People Above Politics

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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ANSWERS:                                                                                       SUBMITTED BY:

1.      George                                                                                                                                 Jim Holtry

2.      White Mountain                                                                                                                     LaRue Kreiser

3.      Schaefferstown (I believe it was late 1700’s)                                                                     Jon Beers

4.      September 13, 1872, from the Rexmont Dam (it was also the date of the first water-main break!!)                                                                                                                                                           Jon Beers

5.      Kleinfeltersville                                                                                                                            Melissa Heisey

6.      Babe Ruth                                                                                                                                  Kevin Schrum

7.      Only by the legend in the margin.  The seal recognizes the Eagle, the shield, and the three elements of material prosperity in the State:  namely the products of the soil, or the Sheaves, the machine for working the soil, or the Plow, and the means of transportation, or the Ship, Boat, or Railway.  To the left of the shield is a shock of Indian corn and to the right is an olive branch.                                                              Lee Meyer

8.      In Colebrook on the North side of Rt 241 at the intersection of Mt Wilson Rd and Rt 241.

                                                Phil Rothermel  

9.      James Buchanon.                                                                                                                   David Wingert.

10. George Zechman                                                                                                                      Nichols Bashore

11. Trick question -- No one. Robert Coleman's first wife was interred there at one time, but the second Mrs. Coleman refused to attend church until the body was re-interred elsewhere.

12. Palm Taxi owned and operated by Raymond and Evelyn Herr.                                            Shem Heller

13. Just under 1,000,000.   Yes that is million)                                                                              Bev Martel

14. GEORGE LEVENTIS in 1928--at the same location at 6th and Cumberland Streets.                                                                                                                                                                                                Dan Kaufman

15. Sarah Tyson Rorer                                                                                                                      Kathy Snavely

16. Ann Hark, writer of Pennsylvania German Cookery--owner of a summer home in Mt. Gretna 

                                                        Kathy Snavely

17.  Judy Williams Henry, The Movement Laboratory, who was lent her choreographic talents to many productions in her hometown of Boston                                                                                                                                    Kathy Snavely

18.  Ruth Dietz, Ono Trucking                                                                                                             Kathy Snavely

19.  The Mt. Gretna Roller Rink                                                                                                        Kathy Snavely

20.  James Lick                                                                                                                                    Jon Litz

21.    Aycrigg’s Falls by the Bordner Cabin in Swatara State Park                                                Denise Donmoyer

22.  Hazel Dyke was always the mud hole at the south end of the City.  It was deepend and widened for the flood channel in the mid 1980's.  It was called Hazel Dyke for over 100 years.                                      Frank Smoker & Jon Beers

23.  The concrete abutment on the west side of 10th St. directly across from Oak Street near the City Highway Garage is a trolley bridge abutment.                                                                                Frank Smoker & Jon Beers

24.     Bobby Gerhart's

25.     David Letterman

26.     The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

27.     Lebanon High School

28.     Center Sam Bowie

29.  Kerry Collins' and Frank Reich

30.  Jonestown Mayor George Kaufman is a fraternal twin.

31  No. In 1821 portions of Bethel and East Hanover Townships that lie North of the Blue Mountains became part of the county
(now Cold Spring Township).
In 1865, a small triangle of land was taken from Berks Co. and annexed to Lebanon Co. at Newmanstown.
in 1813--288 square miles; now 362 square miles.

32. South Lebanon Township (area around Rex and Wilhelm Sts)

33. North Lebanon Township (area of E. Maple St. at St. Gertrudes' and Beth Israel Cemeteries.)
34. North Annville Township ( area located west of Annville on Rt. 422 and west of abondoned quarries/Laudermilich Meats area.)

35. Schaefferstown                                                                                                    Alice Oskam

36.  The Red-Headed League--per Shmoop, "Mr. Wilson...shows the advertisement in the newspaper that "began it all" (League.27).
bulletThe ad claims to be on behalf of the "late Ezekiah Hopkins, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania" (League.29).
bulletThis Ezekiah Hopkins is supposed to have left a "bequest" (read: an amount of money in his will) to the "Red-Headed League," which has a vacancy for a healthy red-haired guy over 21 years of age, to collect a weekly salary of four pounds for light duties. Using the calculator we mentioned in A Scandal in Bohemia's detailed summary, this would be about 315 pounds per week in today's money, or U.S. $515. So the ad is basically offering a chosen red-headed man a potential annual salary of $24,720 to sit around and – be red-headed. Pretty sweet!