The leader of a citizens group in Chambersberg says that the fight to block a proposed limestone quarry in St. Thomas Township has evolved into a battle to prevent big business from trampling on the rights of township residents. Fran Calvarase, president of Friends and Residents of St. Thomas, or FROST, says the quarry developer has attempted to stifle debate on the issue by threatening action against a township official elected to an anti-quarry platform. St. Thomas Development Inc., a subsidiary of Tony DePaul and Son of Lancaster County, contends that Supervisor Frank Stearn, who won a hotly contested write-in campaign in November 2004, should not participate in any vote on the quarry because he is biased against the project. FROST has responded with a class-action lawsuit against the developers.
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