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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014
VOLUME 124 - NO. 24
Mayor vetoes sewer, water rate increases
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By David Amerman Press And Journal Staff
Middletown Mayor James Curry III has vetoed the water and sewer rate increases that Middletown Borough Council approved by a 6-3 vote at a meeting on Monday, June 2. Curry said he vetoed the rate increases on Wednesday, June 4 because he wanted council to consider other options – and because he wanted to hear the views of the three councilors who voted against it. Council President Christopher McNamara and councilors Anne Einhorn and Thomas Handley voted against the measure. Mayor Council can override James Curry Curry’s veto by a majority vote. Both Curry and Einhorn said they expect the matter to be discussed further at council’s next meeting, on Monday, June 16. Council approved one of two options, known as “Option A,’’ for rate increases that was before them. Option A calls for an escalation of the average sewer bill from $43 to $68 and eliminates the hotly-contested 2,000-gallon minimum water charge. The rates were to be increased on July 1 to compensate for a deficit in the borough’s budget. Curry was unable to attend the June 2 meeting due to a prior business engagement. However, Please See VETO, Page A6
Man charged in chase wanted in NYC slaying By Noelle Barrett
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As Dwight Reid arrived at District Judge Michael Smith’s courtroom in Lower Swatara Twp. for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, June 4, he had no idea who was waiting inside. Reid, 42, was facing charges stemming from an incident on May 15 where he allegedly led officers on a low-speed pursuit through Lower Swatara Twp. and Middletown before crashing Dwight Reid into a Middletown police cruiser, authorities said. But he was also facing charges in New York City – for first-degree murder. So on the day of Reid’s hearing, New York City detectives were waiting inside to arrest him. “I would have bet money [Reid] wouldn’t have shown up,” said Lower Swatara Police Chief Richard Brandt. But he did. “It just goes to show you not all criminals are smart,” Brandt said. It all started when Lower Swatara Officer Joseph Smith attempted to pull Reid over on May 15. Reid didn’t speed away, but he didn’t stop – until he struck a Middletown police vehicle, police said. Reid then led officers on a brief foot Please See WANTED, Page A6
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Celebrating their last moments as Middletown Area High School students are, from left, Hunter Theiss, Cody Fox, Seth Babil, Zach Ulerick, Steven Cain and Todd Houser.
The Class of 2014 at Middletown Area and Lower Dauphin high schools claimed their hard-earned diplomas and celebrated the beginning of adulthood at graduation ceremonies filled with speeches, hope and happiness. Middletown held its commencement on Wednesday, June 4 before a crowd of family and friends that filled the Forum in Harrisburg. Lower Dauphin held its commencement on Thursday, June 5 at the Giant Center in Hershey. For more photos of Middletown’s graduation, please turn to page A7. For more Lower Dauphin photos, please turn to A8.
Traffic restricted to one lane in Hummelstown
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Middletown Area High School graduates throw their caps into the air at the Forum.
Motorists will find singlelane traffic restrictions on Main Street in Hummelstown beginning at 6 a.m., three hours earlier than previously done, on weekdays beginning Wednesday, June 11, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Traffic restrictions will end at 3:30 p.m. weekdays. United Water is replacing a water line under the street. PennDOT will repair and resurface the street later this year.
Lower Dauphin graduates file out of the Giant Center.
Lower Dauphin High School graduates toss their caps at their commencement at the Giant Center.
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Folmer hosts Town Hall meeting on education State Sen. Mike Folmer will hold a Town Hall meeting on education at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11 in the Gallery Lounge at Penn State Harrisburg. Folmer is chairman of the Senate Education Committee.
In Royalton, cops will ride a bicycle Council to resume electric When Tyler Zehring joined the Royalton Police Department, he had a vision that stretched beyond the typical police patrols. That sparked an idea – and now, thanks to Zehring’s vision and a donation from another police department, Royalton will start a bicycle patrol. Zehring’s proposal to start the bike patrol received full support from Royalton Borough Council and Mayor Judy Oxenford during a meeting Tuesday, June 3. The bicycle was donated by Latimore Twp. police, of Adams County, and has lights on the front, allowing officers to patrol and make stops, Zehring said. “It’s going to be an asset, and it will also be
A Blessing of the Animals will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 15 at New Thing – A United Methodist Community, 2285 W. Harrisburg Pike, Lower Swatara Twp. The blessings will take place in the parking lot. Ice cream will be served in the church afterward. Pets should be leashed or in carriers or containers.
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Royalton police officer Tyler Zehring poses with the borough’s newest police vehicle – a bicycle donated by a police force from Adams County.
Faced with almost $340,000 in overdue bills from its electric customers, Middletown will resume electrical shutoffs after July 1 in an attempt to collect what it’s due. Middletown Borough Council agreed by a 7-2 vote on Monday, June 2 to reinstitute shutoffs after suspending them for about a year. Council President Christopher McNamara and Councilor Benjamin Kapenstein cast the two ‘no’ votes. Kapenstein said Councilor he wanted to further analyze the unpaid bills. John Brubaker Councilors said they believe the threat of shutoffs could result Concerned about in customers paying their arrearages. “The fact that … some people are not paying their bills means arrearages the rest of us are subsidizing them, and we need to stop that,” said Councilor Tom Handley. As of April 25, overdue bills amounted to almost $340,000, said Councilor John Brubaker. “I think we ought to go back to the shutoffs and try to clear this up,” he said. Council previously suspended shutoffs in July 2013 based on the recommendation of financial consultant Mark Morgan.
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f you walked to the end of Union Street last week, you might have encountered the fifth annual Middletown Carnival, which ran from June 3-7. The usually empty fields contained all the telltale signs of a carnival. Music played as kids ran from ride to ride seeking the next big thrill. The scent of food wafted from each vendorâ€™s stall, beckoning those with rumbling stomachs. All of this set against the background of the king of carnivals, the Ferris wheel.Â In the end, the carnival was a happy success, bringing the community together to raise money for the Middletown Youth Club and share in some fun.
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Residents clean up the intersection of Second and Swatara streets.
Catherine M. Purcell, 69, of Middletown, died on Wednesday, June 4, at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on February 12, 1945 in Lebanon and was the daughter of the late Raymond and Harriet Schauer Roof. She retired as a manager of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1620, Middletown; was of the Catholic faith; she enjoyed spending time at the casino; and she was a graduate of Lebanon Catholic High School Class of 1963. Most importantly she enjoyed spending every minute with her loving grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Catherine was also preceded in death by her son James Emswiler, and sisters Mick Strawbridge and Pat Plummer. She is survived by her loving husband W. Thomas Purcell of Middletown; daughter Crystal Sebelist of Freeland, Md.; stepson Donald L. Barkey and wife Pam of Middletown; sister Joan Wentzel and husband Wally of Lebanon; grandchildren Kayla Hossler, Autumn Barkey, Sierra Barkey, Han-
About 20 residents joined in the cleanup in Steelton on Saturday, June 7.
In Steelton, a cleanup provides a lesson to kids By Noelle Barrett
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More than 20 residents took to the streets of Steelton on Saturday, June 7 with a mission – to clean up the borough. From Front and Second streets to Felton Lofts and Fourth and Pine streets, volunteers filled bags and bags of trash.
Council approves alcohol license for Roberto’s By David Amerman Press And Journal Staff
Nothing pairs quite as splendidly as piping hot pizza and ice-cold beer. Such is the logic of Roberto’s Pizza owner David Kitner, who received unanimous approval from Middletown Borough Council at its Monday, June 2 meeting to pursue an economic development license to purvey alcohol at his South Union Street eatery. “I’m not looking to turn my establishment into a bar or a nightclub,” said Kitner. “I’m just looking to serve take-out beer and possibly draught beer in the future, and maybe wine.” Kitner stated that an economic development license is imperative to the growth of his business, particularly in light of the downtown renovations on the horizon and escalating plans of unity with Penn State Harrisburg. “I believe it would be a benefit to the town,” said Kitner. The next phase of Kitner’s petition process will be an evaluation by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board before the agency makes its final decision.
The cleanup was hosted by Boy Scouts Troop 710 in conjunction with SHIRT (Steelton-Highspire Initiative Rolls Together) and Steelton On The Move. “It went great,” said resident Markis Millberry. “Next year, we want to expand and have more volunteers.” Natashia Woods, a member of SHIRT, hopes to gain support from the borough to start an Adopt-a-Block program where groups and volunteers will be responsible for a specific area to clean year-round. Woods has already seen the benefits to having a cleanup, and it’s more than just environmental. “It was nice to see all the kids learning the importance of keeping their neighborhoods clean – also, how good the kids were feeling when the adults were thanking them for cleaning up,’’ she said. Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or email@example.com
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nah Sebelist, Madison Sebelist and McKenna Sebelist; great-grandchild Lillie Ann Barkey; and several nieces and nephews. A Tribute to her life was held on Tuesday at the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home, Middletown, with Chaplain Dan Caldwell of Homeland Hospice officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Middletown. The family is requesting that memorial contributions be made in her memory to Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 115, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Online condolences can be sent to www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.
Robert “Bob” E. Espenshade, 89, of Middletown, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 19, at Frey Village, surrounded by his family. He was born May 31, 1924 in Royalton, the son of the late Dewey and Myrle Good Espenshade. Robert graduated from Derry Township High School and Hershey Vocational School; he retired as a selfemployed painting contractor; was a member of Christian Life Assembly in Camp Hill, a member of Middletown American Legion, and the Disabled American Veterans; and he served in the United States Army during World War II, where he was a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was preceded in death by his older brother Harold Espenshade. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Betty J. Zimmerman Espenshade; two sons Gregory Espenshade and wife June of Carlisle, and Fred Espenshade and wife Marcia of Mechanicsburg; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Services were held Friday, May 23, at Christian Life Assembly, Camp Hill. Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Harrisburg.
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Barbara A. Garver Gontz, 69, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, June 6, at Harrisburg Hospital. She was born on August 24, 1944 in Harrisburg, and was the daughter of the late William Garver. She was of the Protestant faith, and enjoyed watching football, especially the Washington Redskins. In addition to her father, Barbara was preceded in death by her loving husband John Gontz Jr. in January 2013. She is survived by her son John W., husband of Karen Gontz of Palmyra; and three grandchildren Chelsea Gontz, Courtney Gontz, and Callie Gontz. A Tribute to her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 13, at the Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown, with the Reverend Kimberly B. Shiffler, Middletown First Church of God, officiating. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. until time of service on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Harrisburg Chapter, 3211 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110. The family has entrusted the care of the Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home to handle the arrangements.
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Retiring Pastor Ready For Adjustment, Change In New Life The congregation at Middletown’s Wesley United Methodist Church threw a surpise party recently in honor of their beloved pastor, the Reverend J. Marlyn Rimert, and his wife, Charlotte. Despite the joyous celebration – secretly planned over a period of several weeks – members of the church were not entirely thrilled with the reason for the party: after seven years at Wesley and over four decades in the ministry, Pastor Rimert is retiring on June 30. “I could hang on longer, but I thought it was about time,” says Rimert, who is a youthful 62. “I’m not worn out, I just want some adjustment and change.” Cardboard boxes overflowing with books in one corner of his church office reveal much about the man. He is more than a pastor who has led his congregation in a heartfelt ministry in the neighborhood at Ann and Catherine streets. He is a scholar whose studies have taken him around the world and have allowed him to work at churches throughout Pennsylvania – in his native Union County, in Lycoming County, Carlisle, Selinsgrove, Berwick and State College. At the surprise party last month, Rimert felt “a real appreciation” for his congregation as they recounted his accomplishments in a specially made “book of memories.” Retirment plans for the Rimert include traveling to historical sites in Georgia and Florida, as well as some additional study for the pastor at the Martin Luther King School of Social Research in Atlanta. He’s also been invited by the director of Christian education for the British Methodist Church to come to England for a short-term parish experience. Proposed Tax Boost Prompts Taxpayers To Voice Concerns Barring something totally unforeseen, the taxpayers of the Lower Dauphin School District will be hit with a 3.25 mill increase in real estate taxes coupled with a $50 increase in the occupation tax for the 1991-92 school year. The budget issue in the Lower Dauphin District, as with all school districts in the Commonwealth, is a complicated matter. Uncertainties regarding monies from the state are making it extremely difficult for administrations to hammer our responsible and fiscally prudent budgets. Lower Dauphin’s situation is also keenly affected by the need to embark upon a building program while addressing teachers’ contracts. The vote to adopt the
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23 YEARS AGO - Decorated Dobes – Special honors for special dogs took place recently. Margaret Stapleton of Colebrook Road, Londonderry Township, is pictured with two of her three Doberman pinschers. The dogs recently won the Dunlamore Dog Training School Canine Good Citizenship Test held Saturday, June 23. To pass the test the dogs had to allow themselves to be groomed by a stranger, be led on a loose leash, walk through a crowd, sit for examination and stay in position as a jogger passed them. They were also tested for response to loud sudden noises. Stapleton has been involved in dog training for five years. She took up the hobby on the advice of her husband. $22,823,000 financial plan is set for June 24 at 7:30 p.m. A special public hearing on June 3 regarding the budget was attended by over 75 taxpayers, along with state Representative Frank A. Tulli. The group heard Dr. George Sauers, superintendent of schools, outline the budget process while painting a grim economic picture. Rep. Tulli, who spoke briefly after residents had discussed the budget and Dr. Sauers, asked those present to consider the “difficulties the administration and the Board are working under” in light of the uncertainty of state funding for school districts in the Commonwealth. Tulli believes the state was “guilty on two levels” – reducing its share of money to school districts for Social Security and retirement contributions and mandating new programs and then reducing the money available to run them. Earlier, Sauers said, “To expect a budget that is flat even if state funding remained the same would be unrealistic, because we are adding classrooms.” Homestead Goes Back To Drawing Board To File Capital Plan With Feds Federal regulators of the savings and loan industry
have rejected the well-publicized capital plan submitted in April by Homestead Savings Association, giving the thrift until August 31 to meet government requirements or face further possible restrictions on its operations. A wholly owned subsidiary of Middletown-based Homestead Holding Corporation, the company is currently forbidden from making dividend payments to its shareholders and has restrictions on its asset growth. Homestead Chairman J. Donald Schmidt said last week that the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) rejected the capital plan because it was “inadequate in a number of different ways.” Although Schmidt would not offer specifics behind the government’s choice, he admitted that Homestead had failed to meet its risk-based capital requirement by $9.3 million. That figure includes the $15.3 million Homestead was ordered to set aside for possible loanlosses during 1990. As reported in April, failure to offer a satisfactory proposal could result in Homestead being taken over by the federal government – a situation that could cause the loss of stockholder equity and severely harm the firm’s long-standing
reputation. Schmidt has said publicly that he was not surprised by the recent OTS ruling, despite his earlier confidence that the thrift would be able to meet the requirements. His change of heart came when regulators denied Homestead permission to file an amended plan earlier, he said last week. “Now we’ll be allowed to file one,” stated the chairman, “and we’re in the process of planning it. We’re going to try to meet the capital requirements by August 31.” Prices From 23 Years Ago Herr’s Pretzel Rods 8 oz. ..................................99¢ Raisin Bread 16 oz. ...... ...............................$1.79 Golden Ripe Apricots ... .............................99¢/lb. Fox’s Steakhouse Sirloin ..........................$3.99/lb. Clearfield Lite Swiss Cheese ................3.89/lb. Fox’s Gourmet Chicken Salad................. $4.39/lb. Food Club Cherry Pie Filling 21 oz. can ...........78¢ Intensive Care Vaseline Lotion 15 oz. btl. ...$3.38 Aunt Millie’s Spaghetti Sauce 26 oz. jar .....$1.29 Hormel Spam 12 oz. can ...............................$1.77 Mary Kitchen Roast Beef Hash 15 oz. can .....$1.28 Banana Nut Muffins ..... ...................... 6 for $1.59
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Steelton Streetscape Project were installed, residents will see another phase completed – at no cost to the borough. Both the $1.19 million for the sidewalk improvements and $95,000 for the lighting will be funded by a grant by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, according to Steelton borough manager Sara Gellatly. Phase I of the streetscape project included new sidewalks and lights on Front Street from Pine Street to Cranberry Alley. Phase II will see a continuation of the project, with brick sidewalks installed on Front Street from Cranberry Alley to Lincoln Street. Construction will be ongoing, and the borough plans to break the project into two construction phases, Gel-
latly said. Gellatly anticipates work on Pine Street to Lincoln Street will end on July 4, and the remainder of the project from Cranberry Alley to Elm Street will be completed by Sept. 15. To complete the project, the trees in those areas had to be removed. The trees will be replaced with new ones, and any memorials at those trees will be returned to their proper locations at the completion of the project. The borough is also hoping to make progress with other projects, among them the Mohn Street Park recreation project, with the use of grants. The project initially included the addition of a handball court at the tennis courts, improved walkways, tennis court improvements and storm
sewer improvements. However, the borough made some modifications, including eliminating the handball court when the cost exceeded grants, Gellatly said. The borough received $150,000 in Dauphin County gaming grants and $150,000 from a grant through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), but the cost with the handball court was estimated at $375,000. “If I did not do anything (or eliminate anything), we would run the risk of losing the funding,” Gellatly said. The changes will not affect the borough’s ability to use the funds, and the project is anticipated to be complete by the end of October, Gellatly said.
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Peter Bricker From “Zweibrucken” To Lancaster Co., Pa.
On the ship “Pink Plaisance,” John Parrett, Master, which landed at Philadelphia, Pa., said from Rotterdam, last from Cowes, England, the passenger list included among the Palatines, who qualified, September 21,1732 - Peter (P.B.) Bricker, age 32; Christiana (Deppen) Bricker, age 29; their children: Elizabeth Brickerin and husband Hans Zimmerman, no ages given; Hans, age 30 and wife Salomy, aged 34; Ulrich Zimmerman, aged 29; Hans Ulrich; Nicholas, in all 17 Zimmerman’s; Christian Ruchti. Peter Bricker received patents as well of all the Zimmerman’s from the Penn family, which records at Philadelphia, Pa., both families settling on the east side of Cocalico Creek in what is now Cocalico, Twp., Lancaster County, Pa. In 1741, Peter Bricker received a patent for over 700 acres of land. The first record of Peter Bricker in connection with Christian Deppen is found in Lancaster County, Pa. records, Book B, page 330, a tract of land had been patented to Christian Ruchty, father-in-law of Christian Deppen and Hans Zimmerman, Jr. This tract was conveyed to Christian Deppen and Hans Zimmerman, after the death of Christian Ruchty, probably by verbal agreement, as no proceedings can be found prior to 1755, when to clarify the situation and insure title the same conveyed to Frederick Weiser, who in turn on this date, conveyed to Christian Deppen and Peter Bricker, 121 acres to each, April 1743 at a Supreme Court held at Philadelphia for the province of Penna. At this court held April 11-13, 1743, 244 persons being Quakers or such, who nine conscientiously scruple to take the oath, these gave their affirmation to become naturalized subjects of Great Britain, among these were John Zimmerman, Peter Bricker and Christian Deppen, all of Lancaster County, Pa. These people were all Mennonites. The fact that the Zimmerman, Deppen, and the Bricker surnames arise in conjunction with one another repeatedly in wills, land deeds, affirmations to become naturalized citizens, may point to relationships that exist between the families prior to the emigration from Europe. Reference: The Elizabeth Bricker Collection, 1733-1942 MG-36, Lancaster County Historical Society, Lancaster, Pa.; Peter Bricker emigration is noted in: Rhineland Emigrants - List of German Settlers in Colonial America, edited by Don Yoder, Baltimore, 1981, p.127; The Deppen Family book, “Counting Kindred,” page 230.
Reunion of the Schurch Family Association of North America - The 2014 Schurch (Shirk, Sherk, Sherrick) family Association Reunion will be held on Aug. 1 and 2 at Millersville University. The reunion provides many opportunities to have fun and learn, such as: participating in tours and other group activities, auction including a 19th century sewing machine made by inventor Joseph Shirk, learning about your Schurch cousins and meeting new ones, and
much more including activities for children. Details of the reunion including daily agendas and schedules, activity descriptions, fees, meals, lodging and registration forms are available on the Schurch Family Association website http://www.schurchfamilyassociation.net, or from Sue Shirk at susebug@msn. com, or call 717-394-2947. Please register no later than July 15. The 14th Annual Book Blast - The York County Heritage Trust is accepting donations of gently used books for the annual Book Blast. Books may be dropped off Tues. through Sat. from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum, 250 East Market Street, York. The last day for donations will be Sat., June 28. The 14th Annual Book Blast will open to the public at 9 a.m. on Thurs., Aug. 14 at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 West Princess Street, York. This three-day event supports the York County Heritage Trust collections, programs and educational activities and features previously donated and sorted books at affordable prices. Admission is free and open to the public. Prices begin by featuring hardback volumes at $2, paperbacks at $1 and a special of collectable/local history books, which are individually priced. Trust members receive a special invitation to attend the members only afternoon, Wed., Aug. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. where they can preview and purchase books. The event culminates on Sat., Aug. 16 with Buck-A-Bag, a popular event. In addition to Buck-A-Bag, the collectable/local history section will be marked at half price. For more information contact: Lila Fourhaman-Shaull, library & archive director: 717-848-1587 ext. 223 or email@example.com.
New “For Purchase Only” Publication
The South Central PA Genealogical Society is taking orders for its newest “for purchase only” publication. This publication is the third volume of the United States Direct Tax of 1798 for York County, Pennsylvania (aka Glass Tax because it lists the number of windows and window panes, called lights in the homes for which the home owner was taxed) and will include York Borough and York Township. The publication includes a surname index, and will sell for $20 plus a $5 fee to cover postage and sales tax. As a current member you have the opportunity to purchase this publication for only $12.50 (sales tax and postage included) during the “pre-sale.” We must receive your payment by June 15 in order for you to receive this “for purchase only” Special Publication at the reduced “pre-sale” price. To reserve your copy please make your check payable to SCPGS and mail to South Central PA Genealogical Society, attention: Margaret Burg, P.O. Box 1824, York, PA 17405-1824.
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Tax records can provide information regarding property ownership and real estate that can lead you to other records such as deeds or probate records. These records can also confirm if the person was alive and in a certain place at a specific time. Researching two men of the same name, you can distinguish them through tax records, since no two men paid taxes on the exact real and personal property.
News From District Judge David H. Judy Following is a compilation of action in cases filed before District Magistrate David H. Judy. Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law. Joanna Wilson, 62, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with harassment, stemming from an incident on May 1. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on May 5. Ronnie Brooks, 60, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with public drunkenness, stemming from an incident on May 1. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on May 6. Justin Waltermeyer, 20, of York, was charged by state police in Londonderry Twp. with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, stemming from an incident on May 3. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on May 8. Shawn Martin, 32, of Dover, was charged by Royalton police with simple assault and defiant trespass, stemming from an incident on April 30. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on May 8. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 18 before Judy. Dylan Beard, 22, of Highspire, was charged by state police in Middletown with manufacture, delivery, or possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver a small amount of marijuana; and driving while operational privileges are suspended, stemming from an incident on May 8. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on May 8. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 11. Mani Lammey, 39, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with simple assault, public drunkenness and harassment, stemming from an incident on May 9. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on May 9. Taylor Stefansic, 21, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with DUI, DUI-high rate, three DUI-controlled substances charges, accidental damage to unattended property, failure to notify police of an accident, and other summary offenses, stemming from an incident on April 9. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on May 9. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 2 before Judy.
from an incident in Middletown on March 25. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on May 12. Daniel Leiphart, 39, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, stemming from an incident on April 29. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on May 12. Shamari Pernel, 33, of Middletown, pleaded guilty to two counts of providing false identification to police, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct on May 21. The charges, stemming from an incident on May 12, were filed with Judy’s office on May 12. Harry Poust, 35, of Steelton, was charged by Middletown police with simple assault, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, stemming from an incident on Dec. 18. The charges were filed by Middletown police on May 12. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 18 before Judy. Tyshawn Michie, 28, of Royalton, was charged by Royalton police with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, simple assault and false imprisonment on May 13. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on May 13. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 11 before Judy. Shannon Leaman, 27, of Halifax, was charged by state police in Londonderry Twp. with harassment, stemming from an incident on April 27. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on May 14. Christopher Mink, 38, of Elizabethtown, was charged by state police in Londonderry Twp. with harassment, stemming from an incident on April 27. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on May 14. Anthony Eby, 22, of Royalton, was charged by state police in Londonderry Twp. with disorderly conduct and defiant trespass, stemming from an incident on May 7. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on May 14.
Rebecca Henry, 58, of Middletown, was charged by Municipal Animal Control with cruelty to animals, stemming from an incident on May 27. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on May 28. Paul Blocker, 31, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with harassment and simple assault on June 2. Blocker was held in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 11 before Judy.
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Samantha Bosak, 23, of Steelton, was charged by Middletown police with disorderly conduct, stemming from an incident on May 26. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on May 28.
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Adam Minnaugh, 30, of Harrisburg, was charged by Middletown police with defiant trespass, stemming from an incident on May 15. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on May 19.
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Klevist Pepaj, 20, of Middletown, was charged by the Attorney General’s office with manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility. The charges, stemming from an incident in Middletown on Nov. 22, were filed with Judy’s office on May 15.
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Karen Whary, 57, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with 12 counts of theft by deception, 24 forgery charges and unauthorized use of motor vehicles, stemming from an incident on Dec. 17. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on May 14. Whary was held in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 11.
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Shaunee Noon, 21, of Lebanon, was charged by Middletown police with retail theft, stemming from an incident on May 4. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on May 12. Marcus Pope, 32, of Emmitsburg, Md., was charged by Middletown police with theft of services, stemming
Wade Burkholder, 21, of Millersburg, was charged by state police in Londonderry Twp. with disorderly conduct, stemming from an incident on May 7. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on May 14.
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Peter Witkowski, center, an eighth-grade student at Seven Sorrows School, receives an Excellence in Music Merit Scholarship from Lancaster Catholic High School during a ceremony with Kyla Hockley, left, the admissions counselor for Lancaster Catholic, and Loretta Miller, the principal at Seven Sorrows.
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in a message read at the meeting by Councilor Benjamin Kapenstein, Curry reminded those in attendance that his presence is not required at a council meeting to veto an ordinance. “Procedure holds that for an ordinance to be enacted it must carry both the signature of the council president and the mayor,” said Curry. First, “I had wanted and stated that we should look at other options and wish we would have had more than two options,’’ he said. “I had told the bondholders to look at the issue and I found there were other options. I
disagree with enacting this with just a flip of a switch and placing this on the residents. It’s a very sudden change for people who are living paycheck to paycheck.” Curry said he believes all options for potential rate increases should be thoroughly considered. One such alternative, according to Curry, might be to “taper it, do three months of an increase and then jump it again.” Curry said he discussed this option at a previous council meeting. “One of the concerns was that everything in terms of the numbers had to add up by a particular date or else the engineer could not sign off on the
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plan,” he said. “From my understanding, that date was not until Jan. 1. That’s why I said back in February, ‘Is it not an option to taper this until that date when the engineer actually has to sign off rather than making an overnight change?’ “I don’t believe much research was done as to an option similar to that,’’ Curry said. “I would have liked to have had a report that either said that’s physically not possible for these reasons or here are some options, but this is all we were given with.” Second, Curry cited the three dissenting votes to the rate increases and said he would have preferred to hear from them about why they cast
their “no’’ votes. “From what I heard from the meeting on Monday night … there wasn’t really a whole lot of discussion on why people were voting the way they did or why they did not vote in favor of that particular option and, as mayor, I think it’s important to make sure that all those reasons are heard,” said Curry. “Otherwise, I think the residents are going to be saying, ‘Great, you’ve made the decision, but why?’ I think we owe that to them. This veto will force them to take another vote and I think, at that point, everyone should give their reasons for or against this particular option,’’ Curry said. “I think
that’ll make it the most clear for the residents and I certainly think that’s our duty.” Einhorn said her decision stemmed from a desire to pursue a second rate increase option – also known as “Option B” – that was up for council consideration, but was discarded after the first option was approved. She said she believes that Option A places a heavy burden on people very quickly. “I felt that Option B would help us to alleviate the financial issue but, at the same time, allow people to adjust to the fact that their rates were going to increase, so that they would have less to deal with initially,” said Einhorn.
A day at the fair
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Sunset Summer Music Series
Summer Music Series on the deck at Sunset Golf Course will feature Jeffrey J. Walker, classic rock, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 12. For a complete schedule of entertainment, visit www.sunsetbandg.com or call Sunset Bar & Grill at 717-944-9262. •••••
Cassel Vineyards of Hershey, 80 Shetland Dr., Hummelstown, will hold an outdoor concert featuring the Finish Line Quartet from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 13. •••••
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Crowds took in the sights and sounds during the 39th Annual Middletown Fair on Saturday, June 7. The fair was sponsored by and benefitted the Middletown Area Historical Society. Canopies stretched across the grounds at the Swatara Ferry House Landing, each with something just as exciting as the last. From clocks crafted from recycled CDs and records and lawn ornaments created with plates and cups to handmade pottery, jewelry, candles and hair accessories, there was something for everyone. Fair-goers relaxed, munching on snow cones and popcorn as they listened to the sounds from musicians including The Little Heartbreakers, The Keystone Concert Band and Jim Rhoads. There were activities for all ages, including children’s games and pony rides.
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chase before Smith subdued him with a Taser, police said. Initially, Reid supplied officers with false identification, police said. Electronic fingerprinting revealed his real identity, but no outstanding warrants showed up under his name, authorities said. He was arraigned, and bond was set at $50,000, which was posted by Reid’s friends or family within a couple days, Brandt said. But within a day or so after his release, detectives from New York called looking for Reid. That’s when Lower Swatara police found out about Reid’s murder charge, police said Reid’s arrest warrant wasn’t posted through the National Crime Information Center by New York police prior to his release in Dauphin County,
Brandt said. Searches for Reid turned up empty. “We couldn’t find him. He was not around,” Brandt said. “The plan at that point was to wait until the hearing.” The plan paid off. New York City detectives arrested Reid in the parking lot of Smith’s office and took him back to the city. Reid’s local charges, including DUI, DUI-controlled substance, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, involvement in an accident involving damage to attended vehicle, and several summary offenses were bound over for Dauphin County Court. “It just goes to show you that when we pull someone over, we never know who they are,” Brandt said. “This guy was a very, very bad guy.” Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or email@example.com
The Hummelstown Fire Company Carnival will be held at Hummelstown’s Herbert A. Schaffner Memorial Park (Boro Park) on Monday, June 16 through Saturday, June 21, nightly from 7 to 11 p.m. •••••
Summer reading signup
The kick-off summer reading signups will be held outside the Middletown Public Library, 20 N. Catherine St., Middletown, on Saturday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be activities and snacks. You can register at the library or online at www.middletownpubliclib.org. •••••
Adult summer reading program
A summer chili cook-off will be held on Saturday, June 14 on the front lawn of the Middletown Public Library. Register to enter by 10:45 a.m. Tasting begins at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for best-tasting spicy hot and best-tasting unique ingredients. Adults will also be able to choose from two bingo games that allow them to sample a variety of books from different genres. The Science in the Home program will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 16. A local home economics teacher will share innovative ways to use everyday household items.
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a community eye-opener when they see us out there,” Zehring said. “It is definitely good for the kids.” The bike patrols will not only make police more accessible, but will also help promote safety and build trust in the community, officers said. “The kids will see officers wearing the proper gear and helmets, and they will try to emulate that,” Officer Dave Crandall said. “A bike patrol is more community centered.” Zehring hopes the start of bike patrols will lead to community events such as the bike-a-thons. Bicycle patrols will not only help build relationships, but will also save money with officers using police cars less, Zehring said. The only cost to the borough: $5 for insurance. For council and the officers, the benefits are worth the few bucks. “I think it is a wonderful idea,” Oxenford said. Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Middletown Area High School commencement
he Middletown Area High School Class of 2014 graduated during a commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 4 at the Forum in Harrisburg. Pictured clockwise from top left, Levi Varner leads the class in the turning of the tassels; Valedictorian Matthew Cowan, center, delivers his speech; Salutatorian Megan Martz, right, presents her speech; the crowd filled the Forum; and from left, Kelsey Thomas, Jaymee Clingan and Brittney Zavoda pose for a photo outside the Capitol.
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Lower Dauphin Class of 2014 graduation
The 280 seniors in Lower Dauphin High School’s Class of 2014 graduated during a commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 5 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Jeffrey Groh, the valedictorian, Will Kuehnle, the salutatorian, and Sherri Smith, superintendent of the Lower Dauphin School District, presented speeches.
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named to the Keystone Divsion allstar team, capping a successful, and sometimes surprising, season for the Blue Raiders. The Raiders (11-11) claimed the 16th and final spot in the District 3 Class AAA playoffs – their first postseason appearance since 2009 – with a victory over Bishop McDevitt in their final regular-season game, then knocked top-seeded West York from the district postseason with a 6-4 victory in the playoffs’ first round. Middletown lost to Northeastern, 4-2, in the second round. Ocker and fellow pitcher Zack Sims, both juniors, led the Middletown pitching staff – and Sims was named to the division’s all-star first team, along with second baseman Ryan Popp, a senior. First baseman Nick Drawbaugh, catcher Cody Fox and designated hitter/catcher Ethan Kell were named to the all-star second team. Drawbaugh and Fox were seniors who graduated this month; Kell, a junior, returns next year.
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Rival pitchers Blair Lewis, left, of Lower Dauphin and Nathan Ocker, right, of Middletown shared Most Valuable Player honors in the Mid-Penn Conference Keystone Division, according to a vote by division coaches.
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Improbable comeback against unbeaten Parkland puts Lower Dauphin in championship game School’s out. Seniors have graduated. But the Lower Dauphin softball team is still playing. And boy, are they playing. Great pitching and timely hitting have taken the Falcons to the state championship game. On Friday, June 13, they will play for the PIAA Class AAAA title against Souderton (21-5) at 12:30 p.m. at Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park on Penn State’s University Park campus. Lower Dauphin (23-5) reached the title game by storming back to edge previously unbeaten Parkland, 8-7 in eight innings on Monday, June 9 at Fleetwood. It took a wild rally for the Falcons to extend their season – they scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, after falling behind 7-0 in the fourth inning.
Down to their last out, the Falcons forced extra innings thanks to a two-run double by their No. 9 hitter, Jamie Knaub. In the eighth, Lower Dauphin claimed the improbable victory on a squeeze bunt by Shelby Alcorn that drove in Kaylee Stoner for the winning run. Stoner had reached base on a Parkland error, and Alcorn executed the bunt after two intentional walks loaded the bases. Parkland, the District 11 champion, had scored seven runs on 10 hits against Lower Dauphin’s star freshman pitcher, Ava Bottiglia. And its pitching ace, Morgan Rentzheimer, was sailing along with a 7-0 lead when the Falcons tallied a run in the bottom of the fourth and three more in the fifth. Lower Dauphin, the District 3 runner-up,
pounded out 12 hits in the game. Now the Falcons face Souderton, a 2-0 winner over DuBois in the other Class AAAA semifinal game on Monday at Bloomsburg. It will be the first trip to the state championship game for both Lower Dauphin and Souderton. In fact, the last Souderton team to win a state championship was the boys’ volleyball team in 1998. Pitcher Erelle Sowers held DuBois to just four hits, striking out six batters. Lower Dauphin reached the semifinals by eliminating Archbishop Ryan, 4-0, on Friday, June 6 at Fleetwood. Bottiglia pitched a no-hitter in a sterling performance on the mound, striking out 11 Ragdolls. Acorn drove in two runs, while Sam Gorman and Kayla Holl drove in a run apiece.
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Standings for 6-11-14 HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL PIAA CHAMPIONSHIPS Class AAAA First round Lower Dauphin 2, Hazleton 0
National Division W L PHR Green 6 1 West Hanover 6 2 Paxtonia (2) 4 2 Paxtonia (3) 4 5 Lower Swatara Gold 2 7
Quarterfinals Lower Dauphin 4, Archbishop Ryan 0
Last week’s games None reported MINORS W L T Championship PHR Orange 13 0 0 Friday, June 13 Paxtonia (5) 10 1 3 Lower Dauphin (23-5) vs. Souderton (21-5), 12:30 Middletown Raiders 11 2 1 p.m., Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, Penn Paxtonia (6) 11 2 1 State University, University Park Lower Swatara Navy 10 2 1 PHR Red 8 3 1 REC BASEBALL Paxtonia (8) 8 5 1 EAST SHORE TWILIGHT LEAGUE Paxtonia (4) 7 5 0 W L T West Hanover Gold 6 5 0 Palmyra 4 0 0 PHR Royal 7 8 0 Linglestown 3 0 0 Penn Gardens (2) 6 7 0 Middletown 3 1 0 PHR Carolina 4 6 0 Lawnton 1 1 1 Lower Swatara Green 5 8 0 Hummelstown 2 4 1 West Hanover Orange 5 9 0 Dauphin 1 4 1 West Hanover Navy 4 9 0 Steelton 0 4 1 Penn Gardens (1) 3 9 0 Middletown Thunder 3 9 0 Last week’s games Paxtonia (7) 2 10 0 Palmyra 2, Middletown 1 PHR Green 1 11 0 Hummelstown 8, Steelton 6 Swatara 0 13 0 Lawnton 5, Hummelstown 1 Last week’s games This week’s games Lower Swatara Green 8, Paxtonia (7) 7 Wednesday, June 11 Middletown Raiders 15, Middletown Thunder 8 Middletown at Steelton, 6 p.m., Penbrook ComLower Swatara Navy 11, West Hanover Gold 3 munity Park Middletown Raiders 4, Paxtonia (5) 4, tie Middletown Thunder 9, Swatara 6 Friday, June 13 Paxtonia (6) 10, Lower Swatara Green 1 Dauphin at Hummelstown, 6 p.m., Nye Field Lower Swatara Navy 12, PHR Green 2 Middletown Raiders 7, West Hanover Orange 2 Saturday, June 14 Lower Swatara Navy 6, PHR Red 6, tie Steelton at Linglestown, 5 p.m., Middle Paxton Lower Swatara Green 16, Swatara 13 Community Park West Hanover Navy 12, Lower Swatara Green 7 Semifinals Lower Dauphin 8, Parkland 7 (eight innings)
Monday, June 16 Middletown at Palmyra, 6 p.m., In The Net Steelton at Dauphin, 6 p.m., Middletown Paxton Community Park Tuesday, June 17 Middletown at Hummelstown, 6 p.m. Nye Field Steelton at Lawnton, 6 p.m., Vanetta Park DAUPHIN OUNTY AMERICAN LEGION LEAGUE W L PTS Hummelstown 5 0 10 Middletown 4 2 8 Linglestown 4 2 8 Upper Dauphin 2 1 4 Susquehanna 2 2 4 Lawnton 2 3 4 Dauphin 1 3 2 Hershey 1 5 2 Newport 0 1 0 Paxton 0 2 0 Last week’s games Hummelstown 9, Middletown 1 Middletown 5, Lawnton 4 Linglestown 4, Middletown 3 Middletown 4, Hershey 3 Middletown 5, Hershey 4 Hummelstown 6, Upper Dauphin 0 This week’s games Wednesday, June 11 Hummelstown at Paxton, 6 p.m. Thursday, June 12 Upper Dauphin at Middletown, 6 p.m., Middletown Area High School Monday, June 16 Dauphin at Middletown Linglestown at Hummelstown YOUTH BASEBALL LSWAT/WHANOVER LEAGUE MAJORS American Division W L Paxtonia (1) 5 2 PHR Black 5 2 Lower Swatara Blue 3 4 Middletown 3 7 Swatara 0 6
CENTRAL PA SENIOR TEENER LEAGUE South East Division W L Enola 5 1 Lawnton 2 2 Hershey 1 0 Middletown (2) 1 1 New Cumberland 0 0 Middletown (1) 0 1 Lower Dauphin 0 2 Last week’s games Lawnton 1, Middletown (2) 0 Upper Dauphin 9, Middletown (1) 2 Upper Dauphin 16, Lower Dauphin 1 TEENER A American Division W L Linglestown (1) 4 1 West Hanover 4 4 LSwat/Middletown 3 3 South Mountain 3 3 Susquehanna 2 2 National Division W L T Lower Dauphin (1) 6 0 1 LD United 6 1 0 Palmyra (2) 5 5 0 Hershey 4 1 1 Palmyra (1) 2 4 0 Lower Dauphin (3) 1 3 0 Lower Dauphin (2) 1 7 0 Last week’s games Lower Swatara/Middletown 7, Lower Dauphin (2) 0 Lower Dauphin (1) 11, Lower Dauphin (3) 1 Lower Dauphin (1) 17, West Hanover 2 LD United 18, Lower Dauphin (3) 6 LD United 11, Palmyra (1) 0 South Mountain 7, Lower Dauphin (2) 2 Palmyra (2), 9, Lower Dauphin (3) 6 Lower Dauphin (1) 11, Palmyra (2) 3 TEENER B Stammel Division W L Hershey (1) 9 0 West Hanover 6 1
BASEBALL LSwat/Middletown (2) LSwat/Middletown (1) Hershey (2) Palmyra Lower Dauphin (1)
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Last week’s games Hershey (1) 12, Lower Swatara Middletown (1), 4 South Mountain 16, Lower Dauphin (1) 4 Lower Dauphin (2) 18, South Mountain 5 Paxton (2) 4, Lower Swatara/Middletown (1) 3 Lower Dauphin (2) 13, Harrisburg 11 Lower Swatara/Middletown 17, Palmyra 2 TEENER C East Division W L T West Hanover 8 1 0 Palmyra (1) 3 4 1 Palmyra (2) 2 3 0 LSwat/Middletown 2 7 0 Hershey (2) 2 7 0 Hershey (1) 1 3 1 Lower Dauphin 1 6 0 Last week’s games Palmyra (2) 15, Lower Swatara/Middletown 11 West Hanover 18, Lower Swatara/Middletown 3 Hershey (1) 16, Lower Dauphin 8 Hershey (2) 14, Lower Dauphin 2 YOUTH SOFTBALL SUBURBAN GIRLS SOFTBALL LEAGUE 10U W L Londonderry (5) 14 0 Manheim (4) 10 4 Lower Swatara (2) 9 5 Manheim (3) 7 7 Londonderry (4) 6 8 Lower Swatara (3) 5 9 Hummelstown 3 11 Manheim (5) 2 12 Last week’s games Lower Swatara (2) 14, Hummelstown 12 Lower Swatara (2) 22, Londonderry (4) 19 Lower Swatara (3) 17, Manheim (5) 10 Lower Swatara (2) 9, Manheim (4) 1 Lower Swatara (2) 16, Manheim (3) 10 Londonderry (4) 20, Manheim (5) 18 Londonderry (5) 14, Manheim (3) 5 Manheim (4) 13, Lower Swatara (2) 5 Londonderry (2) Akron Londonderry (3) Manheim
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Middletown Post 594’s A.J.Salov (30) lays down a bunt.
Post 594 sweeps Hershey Middletown American Legion Post 594 swept a double-header from Hershey, 5-4 and 4-3, on Sunday, June 8, the highlight of a successful week of baseball in the Dauphin County American Legion League. Post 594 won three of five games
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last week, beating Lawnton, 5-4, and losing to unbeaten Hummelstown, 0-1 and to Linglestown, 4-3. Middletown (4-2) is tied for second place in the league with Linglestown, trailing first-place Hummelstown (5-0) by 1-1/2 games.
Last week’s games Londonderry (2) 14, Akron 7 Londonderry (2) 16, Akron 9 Londonderry (2) 16, Londonderry (3) 6 Londonderry (2) 12, Londonderry (3) 11 Londonderry (2) 5, Manheim 0 Akron Hummelstown Manheim Londonderry Lower Swatara Penbrook
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Last week’s games Hummelstown 6, Londonderry 5 Manheim 18, Lower Swatara 1 Londonderry 14, Lower Swatara 3 Lower Swatara 15, Penbrook 5 Lower Swatara 21, Penbrook 4
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Lower Dauphin shortstop Kaylor Kulina, catcher Deon Stafford and first baseman Corey Atkins were named to the first team. All three were seniors who graduated this month. Falcon designated hitter/catcher Tyler Friedrich and centerfielder Jake Shellenberger were named to the second team. Friedrich, a sophomore, returns next year, while Shellenberger, a senior, has graduated. Two other Lower Dauphin seniors
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Elizabethtown seniors earn more than $92,500 in awards
Elizabethtown Area High School presented more than $92,500 in scholarships and awards to seniors during its annual awards banquet on Wednesday, May 28 at the school. Students and their awards are:
Horatio Alger Pennsylvania Scholarship: Alexis Ruhl American Legion - Conewago Post No. 329 - Officer Neidinger Law Enforcement Scholarship: Cody Martin American Legion Conewago Post No. 329 Award: Alexis Ruhl Dale Andrews Memorial Scholarship: Jennifer Fairbanks “R” Jeanette Barnes Fine Arts Scholarship: Nicholas Brown Michael R Boltz Memorial Award: Mariah Katsch Dennis Brown Softball Scholarship: Heather Secord Business Computing Award: Alexander Good Esther M. Cherry Memorial Award: Patrick Curtin Conoy Lions Club - George R. Myers Memorial Awards: Jennifer Eurich and Kenneth Zeager Edwin F. and Madonna J. Downes Scholarship: Nicholas Brown Elizabethtown America Legion Post No. 329 William D. Port & Robert D. Ream Medal of Honor Scholarship: Noah Mitchell
Elizabethtown Area Education Association Scholarships: Jennifer Eurich, Leah Hammaker, Emily Klonicki, Emma Munyan and Brian Rupp Elizabethtown Area Grange No. 2076 Award: Emma Munyan Elizabethtown Area High School Artist Award: Alanna Esbenshade Elizabethtown Area High School English Award: Emily Hess Elizabethtown Area High School National Honor Society Award: Kendra Strickler Elizabethtown Area High School Student Council Senior Leadership Awards: Morgan Gizzi and Leah Hammaker Elizabethtown Area High School Theater Arts Club Awards: McKayla Williams, Kathlyn Allison, Noah Mitchell and Nicholas Brown Elizabethtown Area High School Yearbook Awards: Caitlyn Borrell, Brianna Fready, Gina Miller, Clare Romanauskas, Katharina Schoenberger, Whitney Szobocsan and Savana Ulrich Elizabethtown Area Music Club Awards: Chorus – Quinn Gingrich; Band – Kyra Lancaster; and Orchestra – Elyse Shultz Elizabethtown Area School District Alumni Association Award: Jay Bomgardner Elizabethtown Area Education
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As a professor emeritus of education at Penn State Harrisburg, Dr. Richard Ammon knows a thing or two about how to prepare adolescents for the future. So it was to Ammon’s dismay to learn that Middletown Area School District’s middle school and high school will be without full-time, certified librarians. “This is not the way Middletown Area School District ought to go,’’ Ammon told the Middletown Area School Board during a meeting on Monday, May 10. “To assume that students are able to meet their library needs on their own over the Internet is painfully ludicrous. Simply put, the Internet is fraught with misinformation.” Ammon cited “a plethora of research studies” to evince his case that having full-time, certified librarians is a supreme advantage for students, particularly in bolstering their test scores in reading and writing. “Not having a certified librarian relegates students to a second-class education,’’ he wrote in a letter to the Press And Journal published in the Viewpoints section on Wednesday, June 4. “The Middletown administration, in one fell swoop, has dumbed down the education of your hardworking students. Having excellent teachers is the start of a good education, but it takes a certified librarian to assist those teachers and students to gain more than what I call a Wal-Mart education.” Ammon, whose wife is a retired MASD librarian, implored Middletown administrators to “readdress the situation and reinstate certified librarians in both the high school and in the middle school.” “There’s time to do something. We have the summer,” Ammon told the
board. “Please. For the sake of your students, do this.” The lack of librarians can be attributed primarily to financial hindrances and the desire to expand in other curricular areas, according to district Superintendent Dr. Lori Suski. “If budgetary constraints were not a factor, we would retain a librarian at the middle school,” said Suski. “Unfortunately, in these challenging economic times, difficult decisions have to be made.” One such difficult decision was the District’s 2011 reduction of the family and consumer science program, whose staff went from three teachers to one. The district also furloughed teachers in the music and industrial technology departments and eradicated its driver’s education program due to declining enrollment. As a result, the singular family and consumer science teacher had to split time between the middle school and high school. “Due to that reduction in family and consumer sciences and the impact it had on the schedule at the middle school, it was necessary to come up with a class to fill that gap in the schedule beginning in 2011-2012 without adding another teacher to the budget,” said Suski. This vacant slot was filled by a library class taught by librarian Jennifer Moore for students in all three grades on a rotation. Over the last three years, though, the lack of a full-time family and consumer science teacher at the high school prevented some students from taking the electives they wanted. Additionally, the program at the middle school decreased from three years of instruction to only one. “This year, through attrition, we had an opportunity to re-evaluate the decision made three years ago,” said Suski. “Due to the retirement of middle school reading and language arts teacher Lisa Valenti, we are able
to transfer [Moore] to that position for which she is appropriately certificated and hire a full-time family and consumer science teacher for the middle school. This will allow family and consumer science instruction in all three grades again like it used to be and a full-time family and consumer science teacher to provide a full complement of electives at the high school for 2014-2015 with no impact to the overall budget.” Though this plan does leave a fulltime vacancy in the middle school library, Suski does not believe this will make for any of the educational lessening Ammon foresaw at the meeting. “The district’s library curriculum is based totally on the English and language arts standards, so these standards are already covered in the reading and language arts courses taught at the middle school,” said Suski. “The library curriculum reinforced and refined some of these concepts, but was not a replacement for what is ultimately the responsibility of the reading and language arts teachers to deliver,’’ Suski said. “Teachers are instructing research strategies, citation strategies, selection of appropriate resources and can do this in the library and in the classroom since the database subscription services are available online.” In regard to the lack of a high school librarian, Suski said that position was also eliminated through attrition for budgetary reasons. However, this resource was scarcely used by high school students during study hall, Suski said. “Teachers are responsible for students’ direct instruction and have the ability to take students to the library at any time,” Suski added.
701 Award: Kailey Smith Mary Z. Fetter Award: Emily Klonicki Matthew Garber Memorial Scholarship: Kara Smedley Gingrich, Smith, Klingensmith & Dolan Scholarships: Adrienne Brosey and Morgan Gizzi Carlson E. and Jean L. Hartz Scholarship: Graham Rich Elizabeth Hughes Society Scholarship: Margaret Kaylyn West Kaleidoscope Awards presented by the Lynden Gallery: Emily Hess, Kyra Lancaster and Jakia Nur Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown Awards: Erica Giuliano and Alexander Good Kay Kreamer Memorial Scholarship: Brooke Zerphey Stacy Landis Memorial Scholarship: Emma Munyan John Lehman Scholar Athlete Awards: Kara Mueser and Matthew Stephens Richard “Kirk” Leib Memorial Scholarship: Alec Gibbons Randy S. Lokey Memorial Scholarships: Morgan Gantz and Alec GIbbons Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge No. 596 Awards: Briana Fready, Emily Hess, Nicholas Hopwood and Alexandra Sevareid Masonic Village Scholarships: Leah Hammaker, Emily Hess, Brian Rupp and Abigail Stump
Masonic Village – Kaitlyn Elizabeth Dalton Memorial Scholarship: Brooke Zerphey Donna (Hresko) Mayes Memorial Scholarship: Amanda Means Jacqueline Myers World Language Awards: Benjamin Breneman, Megan Hess and Rachel Tesmer Northwest Lancaster County Medical Scholarships: Rebecca Amsbaugh and Margaret Kaylyn West Northwest Regional Police Scholarship: Jacob Goronson Rosemary O’Donnell Awards: Nick Lonardi, Katharina Schoenberger, Abigail Stump and Brooke Zerphey Sobieski D. Owens Scholarship: Virginia Moyer PIAA District Frackler Hower Sportsmanship Awards: Morgan Gantz and Craig Miller PIAA District 3 Athletics – E. Jerry Brooks Academic Excellence Awards: Robert Corbin, Patrick Curtin, Jennifer Eurich, Leah Hammaker, Kara Mueser, Graham Rich and Matthew Stephens Douglas W. Pfautz Memorial Scholarship: Emily Klonicki President’s Education Awards: Grace Benitez, Corinna Brendel, Nicholas Brown, Jennifer Eurich, Morgan Gizzi, Rebekah Good, Leah Hammaker, Emily Hess, Emily Klonicki and Rachel Tesmer Principal’s Leadership Awards: Zachary Berra, Leah Hammaker, Em-
ily Klonicki and Craig Miller Rheems PTO Scholarship: Corinna Brendel Floyd Runkle Memorial Award: Grant Greider Brian Savage Memorial Baseball Scholarship: Patrick Curtin Brian Savage Memorial Soccer Scholarship: Joseph Weidman Senior Chemistry Student of the Year Award: Jennifer Eurich Almond and Lois Shirk Music Award: Kyra Lancaster Cindy Smith Memorial Award: Nicholas Brown Sons of the American Legion Squadron No. 329 Awards: Patrick Curtin and Brian Rupp Ervin L. Steele Nursing Scholarship: Leah Hammaker Susquehanna Bank Award: Rachel Tesmer Paul Tate Memorial Scholarship: Benjamin McCurdy The Seeing Eye Puppy Raiser Service Scholarship: Eric Rathsam Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682 Free and Accepted Masons Award: Eric Rathsam Beverly Gish Ulrich Memorial Scholarship: Gina Miller Mark E Weleski Memorial Scholarship: Kenneth Zeager Wenger’s Feed Mill Award: Robert Corbin Dale G. Williams Education Scholarship: Clarissa Dempsey
Lower Swatara Twp. Police News Following is a compilation of reports from the Lower Swatara Twp. Police Department. Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law.
ATV stolen An all-terrain vehicle valued at $1,000 was reported stolen from a residence in the first block of Floyd Drive. Police believe the black 2008 Polaris 90cc ATV was stolen sometime between May 4 and 9. The vehicle was unsecured, but hidden on the property, police said. Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 717-939-0463. 3 charged with theft Charges of receiving stolen property and defiant trespass were filed against Justin C. Lloyd, 31, of the 100 block of Royal Terrace, Harrisburg; Bobbie L. Middleton, 52, of the 1000 block of N. Second St., Harrisburg; and John L. Middleton, 65, of the 200 block of S. 19th St., Harrisburg, police report. Police said the charges stem from the theft of scrap metal from offices of TE Connectivity in the 2000 block of Fulling Mill Road at 11:44 a.m. on May 10. Road rage charge Richard H. Messimer, 36, of the 1000 block of Lakeside Dr., Middletown, was charged with disorderly conduct, simple assault, careless driving and involvement in an accident involving damage to vehicle, police report. The charges stem from what police have labeled an incident of road rage at 5:55 p.m. on May 12 in the 700 block of S. Eisenhower Blvd. Police said Messimer was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado and refused
to permit a car to merge into a lane of traffic. Messimer swerved his vehicle and struck the complainant’s car, a 2005 Toyota Corolla, police said. The complainant followed Messimer’s vehicle and took pictures of it, police said. Messimer struck the complainant in the face, injuring the
complainant’s nose, police said. The alleged victim was treated by EMS personnel, and their car sustained damage to one side, including a broken passenger’s side mirror, police said. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 18 before District Judge Michael Smith.
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014
A night when education took center stage
f you think that sports is more revered than smarts in high school, then you should have attended the National Honor Society induction ceremony and presentation of student awards at Middletown Area High School’s Honors Night last month. More than $50,000 in private scholarships and awards was given to Middletown students – and students earned much more, if you count scholarships from colleges they also received, some for four years’ worth of tuition. It pays to be smart, and the night was proof. One by one, students took the stage at the school auditorium to collect their award, sponsored by past classes, alumni, social fraternities and sororities, businesses, the military, the families of deceased students whose lives were short, but memorable. It was a scene played out at other local high schools – every one has an awards night. And though the audience was smaller than that commonly found at, say, a high school football game, it was alive, excited, acutely aware of the imaccomplishments of the students More than $50,000 in private mense who earned the scholarships – and, in the scholarships and awards was case of parents, appreciative of the help given to students at some extra money will provide as their goes off to college. Middletown Area High child The night began with 14 inductions into School's Honors Night. It pays the school’s National Honor Society. to be smart, and the night was When the stage curtain was pulled back to each member and inductee, seated proof. reveal as though posed for a group portrait, the moment was almost goose-pimply. Here was Middletown’s best of the best – and the audience seemed to feel the impact of it, applauding excitedly. Perhaps it’s true, as senior Victoria White told the audience in a poem she wrote and recited at the event, that “it’s the little things you remember most of all.’’ The night honoring good grades and great effort, the night of celebrating scholarship may have been a quiet affair compared to the pomp of graduation or the roar of school pride at a Homecoming football game, but it was memorable because of the classroom accomplishments quietly achieved by students out of public view. If you are a harsh critic of public education, a cynic who insists that schools don’t perform well enough, the proceedings might have at least given you pause as you watched students, teachers and principals revel, on a night many do not attend, in their scholarly accomplishments. The night restored faith, instilled hope, and set things right. Congratulations to the students who excelled in the classroom through hard work and effort, and those educators who helped them achieve. It did pay off. It will pay off.
Outlaw "Redskins?'' Let's not stop there . . . Editor, Here are some other politically correct issues to consider: I agree with our Native American population. I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins. One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay. We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward. Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name “Redskins’’ makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns. The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of the militant Black Panthers from the ‘60’s alive. Gone. It’s offensive to us white folk. The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war that cost this country so many young men’s lives. I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres. Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged. We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates! Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children: • The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending habits. Wrong message to our children. • The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children. • The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children. • The Milwaukee Brewers ... well, that goes without saying. Wrong message to our children. So there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as it should. Just the kind of thing the do-nothing Congress loves – as if they don’t have anything more important to do! Earl Peters Middletown
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y focus don’t produce smarter kids.” as Senate Businesses say when you have less in Educatheir world, you become more resourcetion Committee ful. However, education doesn’t do this chair is students because – their words, not mine – it’s a and parents. While “protected system;” protectionism doesn’t I believe education work in trade and it won’t work in educachoice would best meet their needs, I tion. realize there’s not enough support to pass Employers who’ve tried to help with choice. education say they get pushed back. They Meanwhile, taxpayers are generously say things taught in classrooms aren’t supporting schools: Pennsylvania spends used in the real world but education $856 each second on education. Yet some doesn’t listen. Some frustration is directstudents and parents feel trapped in failed at unions: They say, “They shouldn’t ing schools, and employers and higher be running our education system” and education say graduates are unprepared “earn on your merits.” for the workforce and college. Although Businesses question if teachers really many call for action, few changes are acwant to involve parents, asking, “Why are tually made – the status quo is too strong. parent/teacher conferences scheduled durFor this reason, I have held a series of ing the day (when many parents work)?’’ Town Hall Meetings on education to Employers recognize not everyone is a discuss ways to better focus on students’ good test-taker. However, they wonder and parents’ needs. I wanted to listen to if avoiding assessments may be setting parents, employers and educators. This is kids up for failure by giving them false what they told me: expectations. Parents say schools have strayed. “The Some business people echo parents’ purpose of schools is to educate children comments: We need to spend money on and the fact they don’t should frighten ev- education but we need to spend it well, eryone,” one said. Another parent wanted and we aren’t. Like parents, they question to know why an 11th-grade student the growing costs of pensions and health couldn’t write his own name. And another care and fear fewer resources are helping said the values his children are taught in students. school don’t reflect his, remarking, “It’s School leaders echo concerns about time to take philosophy out of schools pension and health care costs: They and focus on education.” say, “You (the General Assembly) have Parents recognize known about these issues schools face problems for 10 go well beyond years; you can’t do If we don't like what's going anything without education – social problems and on in education, we need to first addressing technology. NoneThey change the rules. If education pensions.” theless, parents also complain about is truly about children, then union inflexibility: question how money is spent. “We’re let's focus on the needs of “They won’t comspending foolishly,” they say. children. promise,” one said. Countless teachers Increasing numand other educabers of parents tors complain about don’t like Common standardized tests: Core. The standards “Stop teaching to are “killing the joy of learning,” one the test,” they say. They question the said. They fear children are being taught State Board of Education and want more WHAT to think, not HOW to think. local control: They say, “Unclog educaParents of a soon-to-be-closed charter tion” and “let us focus on curriculum” school told me they are angry and feel no and “fire the State Board – they’re unacone cares what goes on in schools. One countable.” cried, asking where she’s going to send Guidance counselors say they spend a her children when their charter school is lot of their time trying to help needy chilclosed. Another said watching her son dren – breakfast, lunch and (sometimes) learn at his (charter) school inspired her dinner. to get her GED at age 37. School boards and superintendents want Some parents want competition – educato “think outside the box”: They say, tion choice. Others call for changes in “We’re all fighting for the same pot of pensions and salaries and benefits – inmoney and there’s less and less money to cluding “paycheck protection.” They say go around.” Many want changes in educathe focus of education is “all financial” tion funding formulas. and there’s “nothing on students” and too My goal is to take what I’ve heard and many decisions are “made behind closed use it to better focus on students and doors.” parents. Meanwhile, the business community If we don’t like what’s going on in tells me they can’t get skilled labor as education, we need to change the rules. graduates can’t do the jobs. They say if If education is truly about children, then students have the skills, they’ll get the let’s focus on the needs of children. jobs. Employers can’t find people to do My next Town Hall meeting with educathe jobs because they don’t have basic tors will be 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June skills. Students just aren’t prepared – 11 in the Gallery Lounge of Penn State “soft skills” are especially lacking. Harrisburg. Employers question tenure: Some teachers “just go through the motions, but are Mike Folmer is a Republican member protected by tenure,” they say. They say of the Pennsylvania Senate. He reprethe more we spend on education, the less sents the 48th Senatorial District, which we seem to get. They want to know how includes Middletown, Royalton, Lower to “hold schools accountable because Swatara Twp., Highspire, Londonderry children are the customers and they’re too Twp., Steelton and the Swatara Twp. comoften left out.” They add: “Fancy schools munities of Bressler, Enhaut and Oberlin.
merica is ailing. Even as America presents itself to the world as something exceptional, a moral model of liberty and equality, we admit to the pollsters that our democracy is not working. The consensus makes money the problem. But is it? Money is everywhere in politics. Mention earmarks, tax loopholes, Citizens United, the revolving door and people know immediately you are talking about the corruption of money. And it is all legal, part of the norm. But is money really the cause of that corruption? I want to argue that causation actually runs the other way. Money is filling a power vacuum where democracy has failed. Very much like the Corleone family in “The Godfather,’’ a political failure invites an alternate source of order and security. Coming out of World War II, America fell victim to its success. As the undisputed leader of the Western world, the U.S. became free to do anything and never be called to account. That is absolute power and it corrupted absolutely. An indictment would look to three Democratic failures. First, we lost our respect for democracy and accepted oligarchy at home and dictatorship abroad. We abandoned the rule of law and privileged some organizations as too big to fail and some people as too rich to jail. Finally, our constitutional structure was corrupted with an imperial presidency, a politically neutered Congress and a partisan Supreme Court. The banking and healthcare industries are the most obvious among the oligarchs. When the banking system was in crisis, the Federal Reserve sat down with the banks and cobbled together a bailout that enriched the banks and impoverished the people. When our dysfunctional health system threatened Money in to eat up a quarpolitics, ter of our annual however output and the Congress was sordid, cannot incapable of any be blamed for kind of action, democracy's President Barack Obama sat down failings. with those who financed and controlled the Congress. The health insurance companies, the pharmaceutical companies and medical professions defined what became Obamacare. This meant enormous profits for those firms and executives, increased costs to individuals and a functioning health care system. The imperial presidency with its immorality of assassination, regime change and special renditions had its beginning as far back as Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and the coup in Iran. President Lyndon Johnson went to war in Vietnam on the basis of the Tonkin Gulf lie. This realpolitik was all institutionalized by Henry Kissinger and President Richard Nixon in crimes far worse than Watergate. That is the tradition that George W. Bush followed with his torture, renditions and weapons of mass destruction, as did Obama with all that and his assassination-by-drone. The Congress has neither the moral force nor the political will to check the president. The Supreme Court in its partisan divide represents money on both sides. Other levels of government as as bad, as money has become the measure of value. Here in Pennsylvania, our legislature is hopelessly corrupt and our politicians have credibility commensurate with the money that backs them. In the governor’s race, Tom Wolf has his own money and is being taken most seriously. Gov. Tom Corbett has serious money backing him – just not enough. In an America where markets are worshipped, where hospitals, schools and retirement are organized for profit, you have to expect that politics will also be smothered by money. But taxing or regulating that money will do little good unless there is a rebirth of democracy. Money in politics, however sordid, cannot be blamed for democracy’s failings. The redeeming fact is that across the political spectrum good people really want change they can count on. The world is still looking to America for a moral leadership we are not providing. Paul A. Heise, of Mount Gretna, is a professor emeritus of economics at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, and a former economist for the federal government.
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JOHNPAYNE The Capitol REPORT
New law requires schools to report suspected child abuse
fter unanimous passage in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate, the governor signed legislation into law to apply the same standards to school employees with regard to child abuse investigations and background clearances as those that exist for employees of other workplaces. Under Act 45 of 2014, school employees are required to report any type of suspected child abuse committed by a school employee against a student, not just suspected abuse causing serious bodily injury, sexual abuse or exploitation. As mandated reporters, they must report suspected abuse directly to the Department of Public Welfare (DPW)’s ChildLine, while also notifying the person in charge of the school. Before the law was enacted, school employees were required to report suspected abuse by another school employee to the school administrator, who was then required to report it
to law enforcement and the district attorney. On the contrary, Pennsylvania law states that employees of other workplaces who suspect child abuse are required to contact DPW (ChildLine) by phone immediately. The measure also expands background checks and other security requirements to school employees and any other volunteers working directly with children, including student-teachers. Act 45 helps to streamline the process of reporting suspected abuse by closing a loophole that allowed a different procedure for substantiating abuse, reporting requirements and procedures, and investigative response as exists elsewhere. For more details on the General Assembly’s child protection efforts, visit my website, RepPayne.com. Anyone can anonymously report suspected child abuse by calling DPW’s ChildLine at 1-800-9320313.
New app for state travel As many of you begin to prepare for summer travel, I would like to encourage you to download the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)’s recently updated mobile application, 511PA. The application provides handsfree and eyes-free travel alerts for the nearly 40,000 miles of road that PennDOT maintains, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and select New Jersey and West Virginia roadways. Users can also check the application before they travel to view traffic speeds, cameras and travel alerts. Application users can tailor the alerts based on event type, time between alerts, their location (with a radius of up to 500 miles), and for which direction of travel the user wants to hear advisories. When activated, the hands-free and eyes-free application plays
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• “Finally, the decision has been
made to change the grading system back to what it was next year. There have always been those certain teachers that like to keep kids off Honor Roll. Even with the change next year those certain teachers will drop grades even lower. We have seen this with a couple kids – and also many other parents we have talked with. How can a lot of kids have all ‘A’s’ and the one certain class never be above 84? Oh, it has to be the kid, right? No, it couldn’t be that teacher or the way they teach. No, not that.”
• “And I walk up to you and punch
you for saying that to a gay person. I’ll be charged with a crime but it would be worth it. Not to worry, though. You’re a coward that would never say something like that to a person’s face.”
audio alerts with traffic incidents or slowdowns within the radius the user selects. In addition to the mobile application, motorists can sign up to receive personal, customizable travel alerts, or follow the statewide or regional Twitter feeds assigned to each 511PA region. The application is free and available from the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store by searching for “511PA.” You can also sign up for email alerts from PennDOT by visiting my website, RepPayne.com.
• “So now the borough is going to
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.
means it’s time to make a seethrough, clear, no-zip-handle bag for school next year. The lockers are way too small to accommodate a book bag, coat and a sports bag. All sounds good on paper – until you have to actually deal with storing things in a sliver of a locker.”
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• “Lower Swatara Twp.: Again, this year, residents would like to sleep in on the weekends. To mow before 9 a.m. on either weekend day should be stopped. The parks can wait another two hours to be cut.”
• “The end is nearer.” • “I’m tired of listening to all these people and congressmen saying Obama is breaking the law. If you’re not going to do anything about it, shut up.”
• “Why does Middletown’s three
Highspire and their gas is 19 cents cheaper than Middletown’s gas. Highspire gas is $3.56; Middletown gas is $3.75. By the way, the cars at Turkey Hill and Sunoco stations in Highspire were waiting in line to get their gas, and when I reached Middletown there was not a single vehicle even at the pumps at Middletown Turkey Hill or at 7-Eleven stores. This to me is very bad for business. Along the same line, I just read in the Press And Journal that we have 4,000 students at Penn State campus Middletown,
of disconnected resources – water, land, minerals, air – is quickly eroding. The water crises surfaced by fracking hasten that erosion. Hydraulic fracturing requires significant water withdrawals. In drought-stricken California, farmers complain that these drill operations deplete vital irrigation water, mixing it with toxic chemicals, then burying it underground as useless wastewater. Liquefying natural gas takes even more water. That’s one reason Calvert County resident Tammy Vitale told me she opposes Dominion’s LNG plans. Local aquifer levels are dropping; as the county’s comprehensive plan warns, “the seemingly inexhaustible supply is running out.” To downplay such public interests, LNG companies like Dominion have presented their private export goals as more-critical public interests: “economic growth,” “energy independence” and “decreased trade deficit.” Not that a decreased trade deficit that increases U.S. water deficits is logical. Nor an “energy independence” itself dependent on rapidly squandered supplies. Such cognitive leaps require a mental disconnect. But we consumers have long provided that disconnect – split within our own minds by the desire for cheap energy while ignoring its larger costs. That split has also allowed us mentally to divide our present comforts from the hardship of future Americans. It also divides us from our own “by the people” government, increasingly controlled by energy giants whose background presence we can’t stir ourselves to examine. Such deeper cracks are the real source of our fractured environment. That’s why each outward crisis offers a doorway for us to look within – where a deeper, wholeminded wisdom still waits to heal the world. Liza Field writes from Virginia.
so you students, should forgo purchasing your gas in Middletown and go up the road about two miles to Highspire where you can save some money. Come on, Middletown Turkey Hill, 7-Eleven and also Giant: Get in the game. Lower your prices.’’
• “Congratulations to Middletown
Area High School Class of 2014. With two exceptions, you conducted yourself with dignity at graduation. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for those in the audience that hooted and hollered. The attention was to be focused on the graduates and you tainted that with your buffoonish behavior and attempts to call attention to yourself. I guess you do not have much to cheer
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The fracking debate means more to you than you realize president of Public Strategy Group, describes these opponents as “NIMBY types.” The NIMBY label itself is helpfully fractious. This divide-and-conquer strategy, long used to pit community residents against one another rather than against a polluting industry, depicts opponents as backward, local oddities out-of-touch with global progress. But as Maiorino complains, these uncooperative locals are springing up everywhere, opposing LNG export facilities around the continent. “The Jordan Cove Energy Project can bring over 150 well-paying new jobs to a small town in Oregon,” he marvels, yet “the town still does not want the new export center. In Jones Beach, N.Y., the opposition is the same as they line up to fight Liberty Natural Gas.” The everywhere-NIMBYs questioning so many export proposals include fracking opponents from across the backyard of the continent, U.S. manufacturers, even a bipartisan group of 22 U.S. senators who recently warned President Barack Obama that soaring fuel costs to U.S. homes and businesses would result. Those rising costs will likewise ramp up pressure for domestic drilling just when numerous other fracking impacts have surfaced across the nation. In April, the Seismological Society of America reported that fracking and its left-behind buried tons of wastewater significantly increase earthquakes by stressing preexisting fault lines. Because those deeper connections aren’t well understood up here on shallower levels of human mineral rights and fence lines, the quakes can occur unpredictable miles and years away from the fracking operations that induce them. That ripple effect itself shakes up our old cognitive fault lines. The Industrial Age notion of Earth as a hodgepodge
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further kowtow to Penn State, and is entertaining the idea of putting a Barnes & Noble downtown for the convenience of the Penn State students? How about if the borough does something with the interests of the residents first in their tiny minds, rather than kissing the backsides of the stupid school? Is this behind the effort to push out the businesses in that building and shut down the Elks?”
f it seems you aren’t part of the fracking debate, look under the surface. You’re connected to this trouble, and that connectivity is good news. Hydraulic fracturing has generated divisiveness everywhere, and no one wants more divisions to deal with on the planet today. But the debate could excavate the one fossilized fuel humans most need at this time – that ancient, bigpicture-seeing resource of wisdom. Accessing it would just require a dig deeper than the old fault lines these energy debates expose. For one thing, America’s natural gas boom demonstrates that local and global aren’t separate units divided by such lines. I live in the Appalachians of southwest Virginia, far from the Chesapeake Bay. We have no gas boom. Our version of “fracking” is the mountaintop-removal coal mining that requires dynamiting ancient ridgelines, then burying mountain creeks in the rubble. The resulting watershed damage, along with divisive “war on coal” jargon, has already fractured our mountain communities. But fractures along the Maryland shore have tugged my attention to a similarly “local” controversy there. In the tidal community of Calvert County, Va., Dominion Resources is petitioning to convert its Cove Point import terminal into a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility. To encourage a cognitive link between its private interest and everybody’s public interest, Dominion stresses that jobs and revenue will result. Opponents argue that the operation will threaten the community’s air quality, human safety and water security vital to numerous private interests beyond Dominion’s. Energy consultant Al Maiorino,
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Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church is holding a community study and discussion in the Pineford Community Center on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., weekly through July 8. The study will be on the theme “Ultimate Questions.” A free study booklet will be given to all who attend and light refreshments will be available. Everyone is invited to join us! If you currently do not have a church to attend, you are welcome to visit us. We are located at 10 Spruce St.,
Middletown. We have a fellowship meal following the 10:15 a.m. morning service on the First Sunday of every month, free to all who come. We also have Sunday school classes for all ages at 9 a.m. and an evening service at 6 p.m. During the summer the sermons in the morning will focus on God’s friendship with Abraham and the evening sermons will follow the theme: “Psalms for a Sabbath Evening.” Please come worship with us - formal attire is NOT required.
Open Door Bible Church Middletown
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 Open Door Bible Church, located at 200 Nissley Drive, Middletown, invites you to worship Jesus Christ with us this week. Our June 15 Sunday worship service commences at 10:40 a.m. with a 9:30 a.m. Sunday school hour with classes for all ages. Children from
ages 4 to second grade are welcome to participate in Junior Church during the morning worship service. We also welcome you to join us at our 6:30 p.m. service. Childcare is provided for children under age 4 during all services and classes. Wed., June 11: 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 www.odbcpa.org. Better yet, come worship with us in person.
Evangelical United Methodist Church Middletown
To worship is to stop and reflect upon the majesty and love of God and to praise the One who created us all. Worship also enables us to take time to consider how God would have us act on behalf of the Kingdom of God. 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 June 11-17 are always open to everyone. Wed., June 11: 6 p.m., AA Book Study. Sun., June 15: 9 a.m., Sunday Church
school, with classes for all ages. Adult Sunday school devotional leader for June: June Martin; 10:15 a.m., worship service. The worship center is handicap and wheelchair accessible. Greeters: Betty Hoke, John Alexander, Helen Staub. Lay Liturgist: Ken Frisbie. Nursery Helpers: Deb Lidle, Joyce Moyer. The altar flowers are given in memory of mother Vera Ranck presented by Donna and John Burkholder. Mon., June 16: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Community dinner at Evangelical. For more information call 944-6181. Tues., June 17: 8:30 a.m., Volunteers will travel to Mission Central; 2 p.m., Prayer Shawl Ministry.
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 in the fall; Youth Fellowship is Sundays 5 to 7 p.m. resumes in September. We offer our congratulations to Rochelle and Herman Still on their 60th wedding anniversary, and Ella Mae and Charlie Schiefer on their 62nd wedding anniversary. Our sympathy is expressed to Barb Bogardus and family on the loss of their father/grandfather. We congratulate seniors who have graduated. Aubrey Waple and Deanna Steele from Lower Dauphin High School; John Carberry and Andrew Rowe from Middletown Area High
School; and Kathleen Smith from HACC. Acolyte for June: Colin Graham. Children’s Church leader for June: Michelle Strohecker. Our Baby Bottle Outreach, for Morning Star Pregnancy Services, collection of donations will be through Father’s Day June 15. By supporting this cause, we help save unborn babies and support mothers throughout our community. Wed., June 11: 5:30 p.m., We welcome the Rev. Jenn Parks-Snyder for a time of fellowship and sharing of the story of a little boy with terminal cancer we were blessed to help. Sat., June 14: 9 a.m., Men’s breakfast. All men are invited. There is no cost. Speaker: Casper Voithofer. Call Carol Helman at 944-4861 if you would like to attend. Mark your calendar for Children’s Patriotic Music Camp June 16-20, with a program presented in worship on Sun., June 15. All children and youth are invited to participate. Call Bobby Bright at 944-5454 if your child would like to participate. Our Sunday worship service is broadcast on the MAHS radio station WMSS 91.1 FM at 3 p.m. every Sunday afternoon. Listen on the radio or the Internet at www.pennlive.com/ wmss/audio. Check us out on our website at www.newbeginningschurchmiddletown.weebly.com. Pastor Britt’s parting words each Sunday: “Nothing in this world is more important than the love of Jesus Christ.” We invite you to come and experience this love.
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. Wednesdays through Aug. 13: Summer Night Live a/k/a Garage Night begins at 6 p.m. Hot dogs and burgers
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will be provided, so bring a side dish to share with everyone. Theme: Life Sized Game Night. MiKiWoGo (Middletown Kids Worship God) Sunday mornings, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Beginning June 15 through Aug. 31. Join us for Olympic-sized fun and learning during “The Bible Game: Jesus, The Ultimate Hero.” Children ages 4 to grade 5 will earn points for their team through attendance, bringing a Bible, bringing a friend, Bible memory games, and Bible quizzing. See you Sundays at the Pavilion. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highspire United Methodist Church Highspire
“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 Street, 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 Tuesdays at 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 and other events. Call the church office for more information. 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. highspireumc.org. Pastor Willie Carballo invites families and friends to join them on Sunday and on other scheduled events. We would love to have you be our guest.
Geyers United Methodist Church Middletown
Geyers United Methodist Church invites you to worship with us each Sunday at 9 a.m. We offer a Nursery and Children’s Church at 9 a.m. each Sunday. Coffee Fellowship begins at 10 a.m. followed by Adult and Children’s Bible Study at 10:30 a.m. Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month. Prayer meetings are held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. “Weird Animals” is the theme for Geyers United Methodist’s Vacation Bible School. Children ages 3 years old through sixth grade are invited for VBS adventures, food and fun from Mon., June 16 through Fri., June 20 from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Kids will enjoy Bible Adventure Station for story time, Imagination Station for crafts and science fun, Untamed Games for some hilarious and crazy outside activities as well as some awesome singing and dancing videos. Each evening will wrap up at the Critter Cafe where fun and delicious snacks will be served. A free dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Pre-registration for VBS is not required and is open to anyone in the community. Contact Kathy Menear at 930-4454 or email@example.com for additional information. Nonperishable food items are collected for the Middletown Food Bank each Sunday. Campbell Soup labels, education box tops, printer ink cartridges and soda tabs are also collected weekly. Consider volunteering at Mission
Central the fourth Tuesday of each month. Our next trip will be Tuesday, June 24. We leave Geyers at 8:15 a.m. and return about noon. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Contact Kathy Espenshade for more information. Make reservations to attend by calling the church office. Welcome Packets are available in the Narthex. Feel free to pick up a packet to learn more about Geyers United Methodist Church and our activities. Geyers is located at 1605 S. Geyers Church Road, Middletown. Pastor Donald Walters and the church office can be reached at 944-6426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the Christian season of Pentecost, our desire is to be channels of the Spirit of Jesus sharing peace and love with all God’s children. We invite everyone to be part of this transforming work. 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.” Lay Witness Mission Sundays begin this week and continue through June 29. Each Sunday we will be sharing faith stories, singing favorite hymns and songs of praise, while renewing our commitment to follow Jesus and change the world. We invite all to join us is this special time of celebration and renewal. Be inspired. Be empowered. Be blessed. We are celebrating fathers this Sunday by offering carnations in honor and/or memory of special dads during our worship services.
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. Please plan to join us for worship on Father’s Day, June 15 for Trinity Sunday. Visitors are especially welcome. On June 15 please join our Adult Forum class as Vicky Kilroy, youngest daughter of our own Vivian Kilroy, will come from Scranton to share an uplifting story of her mission trip to the village of Karagoto, a village south of Nairobi, Kenya. Her Parker Hill Community Church has established a partnership with churches
Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church 10 Spruce Street • 944-5835
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Ebenezer United Methodist Church (Corner of 441 & Ebenezer Road)
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in Kenya since 2007 and Haiti as of 2013. Sunday Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. in our air-conditioned sanctuary. Nursery is available during the service, and there are also hearing devices for anyone wanting to use one, as well as Bible Listening bags for children to utilize during the service. We’re looking forward to a fun time with some “Weird Animals” this summer. “VBS on Water Street” will be held July 14-17 together with Evangelical United Methodist Church. The Parish Nurse is available by calling the church office at 717-944-4322. For further information, see our website www.pcmdt.org, visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ Presbyterian Congregation, or call the office.
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Food Pantry Sunday is June 15. There is a special summer need for food for kids’ lunches. Toy of the Month is a Matchbox car. We are starting early to collect toys for our Christmas Toy Shop Give Away. Place the cars in the toy bag located in our Gathering Area during June. We are still collecting supplies for Vacation Bible Schools to be held in Bolivia as part of our global mission outreach to Cochabamba. These items will be used by the mission team as they share the love of Jesus with children in four different Bible schools. Sunday’s Lay Witness Theme is “Seeking God” based on Psalm 18:1-6. Come, Rejoice, and Share with us in this venture of faith. Visit our website at middletownwesleyumc.org. Contact us by e-mail at email@example.com. 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.”
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Phone 939-0766 Sunday Worship: Traditional - 8:45 am • Contemporary - 10:45 am Christian Education (All Ages) - 10 am Christian Child Care - 985-1650
New Beginnings Church at the Riverside Chapel
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Phone 939-5180 Sunday School - 9:30 am • Morning Worship - 10:40 am Evening Worship - 6:30 pm Wednesday Prayer Service - 7 pm
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REV. ROBERT GRAYBILL, Pastor
Church School - 9:15 am • Worship - 10:30 am
Spruce & Water Sts., Middletown Sunday School (all ages) - 9 am Sunday Worship - 10:15 am
First Church of God
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Union & Water Sts., Middletown • 944-4322
St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Spring & Union Sts., Middletown Church Office 944-4651
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REV. KIMBERLY SHIFLER, Pastor
Saturday Worship With Spoken Liturgy - 5 pm Sunday Worship - 8:15 am & 11 am Sunday Church School - 9:45 am Worship Broadcast on 91.1 fm - 11 am
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944-9608 Sunday School - 9:15 am • Worship Services - 8 & 10:30 am Classes for Special Education (Sunday Morning & Thursday Evening)
1605 South Geyers Church Road, Middletown PASTOR DON WALTERS
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.
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The Old Soda Fountain excerpt April 13, 1994 column While it’s gone from the local scene, the soda fountain is fondly remembered by older generations. Here in our little town, and all around the USA for that matter, the old-time soda fountain is gradually disappearing. Whether it was in the back of the corner drugstore, at the news agency, the neighborhood Mom and Pop store, or at the local dairy, each fountain had its own character and tasty specialty. Often behind the counter was a teenage boy, and occasionally a girl, who was known as “a soda jerk.” It’s believed that this name was derived from the practice of jerking the big levers that controlled the flow of soda water and the other cool beverages served in frosted mugs and glasses. Many of us recall the late 1940s and ’50s when for only a nickel you could have a lemon, chocolate, or cherry coke at the marble fountain in the Shoemaker’s Drugstore, Broad and Roop Streets. Shoemaker’s was the after-school hangout for many teenagers. Looking back, it seems we were hopelessly naive, very romantic and probably a bit love-struck in that post-World War II era. When I worked there around 1953, part of the job was to tend to simmering kettles of chocolate and simple (sugar) syrup that cooked slowly on the burners of an old gas stove in the basement. In that era, people still requested the orange or lemon phosphates, a light and cooling concoction from the early century. They had lots of flavor and lots of fizz! There were precise instructions for all of the ice cream delicacies. I think most of the recipes were handed down from Dr. McDaniel who had built the imposing yellow brick building around 1910. A banana split called for three scoops of ice cream: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. The ripe banana was sliced precisely to fit the oblong glass dish. The ice cream had to be placed “just so.” Chocolate was on one end with pineapple topping, next came a scoop of vanilla with chocolate sauce, and on the other end strawberry with strawberry sauce. Whipped cream sprinkled with crushed peanuts and a red cherry on top. A long silver spoon and a napkin completed the presentation, and the Shoemakers kept an eye on us to see that we followed the recipe. Another favorite was the hot fudge sundae; chocolate malts and the ice cream sodas kept us busy, too. Across Second Street at the Hoover’s (later Barley’s) News Agency, Mrs. Sides and a team of girls scooped out endless cones of old original Breyers premium ice cream. This was a more relaxed setting and no one cared if you spun ’round and ’round on the old stools and sat for hours. Out on Market Street at the “Dairy,” the Parthemore family kept the neighborhood supplied with cool and tasty 05311A01 treats, including a fruity drink called “lemon blend” that was very popular! Over the years other families made and sold ice cream in Highspire. As long ago as the canal days, and when rivermen came to town, the Diffenderfer family made and sold ice cream to boatmen and railroaders. And as many years ago, A.C. Hocker had a marble fountain in the old store at 13 Roop Street.
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In later years, Twin Kiss and Carvel arrived on the local scene and these businesses have undergone many changes as the taste and habits flow with popular culture. Some old-timers say that cola and other drinks “don’t taste right” from a plastic or paper cup, and others say that today’s ice cream, a more healthy low fat, low-cal version, can’t really measure up to memories of the real thing hand-scooped from a freezer, back of a marble counter, or at a little store in the middle of our old hometown. Do You Remember? excerpt October 30, 1996 column “Do you remember? Yes, I remember. Well you’re much older than I.” So the old song goes, and many residents and former residents like to reminisce about the way things used to be in old Highspire. Highspire old-timers will find it interesting that, on occasion, a car will pause on Broad Street and a traveler will ask, “Where is Knight’s Candy?” Can’t you just taste the delicious chocolate and recall the tempting smell when you opened the door to the shop. Lots of folks long for the fresh chocolate goodness that was a real local tradition. Road signs all across Pennsylvania once led travelers to our town for Knight’s Candy. Unquestionably, the other most missed local business of days past is Zeller’s Superior Chips. This business was operated by Paul Zeller from 1920 to 1958. One cannot drive down Eshleman Street without thinking of the plain or barbecued chips, and also remember the caramel corn? Those chips were golden brown and tasty beyond description. Quite a few folks
would like to travel back in time for a big bag of Zeller’s Chips. How about the 5 cent and 10 cent store operated by the Klair family on the first floor of the Green’s Hotel building that sat across Second Street from the red brick Highspire State Bank? Here we found Charlie Coble and Eleanor Steigleman providing service with a smile that you don’t seem to find much today. Just up the street there was the old breakfast bunch that always gathered at Bill Wilson’s Fine Food in front of Achenbach’s Pharmacy. What fond thoughts of Susan Sides scooping big cones of Breyer’s ice cream for the kids at first Hoover’s and then Barley’s news agency at the corner of Second and Commerce Streets. More delicious ice cream could be had at the Carvel Ice Cream Shop at the lower end of town. This was operated by a New York couple by the name of Myers, really nice people. About 30 years ago when the Highspire Flour Mill was called “Wheatena” they advertised “Highspire Flour for Fancy Cakes and Hercules Flour for Pastries.” No doubt it is one of the area’s oldest continuous businesses and dates from before the American Revolution. Who can forget Naomi Stoner McKinney teaching generations of first graders. She and other fine teachers, like her, are recalled with great affection as they brought much skill, caring, love and devotion to the classroom. At 250 Market Street, the Yeager Printery flourished for well over half a century. Charles W. Yeager documented the social and business life of a small town. His work survives in scrapbooks as treasured souvenirs of graduation, weddings, homecomings,
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Elizabethtown Area High School seniors Corinna Brendel and Robert Corbin were named the Elizabethtown Rotary Club’s Students of the Month for June for their high academic achievement and extensive involvement in school and community service activities. Brendel, daughter of Kelsey Bassanini of Elizabethtown, is a member of the National Honor Society, and was a National Honor Society Scholarship nominee during her senior year. She has held several leadership positions at the high school, including vice president of Key Club her junior year and president for Habitat for Humanity her senior year. She is also active with the cross country and track and field teams and the Model UN. She has earned numerous awards in the area of science, including a first place medal at the North Museum Science and Engineering Fair and in the Pennsylvania Regional Science Olympiad. In the community, she volunteers as
an Appalachian Mountain Club trail crew volunteer. She plans to attend Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., and major in energy resources engineering. Corbin, son of Rob and Jenny Corbin of Elizabethtown, is a member of the National Honor Society. He is captain of the varsity soccer and track and field teams. He was a committee member for the high school’s Four Diamonds Mini-THON, is active with the school’s gifted program and was a member of the 2014 Homecoming Court. He was a member of the state champion Destination ImagiNation team that qualified for the global finals in the structure challenge by placing first at the state level. His team also earned the Spirit of DI award for innovation and excellence. In the community, he is active with his church, St. Peter’s Church. He plans to attend college and seek a career in engineering.
Nigro graduates from Southeastern Darby Amanda Nigro, daughter of Keith and Shari (King) Nigro, has graduated from Southeastern University, Lakeland, Fla., with a master’s degree in professional counseling. She has accepted a job as a therapist with AMIkids Yes, Wimauma, Fla., and will reside in Lakeland. Her paternal grandparents are Robert and Doris Nigro, formerly of Middletown; her maternal grandparents are Doris King, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Middletown, and James and Susan King, of Middletown.
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celebrations, etc. … and yes, he even printed our report cards. Lots of folks miss many of the small businesses such as Laudermilich’s greenhouse and garden center on Musser Street (townhouses there now). I recently heard one resident speculate: “I wonder if there is any way of knowing how many nails Harry Durbrow, Robert Beamsderfer and three generations of the Gross family have sold in the Highspire Hardware since 1905?” Can you imagine just how many rooms the late Merle Hess papered and painted in a lifetime of paper hanging and painting. I’ll bet there are still quite a few examples of his work in our town. Someone was surprised to know the Hoffman Fordland was once located at 427 Second Street in Highspire. Do you remember Bitting’s Shoe Store and the cobbler shop at Second and Roop Streets, or how about Jiggs Sauder in the A & P store on the corner? Folks fondly recall Clark’s Restaurant and the trolley running down the west side of Route 230. Just how many kids studied piano with Professor L.C. Barnett and how many hymns did Joseph Deibler play in his 35-plus years at the console of the M.P. Moller pipe organ in the “U.B.” church? How many miles did Milt Barnes travel about town pulling that giant wagon with filled with produce of Tyrell Hendricks Market on Roop Street? How many folks remember buying candy from Mrs. Hocker at the little window that opened onto the school playground from what is now Chubb’s Market? Wouldn’t it be fun to know just how many pounds of that lean ground beef grocer Dick Chubb ground fresh each day for his countless customers all these years at 13 Roop Street? I’ll bet there are still some folks who recall picking up the mail, before home delivery, when the post office was located at Second and Railroad Streets. How about the big old boathouse at the foot of old Broad Street. Some say it began as a weigh station for canal boaters before the turn of the century, Further up Broad Street, which was originally the Pennsylvania Canal, sat the old firehouse at the corner of Broad and Paxton Streets, across from St. Peter’s. All that remains today is the ancient Sycamore which, if it could talk, would answer many questions and tell us much more about life and times in old Highspire.
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LaVonne Ackerman • 1438 Old Reliance Road, 939-5584 • LaVonneAck@comcast.net June is such a beautiful month! I hope you are enjoying it. School is out, the sun is shining (more) and the temps are rising. I just love this time of year. Some information about June: • June’s birthstones are pearl, alexandrite and moonstone • The rose is the flower of this month. Though roses are available in many colors, from red to pink to white to yellow – all with their own special meanings – the underlying message the flowers convey is that of love and passion. A couple of holidays are coming up in June. Happy Flag Day on Saturday, June 14. Be sure to wave your red, white and blue! How about wearing those colors, too? Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there. May your Sunday, June 15 be precious. Let me know your news to share, and enjoy this last week of spring!
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with a bachelor’s degree in business administration • David Kuhn, of Hummelstown, with a Master’s degree in science Messiah dean’s list The following local students were named to the dean’s list at Messiah College for the spring semester: Middletown – Cassy Bates, a senior social work major; Walter Kline, a senior digital media major; and Celina Nissley, a senior nutrition and dietetics major Hummelstown – Stephen Haverstick, a junior business administration major; Rachel Hunter, a senior education major; Brennan Neal, a senior biology major; Joseph Saufley, a senior marketing and communications major; Christopher Wagoner, a senior accounting major; and Peter Warren, a senior business administration major Elizabethtown – Seth Bashore, a senior psychology major; Christian Becker, a junior accounting major; Rebecca Brubaker, a senior athletic training major; Alex Faus, a junior health and exercise science major; Rebecca Heagy, a senior education major; Adam Heisey, a senior economics major; Carey Heisey, a senior education major; Alexa Hoffman, a senior communications major; Christina Miller, a sophomore education major; Jaylene Nissley, a senior social work major; Adam Schmehl, a sophomore international business major; Rebecca Shirk, a junior accounting major; Erin Sollenberger, a sophomore health and exercise science major; Adam Stern, a junior environmental science major; and Priya William, a senior accounting major Northeastern dean’s list Maura A. Fertich, of Elizabethtown, was named to the dean’s list at Northeastern University, Boston, for the spring semester. Elizabethtown grads The following local students graduated from Elizabethtown College in May: • Ashley Kline, of Hummelstown • Madonna Arntz, of Elizabethtown • Crystal Hocker, of Elizabethtown • Katie Nissley, of Elizabethtown • Stewart Williammee, of Elizabethtown
James Madison dean’s list Katie Mae Housman, of Middletown, a sophomore health services administration major, was named to the dean’s list at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., for the spring semester.
Mansfield student government Brett Helmus, of Middletown, was elected secretary of the Student Government Association Executive Board at Mansfield University, Mansfield. He will serve during the 2014-15 academic year.
Kutztown dean’s list The following local students were named to the dean’s list at Kutztown University for the spring semester: • Lyndsay Leone Troain, of Middletown • Joshua P. Gladfelter, of Elizabethtown • Kristen Elizabeth Miller, of Hummelstown
Scranton grad Kayla Blecher, of Elizabethtown, graduated from the University of Scranton, Scranton, last month with a Ph.D. in physical therapy.
IUP Scholars Forum Two local students participated in the Undergraduate Scholars Forum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana County, a showcase of original research, artwork or performing arts compositions, on April 1. They are: • Amber Clark, of Steelton, daughter of Jay Babil and William Clark, an art history major, the recipient of the McNair Scholar Award for her presentation, “Seventeenth Centure to Modern Portrayal of Heteronormative Gender, Sexism and Rape Culture through Representation in Film: A Cross-Analysis of Life, Personality and Work of Artemisia Gentileschit.’’ • Matthew Papinchak, of Steelton, son of Timotny and Adina Papinchak, a psychology major, the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, for a poster he created with two other students on “The Possible Involvement of Orexin in the Regulation of Green Anole Aggressive Behavior.’’ Millersville scholarship Madaline E. Becker, of Elizabethtown, was selected to receive the Class of 1958 Education Scholarship. She recently graduated from Lower Dauphin High School and will attend Millersville in the fall. Carson-Newman grad Chante Markus, of Middletown, graduated from Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, Tenn., last month.
Pennsylvania fact quiz 1. What is the capital of Pennsylvania? (Harrisburg) 2. What is the name of the river at the state capital? (Susquehanna) 3. In Pennsylvania, how old must you be to vote? (18) 4. How many senators does Pennsylvania have in Congress? (two) 5. Where is the oldest golf course in America? (Clarion) Quote of the Week “Despite the heavy burdens, hope strides ahead into the darkness with calm assurance of what lies beyond the clouds. Hope holds fast to God’s unfailing love.” – Aiden Wilson Tozer, American author, preacher, magazine editor and spiritual mentor. Question of the Week What is your favorite thing about birthday parties? “The celebration, and we play games.” – Victoria Kelly, 6, Chambers Hill. “You get cake and open presents. Today (Wednesday, June 11) I am 4!” – Olivia Snell, 4, Hummelstown. “Being able to see family you don’t see often.” – Travis Patry, 18, Middletown. “Cake pops!” – Rachael Rusnov, 17, Lower Swatara. “The people, and the food and the gifts (on mine).” – Mistura Olaoye, 17, Lower Swatara. “Just being with your friends and celebrating the birthday!” – Brandon Harper, 16, Lower Swatara. Proverb for the Week The Lord demands fairness in every business deal, He established this principle (16:11).
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