Lykens PA

Boro Snow Emergency

§7-601. Declaration of Snow and Ice Emergency.

In order to facilitate the movement of traffic and to combat the hazards of snow and ice on the snow emergency routes named in §7-603 of this Part, the Mayor, in his discretion, may declare a snow and ice emergency (designated in this Part as a “snow emergency”). Information on the existence of a snow emergency shall be given by the

Borough through radio, newspaper or other available media, and information on the
termination of the emergency may be given by use of the same media.
(Ord. 07-01, 1/15/2007)

§7-602. Parking Prohibited, Driving Motor Vehicles Restricted on Snow Emergency Routes During Emergency.

After any snow emergency is declared, it shall be unlawful at any time during the continuance of the emergency for any person:

A. To park a motor vehicle or to allow that vehicle to remain parked anywhere on any snow emergency route designated in §7-603.

B. To drive any motor vehicle on any such snow emergency route unless that

vehicle is equipped with snow tires or chains. (Ord. 07-01, 1/15/2007)

§7-603. Snow Emergency Routes Designated. The following are designated as snow emergency routes:

Street Between

Main Street Entire Length

(Ord. 07-01, 1/15/2007)

§7-604. Penalty for Violation.

1.                   1. If, at any time during a period of snow emergency declared under §7-601 of this Part, a person shall park a motor vehicle or allow a motor vehicle to remain parked anywhere upon a snow emergency route, that person shall be guilty of a violation of this Part and, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $15 and costs.

2.                   2. If, at any time during a period of snow emergency declared under §7-601 of this Part, a person shall drive a motor vehicle upon a snow emergency route, without having that vehicle equipped with snow tires or chains, that person shall be guilty of a violation of this Part, and, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of $25 and costs.

(Ord. 07-01, 1/15/2007)

Santa Truck


The Klinger Family Traditional Procession

Children and adults in Upper Dauphin County will again be treated to the usual sound and sight of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve-a tradition that has continued since 1934.

The Rich Klinger Legacy Continues

In 1934, a four-cylinder panel truck decorated with evergreens traveled the streets of Lykens Borough with a jovial and generous Santa Claus offering treats to fascinatedchildren. Behind him, a one-horse sleigh kept pace urging all to keep the Season’s spirit alive and well. Santa, portrayed by Richard Roosevelt Klinger and his brother,Carlos, wanted to do something for the community.

That was years ago. The truck, a Chrysler Fargo, has long since been a discontinued model, and fickle weather has made Fred Cooper’s sleigh impractical. But that modest effort to salute Christmas Eve became an annual celebration which has grown into an established tradition and is still maintained by the Klinger family with the willing assistance of friends and neighbors.

One would have to be well past 60 years of age to even faintly remember life in the 1930’s. The depression, CCC camps, WPA, Joe Louis fights, traveling carnivals and minstrel shows, family and church picnics, and the Lone Ranger on the radio which opened and closed with the William Tell Overture. Life back then was exciting and uncomplicated for young children. The family as an institution was high on most people’s priority list.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Klinger, Sr., were married in August, 1925 in Elizabethville. They were the parents of five children, Marie, Robert, Richard, David, and Donald. In 1975 they were the guests of honor at a Golden Wedding Anniversary party. One of the gifts they received from their children was an oil painting which features Santa on his truck in front of the family business (shown above). The senior Klingers are now deceased, as is son Robert, who followed his father in the family business.

Rich Klinger had been employed full time in the mines as were many people in the valley. In 1925, he opened a radio repair business on a part-time basis. The closing of the mines and the loss of his job in 1930 forced him into the radio sales and repair business. He had planned and saved wisely for the future.

Going into business for yourself involves a lot of faith in yourself and the hope that there’s a market for your services. Over time, Klinger built his radio and sound operation into a multipurpose hardware and appliance store that had become a community institution.

The Santa Truck eventually became a float, and while Christmas music was always part of the event in the early years, sometime in the late 1940’s Gene Autry’s “Here Comes Santa Claus” became the featured tune. A 78 RPM recording was originally used, but the song was eventually converted to tape because the record had long since worn out. In 1984 Autry sent a personal letter to Klinger thanking him for using his song as part of the tradition and wishing him many more years of success with the Santa Truck. (Note: Gene Autry passed away from cancer on October 2, 1998)

In the 1950’s, the use of portable generators enhanced the lighting and sound features and made the Christmas Eve event even more spectacular. The senior Klinger had since been replaced by son, Robert, who played the role of Santa for 45 years.

Son Richard Earl Klinger next filled in and became the general manager for the project, a responsibility he continues to enjoy as preparations are being made for this year’s Christmas Eve trip. His son, Richard Eiler Klinger, has been “Santa” for the past several years, and indications are that grandfather Klinger’s tradition will continue indefinitely.

The decorations on the truck (a fourth generation Santa Truck) have increased significantly since the first holiday drive through the borough. Now there is a wooden house with a chimney that fits on the back of a pickup truck, and this house even sports a mailbox. The number on the mailbox changes each year to mark the number of times the celebration has been staged.

A second holiday truck also joined the parade in the 1950’s. Herbert McElhenney, a service station owner, outfitted a truck with a sleigh and plywood reindeer. Now there were two couriers of Christmas joy to delight young and old on those cold Christmas Eves.

Soon, church members in Wiconisco, pleased with the custom but wanting to improve upon its secular nature, asked if they could participate in some way. They were welcomed with open arms, and built a scale model of a church on a pickup truck to join the procession. At the time, they also distributed presents of their own, plaster plaques with spiritual scenes and messages. A banner embracing the float advised onlookers to “Keep Christ in Christmas”. Several years ago, the Klinger family acquired the church float and they continue to maintain it.

Members of the Klinger and McElhenney families began to devote laborious hours to preparing and improving the floats, and began to lengthen their pre-Christmas run. Keith Bingaman acquired the McElhenney business, and still participates in the Christmas Eve celebration.

Santa’s Elves distribute 7,000 popcorn balls from both the Klinger and Bingaman trucks to the delighted children and adults who are young at heart.

For a time, the floats were enjoyed in the Lykens, Williams, and Hegins Valleys, and included the boroughs , townships, and developments of Wiconisco, Loyalton, Williamstown, Tower City, Porter, Hegins, Valley View, Hubley, Gratz, Elizabethville, and Millersburg. The trip ran from 6 p.m. until after midnight.

Over the last several years, the Christmas Eve travel schedule has been curtailed to the areas of Lykens, Wiconisco, and Williamstown. This has been made necessary due to todays increased traffic volume and to the rising cost of fuel, insurance and permits.

Of all the community activities Rich Klinger, Sr., has been involved with, the Santa Claus drive was his favorite, Richard Earl Klinger said. “He did it for other people’s enjoyment and his own. And my dad did many things for other people, and didn’t expect anything in return. That was his nature”.

“I hope we can continue this tradition for many years to come. Every year seems more remarkable to me”, Richard Earl Klinger said.

At about midnight Christmas Eve, the sound of “Silent Night” can be heard as the Klinger Santa Truck makes a final run through Lykens. By this time most young children are asleep, and parents and grandparents have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the wondrous event that will happen next morning. They also have time to reflect and remember their days of innocence and youth and all the joys of Christmas past.

Our Lykens Santa Claus

by Don Bowman 

Twas the night before Christmas and throughout our town
Echoed carols of Yuletide…a glorious sound.
The kids and grown-ups all gathered as one
All filled with the spirit and caught in the fun.
For what to our eyes on the street did appear,
But a float with Old Santa without his reindeer,
Perhaps they were resting to travel that night,
Irregardless, the float was a beautiful sight.
With its gay colored lights and the fresh evergreen,
And the Jolly Old Fellow, it has to be seen.
To appreciate fully the spirit it sends
For the real Christmas feeling, the touch it all lends.
The grown-ups, the small fry, the young and the old,
With joyful expressions, this picture behold.
We ageing, glimpse memories of dream flown with youth,
In the eyes of the youngsters its visible truth
That Santa’s as real as the feeling inside you.
Conjecture no longer from those who might chide you
And truly a symbol for all who believe,
‘Tis better to give than to receive.
A serviceman home from far away places
Wiped tears from his eyes, but familiar faces
Of family and friends-told as clearly as chimes
That heart is where home is at holiday time.
And a consummate feeling of wondrous relief
Seemed to banish remorse and perish all grief.
The children with nothing and those who had all,
Scrambled as equals for popcorn balls,
And if Santa’s aim erred and he missed a few
The spirit prevailed with, “Here, I’ve got two”
Yes, dear hometown Santa, your spirit imparts
The tears and the laughter from our grateful hearts,
You renew the faith of our children and then
Rekindle our love for our fellow men.
Your Christmas Eve story for everyone
Lives through the year when the night is gone,
For the eldest among us has not learned to live
Till he finds that in life, you shall get as you give!

This poem was originally published in the Lykens Standard in 1959 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the

Klinger family’s “Santa Truck”.

Swift911 Contact Information

In our efforts to provide more reliable communications with Residents and Businesses in the borough, we have implemented Swiftreach Networks, Inc. as our Emergency Notification service provider. Swift911™ in its simplest form is a system that makes phone calls to specific people or areas in the event of an emergency or for sharing important information. All the calls you receive will have the Caller ID of ‘LYKENS Borough’ or ‘Lykens Borough Police Department’. If you are not receiving these calls, please fill out the form below to add or update your contact information. You may also remove yourself from our lists.

2015 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report


               PWSID #:  7220022     Lykens Borough Authority


Este informe contiene información importante acerca de su agua potable.  Haga que alguien lo traduzca para usted, ó hable con alguien que lo entienda.  (This report contains important information about your drinking water.  Have someone translate it for you, or speak with someone who understands it.)


This report shows our water quality and what it means.  If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Dan Schell (operations supervisor) at (717) 453-7279.


We want you to be informed about your water supply.  If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings.  They are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 P.M. and are held at 200 Main St, Lykens, PA 17048. Any citizen wanting to address the Authority is encouraged to notify the Authority office before the meeting date with their concerns. This will ensure that your concerns will be addressed in a timely fashion. We are striving to improve water quality above and beyond the Pennsylvania State Regulations.



Our main source of water is surface water coming from Rattling Creek source code 001. We also have a ground water supply named Well #1 source code 002 that draws from the Alluvial Mantle Aquifer




A Source Water Assessment of our sources was completed in July 2004 by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP). The Assessment has found that our sources are potentially most susceptible to Road deicing materials, accidental spills along roads and leaks in underground storage tanks. Overall, our sources have little risk of significant contamination. A summary report of the Assessment is available on the Source Water Assessment & Protection web page at ( reports were distributed to municipalities, water supplier, local planning agencies and PADEP offices.  Copies of the complete report are available for review at the Pa. DEP South Central Regional Office, Records Management Unit at (717)-705-4732

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population.  Immunocompromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections.  These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.  EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).



We routinely monitor for contaminants in your drinking water according to federal and state laws.  The following tables show the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2015 .The State allows us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.  Some of our data is from prior years in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.  The date has been noted on the sampling results table.




Action Level (AL) – The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.  MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.


Level Goal (MCLG) – The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) – The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water.  There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) – The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.

Minimum Residual Disinfectant Level (MinRDL) – The minimum level of residual disinfectant required at the entry point to the distribution system.

Treatment Technique (TT)A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water

Mrem/year = millirems per year (a measure of radiation absorbed by the body)

pCi/L = picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)

ppb = parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (μg/L)

ppm = parts per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/L)

ppq = parts per quadrillion, or picograms per liter

ppt = parts per trillion, or nanograms




Total Organic Carbon TOC levels were less than 2.0 mg/l so we really don’t need to meet any specific removal requirements.


MCL’s are set at very stringent levels for health effects. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated constituents, a person would have to drink 2 liters of water every day at the MCL level for a life time to have a one-in-million chance of having the described health effect.


Nitrates: As a precaution we always notify physicians and health care providers in this area if their is ever a higher than normal level of nitrates in the water supply.


Lead: Lead in drinking water is rarely the sole cause of lead poisoning, but it can add to a person’s total lead exposure. All potential sources of lead in the household should be identified and removed or reduced.


Total Coliform Bacteria – Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present.  Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.


Fecal coliform and E. coli  – Fecal coliforms and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.


Turbidity (NTU) – Turbidity has no health effects.  However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth.  Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease-causing organisms.  These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches.


Alpha emitters (pCi/l) – Certain minerals are radioactive and may emit a form of radiation known as alpha radiation.  Some people who drink water containing alpha emitters in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.








We had a violation at Well #1 Entry Point 102 for failing to maintain adequate chlorine residual. We are required to maintain a disinfectant residual of 1.40 mg/L in the water supplied to consumers. Water samples taken on 5/9, 5/10, 5/11 and 5/12 showed a disinfectant residual concentration of 0.99, 1.37, 1.19. 1.08 mg/L respectively, which constituted a breakdown in treatment. As a result of this breakdown in treatment, there was a risk that the water may have contained disease-causing organisms. Customer’s affected received public notification. The notifications were hand delivered on 07/20/15.



The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells.  As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.  Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

  • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.
  • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater run-off, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.
  • Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses.
  • Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by‑products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.
  • Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.


In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA and DEP prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  FDA and DEP regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.  The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk.  More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).



Information about Lead


If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children.  Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Lykens Borough Authority is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components.  When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking.  If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested.  Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at


Entry Point Disinfectant Residual
Contaminant Minimum Disinfectant



Level Detected

Range of Detections Units Sample Date Violation


Sources of Contamination

Entry Point 101

0.2 0.69 0.69-3.3 ppm 09/06/15 N Water additive used to control microbes.


Entry Point Disinfectant Residual
Contaminant Minimum Disinfectant



Level Detected

Range of Detections Units Sample Date Violation


Sources of Contamination

Entry Point 102

1.4 0.02 0.02-2.19 ppm 08/23/15 Y Water additive used to control microbes.


Lead and Copper
Contaminant Action Level (AL) MCLG 90thPercentile Value Units # of Sites Above AL of Total Sites Violation


Sources of


Lead 15 0 1.6 ppb 0 N Corrosion of household plumbing.
Copper 1.3 1.3 0.17 ppm 0 N Corrosion of household plumbing.


Contaminant MCL MCLG Highest # or % of Positive Samples Violation


Sources of Contamination
Total Coliform


For systems that collect <40 samples/month:

·     More than 1 positive monthly sample

For systems that collect ≥ 40 samples/month:

·     5% of monthly samples are positive

0 0 N Naturally present in the environment.
Fecal Coliform Bacteria or E. coli 0 0 0 N Human and animal fecal waste


Contaminant MCL MCLG Level Detected Sample




Source of Contamination
Turbidity TT=1 NTU for a single measurement 0 0.08 02/04/15 N Soil runoff.
TT= at least 95% of monthly samples<0.3 NTU 100% N



Distribution Disinfectant Residual 2015
Contaminant Month of

Highest Avg










Unit of


Chlorine April 1.48 4  






Chemical Contaminants
Contaminant MCL in CCRUnits MCLG Level Detected Range of Detections Units Sample Date Violation


Sources of Contamination
Nitrate 10 10 1.56 1-9 ppm 10/22/15 N Runoff From fertilizer use
Barium 2 2 0.032 ppm 10/22/15 N Discharge of

drilling waste;

Discharge from metal refineries

Erosion of natural deposits

Chlorine MRDL


MRDL=4 3.3 0.2-3.3 ppm 09/06/15 N Water additive

Used to control


Chromium 100 100 1 ppb 10/22/15 N Discharge from

Steel and pulp mills

Erosion of natural deposits

Haloacetic Acids


60 NA 46.7 18.8-79.9 ppb 07/16/15 N By-product of drinking water disinfection
Total Trihalomethanes


80 NA 52.4 19.4-58.4 ppb 10/15/15 N By-product of drinking water disinfection




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Borough of Lykens

200 Main Street, Lykens, PA 17048
(717) 453-7597

Hours of Operation

Office hours for Borough and Authority are:
Monday through Friday 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., there is a lunch break daily from 11:30 to 12:00 (noon)