The year 2018 began with a changing of the guard with Elizabethtown Borough police. Ed Cunningham was sworn in as chief of police on Jan. 2, following the retirement of Jack Mentzer. Mentzer was honored at a retirement ceremony on Jan. 18, where State Rep. Dave Hickernell presented a citation. Hickernell noted that Mentzer had too many accomplishments than would fit in one citation. Mentzer had served with borough police since 1981 and has been chief of police since 2005.
Cunningham came to Elizabethtown after spending nearly 23 years as a member of the Pittsburgh police force and said he intends to spend the rest of his career in Elizabethtown.
Derry Township Presbyterian hosted a benefit concert for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence on Jan. 5. The concert, titled “Twelfth Night of Christmas,” was in memory of Diana Heilner, who was killed while pregnant with her second child. Jerry Heilner, Diana’s father, coordinated the ceremony, including the trombone choir. Coalition Director Susan Higginbotham spoke to the audience about misconceptions of domestic violence and thanked the efforts of the Heilner family.
“Thank you to the entire Heilner family,” she said. “We are inspired that the family has taken a horrible instance and turned it into an opportunity to bring about advocacy.” The concert, though free to attend, raised $5,375 through a free-will offering.
Clair Dale Treese was recognized for his service at his last Elizabethtown Borough Council meeting as an elected official. Borough residents praised Treese’s efforts in funding improvements to the community softball field and Camp Ladybug, a summer program for children.