Hanover Council Meet and Greet Part Two

By Lauren Linhard – llinhard@eveningsun.com – @LinhardReports

Since I arrived on the scene at the end of January things have been all abuzz about Hanover Borough and the council. Residents have accused council members of hiding things from the public and the council has said residents are not paying enough attention to know better. downtown-hanover

In an effort to bridge the gap, I’ve compiled a few Q&As with council members, both to remind them as to why they joined in the first place and to remind residents that council is a group of people just trying their best.

Raymond Morris declined to participate while the following simply never returned my attempts at contact: John Gerken, William Reichart, Robert J. Marcoccio, Sonny Eline and James Roth.

This week I’m featuring Henry McLin and Kim Griffin. Check out last week’s post for Sylvia Yingling and Gerald Funke.

Henry McLin
Age 62
Ward 3
Public Safety, Planning and Traffic, Streets, and Finance and Personnel committees

“I joined the Hanover Borough Council to use my experience in public administration and budgeting to serve the community. I was a member of the National Association of State Budget Officers for many years having worked in the Governor’s Office of Budget and Administration. I have spent most of my life in Hanover and have deep roots in this area. I have been active in the community through my church, Emmanuel UCC,, the Hanover Area Council of Churches, the Hanover Community Players, and service clubs. Singing (800x533)

There are many benefits from serving the community through council. People seem to think it is a thankless job, but actually many people appreciate and often express gratitude for our community work. I am very encouraged by the community involvement with municipal government. I wish things could change for the better at a faster pace, but I am optimistic that progress will happen.

The biggest issue facing the borough is escalating costs without offsetting revenue increases. We have to do a better job of involving the community in dealing with our budget issues. That will come with better communication regarding our needs and resources. Our infrastructure needs major improvements that will require improved planning and implementation.

Everything good is in our back yard of Hanover and surrounding communities. We have a safe, clean, beautiful community. It is not perfect, but we are working to make it better. The residents, businesses, Chamber of Commerce, visitors, schools, library, community groups, social clubs, service organizations, churches, parks and playgrounds all make Hanover a special place. Our fire and police departments, public works, water and sewer departments all do a fantastic job to give us a wonderful quality of life.

I like to squeeze a nap in on Saturday afternoons. I spend a lot of time looking for birds to photograph at Codorus. I enjoy doing that wherever I go, but Codorus is my favorite spot.

Sunday dinner at my grandmother’s house is one of my favorite childhood memories.

Hobbies are singing, acting, photography, bird watching, shooting pool, history, theology, genealogy, and traveling.

My agenda is the welfare of the community.”

Kimberly Griffin (did not submit a photo)
Age- declined to answer
1st Ward
Finance, Public Service, Sewer and Street, Recreation Board committees

1) Day job? Healthcare Field

2) Why did you join Hanover Borough Council? Interested in garbage and recycling back in 1999.

3) What do you like and dislike about serving on council? Like being part of community and dislike negative perception about local politics.

4) What are some local issues that you consider of high importance? Fiscal responsibility, maintaining accountability and reliability.

5) What is your favorite part about living in Hanover? Location

9) It’s a lovely Saturday afternoon, what are you most likely to be doing? Napping or reading during winter months, outdoors when able.

10) What is your favorite childhood memory? Declined to answer.

11) Any hobbies? Outdoors, gardening, reading.

12) What is one thing you want residents of Hanover to know about you? Working hard to do what is best for the community.


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Hanover Borough Council Meet and Greet

By Lauren Linhard – llinhard@eveningsun.com – @LinhardReports

Since I arrived on the scene at the end of January things have been all abuzz about Hanover Borough and the council. Residents have accused council members of hiding things from the public and the council has said residents are not paying enough attention to know better. index~~element32

In an effort to bridge the gap, I’ve compiled a few Q&As with council members, both to remind them as to why they joined in the first place and to remind residents that council is a group of people just trying their best.

Raymond Morris declined to participate while the following simply never returned my attempts at contact: John Gerken, William Reichart, Robert J. Marcoccio, Sonny Eline and James Roth.

This week I’m featuring Sylvia Yingling and Gerald Funke. Next week I’ll have Henry McLin and Kim Griffin.

From Sylvia Yingling: “My name is Sylvia Yingling and I live in the 5th ward. I’m 62 years old and I am the owner and operator of the Hair Gallery on Boundary Avenue. I enjoy golfing, reading and knitting.  I chair the Public Safety committee and am on several others.

When Linda Stonesifer chose to leave Borough Council, Bruce Rebert  asked me complete her 4-year term, and at the end, I decided to run for the next 4-year term.

What I like best about serving is getting to know new people and learning more about how a municipality is run. 20100322_070830_sylvia_400

Some of the issues that I find important are to see downtown Hanover continue to grow with new opportunity for businesses to open and activities to bring more people downtown.

Also, I feel it is important to support our local police and fire departments. Both the police and fire departments keep up with available education to keep us safe and do a great job protecting our community.

Because we do live in a great little community, I have always felt it is a wonderful place to raise a family. There are many parks for the children to play in and downtown is a few blocks for most people to walk to.

I would like the residents of Hanover know that I am an honest person and like to keep an open mind on issues regarding the borough.”

From Gerald Funke:

Name: Gerald (Gerry) Funke
Age: 63
Ward: One
Borough Committees: Finance & Personnel,  Planning & Traffic, Street (Chairman), Sewer & Water
Day job: Vice President of GHI Engineers and Surveyors

1) Why did you join Hanover Borough Council? To give back to the community.

2) What do you like and dislike about serving on council? Like – providing constructive advice on the committees I am on. Dislike – uninformed people that do not take the time to obtain all of the facts on an issue. Peninsula

3) What are some local issues that you consider of high importance? Downtown Hanover is my main one.

4) What is your favorite part about living in Hanover? Convenience of short distance to commute for work, goods and services, the number of people I’ve come to know.

5) It’s a lovely Saturday afternoon, what are you most likely to be doing? Depends on time of year, could be yard work, inside project, a drive to Hauser Winery to enjoy the lovely view.

6) What is your favorite childhood memory? Christmas carols on the steam whistle at York Wire on Christmas eve.

7) Any hobbies? Collecting and listening to music, carpentry, art.

8) What is one thing you want residents of Hanover to know about you? I have no hidden agenda while on Council, my word is my bond.

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An outsider’s perspective of life in the Hanover area

Brandon Stoneburg – Evening Sun Reporter

I’ve been working in Hanover for a little over a month now and before that, I had never stepped foot in the “snack capital of the world.” I worked in Philly before taking this position and I grew up in Baltimore so this was basically my introduction to rural/suburban life. So below are some fun, unbiased first impressions from a city-boy’s first month in Hanover.

Hanover is NOT York or Gettysburg. Do not relate them, ever. Don’t call Hanover a little brother or sister town. Don’t even ask about Gettysburg or York unless you absolutely have to. Hanoverians are very conscious of being unique and independent. I learned that VERY quickly.

The food is absolutely outstanding. And I mean every, single place so far. The fast food here is even better than I’ve seen anywhere else. A drive-thru at a Paneras?! Genius. I have yet to be disappointed in a meal since I’ve been here. I’d have to say my favorite so far is the Hanover Hub on York Street with Warehouse Gourmet and Brothers Pizza near the top of the list as well. I haven’t found a cheesesteak or crab cake here that come close to Philly or B’More, but that’s more of a compliment toward them than a knock on Hanover.

Residents are very helpful, engaging and responsive. After working in Philly, this is a welcome relief, trust me. Having people be so happy to speak with us on nearly every topic has made the transition very easy. Everyone from the fire chiefs, local police, local businesses and residents have been helpful. Very few people in Philly wanted to talk to reporters, but people here are always happy to share stories and comments. On a side note, as you get closer to Gettysburg, everyone has a story about their land. It seems that everyone owns a barn that once was a Union barracks and every driveway was a Confederate marching ground.

The roads could use some work. So much construction in such a small area. Finding a way to avoid construction sites has become an adventure each day, especially in the downtown area. Hopefully they’re fixing the potholes and uneven pavement! The streets are fairly simple to understand though. Frederick Street goes to Frederick, Baltimore Street leads to Baltimore, etc. so navigating is easy.

There is some real beauty nearby. I had never seen Codorus State Park before but I’m glad I have now. Lake Meade is also a little under the radar as far as beautiful landscapes. Gettysburg has its historical value and beauty and the windy, mountainous back roads all over the area the two counties are great to relax and cruise.

Adams County seems endless. I swore I drove two hours and only ended up in Aspers. I thought I was around the corner from Altoona.

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Domestic Violence – Asking the right questions

By Lauren Linhard – llinhard@eveningsun.com – @LinhardReports

Last week I had the privilege of meeting Michelle (last name omitted for her safety), a victim of domestic violence who suffered for more than four years at the hands of her husband. It happened right here in the Hanover region, in Penn Township.

Michelle came off to me as this fabulous, strong and spunky woman. No one would have thought just a few years ago she lived in fear of her husband beating or verbally assaulting her. And, as she pointed out, there are few who even suspected anything during the time of abuse.

11.13 cover story.indd The point I am trying to make is even if you don’t see evidence of domestic violence in your everyday life, it is out there and it is happening. Yes, that’s right, even in Hanover.

“When people think of abuse,  they think of black eyes, broken wrists, bruises,” said Anne Acker, Safe Home program director. “But some of the most dangerous relationships can involve emotional abuse. Just because you’re not getting beaten up, doesn’t mean you’re in any less danger.”

A homicide is actually the first known physical act for 20 percent of deaths related to domestic violence, according to a study by the Department of Justice.

So my challenge to you, dear reader, is to keep the following red flags in mind when you think something not-quite-right is happening in your relationship or a friend’s: (courtesy of National Network to End Domestic Violence)

  • Wants to move too quickly into the relationship.
  • Does not honor boundaries.
  • Is excessively jealous and accuses you of having affairs.
  • Wants to know where you are all of the time and frequently calls, emails and texts you throughout the day. 34ee844af6b4ff431ba3a64dcb6552a4
  • Criticizes you or puts you down; most commonly tells you that you are “crazy,” “stupid” and/or “fat,” or that no one would ever want or love you.
  • Says one thing and does another.
  • Takes no responsibility for their behavior and blames others.
  • Has a history of battering.
  • Blames the entire failure of previous relationships on their partner; for example, “My ex was a total b****.”
  • Grew up in an abusive or violent home.
  • Insists that you stop spending time with your friends or family.
  • Seems “too good to be true.”
  • Insists that you stop participating in leisure interests.
  • Rages out of control and is impulsive.

Click here for more on local domestic violence services. 



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Taste of Hanover – The Curious Case of Coconut in the Peanut Butter

By Lauren Linhard – llinhard@eveningsun.com – @LinhardReports

Have you ever wanted to be a judge on the Food Network? Have you ever wanted to taste some out-of-this world dessert and get paid for your opinion? Well, I have.

As a proud Cupcake Wars and Food Truck Wars junkie, I consider myself tailor made for my latest blog assignment – Jacquelyn’s Bakeshop Drink Experimentation Event. Is your mind blown? Mine is. So are my taste buds.

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In case you don’t know, Jacquelyn’s Bakeshop and Cafe is on Baltimore Pike in Hanover (loving the local). Owner Jacquelyn Adams is known for creating a new recipe almost every day, whether it be a specialty drink, new cookie or lunch item. And, even cooler, she invites regular residents, meaning we are not famous celebrity personalities, to try her latest recipes each month.

So when I heard through a little-known social media site called Facebook that she was hosting a peanut butter themed event, well you just know I was all over it. And, let’s just say, that I have never had a more enjoyable Tuesday evening.

Sweet tray

Myself and a number of self-declared “Jacquelyn Addicts” gathered around a table filled with a variety of confections (see photo and drool), used to cleanse the pallet I assume. After indulging in a few mini chocolate chip cookies, the real work began.

There are generally three drinks and three attempts of each drink, so by the end you have tried nine different recipe combinations. For each tasting, you rate the recipe on consistency, flavor and appearance.

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In this case we tasted a peanut butter, caramel, coffee frappe (photo to the left). The peanut butter was the legit kind out of jar, so no skimping on that, but as a rule, Jacquelyn always begins with powdered flavor (in this case caramel) to work off of. The group ended up loving test #2, made with caramel syrup, which, of course, I declared rather loudly was “delightful!”

This particular sugar high, as the night was filled with them, was followed by a steamer of peanut butter, white chocolate and coconut. This one took much longer to perfect as some tasters just couldn’t get enough coconut and some tasters couldn’t get enough peanut butter. Though the verbal battle raged, in between bites of sugared almonds, we came to a compromise and chose drink #3.


There was just enough coconut that you got a beautiful aftertaste rather than an onslaught of sweetness. The peanut butter was increased to make the white chocolate and coconut more mellow. Once the ingredients reached their desired levels, the drink blended quite nicely into a perfect sip. I fondly named the drink coconut rum (photo to the right), although I don’t know if Jacquelyn will take me up on that.

The final tasting was the much anticipated combination of chocolate and peanut butter – my default craving. It was a cold icy drink, similar to a milkshake and rather thick. Almost like you could in fact have dessert for lunch or dinner and be totally satisfied. I was already over excited, most likely due to the overwhelming amount of sugar that must have been coming through my pores, that I almost spit out the first taste.

What is happening?!

chocolateThis is not the smooth silky love of my life that chocolate and peanut butter had become. It was chalky and bitter and not worth the calories. I looked to Jacquelyn for guidance. The strange texture was caused by the powdered chocolate, and it was bitter because there was not enough peanut butter – a perfect example of an ingredient combination that doesn’t quite work. Which is why there are experimental tasting events! It all comes full circle.

So we move on to attempt #2, which, thank the dessert lords above, was everything I needed to be perfectly satisfied with this world. The chocolate was still dark enough to be decadent, and the “I just chugged baking chocolate” response was gone. The new amount of peanut butter made the sip so smooth it slid across the taste buds and straight to the heart. I might have had the worst sugar headache ever,  but it was worth it.

So what have we learned from this experience? If at first you don’t succeed, mix, sip and repeat. Oh, and go to Jacquelyn’s Bakeshop and Cafe. The drink menu is about to get a whole lot sweeter.

Check out this Q&A with bakery owner Jacquelyn Adams: http://www.eveningsun.com/News/ci_25412419

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What did Hanover look like from space three decades ago?

TIME recently released a new tool powered by Google to watch the world change over the course of nearly three decades of satellite photography.

And me being the total technology-fiend that I am, of course I found myself wasting a good half an hour exploring different areas of the world, zooming in and out and watching the topographical portrait change throughout the years.

Some areas have grown more than others, and most very quickly. Some have changed ten-fold while some stand almost still, despite a few seasonal geographical differences. But one thing that can’t be disputed, Hanover has grown and changed quite a bit since 1984.

From the article:

Spacecraft and telescopes are not built by people interested in what’s going on at home. Rockets fly in one direction: up. Telescopes point in one direction: out. Of all the cosmic bodies studied in the long history of astronomy and space travel, the one that got the least attention was the one that ought to matter most to us—Earth.

It took the folks at Google to upgrade these choppy visual sequences from crude flip-book quality to true video footage. With the help of massive amounts of computer muscle, they have scrubbed away cloud cover, filled in missing pixels, digitally stitched puzzle-piece pictures together, until the growing, thriving, sometimes dying planet is revealed in all its dynamic churn. The images are striking not just because of their vast sweep of geography and time but also because of their staggering detail. Consider: a standard TV image uses about one-third of a million pixels per frame, while a high-definition image uses 2 million. The Landsat images, by contrast, weigh in at 1.8 trillion pixels per frame, the equivalent of 900,000 high-def TVs assembled into a single mosaic.

Check out how much Hanover has changed below, and look for yourself using the link above.

On top, Hanover circa 1984 at different zoom levels. Bottom, Hanover circa 2012 via Google Earth and TIME's collection of Landsat Satellite Images

And a giant hat-tip to @reformedbroker on Twitter, for sharing the site.

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Don’t Miss This: Hanover 150/250 events

There are lots of things to see and do around Hanover in June as the borough celebrates the 250th anniversary of the founding of Hanover and the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Hanover.

This weekend alone there are three major events worth checking out.

This weekend, from Friday through Sunday, the Cordorus Blast Festival in the Park will be held at 1066 Blooming Grove Rd., Codorus State Park. This is the 12th anniversary of the bash and official expect it to be larger than last year’s festival, which more than 78,000 people attended. All proceeds will be used for the Codorus Blast, as well as given back to the park. There will be live music, food, games, and other entertainment.

On Friday, the second annual Summer Solstice fundraising event at the Guthrie Memorial Library will be held at 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. on the rooftop of the library. The Swingin’ Seven jazz band will provide music for dancing and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the Warehouse Gourmet, along with their locally brewed beer. There will also be a cash bar, tables for lounging and spectacular views. The Summer Solstice Celebration is one of the library’s two major annual fundraising events, which help to support programs and services like the Summer Reading Club, free computers and Wi-Fi, children’s story times and the library’s collection. During the evening there will be a silent and live auction. Tickets are $40 per person and are on sale now at the library’s main desk and at Warehouse Gourmet. The library is located at 2 Library Place, Hanover, and can be reached by calling 717-632-5183.

Another event on Friday is the P. Buckley Moss Unveiling at 6 p.m. at the Warehime-Myers Mansion, 305 Baltimore Street. Moss has been called one of “America’s most prized living artists” and she will sign copies of her work at the unveiling. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. she will be at Martin’s Gallery on Baltimore Street for a signing. The gallery is the only one in the area to carry Moss’s work and it will be selling a new, original painting Moss created specifically for the 250th anniversary of Hanover’s founding. The painting, called “Sestercentennial, Hanover, PA” features three historic buildings from the city.

On June 27, a Civil War Panel Discussion will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the library with several local historians present. This will be a general discussion of the Civil War in the Hanover area, with an extended question and answer session. Later that evening a Summer Block Party will be held in Wirt Park at 7 p.m., featuring music, food, drinks and entertainment. This is the kick-off party to the main events happening over the weekend and throughout the week to celebrate the 150/250 anniversaries.

On June 28 at 6 p.m. the Hanover Country Club, 200 Water St, Abbottstown will host the Gala with The Pixies Three in concert. Tickets are $75 each. The next day there will be a parade in downtown Hanover at 10 a.m., followed by downtown entertainment from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The Hanover Symphony Orchestra will provide music and members of Pixies Three will hold a meet-and-greet with fans. Downtown will be blocked off until 4 p.m. for these events.

Also in downtown that day the Art Gallery in Hanover will showcase Hanover themed art that has been submitted by community members, including paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures. A reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Later that evening it’s back to Wirt Park for a Summer Concert, which will feature live performances by Winter House Band, Cledus Snow Mother Truckers, Pale Barn Ghosts, Violet Hour, Jason Weinberg and an acoustic set from Boxcar Social. Music starts at 7 p.m.

For more Hanover 150/250 events, visit hanover150250.com.


List compiled by Evening Sun reporter Angel Haney.

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Borough Council circa 1976

The borough council circa 1976.


This photo was sent to us for our collection of historic Hanover photos we’re compiling by Liz Web. This is the Hanover Borough Council and mayor in 1976, dressed in colonial garb.

In front (as described from the back of the photo), B.F. Smith, Donald Resh, Charlotte Miller, Fred Stine, Larry Benford.

In back, Terry Ecker, Robert Sheffer, Tom Smyser, Wendell Felix, Robert Webb and Mayor John Harman.

Charlotte Miller was also recently awarded the Legacy Award from the Hanover YWCA for her work she did for the borough. She was honored along with 10 other area women.

Anyone have any other photos from this day? Or any other day in Hanover history? We’d love to see them.

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Hanoverians, we need you

Do you have photos of historic Hanover and the surrounding areas? The Evening Sun is gathering photos from the past for the upcoming 150/250 celebrations. Think you can help?

Email any and all photos from around Hanover to Kalani Gordon, kgordon@eveningsun.com. And if have old prints and no way or no time to scan and email them, let us know. We can help.

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Sewer-line work at Ridge Avenue on schedule, road to reopen soon

Ridge Avenue between Hanover and Penn Township is expected to reopen soon.
Penn Township officials said this week work on the Ridge Avenue portion of the main interceptor sewer line is on schedule and that the heavily traveled road could soon be opened for traffic.
They said contractors plan to repave the road late this week, one of the last items needed before reopening the road.
Ridge Avenue between Wilson Avenue and Center Street has been closed to traffic since Dec. 10 in order to allow for contractors to install new sewer lines there.
Officials had set up a detour totaling nearly 8 miles because of the amount of truck traffic in the area of the closure.

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