Welcome to The Borough of Paxtang
NEWS (last updated October 15, 2006)
The Borough will be sponsoring a Fall Clean Up Day on Saturday October 28th , 2006 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
If you wish to participate, please complete this form and bring it with you to the Municipal Building on October 28th.
There will be no pickup of items at this Cleanup. Click here for more info.
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
A Special Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Paxtang will be conducted on Monday, October 2nd, 2006, at 7:00 a.m. in the Borough Council Chambers for the purpose of considering tendered resignations and other employment issues.
A message from the Mayor - Dinner with the Neighbors
On the First Friday for the next four months the families on the
Avenue are encouraged to make dinner plans at the same location during
the same time period, between 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, June 2nd The Best Wok 909-6666
- Friday, July 7th Paxtang Grill 564-2738
- Friday, August 4th Paxtang Diner 564-2557
- Friday, September 1st Mama's Pizza 558-0030
- Friday, October 6th Tops Restaurant 564-2650
Each household is responsible for their own reservations and bill for the evening.
Pass this on to a friend in the Borough. They can join us and/or start a "Dinner with the Neighbors" on their street!
Any suggestions or questions on how to start your own "Dinner with the Neighbors", feel free to call Keldeen at 558-8373 or email: Keldeen@msn.com
A message from the Mayor - Walking Club
The WALKING CLUB is open to any walkers at any level. Contact Keldeen at
Keldeen@msn.com or 558-8373 for a current
A message from the Mayor - Blood Drive
Dear friends and neighbors,
I'm excited to announce the Borough of Paxtang is partnering with the Red
Cross to hold a blood drive on Tuesday, May 2nd 2-7 p.m. I am writing to
request your support and participation in this drive.
Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. This ongoing need is
felt by our area hospitals and patients. By donating blood, we can help
save the lives of accident victims, patients with cancer and other diseases,
as well as those undergoing surgery.
You may contact Mayor Keldeen Stambaugh at 558-8373 or Keldeen@msn.com or
leave your name and number at the Borough Office 564-4770, to schedule your
appointment for Tuesday May 2nd 2-7 p.m. Contact us TODAY to select your
If you are a member of a local organization that would like to participate
as volunteers and/or blood donors, please share this information with them
and let me know. This is a Community Project and therefore we need to
involve many individuals in making it successful.
We will have a kids corner with crafts and books that could use a few more
volunteers to read and do crafts with kids while the adults are donating
blood. Extra special sweets and treats will also be accepted for the snack
Additionally, the Paxtang Fire Company welcomes you and the kids to visit
the Fire Station and the Fire Engine!
Thank you for your consideration.
Borough Council Rejects Park as a Cell Tower Location - April 25, 2006
Council formally rejected the proposal being offered by T-Mobile Northeast, LLC to erect a cellular telephone tower within Saussaman Park. Several Borough residents as well as Swatara homeowners attended the April 18th meeting to present their opinions for discussion. After some lengthy deliberation, council voted to cancel any further negotiations for construction at this particular site based on the adverse historical effects. Ryanne Mendez, representing Central Penn Asphalt offered their property at 3715 Derry Street as an alternate site for the tower.
Cellular Antenna Tower Proposed for Saussaman Park - March 23, 2006
Recently the Borough was
approached by representatives of a cellular telephone firm that is
interested in constructing a cellular antenna at the edge of Saussaman
Park. The proposed antenna would resemble and function as a large
flagpole. In order for this to become a reality, it would be
necessary for the Borough to lease a plot of ground at the park.
In exchange for the lease the Borough would receive revenues from the
cellular provider. Council has expressed their position that any
proposal that would compromise the use of the park as an athletic field
would not be acceptable. The feasability of the project continues
to be studied, as well as the impact to the community.
Borough Council Update
Historical Society meeting, April 3, 2006, in the gymnasium of the
Municipal Building, at 7:00 p.m. will feature three
speakers:Land Warrants - Jonathan Stayer, Newside Church - Dr. Morton
Glise, and the Paxton Boys - Millie Landis Coyle.The meeting is open to
Tree Commission has been a proud accomplishment of Paxtang Borough for many years. Recently, there have
been more budget cutbacks and we are unable to accomplish our usual
plantings. Please consider sponsoring a tree in the borough. Plaques are provided with the purchase of a tree. You
could purchase it as a family to complete a memorable occasion, in
honor of someone special, or in memory of a loved one. Whatever the
reason, it is a win for everyone
The Borough's trash
collection contract is with Waste
Management. If your trash pickup is missed,
please call the Borough Office to report it for record keeping. If you
have a large item (ie., appliances or furniture) sitting
outside for an extended period of time, you
need to contact Waste Management at
1-800-634-4595 to arrange a pick up. Please note that
you will be charged a nominal fee.
you are interested in more information, please call the Borough
Office at 564-4770.
chairman of the Public Relations Committee over the past two years,
one of the most enjoyable projects was working on the Paxtang Past.
Communication is a vital part of a small borough and we tried to
relay as much information as possible in this local newsletter. During
the past two years, we cut costs in printing, eliminated staff
time for the delivery by shifting from staff to volunteer resident
and council members, and we updated the borough website with the
skills of a generous resident.
for your support!
further comments, suggestions or additions to be posted in this
Newsletter can be sent to the new PR Chair, Virginia Panza at 564-5374.
The next deadline is March 15, 2006.
Shade Tree Commission Meetings for 2006 - all held at 7:00 p.m. in the
Municipal Building, second floor:
Civil Service Commission
Biennial Organization meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building,
must be in bags, placed inside trash containers and covered with a lid.
This assists in a clean and easy pick up for Waste Management.
be placed in your designated trash pick up area as early as 4:00 p.m.
on the day prior to pickup.
shall be put away following pick up as late as 10:00 p.m. on the day of
ordinance requires that your trash receptaclesto be off the street
by10:00 p.m. the day of the scheduled pick up.This part ofordinance was
designed to keep thereceptacles from sitting out on our Main streets.We
do also ask that receptacles on secondary streets (alleys)put neatly
away and not left strewn in the street. Thank you for your cooperation.
April 29, 2006
at 10 a.m.
to be an announced.
Borough Office, 3423 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111 717-564-4770
January is a big
month for reorganization in the Borough Office. As a result from the
November elections, the following elected officials were sworn in:
Keldeen Stambaugh as
re-elected to Borough Council
E. Denny Beaver,
John Rowe, Borough
re-elected as Tax Collector
individuals were appointed to office and took the oath in January:
Deb Seneca, Borough
Faye Clark Borough
Please note: The
Humane Society is a private service in our region and charges
Removal of any
animal is NOT a borough service. However, if you have questions or
concerns of safety, please contact the police.
February 11, 2006
at the Borough
of the Paxtang Special Fire Policethe Year 2006 washeld at the January
17th Paxtang Borough Council Meeting.
Keldeen Stambaugh, Murvin E. Grunden (Captain), Thomas H. Leach,
Michael J. Feldman, and Norman D. Templin.
by Dave Turner
TO THE CHIEF
The past four years, William
Parker, was kind enough to serve as Mayor of the Borough of Paxtang. As
you may or may not know, the Mayor and Council serve as volunteers to
the Community of Paxtang. On behalf of the Borough, I say thank you to
Mayor Bill Parker, the outgoing Council President Jim Schmidt and
Council members, George Murphy, Karen Benjamin and Dan Stambaugh for
their numerous hours of service to the Borough. They led Paxtang in
many new and positive accomplishments and set the groundwork for long
term goals. They spent many hours dealing with the good and the bad and
their service is appreciated.
We thank you and salute
SMALL ACTION MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE
By Keldeen Stambaugh
pride in your property
parking on a sidewalk or a neighbor’s lawn.
parking along a yellow painted curb
parking in Handicapped parking unless authorized to do so
your pet waste.
throwing trash in alleyways or other persons’ yard.
To keep a community nice and
safe, it takes a little bit of effort from everyone. Responsibility for
your property or rental unit and respect for other property is
I realize that some may find it
hard to physically keep up, and we would like to offer assistance
through volunteers in the borough. If you are elderly or disabled and
in need of assistance for outside maintenance, we will try to suggest
someone to assist. If you are willing to do volunteer work in your
community, please contact the borough office.
I recently spent a Saturday
morning with the Harrisburg Jaycees cleaning up a few blocks in a
neighborhood outside the borough. As I picked up a concentrated amount
of trash from someone’s front lawn and sidewalk, I found myself
wondering what was going through the mind of the individuals who threw
the trash down in the first place. Exactly who did they think was going
to pick up after them? From the look of the entire area that day, it
was clearly an acceptable action to litter anywhere and everywhere.
I am glad to come home to
Paxtang, where residents take pride in their property and teach their
children the same respect of property.
In the long run, this caring
will strengthen our community, provide opportunities for future borough
improvements, possibly increase property values, and allow Paxtang to
continue its’ well-earned reputation in the region. A small action in
your immediate area makes a big difference throughout the borough.
Let’s work together to keep Paxtang clean and a great place to live!
PAXTANG WALKING CLUB will begin again in March. This is a FREE
to support a Healthier
If you are not already signed up, contact Keldeen Stambaugh at 558-8373
be distributed to all persons who request to be added to the list.
and Fashion Show
at Spring Garden
Price per ticket
highlights the works of Liz Claiborne.
Menu choice is –
Broiled Crab Cakes, or Chicken Caesar Salad, or Pasta Primavera.
Seating is limited so order your tickets
Contact Linda Flowers or any Women’s Club
Member for tickets. Also accepting
contributions for the raffle prizes.
the Borough Office for details.
The very first Paxtang Blood
Drive was held on December 29, 2005. According to the Red Cross it was
a successful first event! There are current plans for the next blood
drive to be held in the Borough Gym on May 2, from 2-7 p.m. Contact
Keldeen Stambaugh at 558-8373 or Keldeen@msn.com, if you are interested
in making an appointment to
donate blood. Kids Corner and
more will be available. Watch for more details in the April Newsletter
and online at www.paxtang.com
Sue Yeager, RN, Local Health Officer
Influenza, or “the flu”, as
everyone calls it is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a
variety of viruses. The flu season normally begins in late autumn or
early winter and lasts through early spring. National statistics show
that between 5% and 20% of the population of the United States will
suffer with flu each year. Thus far in 2005, there have been 24 cases
of flu reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Health (minus
Philadelphia). Two of these cases have been reported from Lancaster
County. None have been reported from Dauphin County or any other
Symptoms will include
headache, fever (usually above 100 degrees), and muscle aches. Many
people also will experience extreme tiredness, a dry cough, sore
throat, and a runny/stuffy nose. Although stomach symptoms may occur,
the flu always includes respiratory symptoms. (Many people who
experience only gastrointestinal symptoms say that they have the flu.
They may have a stomach virus, but it is not “the flu”.)
There can be severe
complications, such as pneumonia and dehydration. Pre-existing chronic
medical conditions may get worse, such as congestive heart failure,
asthma, or diabetes. Children may experience sinus problems or ear
infections. Continued on page 4
The flu virus spreads by
coughing and sneezing. You can also become infected by touching a
contaminated item or surface, such as someone’s hands, after they have
coughed or sneezed. Someone who has not yet developed symptoms is able
to transmit the flu virus from 1 day before symptoms begin to 5 days
after. This means that you can transmit the disease before you even
know you have it!
The best way to prevent
getting the flu is to get a flu shot. People at high risk for
complications are the first priority. These include:
65 years of age or over
living in nursing homes or other facilities that house persons with
and children 6 months of age and older suffering with chronic kidney
disease or a weakened immune system
6 months to 18 years of age who are on long-term aspirin therapy
who will be pregnant during the influenza season
children 6 to 23 months of age
with any condition that causes them to have difficulty breathing or
50-64 years of age because many have one or more medical conditions
that place them at risk for complications
person in close contact regularly with anyone at high risk for
complications (including health care workers, household contacts or
out-of-home caregivers of children 6-23 months of age, and close
contacts of people 65 years and older)
Certain people should not
get a flu shot without checking with their physician. They include:
with a severe allergy to chicken eggs
who had a severe reaction to influenza vaccine in the past
who developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome within 6 weeks of getting a flu
shot in the past
less than 6 months of age because the vaccine is not approved for this
People who have a moderate to
severe illness with a fever should wait until their symptoms have
In closing, here are some
general health tips to help prevent getting the flu:
close contact with people who are sick
home when you are sick
your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
your hands often
Avoid touching your eyes,
nose, or mouth
are interested in joining the
please email us at
will send you the information.
men and women welcome.
accordance with the provisions of Act 175 of 1974, and Act 94 of 1986,
the Council of the Borough of Paxtang hereby provides a schedule of
Council and Committee meetings to be held through the calendar year
February to December 2006. Unless otherwise noted, all Council agenda
meetings are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m., all regular meetings are
scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m., prevailing time, the third Tuesday of
every month. Council workshop meetings are scheduled to begin at 7:00
p.m. All meetings are held on the second floor of the Municipal
Building, 3423 Derry Street, Paxtang, PA 17111.
with a disability requiring a special accommodation to attend a Council
meeting should notify the Borough Secretary at 564-4770 as early as
possible, but no later than three working days prior to the meeting.
The Borough will make every effort to provide a reasonable
Council Regular Monthly Meetings:
February 21 March 21 April 18
May 17 (Wed.) June 20 July 18
August 15 September 19 October 17
21 December 19
Council Workshop Meetings:
27 March 28 April 24
May 30 June 26
October 30 November
28 December 26
THE COVERED DISH COMMUNITY
GATHERING will be rescheduled soon. Please watch for updates on the
borough website and announcements posted at the Borough Building.
Any meetings scheduled in the Council
Chambers MUST be scheduled through the Borough Office.
Use of the gym is also scheduled only
through the Borough Office according to borough policy.
THE NEW BUSINESSES IN PAXTANG!
Rear Pike Street