Remembering a lost cemetery and supporting the Employment Skills Center's Carlisle Downtown Mile were featured takeaways from Carlisle Borough Council's Thursday meeting.
Army War College gift
The borough council approved an agreement with the U.S. Army War College Class of 2019 for the future care and maintenance of an archway to the former Lincoln Cemetery that is being donated by the class.
Lincoln Cemetery was once located on the northwest corner of Pitt and Penn streets, and is now the location of Memorial Park. A single tombstone from the old cemetery remains though it is believed hundreds of bodies still remain interred.
Councilwoman Brenda Landis said the arch should be installed by May, and a ceremony will be held with the Haines-Stackfield American Legion on Memorial Day. At that point, the War College's participation ends save for assistance with maintenance, but that is not the end of the work at the former cemetery.
There are a lot of gaps in the history of the cemetery, Landis said. Even pictures of children playing along the street with the cemetery in the background could be helpful to create a comprehensive, accurate history.
“People, whether they know it or not, will be able to help us further this research,” she said.
A town hall meeting focusing on Carlisle's Lincoln Cemetery will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., April 16, in the community room of 1 West Penn. The meeting will discuss the history of Lincoln Cemetery; past, present and future research efforts; and investments planned to restore the sanctity of the ground.
Open the taps
The traditional post-race beer garden at the annual Carlisle Downtown Mile is a go with the borough council’s decision to waive open container restrictions and the prohibition on the public consumption of alcohol on race day.
The waiver is in effect from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. on race day, May 16.
The beer garden will be on the parking lot of JFC Staffing at the corner of North Pitt and West High streets, which the borough considers a “private parking lot open to public use” for the purposes of the waiver.
Open only to race participants and volunteers, the beer garden features will feature five brew pubs. Identification is required for entry.
This is the eighth year for the one-mile race to benefit Employment Skills Center. The race begins at the Subway Car Wash at the intersection of West High and South Orange streets and finishes near the location of the beer garden.
Registration is still available at the Employment Skills Center website.
Art Kunst, race director and employee of Employment Skills Center, said a sponsor has also stepped up to provide $500 to pay for the registrations for those who may be unable to afford it. Those registrations have been given to Safe Harbour, the Salvation Army, Hope Station and the Housing Authority.
“We wanted to include everyone we can in our community,” he said.