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Water violations spark demands for resignations



By Noelle Barrett

Press And Journal Staff

It was another standing-room-only crowd in Steelton on Monday, April 14 as residents filled Steelton Borough Council chambers and an outside hallway to talk about drinking water violations. In the first meeting of the Steelton Water Authority since Steelton residents were made aware of drinking water violations that occurred last year, residents continued to demand answers to their questions. Most who spoke during the meeting expressed their continued concerns about the health effects of drinking the water that the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has stated was not properly disinfected for 24 days in 2013. Others, including state Rep. Patty Kim, whose district includes Steelton, are calling for the resignations of the authority members. “We cannot move forward without trusting the board,” Kim said. “With the focus of building back that trust, I believe we have to replace some of the board members here.” After the meeting, Kim said she doesn’t know who should resign but said it needs to be a majority of the board “to restore the faith.” Jason Bryant, who challenged Mayor Tom Acri during the 2013 general election, said without resignations from the authority board members and authority secretary Sara Gellatly, residents will continue to have trust issues. “The trust is completely gone, and this adminPlease See VIOLATIONS, Page A8

Gellatly resigns supervisor post By David Amerman Press And Journal Staff

Doug Gellatly resigned as a member of the Londonderry Twp. Board of Supervisors on Monday, April 7, according to township Manager Steve Letavic. G e l l a t l y, w h o won election to the board in November and has served since January, resigned because he “needed time to concentrate on his business,” Letavic said. Gellatly is one Gellatly of the founding members of The Vineyard at Hershey and currently serves as its chief financial officer. “We wish him all the best,” said Letavic. “We really do.” The board is currently entertaining applications and resumes from anyone interested in the vacant position. From there, interviews will be conducted on Wednesday, April 23 and the board will announce its decision on Monday, May 5.



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After trying on several wigs, Betty Green, who is going through treatment for colon cancer, found the one during her visit to the American Cancer Society Wig Room at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

In Hershey, a Wig Room brings a cancer patient joy By Noelle Barrett

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s Betty Green was wheeled to a small room at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, her demeanor was delicate, her face was somber. There was a hint of sadness in her eyes. It has been a difficult road – at times lonely, sad, and tumultuous. The 69-year-old Lavelle woman was diagnosed with colon cancer on Mother’s Day last year and has been receiving treatments since last July. Those Wednesdays spent at the center’s Cancer Institute are long and draining. In recent weeks, Green’s journey had taken an immense toll. As she sat before a mirror, her reflection was emotionless, vacant. Yet as the minutes passed, a faint smile began to trace its way across her face. Laughter escaped her throat, her eyes lit up and her smile grew and grew. The place she was in was the American Cancer Society Wig Room located at the medical center. Scrawled across the wall beneath the mirror are the words “faith, hope, and love’’ – exactly what the room provides. Any nerves Green had were quickly erased as she selected from brown bobs, gray wigs with crop cuts, and hairstyles that graced her head for the first time. With chemotherapy come physical effects – nausea, fatigue, and the loss of one’s hair. Those side effects are not just physical, but emotional. For many, it’s a loss of identity. The Wig Room gives those who have found the strength to fight a chance to find themselves again – or helps them find a

Steelton-Highspire opens basketball coaching job different stories.” According to Hawthorne, the Press And Journal Staff district lost his clearances, and he was required to submit clearances After three seasons as coach of by a certain date. Hawthorne said the Steelton-Highspire boys’ bashe met the deadline, but the district ketball team, Tramayne Hawthorne claimed he violated policy. will no longer lead the Rollers on “I just think they wanted to make the court.
The Steelton-Highspire School Board voted 7-1 on Monday, Hawthorne a different (coaching) choice, and I’m okay with that. That part of it April 14 to open the boys’ varsity is fine,” Hawthorne said. “I just basketball head coach position instead of re-hiring Hawthorne. Board member didn’t like the way they went about it. I thought they could have been a little more Rosemary Tonkin was absent. Hawthorne said he wasn’t surprised based straightforward about it.” Superintendent Ellen Castagneto said the on conversations he has had with district officials and school board members in recent board “just decided to open up the posiweeks. However, the reason for replacing tion,” and would not give a further reason Hawthorne wasn’t made clear Monday night. for removing Hawthorne. “There were some personnel issues that “There’s a lot of gray areas to the story,” Hawthorne said. “I spoke to a lot of differPlease See COACH, Page A8 ent people as far as the reason, they all had

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new self. With the help of volunteers Linda Breniser, of Hummelstown, and Louise Barto, of Middletown, Green tried on several wigs before reaching for a gray, Tiffany style. As she brushed her hair and looked in the mirror, Green couldn’t hide her excitement. The wig made her feel good, and the short amount of time in the room made her feel better. The volunteers, Green’s daughter, and others looked on, all smiling. Everyone in the room knew. It was the one. “It just gives you an uplift. It was fun,” Green said, still smiling as she wore her new wig. “I really appreciate what they do here. It’s really great, from the nurses to the wig.” It’s reactions like Green’s that make the experience worthwhile for the Wig Room volunteers. They, too, know how Green feels, and offer up not just encouragement about the wigs, but about the entire journey. Because Barto and Breniser, along with Wendy Hefflefinger, the third Wig Room volunteer, are all breast cancer survivors. “What’s really great is to be able to tell these women, ‘Look, I’m 12 years out, it’s just a distant memory for me now, so you’re going to get through it. It’s going to be fine,’ ” Breniser said. Seeing survivors helps instill hope in the women going through similar struggles. “We are positive proof that you can beat it, look good, and still have a wonderful life,” Barto said. “I think that gives them a lift to know that.” Barto, Hefflefinger and Breniser each spend one day a week Please See MAGICAL, Page A8

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Middletown Borough Council agreed on Monday, April 7 to advertise an ordinance to make Nissley Street two-way from the intersection of Nissley and Main streets to Nissley and Wood and Water streets. The ordinance was drafted in an effort to further Frank and Jim Nardo’s efforts to develop the proposed Westporte Centre, a process that has been ongoing for five years, according to Jim Nardo. The ordinance was on the agenda of council’s Planning Committee for discussion at its March meeting, but a miscommunication between the borough and the Nardos’ legal representation prevented the Nardos from attending. The miscommunication prompted Jim Nardo to council’s meeting Monday, Jim Nardo threatened legal action “if I lose my tenants and I lose my financing’’ because of a delay. “This has gone on way, way, way too long,”

Summer school fee eyed at Steel-High Steelton-Highspire will consider a proposal to charge students $25 per course in the school district’s summer school program. In recent years, students were charged for summer school but received a refund if they successfully completed courses. But the Steelton-Highspire School Board is considering making the fees nonrefundable. The board will also consider removing physical education from the list of offered classes. The board discussed potential changes to the summer school program during a meeting on Monday, April 14. It has scheduled a vote on proposed changes for Thursday, April 24.

Council gives $500 to Trout Derby

Council moves Westporte parking ordinance forward By David Amerman

Middletown Borough Council has unanimously approved a land development plan for college student housing on a 9-acre plot near the Middletown Cemetery. Council approved the plan of Spring Street Property on Monday, April 7, that would provide housing for 567 Penn State Harrisburg students in 12 apartment buildings. The goal is to open the apartments for rent in the fall of 2015.

he said, emphatically pounding his fist on the podium in council’s chambers. “We’re not saying we’re not coming to the planning meeting, but enough time has passed by,” said Jim Nardo. “Let this process go ahead. In the meantime, we’ll go to the planning meeting. We’ll answer any questions you bring up.” According to Nardo, he and Frank told Middletown Borough Council five years ago that they would accommodate the loss of parking on Nissley Street that would arise from their development. “To offset that parking loss, we would improve those two triangle pieces of property that we now own and, after they’re approved, we would dedicate it to the borough and the borough could then allow the public to park in those parking spaces,” said Jim Nardo. The motion to advertise the ordinance was carried 7-2, with councilors John Brubaker and Victoria Malone casting the two no votes. David Amerman: 717-944-4628, or

Middletown Borough Council voted unanimously on Monday, April 7 to donate $500 to Sportsmen Limited for its annual Trout Derby for local children. This year’s Trout Derby will be held on Saturday, April 26 at the Middletown Reservoir, Roundtop Road.


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n Easter egg hunt is a particularly American game. Other countries celebrate Easter by tossing eggs, rolling eggs and dancing among eggs (in Germany, dancers lay them on the floor and dance among them, trying not to damage them). But in the U.S., a simple game of hide-andseek is our idea of egg-citement. Actually, the first Easter egg game on record in the U.S. was an egg roll at the Capital in Washington, D.C., in 1872. Steelton celebrated the Easter holiday with a borough egg hunt on the grounds of SteeltonHighspire High School on Saturday, April 12. More than 8,000 plastic eggs were used, and eagle-eyed children found them all. Here’s who was on the scene, hunting down those elusive eggs.

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NOTICE OF ZONING HEARING CONTINUANCE – Docket 2014-02 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Lower Swatara Township Zoning Hearing Board will continue a Public Hearing at the request of MRPI Fulling Mill, L.P. (Docket 2014-02) for variances from the provisions of the Lower Swatara Township Zoning Ordinance, as amended, as follows: (a) a variance from Section 27-2502.C to permit the flare of the curb return radius for the western driveway outside of the right-of-way; and (b) a variance from Section 27-1805 to permit the lot width for the access lot to be less than 100-feet wide. The property is located at 140 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown, PA and is split zoned within the Industrial (I) District and the Conservation (C) District. Hearing will be continued on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 7:00 PM at the Lower Swatara Township Municipal Building, 1499 Spring Garden Drive, Middletown, Pennsylvania. All interested parties are invited to attend. Randall Breon Chairman 4/16-2T #147

NOTICE OF ZONING HEARING Docket 2014-04 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Lower Swatara Township Zoning Hearing Board will hold a Public Hearing at the request of Ron Condran and Lenora Pfautz of 2060 Powderhorn Road, Middletown, Pennsylvania (Docket 2014-04) for variances from the provisions of the Lower Swatara Township Zoning Ordinance, as amended, as follows: (a) a variance from Section 27-2401.4, which requires that a handicapped parking space be available to business patrons; and (b) a variance from Section 27-2402, which requires four parking spaces for the proposed use. Variances are requested pertaining to the property located at 546 Colony Drive, Middletown, Pennsylvania in Greenwood Hills. The property is zoned within the Residential Urban (R-U) District. Hearing will be held Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 7:00 PM at the Lower Swatara Township Municipal Building, 1499 Spring Garden Drive, Middletown, Pennsylvania, directly following the hearings for Dockets 2014-02 and 2014-03. All interested parties are invited to attend. Randall Breon Chairman 4/16-2T #146


PUBLIC NOTICE THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OF DAUPHIN COUNTY HEREBY GIVES NOTICE, pursuant to the Electronic Voting Systems Chapter of the Pennsylvania Election Code, and specifically pursuant to Section 3031.10 (D) thereof, that preparation of an electronic voting system and its components for use in all election districts in Dauphin County will be started by Custodians appointed by the Board beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014, in the warehouse located at the Dauphin County Transportation Building, Storage Facility, 1271 S. 28th St., Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania 17111. Pursuant to Section 3031.10, it is the right of the Chairman of the County Committee of each political party which is entitled under existing laws to participate in Primary, Municipal, Special and General Elections within Dauphin County, and the chairman or presiding officer of any organization of citizens within Dauphin County which has as its purposes the investigation or prosecution of election frauds and which has registered its name and address and the names of its principal officers with the Dauphin County Board of Elections at least fifty (50) days before the upcoming election, or of their respective certified representatives, to be present during the preparation of the electronic voting system and its components and to see that they are properly prepared and are in proper condition and order for use. However, such representatives shall not interfere with the preparation of the electronic voting system and its components, and the conduct of such representatives may be subject to such reasonable rules and regulations promulgated by the Dauphin County Board of Elections. Any qualified person desiring to be present during the preparation of the electronic voting system should contact Gerald D. Feaser, Jr., Director, Dauphin County Bureau of Registration & Elections, first floor, Administrative Building, 2 S. 2nd St., Harrisburg, PA 17101 (780-6360). This Notice is given pursuant to provisions of the Election Voting Systems Chapter of the Election Code in effect in Pennsylvania. BY ORDER OF THE DAUPHIN COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS Mike Pries, Chairman Jeff Haste George P. Hartwick, III Gerald D. Feaser, Jr., Director 4/16-1T #144DC


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23 YEARS AGO - Licensed EMS Service – The Londonderry Township Ambulance Association is among three Emergency Medical Services organizations (EMS), to date to have been licensed in Dauphin County by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Emergency Health Services Foundation, Inc. (EHSF) was responsible for overseeing the licensing procedure. The road to licensing was a difficult one as the local ambulance association had to meet specific criteria such as training, equipment and operational policies. Pictured from left are: Walt Swarthout, president of the Ambulance Association; William Zerphey, volunteer ambulance driver; and Barry E. Yingling, president and chief executive officer of EHSF. bedded in rousing, patriotic music, of course, and this Sunday’s program would not be the same without the marches of Sousa, a standard requirement for bands of this type. One of the nicest things about this band is the number of outstanding musicians in the area who actually come to play with us,” Degler relates. “They could do almost anything else, but they really like coming and playing. It’s kind of a joke what we pay them, though. There really isn’t much remuneration in this. It’s enough to pay for gas to get here, but that’s about it. A 15-year veteran of Bainbridge, Degler took over the director position nearly four years ago. He attributes a large part of the group’s success in recent years to the variety it presents during its concert season. “We play almost anything,” he laughs. “We play marches, overtures, a lot of contemporary music, Broadway shows, so if you don’t like one number, just hang on, because you’ll get something totally different in a little while.” New VFW Commander Looks To Post Growth Post officials have disclosed the Elwood L. Chapman, Old Hershey Road, was elected last Tuesday night as the new commander of Fred Barley V.F.W. Post 5667, Elizabethtown. Chapman, 66, is a World War II veteran and a 43year member of the Veterans of Foreign wars. He will succeed outgoing Commander Daniel R. Hilt, Groff Avenue, who will assume new duties as the Post’s judge advocate. A member of the local VFW Post since 1947, Chapman, known to his friends as “Chappie” was senior vice commander of the Post last year and previously served as junior vice commander and as the Post’s assistant treasurer. Serving with Chapman

will be Harry Beck as senior vice-commander, Robert Mackey as junior vicecommander, John Aston as quartermaster, Daniel Good as chaplain, Dan Hill as judge advocate and Clyde Barnhart as Post surgeon. Jeff Zinn was elected to a three-year term on the Post’s board of trustees. Chapman says he hopes the Post, which now has more than 550 members, will continue to grow during his stewardship, but he says he has no plans for specific projects that the Post will undertake during the coming year. “Of course, we’re making plans, along with the local American Legion Post, for the big ‘homecoming parade’ in September to welcome our service people home. “We’ll also be continuing our many community programs and our support for other worthwhile local projects. But I don’t have any plans at the moment for the Post to undertake any specific major new projects.” Lower Dauphin Musicians To Sound Off At Convention Three Lower Dauphin High School juniors have been selected to perform for the Pa. Music Educators Convention set for April 18-21 in Pittsburgh. He students will perform as part of the All State and All Eastern Festivals at the convention. The students include Sandra Stiles, who will play bass clarinet in the All State Band, Scott Gilbert, who will play first oboe in the All Eastern Orchestra, and Thomas Runkle, who will sing in the All Eastern Chorus. Stiles, daughter of John and Barbara Stiles of Hummelstown, is a member of the Senior High marching, concert and stage bands, and the L.D. orchestra and indoor percussion unit. She has represented her school in county and district band festivals. She placed first

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Kenneth Franklin Fahnestock Sr., 69, of Middletown, passed away on Monday, April 7, at his home. Born in Lawn on January 3, 1945, he was the son of the late Edward F. and Catherine Kendig Fahnestock. Ken was employed by the former Verdelli Farms, Hummelstown; was of the Protestant faith; he was a member of the Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association, Inc.; and was an avid fan of the Steelers, NASCAR, and World Wrestling Entertainment. He is survived by three sons Kenneth Franklin Fahnestock Jr. of Mechanicsburg, Scott Allen Fahnestock, fiancé of Tracey Moore of Middletown, and Richard David Fahnestock of Elizabethtown; one brother Edward Fahnestock of Rheems; and several nieces and nephews.

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New book highlights LD’s first 50 years Lower Dauphin High School celebrated its golden anniversary in 2010, and former faculty member Dr. Judith T. Witmer has written a 492-page book that encapsulates those first 50 years. Her book, “Loyal Hearts Proclaim,” delves into the storied history of Lower Dauphin. More than just a dry listing of statistics and facts, Witmer captures the stories that give Lower Dauphin High School its character. The band, she relates, could not begin rehearsals because “the bass drum and all percussions instruments had not arrived and believed to be on freight cars.” The high school’s first physical education classes were held in the cafeteria because the gymnasium floor wasn’t completed. Seventy new teachers were hired to serve in the new school. Witmer spoke with coaches for their recollections of their tenure on the sidelines. She sought information from representatives from each of the first 50 graduating classes. She recalled historic events and school pranks. “This book is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before,” said Lower Dauphin Superintendent Sherri Smith. “Judith has captured the Lower Dauphin social experience from its first days to our current era with interesting anecdotes and fun facts on every page.” “Loyal Hearts Proclaim” can be purchased at the Hummelstown Area

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Grade 9 – Allison Bitting, Sarah Blessing, Ray Cotolo, Emma Durantine, Nathan Ebert, Peter Gingrich, Marni Granzow, Logan Grubb, Brittany Halbleib, Nicole Hsing-Smith, Meghan Lathrop, Anna Levi, Alexandra Little, Lucas McCanna, Nickolas Moosic, Anna Mostoller, Elise Musser, Samuel Rothermel, Emily Swist, Sarita Walters and Haohao Yu.      Grade 10 – Logan Buffington, Haley Buggy, Matthew Canis, Leigh Coonelly, Samuel Elliott Mejia, Sarah Gibbs, Fallon Hammer, George Hatalowich, Zoe Irving, Matthew Kuehnle, Davin Malinen, Colin Marcavage, Samantha Markley, Austin Miller, Anna Nissley, Rachel Orth, Kristin Sarsfield, Katherine Spanos, Lariah Thompson and Beck Wiles.   Grade 11 – Michael Aksu, Morgan Bitting, Jenny Cheng, Daniel Davis, Ruth George, Kathryn Goerl, Jason Heath, Matthew Joyce, Zachary Lauer, Eric Markley Jenna Miller, Madison O’Neill, Dustin Packer, Carmen Posteraro, Ashley Shappell, Alyssa Smith, Hunter Smith, Margaret Tamburro, Ashley Walton, Madeleine Waters and Victoria Yohe.            Grade 12 – Samuel Doherty, Angelina Farole, Jeffrey Groh, Emily Haase, Elizabeth Hansen, Megan Hauck, Emma Irving, Robert Klock, Jamie Knaub, William Kuehnle, Ryan Lilliock, Angela Linton, Jonathan Lynn, Megan McMurray, Christopher Messner, Cassidy Morris, Margaret Mostoller, Colten Nagy, Zachary Pauley, Brooke Rottet, Luke Rutledge, Madison Seitz, Brian Stockton, Cybil Thompson, Christine Umberger, Edward Uravic, Amanda Waxman and Hannah Woodworth.   

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Dr. Judith T. Witmer, left, presents a copy of her book to Lower Dauphin Superintendent Sherri Smith at the Lower Dauphin Falcon Foundation gala. Historical Society, 32 W. Main St., Hummelstown between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays. It can also be purchased on the society’s website, using PayPal. Witmer is donating all proceeds from the sale of the book to the Lower Dauphin Alumni Association for projects

Emilie Laychock, Julia Leslie, McKenzy Lilliock, Ryhan Lopatic, Jaime Mackrell, Jane Miller, Kailene Nye, Halle O’Neill, Taylor Peachey, Alyssa Peters, Isaac Ray, Austin Roseberry, Olivia Rutledge, Hannah Schulteis, Matthew Schwing, Nicholas Scipione, Nicole Seacord, Saurabh Singh, Hunter Smith, Nicole Snider, Chade Stewart, Brandon Stine, Abigail Stumpf, Caitlyn Stumpf, Emily Suhr, Clyde Tamburro, Mary Tarczynski, Timothy Townsend, Maryn Trowbridge, Frankie Vernouski, Tyler Via, Travis Walborn, Jefferson Waters, Amy Waughen, Katlynn Wentz, Alyssa Yantosik, Michael Yarrish, Michelle Yavoich and Rachel Yeager.   Grade 10 – Jennifer Abraham, Amber Albert, Natalie Balmer, Jordan Barlett, Jillian Barry, Jacqueline Beacham, Ian Berry, Ella Breidenstine, Zechariah Burger, Rachael Cassel, Allyson Curtis, John Davis, Madeline Deebel, Morgan Detweiler, Callisto Dougherty, Marc Dumais, Sage Erdman, Samuel Etnoyer, Dominic Farole, Charles Fies, Cammi Fletcher, Rebekah Forshey, Shane Fuller, Logan Gaughan, Jaspreet Ghuman, Rachel Green, Mackenzie Hahn, Anna Haldeman, Sloan Hammer, Ryan Harnsberger, Antonio Heredia, Lauren Hoffman, Kaitlyn Inzeo, Joli Kiessling, Matthew Kline, Austin Lauer, Alexandra Leader, Madison Lilliock, Zachary Litka-Cave, Brooke Loomis, Delsin Mayne, Jacob McCorkel, Rebecca McIlhenny, Candace Means, David Means, Alex Messner, Allison Michalowski, Reed Morris, Sarah Parmer, Madison Pence, William Puderbaugh, Jennifer Ray, Madison Rhoads, Madison Ripley, Jacob Ruch, Jordan Schaefer, Hunter Scherr, Garrett Schug, Loryn Schwartz, Anjali Singh, Kelly Stauffer, Erin Stoner, Kaylee Stoner, Mackenzie Straw, Dena Stump, Juliana Tabosa, Brianna Vale, Devon Viola, Raeann Walquist, Patricia Wylie and Amber Zelko.   Grade 11 – Cole Backenstose, Evan Baker, Cortne Barnhart, Morgan Barnhart, Kevin Beaver, Mallory Bell, Matthew Bell, Rachel Bitner, Taylor Bracale, Rachele Branchi, Christopher Brian, Kaylie Brown, Michaela Bruce, Corey Burkhardt, Spencer Burkhardt, Ashley Ceschini, Kayla Confair, Robert Corcoran, Cara Cramer, Makenna Cummings, John Dahmus, Rebekah Daugherty, Adam Domovich, Tyler Dormer, Katryn Durenleau, Drew Flickinger, Morgan Fridey, Leah Gamber, Marcos Garcia, Bianca Gillman, Matthew Graden, Kayla Grubb, Amanda Gutierrez, Luke Haldeman,

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related to the association’s mission to promote alumni projects to benefit the school and students. The goal is to sell a sufficient number of books so that the LDAA receives $10,000. The first 250 books are priced at $50 each – then the price will go up to $60 per book. All purchases should add $3 sales tax per book plus $7 shipping if applicable.

Lower Dauphin High School honor roll Lower Dauphin High School Principal Todd Neuhard has announced the Distinguished Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the second marking period. The students who earned honors are:

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Hi, folks. Passover began on Tuesday, April 15. An appropriate greeting to someone who is celebrating Pesach, or Passover, is “Chag Sameach (KHAHG sah-MEHY-ahkh).’’ It is Hebrew, and means “joyous festival.’’ Jewish people celebrate this festival as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery under the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt more than 3,300 years ago, and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. It commemorates the story of the Exodus as described in the Bible in the Book of Exodus. The Bible tells that God helped the Children of Israel escape from slavery by inflicting 10 plagues upon the Egyptians before Pharaoh would let the Israelites go. The 10th and final plague was the death of the first born, both human and livestock. The Israelites were told to mark the sides and tops of their door frames with the blood of a slaughtered flawless lamb, which would cause the Lord Jehovah to pass over that home. There was loud wailing as the Egyptians discovered there was not a house where one was not dead. The Egyptians urged the Israelites to leave after that. Read it for yourself! Christians are observing Holy Week this week and Easter Sunday, also known as Resurrection Sunday, on April 20. The New Testament teaches that the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which Easter celebrates, is the foundation of the Christian faith. The resurrection established Jesus as the powerful Son of God, and it cited proof that God will judge the world in righteousness. God has given Christians, according to the New Testament, a “new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Christians, through faith in the working of God, are spiritually resurrected with Jesus so that they may walk in a new way of life. Interestingly, the shed blood of Jesus, the perfect Lamb, is the saving of the individual who accepts Christ as their Savior. The blood saved the Israelites; the blood saves the Christian. Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22. The first Earth Day was in 1970. Participants at 2,000 colleges and universities, about 10,000 primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the U.S. observed demonstrations in favor of environmental reform. It brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful activities. It is now observed in 192 countries, coordinated by the nonprofit Earth Day Network. It is chaired by the first organizer of that 1970 Earth Day, Denis Hayes, who says Earth Day is now “the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year.” Environmental groups have worked to make Earth Day into a day of action that changes human behavior and causes policy change. Do you remember the first Earth Day? I recall that my sister, Janeen, who was in junior high school, participated in a design contest for an Earth Day pin. She won. I still remember the photo of her proudly holding the pin that appeared in the local paper. Have a great week, folks, and enjoy the (hopefully) beautiful weather! Birthdays Happy birthday flowers are blooming brightly for Dianne Mosher of Lower Swatara Twp. on Wednesday, April 16. Enjoy a beautiful day, Dianne. Happy 14th cake day to Brady Fox of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, April 16. Best wishes for a great day of fun and lots of surprises! Michael Lewis of Lower Swatara marks his landmark 21st birthday on Wednesday, April 16. I hope it is a wonderful day for you, Michael. Best wishes to Daniel Reese of Lower Swatara as he celebrates his golden birthday, No. 20, on Thursday,

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April 17. Hope your day is especially fine, Daniel. Lauren Light celebrates her 24th balloon-flying cake day on Saturday, April 19. Wishing you a super weekend, Lauren. A big happy birthday shout is sent to Marley Kinsey of Lower Swatara on Saturday, April 19. Marley turns into a brand-new teener. Great! Enjoy your birthday week. Be sure to give Terry Lupia a jolly birthday greeting if you see her in Lower Swatara on Saturday, April 19! Wishing you baskets full of fresh flowers and a delightful day! Happy last teener birthday to Justin Musser of Lower Swatara as he turns 19 on Easter Sunday, April 20. Enjoy your special day, Justin. Evan Grogan of Lower Swatara turns 12 on Monday, April 21. Hoping your day is full of high-fives and smiles! Patrick Krepps of Lower Swatara hits No. 23 on Monday, April 21. Best wishes for a beautiful birthday week to you, Patrick. Samantha Romberger of Lower Swatara turns Sweet 16 on Monday, April 21. Hoping your beep-honk-beep day is wonderfully special, Sammy! Aubrey Carberry turns 21 on Monday, April 21. Congrats! And enjoy – you are now a real full-fledged adult. Happy ninth cake and ice cream day to Julia Hughes of Lower Swatara. She also celebrates on this very popular birth date, Monday, April 21. Hope the day is full of sparkles and glitter! Andy Cargill celebrates cake day No. 24 on Tuesday, April 22. Enjoy your birthday week, Andy. Hope Cook marks her quarter-of-acentury birthday on Tuesday, April 22. Best wishes for a wonderful celebration week, Hope! Easter Egg Hunt All children up through Grade 5 are invited to join in a Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Middletown Church of God, 245 W. High St., Middletown. Registration and activities begin at noon, and the egg hunts start at 1 p.m. There will be a Texas-style barbecue, games, a bouncy house, crafts, a 14-foot inflatable slide, balloons, and more! The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, readers may call 717-944-9608. The event is sponsored by A Collective and the church. Anniversaries Best wishes to Sam and Karen Turns of Middletown on their anniversary Friday, April 18. Hoping your day is all sunny skies and warm breezes. Don and Debra Williams of Lower Swatara mark their 28th romantic holiday on Easter Sunday, April 20. An extra special day for you two. Enjoy! Tim and Joan Nissley of Lower Swatara celebrate 13 years of wedded bliss on Monday, April 21. Hoping you have plenty of hearts and flowers to help you celebrate. Happy silver 25th anniversary to

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Lasting memories P A J ress nd ournAl star to All-America team Parade names Steel-High

SteeltonHighspire’s Malia Tate-DeFreitas (0) shoots over Halifax’s Madison Bingaman during the Rollers’ District 3 Class A championship victory at the Giant Center in February. TateDeFreitas scored 38 points in the game.

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star Malia Steelton-Highspire basketball to Parade named Tate-DeFreitas has been girls’ basketball magazine’s All-America to receive the team, one of only 40 players national recognition. honors the top The list, revealed last month, nation. teenage athletes across the this month Tate-DeFreitas, who graduated was surprised and from high school, said she learned about the She . recognized be to happy honor from her mother. said. “I’m proud of “It’s a great feeling,” she


a lot of things, even myself that I accomplished have won states.” though I wish we could eliminated from In March, Steel-High was in a heart-wrenching, the Class A state playoffs Despite that loss, 1-point loss to Tri-Valley. teammanes had a lot Tate-DeFreitas and her won back-to-back to be proud of: The Rollers 2012. and 2011 in titles state eitas received Along the way, Tate-DeFr She shattered all-state honors four times. scoring record Steelton-Highspire’s all-time 3,000 points durof 2,409 points, surpassing finished her high ing a game on Feb. 1. She making her points, 3,366 with school career in Pennsylvania the second-highest scorer

history. to Hampton Tate-DeFreitas has committed to play basketball University, where she plans marketing. That and earn a degree in business than her fellow journey will start much sooner Tate-DeFreitas will graduates. On June 20, as her workouts, begin two classes, as well practice. weight training and basketballnervous,” she bit “I’m excited, but a little

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to pay its bills and and Middletown is struggling five years if steps may face bankruptcy withinfinancial consultant aren’t taken to free up cash,his presentation of a Mark Morgan said during Borough Council on to long-awaited 2011 audit Monday, June 3. auditor Zelenkofske The delay in borough the annual audit of Axelrod’s completion of cause of speculation a borough funds has been of council, some of among residents critical $70 million in whom pointed to the borough’s d in the audit as proof funds and assets documente financial problems that the borough’s alleged are fabricated. January 2013, the Not so, says Morgan. By million in spendable borough had just $1.7 a $1.5 million fund cash available - and it needs each year to cover of balance at the beginning starts to come in expenses until tax revenue during April, he said. years. I don’t misstate “I’ve been doing this 32


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Midt finally arrived. The day dletown Area High School’s future. Class of 2013 faced its Graduation Day.

, move With a quick, yet symbolic Middleof the tassel on their cap, left high town’s newest graduates to school behind, and prepared military dutackle college, jobs and ties on their landmark day.

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coach at Middletown Rob Deibler, the head football ly resigned “for perArea High School, has unexpected years of leading the Blue sonal reasons” after just two to district officials. Raiders program, according by his resignation, and “The district was surprisedthe timing since we are obviously concerned about the start of the football only two months away from Lori Suski. dent season,” said Superinten steps” to search District officials “took immediate his resignation on for a new coach after receiving advertising the position Tuesday, June 4, including , Suski said. and interviewing candidates

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their prepare to receive and Tyler Dintiman Shannon Baker, left, diplomas.

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candidates, and adThere are several interested d a candidate to the ministration hopes to recommen Board for approval at its Middletown Area School 24, Suski said. meeting on Monday, June calls for comment. Deibler did not return phone e through a run of spectacul Deibler rose to prominenc ighspire’s head coach. achievements as Steelton-HRollers won 114 games, the During his 12 seasons, state titles. seven district titles and two by during his two years Victories were harder to come won just two games in at Middletown, as the Raiders 2011 and one game in 2012. top of the football prothe Despite the disruption at Please See DEIBLER,

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need proof that the local carnivals - but if you It may not be as old as some addition to the town, just ask the 300 people a prized Middletown Carnival is last year. 18 throughSaturday, who attended it each night will be held Tuesday, June Zumba, the semi-pro The fourth annual carnival martial arts displays, feature will and everyone’s year, this June 22 bands, vendors and, of course, football Elizabethtown Mustangs,food and fun rides. - great favorite carnival features Noon, the ways and means function,” said Michelle the event. “Every “I think it’s a big family n Youth Club, which sponsors chairperson for the Middletow We have more business vendors than we’ve bigger. year it seems to get a little through Thursday and ever had before.” from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday corner of Union and The carnival, which runs the Saturday, will be held at 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Susquehanna streets. organization that provides Youth Club, a nonprofit All proceeds benefit the 14. to 5 age children ng team, but we also try activities for team and their cheerleadi Noon said. “We try to “They have their football [charitable] organizations,” to get them involved in teach our kids to give back.” despite being hampered by rain the past two The festival has had success better weather this year. for on June 18, while years, and Noon is hoping Zumba, a dance fitness program, The fun starts with free takes the stage on June 19. Fearless Dragon Marpop-punk band Basic Black arts demonstrations on June 21 and June 22, and tial Arts will provide martial perform on June 21. will classic rock band Spank • Home

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Computer stolen An Apple laptop computer was stolen from an apartment in the 500 block of W. Main St. during the early morning hours of March 29. The owner said he discovered the theft after having been away from his apartment for approximately 90 minutes. The victim told police he had left his apartment to go to a vending machine in the complex, and had propped open the door to his apartment when he left. Police added they had questioned the victim’s roommates. No estimate was given for the value of the Apple Mac Pro although the victim was able to provide investigators with the computer’s serial number and other specific information. Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact them at 717-939-0463.

The Grammy Awards will present its first-ever Music Educator Award next year – and a Lower Dauphin Middle School music teacher is one of 217 quarterfinalists for the honor. Greg Hutchison, the school’s band director and assistant director of the Lower Dauphin High School marching band, was among 30,000 nominees from across the country. Ten finalists will compete for the award, with the winner receiving a $10,000 honorarium and a trip to Los Angeles next February to receive the prize and watch the Grammy Awards live. Educators were nominated by colleagues, students, friends or themselves. Hutchison, who plays the trombone, has taught music for 11 years. He teaches music to sixthgraders and conducts the sixth-grade band, the seventh- and eighthgrade band, the jazz band and the marching indoor drumline. The award is sponsored by the Grammy Foundation and The Recording Academy.

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Wallet lost An Elizabethtown resident told police she lost her wallet while she was shopping at the Sharp Shopper on March 28. The brown leather bi-fold wallet contained her driver’s license, several gift cards, cash and other personal cards. A search of the store turned up nothing, police said.


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of Oberlin Rd. sometime between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on March 27. Entry is believed to have taken place through a window at the home. Investigators report two safes in a secondfloor bedroom had been forced open, and the contents of one of the safes were dumped onto the floor. Police said several closet doors in the home were also open. Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact them at 717-939-0463. Juvenile charged in coin theft Juvenile allegations of theft were filed against a 14-year-old Middletown resident in connection with the theft of $8 in change from a home in the 100 block of Eby Lane. Police were called to the home to investigate allegations that several bottles containing an undetermined amount of coins were stolen from a bedroom between 4:45 and 4:59 p.m. on March 27. A window had been broken to gain entry. Police found the bottles in a trash can during a search. Thanks to tips from neighbors, police took into custody two suspects, one of whom was subsequently charged. Teens charged in fight Juvenile allegations of simple assault and disorderly conduct were filed

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Dump trucks stolen Two tri-axle dump trucks were stolen from Peifer Construction during the night of April 6, police said. Both trucks, a 1999 Kenworth and a 2000 Kenworth, are maroon and had Pennsylvania license plates on them at the time of the theft. The newer vehicle also had orange flame decals on its hood, police added. The license number of the 1999 truck is YMW 8391. The license plate number of the 2000 truck is YJF 9701. Police said they are following up on video evidence gathered at the scene. They added information about the theft has been entered into a nationwide database. Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact them at 717-939-0463.


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Cited after fight Robert Hardison,18, of the 1000 block of Meadowview Ct., Harrisburg, and a 16-year-old Harrisburg resident were cited for disorderly conduct following a fight on a school bus at the Middletown Area High School. Police said the incident took place at 7:20 a.m. on March 25 while the students were about to be taken to the Dauphin County Technical School. Police said the incident was recorded on a video camera in the bus.

Charged after traffic stop Bryan D. Troike, 37, of the 100 block of College Ave., Elizabethtown, was charged with being involved in an accident involving damage to a vehicle and failure to stop and give information or render aid stemming from an incident on March 24 on South Eisenhower Boulevard. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 21 before District Judge Michael Smith.

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1, police said. No one was injured, police said. Drug charges against teen Juvenile allegations of possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were filed against a 15-year-old Middletown resident following an incident at Middletown Area Middle School at 2:20 p.m. on April 7. The school’s assistant principal told police he believed the teenager was in possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Police said a substance in the youth’s possession was marijuana. Syringes, drugs found Shaun C. Zito, 26, of the 400 block of Hollywood Dr., Middletown, was charged with possession of a counterfeit substance and drug paraphernalia following an incident around 9 p.m. on April at West Harrisburg Pike at Ann St. Zito was stopped by police while driving on West Harrisburg Pike and gave police permission to search his vehicle. The arresting officer said syringes and controlled substances were found in the car. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 16 before District Judge Michael Smith. Charged after stop Dylan M. Pressley, 22, of the 2000 block of Pineford Dr., Middletown, was charged with possession of a counterfeit substance and drug paraphernalia following a search of a car he was driving around 12:15 a.m. on April 5. Police said they stopped the Ford Crown Victoria on Route 283 at Eisenhower Boulevard for a faulty light on the car’s license plate. Police said the car’s owner gave them permission to search the vehicle after officers smelled an odor of burnt marijuana coming from it. Police said both drug paraphernalia and suspected marijuana were found in the car. The arresting officer added that synthetic substances also found in the car were sent to the Pennsylvania State Police for analysis. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 7 before District Judge Michael Smith.


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(Pat) Tennyson Andrew Moyer Married Stella Mae Hand

(Pat) Tennyson Andrew Moyer was born on 2 Jan. 1915 in Ravine, Pine Grove Twp., Schuylkill Co., Pa. Tennyson was the 4th child of 5 to John B. and Bertha Susan (Heinbaugh) Moyer. Pat’s sister and brothers are as follows: 1. Minnie (Mutschler/ Brown); 2. (Chet) Chester Lee; 3. Lloyd; 5. The legendary (Chic pronounced Chick) Melvin Arthur Moyer. Pat married Stella Mae Hand on July 1, 1933, he was then only 18 and she was 19 yrs old. Stella was the daughter of Robert E. and Lydia A. (Hummel) Hand. Stella was born on March 2, 1914 probably in Joliet and in Schuylkill County. Pat and Stella had 13 children. The children are as follows: (Duck) Donald, (Bob) Robert, John L., (Raym) Raymond, Joan Helen, (Cookie) Ruth, (Susie) Susan, Jean, Jane (twin of Jean died at one month old), (Patsy) Patricia, (Joe) Joseph, and (Bev) Beverly. Back in the day throughout Tennyson’s life he worked several years in the Coal Industry. Later in his life he worked as a machine technician at what used to be Gold Mills in Pine Grove. Currently it is known as Guilford Mills. Stella was a housewife, mother and (mammy) grandmother to all the grandchildren Pat was known as Pappy or Pappy Moyer. Pat and Stella started out married life around Pine Grove or Cherryville/Ravine area. About 1936 they moved to Lincoln in Tremont and were there for several years until about 1970. Then they moved to Pottsville Street in Pine Grove until 1980. Finally their remaining years were in Mollystown until 1989. One of Pat’s favorite activities was going to auto races, particularly stock car races in dirt tracks. How many remember Gold Mine Raceway in Tower City and one of the champions Lauden Potts? Coincidently Lauden was married into the Moyer family through Carol Joyce (Moyer), born November 8, 1934, one of the daughters of Pat’s brother (Chet). Of course later we all went and some still go to Big Diamond Raceway in Forestville/Minersville area. The father, John B. Moyer, born in Ellwood, is actually a former name for the present day Outwood that is located in the Pine Grove area Schuylkill Co., Pa., on Jan. 2, 1881 to Michael and Elmina (Behney) Moyer. The date is verified by his baptism record since other records are conflicting. Michael’s given surname was originally Meyer then later changed to Moyer as described earlier in his parents’ biographies. Michael had a half brother named John B. Meyer. Their mothers were different and her name was Breckbill or modern spelling in Brightbill so this is what the B. represents. John B. Moyer married Bertha Susan (Heinbaugh) Moyer on Aug. 1, 1908. John was 27 and Bertha 23. Bertha was born on Jan. 14, 1885 in Pfoutz Valley, Perry Co., Pa. in Liverpool Twp. close to the Susquehanna River. Pfoutz was also mentioned as her birthplace on her son (Pat) Tennyson Moyer’s birth certificate. She was the daughter of Andrew J. and (Nora) Orisa Sennore (Ulsh) Heinbaugh, both originally from Perry Co., Pa. At the time of John B. Moyer’s untimely death they were living at what was considered Ravine at that time in 1920. Presently it is considered North Pine Grove if we indeed have the correct location. According to a relative they lived at the present location off of Sweet Arrow Lake Rd., on Lovers Lane by Bergers Store. There is remaining part of the old stone cellar and door with an archway in the hill. Back in 1900 before John was married, he was living in Porter Twp., with his parents and older brother Harry and two younger sisters Clara and Katie. At this time John was employed as a day laborer in the coalmine industry along with other relatives. By 1920 John was a prominent miner at the Lincoln Coal Colliery, which was the largest in the state. In 1900, before Bertha’s marriage, she then was 15 living at home with parents and all her brothers and sisters totaling nine. Bertha and John probably knew of each other from about 1900 on because that is when the Heinbaugh family was there for a few years, then moved to Dauphin County later. Bertha’s occupation at the time of her marriage in 1908 was a house servant. At the time of John’s death in 1920 they had five children at home ages 3 to 13, (Pat) Tennyson was only five years at this time. Another seeming coincidence is the location of Lorberry Junction, when John was killed, is very close to Mollystown when (Pat) Tennyson and Stella (Hand) Moyer lived out their last years. Bertha continued to live in Ravine for a period of time and lived in Pine Grove at various times. At one time she lived in Lincoln beside Pat and Stella for a period of time. Eventually she was living at 112 S. Main St., in Pine Grove which was the Hotel formerly owned by her daughter Minnie when she was married to Ted Mutschler. The same hotel was later owned by (Dick) Donald Moyer son of (Pat) back about late 1960s possibly into the very early 70s. Bertha passed away Nov. 30, 1962 in Lebanon at son (Chic) Melvin and Mae Moyer’s place. According to the family Bertha was not visiting but actually living there for some time and not at 112 S. Main Street in Pine Grove, Pa. John and Berth Moyer and Michael and Elmina Moyer are all buried at what is currently known as St. Peters U.C.C. Church Cemetery located in Orwin, Tower City, Porter Twp., Schuylkill County, the cemetery was formerly known as the L&R or Lutheran and Reformed Cemetery.

U.S. National Archives to Close or Combine Facilities From Dick Eastman (, March 11, 2014

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration just issued a press release announcing the permanent closure of three National Archives facilities over the next two years. The Anchorage facility will close in 2014, the two Philadelphia facilities will be consolidated in 2014, and the two Forth Worth facilities will be consolidated in 2016. It is interesting to note that the records in Alaska will be digitized and placed online so that the records will remain available to Alaskans and to everyone else. The Philadelphia, Pa., facility consolidation - The National Archives currently maintains two facilities in Philadelphia, a records center and archives at Townsend Road, and a small “storefront” archival facility at 900 Market Street in the city center. Archival records are currently moved between the two for research use. The Market Street facility will close in FY 2014. The less than 5,000 cubic feet of archival records stored at Market Street will move to Townsend Road, where the majority of the archival records already are stored. The Townsend Road facility’s research room will be modified to better provide appropriate access to researchers, and community outreach programs will continue.

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Students chosen for elementary school choir Twelve students from the Middletown Area School District were selected to perform with a prestigious elementary school choir at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 7 Elementary Song Fest on Saturday, April 5 at Annville. The students were chosen by audition. The 150-voice choir included top elementary school vocalists from central Pennsylvania. Among the selections performed: “Kookaburra,’’ “Old Joe Clark’’ and “This Little Light of Mine.’’ The choir was directed by Melissa Malvar-Keylock, the choral community liaison and director of the apprentice program with The American Boychoir. The Middletown students’ music teachers are Michael Checco and Mary Checco. The students who were chosen are: • Erin Brown, daughter of Keith and Heather Brown, a fifth-grader at Fink Elementary School. • Emily Parker, daughter of Robert and Cristi Parker, a fourth-grader at Fink. • Katelyn Miller, daughter of Sam Miller of Dalmatia and Brandy Woodward, a fifth-grader at Fink. • Caroline Shiery, daughter of Jon and Melissa Shiery, a fourth-grader at Fink. • Jenna Alford, daughter of Edwin and Joann Alford, a fifth-grader at Kunkel Elementary School. • Abigail Grimland, daughter of Lori

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istration will never, never, never get it back,” Bryant said after the meeting. “They have to be replaced.” Residents were not made aware of the violations until DEP released a statement on April 2 based on an evaluation and sanitary inspection conducted on Nov. 20. DEP found several violations, including not properly disinfecting the water and not properly reporting. Residents questioned why they didn’t find out sooner. During the meeting, the authority gave a public apology for not informing residents of the issues when the board was made aware. Rather, the authority held a press conference two days after DEP issued its press release. “I think it’s really important that the residents hear from the authority that we are really sorry … There’s no justification why we waited,” said Gellatly, who is also the borough manager. “We apologize. Moving forward, we’re going to do our best to make sure that never happens again.” Acri, the borough’s mayor and a water authority member, acknowledged it was a mistake not to inform the public sooner. “That’s what you call just live and learn,” he said. “We guarantee you that none of that will ever happen again.” Some residents accepted the apology, but for most, it came too late. Resident Emuel Powell said the lack of communication wasn’t just the authority’s fault. “[DEP] is just to blame as anyone in Steelton – if they knew about this, they could have went over Steelton’s head and announced it,” Powell said. “Everyone is passing the buck. No one is giving a downright answer tonight.” Representatives from DEP who were on hand during the meeting responded to many of the residents’ questions and concerns. Rodney Nesmith, program manager for DEP’s Safe Drinking Water Program in the South-central Regional Office, offered a timeline that resulted in the delay of notifying the public. “Once we knew for certain what we had [in mid-January], we met with the

authority within two weeks,” Nesmith said. “We knew that what we were looking at was old violations … so rather than make a hasty announcement that would prove to be incorrect, we took our time and studied it.” As soon as the consent order and agreement was signed, Nesmith said that’s when DEP issued the press release. A few residents said there should have been a boil water advisory once the issues were discovered. However, both Gellatly and DEP have stated that once they were aware of the problems, they had already been resolved. Nesmith also confirmed that the violations were not ongoing at the time of discovery. Kim said the meeting was productive and she was pleased to see DEP in attendance. “I think DEP laying out the facts was very beneficial and calmed the fears of some of those here,” Kim said. While many questions were answered, a handwritten petition in a spiral notebook was circulating the room for dissatisfied residents to sign, calling for resignations. “These people [the residents] are really beaten down. They got emotional,” resident Candice Kinter said. For some residents, what happened cannot be rectified. However, in its press release, DEP said the water authority had responded “promptly and appropriately” once the body was notified. 

“Since then, Steelton has been working with DEP on resolving the violations and has been carefully monitoring the situation to protect public health,” Lynn Langer, DEP’s south-central regional director, said in the release. DEP has conducted weekly inspections of the facilities since January, and will continue to do so until “the department is satisfied that Steelton Water Authority is providing adequate treatment,” the release said. Borough officials have stated that they are continuing to correct the issues that resulted in the violations and fine. Borough Council voted 6-0 during a meeting on March 17 to fire Dan Scheitrum, the borough’s sole water filtration plant superintendent/chief operator, after a lengthy executive ses-








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A crowd of citizens fill Steelton Borough Council chambers for a Steelton Water Authority meeting. sion. At the time, the borough would not give a reason for the vote, citing personnel issues. Mark Handley, a borough employee, has since replaced Scheitrum, and has the necessary licenses and qualifications, Gellatly said. Scheitrum was responsible for the recording requirements, according to Gellatly. Kim called for further action against

Scheitrum, suggesting the authority should sue him for the $55,200 fine incurred by the authority for the violations. “None of you are to blame,” she told the residents. “The residents should not have to pay for the fines when they did nothing wrong.” Kim also asked for the borough and DEP to post updates on their websites to let residents know the corrective

actions required by DEP are being followed. “I think that will help us get the trust that this will never, ever happen again,” Kim said. Water authority members declined to comment after the meeting.

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Rep. John Payne is sponsoring his ninth annual Health Expo on Friday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hummelstown Fire Company, 249 East Main St., Hummelstown. For more information, call his office at 717-534-1323. Press And Journal Photo by Noelle Barrett

Louise Barto, left, of Middletown and Linda Breniser, right, of Hummelstown are both breast cancer survivors and volunteers at the Wig Room.

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volunteering in the Wig Room. In the last six months, they have helped 89 women find free wigs. They are a big part of what makes the Wig Room possible, but to them, the opportunity to help is a gift. “I truly get back so much more than I give,” said Barto, a sevenyear survivor. “Just seeing the reaction of these women when they walk out of here and they look so good.” Sometimes, the volunteers give hugs, sometimes they shed tears. Other times, they just listen – and often the volunteers are inspired. “Seeing these women’s strength

and listening to them talk about their journeys, it’s just amazing,” Breniser said. While the journeys and experiences are different, the bond that the volunteers share as breast cancer survivors has led them to start a lifelong friendship. Green and her daughter have also been able to grow closer as Green’s journey continues. Spending many Wednesdays together, Green’s daughter, Donna Green-Slater has seen how selfless her mother is. “She sits here and looks at all the people that are going through a harder time than her and prays for them every night,” Green-Slater

said. They’ve also been able to share a lot of memories. And the Wednesday they spent in the Wig Room will be something the duo will cherish for a long time. “It just felt so good to watch the mirror and watch her smile. It was a genuine smile,” said Green-Slater. “It let her forget about her troubles for a little while.” To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit or call 1-800-227-2345. To find a wig bank near you, call 1-800-227-2345. Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or

E-town chooses Martin as commencement speaker Edward Martin, president and CEO of Blue Clay Ventures, has accepted an invitation to speak at Elizabethtown College’s 2014 School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) Commencement at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, in the College’s Leffler Chapel and Performance Center. The college will present Martin with an honorary doctoral degree. In addition to his role with Blue Clay Ventures, Martin works with Richard Saul Wurman, founder of TED talks, on the 555 Conference, a new initiative that brings together five global experts, five predictions of future patterns and five cities across the world. Martin serves as chief marketing officer of Zaycon Foods and chief marketing officer of Look ToThe Stars, a

celebrity charity organization. He also is founder of Nexus Capital, a private impact investment firm. He was elected to the board of the Peace Research Endowment, which focuses on academic and policy research and implementation as a means of reducing global conflict and is chair emeritus of the Association of National Advertisers Research and Measurement Council. Martin has held key positions in top Fortune 500 organizations. He led new product innovation for the Kellogg Company, ran insights for all youth brands for Coca-Cola, headed the customer satisfaction and loyalty research process for Citigroup and was director of global consumer insights with Ford Motor Co. and was head of mobile

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The Middletown Area Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at Riverside Chapel, 630 S. Union St., Middletown, on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Fran Strouse will present the program, “Elizabethtown Professional Baseball Team.”

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went on, and they said he violated policy, and that’s all I can say about that,” said board member Derek Lewis, who cast the dissenting vote. Lewis said he wasn’t present during an executive session when a personnel issue involving Hawthorne was discussed, but added that he personally found the decision unfair. “I just think he wasn’t given a fair shake on certain things. The same ones that were cheering for him during the season were the ones voting him out,” Lewis said. “He was one of our own, and I thought we should treat one of our own better.” Hawthorne found success in a Roller uniform during high school, including a 2005 PIAA Class AAA Championship, before going on to play at Drexel University, Philadelphia. Hawthorne’s end at Steel-High comes after a rollercoaster season that saw the death of senior Hauson BaltimoreGreene and a heartbreaking loss to Lancaster Mennonite in the District 3 Class AAA playoffs. But the former Steel-High star, who became head coach at the age of 24, said this won’t be his last time coaching. “I proved myself. My resume speaks for itself. I’ll be on the sidelines again,” Hawthorne said. “I’m young. I believe I have had a lot of good success, so I think my coaching career is far from over.” Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or





Raiders beat Hershey, McDevitt; drop extra-inning thriller to Indians By Larry Etter

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There is a character on one of television’s reality shows who talks about the “Wow Factor.” The Middletown varsity baseball team experienced its own wow factor last week in victories over Hershey and Bishop McDevitt. And although the Blue Raiders lost at Susquehanna Twp. on Saturday, that game, too, had its ‘’wow’’ moments. With spring rains disrupting the flow of regularlyscheduled games early in the week, the Raiders had to play three straight contests on Thursday, April 10; Friday, April 11; and Saturday, April 12 in an attempt to catch up. But what a three-game stretch it turned out to be. On Thursday, the Raiders (4-3, 4-1 in the MidPenn Conference’s Keystone Division) topped host Hershey 4-1. On Friday, the Middletown squad rallied to a rain-shortened 9-2 triumph over visiting Bishop McDevitt; and on early Saturday afternoon the Raiders took host Susquehanna to extra innings before the outcome was decided.

Middletown 4, Hershey 1

Junior right-hander Nathan Ocker recorded 9 strikeouts and yielded just four hits to earn the pitching win in Hershey (5-4, 1-4). He got plenty of support from a defense that committed just one error and an offense that punched out 10 hits. Ryan Popp had a pair of singles and batted in two runs. Jordan Flowers hit an RBI double and Bubba Finsterbush stroked an RBI single to lead the way. Cody Fox chipped in a pair of hits while Nick Drawbaugh, Ocker, Zach Sims and Ethan Kell added hits in the Keystone Division victory. The Raiders started off by scoring their first run in the top of the first inning off Trojan pitcher Tim Edwards. Fox led off with an infield single and scored the run on a one-out double to center by Flowers.


The Raiders scored two more runs in the top of the second after Ocker had a 1-2-3 inning with a pair of strikeouts in Hershey’s half of the first. With two outs, Finsterbush was safe on an error and made it to third on a throw following Fox’s hit to center. With runners at the corners, Popp’s single up the middle drove in both runs to give the Raiders a 3-0 lead. Ocker sat down the Trojans in order in the second, and the Raiders threatened again in the top of the third following Photos by Jodi Ocker Ocker’s two-out single. But courtesy runner Eddie Arnold The Raiders overcame rain and mud to beat the Bishop McDevitt Crusaders in a game shortened by bad weather. was left stranded at second following a stolen base. the victory. Ocker gave up a harmless single in the bottom of the third and the Raiders left a pair of runners Middletown 9, Bishop McDevitt 2 on base in the top of the fourth to keep the score A light rain started falling early in the first inning unchanged. on Friday, got heavier as the game wore on and The Trojans broke the ice in the home half of caused some tense moments in the sixth inning the fourth on an RBI double by Michael Basti as the Raiders trailed the visiting Crusaders 2-1 with one out. But Ocker induced a groundout and after five and a half innings of play. then recorded strikeout No. 5 to end the threat. Needing to score and hoping for the best as the The Middletown nine picked up an insurance rain kept coming, the Middletown side rallied in run in the top of the sixth to go up by a 4-1 count. a huge way to register the key division victory. Sims earned the pitching decision, recording Kell led off the inning with a long double to the left field fence and went to third on Brett Altland’s 9 strikeouts in the 3-hit, six inning outing that fielder’s choice grounder. Finsterbush then hit ended when the umpires halted the game at the Edwards’ first pitch for a run-scoring single for end of the sixth. The Crusaders (4-5, 3-2) scored one run in the the fourth run. The Trojans left one man on base in the bottom top of the first inning on an error and then broke of the sixth and, after the Raiders went down in a 1-1 tie in the top of the fifth, also due to another order in the top of the seventh, the home team was fielding miscue by the Middletown defense. The down to its last chance. Ocker struck out leadoff Raiders had tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of hitter Ryan Sullivan for his ninth strikeout, got the fourth on an RBI single by Sims that drove Middletown pitcher Nathan Ocker (10) celebrates the Blue Blake Smith on a liner back to the mound and Raiders’ 4-1 victory over Hershey with his teammates. Ocker Please See RAIDERS, Page B4 induced a groundout to first base to finish off struck out nine Trojans.

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Lion pitcher Wolfe shines in split For The Press And Journal Penn State Harrisburg pitcher Gabby Wolfe turned in one of the best performances of her collegiate career in the Lions’ doubleheader split with Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) opponent Southern Virginia on Saturday, April 12 in Middletown. The Lions fell 2-0 in the opener before rebounding and besting the Knights 10-6 in game No. 2. Although she failed to be credited with a win inside the circle, Wolfe’s 8.2 innings pitched and 12 strikeouts over the course of the two outings helped lead the Blue & White (7-17) to a much-needed victory. The opener was a game of missed opportunities for Penn State Harrisburg.  In the bottom of the third inning, the Lions had a chance to strike first.  Junior Mackenzie Trafka, a Middletown

Area High School graduate, led off with a single through the left side but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Freshman Kayla Seyfert followed with a double to left center field before advancing to third base on a wild pitch. Unfortunately, she was picked off at third just moments later and the Lions’ scoring chance was thwarted. A pitcher’s duel ensued until the top of the seventh inning when a Penn State Harrisburg two-out error cost the Lions. The Knights (5-20) took full advantage, scoring two runs thanks to a Southern Virginia bases-clearing triple. Wolfe threw a complete seven-inning game and allowed just five hits and no earned runs in addition to striking out 11 Knight batters. Seyfert, Trafka, Jackie Furch and freshman Leah Palm, a Lower Dauphin High School gradu-

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ate, accounted for the team’s four hits. The second game saw the Blue & White jump out to an early lead in the first inning when Wolfe doubled to right field and scored Seyfert. In the second stanza, a Southern Virginia error allowed Seyfert to reach base safely while also scoring Furch from third base. The Knights fought back and tied it in the top of the fourth before taking the lead in the top of the fifth when they plated two more.    The Lions were patient in the bottom of the fifth and took advantage of five walks, two Southern Virginia errors and a wild pitch when they answered back and scored five runs and regained the lead at 7-4. Seyfert, Furch, Erika Love, Jasmine Yanich and Amanda Hartman all crossed the plate in the fifth. When the Knights responded with a run in the sixth, Penn State Harrisburg came right back and scored three more runs in the bottom half of the frame to take a 10-5 lead. The Knights added one more run in the seventh, but Wolfe shut them down from there. 

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When opening day of trout season goes wrong M

y opening day of the 2014 trout season began when the alarm clock sounded at 4:30 a.m. I was ready and eager to get an early start at one of my favorite streams, Clarks Creek, located north of Harrisburg. Everything was in order. All my gear was strategically lying on the garage floor for easy placement into my truck. I was northbound in no time. My mind wondered about how many fish I would catch. Maybe this year a lunker would fall to my minnow presentation. First days are special in mind and body. Trout season kicks off a new year of the sportsman’s calendar. It is like Christmas morning, awaited with anticipation and enthusiasm. I pulled into the area I was to fish, and no one was around. My preseason scouting certainly paid off. I knew that arriving early would be important. I had my pick of the choice spots. In complete darkness, I attached all my gear. Trout fishermen sometimes

resemble a medieval knight with all the stuff attached to them – adorned with a vest that holds everything from hooks, line and sinkers, a creel in which to keep your fish, a landing net for the big ones and chest waders. Oops! Almost forgot the rod and reel. I was equipped for my quarry. The dangling bait bucket was my last attachment. Carefully, I walked toward the creek without a flashlight. No big deal. I fished this area for 40-plus years. I had no problem winding my way through the laurel and low-hanging pine limbs. I heard the sound of the creek, and I knew I was at my destination. Several deep breaths, and now the two-hour wait until 8 a.m., when I could begin fishing. As I sat down along the bank of the stream, I noticed I was missing a part of my essential equipment. My two-piece fishing rod was only one piece. Somehow, as I walked from the truck to the creek, the tip section fell off. I searched back and forth to no

avail. The truck was about 500 yards from the creek. In the dark I had no way of knowing where the tip had fallen. My search ended only in exhaustion and embarrassment. A fishing rod is vital equipment when fishing. But all was not lost. I knew my nephew, Danny, was going to fish the exact same location, and he always brings two rods. I would just borrow one of his. As I sat along the stream awaiting Danny’s arrival, my next blunder was right around the corner. I had taken my glasses off and placed them into my vest pocket while searching for the missing rod tip. I was about to put them on when a lens fell out of the frame


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Gossard no-hitter, Marion home run lead Raiders to win Pitcher Sarah Gossard threw a nohitter and Halle Marion hit a solo home run as Middletown defeated Susquehanna Twp., 10-0 on Saturday, April 12. The victory improved the Blue Raiders’ record to 5-2, 1-2 in the Mid-Penn Conference Keystone Division. Marion’s home run, which she hit in

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at any moment. It did, but not for the good. As I went upstream to fish a riffle leading into a beautiful pool that certainly had to contain trout, my footing went from “stable’’ to “most unstable’’ – down I went into the stream for a dunking. Yes, I took a swim. As quickly as I fell, I was up, but soaking wet. My reaction was typical: I looked upstream and downstream to see if anyone had witnessed my misfortune. Thankfully, no one was around. That’s when I surrendered. One lost fishing rod, a lost and recovered lens, a slip and fall into the stream, and a complete lack of nibbles or bites all morning. I had enough for one day. As I walked to my truck, I looked back toward the stream, shook my head and said to myself, “No one will ever believe this first day fish story.’’

the fourth to regain the lead that the Lions had worked so hard to get. Only two of the three runs were earned. Things stayed pretty calm over the next few innings until the Lions broke out of their cage for an impressive 5-run seventh inning. Tom Denniston drew a bases loaded walk, scoring teammate John Cataldo. Then Hoover singled to center field for an RBI, scoring Travis Crammer. Brian Balshy’s sacrifice fly scored a third run and gave the Lions a 4-3 lead. Seahawk errors extended the inning and gave the Blue & White some breathing room as they scored an additional two runs.  Slagle (1-3) kept his composure on the mound, pitching a full eight innings before handing over the reins Middletown’s Gabby Krupilis (4) slides safely into third base against Bishop McDevitt. to reliever Cody Dakin for the final three outs and his first save of the year.  The win ended Penn State Harrisburg’s worst losing streak of the year and concluded the Lions’ first season on a high note.


Thanks to a strong outing from sophomore pitcher Derek Slagle and some timely offense, Penn State Harrisburg ended its recent losing streak with a 6-3 victory over Capital Athletic Conference playoff-bound St. Mary’s on Saturday, April 12 in St. Mary’s City, Md. The Blue & White came into the double-header on a seven game losing stretch that also put the Lions out of playoff potential recently. Not a lot to motivate the team for a strong performance in their final CAC fixture

of the 2014 season. After giving up an eighth straight loss in game one of the double-header, 7-1, things were looking bleak for the Lions (5-23, 2-14 in the conference). In came Slagle. The sophomore held St Mary’s (17-17, 8-8) from the start by not giving up a run in the first three innings. Eric Hoover took advantage of a Seahawk error to get on base and Colton Houseal hit an RBI single as the Lions took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. The lead was short-lived as St. Mary’s rallied for three runs in the bottom of


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hit the ground and rolled, making a faint “plop” as it hit the water. I sat there is disbelief. How could that have happened? There was just enough daylight to see, so I immediately slid down the bank into the water to look for my lens. I stood in the water looking down where I thought it landed. I began to probe the leaves which were covered with a layer of muddy water. My only saving grace was that the water was not swift with current, and was backwater. I began to sort through the leaves and water like a miner panning for gold. Suddenly, I felt my missing lens, and retrieved it. Trying to reattach it took time and effort, but finally

I had my glasses intact. I could at least see to fish. It wasn’t even 7:30. I had 30 minutes until legal fishing time. Finally, good news: I heard Danny coming toward my location, and he didn’t fail me. He was carrying two rods – and after some good-natured kidding, he gladly let me use his spare. I thought, “My day is getting better.’’ Finally, 8 a.m. arrived, and the lines hit the water. My first cast produced nothing, and as the morning progressed the action was at an all-time low. I fished slowly and presented my drifted minnows in various retrieves. Nothing seemed to work. In fact, the action was slow for everyone around me. No one was catching fish. I kept at it for two hours. After many folks left the stream to try their luck elsewhere, it was my turn to walk the stream and fish slowly. This technique always worked before. Even though I hadn’t had any luck, it certainly could change

the second inning, staked the Raiders to a 4-0 lead. It was the first division loss of the season for Susquehanna Twp. (3-3, 1-1). Marion hit a grand slam and Gossard added a solo home run in the Raiders’ 11-6 victory over visiting Hershey on Thursday, April 10. Marion’s slam capped Middletown’s

6-run third inning that increased the Raiders’ lead to 9-2. Gossard’s homer extended the lead to 11-4 in the sixth inning. The Raiders began the week with an 8-5 loss to Bishop McDevitt on Tuesday, April 8 at Bishop McDevitt. Middletown committed five errors in the loss to the Crusaders (5-3, 2-3).

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Middletown’s Halle Marion, above, hits a home run against Hershey during the Blue Raiders’ 11-6 victory over the Trojans.

Middletown’s Cynthia Decker, left, grabs a fly ball for an out at first base during a game against Bishop McDevitt. Photo by Phil Hrobak

MAHS grad plays in Blue-White Game

Brandon Johnson (29), a junior from Middletown Area High School, saw action at running back in Penn State’s annual Blue-White Game on Saturday, April 12 at Beaver Stadium, State College. Johnson and his White team teammates lost to the Blue team, 37-0, before more than 72,000 spectators, the third-largest crowd for the spring game.

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Jordan Smith, center, clears hurdles in a heat with Trinity runners.

Polar Bears maul Raiders in boys’, girls’ track By David Amerman

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Middletown’s Alexis Ulrich, center, competes in the 100-meter dash.

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It appeared as though the brutish, obnoxiously everlasting winter had finally disappeared in the rearview mirror for good. Shimmering sapphire skies set to a temperate 70-degree climate provided quintessential conditions for the Middletown track and field team’s meet against Northern York on Thursday, April 10 in Middletown, a chance for the boys’ team to continue their twomeet winning streak. Unfortunately, winter proved to still be in full swing for the Blue Raiders as the Polar Bears unleashed a blizzardesque fury on the track, walloping the boys’ team, 100-50 and the girls’ team, 117-31. “Today, we didn’t look that good,” said Middletown Coach Llewellyn Skees. “We should have been closer in score with them. I think we could have competed better with them. “They definitely are a talented team, but I think in some races we had two kids who false started and we had one kid who didn’t show up at his event,” said Skees. “Those are the kinds of mental mistakes you can’t make against a team like [Northern] … They had at least one good athlete almost in every event.” Skees said that in addition to training harder, both his teams must maintain their collective level of discipline to compete better with some of the challenging teams looming on Middletown’s schedule, like Camp Hill and Bishop McDevitt. “We’ve got a lot of guys that are inexperienced and that’s the thing,” said Skees. “They have to learn how to win and continue winning.” Despite the overall losses, the Blue Raiders were not without their bright spots. One such case was that of senior distance runner Jeremy Shaver, who emerged as a supernova among bright spots by notching individual victories in the 800- and 1600-meter runs and securing victory for Middletown’s

Middletown junior Nick Myers clears the bar in the pole vault. 4x400 meter relay team in the event’s anchor leg. “His wins have been earned by his hard work,” Skees said of Shaver, whom Skees considers to be a role model for his team. “That’s why he’s so consistent … It would be ideal to have 20 of him on the team. He works hard every day at practice and does what he needs to do in the offseason as well to get ready. He’s earned the right to win.” Skees also praised the boys’ 4x400 meter relay team, which consisted of Dylan Danilowicz, Will Botterbusch, Kurt Dey and Shaver. Together, the team crushed Northern by a tremendous distance with a time of 3:43.20.

Melvin Fager III competes in the shot put.

“She [Alexis Ulrich] had that look on her face that said, ‘I’m going to win the 200 now.’ She’s a competitor.” -Llewellyn Skees Middletown Coach “They did a nice job at the end and were consistent with what they did at Trinity [an 82-68 win for the Raider boys],” said Skees. Other individual accomplishments on Middletown’s end include thrower Brianna Bennett’s victory in the shotput with a personal-best distance of 35 feet, 1 inch; Drice Bahajak, who won the discus throw with a personal best distance of 136 feet, 7 inches; and Alexis Ulrich, who won the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.9 after false starting in the 100-meter dash earlier. “She was determined,” said Skees. “She had that look on her face that said, ‘I’m going to win the 200 now.’ She’s a competitor.” Regarding the upcoming meets against “loaded” teams like Bishop McDevitt, Skees said the main goal going forward is getting athletes in the events where they have the best shot at qualifying for districts. “Instead of running three or four events like they usually do in a meet, they might just run two and try to do top times or throws,” said Skees. David Amerman: 717-944-4628, or davidamerman@pressandjournal. com

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Standings for 4-16-14 BASEBALL MID-PENN CONFERENCE Keystone Division W L OVERALL Lower Dauphin 4 0 5-2 Middletown 4 1 4-3 Bishop McDevitt 3 2 4-5 Palmyra 3 2 3-5 Mechanicsburg 2 2 3-4 Susquehanna Twp. 2 3 2-5 Hershey 1 4 5-4 Harrisburg 0 5 0-5 Last week’s games Susquehanna Twp. 4, Middletown 3 Middletown 9, Bishop McDevitt 2 Middletown 4, Hershey 1 Chambersburg 1, Lower Dauphin 0 Lower Dauphin 9, Susquehanna Twp. 1 Thursday, April 17 Lower Dauphin at Middletown, 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19 Lower Dauphin at Dallastown, 1 p.m. Monday, April 21 Middletown at Shippensburg, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 Susquehanna Twp. at Middletown, 4:15 p.m. Lower Dauphin at Harrisburg, 4 p.m. Capital Division W L OVERALL Susquenita 5 0 7-1 West Perry 3 1 6-2 Camp Hill 3 2 5-2 Trinity 2 2 4-2 Northern York 2 3 7-3 Milton Hershey 2 4 3-5 Steelton-Highspire 0 2 0-4 East Pennsboro 0 3 1-5 Last week’s games Susquenita 10, Steelton-Highspire 1 This week’s games Thursday, April 17 Northern York at Steelton-Highspire, 4:15 p.m. Monday, April 21 Steelton-Highspire at Newport, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 East Pennsboro at Steelton-Highspire, 4:15 p.m. COLLEGE BASEBALL CAPITAL ATHLETIC CONFERENCE W L OVERALL York 14 2 20-5 Salisbury 11 5 23-7 Frostburg St. 11 5 23-8 Christopher Newport 11 5 20-13 Wesley 9 7 15-13 St. Mary’s 8 8 18-17 Mary Washington 4 12 15-19 Marymount 2 14 8-24 Penn State Harrisburg 2 14 5-23 Last week’s games Penn State Harrisburg 6, St. Mary’s 3 St. Mary’s 7, Penn State Harrisburg 1 Marymount 24, Penn State Harrisburg 0 Wesley 11, Penn State Harrisburg 2 This week’s games Wednesday, April 16 Albright at Penn State Harrisburg, 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 17 Middletown at Lower Dauphin, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 Middletown at Susquehanna Twp., 4:15 p.m. Harrisburg at Lower Dauphin, 4 p.m. COLLEGE SOFTBALL CAPITAL ATHLETIC CONFERENCE W L OVERALL Salisbury 11 1 31-1 Christopher Newport 11 1 32-6 Frostburg St. 6 4 14-9 Mary Washington 6 6 13-12 York 4 8 12-20 Penn State Harrisburg 1 9 7-17 Wesley 1 11 14-16 Last week’s games York 6, Penn State Harrisburg 3 Yorki 5, Penn State Harrisburg 4 Mary Washington 1, Penn State Harrisburg 0 Mary Washington 7, Penn State Harrisburg 3 Southern Virginia 2, Penn State Harrisburg 0 Penn State Harrisburg 10, Southern Virginia 6 This week’s games Wednesday, April 16 Valley Forge Christian at Penn State Harrisburg (2), 3 p.m. BOYS’ TENNIS MID-PENN CONFERENCE Colonial Division W L OVERALL Camp Hill 9 0 9-0 East Pennsboro 5 2 6-2 Middletown 5 3 6-3 Bishop McDevitt 3 3 3-4 Trinity 3 6 3-6 James Buchanan 2 6 2-8 Susquenita 0 7 1-8 Last week’s matches Middletown 3, Trinity 2 East Pennsboro 5, Middletown 0 Camp Hill 5, Middletown 0 This week’s matches Thursday, April 16 Middletown at Trinity, 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 17 Middletown at James Buchanan, 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 21 Middletown at Harrisburg Academy, 3:30 p.m. Keystone Division W L OVERALL Hershey 5 0 9-0 Lower Dauphin 2 1 9-1 Mechanicsburg 3 2 3-6 Northern York 1 1 4-6 Palmyra 2 3 2-7 Gettysburg 1 3 1-6 Susquehanna Twp. 0 4 0-6 Last week’s matches Lower Dauphin 5, Central Dauphin 0 Lower Dauphin 5, Central Dauphin East 0 Lower Dauphin 5, Mechanicsburg 0 This week’s matches Wednesday, April 16 Red Land at Lower Dauphin, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17 Lower Dauphin at State College, 3:30 p.m.

Monday, April 21 Penn State Harrisburg at Dickinson, 3:30 p.m.

Monday, April 21 Northern York at Lower Dauphin, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22 Penn State Harrisburg at Elizabethtown, 4:15 p.m.

COLLEGE TENNIS CAPITAL ATHLETIC CONFERENCE MEN W L OVERALL Mary Washington 5 0 17-4 Christopher Newport 5 1 14-7 Salisbury 4 2 10-4 St. Mary’s 2 2 4-7 York 1 4 5-8 Frostburg St. 1 4 4-7 Penn State Harrisburg 0 5 5-10

SOFTBALL MID-PENN CONFERENCE Keystone Division W L OVERALL Lower Dauphin 5 0 5-0 Palmyra 2 0 3-4 Mechanicsburg 3 2 4-4 Susquehanna Twp. 1 1 3-3 Bishop McDevitt 2 3 5-3 Middletown 1 2 5-2 Harrisburg 1 3 1-4 Hershey 0 4 1-8 Last week’s games Middletown 10, Susquehanna Twp. 0 Middletown 11, Hershey 6 Bishop McDevitt 8, Middletown 5 Lower Dauphin 11, Susquehanna Twp. 0 Lower Dauphin 5, Mechanicsburg 2

Last week’s matches Frostburg St. 5, Penn State Harrisburg 4 Southern Virginia 8, Penn State Harrisburg 1 This week’s matches Wednesday, April 16 Penn State Harrisburg at Lebanon Valley, 3:30 p.m. WOMEN W L OVERALL Mary Washington 6 0 14-6 Christopher Newport 5 1 10-9-1

Salisbury St. Mary’s Frostburg St. York Penn State Harrisburg

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Last week’s matches Frostburg St. 8, Penn State Harrisburg 1 Southern Virginia 6, Penn State Harrisburg 3 This week’s matches None BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL MID-PENN CONFERENCE W L OVERALL Lower Dauphin 2 0 6-1 Hershey 3 1 5-1 Mechanicsburg 1 1 2-3 Cedar Cliff 1 2 1-3 Northern York 0 1 0-5 Red Land 0 2 1-3 Last week’s matches Lower Dauphin 3, Carlisle 0 Lower Dauphin 3, Mechanicsburg 1 This week’s matches None BOYS’ LACROSSE MID-PENN CONFERENCE W L OVERALL Hershey 6 0 8-0 Central Dauphin 3 3 4-4 Palmyra 2 3 5-4 Lower Dauphin 1 5 2-6 Bishop McDevitt 0 4 0-6 Central Dauphin East 0 5 0-7 Last week’s games Elizabethtown 7, Lower Dauphin 4 Lower Dauphin 8, State College 2 Carlisle 11, Lower Dauphin 2 This week’s games Thursday, April 17 Chambersburg at Lower Dauphin, 4:15 p.m. Monday, April 21 Lower Dauphin at Cedar Crest, 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 Lower Dauphin at Central Dauphin East, 4:15 p.m. GIRLS’ LACROSSE MID-PENN CONFERENCE Keystone Division W L OVERALL Hershey 3 1 5-2 Lower Dauphin 3 2 6-2 Central Dauphin East 2 2 4-3 Central Dauphin 2 3 3-4 Palmyra 1 4 2-7 Last week’s games State College 17, Lower Dauphin 16 Lower Dauphin 18, Carlisle 17 (OT) This week’s games Thursday, April 17 Lower Dauphin at Governor Mifflin, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19 Chambersburg at Lower Dauphin, 4:15 p.m. Monday, April 21 Red Lion, Pittston at Lower Dauphin, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 Central Dauphin East at Lower Dauphin, 7 p.m. BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD Last week’s meets Northern York 100, Middletown 50 Middletown 82, Trinity 68 Milton Hershey 96, Lower Dauphin 54 Lower Dauphin 76, Susquehanna Twp. 74 This week’s meets Tuesday, April 22 Lower Dauphin at Palmyra, 3:45 p.m.

GIRLS’ TRACK & FIELD Last week’s meets Northern York 119, Middletown 33 Trinity 104, Middletown 45 Lower Dauphin 101, Milton Hershey 49 Lower Dauphin 111, Susquehanna Twp. 39 This week’s meets Tuesday, April 22 Lower Dauphin at Palmyra, 3:45 p.m.

Middletown baserunner Eddie Arnold steals second against Hershey.

Photos by Jodi Ocker

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in Drawbaugh from second. After Sims recorded his eighth and ninth strikeouts in the top of the sixth, preventing further scoring by their guests, the Raiders came to bat facing a one-run deficit in the home half. What followed was a nearly unbelievable 8-run explosion by the Middletown offense that turned the gloomy outlook into a shining finish. Concerned with the declining weather conditions, Middletown Coach Steve Shuleski knew he needed his team to rally for at least a tying run before the game might be ended early. That tying run came with one out when Sims laced a home run off new McDevitt pitcher Austin Lescanec that just cleared the left field fence. That home run kicked off the huge rally that turned the game totally in the Raiders’ favor. Following the round-tripper, Ocker was safe on an error and Kell and Altland stroked back-to-back singles to load the bases for Finsterbush, who worked an eight-pitch count into a walk that forced in the go-ahead run. Fox and Popp followed with runscoring singles, Flowers drew another base on balls off replacement pitcher Peter Cerquone for another run and Drawbaugh singled in the sixth run of the inning. After a delay that was used to recondition the infield, the Raiders went right back to work. With two outs, Ocker stroked another single that knocked in Popp and Flowers for runs numbered 8 and 9. Following the final out of the inning, and with the rain still falling, the umpires called an end to the game. The McDevitt coaches protested, but the decision was made and the Raiders were the winners.

Susquehanna Twp. 4 Middletown 3

Disappointment hit the team at Susquehanna Twp. on Saturday afternoon when the host Indians scored the game-winning run on an error in the bottom of the 8th inning to claim

the victory. After rallying from a 3-0 deficit to tie the score by the middle of the fifth inning, the Raiders held on to send the game into the extra frame with the hopes of closing out the week with another victory. But it simply did not happen. After the Raiders left one man on base in the top of the opening frame, sophomore right-hander Brandon Harper got the start on the mound for the Middletown side. Harper was saddled with a 3-0 deficit, however, after the Indians (2-5, 2-3) took advantage of a walk, one hit and a pair of errors in posting the early advantage. But Harper held up well the rest of the way, getting out of a couple jams and keeping the host team from adding runs. The Raiders picked up their first run in the top of the second inning following a leadoff single by Ocker, a one-out infield hit by Harper and an RBI fielder’s choice grounder by Brett Altland. The Indians left two runners on base in the bottom of the second, and the Raiders did the same in the top of the third to keep the score unchanged. Fox and Sims both reached via infield singles but were left stranded. In the top of the fifth, the Raiders knotted the score, 3-3. Popp led off with a sharp single down the left field line, Flowers drew a base on balls, and both moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Sims. Ocker was safe on an error, loading the bases for Kell, who ripped a two-run single for the tying runs. The Indians threatened to break the deadlock in the home half of the fifth, but Harper and the defense escaped unharmed. The Indians led off with a single by Laron Mitchell who stole second and went to third on an error. A one-out single and intentional walk loaded the bases with Indians, but a pair of ground balls, both to Finsterbush at third base, produced the final two outs to end the threat. A pair of walks put two Raider runners on base in the top of the sixth, but both were stranded, and Susquehanna Twp.

Middletown’s Bubba Finsterbush (2) grabs a Susquehanna Twp. pop-up for an out. left one on in the bottom of the stanza. In the seventh, both teams went down in order, sending the game into the extra inning. Finsterbush walked with one out in the top of the eighth but the Raiders could not get him home. A leadoff walk issued by reliever Flowers and stolen base put the Indian runner in scoring position to start the home half of the inning. That turned out to be the key factor in the final decision. A throwing error to first on a putout attempt on a sacrifice bunt allowed Susquehanna’s Bryce Seibert to race home with the winning score. Larry Etter can be reached at

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Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown

Church Wesley United Methodist Church


The Presbyterian Congregation is located at the corner of Union and Water Streets in downtown Middletown. We are a body of Christian people who reach out to others by sharing God’s Word, love and fellowship. Warm greetings to one and all as we seek to grow closer to our Lord Jesus Christ. As we look toward the cross, we invite you to join us for services during Holy Week: April 17: Maundy Thursday. Worship at 7 p.m. including the Lord’s Supper and stripping of the chancel symbolizing Christ’s death; April 18: Good Friday. A community worship service at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Middletown will be at noon. Special music and readings, prayers, and an offering for the Human Needs Fund; April 20: Easter Sunday. Church school at 9:15 a.m. Adult Forum will hear from Elaine

Wilson as she highlights classical paintings of the Resurrection of our Lord as we celebrate Easter. Worship at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. All are welcome as we enjoy organ and brass musical selections, choir, scripture, homily, hymns and prayers. Come join the celebration. Christ lives! Nursery is available during the service. There are hearing devices for anyone wanting to use one, as well as Bible Listening bags for children to utilize during the service. The church office will be closed on Mon., April 21. The Parish Nurse is available by calling the church office at 717-944-4322. For further information, see our website, visit our Facebook page Presbyterian Congregation, or call the office.


6:30 p.m. Children and Youth Ministry is on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. The second Sunday of each month United Methodist Men meet at noon. Our Joyful Workers meet monthly, prepare monthly dinners, Easter egg sales, and other events. Call the church office for more information. To place an order for the 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 web site at www. 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.

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 April 9-15 are always open to everyone. Wed., April 16: 6 p.m., AA Book Study; 6:30 p.m., Senior Choir Rehearsal. Thurs., April 17: 6:30 p.m., Soup and sandwich meal followed by the Maundy Thursday Service in Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. Fri. April 18: Noon, Good Friday

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Highspire United Methodist Church “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 Second St., Highspire. 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. 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. Adult Bible Study is on Tuesday at

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Service at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Sun., April 20: 6 a.m., Easter Sunrise Service at Londonderry Elementary School; 9 a.m., Sunday Church school, with classes for all ages. Adult Sunday school devotional leader for April: June Martin; 10:15 a.m., worship service. The worship center is handicap and wheelchair accessible. Nursery Helpers: Deb Lidle, Joyce Moyer. The Easter flowers gracing our chancel area are given in memory of and honor of Our Loved Ones presented by their family and friends. Mon., April 21: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Community dinner at Evangelical UMC. Menu includes baked ziti with meatballs, salad, Italian bread, beverage and dessert. Tues., April 22: 2 p.m., Stitches and Prayers Shawl Ministry; 6:30 p.m., United Methodist Men’s dinner and meeting.

“Christ is Risen, Christ is Risen Indeed.” This Sunday we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and the gift of New Life at Wesley. We invite you to come and share in our Alleluia Moments as we encounter the Risen One in our midst and in our ministries. 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.” Small Groups focused on the theme, “A Faith that Matters” meet on Sunday morning and Thursday night. The topic for this week is “Invite Others on the Journey.” Holy Thursday Communion Tenebrae Service will be held in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. on April 17. Come and share in the memory of our Savior’s love. Wesley is participating in the Community Good Friday Service to be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church from noon to 1 p.m. on April 18. A Community Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by Youth 10 x Better Min-


istries and Phi Sigma Phi Epsilon Omicron, will be held at Wesley on April 19 from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 1-12. Teenagers are invited to visit and try out the Teen Center during the egg hunt. Food Pantry Sunday will be on April 27. Food and personal care items are brought to the altar for blessing and distribution to those in need through the Middletown Interfaith Food Pantry. Our Threads of Hope Clothing Bank will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 25. Free clothing is available for all ages. Located in our Fellowship Hall area, the clothing bank is best entered through the door nearest the parking lot on Witherspoon Avenue. Pastor Dawes’ sermon for Easter Sunday is “Christ No Matter What” based on Mark 16:1-8. Visit our website at Contact us by e-mail at 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. Wednesdays: Craft Group, 6 p.m.; Choir rehearsal, 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. Current study is “What It Means To Be A Christian.” 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. Thurs., April 17: 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday Service celebrating the Lord’s Supper as we prepare for

Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. Fri., April 18: Noon, Good Friday Service at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spring and Union Sts., Middletown. Join our congregation and other Middletown congregations for this special service. Celebrate the resurrection of our Christ with us on Easter Sunday, April 20 starting with the inspirational sunrise service at 7 a.m. and morning worship celebration at 10:30 a.m. Acolyte for April: Josh Burrows. Children’s Church leader for April: Michelle Strohecker. 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 wmss/audio. Check us out on our website at 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.

“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. And hope does not put us to shame because God has poured his love into our hearts.” Romans 5:3-5 Open Door Bible Church, located at 200 Nissley Drive, Middletown, invites you to worship Jesus Christ with us this week. Our April 20 Easter 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

First Church of God Middletown

First Church of God, 245 W. High Street, Middletown, invites you to join us for worship at either 8 a.m. or 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: 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. Adult classes are: Adult Bible Study, Study on Discipleship; Ladies Bible Study, The Lord’s Prayer; Bible Study on Book of Philippians; Craft Class; Balloon Art Class; Financial


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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


Evangelical United Methodist Church

Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown


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

Spruce & Water Sts., Middletown

Language teachers, Donlynne Layne and Joan Schwanger, also attended. The conference was a collaboration


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

The family of Sang Chin Pui, a sophomore at Middletown Area High School, faced many challenges – particularly language – when they moved to the U.S. from Myanmar. Participants at a conference on educating refugee children heard Pui’s story when she presented a speech at the event on Thursday, March 20 at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit in Enola. Pui, daughter of Richard Thawng and Lang Zing of Middletown, told attendees about how she found her voice through English as a Second Language classes at MAHS. The school’s English as a Second

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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. Thurs., April 17: 6 p.m., Maundy Thursday Seder service, come to the table. There will be a Seder meal, Holy Communion, and feet washing. Contact the church office to sign up. Sat., April 19: Noon to 3 p.m., Easter Egg Hunt. Everyone is invited to attend. There is free food and fun for everyone. Easter Sunday, April 20: 6:30 a.m., Sunrise Service followed by breakfast; 8 and 10:30 a.m., Worship Services; 9:15 a.m., Sunday school. Come join us. 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



Attending the Capital Area Intermediate Unit’s conference on educating refugee youth are, from left to right, Joan Schwanger, an English as a Second Language teacher at Middletown Area High School (MAHS); Sang Chin Pui, a sophomore at MAHS; Donlynne Layne, an English as a Second Language teacher at MAHS; Cheryl Giles-Rudawski, of the Capital Area Intermediate Unit; Carol Hahn, a church sponsor; and Maria Feeser of the Lincoln Intermediate Unit’s Migrant and English as a Second Language programs.

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., April 16: 7 p.m., Patch the Pirate Clubs for ages 4 through grade 6; Prayer meeting. Come and hear the Word, the truth that will set you free. For more information call the church office at 939-5180 or visit us online at Better yet, come worship with us in person.

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First Church of God

235 W. High St., Middletown

Union & Water Sts., Middletown • 944-4322

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Geyers United Methodist Church

Seven Sorrows BVM Parish


REV. TED KEATING, JR., Pastor Deacon Thomas A. Lang

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

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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

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280 North Race St., Middletown Parish Office 944-3133

Saturday Evening Vigil - 5:30 pm Sunday Masses - 8:00 am, 10:30 am & 6:00 pm Confessions: Saturday - 7:30-7:50 am, 4:30-5:15 pm

Wesley United Methodist Church 64 Ann Street, Middletown REV. JIM DAWES, Pastor

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





Mayor stands his ground, to the benefit of the public “And do not even think this is your dog and pony show because that’s about to stop.”


hile that impassioned statement, delivered by Middletown Mayor Jim Curry at the April 7 Borough Council meeting, was aimed directly at Council President Chris McNamara, it carried a greater significance. It was recognized with a burst of applause from the concerned citizenry who packed council’s chambers during the long meeting, which was rife with accusations, confusion and frustration. Curry’s statement was prompted by a discussion concerning inappropriate remarks made by an appointed member of the Middletown Borough Authority, Robert Louer Jr., to a town resident during a public meeting of the authority. McNamara repeatedly attempted to derail Curry’s comments regarding Louer’s questionable behavior. The mayor’s retort is noteworthy because it affirms the promise he made to residents of the borough, contained in a letter to the editor published in this newspaper on Oct. 30, “… to serve the public.” A promise that he would not serve a select few, but ALL Middletown’s citizens. Standing his ground last Monday demonstrates our mayor’s stated intentions were not just election posturing.   At best, you could say the meeting was a showcase of democracy’s success – a triumph as citizens fulfilled their right to voice annoyance, pose questions and express opinions to their elected representatives. At its worst, it was another example of how a majority on council marginalizes dissent with arrogance and intimidation, stifling open debate behind the guise of unity. 

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Without debates, how does the public know? ebates have long been a part of running a campaign for public office – particularly if you’re not the incumbent, and want as many voters as possible to know where you stand. But there has developed a disturbing trend this spring leading up to the May 20 primary election: A refusal by candidates to debate. Take what happened in Elizabethtown recently. The endorsed Democratic candidate in a race for a state House of Representatives seat has refused to debate another Democratic candidate for his party’s nomination, saying it was pointless. “Your typical debate – 50 of my supporters, 50 of the other guy’s supporters,’’ explained Tony Crocamo, seeking the Democratic nomination to run against incumbent Rep. David Hickernell in November, in a story that appeared in the April 3 edition of the Elizabethtown Advocate. He believes he can sway more undecided voters going door-to-door than by debating his Debates give opponent. Even if he wins his party’s nominavoters who choose tion, he has no plans to challenge Hickernell to debate, either, he told the newspaper. to listen access aCrocamo isn’t the only one who didn’t see to candidates and the merits of a debate: The League of Women their positions. Voters of Pennsylvania – Citizens Education cancelled a debate among Democratic How do we know Fund candidates for governor that was scheduled where they stand if for April 11 in Gettysburg because of a lack they're not willing of participation. “It is unfortunate that this will not proceed as planned,’’ said to tell us publicly? opportunity Susan J. Carty, president of the league. Such a cynical view of debates misses an important function of such events: They give voters who choose to listen access to candidates and their positions. How do we know where they stand if they’re not willing to tell us publicly? It’s doubtful any candidate will knock on every door of every voter before an election. This is one way we know whether a candidate should get our vote. To that end, the Press And Journal attempted to inform local voters about the candidates for Middletown mayor, Middletown Borough Council and local offices in Londonderry Twp. and Royalton in a special voters’ guide last May. While many candidates participated, providing their stand on issues in their own words, we were surprised at how many refused the opportunity – and the opportunity to do the same in pre-election stories by a rival newspaper and website. It should be no secret where a candidate stands on the issues of the day. Indeed, if the public’s business is done in public, it would be impossible for an elected official to hide where they stand. Why not tell them why you’re worthy of their vote? Rejecting debates outright denies voters a chance to learn enough about you to decide if they’ll vote for you. A video of a mayoral debate at Penn State Harrisburg last fall drew a number of viewers to our website. We've found that many people are paying attention.




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Be sure to thank a teacher Editor, Several very kind folks have mentioned to me lately that they thought it was time for me to write another letter to the Press And Journal. I have FANS – almost brings a tear to the eye! Haha. I have been sitting here at my desk at work (shhhhhh … let’s keep that just between us!) pondering what inspiring topic I could write about and decided the “Topic Of The Day” would be Apprecition. According to Merriam–Webster, the definition of “appreciation” is: an ability to understand the worth, quality, or importance of something. In particular, I would like to direct this letter of appreciation to the teachers and staff members who work for the Middletown Area School District. The art of complaining seems to be alive and well in our fair town most days, and we really do have a lot to be thankful for. For those parents who are heavily involved in their children’s’ education, you know exactly what I mean. The teachers who work in our school district are beyond compare. They give of their time and talents unconditionally. Many of our teachers act as coaches and mentors and spearhead a variety of after-school programs, often with very little or no compensation. These teachers and staff members do it all for our kids! They are patient, kind, understanding and worth more money than we could ever afford to pay them. I challenge anyone who thinks that teachers make too much money to step into their shoes for just one day, and then be able to say that. Their day doesn’t end at 3 p.m. when the hallways empty out. One such example of “unsung heroes” are the folks involved in the performing arts department.  Having been involved in minor ways for the last couple of years, I see the enormous amount of stress these individuals are under. They put in extremely long hours, deal with personalities from one end of the spectrum to the other, get offers from would-be volunteers who simply never seem to materialize, and put on these amazing shows with very small budgets to work with. If you have never gone to one of our school performances, be it Reader’s Theater, Kunkle Performing Arts, Middletown Area Middle School or Middletown Area High School, you are really missing out. These folks all do an amazing job and deserve our appreciation. Not only do they put on wonderful shows, they are instilling values into the young people who perform in these shows. Values like responsibility, commitment and confidence. Values that will help these young people become the leaders of tomorrow. So when you see one of your child’s teachers or a school staff member, please

take a moment to say, “Thank you.” It is the very least we can do for all that they do for us! Julie Starliper Middletown

Bashing education, the Folmer way Editor, It’s ironic that state Sen. Mike Folmer’s op-ed piece on education, “It’s how you spend it, not how much you spend” (Viewpoints, April 2), is not very well written! Not only did he poorly organize his essay, but he also includes quotations attributable to no one. He just made them up! (If he’s making up quotes, what else is he making up?) With a little deconstruction, one can deduce his message, which is buried in the 11th paragraph: “While I believe educational choice would best meet their (students’ and teachers’) needs ...’’ That is, Mike Folmer is a pro-choice guy. That means that if your child attends a public school in the Middletown Area, Elizabethtown, or Lower Dauphin school districts, and you’re satisfied with their education, then Mike Folmer is not on your side. It’s politically popular to bash public schools, and Mike Folmer certainly rides that bandwagon. The fact is that your local public school teachers are doing outstanding work. Remember, Mike Folmer is the guy who wants to eliminate property taxes as a means for funding public schools. I could support that effort, since that funding model is weighted in favor of the affluent. That is, The Patriot-News recently published a list of the best and worst schools in our area. In spite of all of the Patriot’s number-crunching, all one actually needed was a local real estate guide book. Think of the most affluent communities and their schools, and then think of the most impoverished areas and their schools, and you have the current formula for school funding. To my knowledge, Mike Folmer has not put forth an alternate means for public school funding. The only conclusion one can draw is that this pro-choice senator simply wants to de-fund public education. For all his talk, Mike Folmer is not working for you or your children or grandchildren. Richard Ammon Middletown (The writer is an associate professor emeritus of education at Penn State Harrisburg.)

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he Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! No, they’re not. It’s just that American – and Russian – businessmen want to convince us they are because that’s where the money is. On April 4, U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, our local congressman, published an op-ed piece in the Lebanon Daily News calling for a resolute, muscular and robust response to Russia’s seizure of the Crimea. This congressman, like all of them, does the bidding of those who pay for his campaigns and re-election. In that vein, the op-ed piece pushes the corporate agenda, whether or not it’s pertinent to the instability in the Ukraine. The specter haunting Europe, according to Congressman Dent and many others who want to up the ante, is a Russia bent on re-establishing the Soviet Empire. He warns of an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine. He fears that Moldova, the Baltic states, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and other former Soviet satellites will end up “once again living under the Russian boot.’’ It is the ghost of Russia past. First, let’s put aside that threat. Russia is no conceivable military danger to the West. Russia is still a mess, playing in a game way over its head. Their military is not, as the congressman claims, first world quality. Their economy is an unstable, oligopolistic mistake called “market Bolshevism’’ that the university of Chicago and Harvard foisted on them back in the 1990s. Its politics center on a cult of personality common to most dictatorships. So why are congressmen and all the war hawks trying to restart the Cold War? Simple: It is economically and politically profitable to have an enemy. The fall of the Soviet Union was, or at least should have been, a disaster for our militaryindustrial Russia is no complex. The War on Terror conceivable and its Patriot military Act, it turns danger to the out, were good for politics but West. Russia insufficiently is still a mess, profitable. The playing in a game Iraq and Afghanistan wars way over its maintained head. military spending for a while, but now it is time to find a new source of profit: Restart the Cold War! In fact, virtually all of the anti-Putin agenda conveniently transfers huge amounts of money to military contractors. Missiles in Poland, supposedly to protect Western Europe against Iranian missiles, was a particularly expensive boondoggle. The cancellation of that system, which the congressman wants to revive, wrote off a lot of contracts. Similarly, the expansion of NATO to include Ukraine and others would mean an upgrade of their military to NATO standards (M1A3 Abrams tanks and F-15 aircraft). Ukraine and others would buy the upgrade with money borrowed from the U.S. Some goals are a little more pertinent to the corporate agenda. The Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership is supposed to make a stronger, more globalized economy. What it will do is strengthen patent, trademark and intellectual property restrictions, quite the opposite of free trade. It will also permit foreign corporations to use a private, corporate-run court system to sue domestic U.S. government units when they set up safety, environmental and workplace standards. Borrowing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is supposed to lower the price and hurt the Russians. When the price of oil has gotten “too high,’’ U.S. oil firms borrow oil from the Reserve and sell it at that high price. Later, when the price fails, they replace the borrowed oil and pocket the difference. It is little more than a raid on the U.S. Treasury and unlikely to be effective against Russia. Next comes a push to “immediately approve the 24 pending LNG export terminal applications.’’ This is supposed to facilitate export of American liquid natural gas to energy. It would, of course, also increase U.S. energy prices. To congressmen, this is just another crisis. It is something to be used to enrich their handlers and increase their own chance of re-election. Paul A. Heise, of Mount Gretna, is a professor emeritus of economics and Lebanon Valley College, Annville, and a former economist for the federal government.; e-mail -


My Health Expo offers information about services R esidents are reminded that my ninth annual Health Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 25 at the Hummelstown Chemical Fire Company. The purpose of the event is to give attendees the opportunity to gather information about health care, state government programs, federal assistance and home-based services available locally. Representatives from state and local agencies and the health care industry will be on hand to talk

about available options as well as answer any questions or concerns individuals may have. I encourage residents of all ages to come out, enjoy the fellowship and gather information on a wide variety of subjects. Hummelstown Chemical Fire Company is located at 249 E. Main St., Hummelstown. For additional information about the Health Expo, readers may contact my Hershey office at 717534-1323, or visit my website, RepPayne. com.

National Drug Take-Back Day The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration DEA has scheduled a National Prescription Drug TakeBack Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. The purpose of this event is to encourage residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in any unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal. Collection sites throughout Pennsylvania will be open for prescription drug drop-offs. In the 106th District, collection sites will be open at the following locations: • Giant Food Store, Pharmacy 6088, 450 E. Main St., Middletown • Swatara Twp. Municipal Building, 599 Eisenhower Blvd., Harrisburg • Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., Hershey • William H. and Marion C. Alexander Family Library, 200 W. Second St., Hummelstown National Prescription Drug TakeBack Day began in 2010 as part of the DEA’s strategy for reducing prescription drug abuse and diversion. As a result of the events,

the DEA, and its local and state law enforcement and community partners, have disposed of more than 995,185 pounds of medication. Residents are reminded that only solid medicines may be turned in on Drug Take-Back Day. No liquids, injectables or needles will be accepted. In addition, permanent prescription drug drop-off boxes, known as MedReturn boxes, have been installed in two locations in the 106th District: • Hummelstown Borough Police Department, 136 S. Hanover St., Hummelstown • Derry Twp. Police Department, 620 Clearwater Road, Hershey To locate other collection sites or find out more information, visit 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.


Let’s make huge corporations pay their fair share of taxes


ou pay your fair share of taxes. Small businesses do, too. It’s the price we pay to educate our kids, protect our communities and have some security in retirement. Why shouldn’t some of America’s largest corporations pay their fair share, too? Corporations are making record profits. But 111 profitable Fortune 500 companies paid zero federal income taxes in one or more of the past five years, according to a recent report by Citizens for Tax Justice. What’s worse, 26 of them, including Boeing, General Electric and Verizon, paid nothing over the entire five years. Astoundingly, they got tax refunds instead. General Electric, which in the past has been the focus of media attention because of its record of paying an extremely low income tax rate, provides a vivid example. GE earned a whopping $27.5 billion in profits between 2008 and 2012, but claimed $3 billion in tax refunds – a federal income tax rate of negative-11 percent. Put another way, GE paid less in federal income taxes than you paid over five years. There is talk in Washington about overhauling the tax code. Corporate lobbyists are decrying the top corporate tax rate of 35 percent. They want you to focus on what corporations are supposed to pay instead of what they really pay. That’s because many corporations pay a lot less, averaging little more than half the top rate – 19.4 percent for all 288 companies in the Citizens for Tax Justice report. CEOs inevitably claim that their companies pay every penny they owe and they are doing nothing illegal. That’s the problem – it’s possible (but not guaranteed) that what they’re doing is perfectly legal. That’s because over the years corporate lobbyists have drilled so many holes into our tax code that it is like Swiss cheese. Some of the loopholes defy logic – like the tax break for companies that give their CEOs lavish “performance based” bonuses. Others are outrageous – like a tax break for companies that shuttle their executives in corporate jets. And some are an insult to working Americans – like a special low tax rate for Wall Street hedge fund

managers. But one of the most outrageous tax loopholes of all is the one that has helped GE be such a good tax dodger. It enables Wall Street banks and other corporations with large financial units – like GE – to make it appear that profits earned in the U.S. were generated in offshore tax havens like the Cayman Islands. It’s as if you laundered your paycheck through the Caribbean to avoid paying U.S. taxes. Lobbyists are twisting arms on Capitol Hill to try to save the “GE Loophole,” which expired last year. A recent report by Americans for Tax Fairness and Public Campaign shows that at least 292 lobbyists pressed members of Congress on this issue in the past three years. GE alone pays 48 lobbyists to lobby for the loophole. It cares so much about the loophole that its tax department chief once got down on his knees to pretend to beg Congressional staffers to save it. Recently, a U.S. Senate committee voted to renew the GE Loophole and a raft of other questionable tax breaks, including breaks for owners of thoroughbred racehorses and NASCAR racetracks. The Senate will vote on the tax package in May. If it passes, the entire $86 billion cost will be tacked onto the budget deficit. You will end up paying part of the bill. Why should you care about the GE Loophole or about some big corporations paying nothing in federal income taxes? It’s because when corporations refuse to pay their fair share, you end up paying higher taxes or getting less for what you pay. You get a worse transportation system, a poorer educational system, less reliable public safety, a weaker national defense, a less secure retirement and a bigger budget deficit. Don’t be fooled by the lobbyists and spinmeisters who argue that corporations should be paying less in taxes. Many are already paying far less than they should, and some are paying nothing at all. Let’s plug up those corporate tax loopholes, like the one that gives huge tax breaks to companies that ship jobs and profits offshore. It’s time they pay their fair share – just like the rest of us. Frank Clemente is executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, Washington, D.C.

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man is a class act in not being dragged into this controversy. I believe he has moved on, and you should, too!”

:| “So, Mr. Jim Nardo, do you now understand what a band of characters you’ve gone to bed with? You said you were frustrated? You haven’t seen the end of this.”

:| “I did an experimental survey

of the peanut butter Easter eggs that are made right here in town. I took 10 random people and without telling them which was which, gave them a sample of both eggs. Nine out of the 10 people that were surveyed chose Seven Sorrows’ peanut butter Easter eggs.”

:) “Way to go, Seven Sorrows, for

your article in the Patriot-News last week for your peanut butter eggs. You guys ROCK!”

:| “I read that Sen. Folmer is

against medical marijuana. Seriously, sir? Why is that a problem? I do agree with him, though, on his stance about unions and labor. Time for the union thugs to go and help our state be the powerhouse it used to be in the nation, in the world!”

:( “I’d hate to see the Elks Theatre close.”

:| “McNamara is trying to clean up

the mess other people made. Give him a chance to do what is best for our borough. Attend the monthly meetings and show your support. The local paper isn’t helping when it only gives one side of the story! The taxpayers need to know how much the local paper charged the borough to advertise. The borough needs to find a reputable newspaper to advertise in. I won’t renew my subscription.”

:| “When I said Wheeler didn’t

know how to be a police chief, I was right. Nobody ever knew how to get in touch with him. His salary is paid with my tax dollars. He works for us. When I said Wheeler didn’t want to be a police chief, I was right. I’m going to say it again: Bring back Sweitzer if you want someone that knows what their doing.”

:( “I really don’t understand how

some people could pass their driver’s test and still not know it’s illegal to park within 30 feet from the corner of an intersection. That’s why the curb is painted

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yellow. However, the curb where I live hasn’t been painted in about 8 to 10 years, and the last time it was painted the paint was defec:( “I attended the meeting of tive and peeled off in big strips. I Middletown Borough Council don’t know if that is also the case last week. It was one of the most on Main Street at the intersection embarrassing things I ever saw. Our with Spring, but someone keeps so-called leaders had no clue as to parking in the yellow zone on what happened. And the borough staff there were just as clueless. Not Main, and I have to keep calling the police because I can’t see to worth the money.” pull out from Spring. Regardless of whether or not you can see the :| “Thank you, Mayor Jim Curry, yellow paint, you should still have for stepping up to the bully tactics enough common sense to know not by Mr. McNamara. You stood your to park there. It would also be really ground. How far will McNamara go nice if a few of the members of to now spread the Borough Council word that you’re aren’t fix“The story about the play that the bad guy and ated on grandiose not on board at Steel-High was great. plans for the town for the good of Good news. Also liked the would look into Middletown?” everyday story about that kid from the things like the :| “Coach NauLower Dauphin last time the curbs man situation: and sports.” were painted, and Some have made do something me think. I was to remedy this at two meetings to support Coach, neglected situation. Oh, and how but Coach was not there to support about a street sweeping schedule? himself. Others have said there has We haven’t had one of those in a to be more to it. I am wondering if couple of years.” that is why he has not showed up? Because he knows the reason for :( “I don’t know how much longer I his removal and has no ground to can put up with McNamara and his stand on with the administration? disciples.” If this is truly an unfair dismissal, would you be there as well to call :| “I’m very thankful that we have them out on it? So I am really torn Karns, and Giant isn’t the only at this point. I feel the wool has game in town. I wish I would have been pulled over our eyes so we kept a list over the years of all the would support Coach. Because he things I used to buy at Giant that would never let us stand alone in a they stopped carrying – and some of fight. So something is truly unseen them were items that were so popuhere, and not just talking about lar it wasn’t unusual to find them Coach. Very disappointed in all sold out. Sadly, our groceries are this.” controlled by corporations in more :| “Attention, Nauman supporters: ways than one.” The school district cannot release :| “Is your view OK?” personnel information. Have your coach sign a waiver allowing them :| “So, can anyone tell me how to release the information and sit many Middletown cops are patrolback for a long list of his transgressions, then you will know he should ling our streets during days and nights? I truly hope if and when a have been discarded long ago.”

:) “I want to say that Mike Nau-

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new chief is named – again – the guy or woman will actually meet the people, the same people who pay his salary and benefits.”

:|“Wasn’t the work in downtown Middletown supposed to start in April? I haven’t seen anything about plans or anything. Why is it so secret? What are you hiding, Middletown Borough? What are you afraid of? Why is it always someone else’s fault – and it’s ‘you versus …?’ ’’ Editor’s note: Preliminary drawings of the proposed downtown revitalization by Dan Anderton, an urban planner with architectural and engineering consultant Dewberry, can be found on the firm’s website, :( “I find it extremely aggravating

that this Borough Council is trying to lease or sell our water and sewer plant just to get rid of the union employees. Why? I like our town workers, for one. And two, our utilities are priceless. Save our assets. Say NO to the sale or lease of our water and sewage.”

:| “How many people remember

that our new mayor said he would not be taking his pay for being mayor? I do, and I’m thankful. Now if only the other bozos would do the same. Perhaps the borough staff would also agree to donating part of their salaries to the town – like the library. Hmmmmmmm?”

:|“Does the Harrisburg area have an animal hospital to take care of dogs, birds, cats? And a suggestion to the Hershey Medical Center: Find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.”

:| “I wish I had seen that petition

that Dawn Knull was circulating. I know of about a couple of hundred other people that would have signed it – me being one of them.”

:) “I love the fish fries in the area. The pictures the Journal has been

putting in are so good – so many happy faces. Thanks.”

:| “I have nothing bad to say

about Chief Wheeler. I don’t know him. However, it is interesting the wonderful comments McNamara made about him. This confirms that he was friends with Wheeler and placed him there to have control in the police department. Remember, your words reveal so much about you. Why are people never put in the right place for the right reasons?”

:|“What does Lower Swatara do

with its tax money? Where does it go? I mean, seriously! Hardly back into the community. Are they hoarding it?” Editor’s note: A copy of Lower Swatara Twp.’s 2014 budget is available on the township’s website,

:| “Did you hear they hired a current player’s dad as a high school head coach?”

:( “Loud mufflers should be

banned! Disrespectful drivers.”

:( “Fair isn’t fair in this district.

Sad these people are so ignorant to see it.”

:| “Anyone beside me wonder why an entire building would be shut down because of a leaking roof?”

:) “Mrs. Knull: Thank you for

standing up to the bullies in the borough. Don’t stand for their BS. And I got news for you people: It’s just not the elected or appointed people, it’s the staff of the borough as well – and it starts from the top and flows down from there, just like the sewers.”

:) “The story about the play at

Steel-High was great. Good news. Also liked the story about that kid from Lower Dauphin and sports.”

:| “Facebook trolls abound in Middletown. Beware!”

:) “There should be a Zombie Festival in Middletown!”

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Highspire Police News Following is a compilation of reports from the Highspire Police Department. Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law. Megan’s Law Toya Stump, 55, of Harrisburg, was charged with failure to comply with registration of sexual offender requirements after listing a Highspire address on Megan’s Law while not living in the borough. The charges were filed with District Judge Kenneth Lenker’s office on Jan. 30. A preliminary hearing was scheduled before Lenker on April 4. DUI Michael Johnson, 27, of Harrisburg, was charged with DUI, DUI-highest rate, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop at 2:15 a.m. on Jan. 24. Police received reports of a suspicious vehicle near the 500 block of Eshelman St. A passenger in the vehicle, Darryl Johnson, 23, of Harrisburg, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Charges were filed with Lenker’s office on Feb. 7. Preliminary hearings were scheduled before Lenker on April 4. A driver was charged with DUI, and three passengers face drug charges after a traffic stop near on Jan. 25. Police stopped a vehicle driven by Kenneth Sprenkle, 19, of Highspire, near the Highspire Boat Club. Sprenkle was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center and charged with DUI, DUIcontrolled substance, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of small amount of marijuana. Kyler Kohr, 18, and two juveniles were charged with use/possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of small amount of marijuana. A preliminary hearing for Sprenkle is scheduled before Lenker on April 11. 
Sebrina Quailes, 40, of Highspire, was charged with DUI, DUI-high rate of alcohol and failure to use turning movements and required signals following a traffic stop near Lumber and Market streets at 1:53 a.m. on Jan. 26. Quailes was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center for blood testing, police said. A preliminary hearing was scheduled before Lenker on April 4.

Cameron Williams, 31, of Middletown, was charged with DUI, DUIcontrolled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana following a traffic stop on Jan 26. Police said they observed Williams fail to lower high beams upon approaching a police vehicle near Second and Ann streets around 4:08 a.m. The charges were filed with Lenker’s office on Feb. 2. A preliminary hearing was scheduled before Lenker on April 4. Jay Rissinger, 49, of Lower Swatara Twp., was charged with DUI, DUIhighest rate, careless driving, being involved in an accident involving personal injury, being involved in an accident involving damage to an attended vehicle, and failure to stop and give information or render aid after he allegedly fled the scene of an accident on Feb. 3, police said. At 5:36 p.m., police were called to Second Street and Eisenhower Boulevard for a two vehicle accident. According to police, Rissinger left the scene after striking a Mitsubishi truck. The truck’s 48-year-old driver was transported to Harrisburg Hospital with neck and back injuries, police said. Rissinger was later apprehended. A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Lenker on April 25. Andrew Banks, 25, of Highspire, was charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and other charges after firing a gun into the air during an argument, police said. Police were called to the 400 block of Eshelman St. for a reported domestic dispute. A woman told police she fled the scene after her boyfriend discharged a gun during an argument. When police arrived, they found Banks and arrested him without incident. Banks was also charged with discharging a weapon in a structure, disorderly conduct and DUI. He was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center, where blood testing showed a blood-alcohol level of .132, police said. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 2 before Lenker.


Jenna Kamarer, 29, of New Cumberland, was charged with DUI and summary offenses following a traffic stop at 4:29 a.m. on March 9. Police said they observed Kamarer swerving without using a turn signal while traveling in the area of Second Street and Eisenhower Boulevard. Kamarer was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center. Results of blood testing were not available. Hit and run accident A dark green vehicle struck an apartment building on Vine Street on Jan. 24, causing extensive damage, police said. Police were dispatched around 8:13 p.m., and upon arrival, the suspect had already fled the scene. The incident is currently under investigation. A dark colored sedan struck a vehicle in the Stadium Club parking lot around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 29. The struck vehicle received minor damage. Police are currently investigating. Police are investigating a hit-andrun accident that occurred on Feb. 5. A parked car was struck in the 100 block of Second Street before 8:24 a.m., police said. Someone struck a vehicle in the Highspire Borough Building parking lot on Feb. 14. Police are investigating. Drug charge A Highspire resident was charged with drug possession following a 911 call. Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Willow St. after a resident called 911 after he cut his foot in the shower, police said. When police arrived on scene, Vincent Davis, also known as Basil Talib, 39, of Highspire, was “bleeding profusely” and was rushed to the hospital, police said. While at the residence, police discovered drug paraphernalia and marijuana at the residence. Davis pled guilty to use/possession of drug paraphernalia, while a possession of marijuana charge was withdrawn during a preliminary hearing on March 21. Rico Reason, 23, of Middletown, was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to have required registration following a traffic stop around midnight on March 11. Police said they observed Reason stopped at an intersection on

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Paxton and Market streets attempting to make a turn onto Paxton. Reason was stopped and was found to have an expired registration and had drug paraphernalia in his possession, police said. Reason was also on probation at the time of his arrest. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 2 before Lenker. Christopher Tibbens, 22, of Enola, was charged with driving while operational privileges were suspended and unlawful possession of a controlled substance following a domestic dispute on March 11. Police received a report of a domestic dispute at Pinnacle Health around 3:13 p.m. Upon arrival, Tibbens was arrested and taken to Dauphin County Judicial Center. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 2 before Lenker. Eric Rinehart was charged with use/ possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop around 12:30 a.m. on March 12. Police said they observed a vehicle with an inoperative parking light and stopped it in the area of Second Street and Eisenhower Boulevard. Rinehart allowed a search of his vehicle and police found drugs in the vehicle, police said. Rinehart, who was on probation in Lancaster County, was taken into custody. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 11 before Lenker. Theft A juvenile attempted to take a small laser pointer from the Dollar General store on around 4:45 p.m. on Jan. 30. When approached by an employee, the juvenile dropped the item and fled. Police are investigating. An iPhone 5 was stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Market Street on Jan. 30. Police are investigating. Someone stole $40 from a residence in the first block of Ann Street sometime on Feb. 14, police said. About $400 worth of Mary Kay cosmetics were stolen from the 400 block of Second Street sometime around March 11, police said. A snowblower was stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Market Street between 6 and 10 p.m. on Feb. 20, police said.

A debit card was stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Market Street sometime around Feb. 10, and $300 was removed from the account, police said. Burglary Someone broke into Roma Pizza stole a tip jar with about $20 on Feb. 1. Police received the call around 4:16 a.m. and discovered someone kicked in the door. Police have surveillance footage and are investigating. A male wearing dark pants and a gray sweatshirt threw a cinderblock through a window at Roma Pizza on Second Street around 2:47 a.m. on March 1. Video surveillance shows the man leaving the scene with the tip jar, police said. Someone broke into Lakeside Auto Sales, Second Street, around 2 a.m. on Feb. 8. Police found a large hole in left side of the building, but found no one inside. Police said $55 was taken from register. Disorderly conduct Milton Baltimore, 30, and Danielle Alvarez, 31, both of Harrisburg, were cited for disorderly conduct following an argument outside of Tony’s Pizza around 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 16. The charges were filed with Lenker’s office. Brandon Fults, 26, and Chelsea Kane, 25, both of Highspire, were cited for disorderly conduct stemming from a domestic dispute on Feb. 7. Police said they were called to the 600 block of Willow St. around 8:13 a.m. and found Fults and Kane yelling loudly. The charges were filed with Lenker’s office. Disturbing the peace Dakota Good, 22, of Hummelstown, was cited for disturbing the peace after police said they observed her urinating near Champions Sports Bar around 3:15 a.m. on March 9. Assault charge Bre-mahr Manning, 23, of Lower Swatara Twp., was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct following an alleged assault at Champions Sports Bar on Feb. 23. Police

Jermain Crankfield, 31, of Steelton, was charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident at 6:30 p.m. on Feb 27. According to police, Crankfield allegedly assaulted his stepson and fled the scene before police arrived. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 2 before Lenker. Anthony Simpson, 34, of Harrisburg, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief stemming from a domestic dispute on Feb. 14. Police said they were called to the 600 block of Willow St. around 1 p.m. after a woman alleged Simpson, her boyfriend, assaulted her and broke several items in the apartment. Simpson fled the scene before police arrived. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 11. Indecent exposure charge Anthony Kenny, 27, of Highspire, was charged with indecent exposure stemming from two incidents in the first block of Roop Street, police said. A woman told police that while she was walking her dog around 6:23 a.m. on Feb. 25, Kenny, her neighbor, opened his robe and exposed himself. During the investigation, another victim came forward and said a similar incident occurred in December. Vandalism Police are investigating a report of two juveniles vandalizing Sparkling Water Laundromat on Second Street around 6:30 a.m. on March 3.

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Brian Murray, 46, of Highspire, was charged with simple assault following a domestic dispute on Feb. 26 in the first block of Race St. Police said they were called to the scene around 12:46 a.m. after a woman reported Murray was drinking and attempted to strangle her during an argument. Murray was taken into custody and transported to the Dauphin County Judicial Center. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 25 before Lenker.



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said they received a call around 4:37 a.m. that a man was assaulted in the bathroom. Upon arrival, police found a man with injuries to his eye and nose. Manning was later arrested after an investigation. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 2 before Lenker.

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Press And Journal 4/16/14  

The April 16, 2014 edition of the Press And Journal newspaper.

Press And Journal 4/16/14  

The April 16, 2014 edition of the Press And Journal newspaper.