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Sprinkler Malfunction Caused Major Damage at Bear Creek School in April

Magisterial District Judge Jayne F. Duncan administers the oath of office to newly appointed school board member Ronald T. Grenko at a board meeting on April 18.

An early April vote of the Elizabethtown Borough Council came up with a cheaper alternative for resurfacing a dead-end street surrounded by Community Park.

The repaving of Ken Lane was estimated to cost more than $14,000, but Councilor Tom Shaud asked at the April 6 Borough Council meeting if it could just be topped. Public Works Director Wayne DeVan said a small area near Mount Joy Street needed a base repair, but the rest could be topped off, making the project cost about $5,000. Councilors voted unanimously to do it the cheaper way.

West Donegal Township supervisors voted unanimously on April 10 to rezone land along North Market Street just south of Industrial Drive to accommodate a planned warehouse. Crowe Realty LLC wanted the property zoned general industrial instead of the previous general commercial.

A malfunction in the sprinkler system at Bear Creek School caused serious water damage, but only one school day was missed because it happened shortly before the school was to close for spring break. School was canceled on Wednesday, April 12, because of the damage. It was supposed to be closed on Thursday and Friday of that week for spring break. Superintendent Michele Balliet said excellent cooperation between school employees and community partners allowed it to reopen on the next scheduled school day of Monday, April 17. Balliet said the computer room was a total loss and the school district was working with its insurance adjuster to get things back to normal.

Conoy Township supervisors voted April 13 to approve the land development plan for the renovation of Bainbridge Elementary School. Supervisors also voted at the same meeting to approve a new zoning ordinance that includes a conservation district that has similar uses as the agricultural district but limits intensive agricultural operations.

A big crowd turned out on April 14 for Elizabethtown’s annual Carry the Cross event, a commemoration of the Christian holiday of Good Friday. The event involved carrying large wooden crosses in a procession around town. Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus as described in the New Testament; Christians believe the suffering Jesus endured on the cross allows him to atone for the sins of the human race.

At the school board meeting on April 18, Ronald T. Grenko was sworn in as a temporary replacement for board member Michael Nicodemus, who resigned because he moved out of the school district. Grenko was to serve until someone could be elected in November to fill out the rest of the term. It was Grenko’s second time being appointed to fill a vacancy on the board; he was also appointed to fill the vacancy created by Kay Ardner’s resignation in 2014.

April 22 was Earth Day; service projects in Elizabethtown marked the day. Three Elizabethtown College seniors asked people who had old bicycles they weren’t using to bring them to the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren so they can be donated to the Common Wheel, a nonprofit in Lancaster that teaches youth and adults bicycle maintenance and riding skills. The Elizabethtown Rotary Club worked on improvements to Elizabethtown Borough’s Community Park and Mount Joy Township’s Wolgemuth Park.

Elizabethtown’s breweries took part in Harrisburg Beer Week at the end of the month. Moo-Duck Brewery opened its taproom on Wednesday, April 26, a day of the week when it was normally closed, and served beers made by guest brewers especially for the occasion. Funk Brewing and Cox Brewing decided to make the same style of beer and serve both their own version and the other brewery’s version to customers.

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