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By on January 28, 2015
The cold can also contribute to mayhem. Photographer Mike Shull happened upon a sinkhole mess last Thursday morning at 542 Golden St. A water main break exposed the gas line, and the borough's public works crew was called in to repair the damage. (photos by Mike Shull)

The cold can also contribute to mayhem. Photographer Mike Shull happened upon a sinkhole mess last Thursday morning at 542 Golden St. A water main break exposed the gas line, and the borough’s public works crew was called in to repair the damage. (photos by Mike Shull)

I can’t believe I had to take the “s” off of our Letters to the Editor banner. Thank you, Steve Bartle, for sharing an opinion this week.

Dear neighbors, I once again encourage you to participate in your local newspaper. Use this forum to express a position you hold dear. Opinions lead to discussions. Discussions leads to solutions. What are your thoughts about the future of Susquehanna Bank and the big building it occupies on North Cedar Street? Do you feel Lititz is becoming too much of a beer town, and are you discouraged by its reflection in these pages? Has Deflate-Gate been an inflated story (why do we care so much about overpaid athletes anyway)?

Here are a few of my opinions:

I love snow, but the wind chill on the way to work this morning was 1 degree. A lot is riding on Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction Feb. 2. Some may question the reliability of a rodent’s forecast, but can it really be any less accurate than the TV weatherman?

LR20150129_CSinkhole3We have a front page article this week about the great work being done at Brick Gables, known by many as the Ziegler Barn, on East Newport Road. It is very encouraging to see an investment of this magnitude in preserving historic architecture. The Lititz area has a wealth of classic structures which can never be replaced, but we’ve lost a few in recent years, which was unnecessary and tragic (relatively speaking). The first one that comes to mind is the old railroad freight depot that once stood along Water Street, adjacent to where Lititz holds its farmers market. Norfolk-Southern, a stubborn company with an obscene amount of power and influence, could have allowed interested investors to save that historic building. It could have been incorporated into the farmers market, or become part of the future rail trail, but now it is a walled-off gravel wasteland, a Water Street eyesore. What a shame.

Back to the weather, Jim Houser was welcomed as Lititz’s new public works director during Tuesday night’s council meeting. In the midst of this deep freeze, Jim has been thrown right into the fire. Sinkholes and snow storms are a great way to say, “Welcome to the job, Jim. Best of luck!”

We think he’ll do a fine job, and we hope to enlist him for an upcoming “We Are” profile, which has shifted focus to community members.

Singing the National Anthem during last week's Curt Morris fundraiser are Warwick students (left to right) Erik Homberger, Corey Kerstetter, Matthew Hehnly and Sean Guinter.

Singing the National Anthem during last week’s Curt Morris fundraiser are Warwick students (left to right) Erik Homberger, Corey Kerstetter, Matthew Hehnly and Sean Guinter.

And speaking of community, it’s always great to see strong turnouts for our neighbors in need. Last week, during the Warwick-McCaskey home basketball game, the crowd donned purple in support of former WHS teacher Curt Morris, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. We’re not sure how much money was collected to help the Morris family, but the sincere love shown through the simple gesture of wearing purple is cause for hope in an otherwise stressful world.

What’s your opinion?

Stephen Seeber is the associate editor of the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at sseeber.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4423.   

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