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Motorist leads cops on chase through Middletown

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By Jim Lewis

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A motorist driving a stolen car was arrested after he led Lower Swatara Twp. police on a chase through Middletown early Monday, March 10, crashing through a fence at a school parking lot before he was found by police in a resident’s yard, police said. Joeis D. Jackson, 20, of Lebanon, was caught about four hours after his car crashed through a fence at Seven Sorrows School and hit a parked car in a driveway of a neighboring residence, according to Lower Swatara Police Chief Richard Brandt. Jackson ran from the car and disappeared, but was discovered when a Middletown resident called borough police to complain about a suspicious person in their back yard, Brandt said. Police subdued Jackson with a Taser and took him into custody. Jackson was held in Dauphin County Prison on a parole detainer, police said. He had left a Harrisburg halfway house about five days before the incident, and stole a car in Steelton that he was driving in the chase, Brandt said. The chase began on Eisenhower Boulevard in Lower Swatara and traveled through Swatara Twp. and Middletown, but did not reach a high speed, Brandt said. “It doesn’t appear there were any high speeds involved,’’ he said. A Lower Swatara police car was damaged when it struck a utility pole in the Seven Sorrows lot, Please See CHASE, Page A6

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As Sam Monticello took his seat as Lower Swatara Twp.’s new manager for the first time during a township meeting on Wednesday, March 5, there was a sense of relief among the board of commissioners. It had been nearly a year since someone filled the spot vacated last April by former manager Harry Krot. So when Monticello officially started on Feb. 24, he got right down to business. From meeting the employees to jumping right into issues within the township, he has Monticello had a busy first couple weeks. “I’m starting to learn more and more about the township every day,” Monticello said. “I’m looking upon every day as a new experience for me. The employees have been great and have been very welcoming, and I appreciate that.” Lower Swatara’s board animously voted to hire Monticello in February. His starting salary is $85,000. Board President Tom Mehaffie said Monticello’s previous experience in other municipalities was a key deciding factor in selecting him. Monticello was the city of Hazleton’s administrator and first director of community and economic development from 1980 to 1995 and Please See MANAGER, Page A6

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Terrance “Teddy’’ Slade II, of Steelton, was a “really good’’ rapper, his father said.

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ive months and two days. A small amount of time. But for the family of Terrance “Teddy” Slade II, it feels like an eternity at times. It’s been five months and two days since the last time they heard his voice, since the last time they saw his smile. He loved football and video games. He was the life of a party. He was a rapper – a really good rapper, said his father, Terrance Slade, who admits, “I never supported that whole thing at first,’’ while Teddy was still alive. But after Teddy’s death, he listened to some of his son’s music. “I thought, ‘Oh, my God, that’s so good,’ ‘’ his father said. Then someone told him: “That’s your son.’’ Teddy, 28, died in October after authorities said he accidentally shot himself in the leg while he was a passenger in a vehicle driving on Second Street in Highspire. The driver stopped police during an unrelated traffic accident on Route 230 near the Middletown Home around midnight, police said. Teddy had a gunshot would to the upper part of one of his legs, and was bleeding profusely, police said. He died later at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick ruled that the shooting was accidental. What exactly happened inside that car remains unclear, his father said, but there is one thing he knows: The gun was illegally purchased. “It was a straw purchase,” Slade said. “Someone illegally bought the gun and passed it off to [my son].” While he can’t change what happened to Teddy, Slade knew he had to do something to maybe save at least one life, or help change one law.

Shortly after Teddy’s death, Slade started the Teddy Slade Foundation. The foundation not only is a way for him to keep his son’s memory alive, but also to Please See TEDDY, Page A6

With his daughter, Gianni.

years before becoming a full-time officer, a post he held for 13 years. He retired in July 2007, a year after sufRoyalton police adminisfering a work-related injury trator Ken Yoder, who has where he crushed almost had a presence in local law two inches of an artery in enforcement for over 20 his left hand while trying to years, is retiring. load a magazine in his duty Royalton Borough Council weapon, and almost lost two accepted Yoder’s retirement fingers. during a meeting on TuesWhile working as an officer day, March 4. Ken Yoder for Middletown, Yoder also Yoder, a former Middleworked part time for the town police officer, will Royalton Police Department, and retired retire effective April 16. Officer Robert Givler, another former as chief in 2007. Royalton officials accepted Yoder’s Middletown cop, will take over as Royalton’s police administrator, a job that resignation “with a heavy heart,’’ said includes coordinating the work schedules Mayor Judy Oxenford. “Kenny and I of Royalton’s fully part-time police force. have been together for 24 years’’ in public Yoder, Royalton’s police administrator service, she said. “I want to thank you [Yoder] for not since 2009, plans to move with his wife only being a good police officer, but a to Tennessee. “I’m going to miss it here,” he said. “I’ve good administrator, and a good friend,” enjoyed working here and in Middle- Oxenford told Yoder at the meeting. Yoder said it is difficult to leave, but he town, but now it’s just time to move on.” Yoder worked for the Middletown Police Department part-time for nine Please See YODER, Page A6 Press And Journal Staff

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Bryce Carter, third from left, poses with student organizers Angela Linton, left, and Jonathan Ringenbach, right, and his mother, Heather, after a school assembly about Lower Dauphin’s Mini-THON. The fund, offered at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, provides money for cancer research and expenses incurred by the families of children who are battling cancer. It helped the Carter family pay for expensive drugs for Bryce, as well as meals and gasoline during Please See THON, Page A6

An Elizabethtown man was arrested after he allegedly bit his girlfriend’s ear during an argument outside their West High Street apartment on Saturday, March 8, police said. Jose H. Perez, 31, was charged with aggravated assault, a first-degree Jose Perez felony. He was arraigned before District Judge Rodney Hartman and held in Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bond. Staff at a local hospital called police after the unidentified victim showed up at the hospital around 3:25 a.m., police said. The victim required numerous stitches to her ear, police said.

Developers propose changes to Nissley for building project

By Noelle Barrett

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When Bryce Carter complained to his mother about pain in his left leg, she suspected it was simply a sports injury, the result of the rigors of football, or soccer, two pastimes he loved. She took him to the hospital, where medical staff took X-rays. The results shocked her: Bryce had a tumor. A rare cancer was causing the pain. Almost three years of surgeries, bone grafts, metal plates, intense chemotherapy, wheelchairs and crutches, followed. “They essentially rebuilt his left leg,’’ said Heather Carter, his mother. Now Bryce, a freshman at Lower Dauphin High School, has been cancer-free for 18 months. He’s scheduled to appear at Lower Dauphin’s MiniTHON, held Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 at the Hummelstown school, to talk about his battle with cancer, and to promote the Mini-THON’s cause: The Four Diamonds Fund.

Teddy, left, with his father, Terrance Slade.

Yoder retires as Royalton’s police force administrator

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Middletown Borough Council unanimously agreed to have attorneys for Wesporte Centre developers Frank and Jim Nardo draft an ordinance making changes in parking and traffic on Nissley Street to accommodate work on the West Main Street strip mall. The developers propose to make Nissley a two-way street from West Main Street to Wood and Water streets and eliminate parking on the west side of Nissley and Wood. The developers said these changes will help them begin a major phase of their plans to transform the property, where new businesses and a new Amtrak train station are planned.

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Lawrence Templin Lawrence H. “Temp” Templin, 96, of Hummelstown, passed away on Friday, March 7, in The Middletown Home. Born in Palmyra on September 17, 1917, he was the son of the late Henry and Mary Brunner Templin. Temp retired from the Hershey Chocolate Company after 40 years of service as a machine operator in the steel rolls department. He served as a part-time police officer in Hummelstown for many years. He was a life member of the Hummelstown Fire Company having been a member for 69 years, and served as their president for 47 years. Temp started calling bingo in 1950 at the fire company and for its carnivals, a duty he truly enjoyed doing until the late 1990s. He was a life member of the Hummelstown Fireman’s Relief Association. Temp served for one term on the Hummelstown Borough Council. He was a member of the former Hummelstown Brethren in Christ Church, was a former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Annville, and he enjoyed doing crafts. Temp was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Stella K. “Dellie” Yeagley Templin, on May 21, 2007. He is survived by one son L. Robert Templin, husband of Elaine Criswell Templin of Hummelstown; one daughter Carolyn M. Hosler, wife of Joseph Hosler of Hershey; four grandchildren Pam Deal, wife of Scott Deal of Hummelstown, Scott Templin of Rutherford, Kim Hosler of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Kris Hosler of Harrisburg; four great-grandchildren Melissa Fullerton, wife of Ike, and David Deal, husband of Jamie, all of Hummelstown, and Gordon Stoner

and Abigail Stoner, both of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; five great-greatgrandchildren Madison Deal, Tytan Deal, Samantha Fullerton, Makayla Fullerton, and Kelsey Fullerton, all of Hummelstown; one sister Mary A. Fach of Middletown; his sister-in-law Mary Yeagley Templin of Campbelltown; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 W. Main St., Hummelstown. Interment will be in Hummelstown Cemetery. Friends are invited to call for a viewing Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service at the funeral home Those desiring may send memorial contributions to the Hummelstown Fire Company, P.O. Box 312, Hummelstown, PA 17036. Online condolences may be shared at www.trefzandbowser.com.

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Criminal mischief charge Jamell Holton, 27, of the 400 block of Muench St., Harrisburg, was charged with criminal mischief following an incident at 10:03 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the 1000 block of Georgetown Rd., police said. According to police, Holton damaged

a door to a residence. Cost to repair the door was estimated at $500. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 9 before District Judge Michael Smith. Crash under investigation Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash at 7:14 p.m. on Feb. 28 in the 700 block of S. Eisenhower Blvd. A 1993 Chevrolet S10 operated by Michael J. Dunn, 23, of the first block of Oakland Manor, Highspire, collided head-on with a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu driven by an unnamed 38-year-old Middletown resident, who was taken to Harrisburg Hospital for treatment, police said. A background check showed that Dunn’s driver’s license had been suspended through January 2016, police said. Criminal mischief citation Barry M. Plaunt, 33, of the 100 block of C Lane, Harrisburg, was cited for criminal mischief, stemming from an incident at 1:24 a.m. on Feb. 26 at his residence, police said. Plaunt allegedly punctured the passenger’s side tire of a Honda CRV, police said. Plaunt changed the tire after admitting he had damaged it, police said.

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Seven Sorrows School students hold their flags and writing assignments, part of the school’s Winter Olympic Games. Pictured, from lef, are: front row – first-graders Noah Sheaffer, Jordanah Wells, Jude Henderson and Carina Seltzer; back row – second-graders Joe Barb, Enola Guzman, Christian Mikulski and Brynne McDevitt.

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Shara L. Weaver, 52, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, March 9 at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on December 8, 1961 and was the daughter of June E. Borger and the late George A. Weaver. She was a graduate of Halifax High School class of 1980, and worked as a server at Phillips Seafood, Harrisburg. Although she was an avid worker, in her spare time she enjoyed dancing, skating, and the beach. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her stepfather Merl Borger. In addition to her mother, Shara is survived by her loving children Altaira Zimmerman (Bill Phillips) of Middletown, and Shane A. Zimmerman of Middletown; brothers Ronald E. Weaver of Delray Beach, Fla., and Gregory G. Weaver of Plantation, Fla; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A Tribute to her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 14, at the Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown, with the Rev. Daniel Durkee officiating. Burial will be in Lazarus Lutheran Cemetery, Lineboro, Md. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. until time of service on Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, 7790 Grayson Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17111.

alcohol, DUI, restriction of alcoholic beverages, failure to use turn signals and disregarding lanes of traffic, police said. Maisonet was stopped by police at 1:23 a.m. on Feb. 16 while driving a 1990 Ford 300 truck in the area of South Eisenhower Boulevard and Fulling Mill Road. Maisonet had failed to use his truck’s turn signals and his vehicle straddled the shoulder of the road, police said. Maisonet was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center for blood tests on the suspicion he was driving while under the influence of intoxicants, police said. His breath had an odor of an alcoholic beverage and a breath sample analyzed with a portable breathalyzer showed traces of alcohol, police said. Results of the blood tests were not reported by police. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 21 before District Judge Michael Smith.

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In honor of the 2014 Highspire Bicentennial, the Press And Journal presents excerpts from classic “Highspire Happenings” columns by Tom Herald. Tom wrote the column from 1992 to1997 and often featured Highspire history and memories of days gone by. History of the Highspire Distillery, excerpt from July 13, 1996 column Evan Miller was a local historian who at the time this column was published was more than 100 years old. He was an active member and former president of the Dauphin County Historical Society and gave his permission for the use of his writings in this column. Here is what Evan Miller has written about one of our town’s favorite topics, Highspire Rye. “The early Scotch-Irish settlers in Dauphin County liked whiskey. Prior to the establishment of bonded distilleries whiskey was made in almost every part of the county by the farmers in their private stills. They raised their own corn or rye and they could produce their whiskey at very low cost during the winter months when they were not busy farming. “On the tax rolls for 1780 can be found a record of some of those stills. Stills at that time were subject to a special tax. There were 17 stills listed for Paxton Township, three stills in Derry Township, three in Londonderry Township, two in Middletown and two in Conewago Township. Around the year 1800 there were four distilleries in or near Halifax. “Some of these early distilleries would take their whiskey by raft to Baltimore where there was a good market for it. The Highspire Distillery – “The largest and most important distillery in Dauphin County was established in 1823 by Robert Wilson. He operated it until 1870 and his son joined him for three more years. “From 1873 to 1876 it was controlled by S. G. Peters and Company. “In 1876 and 1877 it was operated by James J. Dull. From 1877 to 1887 Andrew P. Lusk was the operator. Dull and Lusk both lived at 227 N. Front Street in Harrisburg. “An advertisement of this distillery is 1886 gave this information: ‘None but exclusively pure rye whiskey manufactured at this establishment. The whiskey made at the Wilson Distillery is highly recommended by physicians as a healthful and invigorating tonic.’

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A view of the Highspire Distillery from the northwest end. “In 1887 this became known as the Wilson Distillery Company and it was operated under that name until 1901 when it became the Highspire Distillery Company. “Charles Goldsborough was the manager and Joseph C. Smith was the secretary. At the time the plant had an average yearly capacity of 5,500 barrels of rye whiskey and the warehouse capacity was 53,000 barrels. In 1917 just prior to Prohibition, Robert C. Goldsborough was the secretary of the company. “The 18th Amendment to the Constitution was adopted in 1919 and the Volstead Act was passed in 1920 which restricted the distilling of any liquor with a higher alcoholic content of more than one half of one percent. This quickly terminated the operation of the Highspire Distillery. “The story is told that outsiders moved into the area with trucks and barrels and secretly siphoned all of the bonded whiskey out of the warehouse. “The property was later sold to H. A. Hartman & Son and the distillery warehouse was converted into a storage warehouse.” Interestingly, this material confirms and embellishes local research carried out by members of the Highspire Historical Society, principally historian Helen Gross.

Tasty Porkers, excerpt from March 10, 1993 column When we think of well-known products associated with our hometown, we recall favorites like Knight’s Candy, Zeller’s Potato Chips and Maypo. Of course, everyone agrees the most famous and historic was Highspire Rye Whiskey. However, in delving into old written material, news reports, oral history and family legends, there are references to a much sought-after byproduct of the old distillery. Early photos of the oldest section of town, near the river and railroad, show animal pens and loading ramps. There is a clear indication that some kind of animal shipment was a part of the rail traffic departing from here. It was reported that succulent pork originated in Highspire from hogs regularly fed sourmash remains from the distilling process. This product was much in demand and was well known on the East Coast. Legend has it that the hogs were of superior flavor and quite tender. They brought premium prices on the hog market. It would be fair to say that these critters were probably the most mellow and happy pigs in the area. They were, no doubt, soused on a regular basis! Booze in the Gutter, excerpt from November 27, 1996 column There is an old tale, now passed into

local folklore, about the Highspire Rye Distillery which burned in 1893. Reportedly the much valued Highspire Rye gushed freely from ruptured casts and spilled in the street and, as the story goes, it flowed freely in the gutter. This caused locals to fall down on their bellies to drink their fill. In years past old timers would repeat this story, indeed my own grandmother Gertrude Holly (Leedy) Herald spun this yarn many times, years ago. I must say that I have had a few persons raise doubts about this old, old “Highspire Happening” of over a century ago. Well, with recent news coverage of a major fire at one of Kentucky’s largest and oldest distilleries came the mention of streams of burning (alcohol) whiskey gushing from flaming storage buildings and the resultant pollution of a local stream, etc. In light of this recent occurrence, it would not seem unlikely that accounts of a similar incident in Highspire more than 100 years ago, were accurate. Indeed it seems quite probable, and it is certainly fun to speculate about. I wonder if there are any members of families still living in our area whose ancestors might have stooped to sample or take a swig or two. You know, I never doubted Grandma knew what she was talking about.

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Allison M. Shipkowski and Alexander C. Mosher have been named Students of the Month for March at Middletown Area High School. Shipkowski, daughter of Mark and Kathy Shipkowski, has served as president of the PRIDE Club for two years. She is a member of the Link Crew and Middletown Area Student Helpers and worked as a student athletic trainer in football, basketball and baseball for three years. She has been named to the Distinguished Honor Roll and Honor Roll. In the community, she has volunteered at the Vacation Bible School at Seven Sorrows BVM Church, where she also has volunteered as an altar server. She volunteers at the Middletown Interfaith Food Pantry, Royalton. She works at the Gap outlet store in Hershey. She plans to study nursing at Messiah College, Grantham, to become an emergency room nurse. “I am honored to be nominated and chosen as the Student of the Month,’’ she said. “Knowing my teachers see me as a good candidate excites me and also makes me so happy.’’

Mosher, son of Dianne Mosher and Craig Mosher, is president of Future Business Leaders of America, captain of the boys’ soccer team and a member of the National Honor Society, boys’ tennis team and Link Crew. He is an ACE mentor. He has earned a first place in the Sports and Entertainment Management Regional FBLA Test and finished in the top five in the Entrepreneurship Challenge. In the community, he is a volunteer youth soccer coach for Raider Connect. He works as a server assistant at the Hershey Grill. He plans to study building sciences and construction management at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Fla., to become a construction manager or start his own construction company. How does he feel about being named Student of the Month? “Honored,’’ he said.

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Grade 12: Arlo Antle, Drice Bahajak, Megan Cobaugh, Hope Dehnert, Ivan Hernandez, Mackenzie Keefer, Jake Leggore, Johnnessa Mummert, Pablo Orellana, Megha Patel, Brynne Schlicher, Allison Shipkowski, Alyssa Stone, Victoria White, Dominic Zehring. Grade 11: Joshua Alcock, Sydney Alexander, Brett Atland, William Botterbusch, Karlee Deibler, Madison Lewis, John Ponnett, Margaret Schopf, Zachary Sims, Lindsay Truesdale. Grade 10: Eric Belles, Charity Cooper, Garrett Deyle, Taylor Kolish, Brooke Myers, Krinaben Patel, Sang Pui, Brooke Sides, Alexis Ulrich. Grade 9: Mitchell Carson, Mai Dang, Aaron Fischer, Lydia Hursh, Caleb Ocker, Celeste Osayi, Shannon Reese, Erin Templeton, Abby Yohn.

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By Noelle Barrett Press And Journal Staff Dare to be different. It’s one of the many statements Seattle Seahawks’ Jordan Hill mades to sixth-graders at Steelton-Highspire Elementary School on Tuesday, March 4 to inspire them during the school’s annual 500 Men Reading Week event. The event recruits positive role models into local school districts to promote reading to students. “It’s a way for the children to see men in such a positive way,” said Jan Baumgartner, who organizes the event at the school. “Jordan models what it’s about to be respectful.”

Several men, from law enforcement and business leaders to high school seniors who the elementary students watch on the stage and in school sports, spent the day reading books to students – and, more importantly, teaching life lessons. Hill, a Steel-High graduate, returned to Steelton after becoming a Super Bowl champion his rookie year with the Seattle Seahawks last month, and has spent a lot of his time volunteering with the community’s youth. Last week was no different, as he spent the afternoon sharing his life experiences and answering questions. Many of the questions were about his football ca-

reer. One student posed this question: Was the Super Bowl trophy heavy? Hill’s reply: It wasn’t as heavy as he expected. He seemed to welcome and respond to each question, and turn many of those responses into inspiration. One student asked what it was like to be in the NFL. “It’s a dream come true for me,” Hill said. “I know you guys all probably dream of something…Don’t let them die.” Hill also spoke about his time in school and the importance of being respectful and kind, even if it meant you were the odd person out. “I would always dare to be different, because it

would separate me from the crowd,” Hill said. Afterwards, Hill signed about 100 autographs – just to make sure everyone got one. Hill said he enjoys reaching out and helping his community, so when they asked him to speak to students, the answer was easy. “It’s the elementary school I went to, and I hold this town and this school close to my heart,” Hill said. Someday, when the days under the NFL lights are over, Hill hopes to continue to work with the youth and inspire them. “I want to help motivate them and let them know they can be successful,” he said.

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Anniversaries Happy 20th hearts and flowers day to Roy and Pam Shonk of Londonderry Twp. Their special day is Wednesday, March 12. Enjoy! Charles and Renee Larry of Lower Swatara celebrate their wedded bliss day on Thursday, March 13. Happy 29th anniversary! Best wishes for a beautiful anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Turns Sr. of Middletown on Sunday, March 16. IUP dean’s list The following local students were named to the dean’s list at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana County, for the fall semester: • Jayme Leigh Ackerman, of Middletown, a hospitality management major • Imrelle Renee Binecz, of Middletown, a fashion merchandizing major • Joshua Lewis Crippen, of Middletown, a physical education and sport/ sport administration major • Kaitlyn Nicole Flowers, of Middletown, a nursing major • Cody Michael Keller, of Middletown, a student in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology • Michael James Palmer, of Middletown, a health and physical education major • Anthony Frederick Venneri, of Middletown, a management major • Corrie Elizabeth Whitmer, of Middletown, a journalism major • Travis Kadajah-Leigh Gorham, of Steelton, a psychology major

Loyola dean’s list Ganan Keck, of Elizabethtown, was named to the dean’s list at Loyola University, Baltimore, for the fall semester.

Sciences dean’s list Scott Hershey, of Elizabethtown, was named to the dean’s list at the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, for the fall semester.

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Female Ancestors After The Marriage

Female ancestors present special research problems for two main reasons. A significant part of the difficulty stems from the fact that at the time of their marriage most American females changed their last name to that of their husband. Not knowing the last name makes for significant research difficulties. Another significant problem in locating women is that for much of American history, women have not had the same legal rights as men. The result is that women are generally listed less often than men in many of the records utilized by genealogists. Determining what happened to a woman after her marriage requires the genealogist to do more than simply look up names in indexes hoping something magically appears. It requires that the researcher learn about: Records of the time period; Common legal practies of the time, particularly those involvingwomen’srightsandinheritances;Historyoftheregionduringthetimeperiod; Factors affecting migration during the time period. Research outlines from the Family History Library for the appropriate state and Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources are two great ways to learn about records for the state and time period. Reading county, state, and regional histories are excellent sources of additional background information. It may be possible that someone else has already worked on your problem. Online databases such as the GEDCOM files at WorldConnect, the International Genealogical Index at the Family Search Website (www.familysearch. org), appropriate state and regional mailing lists at Rootsweb (lists.rootsweb. com), and other sources available through Rootsweb (www.rootsweb.com) and the USGenWeb (www.usgenweb.org) may prove successful. It is important to keep in mind that if the problem is a difficult one, the answer may not be available online, and the problem may be unsolved as of yet. Clues and finding aids to off-line records may be online, but the actual answer may lie in an un-microfilmed box of county court records deep in the mountains of Virginia or in an isolated courthouse on the Kansas prairie. Women Were Treated Differently For much of American history women have had significantly fewer legal rights than men. Consequently the number of records mentioning women dwindles as a family history is researched into earlier and earlier time periods. For much of American history, under a concept called coverture, a woman’s separate legal status ended upon her marriage. The married female typically could not own real property and derived her citizenship from that of her husband. Today this is no longer true, but during the period where most of us have genealogical brick walls, it was. Keep in mind that most laws regarding a woman’s right to own property are governed by state statute and have changed over time, sometimes gradually over a period of years. Consequently what is true in one state at one point in time might not be true in another state or at another time. Half of our ancestors are women, and like everyone else, I have encountered these problems before. “Married to an Alien”- This article focuses on women’s citizenship and uses a “native born alien” in the 1920 census as a starting point for the discussion; “The Reality of Sarah’s Realty”- This article focuses on the real estate that was not owned by an 18th century Virginia widow; “1856 Illinois Probate Guide: The Dower”- This article discusses the concept of dower and how it was handled in Illinois in the mid-19th century with links to additional references. Women have not always been treated equally in American history. Learning about the differences makes us better genealogists. Determining Where She Went After Her Marriage It can be challenging enough to find a mobile person whose name is known, let alone a married relative whose husband’s name is not known. Of course a thorough search of marriage records should be conducted in those areas where the missing female’s family is known to have lived using all reasonable spelling variants. Let’s take a look at some examples of situations where records beyond the marriage record might contain the desired name: The missing female’s sibling died and the missing female survived. Does the sibling’s death notice or obituary provide the name of siblings? Does the funeral home have this information? The missing female was an informant on a relative’s death certificate after the missing female married. This long shot may pay off, particularly if the missing female remained near relatives. Did the missing female inherit from any estate (not just her parents) after her last name changed? If so, she should be listed with the new last name on those records. Was the estate of the missing female’s parents settled up after the name change? If so, later (or final) records in the probate may provide the new married last name. What Is the Key Here? The key is that we are not searching for the missing female when trying to locate these records. All the examples discussed can be located by searching for someone other than the missing female - someone whose surname is known. Ask yourself, “Is there a record for someone else that will list the missing female with her new last name, possibly as an heir, a sibling, or an informant?” Are there events that might have spurred the creation of a record naming the “missing female?” Are there records of these events that you can locate without knowing the missing female’s name? In some records it will be clear who the missing female is (listed as a sister in an obituary, or as a niece in an estate settlement). In other records the relationship might not be given (an informant on a death certificate, a witness to a marriage, etc.). In these latter cases a “hunch” that the individual is the missing female will have to be confirmed with other records. Is Your Missing Female Hiding Near Other Relatives? Locate your missing female’s parents and siblings in census records. Is there a married female in a nearby household with the same first name as your missing female? Is that female born in the same place as your missing female? If other sources fail, this neighbor is a candidate for your missing female and this neighbor should be researched to determine if she is the missing female or not. Also look at all the gravestones near your missing female’s parents and siblings. Is there a grave with a burial whose first name is that of your missing female? Family members were frequently buried near each other and there is a chance that you have walked right by your missing female relative while looking at her parents’ or sibling’s stones. Did She go With a Sibling or Another Family Member? Thomas Chaney died in Bedford Co., Pa. in 1856 leaving a large family. Two children left Pennsylvania. Son Abraham was easy to track to Ohio, his last name never changed. What of daughter Elizabeth who “vanished” in Bedford Co., Pa,? She reappeared in Coshocton Co., Ohio the very same county where her brother settled. In most cases, a female who headed west in the early 19th century didn’t strike out entirely on her own. Chances are she has a brother, uncle, or other relative or neighbor who has gone west before her or at the same time. The problem is finding out who that relative is and where they went. For this reason another approach to locating missing females is to completely research their other family members in hopes that this will also locate the missing female relative. Sum It Up Locating missing female relatives is not always easy. Some useful approaches are: Consider all the records that might list the female with her new last name. Consider that the female might have moved to live near other family members or former neighbors. Consider that the missing female might be hiding right under your nose near her family, only with a different last name. Copyright 2004, MyFamily.com

to Sofia Feeney of Lower Swatara on Friday, March 14. May your 11th birthday be the best so far. Chrissy Springer of Middletown has 40 wonderful things to be snappyhappy about on Friday, March 14. Joy to you! Happy landmark 21st birthday to Kris Renn on Saturday, March 15. Enjoy adulthood and your extra-special birthday. April Coble-Weidner observes her happy birthday on Saturday, March 15. Enjoy your birthday weekend, April. Here is a happy birthday shout out to Deborah Etter of Lower Swatara. May your Sunday, March 16 be full of sweetness & beauty. Gene Duke marks his birthday on Monday, March 17. Hoping you day is full of friends and smiles. Happy St. Patrick’s Day birthday, Gene! Nick Wierman celebrates his 23rd happy birthday on Tuesday, March 18. Hoping the day is wonderful – just like you, Nick. Double birthday greetings go out to Daren Waters and Darias Waters of Lower Swatara. The twins turn 14 on Tuesday, March 18. Hope your week is extra-special, guys.

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Yay! We are enjoying the longer days this week, and are looking forward to more and more evidence of spring and warmer weather. So, what do we like to do in the spring? I asked a few people, and they gave me their ideas. Let me know if you want to add your ideas to the list. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. Here are some facts about St. Patrick to read as you break out your green: • Patrick’s birth name was Maewyn. He was born in Roman Britain, kidnapped into slavery and brought to Ireland. No, he wasn’t Irish. • He escaped to a monastery in Gaul (France) and converted to Christianity. He went back to Ireland in 432 as a missionary. • While Christianity had already taken hold in Ireland,tradition has it that Patrick confronted the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites, making Christianity more widespread. • Patrick became a bishop, and after his death was named Ireland’s patron saint. Celebrations in Ireland were understated though. When the Irish emigrated to the U.S., they created the bigger celebrations and parades known today. • Eighteenth-century Irish soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War held the first St. Patrick Day parades. The celebrations became a way for the Irish to connect with their roots after they moved. • According to legend, St. Patrick used the three-leaf clover (or shamrock) to explain the Trinity to America. Best wishes for a warmer wonderful week!

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strangers and everyone in between can come together for what he calls The March Against Gun Violence. “It helps me if I can spare another parent from having to go through what I’m going through,” he said. “There’s just that much pain in my heart.” Participants will gather at 11 a.m. at the William Howard Day Cemetery on Lincoln Street and march to the Steelton Borough Building on North Front Street. There, several people will speak, including Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick, Dauphin

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fight against gun violence, hold people accountable for straw purchases, and advocate for education and sensible legislation. He’s organized a march against gun violence in his son’s honor on Saturday, March 15 that will begin at the cemetery where Teddy is buried and end at the Steelton Borough Building. The event has drawn a number of local leaders who are scheduled to speak. Slade hopes that friends and family,

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County Commissioner George Hartwick, state Rep. Patty Kim, Steelton Mayor Tom Acri, Highspire Mayor John Hoerner, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, Harrisburg Police Chief Thomas Carter and other community advocates. During the event, money will also be collected to go toward the reward for information and the capture of those responsible for the death of Hauson Baltimore-Greene, a Steelton-Highspire High School student who was shot to death on a porch in Harrisburg in January. “These voices need to be heard, because a lot of the people in Steelton feel the same way,” Slade said. “Somebody had to say something, do something, and that somebody is me.” Some days, some moments are harder without Teddy, Slade said. Slade used to walk to Teddy’s house every day. Now it’s hard to even walk across the

The March Against Gun Violence will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15 at William Howard Day Cemetery on Lincoln Street and end at the Steelton Borough Building. Among the speakers at the borough building: Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick, Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick and the mayors of Harrisburg, Steelton and Highspire. street, to the cemetery where his son is buried. “He was my youngest [child], and I’m still grieving too much to talk about it,” Slade said. “It seriously breaks my heart.” But he manages to talk about it because he doesn’t want people to forget what happened, Teddy’s life, and the memories he shares with everyone. Teddy left a lot of people behind – his father; his mother, Cybil Slade-Banks; his wife, Rosa Milan-Slade; his 2-year-

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2000 to 2008. Between his two stints in that role, Monticello was the borough manager of West Hazleton from 1995 to 2000. “I’ve developed a very well-rounded background being able to manage the affairs of a municipality which, of course, includes its employees, No. 1, and certainly, in this case especially, the board of commissioners,” Monticello said. “So I’m able to certainly form relationships with the board and certainly carry on the duties and responsibilities that come with running a township.” Monticello was also employed by Mullin and Lonergan Associates, a Camp Hill planning and development consultant, from 2009 to 2010 before accepting a position as manager of Silver Spring Twp., Cumberland County. He worked as Silver Spring’s manager from 2010 until 2012 when he Submitted Photo

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Bryce’s hospitalization, which topped 100 days. The fund allowed Bryce’s family to focus on him. “It just helped alleviate the burden of the stress,’’ said Heather Carter. “On the day of the diagnosis, you’re just kind of on autopilot – you hear so much information, especially on that first day, that you feel lost. It allowed us to focus on him and his treatment.’’ Last year, 440 Lower Dauphin students raised a school record $60,304.58 at the Mini-THON. Two other neighboring high schools – Middletown Area High School and Elizabethtown Area High School – will hold Mini-THONs later this school year. Middletown, which will hold its Mini-THON on May 2, raised a school record $16,154.55 last year, while Elizabethtown, which will hold its event on March 28, raised about $33,000. The Four Diamonds Fund was founded by Charles and Irma Millard in 1972 after their son, Christopher, died from cancer at the age of 14. Christopher was an Elizabethtown student. At Lower Dauphin, as well as the other schools, students plan the Mini-

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is looking forward to life in Tennessee, where he’ll be closer to family. “I’ve made a lot of friends here … Like Judy said, we’ve been together, her, myself, and [former longtime borough secretary] Bonnie [Young] for 20-some years,” Yoder said. “That’s a long friendship, and that will be hard.” Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or noellebarrett@pressandjournal.com

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old daughter, Gianni; his stepchildren; two sisters, Amanda Slade Binecz and Valerie Slade; his cousins; other family members and friends – lots of friends who felt like family. “He was a great parent. His daughter is only 2, and I want her to remember him,” Slade said. For more information, readers can visit the Teddy Slade Foundation Facebook page. Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or noellebarrett@pressandjournal.com

THON as well as solicit donations. Lower Dauphin’s event will include dancing, like its inspiration, the Penn State THON, as well as basketball games, volleyball games, table tennis games and video games. The only rule: Students may not sit down during the entire 12-hour event. Why are kids working to fight cancer? During a pep rally, students were asked to raise their hands if their lives were impacted by cancer. Almost everyone had raised their hand. “Everyone is affected,’’ said Angela Linton, a student leader of Lower Dauphin’s Mini-THON. “That’s why we do it.’’ For the Carter family, participating in the Mini-THON is a way of giving

back. “We can thank Four Diamonds, Penn State and all these students, but it will never be enough,’’ Heather Carter said. “This is one way to give back.’’ While football seems unlikely, Bryce hopes to someday play soccer again. While his mother admits she will always worry about his well-being on the field, “I told him, ‘If you put your mind to it, there’s no reason why you can’t.’’ Heather Carter points out one tremendous benefit of The Four Diamonds Fund: Some of the money goes to research. “That’s what gives families hope – the hope that someday a cure will be found,’’ she said. Jim Lewis: 717-944-4628, or jimlewis@pressandjournal.com

but the officer was not injured badly, he said. The Lower Swatara officer had spotted Jackson’s car driving erratically on Eisenhower Boulevard just before 2 a.m. Though the patrol car’s lights and sirens were on, the driver did not stop, traveling onto Route 283 north to the Swatara exit in Swatara Twp., then traveling on Route 441 through Lower Swatara and into Middletown, Brandt said. In Middletown, the car took a circuitous route, traveling through the square down Union Street and taking “a tour of the lower First Ward,’’ Brandt said. The car ended up on Water Street, eventually pulling into the Seven Sorrows School lot near Vine Street, where it kicked up dust and gravel and crashed through the fence, then struck the parked car in the driveway behind the fence, Brandt said. The Lower Swatara patrol car, in pursuit the entire time, hit a pole in the lot.

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Seven Sorrows Parish, Race and Conewago Sts., Middletown, is sponsoring a Fish Fry from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 14. To view the menu, visit www. sevensorrows.org. For takeout, readers may call 717-944-5488 after 4 p.m. •••••

Spring book sale donations

The Friends of Middletown Public Library is accepting donations for the upcoming spring book sale. Please bring your gently-used donations to the library during regular business hours. They are accepting books, movies, puzzles and games. For more information, readers may call 717-944-6412. •••••

Community dinner

Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown is sponsoring a community dinner on Monday, March 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. or until sold out. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, readers may call 717-944-6181. All are welcome to attend. •••••

Soup and sub sale

Hummelstown Fire Company, 249 E. Main St., will hold a soup and sub sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. •••••

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Jackson fled on foot, Brandt said. Officers from other jurisdictions, including Middletown, Highspire, Steelton and state troopers, arrived and searched the area, but could not find him, Brandt said. Four hours later, the Middletown police received a call from a resident about a suspicious person in their yard. It was Jackson, Brandt said. Middletown and Lower Swatara police found him and chased him, subduing him with a Taser, Brandt said. Jackson admitted to stealing the car – the keys were left in it – in Steelton and driving it during the chase, saying he did not stop because he knew there was a warrant for his arrest for leaving the halfway house early, Brandt said. Charges have not been filed against Jackson. Investigators are taking their time because he’s being held in prison on the parole detainer, Brandt said. Jim Lewis: 717-944-4628, or jimlewis@pressandjournal.com

Chicken pot pie dinner

Hummelstown Fire Company, 249 E. Main St., is sponsoring a chicken pot pie dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 20. Takeout is available. •••••

Spaghetti dinner

Lower Swatara Lions Club, 2 Theodore Ave., will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 22.

CORRECTION Highspire police officer Chris Santiago, who saved an infant from choking at the McDonald’s in Lower Swatara Twp. last August, is certified in CPR. He had not used his CPR training while on duty for several years. A story about his actions that appeared in our March 5 edition incorrectly said he had not kept up his certification.

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Seven Sorrows Fish Fry vania, something he and his wife are very excited about. “I like it very much. We’re very fortunate to move into a new place in a newer development and I’m close enough to walk to work,” Monticello said. “It’s good to be close by.” More importantly, he is ready to continue learning more about the township and its residents. “I’ve come into the position with great expectations, and I’m hoping to improve the conditions in the township as those opportunities come forth,” Monticello said. “I’m very dedicated to my job. I’m looking forward to doing a good job here for a number of years. “I hope to do a good job for them,” he added. “I will use everything I can at my fingertips ... to keep the township moving in the direction that it is.”

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was unexpectedly fired just months after receiving a $13,000 raise and glowing review. Township supervisors were split, voting 3-2 to replace him. Despite what happened then, Monticello said he “doesn’t have any reservations,” about accepting the position in Lower Swatara. “Silver Spring Twp. was an entirely different situation … Spending quite an amount of time with the board at Lower Swatara Twp., I found them to be a very enlightening board as a whole, and I also found them to be up front with situations thus far,” Monticello said. “I have a lot of respect for that, and I’m hoping they will reciprocate and have the same respect for me as I continue to perform my duties.” Most recently prior to coming to Lower Swatara, Monticello was employed in a private consulting position in Scranton. His employment with Lower Swatara brings him back to central Pennsyl-

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014

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Rollers fall to Knights, 51-49, end surprising postseason run By Noelle Barrett

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Steelton-Highspire’s I’lyn McLausghlin (12), above, takes a shot underneath the Roller basket. Steelton-Highspire’s Leana Borreli (5), left, drives into the key past St. John Neumann defenders.

Steelton-Highspire may have been knocked out in the PIAA Class A playoffs in its tournament opener, but the Rollers went out the same way that they’ve played all season – battling. St. John Neumann edged Steel-High, 51-49, in their first-rounder on Saturday, March 8 in Dillsburg – a game that was tight throughout. Joslyn Hill led the Rollers with 11 points, I’lyn McAughlin nabbed 8 and Marlin Sanchez and Ayana Flowers scored 6 apiece. The Rollers (10-17), the District 3 champs, out-rebounded the Knights 37-20, but missed shots kept the game close. The Golden Knights (18-8), the No. 3 seed from District 4, led 14-8 after the first quarter, and a layup by Newmann’s Emily Sholder early in the second quarter upped the Knights’ lead to 16-8. That’s when the Rollers began to rally. McAughlin stole the ball before a Knight knocked it out of bounds. Steel-High’s Leana Borreli tossed the ball to McAughlin on an inbounds pass for a quick 2 points. Flowers put away another bucket for the Rollers with 6:43 in the first half. Both teams were scoreless for nearly 1-1/2 minutes in the second quarter before Hill scored under the basket for Steelton-Highspire to tie the game, 16-16. On the Rollers’ next possession, Borreli drove to the hoop, but missed – but her teammate, Flowers, grabbed the rebound. Flowers missed on her first put-back attempt, but not her second, giving Steel-High the lead, 18-16 with 5:01 left. Simmons scored a basket with 56 seconds left in the first half to give the Rollers a 2320 lead. The Knights answered with a layup, but Steelton-Highspire’s Jazmine Gorham snagged a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left, and the Rollers held a 26-22 lead at halftime. Steel-High fumbled at times, and continued to keep Neumann close when there were opportunities to extend the Rollers’ lead.

At the foul line, Steel-High hit only 3 of 13 attempts; the Knights were no better, hitting 11 of 27 – and hitting only 1 of 7 in the final minutes of the game. As the third quarter came to a close, both teams were uncomfortably tied, 41-41. “We missed layup after layup, and then when we get fouled and go to the foul line and shoot, we miss both of them,” said Steel-High Coach Jeffrey Chisholm. “It’s no good. You can’t win like that.” Nothing was closer than the game’s final minutes. With 3:00 left, Megan Trenholm knocked in two free throws for the Knights, tying up the game, 47-47. From there, the buildup only intensified, as missed free throws gave the Rollers opportunity to pull away. Neumann’s Sholder grabbed a steal and was fouled on a layup with 2:36 left, but missed both free throws. Ten seconds later, both teams scrapped for a loose ball, with Neumann grabbing it. Trenholm returned to the free throw line, but came up empty. Steel-High had possession, but a missed shot from Sanchez was rebounded by Sholder. Sholder made a return to the free throw line with 1:27 left but missed both shots. Steel-High got the ball, but didn’t score, and the Knights were given another golden opportunity. Megan Helminiak broke the scoring drought, banking the second of two free throws with 1:13 on the clock to give the Knights a 48-47 lead. “We weren’t running the floor like we usually do because we’re a fast-paced team,” SteelHigh’s Genesis Lozada said. “We didn’t do that today.” Borreli and Sanchez passed the ball back and forth for Steel-High before Neumann’s Trenholm got her hands on it, stealing it and taking it down the court. Just as quickly, Sanchez swiped it from Trenholm and found her way into the key for a quick 2 points and a Rollers’ lead, 49-48, with 51.1 seconds left. But Baylie Garrity scored from inside for the Please See ROLLERS, Page B3

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his winter has taken its toll on many of us. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy snow, and the first or second snowfall of the season is like fine artwork. But after a month or two, winter, with its cold, freezing temperatures, can really put a person in the doldrums. Cabin sickness, so to speak, can take its toll. Animals seem to cope with it – so instead of complaining about it, let’s us make the best of it. Get active in winter activities. Many songbirds depend on the kindness of backyard feeders. With ice and snow blanketing the ground, birds will seek out and locate feeding stations. My feeders are filled most of the year, and I continue to feed the birds even when the weather is mild. This winter, the suet cakes and black oil

sunflower seeds have been in high demand from the feathered fraternity. The cardinals, tufted titmouse, black-capped chickadees, and juncos are my constant morning guests. Their regularly-scheduled appearances, seen through my back window, are a perfect start of a new day. Bird-watching is a cure for a wintry day. My deer sightings have been limited. Deer are very adaptable to harsh winters and will seek out areas that provide dense cover and a food supply. They will hunker down and yard-up, so to speak, to conserve energy and restrict unnecessary movements. Just when you begin to wonder “where are the deer?” their distinctive tracks begin to appear on the snow-covered ground. Taking

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Lynn skated (I guess it was a result of watching the Winter Olympics). It was a perfect day to get out and enjoy winter instead of remaining indoors complaining about the winter and waiting for spring. I spent four hours on the ice and met the nicest folks doing their winter activities. Some were just hiking, walking the lake for exercise and stopping to ask about the fishing. I caught only one fish. But Lynn and I had a wonderful winter experience outdoors. The cold actually felt good and clean. The winter can be long and de-

pressing, but take it in stride. Try some new winter activities like ice fishing, skating, cross-country skiing, hiking, bird watching and winter bird feeding. They can help get us through the winter blues. Before you know it, the white stuff

will be gone and spring will be here. In fact, as I wrote this column, four robins flew into a tree outside my house. You see? Spring really is right around the corner. Tom Shank can be reached at tshank38@comcast.net

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Lions’ Doyle named to CAC all-star squad Scores a school-record 40 points against Southern Vermont By Tom Klemick

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Will Doyle, the leading scorer on the Penn State Harrisburg men’s basketball team, was named a Capital Athletic Conference’s all-star second team on Monday, March 3. Doyle, the Lions’senior captain, averaged 15.1 points a game, good enough to rank him sixth among conference players. He also led the Blue & White in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4) and assists per contest (3.2); both numbers were strong enough to rank him in the Top 10 among league players. His shooting percentage from the free throw line, 83 percent, was tops among Penn State Harrisburg players and ranked him ninth in the conference. Doyle capped his three-year career at Penn State Harrisburg by turning in plenty of memorable performances during his senior season, including a 40-point outing against Southern Vermont in December; the school’s highest-single game point total since the university began NCAA play. Doyle also hit a shot in January against 14th-ranked Christopher Newport that will define his career: His buzzer-beating 3-pointer tied the score and sent the game into overtime. The Lions went on to earn their first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent. He finished his tenure with the Blue

Photo by John Diffenderfer

Penn State Harrisburg’s Will Doyle (34) drives to the basket in a game against Wesley in January. Doyle was named to the Capital Athletic Conference’s all-star second team. & White with 900 total points, good enough to rank him fourth on the school’s all-time list, and earned a share of the program record for career

3-point field goals made with 157. “Will represents everything I believe in as a coach,” said Penn State Harrisburg Coach Don Friday. “I’m

privileged to have coached him this season. He has left a footprint on our program and has set the tone for our future.”

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COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Penn State Lions notch first victory in doubleheader split

By Seth Goodyear

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Press And Journal Photos by Noelle Barrett

Steelton-Highspire’s Joslyn Hill (34), above, moves inside for a shot against St. John Neumann. Hill led the Rollers with 11 points.

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Knights with 35 seconds left, giving Neumann the lead for good, 50-49. Steel-High’s Sanchez took the ball down the court, but the Rollers lost the ball inside the key. Hill came out with it for the Rollers, but was called for traveling, putting the ball back in the hands of the Knights with 22.3 seconds left. The Rollers were forced to foul to get the ball back. In the waning seconds, the Knights banked the first of two free throws for a 51-49 lead, but missed the second. The Rollers grabbed the rebound, but a lofty toss from Borelli sent the ball out of bounds with 3.9 seconds left. The Rollers quickly fouled the Knights, hoping there was enough time on the clock for a comeback. Neumann did its part – the Knights missed both free throws. Steel-High’s

Steelton-Highspire’s Malani Tate-Defrietas (14), left, launches a shot against the Knights.

McAughlin rebounded, quickly passing the ball to Sanchez, but time ran out and the buzzer rang before Sanchez could take a shot. “We didn’t go after those loose balls quick enough,” Chisholm said. “They dug down deep in the last two minutes to win that game. We didn’t do that.” Coming off a surprising run through the District 3 playoffs, and a big win over Halifax in the District 3 title game, the loss to the Knights was a blow to the Rollers. “We played a terrible game,’’ Lozada said. “If we would have played like we did against Chrstian School of York, or Harrisburg Christian, or Halifax, we would have definitely won this game. It was just a bad game, and every team has that.” But Chisholm said he was proud of how is team defied the odds and overcame the doubts of others to succeed. The Rollers entered the District

3 playoffs with only six wins during the regular season. “Overall, I’m proud of them,’’ Chisholm said. “We finished the regular season 6-16. Then we won the districts, and I’m proud of them for that. I’m proud of what they accomplished because nobody thought we could get as far as we did for us.” “Now it’s over for us, so we have to get ready for next year,” Chisholm said. This season may have come to an end, but Steel-High will soon start to prepare for the next, and the team has high hopes for the future. “Since most of our players are underclassmen, we’re definitely going to make a comeback next year,” Lozada said. “It definitely gives us hope.” Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or noellebarrett@pressandjournal.com

Penn State Harrisburg split a doubleheader on Sunday, March 9 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to pick up the team’s first win of the 2014 season. The Lions fell in the first game to Dakota State, 7-5, then defeated Ursinus, 13-0 in five innings. Against Dakota State, the Blue & White fell behind 2-0 in the first inning. But the Lions’ offense got started in the second when Erika Love scored on a double to center by Mackenzie Trafka, a Middletown Area High School graduate. The Lions found some more offense in the third inning. Freshman Amanda Hartman crushed a double and scored on a single by Rieley Loch to tie the game, 2-2. Dakota State answered right back in the bottom of the third, putting up 4 runs to extend their advantage to 6-2. Penn State Harrisburg would not quit and slowly chipped away at the Trojans’ lead, scoring a run in the fifth and sixth innings. Going into the top of the seventh inning, the Lions trailed 7-4 but once again tried to rally. Loch drove a pitch over the left field fence for her first home run of the season to bring Penn State Harrisburg within 7-5.

First round St. John Neumann 51, Steelton-Highspire 49 (Steelton-Highspire eliminated) COLLEGE BASEBALL CAPITAL ATHLETIC CONFERENCE W L OVERALL Mary Washington 2 0 9-2 Salisbury 2 0 8-2 York 1 0 4-2 Christopher Newport 2 1 7-7 St. Mary’s 2 2 6-5 Wesley 1 1 4-4 Frostburg St. 0 2 7-2 Marymount 0 2 4-10 Penn State Harrisburg 0 2 1-6 Southern Virginia 0 0 1-7 (Southern Virginia is a provisional member of Division III until 2015 nd its games will not count in conference standings.)

Last week’s games Ursinus 3, Penn State Harrisburg 2 Mary Washington 5, Penn State Harrisburg 1 Mary Washington 13, Penn State Harrisburg 4 This week’ games Wednesday, March 12 Penn State Harrisburg vs. Albertus Magnus (2), 10 a.m., Myrtle Beach, S.C. Friday, March 14 Penn State Harrisburg at York, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15 Southern Virginia at Penn State Harrisburg (2), 1 p.m. Sunday, March 16 Penn State Harrisburg at Muhlenberg, 1 p.m. COLLEGE SOFTBALL CAPITAL ATHLETIC CONFERENCE W L OVERALL Salisbury 0 0 10-0

BOWLING

Middletown’s Kautz rolls a 275, qualifies for state championships

By Jim Lewis

Press And Journal Staff

Middletown Area High School bowler Cole Kautz rolled 275 and qualified for a shot at the state high school bowling title at the Eastern Regional Championships on Friday, Feb. 28 at Lancaster’s Leisure Lanes. Kautz finished in seventh place among the top 176 high school bowlers at the Eastern Regional tournament, earning him a spot in the Pennsylvania State High School Bowling Championships on Friday, March 14 in Pittsburgh. The top 12 bowlers qualified for the state championships. Kautz tallied a five-game pinfall of 1,096, including a 254 and 214, to earn a spot in the state championships. In Lancaster, he qualified for the eight-bowler bracket for the regional title, where he lost to Midd-West’s Luke Zimmerman, 212-127. Zimmerman won the boys’ singles title. The Elizbethtown girls’ team finished qualifying rounds as the top seed, with a 3,950 pinfall, but lost in the championship bracket to Penn Manor, the eventual champion. The Middletown boys’ team took 24th place in the championships, tallying a score of 3,804 in the 36-team tournament. Elizabethtown took 23rd place with a score of 3,821. Milton took first place in the boys’ division with 4,516. Dauphin County Vo-Tech finished in 18th place with 3,941. Middletown’s Danny Geiger tallied a five-game score of 987 to take 42nd place. His high game was 224. Josh Alcock finished in 52nd place

Christopher Newport Wesley Mary Washington York Frostburg St. Penn State Harrisburg Southern Virginia

0 0 9-3 0 0 2-1 0 0 3-2 0 0 4-6 0 0 1-2 0 0 1-3 0 0 0-4

(Southern Virginia is a provisional member of Division III until 2015 and its games will not count in conference standings.) Last week’s games Dakota St. 7, Penn State Harrisburg 5 Penn State Harrisburg 13, Ursinus 0 This week’s games Tuesday, March 18 Valley Forge Christian at Penn State Harrisburg, 3 p.m. COLLEGE TENNIS CAPITAL ATHLETIC CONFERENCE MEN W L OVERALL Frostburg St. 0 0 1-0 Mary Washington 0 0 7-2 Penn State Harrisburg 0 0 3-1 Salisbury 0 0 3-1 York 0 0 3-1 Christopher Newport 0 0 5-2 St. Mary’s 0 0 1-2 Southern Virginia 0 0 2-3 (Southern Virginia is a provisional member of Division III until 2015 and its games will not count in conference standings.) This week’s matches Wednesday, March 12 Penn State Harrisburg vs. Gettysburg, 8 a.m., Hilton Head, S.C. Thursday, March 13 Penn State Harrisburg vs. Ithaca, TBA, Hilton Head, S.C. Tuesday, March 18 Penn State-Berks at Penn State Harrisburg, 3:30 p.m. MEN’S TENNIS SCHEDULE March 12 – Gettysburg @ Hilton Head, S.C. March 13 – Ithaca @ Hilton Head, S.C.

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Johnson & Wales 11-6 Lions 0-3

Penn State Harrisburg dropped its 2014 opener to Johnson & Wales in Myrtle Beach on Saturday, March 8. The Lions struggled out of the gate, losing the first game of a doubleheader 11-0 in five innings, but the Blue & White made some critical adjustments and played much better in game No. 2, falling 6-3. In the nightcap, Hartman made her first career start inside the circle and pitched well, giving up nine hits in four innings of action. The Blue & White jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Palm scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. The Lions loaded the bases in the second inning but could not score. Wolfe kept the Blue & White momentum rolling in the third inning when she crushed a double to left field and scored on two wild pitches, giving Penn State Harrisburg a 2-0 lead. Then the Wildcats exploded in the third and fourth innings to build a 5-2 advantage. Penn State Harrisburg would not go quietly as they cut into the lead when Hartman scored from first on a hard ground ball to shortstop by Keriann Saich that the fielder botched. But the Lions could not muster any more offense after that.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Ursinus holds off Lions, 3-2

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Penn State Harrisburg fell to Ursinus by the slimmest of margins, 3-2 on Sunday, March 9 in the team’s opening game of a three-day stint in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Lions grabbed the early lead before falling behind and rallying late, only to fall short in the end. The Blue & White took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning when freshman Tom Denniston worked a walk after an impressive 11-pitch at

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The Blue & White managed to get the tying run to the plate but could not complete the comeback. Penn State Harrisburg used the break between games to regroup and came out with a much better mentality to take on a tough Ursinus team. Lion pitcher Gabrielle Wolfe took the mound looking to avenge last year’s 15-0 loss to the Bears and found her groove in the early going, giving up only two hits over the first three innings while striking four batters. In the third inning, the Lions’ offense exploded with Wolfe leading the charge. She knocked a pitch deep over the center field fence for her first home run of the season, giving the Lions a 1-0 lead. Inspired by her effort, the Blue & White ripped off six straight hits with Love, Trafka, Jackie Furch and freshman Leah Palm, a Lower Dauphin High School graduate, picking up RBIs. Penn State Harrisburg was far from done, putting up 6 more runs on three hits. Trafka highlighted the offense with a deep double off the fence in right center that drove in 2 runs. While the offense continued to shine, Wolfe was in complete control on the mound. Working through each pitch, she got stronger as the game went on and finished the two-hit shut out in five innings. 

March 18 – Penn State-Berks March 26 – @ Lebanon Valley March 30 – Salisbury April 4 – @ Mary Washington April 5 – @ Christopher Newport April 6 – @ St. Mary’s April 11 – Southern Virginia April 12 – @ Frostburg St. April 15 – York April 19-26 – Conference tournament

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WOMEN W L OVERALL Mary Washington 1 0 3-3 Salisbury 0 0 3-2 York 0 0 1-3 Penn State Harrisburg 0 0 1-4 Frostburg St. 0 0 0-2 St. Mary’s 0 0 0-3 Christopher Newport 0 1 2-5 Southern Virginia 0 0 1-4 (Southern Virginia is a provisional member of Division III until 2015 and its games will not count in conference standings.) Last week’s matches None This week’s matches Penn State Harrisburg vs. Gettysburg, 11:30 a.m., Hilton Head, S.C. Thursday, March 13 Penn State Harrisburg vs. Ithaca, TBA, Hilton Head, S.C. Tuesday, March 18 Penn State-Berks at Penn State Harrisburg, 3:30 p.m.

bat. Travis Crammer moved him over to second base thanks to a ground ball and Denniston took third base and crossed the plate thanks to backto-back wild pitches by the Ursinus starting pitcher.  The Bears tied things up with a solo home run in the top of the second before using a double and a single to take a 3-1 advantage a few innings later.   Penn State Harrisburg made a late push when Crammer worked a walk and Eric Hoover hit a high fly ball down the left field line that was mishandled by a Bear outfielder. The error allowed Crammer to score from first base and cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth stanza. But that’s as close as the Lions got. Tom Chaney, Penn State Harrisburg’s starting pitcher, threw well, including six strong innings that saw him strike out six batters and allow three runs. Relievers Nate Packer and Kenny Mott were impressive on the mound as well for the Lions, allowing no runs in the game’s final three innings.

Penn State Harrisburg, which reached the NCAA Division III tournament last season as the winner of the North Eastern Athletic Conference, dropped its first two games in its new league, the tougher Capital Athletic Conference on Saturday, March 8 in Fredericksburg, Va. Mary Washington collected 32 hits in the double-header. In the first game, Mary Washington (8-2, 2-0 in the conference) scored 4 runs in three different innings – the second, fifth and sixth – to win. The 4-run fifth broke open a close game. The Eagles collected 18 hits in their victory, with leftfielder Brian Burns going 3-for-5 with 3 RBI and third baseman Thomas Weaver hitting a home run. In the second game, Lion shortstop Jim Murphy drove in Penn State Harrisburg’s only run, a third-inning tally that pulled the Blue & White within 3-1.

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23 Years Ago From The Middletown Journal Files

From The Wednesday, March 13, 1991 Edition Of The Press And Journal 499 Dwellings: 1,200-1,400 Residents After nearly two years of study and review, Londonderry Township supervisors voted, 3-0, last Monday night to approve the preliminary plans for a housing development that could put 499 dwelling units on a 200-acre tract located to the rear of Saturday’s Market off Route 230. One of the largest housing developments ever proposed in lower Dauphin County, the proposed Rosecrest “planned residential development” (PRD) would be built on two parcels of land now owned by Rodman Rose and James Plasterer, township businessmen. All 200.6 acres that would be involved in the proposed development lie between Route 230 and Beagle Road. Commenting on the Board’s action following Monday night’s meeting, the owner of Saturday’s Market, Rod Rose, stressed that operations at Saturday’s Market would not be affected by the housing project because all of the proposed construction would be confined to an area behind the popular weekly market. However, Township officials said plans for one of the final phases in the 10-phase Rosecrest development does call for dismantling about 50 feet of the market building at its eastern end. Township Secretary Joyce Lingle said last Friday that Rose and Plasterer and their engineers have consistently tried to meet all Township regulations and have repeatedly altered their preliminary plan to satisfy objections raised by Township and County planning commissions and the Township

supervisor. One of the Township’s greatest concerns was the impact the project would have on highway traffic in the surrounding area. That concern led the Township to insist that two entrances be provided for vehicles entering or existing the development. One entrance would be on Route 230 and the other would be located on Beagle Road. Construction of a traffic signal at the Route 230 entrance has also been recommended. Repair Of Cracks In Floor At High School Under Way Anyone who has heard about the 80 cracks in the second floor of the Middletown Area High School’s new wing might be a little nervous about sending their children to those classrooms after finding our contractors are expected to fix them and not replace the flooring. But District Architect assured the School Board last week that his methods are the same as those used in fixing old concrete bridges. The cracks, he said, would be sealed by a hypoxy resin that will make the concrete even stronger than it was before. He also added that because the hypoxy will make the structure stronger, it is unlikely the slabs will ever crack in the same places. The cracks were sustained last month after “overweight” partitioning walls were installed to the second floor of the new Edward E. Brunner Science and technology Center. The 10 “overweight” walls, weighing 384 pounds per linear foot have been taken out and replaced by steelstudded, dry wall partitions that weigh only 120 pounds per linear foot. Lower Swatara Township’s code enforcement officer is reportedly satis-

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23 YEARS AGO - Essay Winners – Winners of the Londonderry Lionettes’ seventh annual essay contest winners have been announced. The theme was “Heroes” and the winners are from left: Rachel Linden who wrote about Barbara Bush; Adam Kopp who wrote about his dad; Michelle Thomas who wrote about her aunt, Anne Morris; Andrea Arnold who wrote about her mother; and, Lionettes president, Ethel Angeloff who made the presentations. work details will be composed entirely of minimum-security prisoners under constant escort. He said the training facility probably wouldn’t begin operations until about October 1. That will allow time for the department to make some planned renovations to prepare the building and grounds as a training center. Falmouth Civic Association Chooses Hower Again Members of the Falmouth Civic Association, meeting for their annual Goat Race Dinner/Meeting Sunday night, re-elected Charles “Chuck” Hower as the organization’s president for the coming year. During the group’s customary annual banquet held at the Bainbridge Fire Hall, the occasion marked the 12th anniversary of the founding of the Falmouth Goat Race in 1979. Other officers selected included Brian Putt

as vice president, Joyce Snyder as secretary and John DeVaney as treasurer. Steve Mohr, chairman of the Township Board of Supervisors, was named as the official “scapegoat” for the 1991 Goat Race and Robert Zorger and Barry Sweigert were selected as members of the Association’s board of directors. Glenn Hipple, a former Township supervisor and one of the founders of the now-famous Falmouth Goat Race, thanked the assembled members and their guests for remembering his role in starting the Goat Race. “It’s hard to believe that it was all put together in just seven days,” Hipple recalled. “I’m just grateful that so many people have been able to enjoy the event and I appreciate the way people have supported it.” Among the evening’s honored guests was Lancaster County Commissioner James Huber, a perennial favorite

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“To make disciples of Jesus Christ, for the transformation of: Our Church, Our Community and Our World.” It begins with us. Highspire United Methodist Church is located at 170 2nd St. You are invited to worship with us at 8:45 a.m. every Sunday. Sunday school for all ages is at 10:15 a.m. Holy Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of each month. Our Praise Team plays the first and third Sundays of each month providing contemporary music. Adult Bible Study is on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Children and Youth Ministry is on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. The first Thursday of each month is United Methodist Women Fellowship at 7 p.m. The second Sunday of each month United Methodist Men meet at noon. Highspire UMC will celebrate an Evening Lenten Service on Sun., March 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. There will be light refreshments and special music included as part of the service. All are invited. Wed., March 19: Community

dinner at Highspire UMC from 4 p.m. until sold out. Menu includes: stuffed chicken breast, real potatoes, vegetable, slaw, applesauce, roll w/ butter, beverage, and dessert. There is a cost. Eat in or take out. Call Joann at 939-1524. If you are interested in being baptized, or becoming a member, we would be delighted to talk with you. Please call to make an appointment with Pastor Willie Caraballo at 9397650. Our Joyful Workers meet monthly, prepare monthly dinners, Easter Egg sale, and other events. Call the church office for more information. To place an order for Easter Eggs call Joann at 939-1524. For more information or if you have any questions, call 939-7650, or e-mail us at highspireumc@gmail. com. Also visit our website at www. highspireumc.org. Pastor Willie Carballo invites families and friends to join them on Sunday and on other scheduled events. We would love to have you be our guest.

First Church of God Middletown

First Church of God, 245 W. High Street, Middletown, invites you to join us for worship at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. Childcare is provided. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Classes for special education are also available. Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. classes are available for Youth (grades 6-12), FROG Pond (grades 1-5) Kindergarten (4-5 years old), Nursery (infants-age 3), and Adult classes, which offer a variety of Bible studies and electives. Sunday evenings: A Collective - Dinner is at 5:15 p.m. and the gathering begins at 6 p.m. Come and share with us. You are not alone in your faith, your doubts and your desires. Thursdays: 8 a.m., Breakfast Club Bible Study; 6 p.m., Pasta and Prayer Young Adult Bible Study; 6-8 p.m., The Sunshiners meet weekly 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. Wednesday Night Live (WNL), supper at 5:30 p.m., classes at 6:30 p.m. No Wednesday Night Live on March 5. Adult classes are: Adult Bible Study, Gospel of John and

study of Abraham; Bible Study Book of Romans; Contemporary Culture Class; Craft Class; Balloon Art Class; Financial Peace Class. There is a cost for this class; Zumba. There is a cost for each session; Knitting-Crocheting Circle. There are classes for Youth, grades 4 and 5, grades 1, 2, and 3, Kindergarten, 4- and 5-year-olds, and babysitting for infants through 3 years old. Come join us. Sun., March 16: Special Education Sunday. The Sunshiners will sing during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Thurs., March 20: 11:30 a.m., Seniors Alive program “Do You Remember?” Come and enjoy food, fellowship, and a great program. Remember to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Middletown Food Bank. All Seniors 55 and older are welcome. 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 mdtcog@comcast.net.

Wesley United Methodist Church Middletown

We worship on Sunday morning at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Our early service is informal and features a Praise Band. Our later service follows a traditional pattern and includes all types of music. We encourage people to “come as you are.” Lenten Small Groups focused on the theme, “A Faith that Matters” meet on Sunday morning and Thursday night. The topic for this week is “Love Ultimately Wins.” A Service of Recognition and Farewell will be part of our 10:30 a.m. worship this Sunday. We will be honoring longtime Wesley Church member Nancy Schenck who is moving to another community later this month. A luncheon will be held following worship to visit with Nancy and share memories and joys. All are welcome. Food Pantry Sunday is this week. We are collecting items for the Interfaith Food Pantry located at 201 Wyoming Street, Royalton. Pancake mix and syrup along with other food items are welcomed. Also, personal care items are always needed.

Community Lenten Sunday Evening Service will be held on March 16 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Royalton. There will be a dessert fellowship from 6:30 to 7 p.m. followed by a time of devotions and music from 7 to 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend and participate. “Good News Singers” will be presenting a concert, “The Anchor Holds,” on March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Community Lenten Sunday Evening Service hosted by Wesley. The public is invited. Our Threads of Hope Clothing Bank is open on the Fourth Friday of every month from 4 to 6 p.m. or by appointment. Free clothes are available. Pastor Dawes’ sermon this Sunday is “It’s a Good World with Issues ” based on Psalm 51:1-10. Visit our website at middletownwesleyumc.org. Contact us by e-mail at wesleyumc@comcast.net. Call us at 944-6242. Wesley is located at the corner of Ann and Catherine streets in Middletown. “Follow Jesus, Change the World. Seek. Serve. Send.”

New Beginnings Church Middletown

We are an independent body of believers offering God’s invitation for a new beginning to all who seek it. We exist to meet the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of all people through faith in Jesus Christ. New Beginnings Church invites you to worship with us each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Nursery and children’s church provided. Our congregation meets at Riverside Chapel, 630 S. Union St., Middletown, next to the Rescue Hose Company. Sunday school for all ages is at 9 a.m. We are handicap accessible via ramp at the back door. For additional church information call 944-9595. Food is collected every Sunday for the Middletown Food Bank. Craft Group is Wednesdays at 6 p.m.; Choir rehearsal is Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.; Intercessory Prayer group is Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., followed by Pastor Brett’s Bible Study at 7 p.m. Bring your own issues and concerns to discuss how the Bible helps in everyday living; Followers of Faith Bible Study resumes at a later date; Youth Fellowship is Sundays from 5 to 7 p.m. We are supporting Mitch Lee who is a Life Boy Scout working on his Eagle Scout. His project is for the drums for the Middletown Area Middle School

Band. Any contributions are welcome and checks may be made out to Troop 97 and mailed to Mitch at 322 Conewago St., Middletown, or given to Mitch at church. A sub sale to benefit Mitch Lee’s Eagle Scout project is Wed., March 26. Orders are due Sun., March 16. For more information or to place an order call Peggy Daily at 944-4509. Youth Fellowship Easter egg sale has started. Many different flavors are available. Call Michelle Strohecker at 982-5068 to place an order, or see any youth or advisor. Acolyte for March: Colin Graham. Children’s Church leader for March: Michelle Strohecker. We express our love and sympathy to the family of Donnie Schwanger, who went home to be with his Lord. Our Sunday worship service is broadcast on the MAHS radio station WMSS 91.1 FM at 3 p.m. every Sunday afternoon. Listen on the radio or the Internet at www.pennlive.com/ wmss/audio. Check us out on our website at www.newbeginningschurchmiddletown.weebly.com. Pastor Britt’s parting words each Sunday: “Nothing in this world is more important than the love of Jesus Christ.” We invite you to come and experience this love.

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St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Middletown St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran at 8:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday Church Church is located at Spring and Union School is at 9:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome. There are classes for children, Streets, Middletown. This is Christ’s Church, there is a youth and adults. Our 11 a.m. worship place for you here. We are the church service is broadcast on WMSS 91.1 at that shares a living, daring confidence 11 a.m. each Sunday. The 1st Sunday of each month is Food in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person, Pantry Sunday. Bring a nonperishable questions, complexities and all. Join item for our local food bank. The Food us as we do God’s work in Christ’s Pantry is located at 201 Wyoming St., name for the life of the world. We are Royalton. Wednesday’s in Lent, a simple meal a church of the Evangelical Lutheran of soup and bread will be held from Church of America. St. Peter’s is a 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., with worship at Reconciling in Christ Church. 6:30 p.m. You are invited to join us for worSt. Peter’s Lutheran Church will not ship on Wednesday morning, Saturday have the community dinner on Mon., evening and Sunday morning. Worship April 14. We hope to see everyone on times are: Wednesday service at 10 Mon., May 12. a.m. in Chapel, Saturday at 5 p.m. in Visit our website at www.stpeChapel. Saturday service is a casual tersmiddletown.org. traditional service and is 45 minutes Scripture readings for the week: Gen. in length. Please enter through the 12:1-4a; Ps. 121; Rom. 4:1-5, 13-17; parking lot doors. Sunday services are John 3:1-17.

Open Door Bible Church Middletown

“So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10 Open Door Bible Church, located at 200 Nissley Drive, Middletown, invites you to worship Jesus Christ with us this week. Our March 16 Sunday worship service commences at 10:40 a.m. with a 9:30 a.m. Sunday school hour with classes for all ages. Children from ages 4 to second grade are welcome

to participate in Junior Church during the morning worship service. We also welcome you to join us at our 6:30 p.m. service. Childcare is provided for children under age 4 during all services and classes. Wed., March 12: 7 p.m., Patch the Pirate Clubs for ages 4 through grade 6; Prayer meeting. Sat., March 15: 8:30 a.m., Men’s Bible Study. For more information call the church office at 939-5180 or visit us online at www.odbcpa.org. Better yet, come worship with us in person.

Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown Middletown

The Presbyterian Congregation welcomes you to worship during the second Sunday of Lent on March 16. Visitors are especially welcome as we offer ourselves anew to God. Church School begins at 9:15 a.m. for all ages. Adult Forum will be continuing with a movie entitled “A Place at the Table” which discusses eradicating hunger in America once and for all. Please plan to join us for Worship at 10:30 a.m. in our sanctuary. We welcome you within our doors, so please feel free to join us. Nursery is available during the service, and there are also hearing devices for anyone wanting to use one, as well as Bible Listening bags for children to

utilize during the service. A Community Lenten Service will be held on Sunday, March 16 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 500 Penn St., Royalton, with social time from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and worship beginning at 7 p.m. Our Easter eggs are now available. Call the church office for more information. The Parish Nurse is available by calling the church office at 717-9444322. For further information, see our website www.pcmdt.org, visit our Facebook page www.facebook. com/Presbyterian Congregation, or call the office.

Evangelical United Methodist Church Middletown

Worship is a time for joy. Therefore, with a joyous spirit we rejoice. “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God.” Psalm 147:7. Reach out to God and to one another for all are welcomed in our Father’s house. Evangelical Church meets on the corner of Spruce and Water streets at 157 E. Water St., Middletown, south of Main St. behind the Turkey Hill convenience store. The ministries scheduled at Evangelical United Methodist Church from March 12-18 are always open to everyone. Wed., March 12: 6 p.m., AA Book Study; 6:30 p.m., Senior Choir Rehearsal. Thurs., March 13: 5:30 p.m., Girl Scout Troop #10067. Sun., Mar. 16: 9 a.m., Sunday Church school, with classes for all

ages. Adult Sunday school devotional leader for March: Bill Harris; 10:15 a.m., worship service. The worship center is handicap and wheelchair accessible. Greeters: Carol Williams, Nancy Heaton, Dawn Pickel. Nursery Helpers: Deb Lidle, Joyce Moyer. The altar flowers are given in memory of son Thomas, grandson Brandon, and sister Gladys Boykin presented by Betty Bitner; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Junior Youth Fellowship; 6:30 p.m., Community Lenten service at Emmanuel UMC starting with Fellowship Time, followed by the service. Mon., March 17: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Community dinner here at Evangelical. Menu is shepherd’s pie (mashed potatoes, ground beef and vegetables), applesauce, roll, beverage and dessert. Tues., March 18: 2 p.m., Stitches and Prayers Shawl Ministry; 7 p.m., Staff Parish Relations Committee meeting.

Geyers United Methodist Church Middletown

Geyers United Methodist Church, Londonderry Township, invites you to worship with us each Sunday at 9 a.m. We offer a Nursery and Children’s Church at 9 a.m. each Sunday. Coffee Fellowship begins at 10 a.m. followed by Adult and Children’s Bible Study at 10:30 a.m.  Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month. Prayer meetings are held every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. Nonperishable food items are collected for the Middletown Food Bank each Sunday.  Campbell Soup labels, education box tops, printer ink cartridges and soda tabs are also collected weekly. The kids club, D.A.W.G.S. (Dynamic and Wiggly God Seekers), is open to children ages 3 to 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. They meet most Wednesdays and will continue through April. Children will be treated to Christ-centered stories, crafts, games, singing and snacks. Families may attend a free dinner each week prior to the D.A.W.G.S. Club at 6 p.m. in the lower level of the church. D.A.W.G.S. Club is open to the public. For more information, contact Kathy Menear

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Ebenezer United Methodist Church "Love God, Love People, Make Disciples"

890 Ebenezer Road, Middletown (Corner of 441 & Ebenezer Road)

Phone 939-0766 Sunday Worship: Traditional - 8:45 am • Contemporary - 10:45 am Christian Education (All Ages) - 10 am Christian Child Care - 985-1650

New Beginnings Church at the Riverside Chapel

630 South Union St., Middletown

Sunday School - 9 am • Worship Service - 10:30 am

Pastor BRITT STROHECKER Everyone Is Welcome!

Open Door Bible Church 200 Nissley Drive, Middletown, PA (Located In Lower Swatara Township) Pastor JONATHAN E. TILLMAN

Pastor S. DAVID SIMON

Phone 939-5180 Sunday School - 9:30 am • Morning Worship - 10:40 am Evening Worship - 6:30 pm Wednesday Prayer Service - 7 pm

Evangelical United Methodist Church

Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown

REV. ROBERT GRAYBILL, Pastor

Church School - 9:15 am • Worship - 10:30 am

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Spruce & Water Sts., Middletown Sunday School (all ages) - 9 am Sunday Worship - 10:15 am

First Church of God

235 W. High St., Middletown

REV. KIMBERLY SHIFLER, Pastor

944-9608 Sunday School - 9:15 am • Worship Services - 8 & 10:30 am Classes for Special Education (Sunday Morning & Thursday Evening)

Union & Water Sts., Middletown • 944-4322

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Spring & Union Sts., Middletown Church Office 944-4651

REV. DR. J. RICHARD ECKERT, Pastor

Saturday Worship With Spoken Liturgy - 5 pm Sunday Worship - 8:15 am & 11 am Sunday Church School - 9:45 am Worship Broadcast on 91.1 fm - 11 am

Geyers United Methodist Church

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Worship - 9 am - Followed by Coffee Fellowship Sunday School - 10:30 am

Highspire United Methodist Church

170 Second St., Highspire • 717-939-7650 Worship - 8:45 am • Sunday School - 10:15 am

64 Ann Street, Middletown

Phone 944-6242 Sunday Worship - 8:30 and 10:30 am • Come as you are! Follow Jesus, Change the World.

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enn State’s monumental THON last month raised an amazing $13.3 million for the Four Diamonds Fund, a charity at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital that funds cancer research and helps with some expenses incurred by families with children undergoing cancer treatment. But the fundraising is not over: Now local high schools, eagerly taking the lead from their college counterparts, are staging Mini-THONS for the charity. High schools may not raise millions, but they raise an impressive amount of money for Four Diamonds, particularly when you consider the lousy economy under which this area, and the rest of the country, High schools raise an impressive is suffering. Lower Dauphin will hold its amount of money for the Four Di- marathon on Friday, March 14 amonds Fund, particularly when and Saturday, March 15, hoping you consider the lousy economy to top last year’s school record $60,304.58 raised. About 440 under which this area, and the of students participated. rest of the country, is suffering. Middletown Area High School will hold its marathon on Friday, May 2, hoping to top its record of $16,154.55 raised last year. Elizabethtown Area High School holds its marathon on Friday, March 28, hoping to top last year’s total of $33,000 by at least $2,000. The charity is particularly special to Elizabehtown students: Four Diamonds was founded by Charles and Irma Millard in 1972 after their son, Christopher, died from cancer at the age of 14. Christopher was an Elizabethtown student. Even an elementary school, South Hanover in the Lower Dauphin School District, holds a Mini-THON. Students there raised an amazing amount last year: $18,425.63. The lesson that students are being taught is invaluable – caring for others. What is more overwhelming is the fact that it’s an effort they embraced on their own. They want to help others. It makes us feel good about the future of society.

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ometimes when I cite the Constitution, people often say: “Times have changed; we need to change with them.” This is the theory of a “living Constitution’’ – it does not need to be amended, just interpreted to fit modern day. I disagree with this theory. The Founding Fathers established the amendment process to ensure “We the People’’ are protected from whims of the moment. It is what makes our Constitutions, both federal and state, our rules of law. It is also why we should periodically read the documents, to familiarize and understand our rights. Consider the 3rd Amendment, which is rarely questioned or interpreted: “No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.” This was an issue during colonial times. It has not been a problem since our Constitutional Republic was founded. Fast forward to 2014, and imagine a proposal which would require homeowners to quarter soldiers for the purpose of saving tax dollars and expressing appreciation for their military service. Advocates may say (like they so often do when pushing certain issues) that opposing such a plan would mean not supporting our troops. They may also say, “Times have changed; we need to change with them” under our “living Constitution.” Preposterous? Think about laws that have been passed in the name of safety and security, but have impacted Liberty. The next time you hear someone say it is OK to (re)interpret our rights because “times have changed” and we have a “living Constitution,” consider what rights could be lost by going down such a path: • Freedoms of religion, speech, press, and the right to peaceably assemble and petition government (1st Amendment) • The right to keep and bear arms (2nd Amendment) • The right of the people to be secure in their houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures (4th Amendment • The right to trial by jury (7th Amendment) • The rights of states (10th Amendment): “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” If our Constitution is to be more than just words on paper, we must stop loose readings to find answers to issues not previously anticipated or provided for.  Such picking and choosing begs the question:  Why is the Constitution necessary at all? Mike Folmer is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania Senate. He represents the 48th Senatorial District, which includes Middletown, Royalton, Highspire, Steelton, Lower Swatara Twp., Londonderry Twp. and the Swatara Twp. communities of Bressler, Enhaut and Oberlin.

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residents. However, we are not talking about that situation. Employees who have Frey Village Retirement Center in Midleft on good terms after years of faithful dletown has had a wonderful reputation service and bonding friendships should for many years in our community, but in not be punished in the same manner. the last several years things have been in “If your real concern is for the welfare an uproar. I don’t want you to think that of the residents you would encourage I am a disgruntled “former” employee by visitation from friends, not restrict or try writing this letter, but I think it’s about to break those relationships. Residents time the public hears about what is going in the Tower (Independent Living) have on there. purchased those apartments and are ‘inTo many of you (especially those at the dependent’ in their comings, goings and Monday night church dinners and Giant with whom they have as visitors.” and Karns) I was known as the Frey bus I did not mention this in my letter, but driver. I worked part time for 10 years as it seems to me that an employee who has an activity assistant in Independent Livbeen faithful for 5, 10, 20, or 30 years has ing, which included driving the Frey bus. already been screened and deemed safe I loved my job and I loved the resiand worthy of a position whether caring dents, but due to some personal reasons for the residents or visiting. I needed to resign my position at the end I added that “Your last paragraph menof July. tions the exclusion of former employees I had been very busy from the time I from visiting and volunteering…I was resigned in July until October, so I did told I could volunteer after I had been out not have a chance to drop by and visit the of the building for a year and your reply residents, my friends, until one Satursounds like there will be NO VISITING day morning in October. I had an open AND NO VOLUNTEERING EVER!... invitation from the residents that if I was and joining the Frey Auxiliary (of which available to stop in to play Scrabble, that I have been a contributing member for I was welcome, so I did. years) is not an option any more since The following week I was told via you say former employees are not alphone that former employees are not allowed in the building.” lowed to visit the residents any more. So I felt that Pile needed to clarify his Nothing had ever been given to me in statements further especially on who writing regarding this new “policy,” and is classified as a former employee. Is it when I resigned I was never told that I any one who ever worked at Frey or just could not come back and visit my resisince the new executive director, Brenda dent friends again. Blough, arrived? I have sent letters to Diakon’s corporate Pile’s e-mail reply on Feb. 18 stated, “I CEO but heard via the grapevine that the received your e-mail and believe that I matter was referred back to the leaderwas clear in my letter of Jan. 22, 2014.” ship at Frey. I finally received a letter That was it. from Mark Pile, The Independent CEO of Diakon, Living residents written on Jan. 22, purchase their apartI was told via phone that ments, and the adstating: “The interaction former employees of Frey ministration will not of someone who is them to invite Village are not allow a former employee a former employee allowed to visit to visit them. There with residents, whether as a volunthe residents anymore. was an incident teer or as a visitor, recently when a resiis one that requires dent invited a former attention that is different than with a employee (not me) to visit and when the person who has not been an employee for person arrived she was escorted from the a number of reasons. building by the director. This has been “Residents may not be aware that a very difficult for the residents to deal with person is no longer an employee and but the director seems to have her own have expectations of that person that do agenda. not apply. Residents would not know if This has never happened before in the an employee had been discharged for history of Frey Village. Visitors have improper conduct, and we would not disalways been welcome whether former close that fact to residents, but we cannot employees or not. Seems to me that this expose the residents to an individual who is an infringement of the residents’ rights has been terminated for reasons that may to have visitors of their choice visit them pose a threat to the residents. and discrimination of former employees. “Employees are expected to be focused Frey used to be a big, happy family, but in doing their jobs to serve the residents, there certainly is a lot of controversy now. and the presence of a former employee I have always told my residents (when can take their time and attention away I worked there) that Frey was the place I from their responsibilities to residents wanted to live when that time came but I and to one another.” have changed my mind about that now. In the last paragraph, he stated that “for I did consult an attorney about this but these reasons, we have determined that to go the legal route could become very when an employee leaves employment, expensive. I certainly had hoped the it is best for the residents and for their director/and or CEO would rescind this former co-workers to exclude former ban without all this adverse publicity for employees from visiting and volunteerFrey Village. ing. We need to be fair and consistent I have lived in the Middletown area in our application of this rule so that we for 22 years now and Frey was like my can ensure the safety of our residents and second home for 10 years of that time. continue our excellent service to them. I This has been so upsetting for everyone hope that you understand why we have involved – and this isn’t just about me or made this decision.” the other former employees. It’s about the In my reply in a letter dated Feb. 1, I residents’ rights, and it seems to me that asked for clarification of his statements. those rights have been violated. I wrote: It seems like the residents are the losers “If an employee was discharged for in this instance. What do you think? improper conduct and might be a threat to the residents I would think you would Pat Sherick have a restraining order against that Middletown individual if you want to protect the

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Obstruction is a loser's last call

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resident Barack Obama came to the presidency and a grid-locked government with a social worker’s faith in mediation and conciliation and a naïve willingness to compromise. To his Republican opponents, compromise was not the solution, compromise was the problem. They preferred stalemate and they imposed it. With his legacy on the line, Obama now admits that presidents don’t mediate. They fight. As we go into the 21st century, there are real problems and much grousing and whining, but the system is not about to collapse. Our economic and political problems do not threaten our peace or well-being in the short or even mediumterm. We can squabble and afford to fool around because there is no common enemy to unite or threaten us. In fact, this lack of a serious threat is what emboldened the Republicans to deliberately shut down the government. No doubt we have a stagnant world economy with output below potential virtually everywhere. But we just weathered rather nicely a potential worldwide economic collapse. And it’s true that factions across the globe from Venezuela to Nigeria, from Egypt-Syria-Iraq to Pakistan, and now to the Ukraine, are in insurrection. All of this makes the world look pretty dangerous except that they have no common interest to unite them against us. Militarily, the armed forces of the U.S. still stand ready to crush any enemy, anywhere, however small. There is a reason for this interlude of mixed calm and chaos. The world’s industrial economies are undergoing a fundamental change comparable to the shift from agriculture to industry to service, only now it’s to what we call the information economy. This shift reflects a change in technology that promises great riches. But it brings with it the demand for new forms of capital, Obama appears new human skills and new ready, finally, political and to fight. We will economic have to see how elites. We will trash the he does, for that old. It is what will determine Schumpeter called a “gale how we do. of creative destruction.” Obama made clear in his State of the Union address and other speeches that he wants to get ready now for that 21st century economy. The budget requests that are now being prepared will specify how he will do this in the final three years of his presidency. His agenda of job-training, education and raising the minimum wage are all intended to address income inequality and thereby bolster the middle class. The new budget will be designed to pump tens of billions of dollars into these programs that support the middle class. The president will have to fight for that money and it looks like he will. The proposed budget turns the administration away from the old, no longer relevant concern about a grand bargain that balances a misplaced concern over the national debt with unnecessary cuts in old age entitlements. In so doing, the president is giving up on the Republicans and calling for an end to the era of austerity and an end to the attempt to find common ground. All of that is the junk of a bygone economy. Of a necessity, this turn to the future will require significant new debt in order to invest in and profit from the new economy. Those who try to hold back on this spending are holding back the tide of progress. The Republicans will complain that Obama is not serious, that his proposals are merely a play for votes in the coming midterm elections. They will say that Obama’s abandonment of the attempt to cut the deficit and debt proves he was never really serious. Let them. Is there anything the Republicans have not already accused Obama of? Obama appears ready, finally, to fight. We will have to see how he does, for that will determine how we do. As for the Republicans: Obstructionism is a loser’s last call. Paul A. 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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I support the deduction of back taxes from Lottery winnings

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joined a majority of my Pennsylvania House of Representatives colleagues in support of a bill that would deduct back taxes from those who win the Pennsylvania Lottery. House Bill 1489 would require the state Department of Revenue to conduct a background check on any individual who wins more than $2,500 as a result of playing the Pennsylvania Lottery. That background check would reveal whether or not the winner owes any back taxes. If so, the amount of those delinquent taxes would be deducted from lottery winnings. In addition, the bill also directs the Department of Revenue to request that the state Department of Public Welfare (DPW) determine if the prize winner is currently a recipient of public assistance benefits prior to making any lottery winnings payment. If the prize winner is found to be receiving public assistance benefits, DPW must determine if the individual remains eligible for public assistance benefits. This legislation is part of an ongoing effort to find creative funding solutions that revolve around the enforcement of current collection laws, as opposed to increasing or creating new state taxes. In the event the background check leads to a determination of taxes owed, the amount will be deducted from any winnings. Current state law only requires the Department of Revenue and the DPW to work together to garnish lottery winnings when back child support is owed. In the event someone owes both child support and taxes, the child support would be deducted first. The measure now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Tax, rent rebate applications available Applications for Pennsylvania’s 2013 Property Tax/Rent Rebate

program are now available in my Hershey office. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2013. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities. Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits: • $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters) • $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (Homeowners and renters). • $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (Homeowners only). • $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (Homeowners only). The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, more than $4 billion has been paid to qualified applicants. Residents are reminded to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. The deadline for applications is June 30. Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available by contacting my Hershey office at 717-534-1323, by visiting my website at RepPayne.com, or at municipal offices and libraries throughout the 106th District. John D. Payne is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He represents the 106th District, which includes most of Middletown, part of Swatara Twp. and all of Royalton, Lower Swatara Twp., Derry Twp., Conewago Twp. and Hummelstown.

SOUNDOFF Submissions to Sound Off appear as written. The Press And Journal edits only for clarity and punctuation. Additional comments and audio versions of some Sound Off comments are available at www.pressandjournal.com. “I live in Londonderry Twp. and I am so sick…” (Listen online at www.pressandjournal.com)

:( “In my profession I am required

to do electrical work from time to time. That doesn’t qualify me to be an electrician. Just because someone was in the ‘enforcement’ profession doesn’t qualify them to be a police chief. That position should ALWAYS be filled by someone who was a police officer.”

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he message – an SOS, really – about public school funding came from rural Tioga County, but it’s one most Pennsylvanians have grown used to hearing. “We are in a much, much more difficult situation than we were five or six years ago,” a teacher wrote to the Commonwealth Foundation. “We have had to cut staff, programs and even close schools in our district just to stay afloat. We have never been able to offer many extras in our curriculum due to the size of our school and minimal tax base, but now we are down to the bare essentials.” It’s a story playing out for teachers, parents and students across the state: slashed staff and scaled back arts and language programs. Why? The popular myth advanced by teachers unions is that Gov. Tom Corbett cut $1 billion from public education funding three years ago. The truth is far less dramatic – and a lot more sobering. At the governor’s recent state budget address, the spotlight again swung to education spending. The governor has proposed $10.1 billion for public schools, slightly higher than last year, which was then a record high. So what’s all the fuss about cuts? School districts are indeed feeling real financial stress, but this stems from a lapse of temporary federal stimulus money – not from a governor’s stinginess. Initially, the stimulus dollars that came to Pennsylvania went to other types of government spending, like welfare. But the influx in funds allowed then-Gov. Ed Rendell to

spend more on public education. However, the stimulus was only a temporary boost. School districts, lawmakers, administrators – everyone in charge – knew the money would disappear. But rather than planning for when funding would reset, many school districts added staff and programs they couldn’t sustain.  The victims are now the students and teachers who are wondering what hit them. While many educators are reeling, it’s important to look at the real status of education funding in Pennsylvania. Adjusted for inflation, average funding per student – made up of local, state and federal money – has been around $14,000 since 2008. Of that money, 58 percent goes to instruction, while 12 percent goes to construction and debt, which is one of the fastest-growing spending categories. In fact, between 1995 and 2012, spending on instruction increased 81 percent, while spending on construction and debt ballooned a whopping 171 percent. At the same time that public school officials complained of dwindling resources, they amassed $3.5 billion in reserve funds across the state’s 500 school districts and charter schools – increasing $300 million in the last year alone. In addition, the disconnect between public school enrollment and staffing has been worsening. Teachers and staff have certainly seen layoffs in the last three years. But since 2000, schools have added 17,000 staff while the number of students actually fell by 60,000. Over 15 years, administrators

to have lost all that. Also, when there is a snow emergency get your butts out and move your cars! If you see a whole side of the street that is empty, there is a reason: Do not park in front of someone else’s house, as they walked a block home and now they have to clean your snow when you leave!

:( “So the new high school can fi-

nally move forward. Lower Swatara pol Thomas Mehaffie bogged the whole process down. OK, Mehaffie, we get it, you are a big man – in your own mind, anyway.”

:) “A special thanks to Jack’s Auto

Sales & Service of Middletown. “Please don’t name Several weeks the new high school ago, driving on after anyone. Just let Harrisburg Pike, my car’s panel it stay what it’s lights all came on, already called.” and I knew to pull over and coasted :( “The next time into Jack’s Auto I need a cop, I’ll try to make an apSales. My car then stopped and pointment a month in advance since even blocked one of their service it seems it takes that long to get bays. They were all so nice about someone to call you back.” it and offered to fix it or to have the car towed. Since I have AAA I :| “I sure hope the people comchose to have it towed to my own plaining about the snow removal service garage. This took several in the town never travel outside of hours for AAA to come, but they town. Middletown has done a fine checked on me and offered their fajob plowing this year. Yes, people, cilities to wait. I was so impressed, when the plows come down the since I wasn’t a customer and didn’t street and you are parked on the even know them. Now that is good service! Thank you, Jack’s Auto street, snow will be pushed up Sales.’’ – Colleen Kline against your car. There is nothing else they can do. So here are some :( “National History Day projects options: 1. Purchase a house with were a joke. Grading system even a driveway (by the way, they will more so.” push snow in front of the driveway entrance as well); 2. Move your car :( “Over the past 3.5 years, all when the plow is coming and they the teachers my child has had at will plow up against the curb (And MAMS have been great except one MOST of them will do a circle if current one. Stop being unorgathey see you shoveling your car nized, making fun of the kids whose out); 3. Wait until the storm and parents complain, and step it up. plowing are over and then shovel all the snow at once; 4. Shovel your Maybe their complaining is telling you something. Keep your deadcar out every time they pass (and do not put the snow back in the street!). These things are mostly common sense, but people seem

We’re spending more on education – just not wisely and other professional staff has grown 40 percent and support staff 18 percent, while the number of teachers rose only 14 percent. In short, public school funding has been rising – but it hasn’t always been spent in ways that would best benefit our children. And budgets will be squeezed further by the school employee pension system crisis, which holds nearly $33 billion in debt. To survive, we must spend more effectively. A good start is reforming the broken student funding formula for school districts, which holds funding steady regardless of enrollment changes. As a consequence, districts with growing student populations often receive too little funding. Another solution is to allow school districts to pre-pay their future pension obligations using their reserve funds. School boards should also be permitted to opt out of prevailing wage mandates, which artificially inflate their construction costs. And schools must be able to keep their best teachers, regardless of age or experience – a common-sense practice currently prevented by state seniority law. If we’re to help teachers in Tioga and across Pennsylvania, changing how we fund public schools – not just how much – will be critical. If not, teachers, students and taxpayers will be paying far into the future. Priya Abraham is a senior policy analyst for the Commonwealth Foundation, a Harrisburg think tank.

You may call the Sound Off line at 948-1531 any time day or night, or e-mail us from our Web site at: www.pressandjournal.com. are just lazy and uncaring slobs. Thank you, Borough Council, for making the entire town look lazy and uncaring. I’m sure that will attract lots of new businesses and patrons.”

Sound Off is published as a venue for our readers to express their personal opinions and does not express the opinions of the Press And Journal. Sound Off is published in the Viewpoints sections but is not intended to be read as news reports. Sound Offs are published at the discretion of the Press And Journal.

the new light at Fulling Mill Road and Route 283. I sit there forever sometimes! Another waste of money and gas!”

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lines and follow the rubric equally – not modified for certain students.”

:| “To the caller in last week’s

Sound Off column who wanted to know why the Borough Council members aren’t concerned about putting the fox in charge of the hen house in reference to the ICDA board: Who do you think put the fox in charge? Borough Council did (excluding new members).”

:| “I would support the Elk’s

Theatre more, but could they show better movies and have later shows? I’m middle-aged, but I can still stay awake past 9 at night.”

:| “Please don’t name the new high school after anyone. Just let it stay what it’s already called.”

:( “When I see someone still has

their Christmas decorations up well past Christmas, I assume that they

:| “The Beatles should come to the Giant Center in Hershey.” (Editor’s note: Two of them have died.)

:| “I should open a radio station,

am, 5:30 format: Format should be music from the 1920s ‘til now.”

:| “WHP-TV the TV tower should big like WMAR-TV. When I was growing up, WMAR used to be CBS in my mind. WMAR-TV is CBS.”

:| “To the person who filed a

complaint and the Middletown Borough police were slow to follow up because of a backlog of cases: You can fine a personal complaint against any individual in district court. Just be sure you have correct name and address of defendant and have a witness or proof that a borough code was broken. You will win your case.’’

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