Roaring Spring to vote on alcohol sales

Borough has been ‘dry’ since 1920

ROARING SPRING — Roaring Spring voters will decide in the May 21 primary election whether to overturn the prohibition of alcohol sales in the borough.

Roaring Spring has been “dry” since the start of prohibition on Jan. 16, 1920.

A group of residents and business people headed by Rodney Green, a member of Borough Council, and Charlene Dodson, owner of Charlotte’s Trove, successfully gained enough signatures to get a referendum question on the ballot.

The question will read: “Do you favor the granting of liquor licenses for the sale of liquor in the Borough of Roaring Spring, Pennsyl­vania?”

A total of 156 signatures was needed to get the question on the ballot, but the group was able to collect more than 230 signatures, Dodson said.

“We are glad we got enough signatures to let the voters decide what they think,” Dodson said.

Green, who previously said being “dry” has hurt economic development in the area, is pleased the effort was successful.

“I feel the same way I did before. I believe there are economic benefits to the borough. I feel most strongly that I want the people to make the decision. I feel strongly about the referendum process. People ask what can we do to improve the economic climate in the borough, I feel everyone should help make that decision,” Green said.

Roaring Spring had 1,404 registered voters as of last November’s election. April 22 is the last day to register to vote or change a party or address before the primary election.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.