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Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, Jonas 30" Snowstorm 2016 , or the Summer Storm of 2018,

I've been here for you.

Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association. 

Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy.  A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy.  Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods.  Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe.  In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools. 

Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. 

Keep Litz doing the People's Business.


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Honorary Chair:     Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll --a woman who broke the glass ceiling and contributed greatly to PA politics; born in 1930, died November 12, 2008.

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Compiled by Jo Ellen Litz from information provided by Citizens of Lebanon County.

  1. What was Judge G. Thomas Gates’ first name?
  2. What is the biblical name for Lebanon?
  3. What community had the first public water supply?
  4. When did Lebanon City first receive public water?
  5. What is the LONGEST name of any town or city in the state of PA? 
  6. Who lived at 34 East Locust Street in Lebanon?                         
  7. How is the County seal distinguished from the State Seal? 
  8. Where was the first bowling alley in Lebanon County located? 
  9. "What President of the U.S. was a member of the Lebanon County Bar?" (Hint: Lebanon County was separated from other counties).  
  10. Only five members of the Blue Eyed Six were executed for their role in the 1879 murder of Joseph Raber. Who was granted a new trial and later acquitted? 
  11. Who is buried in the crypt under the altar at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 6th and Chestnut Sts.? 
  12. What was the name of the Taxi Service that operated in Palmyra and provided services to Lebanon County from the 1950's to the late 1970's?  Can you name the owner/operators?    
  13. How many chickens are processed in Bethel Township every day? 
  14. Who founded the William Penn Lunch room? 
  15. What is the name of the Lebanon County resident who advised Corning Glass, at their invitation, in developing their innovative line of Pyrex cookware in the early 1900s?
  16. Who helped make Pennsylvania Dutch cooking famous around the world?
  17. The Lebanon County native who contributed to the magical worlds of children’s public broadcasting television programs, like Sesame Street?
  18. The first woman from Lebanon County to be selected as one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business?
  19. What building was once used as the region’s agricultural, mechanical and industrial exposition in the late 1800s?
  20. What Lebanon County resident had an observatory named after him? 
  21. Where is Lebanon County's only waterfall?
  22.  Is it Hazel Dike or Hazel Dyke? 
  23.   What is the large crumbling cement structure at the base of a steep hill  to the west as one approaches 10th Street to the west on Elm street ( the new drug store is on your left) directly in front of you.
  24. Which NASCAR/ARCA driver’s hometown is Lebanon?
  25. Which late-night talk show host claimed Lebanon as his former home office for the original fictional source of Top Ten Lists?
  26. In which adventure series did the short story "The Red-Headed League" in the by Arthur Conan Doyle appear? "TO THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE: On account of the bequest of the late Ezekiah Hopkins, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, U. S. A., there is now another vacancy open which entitles a member of the League to a salary of 4 pounds a week for purely nominal services. . ."
  27. Which school has unique architecture: three circular buildings joined by glass enclosed walkways.
  28. Which NBA star was born in Lebanon and attended Lebanon High School?

29.  Can you name two NFL quarterbacks who came from Lebanon County, one from Lebanon High School and one from Cedar Crest High School? 

30.  Which sitting mayor is a twin?

31.  In February of 1813, Lebanon County was erected from Dauphin County. Is Lebanon County the same size today as it was in 1813?

32. In what township do you find the area known as Rexdale?
33. In what township do you find the area known as Castle Hill?
34. Some places in Lebanon Co. are named after animals. One such place is Beavertown located where?

35. Where in Lebanon County does spring water run uphill by gravity since the 1700's and still does?

36.  What Sherlock Holmes novel mentions Lebanon?


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