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It’s been 10 years since the chilling murders on North Union Street on Christmas Eve. On that night in 2002, Ernest Wholaver Jr. returned to the house from which he was banned, and shot his wife, Jean, and his two daughters, Victoria, 20, and Elizabeth, 15. He shot them to death about a month before he was to go on trial on charges he raped his daughters. Jean had filed for divorce and obtained a protection-from-abuse order Ernest Wholaver against him. Wholaver was convicted of murder in 2004, and given three death sentences. His execution was stayed in 2011 while he appeals his conviction before the state Supreme Court. Now Wholaver has petitioned a Dauphin County Court judge to expunge the rape charges that had been filed against him, a first step in – to quote his typed legal motion – “proving his innocences in the Near future.’’

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NEWS MAHS advances on quiz show Middletown Area High School defeated South Western, 240-190 in the first round of WGAL-TV’s “Brain Busters’’ quiz show during a broadcast on Dec. 15. Middletown will face Red Land in a second-round contest that will be taped on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at WGAL’s studio and shown at a future date. Middletown’s team includes Emily Burke, Stephanie Applegate, Eric Mosher, Harjit Singh, Andrew Hardison, Ivan Hernandez and Joshua Alcock. Jan Zeager, a teacher at the high school, is their advisor.

Police move to Electric Building permanently Middletown Borough Council has voted 6-2 to permanently move the Middletown Police Department from Borough Hall to the Electric Building at Emaus and Race streets. Councilors John Brubaker and Scott Sites voted against the move during a meeting on Monday, Jan. 7. Police have been operating out of the Electric Building since a generator caused four officers to be hospitalized for high levels of carbon monoxide during a power outage on Christmas Eve. Council decided to make the change permanent due to ongoing problems with the generator and other building problems, said Chris Courogen, borough secretary and director of communications. Electric department employees and equipment will eventually have to be relocated, he said. The police department had already budgeted $20,000 for headquarters renovations that included use of the old electric department headquarters at borough hall, and will now use that money to overhaul the Electric Building for police use, Courogen said. Sites is skeptical that the project will be completed for $20,000, and said he would have preferred for council to first conduct a study of the project’s cost. Council also unanimously approved the hiring of six part-time police officers, which Courogen said will give the police more scheduling flexibility and help to eliminate the need to pay overtime to full-time officers.

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on Stetler awoke around 3 a.m. New Year’s Day to the sound of people pounding on the doors of the building that housed Demp’s Corner Pub in Middletown. He figured it was a fight. Then he saw the flashing lights of the fire engines through his window, and realized what was happening. Demp’s was on fire. Flames shot through the roof as residents of apartments in the building fled. “Man, it was glowing like hell over there,’’ recalled Stetler. “That thing was cooking.’’ The blaze destroyed Demp’s, a two-centuries-old landmark at East Main and Race streets, on Tuesday, Jan. 1. No one was injured by the fire, although one firefighter was treated for an unknown medical condition, said Fire Chief Ken Whitebread. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but it “definitely seems accidental” and not suspicious, said deputy fire marshal Harry Cleland. One person jumped from the building’s porch roof into the arms of three neighbors to escape the blaze. The J Daniel Shaffer, Nick Klinepeter and Mike Gallagher repla acob Bl ec ced E had planned to spend their morning cleaning up from a spen her Res shad t New Year’s Eve party at a nearby house and going to e’s es aurant, w Photo /M t i ablis bed, but fate had different plans. hmen th gas pu iddletown Pub lic t. mps “Next thing you know, we saw pretty big flames coming out f Library from the roof of Demp’s,” Shaffer said. “We figured nobody had ront, heard about it. We didn’t hear any fire trucks or anything.” So the three of them ran to the burning building. “It was weird, it was kind of just instinct to go down and see if anybody needed some help,” he said. Turns out somebody did. “We saw him out on the roof. We told him, ‘just jump, we’ll catch you,’ ” said Shaffer. “If push came to shove, he probably would have jumped down himself, but I’m sure he wasn’t looking forward to jumping off a 20-foot roof.” The man, who was the only person trapped in the building, was somewhat in shock but “very thankful” for the rescue, Shaffer said. The fire was primarily contained to the one building, which contains the pub and apartments - although there was some fire damage to the roof of an attached apartment building, Whitebread said. Dem The attached apartments were evacuated, he said. p owne ’s Corne The American Red Cross assisted seven families afr will r rebui Pub: It fected by the fire, including 10 adults and two chilPre is no ld. t kno ss And Journal dren, according to Central Pennsylvania spokeswoman Ph wn w hethe oto by Daniel W Kathy Smyser. alm r the curre er nt Please See FIRE, Page A6

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The primary election is more than five months away, but a Middletown resident has already announced his candidacy for a seat on Middletown Borough Council. David Madsen, 26, a Democrat, said he is seeking one of three council seats representing the Second Ward in the May 21 primary. Candidates can begin circulating nominating petitions on Feb. 19, and must turn them in to the Dauphin County Bureau of RegistraDavid Madsen tion and Elections by March 12. Five of the nine council seats will be up for grabs this year – all three from the Second Ward and one each from the First and Third wards. Madsen, a 2004 graduate of Middletown Area High School, is the leader of Dauphin County Young Democrats and worked on Osman Kamara’s campaign last year for the 106th District seat in the state House of Representatives. Kamara lost to incumbent Republican John Payne. Madsen said his platform is transparency and better communication with residents on matters that come before council. He was moved to run by council’s decision to de-fund the Middletown Public Library this year. “I think the community needs to be included and needs to know why they’re making a decision,’’ said Madsen. “I started going to meetings


Lytle developers fail to make sewer payment By Daniel Walmer

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Developers planning to build more than 1,600 homes on Lytle Farm in Londonderry Twp. failed to make a $50,000 payment to the Middletown Borough Authority that was required to maintain the rights to Middletown sewer capacity. The developers need to have sewer capacity secured to move ahead with development, said

Steve Dzuranin, the authority’s solicitor, during a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3. However, they are not sure they have the financial backing from development partners available to make an $800,000 payment due to the authority in June, so they did not make the December payment. “It’s a very expensive proposition to sewer a township,” said Jared Hockenberry, the authorPlease See LYTLE, Page A6


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Law firm to investigate carbon monoxide incident By Daniel Walmer

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Borough Hall was partially reopened on Monday, Jan. 7 after a carbon monoxide scare.

Middletown Borough Council voted unanimously on Monday, Jan. 7 to direct borough solicitor McNees, Wallace and Nurick to investigate a carbon monoxide incident at Borough Hall that caused four police officers to be hospitalized on Christmas Eve. There were a “number of checks and balances” that should have prevented the incident, which was caused by a faulty muffler on a generator used to power police headquarters during a Christmas Eve power outage, said Chris Courogen, borough secretary and director of communications. Among those checks and balances: A threat assessment that had Please See INVESTIGATE, Page A6

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Eleanore Long

Eleanore Stegmeier Long, 79, of Middletown, entered into rest on Monday, December 31, at Frey Village Rehabilitation Center, Middletown. She was born on April 1, 1933 in Coaldale to the late Harry Stegmeier and Eleanore Hand. She was a member of Christ Evangelical Christian Church; had worked as a registered nurse for Penn State University; was a member of the Girl Reserves, and the Tower City High School Reunion Association; and she enjoyed scrapbooking and genealogy. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Charles R. Long Jr., who passed away on June 26, 1995 and also a son Carl Long. She is survived by two sons Curtis Long of Enola, and Chris Long of Middletown; two brothers the Rev. Harold Hand of Pottsville, and the Rev. Raymond Hand of New Tripoli; grandchildren Carina, Cassandra, Cheryl, and Clint; and one greatgrandson Derek. Funeral services were held on Friday at Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown, with Pastors Albert J. Domines Jr., Harold Hand, and Raymond Hand officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Tower City. In lieu of flowers please send memorial donations to Harrisburg Area Christian Performing Arts Center, 1000 S. Eisenhower Blvd., Middletown, PA 17057. Condolences may be sent to www. matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome. com.

Mildred Overmiller

Mildred C. Overmiller, 89, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest at 10:55 p.m. on Monday, December 31, at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Born on September 24, 1923, Mildred was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Brinser. On June 30, 1946 Mildred married the love of her life, Reynolds Overmiller, to whom she was married for 66 years. She retired with 22 years of service as a purchasing agent with the Pennsylvania Game Commission; was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Middletown, where she was a member of the Dorcass Sunday school class, a Sunday school teacher, and an usher; and she was also an original member of the Happy Wanderers singing group. Later in life she changed her membership to The New Beginnings Church of Middletown. She was a devoted wife and mother to her husband and children. She is survived by her husband Reynolds Overmiller; her two daughters Brenda Hahn and husband Gary, and Pamela J. Klinger; four grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A Memorial service was held on Saturday at New Beginnings Church, Middletown. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made in Mildred’s name to New Beginnings Church, 630 S. Union St., Middletown, PA 17057, or to the Alzheimers Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110. Arrangements by Hetrick-Bitner, Smith, Geigle Funeral Homes & Crematory, Harrisburg. If you would like to make an online condolence please visit HetrickBitner. com.

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Sarah Augustina “Gus” Bender, 65, of Hershey, and formerly of Deodate Road, Elizabethtown, entered into rest on January 1, at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She was born on June 24, 1947 in Londonderry, Ireland and was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Gallagher Smyth. She was a homemaker and mother; was of the Catholic faith; and she enjoyed knitting, bingo, word puzzles, and pinochle. Her greatest joy was the love of her family. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Larry N. Bender; a daughter Leanne M., wife of Timothy Schwenk of Hershey; two sons Steven M. Bender of England, and Anthony G. Bender of Mechanicsburg; six grandchildren Tiffany and Christopher Bender, Andrew Schwenk, Dawson Barrett, Ella Grace Bender, and Alexis Rynard; three brothers Frankie, Jim and Matthew Smyth, and five sisters Moya Fletcher, Sally and Sharon Smyth, Bernadette Goslin, and Rosie Scrivener, all of England. A Tribute to her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 9, at the Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Edward R. Lavelle officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Condolences may be sent at www. matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome. com.

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Borough seeks money to pay for flood damage By Noelle Barrett Press And Journal Staff More than a year after Tropical Storm Lee caused upwards of $1 million in damages in Highspire, the borough is still seeking funding to make repairs to public infrastructure. To date, Highspire has only received $55,663.92 from FEMA and $21,006.83 from PEMA in assistance for flood recovery, said Jennifer Rabuck, borough administrative assistant. The money has been used to cover flood damages, including storm drain erosion on Lumber Street, said Rabuck. “The borough is currently filing

an appeal with FEMA for more assistance, since the funds received were not enough to complete proper repairs,” she said. The Jury Street bridge remains closed and the Market Street bridge has lane restrictions, requiring around $402,500 in repairs to each bridge. And on Poplar Street a sinkhole has formed where storm drain piping separated. A cost to repair the sinkhole hasn’t been determined yet. Highspire is also in the process of applying for a grant through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Assistance Program, said John McHale, borough manager. There is $1.5 million available for

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A neighboring family was evacuated from their home during the 2011 blaze. Besides the arson and conspiracy charges, Mendez faces five counts of recklessly endangering another person, authorities said. No charges were filed once the investigation was completed. But after the fire in 2012 was ruled arson, an investigator from Travelers Insurance asked the District Attorney to look into the 2011 blaze, court records show. A preliminary hearing for Mendez is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.

By Noelle Barrett Press And Journal Staff A second man has been charged with arson for a fire that damaged a house on Catherine Street in 2011. Alexander Mendez, 22, of Middletown, was charged with arson and conspiracy for allegedly setting a fire to a home he resided in at 329 S. Catherine St., authorities said. Mendez was arraigned on Tuesday, Jan. 8 before District Judge David Judy and held in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail, court records show. Fred Barlow, his landlord, was wanted for arson for a fire at the same house in 2012, and was taken into custody by detectives from the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office on Dec. 13. Barlow, 63, admitted he paid Mendez $10,000 to set the blaze in 2011, according to the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office. On July 1, 2011, Middletown Fire Department responded to a working kitchen fire at the residence. According to a log on the Middletown fire depart-

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Authority pays $15,000 retainer for Pappas lawyer By Daniel Walmer Press And Journal Staff The Middletown Borough Authority voted 3-1 on Thursday, Jan. 4 to pay a $15,000 retainer agreement for the legal defense of Chairman Pete Pappas against a Middletown borough lawsuit in a trial starting on Monday, Jan. 14. Authority member Robert Louer Jr. voted against the motion, while Pappas abstained from the vote. Council claims Pappas was improperly appointed in December 2009 and is asking Dauphin County Court Judge Lawrence Clark to enforce its appointment of resident John Patten in place of Pappas. The authority has continued to recognize Pappas as an authority member and has been paying Pappas’s legal fees. Clark denied a request by the borough in November for a preliminary injunction to install Patten as an authority member but scheduled the trial to hear both sides of the case. The relationship between the borough and the authority has soured since the summer of 2012 when the two sides were unable to agree on a deal to refinance authority debt that would have provided significant savings. Daniel Walmer: 717-944-4628, or danielwalmer@pressandjournal. com



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Tyler Schmidt, left, owner of Champions Sports Bar in Highspire, and Jason Nagle, right, manager of Champions, present Highspire Mayor John Hoerner, center, with a check in the amount of $3,000. The money, benefiting Highspire Community Recreation Committee, was raised at the fifth annual Highspire Community Fund Golf Outing on Sept. 16. About 100 golfers participated in the event.

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From The Wednesday, January 10, 1990 Edition Of The Press And Journal That’s One Fine Train, By George! Miltonville, Pa. is a city like no other. The people there aren’t any larger than your pet canary. The average bug can peer in through a second-floor window, and the only movements in the last three years were made by eight locomotives and a streetcar. Miltonville, Pa. is really the Miltonville Mining Railroad, an L-shaped, 27-by-8 feet, model train set, located in the basement of Middletown Police Chief George Miller’s home. He and his brother Charles, the founding fathers of Miltonville, have been constructing and perfecting the model for the past three winters. They’ve taken intricate details so close to reality, you’ll want to shrink to fit into one of the miniature cars and drive around on the beautifully paved roads and enjoy the city. There are so many things you could do in Miltonville: Take a ride in one of the eight locomotives, buy some boots at Sears and go hiking in the mountains, stop by a church and pray, walk through a corn field, pull a stool up to the bar at Hank’s and sip a few, then relax on a park side bench. Miltonville started out very small, only about 4-by-4 feet. When there was nothing more to do on the model, the brothers expanded the town. “We didn’t start out with a plan,” Charles admitted. “We just did it.” It’s always a sunny day in Miltonville thanks to the pale blue skies and billowy clouds painted on the walls. The grass is always green, too. It doesn’t grow the usual way. George and Charles use a plastic/confetti-looking material. The town’s landscape also features plenty of bushy green trees, The mountains that surround this quaint town are made of about 70 pounds of plaster and paper, and are hand-painted. Miltonville also has a river that meanders throughout. The water looks genuine thanks to liquid plastic. Highspire’s Leaders Note Game Plan For New Year “Headaches” may “Go with the job” of serving on Highspire’s Borough Council, but so, apparently does achievement. After the reorganization meeting last Tuesday, Lena Sheafer, newly re-elected president, commented she is looking forward to working with the new Council. She expects the local government body will see some giant steps during 1990 on some longawaited community projects. Three are almost set to go. “Number one is a $220,000 road project for the lower (east) end,” she said. The endeavor will be financed with grant money, the sale of some HUD property and a 1/2-mill tax increase. The second project, a park at Broad and Paxton streets, financed with a $13,000 grant, will save an ancient oak tree, solve a mud problem and serve the senior center across the street. A problem involving run-off from the turnpike in the area of Arch Street, the third project, will be corrected with $5,000 paid by the Turnpike Commission. Sheaffer said Highspire will not have mandatory recycling in the near future

because its population is under 5,000. However, they have applied for a grant to fund a leaf-composting program. Not only would it help the solid waste problem, but also free compost would be available to residents. In the works since 1988 when Sheaffer first came in office is the conversion of a vacant school on Penn Street into a 34-unit apartment building. According to her, the delay is due to a holdup in financing $1.3 million for Real Estate Resources, Inc. The firm is buying the building from the Steelton-Highspire School Board. Pressing issues up for discussion on the agenda for 1990 will be the proposed police merger with Lower Swatara Township and what to do about the Highspire Borough building, to fix it or to move it. DER Says Wells In West Donegal Safe Residents attending last Tuesday’s meeting of the West Donegal township Board were relieved to learn from a DER spokesman that recent tests indicate that wells along West Ridge Road contain “no dangerous chemicals.” According to Jeff Silar, Pa. Dept. of Environmental Resources, test on water samples taken from eight residential wells near Waste Management’s West Ridge Road landfill indicate the presence of some organic compounds found in other field and laboratory samples, but no dangerous chemicals. Despite that report, residents pressed Silar and Ruth Bishop, an environmental chemist, for more answers about potential dangers that might affect their well water. Silar explained that a low level of lead has been found in the area, but it is not attributed to the landfill. Asked how many wells have been contaminated by seepage from the landfill, Silar named a well at the Elizabethtown Animal Hospital and another on Masonic Homes property. Dorothy Helm, speaking for many of her neighbors, said they had repeatedly urged the Board to find out about the potential contamination of their wells by the landfill. She claimed that sealed barrels containing unknown substances were dumped into the landfill before Waste Management took over the facility.

MEMS Cuts Services To Town Middletown officials were still trying early this week to recover from the shock that stunned them last week when they learned that Middletown Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) would no longer provide Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance service to area residents. At Council’s reorganization meeting last Tuesday night, Council President Barbara Layne announced that Borough officials were informed on Friday, December 29, that MEMS would not honor ambulance memberships for Middletown residents after December 31, 1989. “Middletown Borough Council believed that MEMS, now operated by Capital Area Health Services (CAHF), would continue to honor local memberships until the Borough worked out new arrangements with some other qualified organization,” Layne said in a prepared statement. “It’s apparent that our faith in MEMS was misplaced. Layne said she and Councilman Terry Seiders and Councilman George Elberti, members of the committee that has been negotiating with CAHF to settle the MEMS dispute, were taken completely by surprise by the ambulance organization’s decision to discontinue Basic Life Support (BLS) service to Middletown residents. News of the decision was first disclosed unofficially by a MEMS staff member to Tim Baldwin, director of the Borough’s Emergency Operations Center, Borough officials related, but no formal notice was received by the Borough until Dec. 29. “It’s imperative that Council act quickly to resolve this situation,” Layne continued in her prepared statement. “We believe it’s in the best interest of Middletown residents to cease calling on MEMS for BLS services and to direct our Operations Center to summon Lower Swatara Emergency Medical Services to respond to all BLS calls in the Borough.” Prices From 23 Years Ago Campbell’s Mushrooms 12 oz. pkg............................$1.19 Alpine Lace Swiss............ $3.99/lb. Scalloped Apples.............. $2.49/lb. Great Starts Breakfasts, 7 oz.....99¢ Coffee Cake Peanut Butter Roll 14 oz.....$2.69


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Hi, everyone! I was thinking about a countdown to spring shout-out to all of you, but I think it is way too early in the winter season to do this. I think we just have to hang in there and focus on the positives of this brand new year and cold – very cold! – winter time. What do you like to do to pass the time in this hibernating season? I have added a few ideas at the end of the column from some readers. What would you add? Baking? Shopping? Re-decorating? Sometimes it is just nice to sit on the couch and watch a video or three. My husband, Scott, is enjoying making jerky. Last month he made a bunch from the buck our son Scotty shot. He makes it with varying degrees of heat (spices). The relations are always clamoring about getting some. It is in very high demand. He spends hours, and much toil, to get it just right. We have trays and a special unit that plugs in and dehydrates the meat. Just recently he has decided to try it with the cut London broil. I will have to let you know if that is as popular as the venison. Have a great week. Keep cozy! Birthdays Jason Hardison of Lower Swatara Twp. marks his 19th cake day Wednesday, Jan. 9. Enjoy this last teen celebration day. Braedon Thomas of Middletown will hear the happy birthday song Wednesday, Jan. 9. He is 14! Hope it is a super fine day. Happy birthday to Dawn Mattes of Lower Swatara. She will celebrate her me-holiday on Friday, Jan. 11. Best wishes to you, Dawn. Happy 20th cake and ice cream day to Lauren Rain of Lower Swatara. Her party day is Friday, Jan. 11. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Lauren. Marley Fox turns nine on Saturday, Jan. 12. Hope the day is bright and beautiful with lots of surprises. Alexandra Fisher of Old Reliance Farms observes her landmark 18th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 12. Congrats and best wishes to you. Happy golden birthday to Kyle Renn, who celebrates turning 12 on Saturday, Jan. 12. Enjoy this special birthday. Abby Linn of Old Reliance Farms turns 21 on Saturday, Jan. 12. Con-

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and charged with three DUI-controlled substance charges, intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle without required financial responsibility and driving at an unsafe speed. The charges, stemming from an incident in Londonderry Twp. on Oct. 20, were filed with District Judge David Judy’s office on Dec. 18. A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Judy on Feb. 7. Jeffrey Spanitz, 40, of Middletown, was arrested by Middletown police and charged with retail theft, stemming from an incident on Nov. 20. The charges were filed with District Judge David Judy’s office. A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Judy on Jan. 31. Michael Dideban, 67, of Elizabethtown, was arrested by Middletown police and charged with retail theft,

stemming from an incident on Dec. 11. The charges were filed with District Judge David Judy’s office. A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Judy on Jan. 10. Lee Zucker, 25, of Harrisburg, was arrested by Middletown police and charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness and similar misconduct stemming from an incident on Dec. 16. The charges were filed with District Judge David Judy’s office on Dec. 19. Maruja Rosario, 32, of Middletown, was arrested by Middletown police and charged with DUI, DUIhighest rate, driving an unregistered vehicle and no headlights. The charges were filed with District Judge David Judy’s office on Dec. 19. A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Judy on Jan. 10. Jason Kaylor, 34, of Harrisburg, was arrested by Middletown police and charged with DUI, DUI-


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stemming from an incident on Dec. 19, were filed with District Judge David Judy’s office on Dec. 21. A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Judy on Jan. 31. William Miller, 22, of Harrisburg, was arrested by Middletown police and charged with marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges, stemming from an incident on Dec. 19, were filed with District Judge David Judy’s office on Dec. 21. A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Judy on Jan. 31. Nicholas Castelli, 32, of Highspire, was arrested by Middletown police and charged with theft by unlawful taking and two counts of illegally operating a vehicle without ignition interlock on Dec. 22. The charges were filed with District Judge David Judy’s office on Dec. 22. Castelli is confined in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Judy on Jan. 17.

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Open Door Bible Church

Middletown “Do all things without grumbling or ages 4 to second grade are welcome disputing, that you may be blameless to participate in Junior Church during and innocent, children of God without the morning worship service. We also blemish in the midst of a crooked and welcome you to join us at our 6:30 twisted generation. Among whom you p.m. service. Childcare is provided shine as lights in the world.” Philip- for children under age 4 during all pians 2:14-15 services and classes. Open Door Bible Church, located Wed., Jan. 9: 7 p.m., Patch the Pirate at 200 Nissley Drive, Middletown, invites you to worship Jesus Christ Clubs for ages 4 through grade 6, and Prayer meeting. with us this week. For more information call the church Our Jan. 13 Sunday worship service commences at 10:40 a.m. with office at 939-5180 or visit us online a 9:30 a.m. Sunday school hour with at Better yet, come classes for all ages. Children from worship with us in person.

New Beginnings Church

Middletown New Beginnings Church invites Nonperishable food items are colyou to worship with us each Sunday lected every Sunday for the Middleat 10:30 a.m. Nursery and children’s town Food Bank. church provided. Our congregation Woman of Faith Bible Study resumes meets at Riverside Chapel, 630 S. January 21; Intercessory Prayer Group Union St., Middletown, next to the is held every Thursday at 7 p.m.; The Rescue Hose Company. Sunday school Craft Group meets every Wednesday for all ages is at 9 a.m. We are handicap at 6:30 p.m.; Youth Fellowship on accessible via ramp at the back door. Sunday’s from 5 to 7 p.m. For additional church information call Our Sunday worship service will 944-9595. be broadcast on the MAHS radio staFlowers were on the altar in memory of Jane and Harry Judy by the Rich- tion WMSS 91.1 FM at 3 p.m. every Sunday afternoon. Listen on the radio ards family. Anyone wishing to become a member or the Internet at of New Beginnings Church please wmss/audio. Acolyte for January is Nikki Wise. contact Pastor Britt or Dianne Dailey Children’s Church leader is Michelle at 944-9595. On Sun., Jan. 13 there will be a 98th Strohecker. Pastor Britt’s parting words each birthday party for one of our oldest members Evelyn Myers. It will be held Sunday: “Nothing in this world is at The Event Place, 11 S. Union St., more important than the love of Jesus Middletown. Everyone is welcome, Christ.” We invite you to come and cards only. experience this love.

First Church of God Middletown

First Church of God, 245 W. High Street, Middletown, invites you to join us for worship at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. Childcare is provided. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Classes for special education are also available. Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. classes are available for Youth (grades 6-12), FROG Pond (kindergarten through 5th grade), Nursery (infants-age 3), and Adult classes, which offer a variety of Bible studies and electives. Thursdays: 8 a.m., Breakfast Club Bible Study; 6 p.m., Pasta and Prayer Young Adult Bible Study. Wednesdays: Wednesday Night Live begins on January 9: Come join us for supper at 5:30 p.m. (no charge, donations accepted). Wednesday Night Live classes for everyone, birth to 100, begin at 6:30 p.m. Winter class lineup: The Gospel of John; The Essential Jesus Class; Spiritual Formation Class; Contemporary Culture Class; Craft/Quilting Class; Parenting Class; Youth group (Grades 6 thru 12) will get back to the basics of Christianity and building community through discussion and games. Join us as we learn about God and each other. Children’s classes for Grades 4 and 5; Grades 1 to 3; Kindergarten, babysitting for wee

ones 3 and younger. Thursdays: The Sunshiners meet from 6 to 8 p.m. for a time of Christian fellowship, teaching and worship. They are a group which exists to meet the spiritual needs of persons who are developmentally challenged. Latino Congregation: Betesda Casa de Misericordia, CGGC, 245 W. High St., Middletown. Estudios Biblicos Domingos, noon; Servicio Evangelistico: Domingos, 1:30 p.m.; Contactos: Ricardo and Jeanette Perez (717) 333-2184. For additional information call the church office at 944-9608 or e-mail us at  


Evangelical United Methodist Church

Middletown It is with warmth and joy that we Sun., Jan. 13: 9 a.m., Sunday Church welcome all who come to worship school, with classes for all ages. Adult with us. May this be a time of en- Sunday school devotional leader for couragement and inspiration to you January: Bill Harris; 10:15 a.m., worall. Blessings. ship service. The worship center is Evangelical Church meets on the handicap and wheelchair accessible. corner of Spruce and Water streets at Greeters: Sylvia Derr, Jack and Evelyn 157 E. Water St., Middletown, south Greenawalt. Nursery Helpers: Gloria of Main St. behind the Turkey Hill Clouser, Vickie Hubbard. The altar convenience store. The ministries scheduled at Evan- flowers are given in memory of pargelical United Methodist Church ents Marchia and Charles Ulmer and from January 9-15 are always open brother Charles E. Ulmer presented by Barbara Tucker and family; 11:30 a.m., to everyone. Wed., Jan. 9: 6:30 p.m., Senior Choir Refreshments and fellowship time. Tues., Jan. 15: 8:30 a.m., Volunteers rehearsal. Thurs., Jan. 10: 5:30 p.m., Girl Scouts will travel to Mission Central; 5:30 meeting. p.m., Girl Scouts meeting.

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You are welcome to attend our worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sun., Jan. 13. Nursery is provided. There are also Blue Listening bags for children remaining in the sanctuary during the service. The bags may be left on the pews upon departure. At 9:15 a.m., there is church school for the children meeting in the Morrow Room and there is Adult Forum for the teens and adults meeting in Fellowship Hall. The Adult Forum theme for this week and the two weeks following will be “Religious Diversity in Our Midst.”  Adult Forum for this Sun., Jan. 13: Dr. Harjit Singh, professor of Radiology, Surgery and Medicine and associate dean of Diversity at PSU College of Medicine, will tell us about the beliefs and practices of the Sikh religion, the fifth largest religion in the world. Founded in India in the 15th century, it broke from Hinduism in part due to its rejection of the caste system. Sikh, which means “disciple,” is a monotheistic religion preaching a message of devotion and remembrance of God at all times and equality of mankind, among other things. Many will remember that a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, was the scene of a terrible domestic hate crime last August. The next two weeks programs will be January 20 - Muslim and January 27 - Buddhism.  Church Officers’Training 1 will meet at 9:15 a.m. on Sun., Jan. 13. Mon., Jan. 14, 2013: 11 a.m., Staff meeting; 6 p.m., Parish Nurse Committee meeting;

7 p.m., Session. Wed., Jan. 16: 7 p.m., Food Pantry Board. Sat., Jan. 19: The Saturday Seminar for Presbyterians sponsored by the Education Committee of Carlisle Presbytery will be held at Monaghan Presbyterian Church, Dillsburg. Registration is at 8:45 a.m. and the event concludes with lunch at 12:15 p.m. A variety of workshops will be offered for Deacons, Elders, Clerks of Session, parents of small children, and all committed church members. Childcare will be provided, but the host church must know in advance. Plan to attend and meet other Presbyterians from our 52 member churches in the Presbytery. See Pastor Potter if you have questions. Time to start reading for the Afternoon Book Club discussion on Tues., Jan. 29, at 1:30 p.m., at the home of Joe Mateer. The book is “The Forgotten” by David Baldacci. All are welcome to attend. For further information call the church office at 717-944-4322, see our website, or  go to Facebook under PresbyterianCongregation.

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Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society

The Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society presents “Germans from the South,’’ a conference that will be held April 6 in Laurel, Md. The conference hotel: Holiday Inn Laurel West, 15101 Sweitzer Land, Laurel, Md. Phone number for reservations: 1-888-465-4329, or 301-776-5300. Call the hotel for its rates. The program: • “Those Other Germans: Intro to the Hapsburg Empire,’’ an overview of the Austrian Empire and its relevance to German history and genealogy. • “Using Wikipedia for Family History,’’ discussion of the key points of Wikipedia and how you can use it to flesh out your family’s history. • “Documenting the War of 1812 Army Service,’’ using federal records to document service in the Army during the War of 1812. • Austrian Germans: Bohemia,’’ an overview of the German communities in that part of the Habsburg kingdom and talks about Bohemian Germans who emigrated to the U.S. The speakers will be: • Dr. Kenneth W. Herger, a senior manager in the National Archives who directs the research facilities in midwestern America; he’s also an adjunct professor in the University of Maryland’s College of Information. • Dominic McDevitt-Parks, the Wikipedist-in-residence at NARA in the Washington, D.C. area, where he fosters collaboration between the Wikipedia community and the National Archives. • John Deeben, a genealogy archives specialist with the Research Support Branch at NARA in Washington, D.C. The cost for society members is $40, and $45 for non-members before March 23. After March 23, the cost will be $45 for members and $50 for nonmembers. The cost for new or renewal members dues: $15 for individuals, $20 for families. To obtain a registration form, you may contact Diane Kuster at 252-281-5000 or 252-373-1684 or at

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INVESTIGATE Continued From Page One identified the generator as a problem before it was used that day, according to Courogen. The borough has asked an outside agency to conduct the investigation because there were failures on “many levels” involving “many members of borough staff” that led to the incident, said Courogen. “There were multiple things that should have alerted us that this was a problem, and apparently that message was not passed up the chain, so that’s being investigated,” he said. “How was this a problem that was apparently known to some employees, yet was never relayed to upper management?” But Mayor Robert Reid said no one should have been surprised – the current council and previous councils knew about the problem, he said.

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“That generator has been emitting carbon monoxide for the past 15 years,” he said. “That has been going on for as long as I can remember. This isn’t something new.” Courogen insists that current borough management was not aware of the problem. “We didn’t know about it,” he said. “It was never brought to our level.” Portions of borough hall remain closed due to ongoing concerns about the generator, Courogen said, but the second floor of the building, including a finance department office, reopened on Monday. Residents who put payments to the borough in the drop box outside the borough building while it was closed will not be charged any penalties or late fees, Courogen said. Daniel Walmer: 717-944-4628, or danielwalmer@pressandjournal. com

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M-town Swim Club meeting

The Middletown Swim Club’s annual meeting for all members will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 at the American Legion Post 594, High St., Middletown. Anyone interested in running for an open board position should call Beth Miller-Lopez at 717-930-0481. Absentee ballots will not be accepted. •••••

Bingo-mania Middletown firefighters battle flames that shoot through the roof of Demp’s Corner Pub.



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LYTLE Continued From Page One ity’s engineer. The authority is now under no obligation to provide Lydle Farm with the sewer capacity, but the authority will be able to keep the $150,000 it

has already collected for the sewer capacity rights, Dzuranin said. The developers are still moving forward with the project and working with Londonderry Twp. on infrastructure development, according to township manager Steve Letavic.

Middletown Volunteer Fire Deparment was dispatched to the scene at 2:59 a.m., Whitebread said, and was eventually joined by Lower Swatara, Londonderry, Highspire, Hummelstown, Hershey, Elizabethtown, Colonial Park and Bressler fire departments and South Central EMS. Mount Joy and Palmyra fire departments were on standby, he said. The current owner could not be reached for comment. Spared because of its location from the 1910 fire that destroyed most of downtown Middletown, the building was one of Middletown’s oldest businesses. The intersection of Main and Race streets was “one of the town’s oldest business locations,” according to the book “Images of America: Middletown Borough,” and the general store at its northwest corner was built in the late 1700s or early

1800s. A stonecutter’s shop was also housed in the building, according to the book “Chronicles of Middletown.’’ During the 1900s, the building housed a succession of restaurants, including the Isaac Espenshade Quick Lunch Restaurant, the Jacob Blecher Restaurant (also known as the East End Restaurant), Siler’s Bar and Demp’s. Michelle Bryan-Phillips’ grandparents, Gus and Lena Benko, bought Siler’s Bar in 1956 and owned it for 17 years, until 1973. The bar had Carling Black Label on tap, and was known for its fish sandwiches on Fridays. Its annual pig roast was popular in town. Lena Benko, now 94, was crushed to hear about the fire, said BryanPhillips. “She couldn’t believe it burned like that,’’ said Bryan-Phillips. “It had a lot of memories for her, but she said it was a lot of good memories.’’ While the pub’s current owner and

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the affected tenants will no doubt feel the tragedy of the fire most keenly, at least one Demp’s patron is also saddened by the news. Adam Gadley used to attend the pub regularly. “The people there just seemed friendlier than those at the other bars in town,” Gadley said in a Facebook message. “Though it wasn’t the nicest looking place to drink, I never had a bad experience there.” Daniel Walmer: 717-944-4628, or danielwalmer@pressandjournal. com

WHOLAVER Continued From Page One A jury acquitted Wholaver of the rape charges – because the witnesses against him were dead, noted a Dauphin County prosecutor. Wholaver, who is being held in a state prison in western Pennsylvania, wants the charges expunged because they “are hanging ominously while dening (sic) the petitioner all reasonable opportunity to dfend (sic) his innocence of other charges,’’ he wrote in his petition. “In other words,’’ he wrote, “as long as these false allegations even doe (sic) acquitted of them, will still linger over the petitioner. Perjuring him in his persue (sic) of his innocence.’’ In the petition, filed with Dauphin County Judge John Cherry, Wholaver argues that he was “unlawfully charged’’ with the rapes. Those rape charges have been argued as motive for the murders, said Fran Chardo, Dauphin County First Assistant District Attorney. Chardo argues in his own petition to the court that the rape charges against Wholaver should not be expunged, “as he achieved the acquittal through the murder of the three principal witnesses against him.” If Wholaver was granted a retrial for the murders, the rape charges would be admissible in court, argues Chardo. “If the defendant won a new trial, the motive would have to be proven through a reference to the expunged charges,” Chardo said. Wholaver cannot be retried on the rape charges because he was acquitted, Chardo said, but the prosecution would be “gravely prejudiced by any expungement.” Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or

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and I noticed that it was very negative. It was tense. I just felt when I talked to people in town there was a lot of misinformation.’’ While he agrees that Middletown could be improved – council has voted to hire a consultant to design a renovation of the downtown business district – he believes that residents could be better informed of important decisions that councilors make. If there seems to be a groundswell of opposition to a potential decision, he would consider that opposition in determining his vote, he said. “I think you have to listen and converse and come up with a new strategy, or at least give a thorough explanation of why’’ you’ve taken your position on an issue, said Madsen. “In general, I like working with people.’’ Madsen, a member of Middletown Area High School’s 2002 state champion soccer team, has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mansfield University and a master’s degree in European studies from Aarhus University of Denmark. Madsen, whose father is Danish, has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Denmark.

Lower Swatara Twp. softball and baseball signup

The Lower Swatara Twp. Athletic Association will hold registration for girls’ softball and youth, teener and senior teener baseball on Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. For questions, including cost and fundraiser options, readers may call Jason Wagner at 717939-6153. •••••

Block shoot

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Middletown softball and baseball signup

The Middletown Amateur Baseball Association will hold registration for the 2013 youth and teener baseball and girls’ fast-pitch softball at the Royalton Borough Hall, 101 Northumberland St., Senior Center, rear of building on Saturday, Jan. 12, 19, and 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. Readers may call Bob Newton at 717-512-3874 with questions about registration. •••••

Chicken and waffles dinner

The Hummelstown Fire Company, 249 E. Main St., Hummelstown, will host a chicken and waffles dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17. Takeout is available. •••••

Fifth anniversary celebration

Traditions of Hershey, 100 North Larkspur Dr., Palmyra, will celebrate its fifth anniversary from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. Your RSVP is requested by Jan. 14. To reply, readers may call Tina or Mitzi at 717838-2330. 

Hetrick Center open house The Hetrick Center will host an open house at its facility on North Union Street in Middletown from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 that will feature free chair massages and refreshments. Door prizes, including a Kindle Fire, will be given. Guests will learn historical facts about the building, which was built in 1872. The center’s staff and health care providers will offer information on the facility’s services. The Hetrick Center offers a variety of specialties, including physical therapy, aquatic therapy, chiropractic therapy, massage therapy and nutrition. The center will showcase its special HydroWorx aquatic therapy pools, invented by Dr. Paul Hetrick, the center’s president. The Hetrick Center began at the facility, at 500 N. Union St., 34 years ago. For more information, readers may call the center at 717-944-2225 or visit the center’s web site at www.





Steel-High stymies Raiders, 75-56 Middletown comeback is stopped in the second half; Raiders lose their first three games of 2013. By Larry Etter Press And Journal Staff Following a tough, three-loss week that started off 2013 on the wrong foot for his team, Middletown Coach Chris Sattele is trying to find the spark needed to get his Blue Raiders back on the winning track. With their last victory coming in the consolation game at the Susquehannock tournament three days after Christmas, the Raiders came out on the wrong end of scores in all three of their games last week. While one loss was no real surprise, the other two were winnable games for the Middletown squad. The results dropped the Raiders to an overall 4-9 record with nine games left on the schedule.

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After starting off the season with two straight losses, the Steelton-Highspire Rollers had run off eight consecutive wins prior to hosting the Raiders on Friday, Jan. 4. When it was over, the winning streak had reached nine, as the Rollers turned back the visiting Middletown team. The biggest difference in the game turned out to be Middletown’s trouble putting points on the board in the first half. Hitting just 11 of 25 shots from the floor in the first half, the Raiders trailed the Rollers 32-24 at the halftime break The Rollers then outscored their guests 18-11 in the third quarter as they climbed to a 50-35 advantage. And even though the Middletown offense collected 21 points in the fourth period, that 15-point difference proved to be more than the Raiders could overcome. Although the Steel-High squad may not be as impressive as it has been in seasons past, the pure athleticism of

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the players turned out to be enough of a factor to propel the team to a victory against their rival in the Mid-Penn Conference’s Capital Division. Although Middletown’s Trent Zimmerman did not start the game due to drawing a technical foul in a previous game against Greencastle-Antrim, he scored 9 of his game-high 20 points in the first half to pace the Raiders’ offense. Nick Drawbaugh, sidelined at the beginning of the game for the same reason, registered 8 of his 10 points in the fourth quarter. With seven different players scoring for the Rollers, the home team recorded 16 points in each of the first two periods and then used an 18-11 advantage in the third to outdistance the Raiders after the halftime break. Mark Perry, Dee’Quan Fleming, Mikohl Jenkins and Jaki Bowman each hit double figures to lead the Rollers’ offensive attack. With 5:34 left in the third quarter, Mel Fager’s trey pulled the Raiders to within five, 34-29, and a Zimmerman jumper, following a goal by Steel-High’s Jenkins, kept the game close. But the Rollers closed out the third quarter with a 14-6 advantage and the 50-35 lead. Drawbaugh and Zimmerman opened up the fourth frame with back-to-back scores to cut the Steel-High lead to 50-39, and the Raiders kept the difference at 11 when Truesdale and Zimmerman answered a 4-point run by the Rollers. But with fresh players off the bench going against the tiring Middletown side, the Rollers were able to hold the Raiders at bay through the final five minutes. Cody Fox and Brandon Harper added late foul shots for Middletown, and Fox converted a Dylan Danilowicz steal into a basket with 17 seconds left to close out the Middletown scoring. A 3-pointer by Steel-High’s Kavon Jackson with two ticks left ended it.

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including six from 3-point range, and 4-of-8 foul shots. Amber Hess-Moore added 17 points. Middletown freshman Jalynn Burton-Jones led the Raiders with 16 points, while Jada Pettis added 11 and Sarah Crippen and Jey Rivera each banked 8. Middletown (6-5) trailed the Rollers (10-1) the entire game, but was able to tighten the gap in the first period. The Raiders sank four consecutive shots to












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pull within 1 point, 15-14, with 1:57 left in the first quarter. The Raiders failed to come that close again, remaining scoreless in the first five minutes of the second period. Steel-High rallied to a 35-14 lead before Pettis put up 2 points with 2:48 left. Tate-DeFrietas answered with a shot from the 3-point line, and Middletown freshman Burton-Jones followed with three baskets, moving Middletown to within 16, 38-22. Down 58-40 at the beginning of the final quarter, the Rollers plowed past Middletown after some sloppy ballhandling and missed shots by the Raiders. Powerhouse Tate-DeFrietas lit up the scoreboard with 11 consecutive points, giving the Rollers a 69-40 lead. Burton-Jones sank a shot to bring the score to 79-42 with 4:22 left. on the clock. Middletown Coach Chris Hunter, said his young team worked hard, but it wasn’t enough. “Coming into the game, we knew we’d be in a precarious situation. They create a lot of helter-skelter,’’ he said. “We thought we were really going to have to play a flawless game. We kept it close early. Just the up-and-down nature of the game, we fell apart. “Our girls play with class, and they play hard to the end.” Steel-High Coach Jeffrey Chisolm was proud of his team’s effort. “Everyone did their part. We were able to give our starters some breathing time,” he said. “We want to be set a long way before playoffs, so I tell them to play every game like a playoff game.” Please See MIDDLETOWN, Page B3

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Raiders beat Red Land, 41-30 Levi Sterner, Will Botterbusch, Steven Cain and Mitch Ward recorded pins to lead Middletown to a 41-30 victory over Red Land in a wrestling match on Thursday, Jan. 3. Sterner pinned Red Land’s Tony Doyle in just 17 seconds at 106 pounds. Botterbusch pinned Steve Wherley at 3:40 at 160, while Cain pinned Austin Tonkin at 1:36 at 170 and Ward pinned RJ Fisher at 4:41 at 285. Middletown’s Bryce Killian won by technical fall over the Patriots’ Joe Fought, 17-1, at 138, while the Raiders’ Todd Houser defeated

Nate Green, 7-4 at 129 and Bobby Johnson defeated Red Land’s Josiah Russell, 5-3 at 132. Killian notched his 100th career victory at the Beast of the East Wrestling Tournament at the University of Delaware on Dec. 22 and 23. Killian and Zach Ulerick (120 pounds) won the championships in their weight class at the Governor Mifflin Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28 and 29 in Shillington. Cain and Andonia Bennett (182 pounds) finished fourth, while Sterner finished fifth.

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Greencastle-Antrim 68 Middletown 62

Former Middletown junior varsity coach Gary Martin took over at Greencastle-Antrim three years ago and has built a solid program with the Blue Devils. Following an impressive 23-6 campaign last year, G-A is off to another good start in 2012-13. And despite the hard-working efforts of the Raiders in the nondivision clash, the host Devils were able to hold on for a rough-and-tumble win on their home court on Wednesday, Jan. 2. After falling behind by a 32-21 count at halftime, Middletown put together a determined second half effort to make an entertaining game of it after the break. When all appeared to be lost for the Middletown side that faced a 60-49 deficit with 2:34 left – in a game that turned a bit ugly in the late going – the Raiders staged a terrific rally that eventually came up just a little short in the end. Zimmerman’s 3-pointer got the Raiders off to a good start, but the Blue Devils ended the first quarter with an 8-7 edge in the low-scoring period. A putback by Jared Truesdale gave the Raiders a 9-8 lead to start the second stanza, but the Middletown offense hit a frigid spell and went scoreless over the next four minutes. Meanwhile, the Devils ran off an 11-0 string to go ahead. Greencastle-Antrim would not trail on the scoreboard the rest of the way. Down by that 32-21 score to start the second half, the Raiders picked up 5 points by Fager to cut the difference to 32-26. In the final 42 seconds of the third quarter, the Raiders closed to within just 1 point, 44-43, on a pair of baskets by Drawbaugh and Ladhellis Charleston. The game turned into a physical, foul-marred affair in the final segment, as both teams went after each other down the stretch. After Drawbaugh and Fox both fouled out, the Raiders still managed to pull within 3 points, 65-62, with 32 seconds left. But the Devils scored the final 3 points of the game to hang on for

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When a team holds its opponent to just 39 points in a game, it usually equates to a victory. Not so at Red Lion on Saturday, Jan. 5. This loss by the Raiders turned out to be the most painful of the week in more ways than one. First, even though the defense obviously did its job in limiting the Lions to that subpar 39 point total, the Middletown offense suffered through an awful outing. Second, Zimmerman, the team’s leading scorer, went down with a shoulder injury with 2:24 left in the first half, taking with him the squad’s best chance to win the nonleague contest. Even without Zimmerman, the Raiders still had an opportunity to pick up a victory. With Zimmerman, Fager and Charleston leading the way in the low-scoring game, and the defense forcing eight Red Lion turnovers, Middletown took a 9-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Raiders held on through the remainder of the first half, leading 20-16 at the break. Charleston and Drawbaugh teamed for 6 points in the third quarter to momentarily keep the Raiders ahead, 26-23. But the Lions closed out the period with a 6-0 run and took over the lead at 29-26 heading into the final frame. Unfortunately, the game went south for the Raiders, who shockingly scored just a single point in the disastrous fourth quarter. Going 0-for-10 from the floor, the offense simply could not get the ball into the hoop. Drawbaugh’s free throw with 3:38 left turned out to be all the Raiders would get in the final eight minutes. The Lions collected 10 points in the same time span to walk away with the win over the stunned Middletown side. Charleston’s 10 points matched Zimmerman’s output in the loss. Larry Etter can be reached at

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The Lady Lions showed true character and put forth a solid team effort on their way to defeating the SUNY-IT Wildcats 87-68 on Saturday, Jan. 5 in Middletown. The game was filled with intensity – fouls, scoring, and a great rivalry match. The Wildcats had given Penn State Harrisburg (8-2) its only loss in the North Eastern Athletic Conference last season. The game started out with multiple lead changes and a 12-12 score at the 12:23 mark in the first half. The Lions’ Amanda Moyer started the scoring off with what was her only 3-pointer of the night on way to a strong performance and double-double – 13 points and 12 rebounds.  Just as the 10 minute mark hit, SUNY was ahead by 4, but the Lions responded with a two-minute, 9-0 run which gave them a 5-point lead, 24-19 with 7:35 to go in the half. Hannah Jorich, a Middletown Area High School graduate, showed why she fits right at home at Penn State Harrisburg. She played full speed all night as she hit the floor, drove the lane, and fought for every loose ball around her, making all of her large local cheering section proud. The first half finished with the Lions leading, 38-34. Penn State Harrisburg’s Miranda Zeanchock started the second half by first draining a deep three and hitting a jumper during an 8-0 run that gave the Lions an 11-point lead just three minutes into the third quarter. Zeanchock scored a season-high 25 points, including five 3-pointers. Despite the many fouls and intensity of both teams, the game finished without any technical or intentional fouls, although the SUNY-IT head coach did get a stern warning from the referee about her sideline chatter.

Lions 59, Goucher 47

Penn State Harrisburg had to work hard for their win over Goucher on Wednesday, Jan. 2 in Middletown. The atmosphere was intense from the start as almost every player on the court hit the deck either chasing down a loose ball or taking the brunt

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Penn State Harrisburg’s Hannah Jorich, right, a Middletown Area High School graduate, drives for a basket against Goucher.

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Penn State Harrisburg’s Steph Yetter scores a basket after grabbing a rebound against SUNY-IT of one of the many hard fouls coming from both teams. The Lions started the game on fire with a 14-0 run in the first five minutes of play. Goucher would not let the game get out of hand and answered back with a 12-2 run to make it a 4-point game at the 10:14 mark of the first half.    Moyer scored the next 5 points,

shutting down the Gopher scoring drive to give Penn State Harrisburg some extra breathing room. The Lions would go into the half with a 14-point lead, 31-17.  Penn State Harrisburg’s Lucky Snypse had a double-double – 11 points and 10 rebounds. The scrappy game included 55 turnovers between both squads. 

Standings for 1-9-13 BOYS BASKETBALL Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division W L OVERALL Steelton-Highspire 6 0 9-2 Milton Hershey 5 1 5-4 Northern 3 3 5-6 West Perry 3 3 4-7 East Pennsboro 3 3 3-6 Camp Hill 2 4 7-5 Middletown 2 4 4-9 Susquenita 0 6 2-9 Last week’s games Steelton-Highspire 75, Middletown 56 Greencastle-Antrim 68, Middletown 62 Red Lion 39, Middletown 27 This week’s games Jan. 11 Camp Hill at Middletown, 7:30 p.m. Northern at Steelton-Highspire, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 Middletown at Milton Hershey, 7:30 p.m. Steelton-Highspire at Susquenita, 7:30 p.m. Keystone Division W L Susquehanna Twp. 5 1 Palmyra 4 2 Trinity 4 2 Bishop McDevitt 4 3 Lower Dauphin 4 3 Mechanicsburg 3 3 Cedar Cliff 2 4 Hershey 2 4 Red Land 0 6

OVERALL 10-1 9-3 8-2 8-3 7-4 6-4 6-5 4-6 0-9

Last week’s games Palmyra 58, Lower Dauphin 47 Lower Dauphin 65, Cedar Cliff 60 Lower Dauphin 60, Waynesboro 28 This week’s games Jan. 9 Mechanicsburg at Lower Dauphin, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 Red Land at Lower Dauphin, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 East Pennsboro at Lower Dauphin, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 15 Lower Dauphin at Bishop McDevitt, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division W L OVERALL Steelton-Highspire 6 0 10-1 West Perry 5 1 9-2 Middletown 4 2 6-5 Camp Hill 3 3 8-3 Susquenita 3 3 5-5

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Middletown 42 Big Spring 35

Burton-Jones led the Raiders with 13 points, while Crippen scored 12 and Rivera added 10 to lead Middletown to a big bounce-back victory over the Bulldogs (7-5) on Saturday, Jan. 5 in Middletown. Dalida Camdzic led Big Spring with 15 points.

Tri-Valley 74 Steelton-Highspire 71

Tate-DeFrietas scored 45 points, but the Rollers lost their first game of the season to Tri-Valley on Saturday, Jan. 5 in Steelton. Juli Weber led Tri-Valley with 22 points, while Tara Nahodil scored 18 and Kylie Spickler added 17.

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Last week’s games Steelton-Highspire 92, Middletown 46 Middletown 42, Big Spring 35 Tri-Valley 74, Steelton-Highspipre 71 Greencastle-Antrim at Middletown, Jan. 2, moved to Jan. 17 This week’s games Jan. 9 Middletown at Bishop McDevitt, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 Imhotep Charter at Steelton-Highspire, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11 Middletown at Camp Hill, 7:30 p.m. Steelton-Highspire at Northern, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 Donegal at Middletown, 2 p.m. Jan. 15 Milton Hershey at Middletown, 7:25 p.m. Susquenita at Steelton-Highspire, 7:30 p.m. Keystone Division W L Palmyra 6 0 Hershey 6 0 Mechanicsburg 4 2 Trinity 4 2 Lower Dauphin 4 3 Cedar Cliff 2 4 Red Land 1 5 Bishop McDevitt 1 6 Susquehanna Twp. 0 6

OVERALL 10-0 9-1 6-4 5-3 6-5 2-7 4-6 2-8 2-8

Last week’s scores Palmyra 49, Lower Dauphin 34 Lower Dauphin 31, Cedar Cliff 23 This week’s games Jan. 9 Lower Dauphin at Mechanicsburg, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 Lower Dauphin at Red Land, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 Lower Dauphin at East Pennsboro, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 15 Bishop McDevitt at Lower Dauphin, 7:30 p.m. WRESTLING Keystone Division W L Cedar Cliff 4 0 Hershey 3 0 Middletown 2 1 Mechanicsburg 1 1 Lower Dauphin 1 2 Susquehanna Twp. 1 3 Red Land 0 2 Palmyra 0 3

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Last week’s matches Middletown 41, Red Land 30 Cedar Cliff 39, Lower Dauphin 29 This week’s matches Jan. 10 Lower Dauphin at Middletown, 7 p.m. Jan. 13 Hershey at Middletown, 7 p.m. ICE HOCKEY CPIHL Tier 1 W L Cumberland Valley 11 1 Wilson 7 1

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Last week’s games Mechanicsburg 9, Lower Dauphin 6 Elizabethtown 6, Lower Dauphin 3 This week’s games Jan. 14 Dallastown at Lower Dauphin, 7:30 p.m., Twin Ponds East Cedar Cliff/Carlisle Middletown/CDEast Susqk/K-Dale SusqTwp/McDevitt Northern YorkSub/Irish

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This week’s games Jan. 9 Cedar Cliff/Carlisle at Middletown/CDEast at Northern, 7:45 p.m., Twin Ponds East Jan. 11 Susquehannock/Kennard-Dale at Middletown/ CDEast, 9 p.m., Twin Ponds East Jan. 13 Middletown/CDEast at York Suburban/Irish, 8:30 p.m., York City Ice Arena COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEAC Men South Division W L OVERALL Penn State Harrisburg 3 0 6-8 Penn State Berks 3 1 4-8 Gallaudet 2 2 6-8 Penn State Abington 1 1 3-10 Lancaster Bible 1 2 1-10 Last week’s games Lebanon Valley 77, Penn State Harrisburg 60 Penn State Harrisburg 86, SUNY-IT 77 This week’s games Jan. 12 Penn State Harrisburg at Wells, 3 p.m. Jan. 13 Penn State Harrisburg at Keuka, 3 p.m. Women South Division W Penn State Harrisburg 4 Penn State Abington 3 Lancaster Bible 3 St. Elizabeth 3 Penn State Berks 1 Wilson 0 Gallaudet 0

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Girls’ Slow Pitch Softball is open to all girls within the MASD. Youth Baseball and Teener Baseball is available to all players who reside within Lower Swatara Township. Must bring copy of player’s birth certificate, copy of guardian’s driver’s license, medical insurance information and player’s physician and phone number.

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OVERALL 8-2 5-5 7-2 5-5 2-8 2-5 2-9

Last week’s games Penn State Harrisburg 59, Goucher 47 Penn State Harrisburg 87, SUNY-IT 68

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It had been nearly a month since Penn State Harrisburg faced a North Eastern Athletic Conference opponent. After SUNY-IT paid a visit to the Capital Union Building on Saturday, Jan. 5, the Lions’ league record looked exactly as it did before the new year: unblemished. The Blue and White (6-8) took care of the visitors, 86-77, handing the Wildcats their ninth loss of the year and improving to 3-0 in conference play. The Lions’Will Doyle had a stellar outing and just missed recording his first career triple-double. The versatile guard scored 8 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out a game-high 10 assists.  Freshman Arick Sodini was the Photo by Bill Darrah Lions’high-point man with a careerPenn State Harrisburg’s Jordan Gatchell, center, drives for a high 17, while senior Thristan basket against SUNY-IT. Gatchell recorded his 1,000th career point Lundy was a force inside, scoring in a loss to Lebanon Valley on Wednesday, Jan. 2. 15 points and collecting seven rebounds. throws down the stretch to keep the soaking wet. Football got most of Sodini was red hot to begin the Wildcats from drawing any closer, the attention at his high school, game, accounting for 10 of the effectively stomping out any hope Manheim Central.  team’s first 16 points. When fresh- the visitors had of picking up the win But against Lebanon Valley, Gatchman Jamaal DuBose knocked down in their conference-opener. ell took a fairly routine free throw a 3-ball to push Penn State HarrisHarrisburg shot 50 percent from attempt and made it unforgettable  burg’s advantage to 28-13 with just 3-point land while SUNYIT man- Sinking the foul shot late in the first under eight minutes left in the first aged just 15.4 percent in the same half, the senior point guard became just the fourth player in program half, the Lions looked to be on the category. history to score 1,000 points for verge of running away with it. his career. To the Wildcats’ credit, they did Lebanon Valley 77 At Penn State Harrisburg, Gatchell not roll over. SUNY-IT used a 20- Lions 60 is a floor general, running the up10 run to close out the half and get Penn State Harrisburg’s Jordan back into the game.  Gatchell scored his 1,000th career tempo offense and dishing out assists Leading 51-49 in the second half, point among his team-leading 16 with relative ease. Perhaps most Penn State Harrisburg started to in the loss to Lebanon Valley on impressive about his achievement is the fact that he did it while creatbuckle down defensively and turn Wednesday, Jan., 2 in Annville. crucial defensive stops into points Common sense tells you it shouldn’t ing shots for fellow members of the on the other end. have happened.  He’s 5’7” with his Blue and White’s 1,000-point club in Lundy connected on five of six free shoes on. He weighs 140 pounds Kenton Alston and Steve Jones. 

This week’s games Jan. 12 Penn State Harrisburg at Wells, 1 p.m. Jan. 13 Penn State Harrisburg at Keuka, 1 p.m.

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veryone had an opinion of Demp’s Corner Pub. The place was an institution on East Main Street in Middletown. Some considered it a cozy corner bar. Others condemned it for maintaining a saloon aesthetic. Whether you would have drank a beer there or not, you should be at least a bit saddened by the fire that destroyed it on New Year’s Day. Built in the late 1700s or early 1800s, Demp’s was a piece of Middletown history. It’s location, at East Main and Race streets, was “one of the town’s oldest business locations,’’ according to the book “Images of America: Middletown Borough.’’ Demp’s began as a general store, and was turned into a succession of restaurants during its two centuries. In the 1900s, it was the Isaac Espenshade Quick Lunch Restaurant, the Jacob Blecher Restaurant (locals called it the East End Restaurant), Siler’s Bar and, finally, Demp’s. Gus and Lena Benko bought Siler’s Bar in 1956 and owned it for 17 years, until 1973. It had Carling Black Label on tap, and served fish sandwiches on Fridays. It hosted an annual pig roast Whether you would have that was popular in town. Demp’s went up in flames drank a beer at Demp's around 3 a.m. New Year’s Corner Pub or not, you should Day, with residents of the be at least a bit saddened by apartments in the building to safety. the fire that destroyed it on scurrying Thankfully, no one was New Year's Day. injured by the flames. Lena Benko, now 94, was stunned to see news reports of the building’s destruction. “She couldn’t believe it burned like that,’’ said Michelle Bryan-Phillips, Lena Benko’s granddaughter. “It had a lot of memories for her, but she said it was a lot of good memories.’’ As it did for many other Middletowners. When a piece of history burns – the Mansion House was the last landmark to go – a little bit of Middletown dies. “The people there just seemed friendlier than those at the other bars in town,’’ wrote Adam Gadley in a message to our Facebook page. “Though it wasn’t the nicest looking place to drink, I never had a bad experience there.’’ Who knows what’s in store for the site at East Main and Race. Perhaps one of Middletown’s oldest business locations will host a sparkling new business. There’s enough traffic on East Main to justify rebuilding – or, we should say, building something new. For no matter what is erected, it simply will not be Demp’s. That piece of Middletown history is gone.

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The resolve to quit smoking Editor, The American Lung Association of the MidAtlantic wishes everyone a happy New Year. As we ring in 2013, many of us will make New Year’s resolutions to improve our health and well-being. People who resolve to quit smoking this New Year have the chance to increase the length and quality of their lives. Quitting works its magic the minute an individual makes the choice. In just 12 hours after an individual quits, the carbon monoxide level in their blood drops to normal. Fast forward to a year after quitting, and the risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s. Today, smoking has become increasingly expensive, with cigarette packs costing up to $10 in some areas. A $5 pack per day adds up to $1,825 per year. Quitters save their lives and can save money for the future. Quitting not only helps you, but also the loved ones and friends around you. Secondhand

In just 12 hours after an individual quits, the carbon monoxide level in their blood drops to normal. smoke affects everyone, and is especially dangerous to young children. If your New Year’s resolutions include quitting smoking, visit the How to Quit resource on our website. For facts on smoking and more ways to stop it, visit the Stop Smoking page. Deb Brown Philadelphia The writer is president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia.


We're about to plummet off the "Lottery Cliff''


and Massachusetts tion to higher taxes have engaged Camor cutting seniors’ Ultimately, our booming elot to consult on programs. senior population could their lotteries. To Gov. Tom result in a "Lottery Cliff'' – Furthermore, this Corbett’s credit, deal will be good the Commonwealth dramatic cuts to programs for job seekers and recently completed a that benefit senior citizens taxpayers. Camelot competitive bidding will incorporate in process for a private and/or significant tax Pennsylvania and company – Camelot increases on working pay the same state Global Services – to Pennsylvanians. taxes as other busioperate the state nesses. The contract Lottery with future requires that 80 perfinancial guarantees cent of Lottery workers and hours worked of a minimum of $34 billion in Lottery be located in Pennsylvania. And Camelot profits over the next 20 years. Compared has already indicated plans to expand the to the Lottery’s historic performance, this current Lottery workforce. bid would generate an additional $2.3 Under the proposed contract, the combillion for senior services over the first monwealth would retain 70 of the 230 decade. current Lottery employees. The contract Through a private management agreeguarantees the remaining 160 state Lotment between the Department of Revtery workers one year of employment. enue and Camelot, the Commonwealth During the transition time, Camelot will would continue to own and oversee the offer new positions to state employees Lottery, but would contract out day-toand the Commonwealth will find replaceday operations to an experienced private ment positions for anyone who does not company with a record of increasing revreceive an offer. enues. Camelot currently runs the lottery This means more private sector job for the United Kingdom, and California opportunities for Pennsylvania workers, reduced strain on our public pension system and more tax revenue for the Commonwealth. In contrast to coordinated claims the process has been rushed, the Department of Revenue issued the invitation for bids nine months ago. Over that time, there PUBLISHER Joseph G. Sukle, Jr. was a legislative hearing, a series of news releases, an investigation into the qualifications of each of the prospective EDITOR Jim Lewis bidders, and posting of the full contract on the Department of Revenue’s website. While Camelot was the only company to STAFF WRITER Noelle Barrett put money on the table ($200 million up front), the bidding process was competi tive, with two other interested bidders. This represents more bidders than any STAFF WRITER Daniel Walmer state Lottery management procurement to date, pulling from the handful of companies worldwide qualified to operate Pennsylvania’s multi-billion dollar enterprise. PRESS AND JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS 20 South Union Street, Middletown, PA 17057 In addition to Camelot’s proposal demOFFICE: 717-944-4628 FAX: 717-944-2083 EMAIL: onstrating the benefits of a competitive CORPORATE WEBSITE: bidding process, the union representing Lottery employees (AFSCME) has the

rom the greatest generation to the latest generation, Pennsylvania’s seniors have worked a lifetime to build this great Commonwealth through hard work and sacrifice, but are now being told the only way to depend on well-earned and needed care is if the right numbers come up in the Pennsylvania Lottery. Sadly, that’s a gamble our grandparents and children can’t afford to make. Ultimately, our booming senior population could result in a “Lottery Cliff” – dramatic cuts to programs that benefit senior citizens and/or significant tax increases on working Pennsylvanians. Our Pennsylvania seniors depend on Lottery revenues to fund critical programs, including prescription drug programs, property tax rebates and senior centers. Unfortunately for them, a recent legislative budget and finance committee report found that future demand for these programs will outpace Lottery revenues. Bringing in private experts to run the state Lottery offers an alternative solu-

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opportunity to put forward an even better deal. Yet after a lengthy, open bidding process resulting in an agreement that guarantees more money for senior programs, critics – in particular, AFSCME union leaders – are attacking Corbett. What are they really concerned about? The number government union bosses really care about is not $34 billion, it’s $100,000. That is how much union dues money AFSCME could lose if 160 Lottery employees transition to jobs with a private company. Those dues, which the state government deducts from workers’ paychecks and sends directly to the union, cover about half of AFSCME executive director David Fillman’s $204,000 compensation package. Those dues also support AFSCME’s lobbying and political activity – nearly $1 million in 2011-12, not including Political Action Committee spending. Certainly, the Corbett administration should be applauded for putting the needs of seniors and taxpayers ahead of the demands of special interests who get rich off big government. The guaranteed $34 billion in Lottery profits is no gamble, and will ensure we don’t push seniors and working Pennsylvanians over the impending “Lottery Cliff.” Elizabeth Stelle is a policy analyst with the Commonwealth Foundation, a Harrisburg think tank.

ov. Tom Corbett announced on Wednesday, Jan. 2 that he is filing a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA to dismiss sanctions against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. The sanctions, including a $60 million fine and a ban on postseason bowl games for the university’s football team, are “overreaching and unlawful,’’ Corbett said in a press conference at the Capitol. He wants the fines to go to help victims in Pennsylvania programs for dealing with child abuse. “This was a criminal matter, not a violation of NCAA rules,’’ Corbett said. The NCAA imposed the sanctions “without conducting its own investigation and without following its own rules for reviewing potential infractions by its members.’’ While some see the lawsuit as worthwhile, critics charge it's an election-year stunt by Corbett that will cost taxpayers’ money. Here’s what a sample of state newspapers had to say in their editorials: Centre Daily Times, State College: “Was Gov. Tom Corbett’s filing of a lawsuit against the NCAA over sanctions against Penn State a political stunt? Of course it was. And it just might do some good. Certainly, easing the sanctions against Penn State would benefit the university, the community and the state.’’ Philadelphia Daily News: "Confusion was our initial reaction. . .We were confused because Corbett the governor, who was once Corbett the attorney general, is also Penn State trustWhile some see ee Corbett, the lawsuit as and those NCAA worthwhile,critics sanctions charge it's an were acelection-year stunt cepted by PSU trustby Corbett that ees quickly will cost taxpayers after the money. NCAA issued them in July. And although it's permissible for the governor to bring such a suit and not the attorney general, it is very unusual.''' The Express-Times, Lehigh Valley: "It's impossible to distinguish Corbett's political aspirations – his desire to be re-elected and regain many of the Penn State faithful – from what may be legitimate questions about the NCAA's use of power.'' The Patriot-News, Harrisburg: "It's not often that Gov. Tom Corbett takes action that is described as daring or provocative. On Wednesday, the governor made a bold decision to sue the NCAA over its sanctions against Penn State. Unfortunately, it's not the right decision. While Corbett is correct to fight to keep the money from Penn State's $60 million fine in Pennsylvania, the suit is out of bounds. . . It's possible that this suit could cost hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars.'' Philadelphia Inquirer: "The politically charged decision by Gov. Corbett to mount a late, rearguard legal attack over collegiate sports' harsh punishment of Pennsylvania State University seems unlikely to help the university – or the state as a whole – move beyond the school's scandalous sheltering of convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky. . . It leaves the impression, however unfairly, that Nittany Nation still doesn't get it.'' Tribune Review, Pittsburgh: "P.U., what's that smell? If you answered the bizarre, counterintuitive and politically buffoonish federal antitrust lawsuit filed against the NCAA for its sanctions against Penn State University by Gov. Tom Corbett, go to the head of the critical thinking class.''

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s we begin a new two-year legislative session, I want to remind residents of the 106th District that my district office in Hershey is available to provide assistance with your state-related needs. My staff and I pledge to do anything we can to help make your state government more accessible and helpful to you. If you have a question or concern involving state government, or would like to express your opinion on an issue, please do not hesitate to contact me. Your input is very important to me and helps me make the best decisions possible for the 106th District. As your state representative, there are many ways my office can be of assistance to you. Here are several of the services that I encourage you to use. My staff and I can provide you with: • Status reports on legislation. • Assistance with problems you may run into when dealing with state government and its agencies. • Copies of House and Senate bills and state laws. • Applications for Pennsylvania birth and death certificates. • Forwarding PennDOT motor vehicle registrations, driver’s license and learner’s permit renewals, disability plate/placards. • Pennsylvania child abuse history clearance applications. • Pennsylvania criminal history applications. • Pennsylvania Income Tax forms. • House citations and certificates of recognition to commemorate milestones, such as 50th anniversaries, 100th birthdays, special achievements like Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold awards and other important occasions. • Informational brochures and

HO-HO-OH! The Top 10 worst holiday gifts

What, underwear for Christmas again? An ugly sweater from Aunt Martha? At least you can return them. Things could be worse. Here are the Top 10 Worst Holiday Gifts, from the staff of Harrisburgbased 10) NASCAR anger management tapes 9) John Boehner make-up kit 8) Joe Biden chattering teeth 7) Anything “Made in China” 6) A tax cut for Donald Trump 5) Karl Rove Ouija Board 4) Twinkies’ gift certificates 3) Mitt Romney top hats 2) Fiscal cliff notes 1) Jim DeMints

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Conewago Twp. grant Conewago Twp. was recently awarded a Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP) grant in the amount of $200,000 for the development of Conewago Twp. Park. The CCPP grants are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and funding sources include the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation and Environmental Stewardship funds. The grants are awarded to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts and other nonprofits for the planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects. The grant was awarded to Conewago Twp. Park for the construction of a baseball field, multipurpose field, parking area, internal pedestrian walkways, stormwater management measures and rain garden, installation of playground equipment with required safety surfacing, handicap access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. John Payne is a Republican member of the state House of Representatives. He represents the 106th District.

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McNamara would have one so he could drop a self-portrait of himself at midnight.”

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park on Pine Street. You ever park in front of someone else’s house you will get a ticket or you will have your car towed or you will get a fine. From now on, you park where you live, if you don’t listen we will call the cops.”

L“If we have a Zero Tolerance

Policy for our students, why don’t we have one for the staff? I find it appalling that the MAHS principal was way over the legal limit, and he gets to keep his job, but if he catches a student with a thimble full of alcohol, the student is suspended for the year. And now we expect these students to respect this man, and this institution?”

J“I wanted to say thank you to

the kind man that helped our uncle/ brother on Ann Street after he fell and was yelling for help and no one heard him. Thank God for his kindness to help or it could have been a real tragedy. We don’t know your name but wanted to thank you so much for your kindness. It’s a blessing to know there are still kind people in this town willing to help someone in need.”

L“Can someone please tell

me why you still hear either Lori or Carol’s voice when they have NOTHING to do with the borough bill? You can NEVER get a hold of anyone, and quite frankly it’s annoying! Does the Borough Council know when they are going to staff this? I do believe the community would like to speak to a live person and NOT leave a message. That is, if a message can be left and not directed to another number that – oh, guess what? – cannot be transferred to! Kudos to whoever thought this was a GREAT idea! NOT! Carol and Lori, you are missed! Hope you enjoyed your Christmas!”

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did not have a New Year’s Eve celebration! I thought for sure that

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J“Love the used furniture/variety shop on the corner of Emaus and Union streets!”

that disturbs me. As with everything else in town, it appears these are not being maintained as they once were. This year there were two that I know of (west side of the square and directly in front of the community building) that came down during the past week and they were not repaired and replaced, along with the one in front of 7-Eleven that came down last year that wasn’t replaced. Other years, if a pole got hit (as on Union Street a year or two ago or Vine Street several years ago), they were repaired and replaced during the Christmas season. Now it appears that once they come down they are done. These decorations were paid for by dona-

M“You live on Pine Street, you

L“So sad to hear about Demp’s burning down. First the Mansion House, and now Demp’s.”

K“How can you grade the highway department? There are only four left, and one isn’t even working there yet. You’re spot on with the rest of your grades.”

L“Two things. One: To the lady

who posted on the borough’s Facebook page. You are wrong, although there was insurance money for the lost Christmas decorations. But that insurance money was spent last year to replace those lost decorations. The borough did not save that insurance money for this year. It was already spent. Everything spent this year on decorations was extra. Two: Where the heck is the management, administration and the finance people? The borough building has been closed with nothing except a notice of bad weather. I’m sorry, but the bad weather has been gone and they are still closed. Now that is a waste of taxpayers’ dollars. Who is running this circus and who is responsible for this?” (Editor’s note: Middletown Borough Hall was closed from Wednesday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 4 after a faulty generator used during a power outage on Christmas Eve filled the building with high levels of carbon monoxide, authorities said.)


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VIRTUAL CLASSROOM LD, Steel-High use the Internet to offer courses to students By Noelle Barrett Press And Journal Staff Technology – in the words of Tom Hanninen, a science teacher in the Lower Dauphin School District, you’d “be nuts not to embrace it.” “Education is changing dramatically and technology is at the forefront of that,” said Hanninen. So when Hanninen needed to complete a project while pursuing his master’s degree, he decided to create a hybrid chemistry class for the district using today’s technology. Students get all the content from videos, or vodcasts, and then complete lab work and take exams in the classroom. The videos and lessons are all online, using a site called Moodle. Students can work ahead, or replay videos if they don’t understand. “This way, they can work through the content at their own pace,” he said. “Some students work through the course faster and some need more time.” Besides exposing students to technology, the class offers flexibility, while allowing students to complete some work in the classroom. “The main advantage of this type of course versus a completely online course, is that they still get lab time, which is important for any science class, and they get direct instruction from the teacher when it is needed,” said Hanninen. Junior Sarah Rothermel started the class in June and finished during the fall. She took the class in the summer so she could fit more into her normal schedule, without getting overwhelmed during the school year. “My experience was absolutely fantastic,” said Rothermel. “It’s a nine-month course, and I finished in four.” If she had questions, she still could get answers from Hanninen. “I also want to give a huge thanks (to Hanninen) for being so flexible,” said Rothermel. “If I had any questions, I’d get a swift reply.” The move to more technology-based


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Sarah Rothermel, a junior at Lower Dauphin High School, works in a lab as part of a new hybrid science course that combines online class work and in-classroom work. learning is something Lower Dauphin Superintendent Sherri Smith calls inevitable. “Bricks and mortars of public schools are going to have to learn to be flexible,” she said. At Steelton-Highspire High School, students also can take virtual classes without giving up their seats in class. Through a partnership with PLATO Virtual Academy, Steel-High is offering students 22 online courses, including Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History, AP Biology, and Spanish III, in addition to their normal schedules. PLATO Virtual Academy is accredited through the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) as a distance education school, and students receive credit upon course completion, and have the opportunity to earn college credit for AP courses. “The child still has the ability to take regular courses and online courses simultaneously,” said Sherry RolandWashington, assistant to the superintendent at Steelton-Highspire. The courses, which cost between $286 and $366 each, are paid for through the school’s Title 1 Student Improvement Grants, said RolandWashington. Nineteen students are currently enrolled in at least one of the virtual courses. Students receive progress reports, updates and answers to questions by communicating with a certified teacher through e-mail and Skype. The exams for each course are proctored. While the learning option offers

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several benefits – accommodation for alternative learning styles, required credits for graduation and enhanced course selection such as classes like Spanish III, Forensics, and Anthropology – the main benefit for students is flexibility. “Most of students already have a packed schedule,’’ said Roland-Washington. “By taking it online, they will still be able to take AP classes, and still participate in [extracurricular activities]. They don’t have to sacrifice.” Junior Isaac Hawkins said attending Capital Area School for the Arts (CASA) in the afternoon conflicts with some classes, but now he is able to take AP History. “It’s beneficial. Honestly, (the online class) wouldn’t be my first choice, but I’m taking advantage of the resources it gives me,” said Hawkins. It also helps seniors prepare for the future, said Roland-Washington. “It gives (the students) real life skills, workplace readiness, and also college readiness because a lot of universities are offering online courses . . . that just prepares them when they transition to college,” she said. Hawkins said the virtual academy makes him more responsible and accountable for getting assignments done, and is easier to manage around his activities. The program is receiving positive feedback from students, and SteelHigh is continuing to add available courses, said Roland-Washington. Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or

your guide to healthy living

Nail Biting

Stop the consequences

Nail biting generally results in the transfer of germs from your nails into your mouth. It is the same at nail salons also. When nail salon tools are used on different persons, it could lead to infection. People generally find using the hands a lot more difficult due to biting nails. Most of the compulsive nail biters find it difficult to write, draw, drive and type. Sustained biting for long period of time could also lead to substantia adamantinea of the front teeth which could lead to caries. It is quite surprising that there are many who claim that hypnosis proves quite useful to stop nail biting. There are many who claim that sheer will power could also do the trick. There is one more popular option. It is using nail biting creams. You need to paint your nails with this very bitter tasting nail cream and you are never going to put your nails in your mouth once you do it. These quit biting nails creams boast of some good characteristics. Creams to stop biting nails generally contains aloe and vitamins A and E and all the ingredients being used are natural. Stop biting your nails creams also works wonders for your cuticles making it all smooth and makes your nails stronger. And there is no age bar as such for using these creams. Despite all such good effects of stop nail biting creams, the problem is that it is not a permanent solution. You apply the cream and its disgusting taste doesn’t allow you to put the nails into your mouth. But once you stop applying

the cream what happens? Yes, you revert back to the same old habit of biting your nails and all the good effects that your nails and cuticles experienced vanish. It might sound surprising but there are many types of medications available to stop nail biting. Some of these medications like some of the recent anti-depressants prove very effective. The same medications like fluoxetine, clomipramine, paroxetine, sertraline, fluvoxamine, escitalopram, citalopram, nefazodone and venlafaxine also prove effective in treating Trichotillomania (the compulsion to tear or pluck out the hair on one’s head and face and often to ingest it) and OCD. These anti-depressants might be used with anti-psychotics in small amounts to enhance the effectiveness of antidepressants. Anti-psychotics like olazapine, risperidone, quetiapine, aripiprazole and ziprasidone are generally used to cure schizophrenia. But this doesn’t mean that if you are being treated to stop nail biting with these, you are a psychotic. To stop biting nails, your physician might use B vitamin inositol which enhances serotonin activity in the brain resulting in lessening of nail biting tendencies. With medication one could also go for behavioral therapy to stop biting nails. It starts with Habit Reversal Training (HRT) which includes four parts and intends to make you stop biting and if possible make you learn a better constructive habit. Then you have the Stimulus Control therapy which is used to recognize and remove the stimulus for nail


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biting. Various aversion therapies exist to stop biting ones nails. It might be coating the nails with some kind of special nail polish which tastes bitter. One could war a rubber band on the wrist. Friends and family members could also point out whenever and wherever one starts nail biting. Eating chewing gum has also helped some to stop biting my nails. If you keep a record of your previous bites, it might reveal the reason for it. Source:

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