Winter 2007 J WINTER 2007 ONESTOWN by sofiaie


                      BOROUGH NEWS
                                                                                                                                            VOL. 43

HOUSE NUMBERS                                                             NORTHERN LEBANON ROTARY CLUB NEWS
We have been working closely with the Lebanon
County Emergency Management Agency to assure                              “Looking for New Members”
that all housing units are easily identified. It is
important to have your house properly numbered                            What Is Rotary?
so that in case of emergency your house location                          Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united world-
can easily be found. Your house number should be                          wide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all
in a conspicuous location, preferably above or                            vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotarians live by the
beside your front door.                                                   Four Way Test of all things we think, say, or do.
                                                                          Is it the TRUTH?
                                       CLEARING                           Is it FAIR to all concerned?
                                                                          Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIP?
                                       SNOW                               Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

                                       FROM                               Why should I consider joining Rotary?
                                       SIDEWALKS                          SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
                                                                          by participating in, Adopt-A-Family, Adopt-A-Highway, Supporting the
                                Last year we had
                                                                          Fredericksburg Library, Sponsoring the Jonestown Summerfest Helping at the
                                many complaints
                                                                          Hinklefest, Adopting the Pavilion at Jonestown Community Park, Supporting
                                concerning unshov-
                                                                          Bordner’s Cabin, and Sponsoring Welcoming Signs in Jonestown.
eled sidewalks. Unshoveled sidewalks create a dan-
gerous condition for pedestrians and school chil-                         SERVICE TO AREA YOUTH
dren who use the walks to get to school. Unshovel-
                                                                          by sponsoring the following: local Hershey Track and Field Youth Program,
ed walks are also a liability to the home owner/
                                                                          Northern Lebanon Student Scholarship, Northern Lebanon Middle School
occupant as far as lawsuits are concerned. The bor-
                                                                          Student of the Month, local sports teams, activities at Susan Byrnnes Health
ough council has amended its ordinance on
                                                                          Center, and a Foreign Exchange Student.
November 1, 1994 which now states that all side-
walks must be cleared at a width of 36 inches, 24                         SERVICE TO THE WORLD
hours after any fall of snow, sleet or freezing rain.
                                                                          by supporting the following: Rotary Foundation, Polio Plus, and other
If any owner/occupant fails to comply, they will be
                                                                          International projects.
given notice to comply within two (2) hours. If
compliance is not met, the borough will clear the
                                                                          If you are interested in joining Rotary, or want to obtain additional information,
walk at the cost of $50.00/hr. for the first hour and
                                                                          please feel free to call George H. Kaufman, Membership Chairman at 865-3381
$35.00 for each additional hour or fraction thereof.
                                                                          or Elaine Ludwig, President at 865-3759.
Due to the seriousness of the problem, the
borough will strictly enforce the ordinance.

STOP SIGNS                                                                WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU…
Some drivers are “running” stop signs on a regular
basis. This is a very dangerous and illegal practice                      if you have a problem. We encourage you to attend the borough meeting
that could cause severe injury or even death to oth-                      the first Tuesday of each month beginning at 7:00 pm. You can address the
ers. The state police have increased their patrols                        borough council with your concerns. However, if you don’t have time or if the
throughout the borough and anyone caught will be                          problem is urgent in matter, call the mayor, George H. Kaufman, at 821-0291.
prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.                              If the mayor is not available, leave a message and he will get in touch with you.

 Jonestown’s Voice Mail – Having problems reaching the mayor or councilmen? Leave a message on their voice mail by calling 865-0154.This service is available 24/7.
 Talk With the Mayor – The first Monday of the Month at Jonestown Borough Hall from 5:00–7:00 pm, or call the mayor on his cell phone at 821-0291.
 Borough Office Hours – The borough has established an office in the lower level of the Borough Hall.The Borough Secretary will be there each Wednesday from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm
                              to accommodate anyone who has questions or business to conduct.
                                                                      A sincere welcome to everyone!
                                                                                         Jonestown Lions Club
Did You Know ?                                 by Evelyn Isele
If we look back on our small town, in the 1700’s and 1800’s, we will find that the
                                                                                         Looking back to September
population was almost always 900 to 1,000 until the 2nd World War, when
                                                                                         when the Jonestown Lions
Indiantown Gap became a training center and families needed housing. Yet look-
                                                                                         Club resumed their
ing back through the census of that era, I find there was a lot of work and people
                                                                                         bimonthly meetings, a pic-
didn’t have to leave town to find it.
                                                                                         nic with the Northern
   There were three cigar makers. The house located at 137 West Market Street,
                                                                                         Lebanon Rotary Club was held at the Jonestown
where the Donmoyers lived, always smelled of tobacco when it rained or was
                                                                                         Park. Both service clubs have actively supported the
damp. There was a crawl space in one room and I crawled into it to find tobacco
                                                                                         park with money and manpower. Thanks Rotary for
leaves, which had been placed on the rafters to dry. They were still there however,
                                                                                         the invitation.
they had dried over the years and crumbled. I shoveled three grocery bags of
                                                                                            The temporary meeting place for the Lions has
tobacco out of this space and found it was once a cigar factory. This residence
                                                                                         been at the Buck Hotel. Their superb food was
was also a funeral parlor, a grocery store and in 1902 the post office. The Post
                                                                                         enjoyed by the membership.
Master was my great-great-grandfather, Solomon Kern.
                                                                                            Several Jonestown Lion members attended the
   Uptown, near Pizza Town, was an old log house where the Kale’s wove cover-
                                                                                         Regional Rally at the Mt. Zion Fire Company. An
lets dated in the 1700’s. There are still some around and they are very valuable.
                                                                                         award for increasing membership was awarded to
There were three shoe factories. My Grandfather Leonard Isele was a shoemaker.
                                                                                         the club.
A man in Lebanon told me he walked from Lebanon to Jonestown to have my
                                                                                            A BIG thank you to all of the area citizens for sup-
grandfather make his wedding shoes.
                                                                                         porting the annual Sausage and Pancake Breakfast
   John Light, who shipped the hides to Philadelphia, managed two tanneries.
                                                                                         on October 28 at St John’s UCC. Also, thank you for
There were four Hotels. Jerry Bartlet had a jewelry and clock shop. When you
                                                                                         the donations that made this breakfast a success. The
stepped into the little store it was like another world with all the clocks ticking at
                                                                                         fund-raiser supports many community projects.
the same time. Jonestown had four physicians, a dentist, boat builder, cabinet
                                                                                            Trees have been donated to the Jonestown Park
makers, stone mason, coach trimmers, plasterers, coal and lumber merchants,
                                                                                         in memory of Ed Trainer and John Krouse. Both
brick layers, a tin smith, tailors, insurance agent, lawyers, a liquor agent, carpen-
                                                                                         gentlemen were dedicated Jonestown Lion Club
ters, etc. Everyone was employed and did not have to leave the town.
   There were many old houses, most of which were made of logs. One such
                                                                                            The Jonestown Lions Club honored Northern
house is the little building squeezed between Dr. Olff ’s office and the
                                                                                         Lebanon Students of the Month, Nathan
Laundromat. It looks like a full house but has a false front. There were only two
                                                                                         Musselwhite and Janelle Blauch with a monetary
rooms downstairs and a crawl space upstairs. I tried to trace it back and found
                                                                                         award. Northern Lebanon teachers choose the
that Dr. Olff ’s house was built in 1850. The Laundromat burned down and was
                                                                                         Students of the Month for their academic and lead-
rebuilt in 1862 so it was probably put there around that date, as it did belong to
                                                                                         ership abilities. Musselwhite and Blauch are honor
the Heilman House, which is now the Laundromat.
                                                                                         roll students as well as outstanding athletes.
   Benjamin Miller lived there, Martin Reed had a barber shop, Richard Boltz
                                                                                            Looking ahead to future activities involving the
had a watch repair shop, and Phil Mohn had a TV shop. Lately it was a Coffee
                                                                                         Jonestown Lions brings us to the annual Sight Seals
shop run by Hillary Keller.
                                                                                         Campaign. Letters asking for your generous dona-
   Another house, which was never lived in in my time, is on North Lancaster
                                                                                         tions to support our sight programs will be in the
                                                                                         mail soon. All donations received are used in the
   Books found in the Drupp house talked about a saddle shop run by the Ranks.
                                                                                         Northern Lebanon area to assist persons in need
They repaired and made anything pertaining to horses, as that was the mode of
                                                                                         of eye care.
transportation at that time. I remember the posts along the street with a horse
                                                                                            In April 2007, by popular request, the Antique
head and ring to tie up your horse.
                                                                                         Appraisal Fair will be held again in our area. Details
   Today it’s progress with all the surrounding land in housing, only memories
                                                                                         will appear in the next newsletter. Do you have a
linger on, but times change and we with the times.
                                                                                         treasured item you would like to have appraised?
                                                                                            The Jonestown Lions Club meets at 6:30 pm, the
BARKING DOGS                                                                             2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, except July
                                                                                         and August. Membership is open to persons who
The biggest source of complaint by far is that of barking dogs                           want to be of service to their community. Major
and dogs running loose. We encourage all of you with dogs                                emphasis is on helping persons who need eye care.
to be considerate of your neighbors. We realize that, at                                 Questions may be directed to Lion President, Bob
times, dogs will bark. Allowing dogs to bark hours on                                    Hillegas (865-7478) or Membership Chairman
end without attention is both cruel to the dog and a                                     J. Yiengst (865-4892).
nuisance in a quiet community. Also, letting dogs run
loose is against borough ordinance and is subject to
fines or capture of the dog. Dogs on the loose also
leave droppings and dig in neighbors’ yards which is                                                  Think About It!!
both unsanitary and inconsiderate. Therefore, your coop-                                     “We can’t solve all the problems of the
eration in keeping your dogs under control would be appreciat-                               world… but that does not absolve us of
ed. Most of you do a good job at this. It is the small minority who                               solving the ones we can.”
make it bad for everyone.
                                                                                                           Robert Macauley

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