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November 15, 2010

Everything is falling nicely into place for the Mifflinburg Community Christmas Tree Lighting...I'll consider it a pre-Christmas Miracle!

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be on Sunday November 28, 2010 at 7pm in downtown Mifflinburg at the former Borough Building (333 Chestnut Street).

For safety we are closing down a portion of Chestnut Street for the Ceremony...Thank you Mifflinburg Police Department and Mifflinburg Fire Police for taking care of all that!

We will have seasonal music played by guitarist and singer Shawn Hoffmaster and lots of free refreshments will be available.

Our good friends at Mifflinburg's First Church of the Nazarene are donating 500 home baked cookies!!

And DC Coffee is providing Hot Chocolate and regular and decaf coffee! Our friends from Lincoln Chapel United Methodist Church will be serving the coffee and hot chocolate.

If the weather turns bad the Mifflinburg Hose Company 3 had graciously offered us shelter in the Mifflinburg Hose Company building next door!

Keith Phelps and the elves at Country Farm and Home Gift and Garden Center are donating the Christmas Tree and doing all the tree trimming...so it will be spectacular to say the least!

Thank You to the Mifflinburg Ministerium for helping me plan the event and a HUGE Thank You!! to our Mifflinburg Borough Council for giving me the opportunity to bring this community event to life!

Downtown Mifflinburg has been without a Christmas Tree for 20 years! So Let's have a great turnout and make this an annual event.


September 21, 2010

The Mifflinburg Borough Council has graciously given me permission to use the Mifflinburg Park for a Jack-o-Lantern Contest.

It is scheduled for Wednesday October 27, 2010 from 7pm to 8pm. Jack-o-Lanterns will be judged at 7:30pm. Just bring your clean, carved Jack-o-Lantern to the Park on 5th Street.

It's our first year so we'll figure out how to line everything up when we all get there. I am thinking of lining them all up on both sides of a path through the park so we can all walk down the path and see everyone's handiwork!

There will be award ribbons and age categories.


***Please NO candles or flames.***


We will use battery powered lights only in the Jack-o-Lanterns. Carved pumpkins only, as painted pumpkins will not be visible in the dark.


September 19, 2010

Great weekend for the Vintage Iron Festival at the VFW Carnival Grounds. Great weather, great friends but terrible luck at the cake wheel!


September 18, 2010

Hats off to the Buffalo Valley Sportsmen's Association for hosting their annual Kids Field Day at the Sportsmen's Club. A great day for local youth to learn about all kinds of hunting, fishing, trapping and safe use of equipment.








September 18, 2010

The board of MHRA (Mifflinburg Heritage and Revitalization Association) honored Becky Hagenbaugh with a Retirement Reception at the home of Judy Muchler.  

THANK YOU!! to Becky for your many years of service!


August 31, 2010

Mifflinburg children head back to school! Please drive safely...and study hard!


August 24, 2010

My wife was very surprised to see all her Evangelical Community Hospital friends for a surprise party honoring her 20 years of service!



August 7, 2010

Today I was honored to cut the ribbon at Mifflinburg's new Wastewater Treatment Facility. Thank You to the many who attended for the celebration and the tour afterward. I requested a brown and yellow ribbon but all they had was the traditional red one.



July 31, 2010

Marcia and I rode in the Mifflinburg Fireman's Carnival Parade. We had a great time throwing candy to all our friends in Mifflinburg. A special Thank You! to Dave Sampsell who let us ride in his Ford Pick-up Rat Rod.




July 17, 2010

We had a wonderful time at the Gutelius House for the Reading of the Declaration of Independence!

This event was put together by our local Children of the American Revolution members. I had the pleasure of addressing the crowd after Union County Commissioner John Showers.

It was heart-warming to me to see our young people taking time to look back at our history and remember our humble origins!



July 16, 2010

Our Annual Blueberries and Bluegrass Festival was a HUGE SUCCESS! Thank You to all who attended and to the Band; The West End Bluegrass Band.

And THANK YOU to M&T Bank for sponsoring this important and fun event!

And a special Thank You to Becky Hagenbaugh for hooking me up with a Blueberry Tie!!



July 14, 2010

The Work Camp came to our area. Over 450 young people did construction projects in our area to the benefit of many local families! Great Job work campers and Work Camp Organizers. I had the privilege of speaking to them at the opening ceremonies!


July 4, 2010

A spectacular celebration! From the Annual 5K Race right through the fireworks!

We had a great turnout for the Annual Pet Parade as you can see in the photo below!



June 26, 2010

I was honored to ride in the Union County Veterans Parade and represent Mifflinburg! The streets were packed and TONS of Mifflinburgers made the trip to the parade in Lewisburg. Thank You all for a great turnout! And Thank You to Michelle for organizing such a wonderful event!



June 16, 2010

Mifflinburg Safety Fair

Hats off to Mifflinburg Police Officer Ross Mitchell for putting together an amazing Safety Fair! The event was in the Mifflinburg Park and Pool and we served up over 600 hot dogs and over 300 Rita's Italian Ices!! I spent some time in the Dunk Tank and offered up $50 to anyone who could dunk me three consecutive throws in a row. A fool and his money were soon parted as I gave the $50 to a 9 year old who sunk me on his first three throws!! Dunk Tank proceeds went to the Mike Hobbins Recovery Fund...we raised $236.00 for that great cause.

And we had about 150 people take advantage of the free swimming in the Mifflinburg Pool!

Our mission for this event was to introduce Mifflinburg residents to all those who quietly keep them safe on a day-to-day basis.

We processed about 100 Child ID Kits that included the child's fingerprints and a DNA sample.







June 16, 2010

Leckey Live at the Tri, Tri Again Triathlon

Ryan Leckey from WNEP Channel 16 came to Central PA for his morning show to feature the Tri, Tri Again Triathlon event! We arrived and started to get rolling before 5am! I was fortunate to be able to say some nice things about Mifflinburg and our area to 500,000 viewers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!




June 12, 2010

Union County Library System "Big Splash" Kickoff at the Mifflinburg Park and Pool

This event kicks off our Summer Reading Program which this year has the theme of "Make a Splash at Your Library."
I read a proclamation and had a wonderful time at the event!



May 28, 2010

D.A.R.E. Graduation

I was honored to say a few words at the DARE Graduation. The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program is conducted in our Mifflinburg Intermediate School by Chief Bickhart and Officer Hubler. We get great support from the school staff for this important program. The program teaches students how to resist using drugs when they are offered! The students did a great job!!



May 23, 2010

Our 18th Wedding Anniversary!

I just wanted to post this so Marcia would know I didn't forget it!! Love you!!



May 22, 2010

Mifflinburg Ambulance Open House

I had a wonderful time meeting everyone at the Mifflinburg Ambulance Open House. They had a great crowd and everyone was impressed with the tours of the ambulance facility and the ambulances. Great job everyone!



May 21, 2010

Senator Gene Yaw films documentary in Mifflinburg

I had a wonderful time visiting with Senator Yaw and helping in his "A Conversation with Senator Gene Yaw" video series. This installment is all about Mifflinburg!! The Senator toured the Elias Church, the Gutelius Log House, the Buggy Museum, the Chair Museum, the Little Log Home and more!

To see the first installment of the three-part video series go to this site: http://senatorgeneyaw.com

Click on the July 10 link for Part One.

Part Two is on the August 10 link.

Part Three is on the September 2010 link.



May 15, 2010

Get Moving Mifflinburg...Mifflinburg Health and Wellness Day

In conjunction with Evangelical Community Hospital I planned a community Health and Wellness Day. There were health care professionals on hand to answer questions and a bike rodeo and a family obstacle course. The Mifflinburg High School Coaches Association had a food stand with lots of healthy lunch choices.




April 30, 2010

Arbor Day

I had the pleasure of Proclaiming Arbor Day in Mifflinburg. Mifflinburg is an official Tree City USA! Thanks to Juergen Seefeldt, our Shade Tree Commission and the Mifflinburg Area School District Agriculture students for keeping Mifflinburg green!




March 31, 2010

NIMS Training

I attended the NIMS Training (National Incident Management System) Training at the Union County Emergency Center in Lewisburg. This training prepares community leaders and safety personnel to manage various crises and situations which can arise in times of emergency. A VERY good course with a certification exam afterward! That nervous pre-test feeling took me back to my school days!!

It was also very interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes at the 911 Call Center. It was amazing to see the efficiency and professionalism of the 911 Call Center Operators.



March 03, 2010

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Mifflinburg American Legion Post 410 and the Mifflinburg Moose co-sponsored the Egg Hunt at the VFW Carnival Grounds. We had a HUGE crowd of children to hunt for eggs! Among the eggs there was a Mayor's Egg in each of the four age divisions which was good for a $50 Savings Bond donated by each of our four local banks: Mifflinburg Bank and Trust, M & T Bank, Swineford National Bank and West Milton State Bank.






February 24, 2010

Meet the Mayor

I hosted a Meet the Mayor event at the Mifflinburg Bank and Trust Company's new Community Room. Lots of Mifflinburgers
attended with questions about the Borough and I got some great feedback as well.

Photo by Jeff Shaffer for the Standard-Journal



February 19 & 20, 2010

Elected Officials Training Seminar

Mifflinburg Borough Councilman Ben Dietrich and I attended the two-day Elected Officials Training in Williamsport. It was a nice opportunity to meet other local elected officials and to hear about how things are done in their respective boroughs and townships.



February 07, 2010

Story Time with the Mayor

I got to read "Bark George!" by Jules Feiffer as part of the Herr Memorial Library's Discover Program.
The youngsters and Herr Library Staff were great to work with!





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