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VOLUME 123 - NO. 3
Water, sewer sale behind Pappas removal, two testify By Daniel Walmer
Press And Journal Staff
With months of animosity over debt refinancing, communication and the future of Middletown’s water and sewer systems swirling in the background, a legal fight between Middletown Borough Council and Middletown Borough Authority chairman Pete Pappas has finally gone to trial. Dauphin County Judge Lawrence Clark heard arguments on the case, which centers around the validity of Pappas’s reappointment to the authority by council in December 2009, on Monday, Jan. 14. Clark made clear that the decision would not be based on politics, but based on the law. “I understand what’s going on in the background here,” he said. “The financial difficulties of Middletown are
significant.” However, “the law will come down on it the way it comes down on it, and that’s it,” he said. According to Clark, the case comes down to two things: first, whether the appointment of Pappas in 2009 was an “appropriate action;” and second, if it wasn’t appropriate, whether concerns raised by Pappas’s defense about removing him 2 1/2 years later– and the potential consequences – are sufficient reasons to keep him on the authority. The acrimony between council and Pappas began with a dispute over debt refinancing. Both bodies agree that authority debt could be refinanced at a lower interest rate, but they disagree on how to use the savings from the refinancing. Council wants to use the savings to pay down the debt, while the authority wants to use it on infrastructure projects.
Council voted to replace Pappas with resident John Patten in September, but Pappas refused to step down, and the authority refused to recognize Patten’s appointment. Council then filed a lawsuit against Pappas in Dauphin County Court. During the trial on Monday, Pappas’ attorney, Dean Piermattei, and several witnesses spelled out the possible consequences of a ruling by Clark to unseat Pappas – including, they said, was the possible sale of the borough’s water and sewer systems. Council appointed Robert Louer Jr., son of Councilor Robert Louer, to an open seat on the authority in September. It can at any time appoint someone to replace authority member Sandra Nagle, whose term expired at the beginning of 2013 – and the senior Louer Please See PAPPAS, Page A6
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Downed pole knocks out power
Photos by Bill Darrah
For a Middletown hockey player, a thrill of a lifetime Press And Journal Staff
Another community meeting on issues in Middletown will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 at the Event Place on South Union Street, organizers said. Among the topics that will be discussed is a slate of candidates for open Borough Council seats in the upcoming primary election in May.
A power outage in Lower Swatara Twp. on Wednesday, Jan. 9 affected 328 customers, including Middletown Area High School, Middletown Area Middle School and Reid Elementary School. The power outage began around 10 a.m. as a result of an electric pole that was inadvertently knocked down during construction on a project to provide electric service for a new Highspire service plaza on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, according to Jim Nulton, PPL Corporation’s regional community relations director for the Harrisburg area. Power was out for less than an hour at the elementary and middle schools, said David Franklin, assistant to the superintendent for finance and operations. The high school was working on plans for an early dismissal before power was restored at 12:30 p.m., allowing the school to remain in session for the entire day, Franklin said. Power was restored to all customers by 1 p.m., Nulton said.
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Above, crews prepare the rink at Hersheypark Stadium for a rare series of outdoor hockey games. Left, Middletown’s Matt Eppley, a defenseman, has been chosen to play in one of two high school all-star matches.
By Greg Pickel
Community meeting set
By Noelle Barrett
Royalton mayor won’t run again
here’s plenty of unknown on the very near horizon for Middletown ice hockey defenseman Matt Eppley. But he’s OK with that. Soft ice, unknown teammates, inconsistent conditions, they’ll all present themselves to Eppley when he takes to the ice Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the CPIHL All-Star Classic. But the honor of representing his hometown in the first CPIHL All-Star outdoor game at Hersheypark Stadium – to be played in conjunction with a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor game between the American Hockey League Hershey Bears and Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins – supersedes all other concerns. “I feel it’s a big honor, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play outside,” Eppley said. “I didn’t know I was going to be selected, but I’m very honored that I was selected. I think the biggest thing will be the ice, because if it’s a hot day it might be soft. But I’m not worried about that. I’m just excited to play.”
Authority member testifies at hearing
Rape charges brought by family members he shot will not be expunged, court rules.
Results are based on random responses and are not scientific.
Judge denies Wholaver request
Royalton Mayor Bob Stone will not run for re-election in 2013, saying he no longer has the time to commit to the position. Stone, who was elected to replace longtime mayor Judy Oxenford in 2009, was criticized by some residents for poor handling of the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011. The Royalton Emergency Management Agency has since been created to better handle emergencies in the future. No residents have publicly announced their candidacy to replace Stone as mayor.
Eppley is the lone Middletown player selected from the Blue Raiders CPIHL Tier III club that combines with Central Dauphin East, but he isn’t the only member of the club skating in the Outdoor Classic. Fellow defenseman Richie Koontz, center Justin Temple and right-winger Zack Strachan will also join the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Eppley on the ice. “I know a bunch of the kids from other areas, as well as my teammates, of course, so I’m not worried about not knowing anyone going in,” Eppley said. The left defenseman has been a key clog in Middletown’s defense, and has helped the Blue Raiders surge to second place in Tier III at 5-3-1 behind first place Cedar Cliff/Carlisle, who sits at 7-1-1. Eppley has added a goal and two assists from the point so far this season. “Our team basically just threw a bunch of guys together so we had a team to play for,” Eppley said. “I like playing left defense because I’m left-handed, and that’s the position I’ve played since I was little.” Please See HOCKEY, Page A6
A Dauphin County judge has denied convicted triple murderer Ernest Wholaver’s request to expunge rape charges from his record that were used as a motive for the shooting deaths of his wife and two daughters on Christmas Eve 2002. Judge John F. Cherry handed down his decision on Wednesday, Jan. 9, stating the denial is based on “the nature of the charges” A ‘Nightmare and “the manner in Next Door?’ which [Wholaver] was acquitted of A TV crew will be in such charges.” Middletown to film Wholaver submitinterviews for a show ted a petition in about convicted December to have murderer Ernest Whocharges that he laver’s shooting of his raped his daughwife and two daughters erased. He was ters on Christmas Eve acquitted of the 2002. charges during his The killings will be murder trial in 2004 detailed in a segment – because he had of the show “Nightprevented the almare Next Door’’ leged victims from on the Investigation testifying by murDiscovery channel. dering them, prosSee more on ecutors charged. page A 6 In the petition, Wholaver, who is being held in a state prison in western Pennsylvania, said the rape charges “are hanging ominously while dening (sic) the petitioner all reasonable opportunity to dfend (sic) his innocence of other charges.” But Fran Chardo, a First Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted Wholaver, argued in his own petition to the court that the rape charges have been argued as motive for the murders, and while he was acquitted, “he achieved the acquitPlease See WHOLAVER, Page A6
Hruz waives charges to court
Hovan resigns as police chief By Daniel Walmer
Press And Journal Staff
Mark Hovan has resigned as chief of the Middletown Police Department, although he will remain in charge until Middletown Borough Council replaces him, Mayor Robert Reid has confirmed. Hovan issued his resignation to Reid on Thursday, Jan. 10, asking to resign immediately. Reid had placed Sgt Rick Hiester, the force’s senior officer, in charge, but learned on Friday, Jan 11 that Hovan was required by his contract to remain in charge until council accepted his resignation. Reid said he was not aware Hovan was going to resign until he was handed the resignation Thursday morning. “It was a surprise to me, but I knew he wasn’t happy about the things that were going on,” Reid said. “There were some things that he was concerned about.” He would not comment on the reason for Hovan’s resignation. HoPlease See HOVAN, Page A6
willing to waive the matter to Dauphin County Court as a result of Clark’s ruling. Press And Journal Staff The District Attorney’s office is currently workThe principal of Middletown Area High School ing on an appeal to Superior Court of Clark’s waived DUI charges to Dauphin County Court on ruling to the exclusion of evidence, said Fran Friday, Jan. 11, and intends to defend himself by Chardo, First Assistant District Attorney. “In 2009, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania using a recent county judge’s ruling that rejects said evidence was sufficient . . . even the accuracy of some breath tests for when close to 0.16 (percent),” said impairment, his attorney said. Chardo. “We feel we have a strong Patrick Hruz waived the charges durcase.” ing a hearing in Lower Paxton Twp. Chardo said because the prosecution before District Judge Joseph Lindsey. hasn’t filed a criminal information - the Hruz was charged with DUI impairformal charges - the District Attorney’s ment, DUI-high rate and disregarding office can change the charge back to traffic lanes after police stopped him at DUI-highest rate if Clark’s ruling is Nyes Road and North Highlands Drive reversed. around 12:08 a.m. Nov. 11, according “Right now we’re constrained, but Hruz to court records. we’re pursuing our options,” said A breath test showed that Hruz had a Chardo. blood-alcohol level about three times the legal The charges against Hruz were filed with limit, police said. Lindsey’s office on Nov. 13. Hruz reported the The charge against him was changed by the Dau- incident to the Middletown Area School District phin County District Attorney’s office from DUI- on the same day, according to Superintendent highest rate to DUI-high rate in light of a recent Lori Suski. ruling by Judge Lawrence Clark in another DUI Hruz used a vacation day on Monday, Nov. 14, case. In that case, Clark ruled that breathalyzer and was placed on leave without pay from Nov. tests are inaccurate for blood-alcohol readings 13 to Nov. 30, a total of 10 work days. Hruz higher than 0.15 percent. returned to work on Dec. 3, Suski said. During a hearing before Lindsey, Terrence Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or noelleMcGowan, Hruz’s attorney, said the defense was firstname.lastname@example.org
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Josephine L. Fultz, 99, of Middletown, passed away on Monday, January 7, at Middletown Home. She was the wife of the late Robert C. Fultz Sr. She was born in Shindel. She had worked at the former Judy’s News, Middletown; was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and renowned cookie baker and seamstress; and she regularly attended services at the Chapel at Middletown Home. She is survived by five children Robert C. Fultz Jr. (Shirley) of Grantville, William C. Fultz (Cynthia) of Middletown, George L. Fultz (Sandy) of Reading, Karen Brennan of Middletown, and Cheryl J. Forsyth (Donn) of Middletown; 18 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and a host of great-great-grandchildren. She was the last surviving sibling out of 10. Josephine’s Life Celebration funeral service was held on Saturday at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Evan-
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Samuel E. Hummert, 81, of Middletown, entered into rest on Friday, January 11, at Harrisburg Hospital. He was the son of the late M. Stewart and Florence Stare Hummert. He was a graduate of the former Middletown High School Class of 1950; was a faithful member of Riverside Chapel and New Beginnings Church, Middletown; was a Navy veteran of the Korean War; a member of the Naval Reserve; he was a retired employee of the former Belco Telephone Co., Harrisburg, and a board member of the Belco Community Credit Union; and he loved working in his picturesque gardens and also enjoyed woodworking. His greatest love was the love of his family, especially his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Jane Eisenhart Hummert who departed this life on September 4, 2011, sister Alice Hummert, and brother Frank Hummert. He is survived by his daughter Sharee R. Hummert of Middletown; three sons Brian D. Hummert of Somerset, Alan C. Hummert of Middletown, and Kevin M., husband of Kelly L. Hummert of Middletown; two sisters Audrey Beistline and Rose M. Kreider, both of Middletown; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A Tribute to his life will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, at New Beginnings Church, S. Union St., Middletown, with Pastor Britt Strohecker officiating. Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 18, at the Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown and Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service at his church. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Riverside Chapel, 630 S. Union St., Middletown, PA 17057. Condolences may be sent to www. matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome. com.
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A team of Middletown Area High School students entered the Mousetrap Design Competition recently at Widener University, Chester. More than 100 students in the competition had to build an original mousetrap that could launch a Ping-Pong ball into one of several mouse holes using the spring energy from a standard mousetrap as its only source of power. Student Ivan Hernandez, a Middletown junior, created “Black Hawk,’’ a trap that used duct tape to secure the mousetrap and a catapult. Andrew Hardison, a Middletown senior, created “Andrewd,’’ a trap that used a plastic spoon. Joshua Korb and Emily Burke teamed to create “Eco-Pult,’’ a trap that used a Dixie cup. Middletown has competed in the contest for the past eight years, finishing in fourth place in 2005.
Middletown Area High School students who competed in the Mousetrap Design Competition at Widener University, Chester, were, from left to right, Ivan Hernandez, Andrew Hardison, Joshua Korb and Emily Burke.
Lower Swatara Twp. Police News Following is a compilation of reports from the Lower Swatara Twp. Police Department. Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law.
Trailer stolen A semi-trailer valued at over $7,000 was reported stolen from a business in the 2000 block of Turnpike Industrial Road on Jan. 4. Transline Dedicated of York reported the theft of the 1995 Monron, 53-foot trailer, police said. The vehicle had an Oregon registration plate, HQ30876. The vehicle is owned by Xtra Lease of St. Louis and leased to Transline, police said. Investigators said the trailer was empty at the time the theft is believed to have taken place.The vehicle has been entered into a national registry of stolen vehicles. Grill stolen A resident of the 2000 block of Rosedale Ave. told police a grill was stolen from her home sometime after Dec. 23. Police said the Webber stainless steel grill was valued at $400 and had a full propane tank attached to it. TV, jewelry stolen A 39-inch Insignia TV, valued at $400, and numerous pieces of jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets and earrings valued at $400, were reported
stolen as a result of a burglary of a home in the 2000 block of Market St. Extended. Police believe the theft took place sometime between Dec. 22 and 25. A back door to the home was smashed to gain entry, police said. Playstation 3 stolen A resident of a home in the 400 block of High St. told police a Playstation 3 computer game system, two controllers and several games were stolen from her residence. Police believe entry to the home was gained through an window at the rear of the residence. The burglary was reported on Dec. 26. The computer was valued at $230. Value of the games and the controller totaled $160. New Jersey man stabbed Angela M. Wewer, 45, of the 1000 block of Overlook Rd., Middletown, has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment after she allegedly stabbed her boyfrield in the buttocks during an argument at 4:11 a.m. Dec. 31, police said. The victim, Joseph Ricci, of James-
burg, NJ, suffered minor injuries and was not hospitalized, police said. A criminal complaint said Wewer stabbed Ricci with a butcher knife. Power tools stolen Several power tools were reported stolen from a residence in the first block of Lake Drive, police said. The owner of the tools told police someon broke into his mobile home some time between Dec. 13 and 16. Listed as stolen were a DeWalt circular saw, a DeWalt hammer drill, a Bosch saw and a 100-foot electric cord. Loss was estimated at $510. Harassment Citations for harassment have been filed against Christopher A. McIntyre, 32, of the 20 block of Willow St., Highspire, and Michael J. Moppin, 36, of the 100 block of Eshelman St., Highspire, police report. The case was filed as a result of an incident at 11:01 p.m. Dec. 17 in the 400 block of High St., Highspire. McIntyre told police he was struck in the mouth by Moppin while Moppin claimed he was assaulted by McIntyre.
PSU-Harrisburg’s Foxx wins award Dr. Richard Foxx, Penn State Harrisburg professor of psychology and adjunct professor of pediatrics at the Penn State College of Medicine, has been named the recipient of the 2013 American Psychological Association’s (APA) Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research. The award is given to a psychologist whose contributions have led to major developments in the field of applied psychology. Foxx, of Hummelstown, was selected for his internationally recognized research on the treatment of severe and challenging behavior, including work from 10 books he authored or co-edited and his 16 years of service as editor-inchief of the clinical psychology journal “Behavioral Interventions.’’ The American Psychological Association is the world’s largest association of psychologists, with more than 137,000 members. “This premiere national award by the country’s foremost organization of psychologists is testimony to Dr.
Foxx’s contributions, commitment, success and impact not only on his field, but also on the broader practice of applied psychology,” said Dr. Catherine Surra, director of the university’s School of Behavioral Sciences and Education. Foxx will receive the award at APA’s annual conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, in July. A licensed psychologist and boardcertified behavior analyst, Foxx has published more than 130 articles, and serves on the editorial boards of six scientific journals. His areas of research include the treatment of severe and challenging behavior, enuresis (urinary incontinence), echolalia (a repetitive speech condition) and cigarette smoking; social and problem solving skills training; toilet training; and the long term maintenance of treatment gains. Dr. Foxx is a fellow in five divisions of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and
Dr. Richard Foxx the American Association on Mental Retardation. He has served as president of the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and the Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities of the American Psychological Association.
TV show to feature Wholaver murders By Daniel Walmer Press And Journal Staff When people from Middletown hear the phrase “nightmare next door,” they perhaps think of Ernest Wholaver, who shot his wife and daughters at their Middletown home on Christmas Eve 2002, a month before he was to stand trial on charges that he raped his daughters Apparently, the producers of the Investigation Discovery Channel program “Nightmare Next Door’’ are thinking the same thing. A film crew from the show – a docudrama that combines interviews and reenactments to tell the story of murder investigations – will be in Middletown to recount the grizzly events of that infamous holiday night, series producer Tracy Evans confirmed. “The crew will be in and around town filming at various locations and interviewing folks for our program,” Evans said. The show contacted former Middletown police Sgt. Robert Givler, who discovered the victims’ bodies on Christmas Day 2002, to talk “about the case and your thoughts on the day you responded to this welfare
call,” according to an e-mail Givler received. “I think the story needs to be out there,” said Givler, now a Royalton police officer. “I don’t think many realize the gruesomeness of it.” It’s a case that’s easy for Givler to remember: The horror of finding Wholaver’s estranged wife, Jean, shot between the eyes; the baby of daughter Victoria, another shooting victim, who had witnessed the murders of her mother, aunt and grandmother and was left alone 36 hours; and the surreal sight of Christmas lights complimenting the snowfall across the street. “It’s a scene out of Norman Rockwell across the street, and right behind you is death and destruction,” he said. Evans said the show’s researchers “cover every nook and cranny of the country” looking for cases to feature in the show. The Investigation Discovery channel can be found at Channel 111 on Comcast’s cable system. “One of our researchers learned about the triple murder from a prosecutor he’d worked with on another project,” said Evans. “The researcher felt it was a very compelling case and would be a good fit for [“Nightmare Next Door’’] - and it is.”
Royalton Borough Council voted unanimously at its Tuesday, Jan. 8 meeting to allow the film crew to use space in its borough building for interviews. Givler said the crew also plans to film at other locations, including the North Union Street home where the murders took place. Givler was told the crew will be filming sometime between Jan. 14 and Jan. 21. Wholaver made news recently by asking a Dauphin County judge to expunge the rape charges from his record. Judge John Cherry has denied that request, though Wholaver will get a hearing on four unrelated legal points regarding his prosecution. “Nightmare Next Door,’’according to the Investigation Discovery website, “tells the tales of mysterious murders from behind white picket fences that rocked Middle America.” “Interviews with investigators, prosecutors, family members and/or neighbors piece together the twisting tale of a classic whodunit, and forensic experiments lead viewers into the heart of the investigation,” the website says. Daniel Walmer: 717-944-4628, or email@example.com
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LaVonne Ackerman • 1438 Old Reliance Road, 939-5584 • LaVonneAck@comcast.net Right about now is the perfect time to do some daydreaming. Where would you love to be during these dreary, gray days? Some place tropical with sunrays dancing off your favorite novel? Somewhere exotic with strange faces and sounds, odd food and totally different culture? How about on a huge boat adrift somewhere off the coast of Hawaii or Guam? Maybe you would like to be somewhere colder, like Alaska? You know, it never hurts to dream about it. Something more “doable” is enjoying a nice dinner out. What do you get hungry for that makes you want to head out the door? What do you like to order when you dine out? We will talk about that next week. If you can’t do your daydream, you might as well do something almost as fun! Let me know your news to share. Have a great week! Birthdays Tyna Brinser of Lower Swatara Twp. marks her happy birthday on Thursday, Jan. 17. Best wishes to you. If you see Cathy Farr of Middletown out and about, please give her a great big jolly greeting on Thursday, Jan. 17. Annalise Spagnolo of Lower Swatara celebrates cake day number nine on Thursday, Jan. 17. Hope you get 17 wonderful surprises! Here’s a happy birthday shout out to Jim Gallagher of Lower Swatara. Jim will observe his day on Friday, Jan. 18. Enjoy! Best wishes for a fantastic Friday birthday to Garrett Deyle of Lower Swatara, who will turn 15 on Jan. 18. Hope it is the best yet, Garrett. Kaitlin Shartle of Lower Swatara will celebrate her 19th birthday on Friday, Jan. 18. Have a fantastic birthday weekend. More cake at the Brinsers . . . Mike Brinser celebrates his frosty-filled cake day on Sunday, Jan. 20. Enjoy the double birthday joy, Mike! Victoria Panza celebrates her cake and ice cream day on Sunday, Jan. 20. Happy 21st real-adult birthday, Victoria.
If you see Cindy Bowers out and about Lower Swatara on Tuesday, Jan. 22, be sure to give her a peppy happy birthday greeting. Stay warm, Cindy! Happy 23rd cake day to Kate Wolfe. Best wishes for a terrific Tuesday birthday on Jan. 22. Anniversary Happy wedding anniversary to John and Carol Fernback of Old Reliance Farms on Monday, Jan. 21. Best wishes to you both for a special hearts and flowers day. Dinner is ready The Middletown Church of God will be serving its monthly meal at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. The menu is ham loaf, potatoes, veggies and dessert. Please be aware the price has been raised due to the increase costs of food. Messiah Dean’s List The following students were named to the dean’s list for the 2012 fall semester at Messiah College: Middletown – Rebecca Heagy, senior, education dual certification pre-kindergarten to Grade and special education; Walter Kline, junior, digital media; Emily Mellott, junior, chemistry; Celina Nissley, senior, nutrition and dietetics. Elizabethtown – Christian Becker, freshman, accounting; Rebecca Brubaker, junior, athletic training; Holly Diegel, senior, music education (K-12); Stacey Eldredge, senior, art education (K-12); Alex Faus, sophomore, health and exercise science; Andrea Faus, sophomore, business administration and Spanish; Carey Heisey, junior, education certification grades pre-kindergarten through Grade 4; Alexa Hoffman, junior, communication; Lindsay Koach, sophomore, nursing; Rebecca Shirk, freshman, business administration; Adam Stern, sophomore, environmental science; Nathan Stern, senior, business administration. Hummelstown – Stephen Haverstick, sophomore, business administration; Brennan Neal, senior, biology; Emily Pearl, freshman, communication; Joseph Saufley, sophomore, journalism; Christopher Wagoner,
junior, accounting; Peter Warren, junior, business administration. Students who earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher make the Dean’s List. Memphis Dean’s List Brandon Judy of Middletown and Nathan Paul Brandeburg of Hummelstown were named to the dean’s list at the University of Memphis (Tenn.) for the fall 2012 semester. The dean’s list is composed of students who have 12 or more earned hours in either the fall or spring semester, with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for that semester. York Dean’s List The following local students have been named to the dean’s list at York College for the fall 2012 semester: Middletown – Robert Doster, freshman, nursing. Elizabethtown – William Ahem, senior, elementary education; David Gates, senior, biology; Chad Styer, senior, public relations; Shaela Wadsworth, senior, nursing; Jordan Specht, freshman, electrical engineering; Kari Rodenhauser, freshman, nursing. Hummelstown – Alycia Randall, sophomore, early childhood education; Alexis Pierce, senior, sport management. Penn State Dean’s List Congrats to Steven Pickel, Lower Swatara. He made the dean’s list at Penn State University, University Park for the fall 2012 semester. Steven is a finance major. Township meeting The Lower Swatara Twp. Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 in the municipal building on Spring Garden Drive in Lower Swatara. National Honor Society Mahoganie Hunter, daughter of Veronica Robinson, Middletown, was one of 20 Milton Hershey School students inducted recently into the National Honor Society at a special
ceremony held in Founders Hall on the MHS campus. Induction activities took place during a recent all-school Sunday Chapel Service. Mahoganie, a senior, is an active member of the school’s Junior Chapel, Art Media Club, New Horizons Show Choir and varsity cheerleading squad. In addition, she was honored as Business Student of the Month in her junior year. Including the most recent inductees, the school’s Chapter of the National Honor Society currently consists of 39 members. Quote of the Week “Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne Question of the Week Where is your dream getaway vacation destination? “To go to a beach, any beach, for a month!” – Kenzie Zimmerman, 13, Lower Swatara. “Hawaii.” – Jay Whye, Hershey. “Anywhere with Tom (my husband)!” – Sue Nissley, Harrisburg. “Italy – for their good food, good people. It seems exotic. I love their language.” – Tiffany Savage, Steelton. “Ireland – because my favorite color is green and the whole place is green! The pubs are awesome, and it is also my heritage.” – Jerry Boyd, Hummelstown. “My uncles served during WW II. I would like to go to the South Pacific to take in some tropical beaches, but also to see historic places like Iwo Jima, Midway, and Tarawa. Places where many men like my uncles did so many heroic things in defense of freedom.” – Bryce McMinn, Harrisburg. Proverb for the Week Every prudent man acts out of knowledge, but a fool exposes his folly (13:16).
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Bill Hecht of Mount Joy and Lisa Bohanick of Mount Joy are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Emily Hecht to Joseph Porr, son of Donald and Jessie Pereschuk of Middletown. Emily is a graduate of Donegal High School and The Art Institute with a degree in fashion marketing. She is co-manager at Ann Taylor Factory Outlet in Hershey. Joseph is a graduate of Red Land High School and Penn State Harrisburg with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He is a 4th grade teacher with Central Dauphin School District, Harrisburg.
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Wedding vows exchanged Shelley Marie Gingrich, daughter of Karen and Jim Gingrich of Middletown and Kevin Thomas Odenthal, son of Susan Odenthal of Gattenberg, N.J. and Michael Odenthal of Asbury Park, N.J., were united in marriage at five o’clock in the evening on October 13, 2012 at the Inn at Leola Village Wedding Garden. The bride was given in marriage by her parents. The Rev. Dr. Richard Eckert officiated at the ceremony. Shelley is a graduate of Middletown Area High School and Villanova University with a bachelor of arts degree. She is a marketing manager at Johnson and Johnson in New York City, N.Y. Kevin is a graduate of Immaculata High School and Villanova Uni-
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Kaitlyn Foell, daughter of Suzanne Connor Williamson and Joseph Foell of Delaware County and Andrew Gingrich, son of Karen and Jim Gingrich of Middletown, were united in marriage at half-past five o’clock in the evening on July 21, 2012 in Lancaster. The bride was given in marriage by her parents. Kaitlyn is a graduate of Elizabethtown College with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. She is a human resources generalist at R.R. Donnelley in Lancaster. Andrew is a graduate of Temple University with a bachelor of sci-
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Michael Zerbe (1828-1917)
Michael Zerbe left Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania to go to Cedar County, Iowa, according to the (History of Cedar County 1910). In 1851, at the age of 23 years old, Michael Zerbe arrived in Cedar County. The district presented a far different appearance at that time from what it does today. The land was then largely wild and unimproved and comparatively few settlements had been made in this region to show that the work of civilization had been begun. There were wild animals and considerable wild game but the rich resources of the country attracted enterprising men who, taking advantage of the opportunities here offered, have won prosperity and at the same time have been the up builders of the county. Michael Zerbe, who is now living, retired at the age of 82 years. He was, however, for a long period closely associated with industrial and agricultural interests and won success by unfaltering industry and perseverance. A native of Pennsylvania, he was born in Pine Grove Township in Schuylkill County, November 8, 1828. His father, John Zerbe, was also a native of the same county and there spent his youthful days. He married Magdalene Gebert, who was also born in the same county. They have reared their family, after which they removed to Miami County, Indiana. John Zerbe followed farming both in Pennsylvania and in Indiana, owning two farms in the latter state and they’re spending his remaining days. Michael Zerbe was reared to manhood in Schuylkill County. His school privileges were limited, he is almost wholly self-educated, but his training at farm labor was not meager, as from an early age he worked in the fields, assisting in their cultivation from the time of the early spring planting until the harvests were gathered in the late autumn. He lived with his father until 19 years of age, and then learned the gunsmith’s trade at Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He worked for two years as an apprentice and one year as a journeyman and afterward, with his two brothers, Samuel and Jonathan Zerbe came west to Cedar County, Iowa. Later John Zerbe also came; bought land and engaged in farming here for a number of years, but subsequently sold out and removed to Linn County, where his death occurred. Jonathan Zerbe, after living for some time in Cedar County, went to Muscatine County, where he, too, passed away. On reaching Iowa the three brothers, Michael, Samuel and Jonathan Zerbe first purchased eight acres of land and afterward entered an adjoining tract of 40 acres and opened up a farm. They gave their entire attention to the improvement of the place for some time and later Michael Zerbe purchased the interest of his brother Samuel and became the owner of 120 acres, constituting a good property, which he cultivated for several years. At length he sold out and removed to Fremont Township with his brother Samuel, who had purchased a small place, upon which he spent his remaining days, passing away in 1892. Samuel Zerbe was married in Pennsylvania to Miss Sarah Wolf and brought his bride to Iowa. Her sister, Mrs. Catherine Koppenhaver, was married in Pennsylvania and after her husband’s death removed to Iowa, joining her sister, Mrs. Zerbe, in Cedar County, Iowa. She still resides here with her children. Unto Mr. And Mrs. Samuel Zerbe there were born eight children, of whom four are living, namely: Amelia, the wife of Charles Echternacht, a farmer of Iowa; John George, who following farming; Lucy, the wife of Dr. Russell of Mechanicsville; and Samuel A. Zerbe, of Dakota. After locating in Cedar County, Michael Zerbe opened a shop and worked at his trade for a number of years, making rifles and doing considerable repair work. His attention, however, has mostly been given to general agricultural pursuits, and he has become well known as one of the prosperous farmers and representative citizens of the community, his energy and industry bringing him substantial financial returns. For a considerable period he was associated with his brother Samuel in business and on leaving the farm in Fremont Township he removed to Mechanicsville with his brother’s widow and her family and in that city now resides. He has been a lifelong supporter of the democracy, casting his first presidential vote for Franklin Pierce in 1852, while in 1856 he voted for James Buchanan. He has since supported every presidential nominee of the party and has never faltered in his allegiance to democratic principles. The Zerbe family is numbered among the pioneer settlers of Cedar County, the brothers taking an active part in the work of development and progress here. Michael Zerbe is today the only survivor and has now reached the age of 82 years. He has lived a useful life, has been closely identified with the growth of the county for 59 years, and at all times has commanded the respect and confidence of his fellow men by reason of his sterling worth. The Cedar County Iowa, WPA Cemetery book has 15 Zerbe’s listed: Albert Zerbe (1867-1933), Rose Hill Cemetery; Catherine, wife/Jonathan (born July 28, 1826 - died May 11, 1900), Wallick Cemetery, Linn Township; Elizabeth Albaugh, wife of George Zerbe, (died May 11, 1888 age 30), Wallick Cemetery, Linn Twp., daughter of John & C. Albaugh); Emma (1873-1908), Wallick Cemetery, Linn Twp; John George (1852-1922), Wallick Cemetery; John L., died Oct. 18, 1884, age 64, Rose Hill Cemetery, Pioneer Twp; Jonathan (born Dec. 31, 1819 - died Feb. 25,1902), Wallick Cemetery, Linn Twp; Jonathan M. (died Nov. 19, 1888, age 71), Wallick Cemetery; Liddie (died Dec 12, 1879, age 62), Wallick Cemetery; Mary A., wife of John L. (died Jan. 18, 1884, age 61), Rose Hill Cemetery; Michael (born Nov. 8,1828 – died June 27, 1917), Rose Hill Cemetery, Pioneer Twp.; Samuel (born April 30,1827 - died Dec. 10, 1892), Rose Hill Cemetery, Sarah, wife of Samuel (born Feb. 2,1828 – died May 11,1923), Rose Hill Cemetery; William E., son of J.L. & M.A. (died Nov. 10, 1873 age 17), Rose Hill Cemetery; Magdalena Zerby, wife of John (died Oct. 18,1856 age 71), Wallick Cemetery, Linn Township.
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 email@example.com.
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We are a body of Christian people who reach out to others by sharing God’s Word, love and fellowship. Come to worship service on Sun., Jan. 20, at 10:30 a.m. Nursery is provided. Blue Listening bags are available upon entering the sanctuary for children remaining with parents. The bags consist of paper activities and may be left on the pew upon departure. Prior to worship, there is church school from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Children’s Sunday school meets in the Morrow Room and the teens’ and Adults’ Adult Forum meet in Fellowship Hall. At the same time, the Church Officers Training II will meet in the Pastor’s office this Sunday only. This Sunday the Adult Forum will have the second of a series of three about “Religious Diversity in Our Midst.” Akram Khalid, president of the York/Harrisburg Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, will enlighten us about their beliefs and practices of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Harrisburg. Since 2009 they have been worshiping in the Hadee Mosque, formerly Lakeside Lutheran Church, on Division Street in Harrisburg. Ecumenical and community minded, they have held a community blood drive, helped flood victims and opened their doors to other faiths needing a place to worship. All are invited to attend. Our Parish Nurse, Jane Neff, is available to help with medical and spiritual needs each Monday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the church nursery. You may visit her for consultation or telephone her at 717-944-4322. There are booklets on our Stained
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Middletown St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at Spring and Union Streets, Middletown. You are invited to join us for worship on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., Good Shepherd Chapel; worship on Saturday at 5 p.m., Good Shepherd Chapel. The Saturday service is a casual traditional service, usually 45 minutes in length. Please enter the church through the parking lot door. Sunday Worship is at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday Church School and Confirmation is 9:45 a.m. Our worship service is broadcast on WMSS 91.1 FM. at 11 a.m. each Sunday. Visit our website at www.stpetersmiddletown.org. Scripture readings for the week: Isa. 62:1-5; Ps. 36:5-10; 1 Cor. 12:1-11; John 2:1-11.
Join GSP for laptop Saturday on January 19, 2013 from 10 a.m.-noon. Bring your laptop; bring your questions and we’ll help each other navigate online resources to find answers. The location is 2207 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Event fee(s) GSP Member is free Non-Member $10.00. You can register online at http://genpa.org/news-events/gsp-upcoming-events.
Glass Windows of the sanctuary. Copies of the booklet are found in the bell tower entry with deposit box for your money. Remember you can still continue to pray for healing for the worldwide hurt the Newtown, Conn. tragedy has brought, and pray for strength for the caregivers who attend to those who are hurting. Lend-A-Hand is the Presbytery of Carlisle’s volunteer outreach effort helping in the aftermath of natural disasters. Several opportunities for volunteer service have been scheduled for areas in New Jersey after Super Storm Sandy. Upcoming dates: Sun., Feb. 17 to Fri., Feb. 22, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy Recovery. Travel by chartered motor coach, limited to 30, there is a cost; Sun., March 17 to Fri., March 22, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, Hurricane Sandy recovery, limited to 30. There is a cost per person. If interested in any of these trips, download the application from our website: www.lendahand. net. Indicate at the top of the form the dates of the trip on which you wish to go. Mail the application and the appropriate check to Lend A Hand, 3040 Market Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011. All rosters are on a first come basis. Once the roster is filled others will be placed on a reserve list should someone on the roster remove themselves from the trip. For further information, call the office at 717-743-8888 or call Bill on his cell phone, 717-319-5018. Tues., Jan. 29: 1:30 p.m., Afternoon Book Club invites you to read “The Forgotten” by David Baldacci for discussion at the home of Joe Mateer. For further information on events at church, see our website www.pcmdt. org, go to Facebook at PresbyterianCongregation, or contact the office at 717-944-4322.
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 services and classes. pians 2:14-15 Wed., Jan. 16: 7 p.m., Patch the Pirate Open Door Bible Church, located Clubs for ages 4 through grade 6, and at 200 Nissley Drive, Middletown, Prayer meeting. invites you to worship Jesus Christ Sat., Jan. 20: 8:30 a.m., Men’s Bible with us this week. Study. Our Jan. 20 Sunday worship serFor more information call the church vice 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 www.odbcpa.org. Better yet, come classes for all ages. Children from worship with us in person.
New Beginnings Church
Middletown New Beginnings Church invites at 6:30 p.m.; Youth Fellowship on you to worship with us each Sunday Sundays from 5 to 7 p.m. Our Sunday worship service will at 10:30 a.m. Nursery and children’s church provided. Our congregation be broadcast on the MAHS radio stameets at Riverside Chapel, 630 S. tion WMSS 91.1 FM at 3 p.m. every Union St., Middletown, next to the Sunday afternoon. Listen on the radio Rescue Hose Company. Sunday school or the Internet at www.pennlive.com/ for all ages is at 9 a.m. We are handicap wmss/audio. Acolyte for January is Nikki Wise. accessible via ramp at the back door. Children’s Church leader is Michelle For additional church information call Strohecker. 944-9595. Sun., Feb. 3: Souper Bowl Sunday. Anyone wishing to become a member Youth Fellowship will be collecting of New Beginnings Church please canned goods for the Food Bank plus contact Pastor Britt or Dianne Daily receiving a special offering for the at 944-9595. Food Bank. Donations may be brought Nonperishable food items are col- to church through Sun., Feb. 3. Youth lected every Sunday for the Middle- will lead the worship service. town Food Bank. Pastor Britt’s parting words each Woman of Faith Bible Study resumes Sunday: “Nothing in this world is January 21; Intercessory Prayer Group more important than the love of Jesus is held every Thursday at 7 p.m.; The Christ.” We invite you to come and Craft Group meets every Wednesday experience this love.
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Middletown It is with warmth and joy that we school, with classes for all ages. Adult welcome all who come to worship Sunday school devotional leader for with us. May this be a time of en- January: Bill Harris; 10:15 a.m., worcouragement and inspiration to you ship service. The worship center is all. Blessings. handicap and wheelchair accessible. Evangelical Church meets on the Greeters: Donna Burkholder, Lee and corner of Spruce and Water streets at Donna Killian. Nursery Helpers: Deb 157 E. Water St., Middletown, south Lidle, Joyce Moyer. The altar flowers of Main St. behind the Turkey Hill are given in memory of Mary Shoop convenience store. presented by sister Grace Aston. The ministries scheduled at EvanMon., Jan. 21: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., gelical United Methodist Church Community dinner at Evangelical from January 16-22 are always open UMC. Meal features roast beef, to everyone. Wed., Jan. 16: 6:30 p.m., Senior mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, roll, beverage and dessert. Choir rehearsal. Tues., Jan. 22: 5:30 p.m., Girl Scouts Thurs., Jan. 17: 5:30 p.m., Girl Scouts meeting; 6:30 p.m., United Methodist meeting. Sun., Jan. 20: 9 a.m., Sunday Church Men’s dinner and meeting.
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acknowledged that council plans to replace Nagle with a current council member. If Patten is installed in Pappas’s seat, three members of the authority would then have been appointed by the current council since September, something the senior Louer agreed in a Jan. 10 disposition would “for practical purposes” give council control over the authority. At least two authority members – Nagle and Pappas – testified that they believe that would lead not only to the fulfillment of the borough’s bond refinancing plan, but to the sale of the borough water and sewer facilities. “I know that the council wants to
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He also likes being a leader – and being just one of three seniors, he’s taken the reigns of a young team in search of someone to do it. “I try to be a leader back there, because I like communication and being the person to man down the fort, and make sure everyone is in their position,” Eppley said. “We’re a new team and most guys don’t know each other, so I just wanted to step up and be a voice they can follow.” Playing in an all-star game, is, of course, and honor in and of itself. But the 80 skaters and 12 goalies taking part in the All-Star game will have an additional honor: being mentored on the bench by a former Hershey Bear. Former center Mitch Lamoureux, goalie Freddie Cassivi, defenseman David Fenyves and center Mark Freer will each be assigned to one of the four teams, which will be picked in a special way. Eppley, appropriately, will play for Fenyves, the former pro defenseman. Team Fenyves will play Lamoureaux’s team at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is free. “There are two All-Star games,
A Prayer Breakfast celebrating the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, 329 Market St., Middletown, at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. •••••
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get rid of the facilities . . . and, in my opinion, that would be a large mistake for the people of Middletown,” Pappas said. But while council has authorized the exploration of selling the boroughowned water system, the suspicions of Pappas and Nagle are just speculation, said Chris Courogen, borough secretary and director of communications. “That exploration hasn’t even taken place yet, and when it has, then will be the time to argue whether or not it’s a good idea,” Courogen said. “I don’t think anybody on council knows how they would feel about it. Just because they think it’s something worth looking into doesn’t mean it’s something worth doing.”
and the teams are picked via a draft similar to the NHL draft,” Eppley said. The selection process took place at Chambers Hill Fire Co. on Jan 13. The entire experience will be “pretty cool,’’ said Eppley, “and to have those coaches on the bench, it will just be very cool to see what they have to say, and learn from them. They know what it’s like to play in this community, so that’s cool, too.” But ultimately, any all-star game is about getting together with the best of the best, and laying it all on the line for pride. And that’s exactly what Eppley plans to do. “I’m looking forward to seeing old friends I played with over the years, and I’m looking forward to the competition,” Eppley said. “Everybody wants to lay it on the line to make their community, hometown, or team proud, and that, combined with playing outdoors, makes this even more special.” The senior is still deciding on his future, where he hopes to play in a recreation league at college. He’s considering Penn State, Temple and West Virginia.
Piermattei argued that allowing council to move ahead with plans to sell the water and sewer facilities would harm Pappas because of the time he has spent on improving the systems since 2009 on the belief that he was appointed to a five-year term. Borough attorney Dana Chilson raised a steady stream of objections “for the record” to the evidence presented by Piermattei, saying Piermattei’s arguments were not relevant to the underlying case. “They raised a bunch of arguments that are extraneous,” Courogen said. “Really, it comes down to two things: When was he appointed, and was he properly appointed? The politics and the other arguments the authority wants to make have no place in the
tal through the murder of the three principal witnesses against him.” In the memorandum opinion, Cherry writes that “expunction is proper only in cases where acquittal is consistent with a finding of innocence and is not a result of legal technicalities unrelated to questions of guilt or innocence.” The court took into consideration that during the trial, a therapist of one of the victims testified that Wholaver sexually assaulted the victim. Cherry supported Chardo’s argument, stating that Wholaver was not “effectively prosecuted” on the rape charges because Wholaver killed the victims.
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van could not be reached for comment. Hovan, formerly a detective for the department, will remain on the force, said Reid. Chris Courogen, borough secretary and director of communications, said council has “instructed staff to investigate options” for replacing Hovan. “This came as a surprise to
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The court determined that keeping the charges is substantial for future appeals regarding the murders, and that “society has a strong interest in monitoring pedophilic and violent behavior.” “Society maintains an interest in retaining the record . . . as [Wholaver] was charged with indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age and related offenses against his minor daughters,” Cherry wrote. Cherry did grant Wholaver a hearing on four of 25 claims that Wholaver was improperly tried and defended by his attorney. Cherry dismissed 21 of the claims that Wholaver made in the petition. Six were denied because they have
previously been brought forth and litigated by the state Supreme Court, and the remaining 16 were denied “based upon a thorough review of the record and applicable statutory and case law.” Cherry granted a hearing to address Wholaver’s four other claims: • Whether the Commonwealth violated his constitutional rights when it allegedly failed to disclose exculpatory and impeachment evidence. • Whether Wholaver’s trial counsel was ineffective for conceding his guilt to the solicitation of murdering the boyfriend of one of this daughters, who he’s blamed for the killings, without his consent. • Whether Wholaver’s trial counsel
rendered ineffective assistance of counsel when he allegedly failed to adequately investigate, develop, and present exculpatory forensic expert testimony and evidence in the guilt phase of Wholaver’s trial. • Whether juror misconduct caused Wholaver to be denied his right to a fair trial. In his opinion, Cherry stated that while claims have already been looked at, and could be meritless, a hearing is required to make a decision. A conference is scheduled for March to address the parameters of the hearing, and a hearing date will be decided at that time, according to Cherry’s opinion. Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or email@example.com
council, and they are going to evaluate what the options are to proceed,” Courogen said. “At this point, it’s way too soon to tell how this will be handled.” Council’s next scheduled meeting is a committee of the whole session on Monday, Jan. 21. Councilor Scott Sites said he hopes the process is open to the public “so that
the public is aware what’s going on and so they can possibly weigh in on what they’re looking for in a chief.” Whether the new chief is chosen in-house or outside the Middletown force, “I hope that we seek applicants and then we do open interviews and then the best one’s chosen,” Sites said. Sites voted against Hovan’s appointment because he thought the process used by council in choosing a chief should have been more open. Still, Sites thanked Hovan for his work as chief. “We greatly appreciate the work he’s done,” he said. “He’s a very hard-working professional.” Courogen also thanked Hovan for his service as chief. “The chief’s service has been appreciated,” he said. “We certainly wish him well. I think everyone here has a lot of respect for Mark Hovan.” Courogen said he did not know the reason for Hovan’s resignation. When asked to comment on the situation, Councilor David Rhen, chairman of council’s public safety committee, said, “Didn’t I make myself clear a couple of months ago? As long as
[Press And Journal publisher Joe] Sukle owns the paper, there is nothing I’m going to say.” Hovan is the third leader of Middletown’s force in the past year. Keith Reismiller retired in February 2012, and his replacement, David Sweitzer, was replaced by Hovan in June. The department has been frequently in the news during Hovan’s tenure due to ongoing contract negotiations with the borough, a decision by council to investigate merging its police force with surrounding municipalities and a significant budget cut for the department in the borough’s 2013 budget. Four officers sought medical treatment on Christmas Eve due to high levels of carbon monoxide in the borough building from a faulty generator used during a power outage, and the department has since been operating out of the borough Electric Building. Council voted on Monday, Jan. 7 to move the department to the electric building permanently.
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Judge Clark, but I think the borough’s very confident in its legal position. The law’s very clear.” Piermattei expressed similar confidence. He said he believes Clark understands that council cannot treat Pappas like a “puppet” and just remove him “when it doesn’t suit you.” “You can never predict these things,” said Piermattei. “I would hope Judge Clark would not allow that manipulation.” Clark gave both parties until Tuesday, Jan. 22 to submit any additional information they feel the court should consider, and said there will be “as soon a ruling as practical” thereafter. Authority solicitor Steve Dzuranin said he expects Clark to rule quickly.
Middletown defenseman Matt Eppley, center, poses with the coaches of his CPIHL All-Star Winter Classic team, Dave Fenyves, left, a former Hershey Bears player, and Jarrod Hill, right, coach of Hershey High School’s hockey team.
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[case]. Nobody’s arguing whether Mr. Pappas did a good job or not.” Chilson did not call any witnesses, instead basing her case on the minutes of borough council meetings over the past 18 years and arguments presented in writing and at a previous hearing on the case. After that hearing, Clark denied a request by council for an injunction against Pappas. Chilson declined to comment on the proceedings, referring questions to Courogen. Both parties seemed satisfied after Monday’s hearing. “I heard nothing presented that changes the simple facts of the law as the judge laid it out in the previous hearing,’’ said Courogen. “I’m not going to presume that I ever speak for
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With their leading scorer injured, Raiders win two big games By Larry Etter Press And Journal Staff When senior Trent Zimmerman went down with a shoulder injury late in the first half of Middletown’s non-league game at Red Lion on Jan. 5, Blue Raiders Coach Chris Sattele had to make some adjustments. With Zimmerman, the team’s leading scorer, out of the lineup, Sattele was looking for some of the other players to step up and help fill the void. Sattele got just what he wanted – his team posted a pair of victories in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division for its fifth and sixth wins of the season. If things go well, Zimmerman may be back in action on Friday, Jan. 18 at Northern. Initial tests showed no tears in the ligaments in his shoulder and, if confirmed this week, he will return to finish his senior season. In the meantime, the remaining Raiders joined together to ring up wins over Susquenita on Tuesday, Jan. 8 and Camp Hill on Friday, Jan. 11 – both at home – much to the relief of the coaches and Middletown fans. With seven games left on the schedule, and with an overall record of 6-9, the Raiderws will probably have to win six to qualify for the District 3 playoffs, Sattele noted.
Middletown 56, Susquenita 35
Sophomore guard Ladhellis Charleston and junior forward
Mel Fager III clearly stepped up their offensive performances on Tuesday in leading the Raiders to the victory over visiting Susquenita. Charleston, whose defense has been terrific all year, showed he has the talent to run the offense as well. He led the charge by bringing the ball up the court at the point while scoring a gamehigh 22 points, while Fager dropped in 14. Five other players scored for the Middletown side. Jared Truesdale started things off for the Raiders, scoring from the baseline off a Cody Fox pass 45 seconds into the game. After Charleston converted a Nick Drawbaugh assist for a 4-0 lead a minute and a half later, Susquenita broke the ice on a foul shot by Drew Knowles. But Fager, Dylan Danilowicz and Truesdale teamed up for a 13-0 Middletown run and a 17-1 Raider lead with 1:55 left in the opening period. Following a 3-point goal by the Blackhawks, Truesdale went right up with an inbounds pass to make it a 19-4 advantage at the end of the quarter. Danilowicz opened up the second stanza with his second trey of the game and the Raiders, despite foul trouble for both Drawbaugh and Truesdale, stayed well out in front. The Blackhawks did find the scoring range in the second and outscored the Raiders 13-9 in the frame, but the home team still led by a comfortable 28-17 spread at the halftime break. Charleston collected 11 of his points in the third quarter, mixing it up with drives to the hoop, short jumpers, foul shots and a late triple off a Danilowicz feed with two ticks left. A 42-27 Raiders lead by quickly spread to a commanding 48-27 advantage, as Drawbaugh and Charleston scored 6 straight points for the Middletown squad. Susquenita’s Knowles broke the string with a tap in at the 5:22 mark, but the Raider pair went back-to-back to put the game out of reach at 52-29 at the halfway point of the final segment. Freshman Brandon Harper closed out the Middletown scoring off an inbounds pass from Levi Varner with 1:28 left. Knowles and Evan Miller evenly split 26 points for Susquenita in the loss.
Middletown 35, Camp Hill 26
Friday’s easy triumph over visiting Camp Hill turned out to be a really pleasant surprise for everyone on the Middletown side. The Lions, who had lost to the Raiders by a slim 55-52 margin in an exciting clash in the first half of the season, had carried a 9-5 record into the Middletown gym. With senior star DeShaun Williams leading the balanced Lions with 20 points a game, Camp Hill was favored to avenge that earlier loss, especially with Zimmerman not playing.
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Middletown’s Mel Fager III (22), above, scores from underneath in a win over Camp Hill. Middletown sophomore Ladhellis Charleston (3), right, leads the Raiders’ offensive attack against Camp Hill. Charleston scored a game-high 22 points in a victory over Susquenita.
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Coming off a tough loss against Camp Hill on Friday, Jan. 11, the Middletown girls’ basketball team was looking for redemption – and they got it, beating Donegal at home, 53-32 on Saturday, Jan. 12. Middletown’s Jalynn Burton-Jones, a freshman, had a game-high 25 points, while senior Sarah Crippen scored 8 and Halle Marion, a sophomore, added 6. The Blue Raiders dominated in the first quarter, creating a little breathing room as they took a fast lead. Burton-Jones led the team, scoring 15 of the Raiders’ 21 first- quarter points. Middletown led after one, 21-4. Donegal’s Kristen Stark, a sophomore, scored all of Donegal’s 4 points. In the second period, Burton-Jones could only sink one basket before she was forced to sit out due to fouls. The Raiders held their own, even after some sloppy play by the team, with Jey Rivera scoring 2 and Crippen making two baskets. Campbell Jordan, Jada Pettis and Jaelise Thompson each added a free throw to give the Raiders 9 in the period. Donegal kept pace, adding 10, but Middletown led at the
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Middletown’s Halle Marion, left, brings the ball upcourt duing a 5332 victory over Donegal. half, 30-14. Donegal’s Rachel Mummau, Rebecca Yunginger and Kayla Steffen made baskets early in the third, leaving the Indians down 32-20. But the Raiders started to gain momentum, with Crippen hitting two 3-pointers, Burton-Jones sinking two
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baskets and Pettis making a shot. The 12-point streak put Middletown ahead, 44-20 late in the third quarter. Mistakes by both teams resulted in missed shots early in the final quarter. Burton-Jones put up the first points of the period, making two free throws with 6:11 left. Sloppy play gave both teams more opportunities to score on foul shots, but the Raiders only made 3-of-7 free throws, while Donegal made 4-of-6. Rivera, Kassidy Deibler and Thompson each added a basket, to give the Raiders 9 for the quarter. Even though Donegal outscored Middletown in the second and fourth quarters, the Indians couldn’t recover from the Raiders’ first-quarter blowout. “We worked together as a team,” said Burton-Jones. “It was a great win.” Pettis was happy the Raiders won, but said there are still places for the team to improve. “We still need to work on our layups. If we can make them, we will be a better team,” she said. Middletown Coach Chris Hunter said the team needs to work on boxing out and inside put-backs, something they will prepare to do for future games. “I thought a lot of our girls stepped up today,’’ he said. “We’re working Please See MIDDLETOWN, Page B3
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With one good shot, he bucks superstition
Ken Reitzi of Middletown holds his white-tail albino deer.
Three good friends of mine recently returned from North Carolina on a late-season deer hunt. Their purpose was to harvest several does and to bring home some “Tar Heel” venison. What they ended up bringing home surprised them all. The group consisted of Ken Reitzi, a local taxidermist from Middletown, Skip Myers of Middletown and Neal Palmer of Bainbridge – all good friends of mine and accomplished hunters. They were hunting properties maintained by Roanoke Tar Outfitters. Neal spends as much time guiding with Roanoke Tar Outfitters as he does hunting in Pennsylvania. This was a special hunt for the three arranged by owner Jeff Wolgemuth. The group had three days of exclusive hunting rights in Halifax County, N.C. The first two days of hunting produced one doe for Skip. Deer sightings were limited, and several deer were button bucks that were not to be shot. Their last day of their hunt was one that all three will never forget. As time clicked by on the third evening of their hunt, suddenly she appeared. Ken strained and took a second – and third – look of what he was seeing. From
beyond the 3-point arc 30 seconds into the second quarter to give Middletown an 11-0 lead, the Lions finally broke into the scoring column on a pair of foul shots by Matt Harrell. But Drawbaugh went inside for a bucket and Charleston added two free throws and then fired in a trey at the 5:10 mark to push the Middletown lead to 17-2. The Lions never recovered. Drawbaugh really punctuated the Middletown scoring diversity by popping in a rare triple with 1:21 left. Up by 27-11 to start the second half, the Raiders did not let up. Truesdale’s steal and layup, followed by a Fager basket off a Camp Hill miss, pushed the Middletown lead to 31-11 just over a minute into the third period. Middletown’s
Continued From Page One But thanks to a fantastic defensive effort by the Raiders, the Lions got off to a horrible start and were shut out in the game’s first 8 minutes. Firing blanks against the tenacious Middletown defense, the Lions went 0-for-11 from the floor in the opening frame. And, although they did not exactly look outstanding on the offensive end, the Raiders posted a shocking 8-0 shutout in the first quarter. Drawbaugh, Truesdale and Fager did the scoring honors for the Middletown five. After Danilowicz swished in a bomb from
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out of nowhere the deer stood for a few seconds. She was a doe, but not your ordinary doe. She was completely white. I did some limited research on albino white-tailed deer and discovered that only one out of 100,000 is a true albino, possessing pink- or bluish-tinted eyes. Pie-bald deer are more common. They are deer with some portions of white and brown but not totally white. In fact, I have seen quite a few through the years that were partially white or pie-bald, but never a completely white deer. Albino deer have it tough. Consider their environment of browns, greens, grays and black. Now put an entire white deer into it and the defensive masking of their natural color is gone. They stick out like a sore thumb, making them easy prey for predators when they are fawns. With that said, consider the superstitious stigma attached to a white deer. Talk to any hunter and they will say they heard that harvesting a white deer will bring the hunter bad luck for years to come. Personally, I think that aspect is folklore, without substance. Ken had a decision to make.
dominating defense held the Lions to just 4 points in the third and dropped the visitors into a 38-15 hole entering the final segment. The Raiders got a little lax in the fourth quarter, and the Lions gained some ground. Getting 7 of their 11 points from the free throw line after some Middletown turnovers, the Lions tried to rally. But the Raiders’ big lead was simply too much to overcome. Charleston broke a three-minute scoring drought by the Raiders with a pair of foul shots at the 3:17 mark to close out the scoring for the home team. The Lions managed just 4 points the rest of the way, and the Raiders cruised to victory. Larry Etter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
As he watched the doe, he thought about not taking the shot. He hesitated, then realized that a white deer doesn’t present itself many times to a hunter. He debated, considered the pros and cons and decided that this was probably one chance in a lifetime. He centered his .257 Weatherby Magnum and pulled the trigger. The deer reacted as it was hit and took off. For Ken, reality started to kick in and the excitement began to rise. Neal and Skip were close by and heard the shot. They arrived, and the tracking began. With years of experience in tracking deer, the three quickly discovered some hair and blood. The blood trail wasn’t profound, but was enough for them to completely concentrate on the small red droplets leading away from the spot
where the deer had stood. Skip was slightly ahead of Neal, with Ken flanking the right of them. Suddenly, Skip yelled to them, “Hey Kenny, here’s your deer.” She had only ran about 70 yards before coming to rest from a fine shot. There on the ground was a completely white deer. It was a total group effort, and all three were thrilled by the last-minute hunt in North Carolina that ended with a true albino white-tail deer. Ken plans a full life-sized mount of his trophy. Only time will tell if the superstitions exist on a white deer. Ken will know firsthand if it does. Tom Shank can be reached at email@example.com
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Rollers bounce back behind Tate-DeFreitas By Noelle Barrett Press And Journal Staff After Steelton-Highspire was handed its first loss of the season in a close, back-and-forth matchup against TriValley on Jan. 5, the Rollers pushed forward to pull out three consecutive wins. The Rollers kept a steady lead against Imhotep Charter School of Philadelphia to clinch an 88-69 win in Steelton on Thursday, Jan. 10. Malia Tate-DeFreitas, a senior, led Steel-High with 35 points, hitting 11 of 15 free throws and making two 3-pointers. Senior Jazmine Blanding sank five 3-pointers, adding 21 points, and junior Ceani Beaden and senior Khadijah Robinson each added 11 points. Sloppy play out the gate by the Panthers helped Steel-High gain a slight lead in the first period. Blanding and Amber Hess-Moore each hit a 3-pointer early, with the Rollers leading 8-2 with 6:56 left. Imhotep’s Ashley Murray scored 2 points, but Tate-DeFreitas hit a 3-pointer and a quick layup to give Steel-High a 13-4 lead. Destany Russell, a senior, scored 9 points for the Panthers in the last half of the first period, but points by Robinson, Tate-DeFreitas and Miyah Viera helped the Rollers keep a 7-point
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lead after one quarter, 22-15. After missed free throws from both teams in the second quarter, TateDeFreitas scored 4 points, Robinson added 2, and Blanding made 2-of-2 from the foul line to give the Rollers a 30-17 lead. Imhotep kept pace with Steel-High, scoring 21 points in the quarter to the Rollers’ 20. The Panthers’ Deja Reynolds, a sophomore, hit a 3-pointer as the final seconds of the first half winded down, leaving Imhotep behind by only 6, 42-36, at the intermission. Blanding was on a roll in the third quarter, hitting three from beyond the 3-point line and scoring 11 points in the first three minutes as Steel-High took a 57-36 lead. From there, both teams shot consistently on offense, with Steel-High holding a 20-point lead, 69-49, at the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter saw strong shooting from Tate-DeFreitas, who made two baskets – one a 3-pointer – and one of two free throws, putting SteelHigh further ahead, 75-49. The Panthers and Rollers took turns putting up points, with Tate-DeFreitas scoring 13 of her game total 35 points in the final quarter. Imhotep was able to keep up with Steel-High after that, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Rollers. “We needed a win like that tonight
to get back on track,” said Steel-High Coach Jeffrey Chisolm. The Rollers “did very good with layups” and their ability in “finding an open spot was better than normal,” he said. Beaden, who scored 11 points for Steel-High, said the game was her best all season. “It was real intense,” she said. “We did a lot of talking. I was just proud of how we played.”
Steel-High 74 East Pennsboro 65
Tate-DeFreitas scored 35 points for Steel-High to help lead the team to the victory in Steelton on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Blanding added 15 and Robinson scored 11. Jackie Downey led East Pennsboro with 17 points, while Sam Marino added 15.
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Lions split pair on road trip By Tom Klemick For The Press And Journal
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Middletown’s Todd Houser looks to his team’s bench during a 126-pound match against Lower Dauphin’s Calvin Nolt. Houser won, 8-1.
Raiders overwhelm LD early, win 40-27 Middletown recorded three pins, a technical fall and two major decisions to defeat Lower Dauphin, 40-27, in a wrestling match on Thursday, Jan. 10 in Middletown. Lower Dauphin (3-6) scored on a forfeit and two late pins to make the match close. Middletown (7-2) stormed to a big lead early, as the Raiders’ Levi Sterner pinned the Falcons’ Chase Mader at 1:07 in the 106-pound match and Zach Ulerich pinned LD’s Alex Dill at 1:58 in the 120-pound match. Middletown’s Todd Houser defeated Calvin Nolt, 8-1 in the 126-pound match, while the Raiders’ Bryce Killian won by technical fall over Lower Dauphin’s Lee Cassel, 17-2 at 132. After the Falcons’ Nick Dippery recorded a 3-2 victory over the Raiders’ Seth Babil at 138, Middletown ran off five consecutive victories. Zach Buell defeated LD’s Tyler Messick, 9-8 at 145; Will Botterbusch pinned LD’s Kolby Straw at 3:39 at 152; Steven Cain won by major decision over LD’s Bailey Shutt, 8-0 at 160; Chris Holloman won by major decision over LD’s Kalob Ware, 16-8 at 170; and Andonia Bennett defeated LD’s Troy Spencer, 4-2 at 182. After winning a forfeit at 195, the Falcons scored two pins – David Wuestner pinned Middletown’s Chris Espinoza at 33 seconds at 220, while Christian Brand pinned Middletown’s Mitch Ward at 3:46 at 285.
After tasting its first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) defeat of the season on Saturday, Jan. 12, Penn State Harrisburg rebounded nicely by handing Keuka an 80-72 loss on Sunday, Jan. 13 in game two of a weekend road trip by the Blue and White’s weekend road. The Lions got a combined 44 points from seniors Thristan Lundy and Jordan Gatchell and sophomore Alberto De Los Santos. Penn State Harrisburg jumped out to an early 7-2 lead when Gatchell sank a 3-point shot a minute and a half into the game. Keuka kept things from getting out of hand by putting together a 10-2 run that culminated in a Teddy Tuggles’ 3-pointer that gave the Storm a 12-9 advantage at the 13:41 mark. But Penn State Harrisburg retook the lead when freshman Jamaal DuBose and sophomores Joey Farthing and Kevin Icker scored on three consecutive possessions. With seven minutes left in the first half, the Lions had their largest advantage of the half at 27-21. When the Storm cut the deficit to 3 in the second half, the duo of De Los Santos and Lundy pushed the Lions’ lead to 8 when the sophomore hit a shot from downtown and the senior converted two free throws. But Keuka responded with a 7-0 run and Conor Boyer’s layup made it 50-49 Penn State Harrisburg at the 12:44 mark of the second half. Over the next 10 minutes, the Lions failed to create any real separation. Battling back-and-forth with
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the Storm, the Lions’ largest lead during the stretch reached no more than 5 points. Then, leading 69-66 with just under two minutes left in the game, Keuka went ice cold in crunch time and the Blue and White made the home team pay. The Storm went nearly two minutes without scoring a point and was forced to foul to try to stay in it.
Wells 53, Lions 49
Penn State Harrisburg vs. Wells – that pairing has quickly become the marquee North Eastern Athletic Conference matchup of the past three seasons. The Express topped the Lions in the NEAC championship game in 2011. The Blue and White swept Wells last year, including a pivotal
NEAC tourney semifinal victory. On Saturday, Jan. 12, the Express swung the momentum back in its favor with a win over Harrisburg in another thrilling contest between the two programs in Aurora, N.Y. Gatchell led the way for Penn State Harrisburg, scoring a team-high 16 points, while Lundy was the only other Lion to reach the double-digit mark with 11. The game proved to be a lowscoring, defensive-minded affair. No stretch summed this up better than the four minutes between Gatchell’s layup at the 9:54 mark and Wells’ guard Jordan Bishop’s 3-ball with 5:55 remaining in the first half. Icker connected on a jumper to make it 40-32 in favor of the Lions with just under 10 minutes to play. Then Wells turned it on.
Lion women drop three By Adam Clay For The Press And Journal Middletown’s Zach Ulerich, top, controls Lower Dauphin’s Alex Dill in a 120-pound match. Ulerich pinned Dill at 1:58. The Blue Raiders got pins from Levi Sterner at 106 and Will Botterbusch at 152, plus a technical fall from Bryce Killian at 132 and major decisions from Steven Cain (160) and Chris Holloman (170) to beat the Falcons.
Keuka was hot from the tipoff, beating Penn State Harrisburg 86-71 in women’s basketball on Sunday, Jan. 13 in New York. The Storm started the game off by scoring the first 8 points in the opening
Standings for 1-16-13 BOYS BASKETBALL Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division W L OVERALL Steelton-Highspire 8 0 11-2 Milton Hershey 7 1 8-4 West Perry 4 4 6-8 Middletown 4 4 6-9 Camp Hill 3 5 9-6 Northern 3 5 6-8 East Pennsboro 3 5 3-9 Susquenita 0 8 3-11 Last week’s scores Middletown 56, Susquenita 35 Middletown 45, Camp Hill 26 Steelton-Highspire 53, East Pennsboro 45 Steelton-Highspire 64, Northern 48 This week’s games Jan. 15 Middletown at Milton Hershey, 7:30 p.m. Steelton-Highspire at Susquenita, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 Middletown at Northern, 7:30 p.m. Steelton-Highspire at West Perry, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 Middletown at East Pennsboro, 7:30 p.m.
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Penn State Harrisburg’s Will Doyle had a team-high four assists in a victory over Keuka.
Bishop McDevitt 5 4 9-4 Mechanicsburg 4 5 7-6 Hershey 4 5 6-7 Cedar Cliff 3 6 7-7 Red Land 0 9 0-13 Last week’s games Lower Dauphin 53, Mechanicsburg 52 Lowe Dauphin 64, Red Land 53 Lower Dauphin 58, East Pennsboro 43 This week’s games Jan. 18 Susquehanna Twp. at Lower Dauphin, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 Trinity at Lower Dauphin, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Capital Division W L OVERALL Steelton-Highspire 8 0 13-1 West Perry 7 1 12-2 Camp Hill 5 3 11-3 Middletown 5 3 8-6 East Pennsboro 3 5 7-6 Susquenita 3 5 6-7 Milton Hershey 1 7 1-11 Northern 0 8 0-13 Last week’s games Camp Hill 52, Middletown 38 Middletown 53, Donegal 32 Middletown at Bishop McDevitt, Jan. 9, changed to Jan. 30 Steelton-Highspire 74, East Pennsboro 65 Steelton-Highspire 88, Imhotep Charter 69 Steelton-Highspire 64, Northern 23
This week’s games Jan. 15 Milton Hershey at Middletown, 7:25 p.m. Susquenita at Steelton-Highspire, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 Greencastle-Antrim at Middletown, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 Northern at Middletown, 7:30 p.m. West Perry at Steelton-Highspire, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 East Pennsboro at Middletown, 7:30 p.m.
Keystone Division W L OVERALL Palmyra 9 0 13-0 Hershey 8 1 11-2 Mechanicsburg 6 3 8-5 Trinity 5 3 6-4 Lower Dauphin 5 4 8-6 Cedar Cliff 3 6 3-9 Red Land 2 7 5-8 Susquehanna Twp. 1 8 4-10 Bishop McDevitt 1 8 3-10 Last week’s games Mechanicsburg 35, Lower Dauphin 23 Lower Dauphin 41, Red Land 35 Lower Dauphin 46, East Pennsboro 31 This week’s games Jan. 18 Lower Dauphin at Susquehanna Twp. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 Lower Dauphin at Trinity, 7:30 p.m.
WRESTLING Keystone Division W L OVERALL Cedar Cliff 5 0 13-0 Hershey 4 0 15-1 Middletown 3 1 7-2 Mechanicsburg 1 2 3-3 Red Land 1 2 2-3 Lower Dauphin 1 3 3-6 Susquehanna Twp. 1 4 3-4 Palmyra 0 4 1-5 Last week’s matches Middletown 40, Lower Dauphin 27 Bermudian Springs 44, Middletown 21 Middletown 39, Northeastern 28 Middletown 48, Lancaster Catholic 26 Middletown 32, Penn Manor 31 Middletown 47, Hempfield 21 Chambersburg 35, Lower Dauphin 34 Warwick 32, Lower Dauphin 28 Lower Dauphin 52, McCaskey 19 Lower Dauphin 59, Osbourn (Va.) 13 Spring Grove 54, Lower Dauphin 11 This week’s matches Jan 16 Central Dauphin East at Middletown, 7 p.m. Jan. 17 Middletown at Susquehanna Twp., 7 p.m. Palmyra at Lower Dauphin, 7 p.m. Jan. 19 Hershey at Middletown, 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22 Lower Dauphin at Mechanicsburg, 7 p.m.
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2:30 with an 8-0 in the first 2:30 of the game. They were forced to work hard the entire half to keep the lead, but by halftime the Lions were faced with their second game in a row being down at the half. Down 55-46 with 17:33 to go in the game, the Lions’ Mercedes Copeland led an 8-0 charge that brought Penn State Harrisburg to within a point, 55-54 with 14:48 left. But Keuka responded with an 11-1 run over the next six minutes that would be too much for the Lions to make up.
Wells 85, Lions 76
The Lions came into the Wells College Basketball Arena expecting to leave with a 5-0 conference record after another strong 40 minutes of basketball. Unfortunately, Wells must have missed that memo and came into the game with a plan of their own on Saturday, Jan 12. The Express, who had a losing re-
cord, showed they were not going to be a rollover game very early as they started with an 11-2 run with 16:43 to go in the half. The Lions battled back quickly and held the score to 13-7 after an Amanda Moyer layup at 14:54. Unfortunately, a three-minute mental lapse allowed Wells to go on an 11-0 run and gave the Express a gamehigh 18-point lead with 7:44 until the break. By halftime, the Lions were only able to cut the deficit to 15, 42-27.
Wilkes 87, Lions 79
Penn State Harrisburg dropped a hard-fought contest to one of the best non-conference foes it’s faced all year. Wilkes came into the game with a record of 7-4, including an 8-point win over nationally -ranked Scranton in early December. The Lions’ Stephanie Yetter grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds, while Miranda Zeanchock scored 24 points in the loss.
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Middletown 51 Susquenita 49
Middletown took an early lead, 3021 at halftime. Susquenita gained momentum, tying the game at 47 in the fourth quarter, but Middletown was able to win it in Duncannon on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Burton-Jones led the Raiders with 18 points, while Marion scored 11 and
Rivera added 10.
Camp Hill 52, Middletown 38
Burton-Jones led both teams in scoring with 24 points, while Marion scored 6 and Rivera added 5 in the loss at Camp Hill on Friday, Jan. 11. Middletown took the lead in the first quarter, 15-13, but the team lost its footing, and was unable to bounce back. Addie Guyer led Camp Hill with 19 points. Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or email@example.com
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A hurdle for our next chief
e don’t know whether Middletown Borough Council’s $1.2 million in cuts to its police department for 2013 played a part in Chief Mark Hovan’s resignation on Thursday, Jan. 10 from the leadership post. Hovan has not returned our calls seeking comment. We do know that the next chief faces quite a challenge in slicing spending. Hovan issued his written resignation to Mayor Robert Reid. He will serve as chief until a replacement is named by council. Hovan will remain on the Middletown's next police force afterward. Three policemen have served as chief faces quite a challenge Middletown’s chief in the past year – in slicing spending. Keith Reismiller, who retired in January 2012; David Sweitzer, a former detective who served as acting chief until he was replaced in June by Hovan, and now Hovan himself – after seven short months. While retirements and an accounting change that moves pension costs to another section of the budget will make up some of the cuts, the remainder will come from reducing over-budgeting, according to the borough. While we agree that council should watch spending and cut fat, we are concerned that severe cuts in overtime – some councilors believe it has been too great an amount recently – and manpower will compromise the force’s ability to complete investigations, testify at hearings and serve its required amount of time on the Dauphin County Drug Task force, of which its officers are participating members. A safer Middletown is a valuable asset. It should not be compromised.
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et’s be honest – we all breathed a collective sigh of relief when the frenzied hype over the national elections finally quieted down. Last week, our story that reported the announcement by David Madsen that he’s tossed his hat into the political ring to run for Middletown Borough Council reminds us we have important local elections coming up in 2013. We will keep you informed about the political buzz in town involving both incumbents and hopefuls. We encourage candidates to contact us to report their decision to run or seek re-election. You may do this by calling us at 717-944-4628 or e-mailing our editor, Jim Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org. •••• Speaking of elections, a full slate of candidates means absolutely nothing if you are not registered to vote. It’s quite simple. First, the rules. To register in Dauphin County, you must: • Be a U.S. citizen for at least one month prior to the next election. • Be a resident of Pennsylvania and your election district for at least 30 days prior to the election. • Be at least 18 years of age on the day of the next election. And let’s be clear on this: Jurors in Dauphin County are NOT selected from voter rolls – they are selected from PennDOT records. The excellent staff in the Dauphin County Bureau of Registration and Elections, led by Steve Chiavetta, will be more than happy to help. Give them a call at 717-780-6360 or 800-328-0058. You can download a voter registration application from the county’s Web site, http://www.dauphincounty.org/government/Elections-and-Voter-Registration/Vote/ Pages/Register-to-Vote.aspx. •••• You may have noticed some changes to our website, www.pressandjournal.com. Our new site offers lots of new features as well as a subscription-based full electronic version that you can read from the comfort of your computer – or even your Smartphone or computer pad. You also can subscribe online to the Press And Journal’s print edition as well. You may now offer comments to all articles posted on our website. Sound Off has changed a bit as well. Due to previous spam attacks on our old online Sound Off form, we added a security box that involves typing five characters. This simply prevents spammers from flooding our servers. You DO NOT have to enter any personal information to submit Sound Offs, nor does our server collect any information from you. Our community calendar has taken a quantum leap. Open to all nonprofit organizations, it affords free publicity for fundraising events. We also ensure that the meeting notices of local municipalities and their commissions, boards, committees, etc. that are in our printed edition are automatically placed on the community calendar – a great benefit for residents who want to stay informed. Take a look! Soon to come: Online classifieds and, yes, an app for computer pads! It’s very exciting. It’s extremely challenging to stay in the race with technology as it leaps and bounds – and transitions are not always smooth sailing. Those of you who have let us know about problems with our site also know we addressed those issues immediately. Right now we’re working on a fix for the occasional slow connection – and it looks like we’ve got it figured out. But, as always, we welcome your input. Give us a shout at email@example.com. You can also call 717-944-4628 and speak with a live person. •••• One of our annual campaigns is the Honor Roll of Business. It’s our way of spotlighting the incredible number of years area businesses have had their doors open to the community. We’re gathering participants for the 2013 edition, and we’d like to have the privilege of including your business – no matter if you’re six months old or 60 years old. Contact our Maxine Etter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-944-4628 for all the details.
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A bargain for our defense More specifically, they plan to close the Air Force Reserve’s 911th Airlift Wing based in Pittsburgh this year. Gov. Tom Corbett and I continue to work with members of Congress, urging them to support a 2013 budget that honors national security yet promotes fiscal responsibility. Based on the defense department’s own report, it would make the most sense to take a small cut in the active component in order to maintain or expand the capabilities of the Defense Department by shifting forces to the reserve component. It’s a 3-to-1 cost savings that should not be ignored. Troops serving in the Guard and Reserve are as highly trained as their counterparts in the active component, yet they only get paid when they work. Taking advantage of this cost-effectiveness is certainly not a novel idea, but one that the Air Force must seriously consider. Maj. Gen. Wesley E. Craig Adjutant General of Pennsylvania
Reform our biofuels policy
Don't deny money's role in our government
Editor, I have long known that the National Guard and Reserve are a bargain for our state and country. It’s gratifying to finally see the numbers in black and white. Last month, the federal Reserve Forces Policy Board issued a report to the Secretary of Defense on the full cost of military personnel. It’s the first official report from a Department of Defense entity that makes it clear that the cost of a National Guard or Reserve member is much less than that of an active-component member. The report, which looked at all costs such as health care, dependent education, housing and retirement, shows that in fiscal year 2013 the annual cost to the federal government for a reserve-component member is $123,351 while the cost of an active-component member is $384,622. I point this out because as part of President Obama’s 2013 Defense Budget, the Air Force proposes to reduce the size and capability of its most efficient and costeffective forces – the reserve component.
resident production has only increased 5.4 percent Obama’s since ethanol mandates were instituted. re-election Fully 40 percent of our nation’s corn paves the way for supply goes to ethanol. More corn goes to him to actually making ethanol than feeding livestock. pursue the “all of When demand outstretches supply, the the above” energy price of corn and corn-dependent foods strategy he has promised. jumps – dramatically. Poultry prices were After a series of government-backed 3.4 percent higher in 2012 compared to green tech companies collapsed, the 2011. Milk and dairy prices were up 9.1 Obama team smartly shifted away from percent, pork 7.5 percent and hamburger its renewables-only myopia and – at least 10.4 percent. rhetorically – adopted a broader energy Then there is the situation with so-called approach more friendly to traditional oil cellulosic ethanol. By 2022, the RFS and natural gas. requires the use of 16 billion gallons This year, the President should back up of ethanol made from non-food source that promise with bold action. As a first feedstocks, such as switchgrass, wood move, he should propose reform to the fiber and other materials. This goal is also nation’s biofuels policy. unattainable. The conflict between drought year corn For his second term, Obama should disharvests and a growing ethanol industry continue this misguided policy of pouring are creating a food versus fuel crisis. massive amounts of federal dollars into an The biofuel unpopular and ecohysteria, however, nomically destrucThe conflict between started back with tive fuel product. George W. Bush. Ethanol supports drought year corn harvests In 2007, he signed and mandates should the Energy Indepen- and a growing ethanol be scaled back. dence and Security industry are creating a food There are much Act, establishing smarter ways of versus fuel crisis. a national “renewboosting domestic able fuel standard” energy production requiring domestic refineries to mix a that can also find support on both sides of certain volume of biofuels every year. the political aisle. Crude oil production in For 2013, that volume is 16.55 billion this country is up 11 percent since 2006. gallons. That amount is set to increase Private firms are still finding new, massubstantially next year, and every year un- sive oil reserves right under our feet. til 2022, when the goal is 36 billion galWe should further develop oil and natulons of biofuels – more than 25 percent ral gas deposits here at home. Doing so of our current total fuel use. This goal is won’t require any artificial government unattainable under the current system. supports or regulatory favoritism. It will Corn supplies for conventional ethacreate jobs and decrease energy prices. nol are stretched to the limit, especially On election day, voters sent a clear given 2012’s drought. And given weather signal that they want Congress and the patterns and after-effects of that record President to work together to both create drought, 2013 is not assured to be any jobs and cut down on excessive governbetter. ment spending. Scaling back biofuel Domestic corn production hasn’t kept supports and expanding domestic energy up with the sharp uptick in demand. In production does both. fact, since government started dictating Dave Juday is a commodity market anaethanol use, the amount of corn used to lyst and principal of The Juday Group, a manufacture fuel has jumped 382 perWashington, D.C. professional services cent. Production has not kept pace. Corn firm.
merica is going to hell in a handbasket. Hell is the absence of all hope and, in this case, it results from a criminal denial of the role of money in our politics and a genocidal denial of the role of science in our economy. When you deny the validity of the laws of science and economics, you are beyond hope. We are not quite at that point – yet. Reality means accepting economic and scientific laws like the power of money and the frightening findings of the environmental community. It also means being politically aware enough to reject deliberately created distractions like the fiscal cliff. The fiscal cliff was, and still is, a sideshow freak, something not to be taken seriously – something used to frighten little children or, in this case, voters. The banks are the principal culprit, but all of the players in our money system are guilty – the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Treasury, Congress, the Obama administration, and the whole Wall Street financial sector of banks, hedge funds and insurance companies. They are all part of an open conspiracy that denies their greed and pretends they manage our money for the good of the community. Our money is compromised in the very act of its creation by the expanded role that the Federal Reserve system decided on its own authority to play in managing our economy. The U.S. Treasury is staffed by, and has become, a branch of Wall Street. Congress accepts campaign donations in return for evading its constitutional responsibilities. The Obama administration hires bankers who should rather be indicted. Some banks are considered too big to fail. Wall Street got rescued, bailed out and reimbursed for everything it lost due to its crimes. No one is minding the general welfare. Our politics have degenerated into an exercise in dealing with the harm done by our dysfunctional money. We panic over symptoms and ignore the core problem. The fiscal cliff is supposed to be about the national Our politics have debt and degenerated into the federal deficit. But an exercise in these are dealing with the only a prob- harm done by lem because the national our dysfunctional accounting money. numbers do not fit the mainstream economic model. In our denial, theory supersedes facts. The cliff exercise really exists to curtail Medicare and Social Security and cut the social safety net. Privatization of public goods and services is a core follow-up policy response to control of money. It is what our politics are now about. Education, prisons, war, gambling, law enforcement, the military, water, sewers and even parking meters are all up for privatization. The denial of the validity of hard sciences is a direct attack on the environment. This attack is a very real threat to the existence of our biosphere and therefore humanity itself. I hate to reference former Vice President Dick Cheney, but environmentalists might want to consider his proposition: If we face a threat to our existence that has a 1 percent chance of occurring, we have to treat its occurrence as a certainty. There is still hope. The people have not yet really been heard from, and they are stirring. The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street are the first signs of the people demanding a recognition of reality by their government and both movements oppose the power of the banks. The existing power structure has fought these movements but both are morphing and building to continue the fight. Taking away the power of the banks to control money must be the first item on a reality agenda. There is movement. Newly-elected Sen. Elizabeth Warren understands that the financial sector is too powerful. She has shown not just the professional banking expertise but also some talent and taste for infighting. And credit unions are alive and well. They now hold over $1 trillion in assets and serve 90 million people. If you don’t now belong to a credit union, join one. Join the fight. Paul Heise, of Mount Gretna, is a professor emeritus of economics at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, and a former economist for the federal government.
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new Pennsylvania program gives approved organizations the ability to offer drivers a vanity license plate featuring its name and logo. The Pennsylvania Specialty Plate Program permits organizations that meet eligibility requirements to offer motorists a distinctive vanity license plate and charge a fee above the $20 PennDOT fee for interested applicants. An organization must meet the following criteria to qualify for the Specialty Plate Program: • Be a nonprofit organization. • Have as one of its primary purposes, services to the community, which results in a contribution to the welfare of others. • Be based, headquartered, have a chapter or licensed in Pennsylvania. • Not be offensive in purpose, nature, activity or name, as determined by PennDOT. • Guaranteed a minimum of applications (negotiable) before any plate will be produced. Specialty plates are manufactured in the standard blue, white and yellow color. The organization’s name will appear across the bottom of the plate and “Pennsylvania” is printed across the top of the plate. In addition, a small canvas area on the left side of the plate would display the organization’s emblem or logo using graphic printing that offers color and intricacy of detail. I would encourage nonprofit organizations in the community that meet the criteria above to gauge interest in these unique plates among members and supporters. A tailored license plate would be a great way to get word out about the organization. To learn more about the program,
visit www.RepPayne.com, and click on “PA-At Your Service.”
New fishing license A new fishing license is now available that allows anglers to prepare themselves for years of fishing by purchasing a multi-year fishing license, available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). The PFBC now offers three-year and five-year fishing licenses for the first time in its history. A three-year fishing license will be valid through 2015, and a five-year license will last through 2017. Customers who purchase a multi-year license will save money by not having to pay transaction and processing fees each year. Multi-year fishing licenses can be purchased at more than 900 issuing agents, county treasurers’ offices, and at the PFBC headquarters office in Harrisburg at 1601 Elmerton Ave., as well as the PFBC Outdoor Shop. A three-year resident license costs $64.70, while a three-year senior resident license is $31.70. A five-year resident license is $106.70, and a five-year senior resident license costs $51.70. For full pricing information, or to purchase a license, visit www. pawildlifelicense.com. Individuals who purchase a multi-year license from the PFBC Outdoor Shop or from an issuing agent will be eligible for rewards from the PFBC, including a free online subscription to Pennsylvania Angler and Boater magazine and various offers from popular retailers.They will also receive a website link where instructions about accessing their rewards will be located. For more information on purchasing a multi-year fishing license, visit www.RepPayne.com, and click on “PA-At Your Service.” John Payne is a Republican member of the state House of Representatives. He represents the 106th District.
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K“On Thursday morning, Jan.
3, I found a man’s ring in Giant on Main Street in the frozen food section aisle. I turned it in to customer service and hopefully the person who lost it will still find it there.”
K“WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE
LAW? Everyone is always complaining about the council being in violation of it, but what is it?”
L“What will we do without Demp’s now that it’s gone?”
L“McNamara is up to no good
again. Why does it take two weeks to fix that problem in the borough building? I’ll tell you why – his master plan is to move the police to that new Electric Building and then build a new borough on my tax dollar. Rather than put this borough in such a chaotic situation the last two weeks I wish he would have just told us his master plan and saved the drama. Another great display of a dysfunctional council.”
L“This council just got done
laying off half the workforce, and crying to the citizens that they have
FrankKnapp Jr. When it comes to toxic chemicals, small business sides with consumers
e have heard an ongoing cry from organizations claiming to represent all businesses that they oppose any government action on toxic chemicals in our products, warning of increased costs and job losses. Now a new independent poll shows that when it comes to protecting workers and consumers from negative effects of toxic chemicals, small-business owners agree with voters in that both want to be protected by stricter regulations. A national poll released in July also showed that voters are seriously concerned and want action taken regarding the threat posed to people’s health from exposure to chemicals they come in contact with regularly. This national poll of more than 500 small-business owners was conducted by Lake Research Partners and Public Opinion Strategies. The poll was commissioned by the American Sustainable Business Council, a national coalition of business organizations, which together represent over 150,000 small and medium businesses sharing the goal of a sustainable economy. Some big-business organizations have dominated the public debate about government regulations, often citing their concern for the impact of regulation on small businesses. Convincing the public that all regulations are evil and a threat to small-business growth, organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have made anti-regulation legislation in Congress a priority. But the reality is that smallbusiness owners are not of the same mind as CEOs of multinational corporations. While the latter are consumed with maximizing profits to satisfy Wall Street,
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small-business product. Stronger regulation of consumer owners are Creating a public, chemicals to protect focused on easily accessible growing our health and safety, database healthy Main and spur companies to identifying Streets. chemicals of create safer chemicals, concern to human Smallbusiness and environmental is a goal shared owners have health is supported by all Americans. always had a by 92 percent of strong sense small-business of community; owners. they are not just a major part of Small-business owners understand local economies. that the way to achieve greater They are your neighbors whose protection from toxic chemicals is to children go to local schools. Their reform the federal law dealing with families worship in local houses of chemical regulations. The Toxic faith and attend community plays Substances Control Act (TSCA) was and sporting events. They have the passed more than 36 years ago and same interests, concerns and desires has never been updated to deal with as the workers they employ and the the new world of chemical threats. customers they serve. Congressional legislation to reform The small-business owners’ poll TSCA would require chemical found that: manufacturers to show that their • 75 percent support stricter chemicals are safe in order to sell regulations of chemicals used in them. everyday products. Chemicals that may harm the • 87 percent support government public health could be limited and regulations of chemicals used in companies would be able to receive growing food. government support for research • 73 percent support government and development for innovation in regulations to ensure the products producing safer chemicals. Seventycompanies buy and sell are nonthree percent of small-business toxic. owners support this TSCA reform. • 91 percent support chemical As we head into a new manufacturers being held congressional session, elected responsible for ensuring their leaders need to take a break from chemicals are safe. misguided efforts to stall or kill • 76 percent support tax incentive all regulations through legislation for companies that innovate to such as Senate Bill 3468, which provide safer chemicals. would curtail the Consumer Product • 92 percent support regulations to Safety Commission from protecting protect air and water from pollution children from toxic chemicals. by toxic chemicals. Instead, Congress should listen to • 78 percent support government the real opinions of small-business regulations to reduce air pollutants owners and voters. linked to environmental and health Stronger regulation of chemicals problems. to protect our health and safety, In this poll, small-business owners and spur companies to create safer strongly believe regulations should chemicals, is a goal shared by all require the transparency needed to Americans. ensure safer products. Eighty-two Frank Knapp Jr. is the vice percent believe that businesses chairman of the American should be required to share chemical Sustainable Business Council ingredient information all along Action Fund and president/CEO of the manufacturing supply chain the South Carolina Small Business from chemical production to final Chamber of Commerce.
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no money, but yet in their infinite wisdom they want to purchase an antique fire truck. That was money that would have been better utilized for our volunteer firemen. People, this council is making these same horrible decisions that will be detrimental to our town for generations. Please get involved. I love my town!”
L“Once again, misinformation
coming from the so-transparent Borough Council and communications director. Upper management and members of council absolutely, positively knew about the situation with the generators. They are only trying to cover their tracks and find a scapegoat to drop the blame on. But who are they going to blame for the fiasco closing the borough offices for two weeks caused? Those generators only operate when needed – and when there is no power outage, they are not needed. There should have been a number for people to call if they had questions or an emergency. The voice mailboxes were full, and neither the secretary or borough manager would answer any phones (just what is their job?) – instead, you would be thrown into a phone loop. These people criticized the volunteer emergency management folks about the way things were handled during a natural disaster (and a huge disaster in our town), but they can’t even manage a broken generator. Makes me feel so secure about their decisions for our safety.”
council had thought through any of their harebrained ideas before just acting on them, I am sure a lot of the current chaos in the borough offices and other departments could have been prevented. But this is what the council wanted – no one in the finance office knowing how to do the job, an incompetent IT person, not enough employees to do the current workload and no easy transition for the library after they completely cut them off.”
L“I’ll park on the street in front
of your house. You don’t own the street. It’s a public street. If I want to park in front of your house, I can.
M“I hear there is a pink fire
engine for sale a few states over. Council should purchase that also, so there is one for the boys and the girls to play with.”
L“A law firm investigating the
carbon monoxide at borough hall? Why not just fix the problem. Is the borough that big to have ‘upper management?’ ”
L“Just how much more can
Borough Hall be messed up? Doors were locked and the residents couldn’t get in to pay bills or even open a new account or to get electric turned on. There should have been a place set up for the people to go to and to call. Bills are late going out. Never had this happened before, but all the neighbors are upset about this. Council doesn’t care about the citizens of this town. Just the ones they are affiliated with. We need to get rid of them.”
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My taxes paid for that street. As long as I’m legally parked, you park in front of your house!”
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Save the Elks! Zachary Pauley earns Eagle Scout to show “Sabrina’’
Save the Elks! will show the 1954 romantic comedy “Sabrina,’’ starring Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, at the Elks Theatre on Feb. 1-3. Proceeds will help purchase a digital projector for the 101-yearold theater. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3. Save the Elks! is part of the Greater Middletown Economic Develop Corp., the owner of the theater. The Elks is one of the country’s oldest continually-running movie theaters.
Zachary Pauley, of Troop 97 in Londonderry Twp., was recognized for earning the Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts during a Court of Honor ceremony Jan. 6 at the Londonderry Fire Company. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable. Pauley is the son of Sharon and Ted Pauley of Londonderry Twp. He is a senior at Lower Dauphin High School. Pauley earned 26 merit badges, camped 56 nights, hiked 35 miles and fulfilled 220 service hours. He also completed his CPR certification. Pauley completed numerous hours of additional service projects including Adopt-A-Highway, the Autism Society, the Epilepsy Foundation, disaster drill volunteer and numerous flood relief projects in Londonderry Twp. He also demonstrated his leadership qualities by holding the positions of troop historian and troop chaplain aide. Pauley’s Eagle Service Project involved promoting autism awareness during the Autism Society’s annual Logan’s Walk/Run event held in Harrisburg. Pauley designed and placed signs throughout Riverfront Park that encouraged participants during the event while at the same time educating them about the struggles of living with autism. He promoted the event on
Zachary Pauley, second from the right, poses with his Eagle Scout award with, from left to right: His brother, Matthew Pauley, a Life Scout; his father, Ted; and his mother, Sharon during a ceremony at the Londonderry Fire Company. local television. Pauley is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow, which is Scouting’s National
Honor Society. Zachary remains an active member of the Order of the Arrow Dance Team where he plays the drum during local powwows and
Firefighters thank Grove Motors
Prayer Breakfast Celebrating the Legacy of
The Middletown Volunteer Fire Department presented a plaque to Grove Motors on Nov. 23 to honor Grove for its support of the department. Attending the presentation were, from left to right, Ken Slippey, a fire department trustee; Chief Kenton L. Whitebread Sr.; Harry Grove; Dave Grove; Tim Hipple, a member of the department’s fund-raising committee; and future fireman Evan.
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area demonstrations. Pauley will remain with Troop 97 as an assistant Scout master. Troop 97 is sponsored by the fire
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Chi Rho Singers to perform The Chi Rho Singers will present an evening of music at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Wesley United Methodist Church, Middletown. This choir of our Susquehanna Conference includes approximately 40 pastors under the direction of the Rev. John Dramazos. Pastors in the Chi Rho Singers from the area include Ginger Baker-Betz, George Barto, Carola Beasley-Topliffe, Robert Brown, Susan Halverstadt, Cheryl Houser, Rick Robinson, Bruce Woolever, Barb
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