Lower Paxton community leader honored

Lower Paxton resident, Central Dauphin School Board member and political activist Eric Epstein was recognized last week by Stray Winds Area Neighbors for his longtime service to the community watchdog group. He is stepping down as the group’s president, a position he has held for about 13 years.

A view of Stray Winds Farm prior to development as a residential community.

He was presented with a painting of the John Goodway Sycamore, which is located in the Linglestown Road corridor and is one of the oldest trees in Pennsylvania.

SWAN was founded to address traffic, environmental and recreational issues related to the development of the Stray Winds Farm estate by Lower Paxton-based Triple Crown Corporation. After years of delays due to litigation, construction of homes at Stray Winds is now well under way. It is located south of Linglestown Road between Colonial and Crums Mill roads, and McIntosh Road runs through the middle of the development.

Over the years SWAN has expanded its role in the community to be a watchdog group of land use and environmental issues on a township-wide basis in Lower Paxton. Members of the group attend most township meetings to keep tabs on what is being addressed by local officials.