Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Off the Mat rankings

Tide's Marcus Fischer ranked 13th in state:

All gone

For those of who trying to order those famous Holy Trinity fastnachts, forget it. In three days, they have sold out, according to a member of the fastnacht baking committee.

Chocolate Bingo

The Columbia K-9 Campaign and the Columbia Consolidated Fire Departent will host a Wolfgang Chocolate Bingo on Saturday, March 19.
The doors will open at noon, with bingo starting at 1 p.m.
For ore information, call 684-5435.

Chamber to host Gala

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce will host an upcoming event:

Tide player recognized

From link on PennLive...
A team comprised of some of the best high school football players in Eastern Pennsylvania were able to place in the top 4 teams at the Badger Sport/New Level Athletics Elite 7 on 7 Camp at Rutgers University this past weekend. Their team, the Pennsylvania Playmakers, made it all the way to the semi-finals before losing to the eventual champions, Maryland Flex, 20-19 in a heartbreaking loss. This was New Level Athletic's Northeast Region Championship event and by placing in the top 4, they qualified to play at the National Championship Tournament at the University of Alabama during July 4th weekend. I was able to see and record a ton of action during the two-day event. The video won't be available for a few weeks but here are some thoughts on some of the "Playmakers".

Shawn Simmons (Linebacker) - Harrisburg H.S.- The 6'2", 250 pound linebacker impressed many with his speed and quickness for his size. Teams came to find out that Simmons was able to cover running backs coming out of the backfield as he made a lot of athletic plays on defense during the two-day event. Expect his stock to rise considerably on the recruiting circuit.

Dion Shaw (Defensive Back/Wide Receiver) – Ridley H.S. – 6'0", 170 LBS/Damiere Shaw (Defensive Back/Wide Receiver) – 5'11" 170 LBS – The Shaw brothers locked down their side of the field during the two day event. Dion impressed at the workouts last year and this year and did not disappoint with his performance this past weekend. Damiere made several noticeable defensive plays, especially on the second day where he had key breakups. Basically,no one was getting open on these guys. Their performance this weekend should add to their great reputations.

Max Ward (Quarterback)– Steel-High – 6'2", 175 LBS- You can officially add Ward to the list of one of the better quarterbacks coming back in the part of Pennsylvania. He had earned it with his performance over the weekend. Going against some of the best competition in the Northeastern part of the U.S., Ward was able to hit his receivers on all kinds of routes. Ward specialized with the long throws this weekend, showing an ability to hit his wideouts in stride. He helped lead the Playmakers to a top 4 finish and this performance should add to his confidence.

David Williams (Running Back) – West Catholic – 6'0", 180 lbs. Normally, running backs don't do much during 7 on 7 competitions, but the rules at New Level Athletics/Badger Sport events are different. The running back can run the ball and be effective. That's what describes Williams' performance, very effective. He scored on several TD runs during the two-day event and showed his versatility catching the ball out of the backfield. He's a sophomore right now but he is one of the top 5 running backs coming back for the 2011 season.

Mike Burke (Wide Receiver) – Columbia – Along with Simmons from Harrisburg, Burke has to be a kid whose stock rose during the two-day event. He was unstoppable for most of the two-day event, making all kind of catches. He beat his man several times for long touchdown catches and proved that he is one of the best wide receivers coming back for the 2011 season. There's no doubt he earned a lot of respect over the weekend. With his size and precise route running, there's no doubt he'll be on the recruiting radar soon enough.

Kyle Kerrick (Wide Receiver) – Coatesville – Kerrick showed up on the second day of the event and made an instant impact. He showed good hands and great route-running ability while making key catches during the Playmakers run during the second day of the event.

Blake Rankin (Quarterback) – Bloomsburg – Rankin was a kid already on the radar and definitely improved his stock over the weekend even more with his performance. Rankin picked apart defenses the whole weekend and was able to connect on numerous long touchdown passes during the two-day event. Rankin is one of the best QB's in the state.

Kevin Malone (Safety) – West Catholic – Malone manned the safety position for the Playmakers and got a key interception during the second day. Malone is part of a talented nucleus coming back for the West Catholic Burrs for the 2010 football season.

Larry Zimmerman (Defensive Back) – Pine Grove – Zimmerman had a good first day and stepped up his game during the second day with some key pass breakups. He saw a lot of time during the latter part of the single-game elimination tournament and more than held his own. Although he didn't get to showcase his skills at wide receiver, the All-State defensive back proved he belonged against top competition.

Leroy McClain (Defensive Back) – Susquehanna Township – McClain stepped up his game during the second day of the event, showing more aggressiveness and preventing receivers from getting open. McClain is also a wide receiver but defensive back is where he may end up at when he gets to the college level. He already has the speed.

West Hepfield honors officers


The West Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors presented two officers with awards as well as naming one of the officers as the 2010 Officer of the Year at their regular scheduled meeting on March 1. Officers Richard C. Bowermaster, Jr. and Bradley J. Rohrbaugh were each presented with
the Commendation Award and Officer Bowermaster was named Officer of the Year.
“These officers are being recognized for investigations that they conducted that went well above what is
expected of officers assigned to patrol.” stated Chief Mark G. Pugliese, “In both cases, their investigations
lead to arrests of several individuals and cleared multiple cases for several different jurisdictions. In one case, the investigation cleared cases in another county as well.”
The Commendation Award is awarded to any employee for an outstanding act that involved performance above and beyond the employee's basic assignment.
It is awarded to police officers of any rank for outstanding per-formance of duties under unusual, complicated, or hazardous conditions.
This year there are 2 recipients of the Commendation Award for 2010.
In the fall of 2010 the West Hempfield Township Police Department received two complaints of ATM machines being broken into at a Mountville Borough location. Officer Richard Bowermaster received some information while on patrol and with this information, he was able to developed several suspects and learned that the individuals may have perpetrated criminal acts in other jurisdictions as well. Through Officer Bowermaster’s actions, he along with officers from 6 other law enforcement agencies in both Lancaster and York Counties were able to arrest seven individuals for their involvement in eight thefts, six burglaries, one stolen vehicle as well as other criminal offenses.
Officer Bowermaster worked tirelessly including hours that he was scheduled off-duty to bring this case to prosecution. Officer Bowermaster coordinated the investigation so well that his work was complimented by a long time detective from a neighboring department.
In June of 2010, Officer Bradley Rohrbaugh received a report of a stolen vehicle from a residence in West Hempfield Township. This vehicle was subsequently recovered by the department in Mountville Borough. Officer Rohrbaugh received consent from the vehicle’s owner to search the vehicle and in doing so recovered several cell phones and a GPS that were determined not to belong to the vehicle owner. Using the phones and the GPS unit, Officer Rohrbaugh was able to locate victims and witnesses that ultimately lead to the arrests of three juveniles for offenses that included vehicle theft, burglary, defiant trespass and theft from a motor vehicle. The juveniles’ crime spree spanned over theee jurisdictions and in all, property was returned to seven  victims.
Officer Rohrbaugh’s diligent investigation started with a couple of cell phones and a GPS unit led him to several prosecution and clearing cases in three municipalities. Commendation Award is hereby awarded to Officer Bradley J. Rohrbaugh.
Officer of the Year
Officer of the Year is awarded to an officer who distinguished him/herself through either an accumulation of exceptional contributions or a single incident, and whose actions clearly place the individual well above others of equal rank or grade. Areas of recognition include, but are not limited to: extraordinary valor, positive community impact, administrative accomplishments, crime prevention, training programs, traffic safety and innovative approaches to public service. This individual shall have truly represented the department in a favorable light, having reflected the vision andmission statements in their daily actions.
The 2010 Officer of the Year is awarded to Officer Richard C. Bowermaster, Jr.
Officer Bowermaster is a 10-year veteran of the police department having been hired in 2003. Even though Officer Bowermaster is assigned to the Patrol Division, heconstantly and diligently handles investigations as a seasoned investigator would.
Officer Bowermaster can be relied upon to handle his investigation with dedication and tenacity. Officer Bowermaster’s investigative skills reflect credit upon himself and bring credit to the department.

Crime Stoppers need help


Week of February 28th, 2011
Lancaster City/County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the person(s) responsible for the listed crime.
Rodney Regan DUNHAM
29 Years of age
Also known as: Alan Everett LONG
557 Avenue H Columbia, PA
5 feet, 7 inches
165 pounds
On July 11th, 2008, the Columbia Borough Police Department investigated an incident of shots fired in the area of South Third Street and Union Street. Officers encountered Rodney Regan DUNHAM and a discarded Smith & Wesson handgun in the area of the incident. As a result of witness information policecharged DUNHAM with Persons not to Possess a Firearm, Possession of Firearms without a License, Recklessly Endangering another Person and False Identification to Law Enforcement. DUNHAM uses the name Alan Long and is a convicted felon in South Carolina.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of DUNHAM is asked to contact the Columbia Borough Police Department at (717) 684-7735, or Lancaster City/Lancaster County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913. Callers can remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.