Taps to quiet down in Glen Rock this week

Taps in Glen Rock will continue — although more quietly, for now.

Joshua Corney, a lieutenant commander in the Navy, has been playing a recording of taps from speakers nightly at his Glen Avenue home for about two years. The music can be heard through Glen Rock.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017--Joshua Corney stands near the elevated speakers behind his Glen Rock home. The speakers amplify the playing of taps each night as a tribute to troops. The active-duty Navy sailor is at the center of a controversy as some residents object to the practice. Bill Kalina photo

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, Corney said he would play the music at a lower volume, for his own personal use. The decision comes not long after the borough council voted to allow the music to be played from speakers at   Glen Rock Park on Fair School Road.

Thursday, Nov. 30, will be the last day he plans to play the recording at its current volume. He plays the 57-second recording from his home  about 8 p.m.

Quieting: Corney's music playing was a contentious issue in Glen Rock over the summer, when the council voted to limit him to playing taps on "flag holidays" such as July 4 and Memorial Day.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania threatened to sue the borough if Corney wasn’t allowed to play his music, and the council backed down.

Glen Rock Borough resident Joshua Corney, left, and Pennsylvania ACLU Legal Director Vic Walczak speak to media following a Glen Rock Borough Council meeting in Glen Rock, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The council would reconsider restrictions placed on former council member Corney and his playing of taps every evening. Dawn J. Sagert photo

In July, the council discussed moving the music to  Glen Rock Park as part of a new memorial dedicated to veterans, and a special committee for the playing of taps was formed.

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During the November council meeting, the borough council voted to allow the committee to pursue taps playing from speakers at the park.

The new memorial, proposed in July, would be added on to the current memorial at Veteran's Memorial Park.

Initially Corney had said he was going to keep playing taps from his home at the current volume, but he changed his mind.

“I felt that turning it down for my own personal use, I would be able to focus more of my attention and more of my efforts to getting the memorial built and making taps a part of our town permanently," he said.

Corney said he was spending a lot of time on social media dealing with animosity coming from both sides on the taps issue.

“That’s not what I set out to do," he said.

Corney said the music will be played from his speakers, just more quietly.

A time table on when the speakers will be set up at the park is not yet set. 

The next borough council meeting is 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Glen Rock EMS building.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.