Historical marker for Thomas Cresap relocated in Lower Windsor Township

From left to right, Paul Nevin, local history researcher; Karen Galle, Historic Marker Program Coordinator, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC); Mark Platts, President, Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area, stand near the marker for Thomas Cresap, which was recently relocated. (Submitted)

From left to right, Paul Nevin, local history researcher; Karen Galle, Historic Marker Program Coordinator, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC); Mark Platts, President, Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area, stand near the marker for Thomas Cresap, which was recently relocated. (Submitted)

An historic marker for Thomas Cresap has been relocated to the original site of his home in Lower Windsor Township, according to a news release from the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area.

Cresap settled at Pleasant Garden in 1729. This was during the boundary dispute between William Penn and Lord Baltimore, and Cresap served as guardian of Maryland’s interest in the area. Cresap clashed with local residents and authorities for about six years before moving to western Maryland, the news release states.

A stone and bronze marker for Cresap was erected in 1924 at Long Level because it was believed at that time the site was part of Pleasant Garden, the news release states. But historical research has shown that the location would be on or adjacent to the current Zimmerman Center for Heritage, which is located at 1706 Long Level Road.

So to increase the visibility and public access to the marker, the marker was recently moved to the Zimmerman Center for Heritage. It will be available to the public in June when an enhancement project is completed.

As a donation to the community, Kinsley Construction contributed the labor and equipment to move the memorial, the news release states.

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Will you volunteer to spring clean the roads?

Stephani Brown, left, with the Ladyz of Empowerment, a motorcycle organization, and Bill Payton of the American Indian Bikers Alliance M/C pick up trash in York. (Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News)

Stephani Brown, left, with the Ladyz of Empowerment, a motorcycle organization, and Bill Payton of the American Indian Bikers Alliance M/C pick up trash in York earlier this year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News)

When this snow melts, it will likely reveal lots of trash along the roads.

Plastic shopping bags, soda bottles and car parts are just some of the items that litter the highway.

It takes volunteers to help spruce up the roadsides and keep their communities looking beautiful.

This year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania runs through May 31, according to the state Department of Transportation and the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Volunteers receive gloves, trash bags and safety vests from PennDOT to participate in the cleanup.

How much does participating make a difference?

Consider this: Last year’s effort resulted in 6.1 million pounds of litter being picked up statewide along roads, trails and shorelines, a news release states.

Are you interested in participating? You can find a listing up cleanup events, resources for organizing a cleanup and other information at www.gacofpa.org.

 

 

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Bridge over Codorus Creek closes because it is no longer safe

The Hayrick Road bridge closed last week because it was determined to no longer be safe to carry vehicles. (Photo submitted)

The Hayrick Road bridge closed last week because an inspection determined that it is no longer safe to carry vehicles. (Photo submitted)

A bridge in York County closed last week after a recent inspection, said Steve Malesker, senior project manager with C.S. Davidson Inc.

The Hayrick Road bridge over the Codorus Creek at the Heidelberg and North Codorus Township line was closed because an inspection showed corrosion on one of the truss members, Malesker said in an email. An analysis determined that the bridge is no longer safe to carry traffic.

The bridge is a single-span, wrought iron pony truss that was built in 1909. Before it was closed, it was posted with a 4-ton weight limit, Malesker said. With that weight limit, it could not even carry emergency vehicles.

The bridge will not be considered for replacement or maintenance at this time, Malesker said. If it will not be put back in service, crews will likely install a cul-de-sac on each approach to allow vehicles to turn around.

 

 

 

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Was the boom earlier this month a “frost quake”?

Earlier this month, a reader contacted us about a “boom” that was heard in the Dover area on New Year’s Day.

Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services looked into the issue a little more, and he thinks that “frost quakes” might be a possibility. The (Sharon) Herald in western Pennsylvania had a story recently about cryoseisms after people there heard a bang or felt the earth shake.

The quakes can occur when the ground is saturated with water and the temperature drops sharply, geologist Lindell Bridges told the newspaper. Unlike earthquakes, frost quakes happen in the shallow ground. You can read the story here.

Seismographs in the area showed some “noise” throughout the afternoon but did not register an earthquake, Jones said. He read the story about the “frost quakes,” and it “sounds like what’s going on here.”

What do you think?

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Tilted sign on Leader Heights Road needs to be readjusted

A reader has been in touch with me about a sign that has been tilted — and now totally flipped — on Leader Heights Road in York Township.

The sign indicates to drivers heading east on Leader Heights Road which lane they need to be in if they want to get on Interstate 83 North.

The reader said the sign had been tilted at an angle for some time.

Local residents know their way around, but as the reader pointed out, drivers unfamiliar with the area wouldn’t be able to see it.

Have you seen similar problems in your area?

 

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Did you hear a boom or feel the house shake on New Year’s Day?

A reader contacted us recently about a boom heard in the Dover area on New Year’s Day.

He said that many people reported hearing it, and some said their houses shook. It happened around 3 p.m.

So I called Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services to see if he had heard anything about it.

Jones said he had heard a boom around 12:50 p.m. that day. He checked Millersville University’s seismograph, and he saw little blips on it throughout the afternoon, including 3:01 p.m.

What was it? He’s not sure, he said. He planned to check in with a senior geologic scientist with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey about it.

“You have a nice mystery there,” Jones said.

Did you hear or feel anything on New Year’s Day? If so, when, where and about what time? Please describe what you heard or felt.

 

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Rabbittransit offers mobile-friendly website

Rabbittransit has transitioned its website to make it easier for people using mobile devices to read and navigate, according to a news release.

Users should find it easier access to schedules, rider alerts, bus arrivals and fare information, the news release states.

Just go to www.rabbittransit.org. Users will be redirected to the mobile version, the news release says.

More upgrades and improvements are planned for later this year, the news release states.

Have you used the mobile-friendly website?

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Removal of Route 124 and Chambers Road light postponed until Thursday

The removal of the Chambers Road traffic signal has been postponed because of the snow storm, according to Greg Penny, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

It is now scheduled to be removed on Thursday, he said in an email.

Here is the original story about the light.

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Traffic light at Mount Rose Avenue and Chambers Road to come down next week

The light at the intersection of Route 124 and Chambers Road in York Township is coming down.

It was expected to be removed today, but the work had to be pushed back because of the cold weather, said Greg Penny, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation. The frigid temperatures can cause problems with line painting.

The job is now scheduled for Tuesday, he said.

The light is coming down so that crews can widen and add more lanes on Mount Rose Avenue, PennDOT says. Also, the traffic light is too close to the intersection of routes 24 and 124.

The removal of the light is expected to improve traffic flow and safety.

A stop sign will be installed on Chambers Road where it connects with Route 124. Left turns from Chambers Road now are prohibited, PennDOT says.

Crews started in April on the $3.2 million project to widen Route 124 between Hartford Road in Springettsbury Township and Chambers Road in York Township. It is expected to be finished in the spring of 2015, PennDOT says.

This is one stretch of road work that is being done between the Mount Rose interchange of Interstate 83 and the Longstown intersection in an effort to alleviate traffic congestion in this area.

Some residents haven’t been happy that the light is coming down.

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Governor signs transportation bill; money will pay for widening of I-83 in York area

Interstate 83 will be widened from four to six lanes in the York area to help relieve congestion. (FILE-- DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS)

Interstate 83 will be widened from four to six lanes in the York area to help relieve congestion. (FILE– DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS)

Gov. Tom Corbett signed the transportation funding bill today, according to a news release.

It will invest an additional $2.3 billion to $2.4 billion in roads, bridges and mass transportation around the state, the news release says.

Here in York County, the additional funding will pay for the widening of Interstate 83 from four to six lanes in the metro York area.

The area that is slated to be widened to six lanes is between the Mount Rose Avenue and Emigsville interchanges.

Bob Jensenius, vice president of the York County Economic Alliance, said Monday that if there is any doubt about the positive impact of the I-83 widening, one needs only to “drive to Harrisburg to see how the traffic flow improves when I-83 because six lanes around Reeser’s Summit.”

You can read more about the widening here:

Interstate 83 likely to be widened in York metro area, lawmakers say

I-83 to be widened to six lanes, but no timeline on construction

Why state Reps. Stan Saylor and Seth Grove changed their stance on transportation funding

What do you think of the widening of I-83?

 

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