Grand opening of the first Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store in Dillsburg
By Marie Chomicki

Photo by Curt Werner.

Ribbon cutting

____ Decades in the making, the Dillsburg area finally has a liquor store. The new Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store at 406 N. Route 15 opened its doors 9 a.m. Thursday morning.
____ "I made it a point to be the first through the door and the first in line to buy," Kelley Moyer-Thomas said.
____ Her father, former Dillsburg mayor and councilman Darwin Moyer, was very much in favor of the borough having a liquor store, she said.
To honor him, "I bought a bottle of Martini & Rossi celebrate," Moyer-Thomas said.
____ "We believe the new store was worth the wait," John Metzger, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board executive director, said to a crowded room during the 11 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony.
____ "Located right along Rt. 15, the store provides consumers with easy access, convenience and good parking. We're thrilled to be able to open it today," Metzer said.
____ Paul Hedin, president of Lobar Properties, was In charge of the transformation of the former Lefever Bros. Chevrolet building. Hedin said the process began two years ago. After negotiating for a year, the plans were approved, permits were in place, and construction and design began.
____ "Working with the borough was very pleasant," said Lee Eichelberger, president of Lobar Associates, and Hedin agreed. "They were supportive and constructive in the whole permit process."
____ Visitors will find nothing much familiar from the days when the building housed Chevrolets. Gone is the lobby that showcased new Chevy models for decades by the Lefever family. Gone are the office spaces, walls, service area and garages. "It is so different," Tricia Hall, project designer said. "The wholesale area is gorgeous,"
____ The 6,841-square-foot building is stocked with more than 1,700 wines and 940 spirits. Chairman's Selection wines, highly rated wines, are offered at 30 to 40 percent off nationally quoted prices, store operators said. The Dillsburg location will also feature a "made in Pennsylvania" section.
____ Gary Lefever, former owner of the dealership, said he is pleased with the changes. "I am amazed to see the differences," Lefever said as he stood in the former showroom looking around. Laughing, he said he figures his office was about where the vodka section is now. "It's great for Dillsburg," he added.
____ Stan Binner, an 82-year Dillsburg resident, commented "It is quite a place."
____ "I can't believe it finally opened," Karen Deibler, Dillsburg Borough manager, said of the long process to make it happen, adding, "It is an asset to the community."
____ Neighboring Carroll Township Supervisor Bruce Trostle agreed and said he thinks the new store will boost area businesses by drawing in additional traffic.
____ Perhaps thrilled the most with the new store is its manager, Melissa Crone, a Northern High School graduate. Crone couldn't wait for a store to open in Dillsburg. For years she would write "Dillsburg" as the store she would most like to transfer to, if it existed. After 14 years of wishing, her dream came true. Throughout the morning, Crone could be seen answering questions and offering guidance to consumers as they worked their way down the aisles looking at rows upon rows of bottled selections.
____ The focal point of the store is the center table with its spacious counters for highlighting new items, complete with a vintage chart, food pairing outline, party planning guide, tips for responsible hosting and consumption and, for the diet conscience, a calorie chart.
____ Free tastings and light refreshments were served throughout opening day. The PLCB regulates and operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide. Taxes and store profits are returned to Pennsylvania's General Fund.

Photo by Curt Werner.

State Store grand opening.


Photo by Curt Werner.


Print Edition Highlights - December 18, 2014

Purple Heart awarded after 47 years
Dillsburg man receives one of the military’s highest honors

By Curt Werner

Photo by Curt Werner.

Peter Verbos Jr., Commander USMC, retired, with the Military Order of the Purple Heart Capitol City Chapter 11, presents the Purple Heart to Vietnam veteran Richard Shellenberger during a surprise ceremony at the Dillsburg VFW.

____ Forty seven years after his heroic act, a Dillsburg man received one of the military’s highest and oldest honors – the Purple Heart.
As a young man, Richard Shellenberger grew up in the Dillsburg area, attending Dover High School in 1966. The Vietnam War was going strong and the draft was in full swing.
____ Shellenberger enlisted in the Marine Corps and was quickly sent to Parris Island in South Carolina for basic training. After two months, he was sent to Camp Pendleton in Southern California to train for combat readiness.
____ In May 1967, Shellenberger was shipped to Chu Lai, Vietnam U.S. Marine Corps Military Base, A Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines Regiment as an infantry assault man.
____ During the first day of “Operation 1 Union Battle,” Shellenberger noticed a cow with two bullet holes walking near his camp. He yelled for everyone to be ready and on the lookout. Soon Shellenberger's unit was under heavy fire with incoming rockets and rifle fire. ____ After hours of fighting, there were many wounded marines to be carried to incoming helicopters that would fly them to life-saving help. When the lieutenant called for volunteers to carry the wounded, Shellenberger volunteered without hesitation, not knowing one of the wounded he would carry would be his friend, Aaron Glenn, of New Jersey.


See the December 18, 2014 edition of the Dillsburg Banner for details.

“This makes Christmas possible”:
New Hope Ministries blesses with toys, food and cheer

By Carolyn Kimmel

Photo by Curt Werner.
Diane Hoffman and Chris Moyer receive donations from the Christmas Blessing Express at New Hope Ministries yesterday.

____ Chris Moyer weren’t sure what kind of Christmas morning their six kids were going to wake up to before New Hope Ministries stepped in to help.
____ Moyer, who works in warehousing, had quadruple bypass surgery more than a year ago but suffered recurring problems at Thanksgiving that landed him in the hospital for a stent.
____ “He missed a week’s worth of work and that really set us behind,” said Hoffman, who got a retail job to help pay the blended family’s bills. “It’s been a rough holiday season.”
____ Despite his drive to get back on his feet, Moyer said it’s a challenge. “They can’t keep me down. I’m back working and chasing after kids, but it’s a tremendous relief to get this help from New Hope,” he said.
____ They are one of 122 Dillsburg families set to have a merrier Christmas, thanks to the generosity of local residents and businesses that gave money and donations for this year’s Christmas Blessing Express, now in at least its 30th year of operation.

See the December 18, 2014 edition of the Dillsburg Banner for details.

Crowd addresses concerns of merger
By Mary Lou Bytof

____ As recently as two weeks ago, Northern York County School District Superintendent Eric Eshbach had heard nothing from district residents about their thoughts on the possibility of 300 students from neighboring Washington Township coming to Northern. That all changed Tuesday evening when the administration and the school board faced a standing-room only crowd of both Northern and Dover district residents in the high school library.
____ Eshbach opened the meeting by announcing that the district earlier this month presented findings on the financial aspects of the proposed transfer. District data did not include information on the social and emotional impact of Washington Township students leaving Dover and coming to Northern perhaps as soon as next year. That, too, changed quickly as he heard from parents from both districts who were concerned about the impact on their children.
____ However, before the administration and school board permitted comments, Eshbach announced that he wished to dispel a few rumors. First, he said that Northern is not legally obligated to hire any Dover teachers who may be furloughed from their positions due to the transfer. Next, he said that statements about tax increases are unfounded. He added that there will be new expenses as well as additional revenues coming in if the transfer would occur.
____ “The purpose of this hearing is for Northern residents to tell your board what you think,” School Board President Greg Hlatky told the crowd.
____ At first, people were reluctant to approach the podium to address the board. The initial speakers began by asking questions.


See the December 18, 2014 edition of the Dillsburg Banner for details.

Also in the December 18, 2014 edition:
-Community Calendar
___ -Obituaries

___ -Letters to the Editor


___ -20 years ago




Print Edition Highlights - December 18, 2014

Bears make impressive splash in opening meets
By Joe Guty

Photo by Curt Werner.
Northern's Larissa MacDougall placed second in the girls 200-yard IM with a time of 2:23.

____Facing a very fast York Suburban squad--and one of the top schools in District III--- the Northern H.S. swimming and diving team knew that their meet last Saturday would be a battle.
____And it was indeed a skirmish as the Lady Bears lost their first dual meet since the 2012-13 season by a score of 101-69. Northern fell to 1-1 overall and remain at 1-0 in the Mid Penn Colonial Division. In the boys meet, the Polar Bears won 11 of 12 events to edge the Trojans 90-85 and improve to 1-1 overall (0-1 in the Colonial).
____Across both meets, there were several impressive performances: 9 First Swims - inspiring performances in events in which people competed for the very first time; many best "in-season" times and a resounding 18 career best times. In the Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay, Northern placed second in 2:04.86 just an arm's length from the host team's winning mark of 2:04.32. The Lady Bears' quartet included Larissa McDougall, Rachel Eby, Libby Gingrich and Alexa Byers. Taking fourth place were Hayley Keys, Makenna Byers, Abby Burkholder and Alana Hagerty (2:28.15). The Boys 200 Medley Relay was won by the team of Cory Poe, Ethan Spencer, Bryce Carroll and Josh Clarke (1:44.15).

See the December 18, 2014 edition of the Dillsburg Banner for details.

Undefeated 1976-77 team inducted into Northern Wrestling Hall of Fame
By Andy Sandrik

Photo by Curt Werner.
On Thursday, December 11, the undefeated Northern Wrestling team from 1976-1977 was honored with induction into the Northern Wrestling Hall of Fame.  Pictured from left, front row are Bill Witmer, Eric Shaffer, Rich Munkittrick, Jeff Brough, Coach Terry Barley; back row Tim Hershey, John Richardson, Joe Napoli, Mike Junkins, Jim Johnson, Steve Morret, Rick Himes, Ed Harbold and Lee Eichelberger.  Not in photo are Rob Hejmanowski, Jeff Brent, Jay Trimmer, Assistant Coach John Wain and Manager Roger Witmer.

____ Northern wrestling Booster Club president Rich Munkittrick would love to bring in sellout crowds to watch the Polar Bears wrestle. ____ He'd be thrilled if more kids came out for the team and competed for spots not only on the varsity squad, but JV as well.
____ Those things used to be commonplace. Matches without forfeits were expected.
____ Munkittrick remembers a time when wrestling ruled the roost in Pa. and in Dillsburg, when tough-as-nails kids brought must-see action to the mat.
____ The late 70s were a special time for Munkittrick and his Northern teammates. Finally, after years of waiting, the Polar Bears undefeated 1976-77 team was inducted as a whole into Northern wrestling's Hall of Fame.
____ With a sizable crowd in attendance, the team was honored Thursday evening before the current-day Polar Bears took the mat against Bishop McDevitt.


See the December 18, 2014 edition of the Dillsburg Banner for details.

Northern wins home opener, wrestles tough at Penn Manor Tournament
By Andy Sandrik

Photo by Curt Werner.
On Thursday, December 11, the Northern Wrestling team defeated Bishop McDevitt 57 to 13. In photo, Luke Molsky (top) controls Luke Pipa.  Molsky won the 113 pound weight class 8 to 5.

____ Josh Murray's Northern wrestling team is turning into a nice, scrappy little squad.
____ Even with the Polar Bears unable to fill a couple of weight classes, Murray's boys are finding ways to outwork the competition and scrounge for bonus points. With eight underclassmen manning the starting lineup, Northern is young and inexperienced, but the Polar Bears are off to a good start and seem well on the road to bigger and better things.
____ Northern continued its weekly improvement with strong performances in its home opener on Thursday against Bishop McDevitt and its sixth-place showing at last weekend's Penn Manor Tournament.
____ The Polar Bears thumped the Crusaders 57-13 to open their Mid-Penn Capital Division schedule and with dominant efforts from their studs and continued progress from the rest of the lineup, Northern is not only hoping it can win a division title, it is believing it can.
____ "I think if we wrestle to our capabilities, we can beat anyone in that division," Murray said. "We have to get bonus points to cover up some of those holes and we can't give any up. If we do that, we can definitely look to try and win that division."


See the December 18, 2014 edition of the Dillsburg Banner for details.