Gettysburg Times, August 20, 2008

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Gettysburg Times (Newspaper) - August 20, 2008, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania VOL. 106, NO. 199 GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2008 50¢ ADVERTISE IN THE TIMES - Call: 717- 334- 1131 E- MAIL: news@ gburgtimes. com sports@ gburgtimes. com WEB: www. gettysburgtimes. com Classifieds ..................... D1- D2 Comics ................................. D3 Crossword ............................ D1 Deaths .................................. A2 Horoscope ............................ D3 Lottery .................................. A3 Opinion ................................ A4 Sports ............................. B1- B4 INSIDE LOOK FOR UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS, COMEDY CLUBS & CONCERTS AT WWW. CARROLLVALLEY. COM CARROLL VALLEY RESORT ~ 121 Sanders Road, Fairfield. PA ~ 717- 642- 8211 SINGLES DANCE DJ Every Saturday Night 9PM- 1AM Every 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month $ 7 Admission includes free appetizers World Tavern POKER Every Tuesday & Thursday 6: 30 & 9PM GREAT PRIZES NIGHTLY! GREATDRINK SPECIALS! M ELISSA H OFMANN / G ETTYSBURG T IMES BACK TO THE FUTURES — Jeff Wozniak of Jericho Stage Inc. rigs a cable on the patio overlooking the 18th hole at The Links At Gettysburg on Tuesday in prepartion for The Gettysburg Championship. The Links is hosting the 54- hole Duramed FUTURES Tour event, which begins Friday and concludes Sunday. A $ 100,000 purse will be at stake for the 144 women golfers competing in the event. Technician battles spread of deadly virus BY JOHN MESSEDER Times Staff Writer Matthew Stough spends his day collecting and counting mosquitoes, hoping to find those that carry West Nile Virus before the infected bugs infect humans. Stough is the West Nile Virus Technician with the Adams County Conservation District. Stough sets his traps in the afternoon, then makes the collection round next morning. “ I travel about 100 miles a day,” he said. “ The more populated an area is, the more traps I have around it.” Southern and eastern Adams County are more heavily targeted for trapping than northern and western areas. Tuesday morning, he had 20 in the Gettysburg area, seven in Carroll Valley and Fairfield area, four around Bonneauville and 10 near McSherrystown, as well as other population centers. In addition, there were 15 traps across the northern — less populated — part of the county. Stough uses two types of traps. “ Stinky water” attracts the tiny, whiny bugs to a potentially great place to lay their eggs. Instead, a batterypowered fan sucks them into a screened box, where they are trapped. The other kind has the trap at the end of an insulated container of dry ice, frozen carbon dioxide ( CO2). Some mosquitoes are attracted to warm mammals by the CO2 they exhale. Like the “ stinky water” trap, the CO2 device uses a battery- operated fan to draw the insects into its trap. Immediately after removing the trap, Stough places it in a cooler full of dry ice to chill and kill the bugs. Back at his office in the county Agriculture and Natural Resources Center, he documents his catch and prepares it for shipment to the Department of Environmental Protection. There, the mosquitoes are cataloged by species and sent to the Department of Health laboratory for testing. The DOH results help guide Stough in placing more traps and in spreading a pelletized insecticide made from corn husks and a bacteria that attacks and kills the mosquitoes but is harmless to humans. “ It will not affect fish, wildlife, pets or people,” he assured. “ Kids and older people are most at risk for West Nile,” Stough said, adding the list also includes people with compromised immune systems, such as anyone on chemotherapy for cancer. For that reason, he puts special collection emphasis on parks, schools and assisted living homes. You need still water, the more organic the better, to attract mosquitoes. Manure lagoons and sewer treatment plants are particularly good attractions, as are tire piles — “ tires breed like crazy,” Stough said — and junk yards. But any standing water will do, including children’s toys and other household objects capable of holding water. “ Everyone needs to take precautions, not just in infected municipalities,” Stough said. The virus so far has not been seen passing from human to human, but it is carried long distances by birds. “ Birds travel many miles,” he said. “ A mosquito can go a half- mile at the most.” One type of mosquito, the Culex, feeds primarily on birds. An impregnated Culex, looking for a blood- meal so it can make its eggs, finds an infected bird, and becomes infected. Then, the mosquito moves to another bird and passes the virus on. Samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus this year in seven Adams County municipalities: Tyrone, Mount Pleasant, Mount Joy, Conewago, Hamilton, and Straban townships and Gettysburg Borough. Symptoms of West Nile Infection can range from flulike symptoms that last a few days, to West Nile encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain and membrane surround- ( See VIRUS, Page A5) West Nile Virus Technician Matthew Stough removes a mosquito trap from a CO2- baited device near the Gettysburg Rec Park on Tuesday morning. Any mosquitoes will be sent to DEP and then to the Department of Health to be tested for the virus, which can be life- threatening to humans. Corn husk pellets ( inset photo), laden with a bacteria harmless to humans and other animals but deadly to mosquitoes, is sprayed wherever traps find mosquitoes breeding. J OHN M ESSEDER / G ETTYSBURG T IMES “ Kids and older people are most at risk for West Nile. Everyone needs to take precautions, not just those in the infected municipalities.” — Matthew Stough, West Nile Virus technician Mostly sunny — A8 Commissioners receptive to casino BY SCOT ANDREW PITZER Times Staff Writer Two high- ranking Adams County officials indicated Tuesday morning that they’re receptive to the area’s latest gaming proposal, led by businessman David LeVan, for a horse track and slots parlor near the Mason- Dixon Line. “ We’ve been hearing that there’s a possibility, and that Mr. LeVan is still in the process of looking for a location to put a casino,” Adams County Commissioner Glenn Snyder said during an interview on AM- 1320 WGET . “ It’s like I stated before – if we follow the same rules as everyone else, and it’s not near the battlefield, I don’t think it will be a detriment to the county.” Snyder and Board of Commissioners Chairman George Weikert were guests on the station’s Breakfast Nook program, hosted by veteran broadcaster Fred Snyder. “ I understand, from what I’ve read and heard, that it’s supposed to be in southern Adams County near the Maryland Line,” Commissioner Weikert told Snyder. “ If you think about what we have down there… it might be an acceptable place to put such a facility.” The proposal is preliminary, and a long shot – even according to LeVan – as there are presently no state gaming licenses available. But several ongoing projects are either in financial or legal trouble, and LeVan has said that he could quickly put a team together to pursue a license. “ I believe that, eventually, gaming will come to Adams County,” LeVan said previously. A gaming facility in Adams County, LeVan believes, could produce up to 1,000 new jobs and generate $ 15-$ 20 million in annual gaming tax revenue, once the complex is in full operation. “ The revenues are one of the things that we need to look at,” said Commissioner Snyder. “ But if it’s in the right place, we’ll see what happens.” LeVan’s previous attempt at establishing a gaming facility in Adams County – the Crossroads Gaming Resort project, proposed for the Route 15/ 30 intersection in Straban Township, near the Gettysburg Battlefield – was rejected in 2006 by the state’s Gaming Control Board. The board cited battlefield proximity, local opposition, and the fear of Maryland slots as reasons for denying the project. At the time, Weikert was serving on the Cumberland Township Board of Supervisors, a seat that he held for 14 years. “ I really didn’t take a stance on the last project to put a casino out in Straban Township,” Commissioner Weikert responded when asked by Snyder if he was receptive to LeVan’s newest proposal. “ I do think that in the right place, the ( project) may be acceptable to the residents of Adams County, and certainly it would provide some relief to the tax- base.” LeVan has promised to distance his project far from the battlefield, possibly south of Littlestown near the Maryland border. He believes he could quickly form partnerships, perhaps with Hanover Shoe Farms – a horse breeding business – as well as a gaming operator. The Battlefield Harley Davidson co- owner is targeting an undisclosed property, of at least 200 acres, somewhere in southern Adams County. LeVan envisions a $ 400-$ 500 million complex, including a horse track, gaming floor, restaurants and shops. BY SCOT ANDREW PITZER Times Staff Writer Neighborhoods in Gettysburg’s 3rd Ward have had an unsavory reputation for years, but the perception is not validated by statistics. “ There may have been a lot of activity in past years, but it may have been blown out of proportion by one or two of my predecessors,” Gettysburg Police Department Chief Joe Dougherty said Tuesday afternoon during Borough Council’s monthly Public Safety Committee meeting. “ Perceptions became a reality over the years. The 3rd Ward is a safe community – if I lived in the 3rd Ward, I’d be upset with the perception.” Gettysburg officials believe that the 3rd Ward is no more dangerous than the municipality’s other two precincts. Frankly, the 3rd Ward – predominantly the southwest portion of town – is a safe community. “ We’re constantly hearing reports that we have a high crime rate and drug activity in the 3rd Ward,” Mayor William E. Troxell said during Tuesday’s meeting. “ The evidence that we have does not support that rumor, and it’s not fair to those neighborhoods.” Trouble spots in the 3rd Ward have primarily been Breckenridge and South Washington streets. The community is home to a thriving African- American population, and residences are mainly rental units. “( Adams County District Attorney) Shawn Wagner assures me that in the 100- 300 block of Breckenridge, there is nothing going on,” said Chief Dougherty. “ A lot of things we hear are ( See 3RD WARD, Page A5) Gettysburg leaders try to clarify misconceptions about 3rd Ward South Mountain Fair photos — A8 U. S. wrestler stuns field to win the Olympic Gold — B1 ;