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From the Desk of Carroll Valley Mayor Ron

(3/2016) It is March and with any luck we are over the snow and ice. We made it through the Blizzard of 2016 with an average snowfall in Carroll Valley of 27 inches. On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner after watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an executive order to recognize the Star-Spangled Banner as our national anthem. In March 1931, Congress passes an act that confirms Wilsonís presidential order, and on March 3rd President Hoover signed it into law. So, every March 3rd we recognize the Star-Spangled Banner as our national anthem.

Are you familiar with the guidelines for displaying the Stars and Strips? The flag should only be publicly displayed from sunrise to sunset. However, the flag may be displayed in the evening if it is illuminated. When the "Pledge of Allegiance" is recited; National Anthem played; the flag passes in a parade, military in uniform render a military salute. Civilians should remove any headdress and hold it with their right hand at their left shoulder, the hand resting over the heart. In 2008, a law was passed which allowed veterans and active duty military not in uniform to render the military-style hand salute to show respect.

The Fairfield Fire & EMS Annual Awards Banquet is being held on March 12th. RSVP is requested. Contact Dave Martin at manager@fairfieldfire-ems.org or call 717-642-8842 by February 27th.

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday March 13th at 2 a.m. Remember to set your clocks forward one hour, "Spring forward Ė Fall Back!" The Ides of March is March 15th. It is the day back in 44 B.C. that Julius Caesar was stabbed by Marcus Brutus and other members of the Roman Senate. Watch yourself on the 15th. The 2016 Menís NCAA March Madness Tournament Play-in games will begin on Tuesday, March 15th. The championship game will be held on Monday, April 4th. We celebrate St. Patrickís Day, everything green, on March 17th.

The Vernal Equinox is March 20th. Spring starts. Equinox means "equal night". The day and night are approximately equal (12 hours each). On March 26th, the Fairfield Fire & EMS will host a Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.in time to fuel up for the Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 26th in the Carroll Valley Commons/Park. The Hunt starts promptly at 11 am. There are 4 age groups: (1) 2 years and under; (2) 3-4 year olds; (3) 5-7 years old; and 8-10 year olds. Please be sure to be there at 11. Easter Sunday is March 27th.

Are you aware of what happens when you are stopped in Pennsylvania for speeding? When you see police car lights flashing in your rear view mirror, you need to slow down pull over to a safe area. Do not get out of the car. The officer will approach you and explain why you were stopped. Upon request, you should render to the officer your driverís license, registration and proof of insurance. Your driving record is checked for any outstanding warrants. The officer prepares the citation. The officer then explains the charge, the nature of the offense and your rights that are documented on the back of the citation. In Pennsylvania, if you do not take action on the citation within 10 days, a warrant for your arrest is issued and your driverís license no matter the state will be suspended. You have two options when mailing in the citation. You could plead not guilty and request a trial or plead guilty. In either case, you must include an amount equal to the total due as specified on the traffic citation. If you wish to make payments rather than paying the entire citation at once, you can go to the Magisterial District Judgeís office and set up a payment plan. All credit card payments must be paid using the online method. Be aware, if you plead guilty or are found guilty, points may be assessed against your driverís record by PENNDOT. If you choose to go to a hearing, the judge cannot change the points, he can only find you guilty or not guilty as the points are controlled by PENNDOT. Naturally, you can avoid receiving a citation by watching your speed when driving in Carroll Valley and Fairfield. Please slow down.

I did have the pleasure of attending the 2nd Annual Daddy-Daughter Princess Ball on February 13th held by the Carroll Valley Borough July 4th Committee. Over 200 people were in attendance. It was a tremendous success. I would like to thank everyone involved, especially Jeni Jarrell. If you havenít already, go to www.ronspictures.net to view the pictures. The Carroll Valley Borough website has been redesigned and implemented. Its design was to be simple, and clean, with a focus on users of tablets and mobile devices. It also incorporates a Facebook feed, to streamline the operations of updating citizens quickly and completely. Take a look!

The Borough will be holding the following meetings in March: Planning Commission (Mon-Mar 7th); Public Safety Committee (Mon-Mar 14th); Borough Council (Tues-Mar 15th); Parks and Recreation Committee (Wed-Mar 23rd) and Sewer and Water Authority (Mon-Mar 28th). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at MayorRonHarris@comcast.net or by cell at 301-606-2021.

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