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Cumberland Valley’s Sam Pope, right, and Big Spring’s Matt Barrick wrestle at 160-pounds in a Mid-Penn Conference crossover match Wednesday night at Cumberland Valley High School.


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Sentinel announces move to Wheelhouse property in Carlisle

The Sentinel will move to the Wheelhouse building at the corner of North College Street and B Street in Carlisle, the newspaper announced Wednesday.

The move will occur in April, at the earliest, according to Sentinel interim Publisher Kim Kamowski.

The newspaper, owned and operated by Lee Enterprises Inc., signed an agreement this week with Wheelhouse Properties LLC to move into the Wheelhouse building by this spring. The Sentinel announced in December an agreement had been reached for the sale of its current building at 457 E. North St. to pretzel-bread baker Amish Country Bakehouse.

“We’re excited to be a part of the revitalization within the borough, specifically in the Tire & Wheel site,” Kamowski said. “We’re excited for a new beginning for our community newspaper.”

The Wheelhouse property is the last remaining original structure from the former Carlisle Tire & Wheel factory campus, with most of the industrial buildings having been condemned after the plant closed in 2010.

Since 2015, the building has been owned by Creative Building Concepts, a local partnership, which began by renovating the second and third floors of the factory building into 16 apartment units. Last year, South Side Deli opened a new restaurant in the first floor of the space.

The Sentinel will occupy an additional 4,000 square feet on the ground floor, which is being fitted-out with electrical and office fixtures, said Ross Garner of Creative Building Concepts.

“Once The Sentinel is moved in, we’ll have about 2,000 square feet left on the first floor, ideally for another commercial tenant,” Garner said.

Garner will also construct a storage building in part of the property’s parking lot, located across B Street, for The Sentinel’s hard copy distribution.

The bulk of the former Tire & Wheel site — located on the east side of North College Street — is owned by PIRHL, a Cleveland-based developer. PIRHL recently began work on a plan that includes housing as well as a community center and park on the now-vacant lot.


Michael Bupp, The Sentinel  

Hoyt Emmons shears a sheep during the 39th Sheep to Shawl Competition at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Wednesday in Harrisburg.


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Sheep-to-shawl contest has teams bobbin and weaving at Farm Show

HARRISBURG — The January thaw came at a perfect time Wednesday for seven sheep and thousands of visitors at the sheep-to-shawl contest at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

As temperatures climbed to the 40s outside, visitors inside shed their coats. Meanwhile, shearers removed the heavy woolen coats of the sheep so that seven teams, including one from Cumberland County, could turn the fleece into shawls.

The fifth day of the agricultural exposition featured a meatball showdown, speed horse demonstration, antique tractor pull, bid calling contest and more. The Farm Show runs through 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free while parking is $15 a vehicle.

By midafternoon, the wild, woolly sheep-to-shawl contest was in the spotlight. A sheep to shawl contest involves a team shearing a sheep, spinning the wool into yarn and using it to make a 22 by 78 inch shawl with five inches of fringe on each end, all in 2½ hours.

Time Warp of Montour County was named grand champion for the 11th year and seventh consecutive year and sold its shawl at auction for $675.

Friends Thru Fiber of Franklin County finished second and sold its shawl for $900 while For the Love of Ewe, Cumberland County’s team, finished third and sold its shawl for $900.

State Agriculture Deputy Cheryl Cook kicked off the contest after shearers did a preliminary removal of fleece from the bellies of the sheep. When Cook told them to begin shearing, they got to work.

Using electric shears, muscle and know-how, they grabbed their sheep, sat them on their rumps and began shearing wool. Soon, the shorn sheep were beside piles of fluffy fleece.

Hoyt Emmons of Pennsburg, who shears for the Cumberland County team, sheared a 2-year-old pregnant Romney ewe named Charlotte. Emmons shears about 2,000 sheep annually in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Dan Dailey of Chambersburg, shearer for Friends Thru Fiber of Franklin County, had no problems shearing a Corriedale sheep from the flock of team member Joyce Mellott. Dailey, who has been shearing for 47 years, said the team spends all year planning its sheep-to-shawl project.

As the shorn sheep were led back to their stalls teams got to work. Team members used wire brushes to card or comb the fleece to remove debris and make the fibers go in one direction.

Piles of fluffy fleece were given to the three spinners who sat at their foot-operated spinning wheels and spun the fibers into long strands of yarn. They wound that on wooden bobbins and passed them to the weavers for the next couple hours.

Members of For the Love of Ewe, mostly members of Christian Life Assembly Church in Upper Allen Township, included sisters Rachel Logue, a weaver, and Lisa Logue, a spinner; Michelle Gaydos of Mechanicsburg, a carder, and her daughter, Hannah, who slipped off her shoes to work a spinner; and Dot Helmick of Newberry Township.

For the first hour or so, teams seemed relaxed. But they became more intense as the contest deadline approached. Their pace increased and participants talked less, worked more and looked determined.

The loom of the Loyalhannon Spinners broke when the warp threads separated from the apron end of the loom.

“We had no tension,” said Liza Seiner, weaver. “I had nothing to pull against.” Contest timekeeper Sara Bixler helped her make a repair so tension could be restored.

“That was terribly stressful,” Seiner said. “I thought we were done but after the loom was fixed we kept going. We finished our shawl in two hours and 15 minutes.”

In the final minutes, teams tied fringes on the shawls, checked their shawls and ran them to the four judges before taking a break.

Earlier in the day, prizes were given to winners in the fleece-to-shawl contest, held for youth participants.

Libby Beiler, Time Warp weaver, said her team was honored to take first place. “Competition was tough,” she said. “Every year, teams get more creative and set the bar higher.”


Jeff Pratt, The Sentinel  

The Wheelhouse at 632 N. College St. in Carlisle.


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Mechanicsburg Area School District parents express concern about schedule changes

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At Tuesday night’s Mechanicsburg Area School Board meeting, district officials once again presented a proposal regarding transportation and school start time changes for the 2018-19 school year that board members reviewed last month.

This month’s presentation, however, included concerns that district parents emailed to officials after last month’s presentation.

Under the current system, the district’s first bus pickup for elementary students is 6:50 a.m., with arrival at 7:30 a.m. and building start times of 7:45 a.m. and dismissal at 2:25 p.m. Kindergarten runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

At the secondary level, the first middle school bus pickup is 7:30 p.m., with arrival at 8:10 a.m., a building start time of 8:20 and dismissal at 3:20 p.m. The first high school bus pickup is 6:35 a.m., arrival at 7:10 a.m., a building start time of 7:55 a.m. and dismissal at 2:57 p.m.

For 2018-19, administrators propose changing building schedules as follows:

Elementary grades — 7:40 a.m.-2:35 p.m.

Kindergarten — 7:50 a.m.-2:20 p.m.

High school — 8:20 a.m.-3:20 p.m.

Middle school — 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Kindergarten students would no longer take an additional shuttle from their neighborhood elementary school to the Kindergarten Academy each morning as they do now. Instead, they would share a bus with fourth- and fifth-graders en route to the Elmwood 4/5 Academy. Meanwhile, secondary students would have a much smaller gap between the time they arrive at school in the morning and actual start of classes.

Next year’s proposed changes correspond to an elementary grade reconfiguration that the district will implement at the start of the 2018-19 school year. The Kindergarten Academy’s configuration will remain the same, but Elmwood Elementary School, now housing grades 1-5, will become a district center for grades 4-5. Mechanicsburg’s remaining elementary schools — Broad Street, Northside, Shepherdstown and Upper Allen — will switch from their current composition of grades 1-5 to each serve grades 1-3 for the 2018-19 school year.

Concerns

Parents’ concerns about the proposal range from elementary students in a same family being dismissed from multiple buildings at different times, before- and after-school care coordination, and what impact the changes would have on children who walk to school.

“We want to prove to you that the option we’re putting on the table has many solutions,” Superintendent Mark Leidy told the school board on Tuesday. “We’re going to open it up to those (parents) who think they have unique circumstances (with this plan). We’re saying, ‘Let’s talk about it and see what options are open.’”

The school board is scheduled to vote on next year’s recommended transportation options on Jan. 23, but Leidy said district officials will continue to communicate with the public about the matter through PTO meetings and school bus assignment letters, as well as communicating with district stakeholders.

In a related matter, Leidy pointed out that Tuesday night’s meeting was the last time the school board will meet in the district offices on the second floor of the Elmwood building. Elmwood’s second floor is being converted into classrooms for next year’s transformation in a district center for grades four and five.

Starting on Jan. 23, the school board will meet at the middle school’s environmental center.

Football coach questions

Also on Tuesday, parents questioned the district’s hiring process for Anthony Rose as the high school’s varsity football coach. The school board approved Rose’s appointment on Tuesday with a unanimous vote. He replaces Billy Furman, who coached the team one season before the district opened the position in November for new candidates.

“Was this job posting internal or internal and external,” asked Rebecca Cappawana, president of Mechanicsburg Midget Football. “It was internal and external the previous year (for Furman’s hiring). What was the vetting process, who was the review committee? What are the minimum requirements for a candidate. … I have an obligation to these (Midget football players) and their parents to ask these questions before a vote.”

Leidy said later in the meeting that the district’s general process for whether to post a job internally or externally depends on need. “If there are more specialized positions available, we will post internally,” he said.

This time, the varsity football coach position was posted only internally, Leidy said. Rose, in fact, is a district faculty member. He began teaching social studies at the high school this year. He is also the ninth grade girls basketball coach, a post he will continue to hold while pursuing offseason football weight training and preparation.


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Ask/Answered: New state police barracks on track in South Middleton

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What is the status of the new Pennsylvania State Police barracks in South Middleton Township?

Construction on the new state police barracks in South Middleton Township is on track to be completed by June or July, according to South Middleton Township Supervisor Tom Faley.

That is despite a delay created by the extreme cold temperatures in the Midstate last week, Faley said.

Faley said crews began filling in the concrete floor this week and will soon begin framing and constructing the exterior walls.

Once completed, the building on a 4.73-acre lot on Dunwoody Drive just off Alexander Spring Road will serve as home for state police in Cumberland County and replace the barracks in the 1500 block of Commerce Avenue.

The building, which will be leased by state police, is being developed by SP Carlisle Associates LLC of Dillsburg.

A final land development plan was submitted to the township for consideration during the first quarter of 2017.

The plan was approved by the township in October and construction, including land clearing, began shortly after.

“We’re so thrilled. It’s a very strategic location, close between those two (interstate) exits,” Faley said in October. “They are our police. Having them in our neighborhood gives them a faster response time. It’s a win-win. Our state police are very professional.”

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