 debt service payment in 2019 for the Hershey Community Center, which will open in 2020.
Funds in the amount of $1,015,000 will be borrowed to perform remediation required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to the township's closed landfill. The annual payment in 2019 will be $50,036. A payment of $89,127 will be made in debt service for $2,225,000 for projects on Bullfrog Valley Road and Sandhill Road, and $7,769 will be budgeted to finance $321,118 in projects and equipment.
The real estate tax increase in 2019 and a proposed increase of 0.25 mills in 2020 in support of the Capital Fund will balance the budget through 2026 based on projected revenue and expenditures. The tax increase for 2019 results in a total of 2.2881 in real estate tax millage in Derry Township.
The general fund operating budget totals $18,098,336 and is balanced with revenue anticipated at $18,148,720. All the funds of the 2019 budget total $24,957,327. Revenues are estimated at $27,074,922.
The township's general fund balance is estimated to be $2,816,570 at the end of the year.
The Derry Township 2019 budget, providing a detailed breakdown of revenues and expenses for all funds, is available at www.derrytownship.org.
Airport Unveils New Sculpture December 19, 2018
The Lancaster Airport Authority dedicated and unveiled the sculpture "We Care to Dream" at a ceremony on Nov. 14 at the Lancaster Airport. Created by Patrick Mack of Indianapolis and located in front of the Lancaster Airport Terminal, the permanently mounted polished stainless steel sculpture represents humanity's love of flight.
During a private ceremony, the sculpture was dedicated in memory of Marvin E. Miller Jr., past Pennsylvania legislator, Lancaster businessman, and member of the Authority's board of directors. For nearly 23 years, Miller gave his time and talents to the airport's growth and success. He served on the Authority board, most notably as chairman, from 1998 until his death in 2016.
Along with Miller's widow, judge Margaret C. Miller, family, friends and business associates attended the ceremony.