Smith House supporter says Mercersbur...

Smith House supporter says Mercersburg building to be torn down this week

There are 112 comments on the Public Opinion story from Jan 29, 2011, titled Smith House supporter says Mercersburg building to be torn down this week. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

A supporter of the Smith House believes it will be torn down Tuesday, a move that would end many intense months of fights and debates to preserve the building.

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Lynch

United States

#1 Jan 29, 2011
It's a house, it's old, woopdy f-ing doo. Funny how no one cared about it untill they wanted to destroy it. Landis- get a job or a hobby. Ramsburg- Help your daughter
jack

Chambersburg, PA

#2 Jan 30, 2011
if the firehouse plans to spend money to tear it down instead of selling it for $100, there will be no more donations from me. if i knew donated money will go towards this i would have stopped a long time ago.
wasted rock ranger

Chambersburg, PA

#4 Jan 30, 2011
they need to move the firehouse out to the old mccoys building. big enough to sleep and house the firefighters, plus they could have enough room to build a banquet room for weekly bingo nights and benefit dinners and drawings to raise money.
Wondering in Mercersburg

Mercersburg, PA

#5 Jan 30, 2011
No word from Tim McCown or Mike McCarty, the newly elected and supposedly pro-Save-the-Smith-House, fire board members?

Even with new members, no one can stop this train wreck?
LWG

Chambersburg, PA

#6 Jan 30, 2011
jack wrote:
if the firehouse plans to spend money to tear it down instead of selling it for $100, there will be no more donations from me. if i knew donated money will go towards this i would have stopped a long time ago.
Let your words be sweet you never know when you may have to eat them.
Mercersburg resident

Chambersburg, PA

#7 Jan 30, 2011
This almost seems personal now. Why would a VOLUNTEER organization that utilizes various ways to RAISE money choose to pay out money to have a piece of history destroyed instead of accepting money to have it moved? I would assume that the fire company has a contract with the company that plans to demolish the Smith house and would have a penalty to pay for breaking that contract. If that is the reason why not just tell us?
hot charlie

Shippensburg, PA

#8 Jan 30, 2011
I'm going to grow a beard, throw on some old clothes, and look generally unkempt and make a sight that simply reads "finally."
Dave

Shippensburg, PA

#9 Jan 30, 2011
wasted rock ranger wrote:
they need to move the firehouse out to the old mccoys building. big enough to sleep and house the firefighters, plus they could have enough room to build a banquet room for weekly bingo nights and benefit dinners and drawings to raise money.
I great idea. Sell the fire hall & Smith building to the Borough.

But it won't be considered. The Board has made up its mind & they are too bullheaded to be shown a better way.
Anon

United States

#11 Jan 30, 2011
Mercersburg resident wrote:
This almost seems personal now. Why would a VOLUNTEER organization that utilizes various ways to RAISE money choose to pay out money to have a piece of history destroyed instead of accepting money to have it moved? I would assume that the fire company has a contract with the company that plans to demolish the Smith house and would have a penalty to pay for breaking that contract. If that is the reason why not just tell us?
According to the article, the Fire Department only stands to "make" $100 from Dr. Orange. And after the house is moved, MMPW will still have to have somebody come in and level off the ruts from the truck / tractors that moved the house in order to meet Mercersburg's ordinances. Dr. Orange's offer is not the magic wand that you all think it is. Myself, I'm looking forward to this being over.
Blah

Chambersburg, PA

#12 Jan 30, 2011
my opinion wrote:
If the fire co. tear down the house, then everyone should tell them where to go when they come around for money. This is what the matter with this country, To many things are beeing torn down. What are our grand kids and great grand kids going to see? It's such a shame.
Excellent idea...If they have the money to tear down the Smith House when someone has put up the cash to move it, then they obviously are awash with funds. When they come around asking for cash, then (to quote Nancy Reagan) JUST SAY NO.

It's obvious something besides money is driving this. When we going to hear the truth?????
American Legion Rider

Chambersburg, PA

#13 Jan 30, 2011
Blah wrote:
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Excellent idea...If they have the money to tear down the Smith House when someone has put up the cash to move it, then they obviously are awash with funds. When they come around asking for cash, then (to quote Nancy Reagan) JUST SAY NO.
It's obvious something besides money is driving this. When we going to hear the truth?????
Would you want them to "JUST SAY NO" if your house was on FIRE???
James Buchanan

Mercersburg, PA

#14 Jan 30, 2011
Bill Landis serves his own purposes and hopes to benifit finacially by expoilting this circumstance and selling his adjacent property.In addition his involement for the preservation of the Smith house has only been active for the past 60 days.

Bill Landis is an oppurtunist and a constant pain in the side of Mercersburg residents and property owners. I did wittness him pandering for food or something a couple weeks ago, so in his defense maybe he needs the money. Check out the local churchs Bill and get off the street it's cold out and maybe they can feed you.

Nice article Bill the use of "I" explains everything that is you.
wild

Mercersburg, PA

#15 Jan 30, 2011
I knew you were a loose cannon! You have it all wrong and now your painting the fireboard out to look bad. You blew in like the plaque and have created nothing but a huge mess.
William the Underdog

Mercersburg, PA

#16 Jan 30, 2011
Beware of Wild Bill! If he doesn't get his land deal he will sue the town of Mercersburg! What about a name like BILL LANDis don't you understand!
Daniel Webster

Mercersburg, PA

#17 Jan 30, 2011
Who invited Bill Landis into the Smith house committee? Who threw Ramsburg under the bus?
HUH

Mercersburg, PA

#19 Jan 30, 2011
wasted rock ranger wrote:
they need to move the firehouse out to the old mccoys building. big enough to sleep and house the firefighters, plus they could have enough room to build a banquet room for weekly bingo nights and benefit dinners and drawings to raise money.
CLUELESS
Anon

United States

#20 Jan 30, 2011
Daniel Webster wrote:
Who invited Bill Landis into the Smith house committee? Who threw Ramsburg under the bus?
Who CARES? Once the house is razed, the issue will be resolved.
faustian deal

Mercersburg, PA

#21 Jan 30, 2011
So if everything works out Bill's great grand children will own the birthplace of the American Revolution but hey at least in our lifetime we were able to sell a lot of hats and tee-shirts, key chains, and trinkets! Where is the justice?
Blah

Chambersburg, PA

#22 Jan 30, 2011
American Legion Rider wrote:
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Would you want them to "JUST SAY NO" if your house was on FIRE???
Actually, I'd like an explanation of why the Fire Company would go ahead and spend money to tear down the building when they don't have to.

I know they're a volunteer company. I know they'll need contributions. They serve a critical role.

So why are they in such a hurry to spend money? It seems irresponsible. Total waste. It's close to extortion. They spend this money unnecessarily, then ask for more to perform their intended role in the community.

Do you have an explanation? If you have a logical explanation, I'd welcome it.
Mingo

Carlisle, PA

#23 Jan 30, 2011
How does Landis stand to benefit from any of this?

Confused...

The article states the bank owns the property. Yet Landis is signing easements?

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