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Press And Journal

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013

VOLUME 123 - NO. 30

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A ‘policy wonk’ runs for governor – and courts Middletown

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Ed Rendell, thinks he could get the nod on the backs of local support. “Dauphin County matters. Middletown matters,” Hanger said. “Voters who vote, matter.” And he believes Middletown Democrats should give him the nomination because, as his campaign slogan says, “ideas matter.” “If the criticism of me is that I’m a policy wonk, I plead guilty,’’ he said. “Policy is what governors do. “If you go to a lot of the other candidate’s websites, you see a lot of pretty pictures, but not much else. That’s what distinguishes me from the other candidates: I have real answers to real problems.” While candidates for governor frequently come from

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At first glance, John Hanger, a calmly measured, self-described “policy wonk,” doesn’t seem like a candidate for governor, an aspiration usually reserved for over-confident, too-smooth politicians. And at first glance, Middletown and rural Dauphin County wouldn’t seem to be the key to winning the 2014 Pennsylvania Democratic nomination for governor. But in a tightly contested race with an “open field” of eight Democratic candidates, Hanger, a Derry Twp. resident and former secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection under former governor

the state’s big-time political hubs of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Hanger is proud to be a central Pennsylvania candidate who is familiar with the Middletown area. “The people of central Pennsylvania are just wonderful,” he said. “What you have in this region is families that get up in the morning and go to work. They just want a fair shake.” Hanger visited Middletown, which he calls a “diverse, energetic town,” in May as part of a tour – by school bus – of small towns. The needs of small towns represent why he’s running for governor, he said. “What I really see now are a bunch of really good Please See HANGER Page A6

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Finding a taker for stray animals found in Middletown is a dog’s life these days.
 That’s because Middletown Borough Council has still not agreed to pay its $3,200 annual deposit for 2013 to the Humane Society of Harrisburg. Council discussed the matter at its Monday, July 15 meeting, but did not resolve it, leaving borough police and residents without a place to take stray dogs and cats. Council members have been wrestling with concerns about the expense of the borough’s contract with the Humane Society, which was $6,400 in 2012 – especially since the Society charges municipalities based on postal address, council members said. So the borough is charged when residents who live outside the borough, but have a Middletown postal address, drop off animals.

Swatara Twp. police watching Eisenhower Swatara Twp. police are conducting an aggressive driving enforcement detail along Eisenhower Boulevard and Route 322 through Thursday, Aug. 15. The detail will be focused on drivers who are speeding, texting, following too closely and driving recklessly, police said. The area sees a higher volume of traffic during the summer because of vacationing travelers, police said.

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A federal judge has dismissed part, but not all, of a former Middletown resident’s lawsuit against borough police officers for allegedly illegally searching his trash in 2010. The lawsuit could still be dismissed due to the officers’ qualified immunity if they acted reasonably, but Judge Christopher Conner said he wants to see further development of the evidence before reaching such a ruling. The lawsuit, filed by William Blackwell, stems from a July 13, 2010 incident in which Middletown police obtained a warrant to search another resident’s garbage, Blackwell wrote in court documents. Officer Peter Fure mistakenly searched Blackwell’s trash instead and found marijuana and related paraphernalia, according to Blackwell. Police officer Andrew Crone then applied for a warrant to search Blackwell’s trash, but didn’t inform District Judge David Judy that the probable cause justifying the warrant was obtained through an illegal search of Blackwell’s trash, Blackwell claimed. Judy granted the warrant, police officers found narcotics, cash and a firearm pursuant to the warrant, and Blackwell was criminally charged. A Dauphin County Court judge sustained

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Lower Swatara promotes detective The Lower Swatara Twp. commissioners unanimously approved the promotion of township police Detective Dan Tingle to sergeant at a meeting on Wednesday, July 17. Three officers were interested in the position, but Tingle was the only one to make it through the entire process, said Police Chief Richard Brandt. The sergeant’s position was previously held by Brandt until he was promoted to chief last October when former chief Richard Wiley left to become police chief in West Melbourne, Fla.

Demey School to be demolished, but legacy will live on By Daniel Walmer

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hen Joann Shipkowski, an elementary school teacher in the Middletown Area School District, left her house on any given morning for 33 years, you could bet she was going to one place: Alice Demey Elementary School, where she taught. “It was my home away from home,” Shipkowski said. “My car went there automatically.” She wasn’t alone: From its opening in 1953 to its closing in 2003, Demey provided 50 years of memories for Middletown students and teachers. It was a landmark, located near the Middletown Cemetery, and a neighborhood hub. But buildings, like men, are mortal, and Demey’s time has come. Penn State Harrisburg, which bought the school, has decided to demolish it, senior director of student services Don Holtzman has confirmed. The university’s first preference was to renovate the building, Holtzman said, but when engineers looked at the structure, they found too many problems. “It would be a major undertaking. The building is in disrepair at this point,” he said. “[Renovating it] actually just isn’t economically feasible, and it isn’t a structure that’s programmati-

cally aligned with our needs.” It’s the end of an era of north Middletown’s history that spanned multiple generations. Take, for example, former Demey student and principal Earl Bright, whose father and daughter also attended the school. As a student first attending Demey in fifth grade, Bright’s primary impression was how much bigger it was than Middletown’s Mansberger Elementary School, which he had previously attended. “I remember making a tremendous amount of new friends,” he said. “It was a great experience.” As a principal, he had an exactly opposite reaction – coming from a job at Steelton-Highspire Elementary School, Demey seemed “small in a good way.” “It was a true neighborhood school,” he said. “The neighborhood was there to support the kids.” Shipkowski agreed, and she wouldn’t trade the intimate, caring environment that Demey provided for any other school. “It was like a family, really, with the teaching staff,” she said. Still, Demey was in poor condition by 2003, and so the inevitable happened: The school was closed, and students, teachers and faculty picked up and moved to newly built Reid Elementary School.

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Lancaster has hired a Middletown resident to one of two openings on its police force. Richard J. Staley, a 2005 graduate of Middletown Area High School, has served as a military police officer in the Naval Reserves. Staley began training at the city’s police academy on Monday, July 15.

By Noelle Barrett

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The Highspire Police Department’s fleet has been through a lot. Borough Council voted to lease two new police cars last August, and both had to be replaced since they arrived in November. One car was involved in an accident shortly after it was put on the road, said John McHale, Highspire borough manager and police chief. Insurance covered the costs to replace the vehicle. The other car was involved in a recent accident during a high-speed police chase. This time, the borough isn’t so lucky – insurance will not cover the entire cost of replacing it. Please See NEW CAR, Page A6

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It used to be a community festival at Hoffer Park. Now Middletown’s National Night Out is a progressive townwide event featuring three primary stops with food, fire trucks and demonstrations, several smaller neighborhood stops, and a shuttle-bus trolley to take you on your journey. Welcome to the new Middletown Night Out, actually an attempt at restoring National Night Out to its original purpose of neighborhood crime prevention, according to Chris Courogen, borough secretary and director of communications. “It’s an effort to make it more communitywide, looking to get it to the neighborhood roots of the event,” Courogen said. Courogen credits Police Officer Gary Rux for heading up

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George Rehrer George W. Rehrer, 73, of Elizabethtown and formerly of Royalton, entered into rest on Wednesday, July 17, at Harrisburg Hospital. He was born on June 10, 1940 in Royalton and was the son of the late Emlen and Ruth Green Rehrer. He retired as a driver for Waste Management. Some of George’s favorite pastimes were watching television and being a Phillies fan. His greatest joy, however, was his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Connie L. Rabuck Rehrer; two sons Steve A. Rehrer of Mechanicsburg, and Mark E. Rehrer of Elizabethtown; daughter Amy L. Rehrer of Middletown; sister Mary L. and husband Pete Cleland of Middletown; grandchildren Mark E. Rehrer Jr., and Christa Mae Rehrer;

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and great-grandchildren Jaden, Makalia, and Sebastian. A Tribute to his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, at the Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Willie Caraballo officiating. Internment will be in Hillsdale Cemetery, Londonderry Township. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service on Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Online tributes and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.

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Robert L. Sharp Sr., 50, of Columbia, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, July 17, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 26, 1963 in Middletown, and was the son of Betty Barnes Sharp and the late Edward L. Sharp Sr. He attended Victory Church in Lancaster and Calvary Bible Church in Mount Joy; was a member of the NRA and the Rausch Creek Trail Riders, Tower City; he was a trailer technician for Utility Keystone in Mount Joy; was a very skilled craftsman; and he enjoyed riding motorcycles, going four-wheeling, target shooting, and traveling the states on motorcycle with friends. But his greatest enjoyment was spoiling his grandchildren. In addition to his father, Robert was preceded in death by his son Robert L. Sharp Jr. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife of 17 years Wanda Steffy Sharp; two daughters Jessica, wife of Chris Lawson of Middletown, and Samantha, wife of Joe Murphy Jr. of Columbia; four grandchildren Allyson, Dakota, Hunter, and Joey; sister Wanda, wife of Ramon Santiago; and brother Edward, husband of Debra Sharp. A Tribute to his life was held on Monday at the Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middle-

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Ronald E. Strickland, 76, of Middletown, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 20, at Harrisburg Hospital. He was born in Middletown on June 9, 1937 and was the son of the late Willis and Mary Myers Strickland. On Thursday July 11, 2013, Ron gave his life to the Lord with his daughter at his bedside. He was a retired supply receiver for the former John Wanamaker Department Store, Harrisburg and currently worked for Huntleigh Corporation at Harrisburg International Airport as his postretirement job. He enjoyed baseball and football and was a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and the Philadelphia Eagles. Ron loved to work and he loved his friends and co-workers. He walked miles every day whether it was to go to work or other places he liked to go. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother William C. Strickland. He is survived by his daughter Melissa and husband Angel Santos of Manheim; two sons Ronald W. Strickland of Lancaster, and Ronald E. Hoffman of Camp Hill; sister Shirley L., wife of John P. Gaughan of Lower Swatara Township; eight grandchildren who were the light of his life; and three great-grandchildren. A Celebration of his life will be held at

1 p.m. on Friday, July 26, at the Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with Pastor Tom L. Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Churchville Cemetery, Oberlin. Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, and from Noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 26 at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to www. matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome. com.

Shirley Felker Shirley A. Felker, 78, of Londonderry Township, entered into rest on Wednesday, July 17, at Lancaster General Hospital. She was the loving wife of Harry G. Felker who preceded her in death on October 26, 1986. She was born on January 11, 1935 in Lancaster County, the daughter of the late Amos and Florence Hinkel Bechtel. She was a retired manager at McDonald’s in Elizabethtown and also had worked at Londonderry Elementary School in the cafeteria. Shirley enjoyed gardening and took pride in her garden, but her greatest joy was her grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter Julie A. Felker of Middletown; two sons Jay A. and wife Betsy Felker of Frankford, Del., and Jeffrey A. and wife Betsy Felker of Middletown; sister Nancy and husband Merle Brenneman of Mount Joy; two grandsons Jacob A. and Benjamin J. Felker of Middletown; and granddaughter Maddison A. Felker of Frankford, Del. Graveside services were held on Tuesday at Hillsdale Cemetery, Londonderry Township, with Pastor Britt Strohecker officiating. The family requests that in lieu of

flowers memorial donations be sent to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. Arrangements by Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown. Condolences may be sent www. matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome. com.

Henry Noss Henry S. Noss, 81, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, July 22, at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Theodora M. Ruble Noss who preceded him in death on March 19, 2013. He was born in Harrisburg on December 22, 1931 and was the son of the late Harry C. and Gertrude Waliser Noss. He was a retired employee of the former New Cumberland Army Depot; was an Army veteran of the Korean War; and he was a member

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of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, and American Legion Post #594, both of Middletown. He enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. Two of his favorite pastimes were fishing and making wine. He loved to plant flowers and feed the animals and birds in his yard. His service to his country and his family defined him. In addition to his parents and his wife Henry was preceded in death by his infant son James J. Noss, five brothers George, Fred, Harry, William, and Jesse Noss, and five sisters Mildred Ludwig, Theda Shay, Francis Shaffer, Gertrude Piper and Janet Yingst. He is survived by a daughter Theresa M. and husband Scott A. Staley of Middletown; two sons Steven P. Noss and fiancee Elaine E. Hoffman of Middletown, and David N. and wife Jody Noss of Hummelstown; six grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. A Tribute to his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, at the Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Donald C. Walters officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Churchville Cemetery. Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 26, and from 10 a.m. until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home. Online tribute and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www. matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome. com.


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23 Years Ago

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From The Wednesday, July 25, 1990 Edition Of The Press And Journal Art And Reading Will Reap Rewards For M-town Youth The artistic talents of youngsters participating in the Middletown Library’s annual summer reading program will be commanding the center of attraction at the Harrisburg East Mall beginning this Sunday in a fundraiser sponsored by the local library. Sue Neiman, librarian at the Middletown Public Library, estimates over 60 youngsters will be participating in the local library’s endeavor to help the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey. The young people, ages 6 to 11, will be illustrating their favorite books they enjoyed during the library’s summer reading program. Michael Weaver will be helping the young artists put their masterpieces together this Thursday, July 26. From there, the youngsters’ creations will be showcased at the Harrisburg East Mall. One of the programs will feature Ronald McDonald and include a program of books, magic and puppets. It will also kick off the two-week young period during which everyone is encouraged to vote for their favorite artists at a penny a vote. All proceeds from the event will go to the Ronald McDonald House. Project At M-town High School Moves Into High Gear The $7.5 million addition/renovation project at the Middletown Area High School is expected to be at least partially finished by the beginning of the 1990-91 school year, according to Casper Voithofer, the school’s principal. By August 13, asbestos removal and both parking lots are expected to be finished, all in time for the start of school September 4. According to Voithofer, “We hope to get most of the things done by August 13 because athletic practices begin, band starts and teachers start coming

back for in-service days.” Other renovations nearing completion include: the storage facility of the industrial arts area, handicap ramps and public address system. The kitchen is still in the process of being renovated. All of its electrical circuitry is being rewired. In the physical education area of the building, the shower and locker rooms, team room and trainers’ area have been completely gutted and renovated. “Appearance wise, it won’t look the way it did before,” Voithofer said. Construction of the Edward E. Brunner Science and Technology Building, the new two-floor wing facing Route 441, is expected to be finished by Jan. 1991. When the addition work is complete, the two floors of new classrooms will include; a large group instruction room that seats 105 students, a computer room, physics, chemistry and biology labs and a typing room. 12-Year-Old Angler Reels In The Big Ones Here’s a riddle…What do deep-sea fishing and Middletown have in common? Answer…Plenty if it involves 12-year-old Heidi Mason. Heidi is the daughter of the former Linda Reber and granddaughter of Edith and Woody Reber of Spring and Water streets, Middletown. The seventh grader at the Ransom-Everglades Middle School of Miami, Fla., was the winner of this year’s MET Southern Florida Fishing Tournament. The prestigious event, in its 55th year, concluded the first weekend of May following a six-month period. It is sponsored by the Miami Herald and includes fish nabbed on the Gold Coast. Heidi’s very impressive list of tournament hits includes a pending world record 34-pound African pompano caught on eight-pound test. Okay, still not impressed, huh? How about the 201-pound shark she landed – all 90 pounds of her. “We usually go out early in the morning during he weekends on a charter boat,” she gleefully pointed out.

Don Mason, her father, tells of the time when he watched his daughter, then 11 years old, battle a sailfish with unrelentless pride. Heidi remembers that blood was oozing through a glove on her right hand and her muscles ached as the waves crashed into the boat. “I like releasing fish better than catching them, anyway. After you’ve fought them a long time, you feel closer to them than any fish in the ocean. I think the whole spirit of fishing is to let them go, anyway.” Work Under Way On Huge Conewago Ind. Park Warehouse Bulldozers and other earthmoving machinery were hard at work last week along Zeager Road clearing part of the 53-acre tract in Conewago Industrial Park that will be the site of a giant new warehouse and distribution center to be built for 7T’s Management, Inc. of St. Paul, Minn. The firm is a division of the Everest Group, which is owned by seven members of St. Paul’s Tyson family. It reportedly chose the industrial park in West Donegal Township because of its excellent rail and highway connections and because the warehouse will store and distribute food products for an undisclosed large regional food chain. Speaking from his office in Roseville, Minn., a suburb of St. Paul, Tim Nelson, management consultant with the Everest Group, said on Tuesday that 7T’s Management hopes to complete construction of the huge new warehouse in early 1991. Saying the Minnesota firm wants to keep a “low profile” in its handling of the project, Nelson declined to identify the food company the warehouse will serve. He did, however, say that the cost of the project would probably exceed $9 million. The new warehouse, which will be the largest building in the industrial park, will contain more than 276,000 square feet of floor space and will probably employ more than 100 persons when it is in full operation.

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Council approves repairs to Rhoda Avenue By Noelle Barrett Press And Journal Staff It’s been a long, bumpy road, but soon repairs to potholes and other issues along Rhoda Avenue in Highspire will be complete. The borough hopes to install storm drains and improve the surface of Rhoda and several other streets and alleys in the borough by next spring. Highspire received $78,300 from Dauphin County’s community block grant fund last year for the repair of about a block of Rhoda Avenue and a portion of Hammaker Street, phase one of the improvement effort. To save costs, the borough hoped to receive enough funding to complete phases one and two jointly, said borough manager John McHale. The borough is currently waiting to hear if they received the $189,783 in block grant funds for 2013 to complete phase two. In the meantime, Highspire Borough Council voted on Tuesday, July 16 to start the process for construction of phase one, and phase two as well – if money is awarded for phase two by the time the project is ready for construction. “(Rhoda Avenue) is in really, really bad shape,” said Robert Lauriello, the borough’s engineer. “That road has been a priority for five years or more to get fixed.” If all goes well, a portion of the project, including drainage work, will be completed in the fall, and road reconstruction will be completed by next spring.

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The borough needs an estimated $275,000 more to complete the other streets in the project, said Lauriello. The borough recently applied for $178,200 in 2014 block grant funds to make repairs to parts of Klugh and Chestnut streets and Iron Avenue, said Jennifer Rabuck, borough administrative assistant. Currently, borough staff is preparing an application for funding through Dauphin County’s pot of funds generated by slot machines at Hollywood Casino at Penn National for repairs to eight additional borough roads. Some of the roads require reconstruction, and others need mill and overlay, said Rabuck. The application, for an undetermined amount, is due in September, she said. During the meeting on July 16, Highspire Borough Council also voted to coordinate the process to repair two

bridges with Pennsylvania Emergency Manage Agency (PEMA) and Terry Watts, the borough’s codes enforcement officer. Both the Jury Street and Market Street bridges sustained damages from flooding after Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. The Jury Street bridge remains closed, and the Market Street bridge has lane restrictions. The borough estimates it will cost around $402,500 to completely repair each bridge. PEMA will give the borough $96,000 to repair the bridges, which will be “sufficient enough to fix it,” said Lauriello. The money will be used to repave both bridges, but the borough will look for other funding sources to make additional repairs, he said. Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or noellebarrett@pressandjournal.com

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ATTENTION RESIDENTS of the BOROUGH of STEELTON The Borough of Steelton will be flushing fire hydrants between the hours of 3-11 p.m. beginning daily on Monday, July 29, 2013 and continuing for approximately one week.

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Residents Vent Ire At Tax Hike Local residents disgusted by the increase in local property taxes appeared before the Elizabethtown Area Board of School Directors last Tuesday night to voice their concerns about the 6-mill increase. “We just built our home,” Janet Jones said. “If taxes keep going up we’ll have to sell it and move.” “I tell you, you’ve got to do something,” said a 73-year-old Bainbridge resident. “I live in a shack now. I can barely afford the property tax payments.” Clyde Kinsey said. “Luckily I can still work. But what if I get sick? What will I do?” Property tax bills were delivered to homes around July 1, according Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Kratz. Board President Deborah Hoffman said she received a number of calls from beleaguered residents since the beginning of the month. She said she expected more complainants than the four who attended the meeting. Director Jay Walmer explained to those who vocally objected to the tax increase that part of the problem lies in the state not giving its share. The state reimbursement factor, eventually expected to reach a goal of 50 percent, was 42.3 percent last year and has dropped to 39.7 percent this year. Walmer added that the per capita tax is at its maximum, and that the property tax is the only means for the Elizabethtown Area School District to keep up with rising costs. “It’s a real problem for retired people on fixed incomes,” Walmer said. It concerns us, but we have no other option.”

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“I think if they drop off a dog for the borough of Middletown, they should have to prove that they live in the borough of Middletown,” said Councilor Robert Louer. But not paying the deposit creates its own set of problems. Without it, the Society will not accept animals from the borough, and there aren’t many other places to take them. “They’ve kind of got a monopoly in that area,” said borough manager Tim Konek. At a meeting of council’s public safety committee on Monday, July 8, Police Chief Steven Wheeler urged council to resolve the issue.

NOTICE OF AUDIT The accompanying concise financial statements are hereby presented in accordance with Section 8 of the Pennsylvania Municipality Authority Act. HIGHSPIRE BOROUGH AUTHORITY BALANCE SHEET DECEMBER 31, 2012 ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents Accounts receivable - Lower Swatara Township Municipal Authority, share of construction and improvement costs Due from developer Accrued interest receivable

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Lower Swatara Township Zoning Hearing Board will hold a Public Hearing at the request of Patricia and Clarence Lombard for a Variance in accordance with Chapter 27, Part 6, Section 605.1.A (3), of the Lower Swatara Zoning Ordinance, No. 448, as amended, to enclose and extend the existing carport an additional 2 feet into the side yard and construct a front porch encroaching an additional eight feet into the front yard setback. The property is located at 10 James Street, within the Residential Urban District (R-U). Hearing will be held Wednesday, July 31, 2013, which will convene at 7:00 PM at the Township Municipal Building, 1499 Spring Garden Drive, Middletown, Pennsylvania.

Total assets

$1,548,543 9,187 2,745 6 $ 1,560,481

LIABILITIES AND FUND BALANCES LIABILITIES Accounts payable

$ 7,846

FUND BALANCES Restricted - construction and improvements Unassigned

Total fund balances

Total liabilities and fund balances

1,104,781 447,854 1,552,635 $ 1,560,481

HIGHSPIRE BOROUGH AUTHORITY STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2012 REVENUES Lease rentals - Borough of Highspire Tapping and connection fees Investment income

$ 20,000 1,500 273

Total revenues

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EXPENDITURES Administrative expenses Construction and improvement costs

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“With the warmer weather, we’re running across more dogs,” he said. “These kinds of issues have the ability to tie up a lot of police resources.” Since the borough hasn’t paid the bill, police have been scrambling for ways to handle stray dogs, according to Wheeler. The Society agreed to accept one without a contract, while a state game warden found a destination for another, he said. Police have a legal obligation to either find a taker for stray dogs or to keep them for 48 hours and then “humanely destroy” them, he said. “I do not think the Borough of Middletown should be in the business of humanely destroying animals,” he said.

58,070 40,994

Total expenditures

99,064

Excess of revenues over (under) expenditures OTHER FINANCING SOURCES (USES) Lower Swatara Township Municipal Authority share of construction and improvement costs Excess revenues and other sources over (under) expenditures and other uses FUND BALANCE, BEGINNING OF YEAR

(77,291)

5,591 (71,700) 1,624,335

FUND BALANCE, END OF YEAR

$ 1,552,635

We, the duly appointed auditors of the Highspire Borough Authority, for the year ended December 31, 2012, do hereby certify that the above statements are a true and correct statement from our Auditor’s Report filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development on July 19, 2013. 7/24-1T #166 www.MyPublicNotices.com

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News From District Judge Michael J. Smith Following is a compilation of action in cases filed before District Magistrate Michael J. Smith Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law. Guilty pleas Trisha A. Evans, 23, of the 200 block of Brookside Dr., Middletown, pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct citation that was filed following an incident on May 20.

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Middletown’s Union Fire Station once housed the Union House Company, which merged with two other borough fire companies to form the Middletown Volunteer Fire Department in 2004.

Old fire station to become a warehouse By Daniel Walmer Press And Journal Staff The Middletown Zoning Hearing Board has unanimously approved a zoning variance for Charles and Rachell Dunn to turn the old Union Fire Station on East Water Street into a private warehouse for an antiques and collectibles dealer. “This is probably the least invasive usage to the community of anybody who wants to buy that [property],” said Mike Bowman, the board’s chairman. “This will just be storage.” The Dunns own Dunn’s Collectibles and Antiques, an antique shop in

“This is probably the least invasive usage to the community of anybody who wants to buy that [property].”

downtown Middletown. The Middletown Volunteer Fire Department decided to sell the unused station to help fund an expansion of its Adelia Street firehall, which is nearly complete. The Union Hose Company was

Michael D. Wanda, 39, of the 100 block of Donald Ave., Middletown, pleaded guilty to a harassment citation filed following an incident on May 7.

Dismissed A charge of theft was dismissed against Ryan Cihak, 18, of the 1000 block of Oberlin Rd., Middletown. The charge was filed following an incident on Jan. 30.

Jennifer L. Williams, 39, of the 100 block of Donald Ave., Middletown, pleaded guilty to a harassment citation filed following an incident on May 7.

A citation for disorderly conduct was dismissed against Hakeem M. Rashid, 42, of the 1000 block of Jefferson Dr., Middletown. The citation was filed following an incident on May 4.

Zacary-Angelo R. Morris, 18, of the first block of Coventry Greene Lane, Pottstown, pleaded guilty to a underage drinking citation filed following an incident on May 3.

A citation for harassment was dismissed against Michael J. Moppin, 36, of the 100 block of Eshelman St., Highspire. The citation was filed following an incident on April 3.

Waived Raphaella Mompoint, 24, of the 1000 block of 7th St., Bethlehem, and Erica L. Vogel, 19, of the 1000 block of 7th St., Bethlehem, both waived charges of prostitution to Dauphin County Court. The charges were filed following an incident on May 24.

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Trisha E. Pinel, 25, of the 500 block of Carlton Ave., Bethlehem, waived charges of prostitution and promoting prostitution-transportation to Dauphin County Court. The charges were filed following an incident on May 24.

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Susan M. Yoder, 53, of the 400 block of Mahogany Dr., Lancaster, waived charges of DUI, DUI-highest rate of alcohol and DUI-controlled substance to Dauphin County Court. A charge of careless driving was withdrawn. The charges were filed following an incident on April 3.

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Teacher Lydia Rambler’s class stands in front of Demey, formerly called Grandview Elementary School, in 1955.

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Bright loves Reid, but he couldn’t help but miss his childhood home away from home. “As much as I love being in a brand-new, climate-controlled elementary school, there’s something to be said for history and tradition,” he said. In 2005, Penn State Harrisburg purchased the property because it was adjacent to campus and was zoned for educational use, Holtzman said. The university’s future plans for the land still aren’t set in stone, although its master plan calls for student housing and a parking area on the property. But Penn State Harrisburg decided to go ahead with the demolition because, regardless of the land’s future use, the school knows plans won’t include keeping the current building, he said. “We know [the demolition] needs to happen,” he said. “The time is now – we don’t really want an empty building in the neighborhood.” Demolition will probably take place within a year, but that depends on the time it takes for several steps in the demolition process outside of

the university’s control, such as the obtaining of permits, he said. According to a 1966 report by former Superintendent George Feeser, construction began on Grandview Elementary School – named for the Grandview Realty Corporation, which donated the land – in 1952, and the building opened its doors for students in the fall of 1953. The original building consisted of 12 classrooms along with a multi-purpose room, kitchen, nurses’ room, principal’s office, and storage and could accommodate 480 students. The school, which was built “to accommodate the children from Olmsted homes and the Grandview area,” had to be expanded already in 1955 due to an increase in students in the area. The 12-classroom addition created the building’s current L-shape, which Bright said allowed him to stand in the main lobby and see everything that was going on in the school. In 1985, it was renamed after widely admired longtime teacher Alice Demey, who visited her namesake school many times during Bright’s two years as the school’s principal. “She was just a wonderful lady,” he

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said. “When you think of education at the Middletown Area School District, Alice Demey is at the top.” In fact, one of both Bright and Shipkowski’s most cherished memories from the school –the annual student Halloween parade throughout the community – is also a memory of Demey. The parade involved a visit to the Frey Village retirement community, where Alice Demey lived in her later years. She was always the first resident to greet the children attending her namesake school, according to Bright. Penn State Harrisburg met with Demey about plans for the property before she died, and the school plans to conserve an area of trees on the property in her honor, Holtzman said. “We want to be sensitive to [her legacy],” he said. Holtzman said he recognizes that

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many people have memories of the school, but given that Penn State Harrisburg’s master plan does not call for renovating it, he also believes the university has a responsibility to take care of the unused property. “We know a lot of people went to school there, and it’s kind of the end of an era, and we want to be sensitive to that,” he said. “But at the end of the day, it’s ours, and we need to take care of that.” Bright hopes Penn State Harrisburg will open the building’s cornerstone to see what was placed inside before demolishing the building. Before Grandview Elementary School was built, the area was home to Grand View Athletic Field, Middletown’s first home field for high school football games. It was first used in 1931 and officially dedicated in 1933, according to a

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people under stress,” he said. “The small towns of Pennsylvania are very much stressed today ... What they need is a governor on their side.” Hanger has lived in Derry Twp. since 1993, when he was appointed a commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission by former governor Bob Casey. He came to the U.S. in 1970 as a 12-year-old immigrant from Ireland, and credits public schools for where he is today. “That makes me very passionate about public schools,” he said. “There’s a whole bunch of them that are doing a tremendous job.” Hanger’s plans are centered around two primary issues that he believes are connected: increased state support for schools and job creation. “You cannot have a successful economy unless you get education right,” he said. The details of his plan include increas-

ing the school year and school day, and paying for it by slashing funds for charter schools. On the jobs front, Hanger plans to add transportation and infrastructure jobs and accept federal funding for a Medicaid expansion, which he said would create jobs. He sees his plan as a departure from incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett’s strategy, which he says is based on the flawed premise that budget cuts and tax breaks for corporations will lead to job growth. “He thinks he can cut his way to prosperity,” Hanger said. “We’ve tried that, and the results are terrible.” Hanger earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and then worked as an attorney on energy-related issues in Philadelphia. After serving on the Public Utility Commission, he founded the nonprofit environmental conservation advocacy organization PennFuture before serving as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection from 2008 to 2011.

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Blackwell’s motion to suppress the evidence because it was illegally obtained, and the related charges against Blackwell were dismissed, according to Blackwell. Blackwell, currently an inmate at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institution at Somerset on unrelated charges, then sued Crone and Fure in federal court for constitutional rights violations related to the incident. Crone and Fure asked to have the charges dismissed based on their qualified immunity as police officers. In a ruling on Thursday, July 11, Connor upheld the recommendations of federal Magistrate Judge Martin Carlson, who wrote that there is not enough evidence at this stage to prove that Crone and Fure acted reasonably, thus triggering qualified immunity.

“Upon consideration, we find that the factual uncertainty regarding [Fure’s] seizure [of Blackwell’s trash] militates against a finding that Officer Fure is entitled to qualified immunity at this juncture,” Carlson wrote. “Instead, we find that the question of Officer Fure’s entitlement to qualified immunity must await further discovery regarding the facts surrounding the trash pull … ” Carlson used similar reasoning to deny Crone’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit against him at this point. “Although we believe the question of whether Officer Crone is entitled to qualified immunity is a close one, we ultimately conclude that it is dependent upon facts that thus far have not been established in this action,” he wrote. Crone and Fure may still be determined to be immune from the lawsuit, but that decision will be made after

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the committee that organized the new, more elaborate event, which will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6. “Gary has done a tremendous job in organizing and pulling members of the committee together and getting them involved,” he said. “The committee has been just wonderful in the enthusiasm, the ideas and the effort that they’ve been putting out.” By the looks of it, the committee has had lots of ideas. The event, which will center around three locations – Oak Hill Park, the Middletown Community Pool and the new police station on Emaus Street – will include police, military and firefighter equipment and demonstrations, an exhibition by the Raider Extreme cheerleading team and a clinic by the Middletown Girls Flag Football team, food from local restaurants and vendors and a

The Lower Swatara Volunteer Fire Department, 1350 Fulling Mill Rd., Middletown, will hold a Motorcycle Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 28. For more details, readers may visit www.lowerswatarafire.com. •••••

presentation by the Middletown Area Historical Society. Other attractions include CPR training, bicycle safety inspections and child fingerprint and ID cards. In addition to the three main stops, the trolley will stop at Genesis Court, Harborton Place, the Village of Pineford, and the 7-Eleven convenience store at North Union and Main streets, which will be providing free Slushies and coffee. “We are thrilled to have so many groups and organizations participating,” Rux said in a press release. “We expect the list to grow as we get closer to the event, too.” Courogen also hinted that the event is likely to grow. “We’ve got some other things in the works that we can’t announce until some final details are worked out,” he said. In order to accomplish its vision, the National Night Out committee

pictorial history of Middletown public education. With a grandstand that seated 200, the field hosted track and field events, tennis matches and baseball and football games before being replaced by War Memorial Field in 1948. Now, in 2013, Demey’s work isn’t done: The class that began its educational journal as first-grade students at Demey in 2002-03 – Demey’s final school year – will graduate in 2014. As Demey turns to dust, its legacy will live on in the memories and lives of young and old Middletown residents who got their start at the friendly confines of north Middletown’s neighborhood school. Daniel Walmer: 717-944-4628, or danielwalmer@pressandjournal. com

Energy policy is a hot-button issue in Pennsylvania, and Hanger, who has testified before Congress on energy issues, believes no candidate is more qualified to handle energy policy than himself. “I’m a national expert on these issues,” he said. He supports increased funding for wind and solar power and greater oversight – but not an outright ban – on natural gas drilling, along with a significant extraction tax. He also believes in continuing the current contribution of the state’s nuclear power plants, like Three Mile Island, to the local and state energy mix. In a nutshell – policy specifics aside – Hanger thinks you should vote for him because he cares about you. “I’m a Democrat because I care about people who live paycheck to paycheck,” he said. Daniel Walmer: 717-944-4628, or danielwalmer@pressandjournal. com

further development of evidence. However, Connor – following Carlson’s recommendations – did dismiss Blackwell’s lawsuit against a third police officer, Sergeant Richard Hiester, as not factually supported. Connor also dismissed a litany of other constitutional claims by Blackwell, including allegations of “unsanitary and inhumane” conditions in Dauphin County Prison. Previous lawsuits by Blackwell against Judy and the Middletown Police Department had also been dismissed without moving forward to trial. Both Wendi Barish, an attorney for Fure and Crone, and Middletown Police Chief Steven Wheeler refused to comment on the case because it involves ongoing litigation. Daniel Walmer: 717-944-4628, or danielwalmer@pressandjournal. com

took over the event this year from the Middletown Community Watch, which had traditionally organized it. Watch leader Karen Clark said her organization was having difficulty obtaining the borough funds allotted for the event, so they decided to let the new committee organize the event. The new committee, which is open to anyone interested in helping, has held both daytime and evening meetings with as many as 12 residents in attendance, Courogen said. “It’s really been great to see so much community participation,” he said, and he thinks the committee has formed an event that will center on fostering a sense of community. “I think it’s a great opportunity for people to interact with, not just the Middletown police and the other organizations that will be represented, but also with their neighbors,” he said. “It’s a chance to build some community pride and a sense of community.”

The Middletown Public Library, 20 N. Catherine St., is sponsoring the following programs: • Video Game Night, 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Monday, July 29, for teens in grades 6 to 12 • “MagicPots and Recycled Bottles,’’ featuring Kathleen Jacobs and Puppets, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 For more information, readers may call the library at 717944-6412. •••••

Bingo blast

Hummelstown Fire Company, 249 E. Main St., Hummelstown, is sponsoring a Bingo Blast on Saturday, July 27. Doors open at 5 p.m., Bingo begins at 7 p.m. •••••

Music in the Vineyards

Nissley Vineyards, 140 Vintage Dr., Bainbridge, will host a lawn concert featuring SilverHawks (classic rock, soul and Motown) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 27. For more information, readers may call 717-426-3514 or visit www.nissleywine.com. •••••

Fuzzy Few Carnival

The 50th annual Fuzzy Few Carnival will be held August 5 through 10, starting at 6 p.m. each night, at Hummelstown Boro Park. •••••

Steelton hydrant flushing

The Borough of Steelton will be flushing fire hydrants between the hours of 3 to 11 p.m. beginning daily on Monday, July 29 and continuing approximately one week. •••••

Mt. Gretna Bible Festival

The Summer at the Tabernacle Mt. Gretna Bible Festival presents the Rev. Al Smith of Lebanon’s UM Church of the Good Shepherd, who will preach at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 28. At 7 p.m. a Massed Choir Concert will be held, featuring visiting composer Lloyd Larsen who will conduct music written for Mt. Gretna and more of his works. For a complete schedule, readers may visit www.MtGretnaTabernacle.org, call 717-8135319 or 717-371-1725. •••••

Hummelstown Bulldogs football registration

Registration for the 2013 Hummelstown Bulldogs football team will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 and Friday, Aug. 9 at Shope’s Field, West Main Street, Hummelstown. For more information, readers may contact Coach Michael Souders at 717-629-5155 or mds@pa.net.

NEW CAR Continued From Page One Council voted unanimously to spend up to $7,000 from capital reserves for a replacement car. The car was totaled in a chase that began when Officer Jeff LeVan attempted to pull over Tasai Betts, 17, of Harrisburg, who was driving a stolen car erratically on Eisenhower Boulevard near the Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange around 3 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, police said. Betts fled at speeds topping 75 miles an hour, police said. Police pursued, and the chase continued onto Interstate 83 southbound, eventually reaching the 17th Street exit. As LeVan attempted to pull up to Betts’ car, Betts allegedly struck LeVan’s cruiser intentionally, police said. Betts faces charges in Dauphin County Court. Because the department will have to receive a 2014 cruiser and depreciation from the mileage, insurance will not cover all of the costs of replacing the wrecked cruiser, McHale said. Police are trying to salvage some of the equipment from the totaled cruiser to save money, McHale said. Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or noellebarrett@pressandjournal.com


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Amateur hour Keystone Games pits athletes in a variety of sports By Jim Lewis Press And Journal Staff The Keystone State Games, an annual four-day competition of amateur athletes young and old, will open Thursday, Aug. 1 – and several events will be held in the Middletown area. Athletes will compete in 23 sports, everything from archery to tennis, including baseball, figure skating, judo, powerlifting, fencing, wrestling and track and field, among others. Many events will be held at Harrisburg’s Farm Show Arena and Zembo Shrine Event Center and venues in Hershey, York and a number of local high schools and colleges. Middletown will host every match in the table tennis competition, with athletes facing off at the MCSO Building. Matches will be played beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 and 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4. There will be amateur singles matches at various skill levels and doubles matches. Some youth basketball games will be played at the Main Street Gym at times

yet to be determined on Friday, Aug. 2; Saturday, Aug. 3; and Sunday, Aug. 4. A final schedule was not available yet on the Games’ website. Field hockey games will be played at the Lower Dauphin Field Hockey Complex, Hummelstown, beginning at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 4. Tennis matches will be played at Penn State Harrisburg and Central Dauphin High School from Thursday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 4. Four Middletown Area High School baseball players have been named to the Capital Region’s baseball team and junior division team. Nathan Ocker, Zack Sims and Jordan Flowers were named to the scholastic team, while Fitzpatrick, who will be a freshman in the fall, was named to the junior division team. Games will be played at several baseball fields in central Pennsylvania, including Penn State Harrisburg’s field. Penn State Harrisburg will host the gold medal game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4. Jim Lewis: 717-944-4628, or jimlewis@pressandjournal.com

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Middletown pitcher Nathan Ocker led the Blue Raider pitching staff with 77 strikeouts last season.

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of rain, potentially preventing Middletown from earning enough ratings points to qualify for the postseason. Bower batted .326 last season, collecting 15 hits and 5 RBIs; Ocker, a sophomore pitcher and infielder, had a 2-3 record with an ERA of 2.30 and broke a school record by striking out 24 of 27 Palmyra batters he faced in an extra-inning game; Sims, a sophomore last season, had a 2.70 ERA and struck out 73 batters, walking only 12; Flowers, a sophomore outfielder, batted .296. The Patriot-News named Ocker and Sims to its “All Underclassmen Team.’’ Ocker, Sims and Flowers were named to the Capital Region baseball team that will compete in the Keystone State Games in early August. Middletown’s Jimmy Fitzpatrick was named to Capital Region’s junior team, for players in grades 9 and 10 next year. Fitzpatrick will be a freshman next fall.

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Puig is an overnight sensation, like the winner of “American Idol’’ By Michael Levin For the Press And Journal If you don’t follow baseball, you may be unaware of the controversy simmering around Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig. He came up from the minors less than two months ago, has played on a level comparable only to that of the early Joe DiMaggio, and has singlehandedly (OK, with both hands) lifted the Dodgers from the ignominy of overpaid underperformer status into credible pennant contenders. Fans came within inches of writing him onto the All-Star team by online ballot. Puig has played fewer than 40 games in the Major Leagues. The Dodgers, who had a lot of money, now have a lot less, because they agreed to pay him $42 million over seven years.   Old school baseball players and their managers take offense to an All-Star designation for a player who has barely gotten his uniform sweaty. Baseball traditionalists believe that All-Star status is something one earns over time. Casual fans couldn’t care less about a player’s body of work; they’re just interested in stars, which Puig, at least for the short term, now is. Sports talk radio commentators recognize that baseball has a phenomenon in Puig and that the All-Star game is a marketing showcase. But baseball failed to include Puig, an unpardonable offense. Puig had the good fortune to come of age in the age of “American Idol,’’ when you can become a star literally overnight. You don’t have to spend years paying dues; you just go viral. Consider the difference between yesterday’s Frank Sinatra and today’s Psy. Sinatra toured with big bands for years before he hit; Psy, the Korean voice of “Gangnam Style’’ (2 billion YouTube hits and counting) became a planetary legend with one video. If extraterrestrials ex-

ist, they are probably on Alpha Centauri doing the horse dance and singing, “Hey, sexy lady!” And so it is in sports. LeBron James got his $60 million deal with Nike before he stepped on an NBA court.  Andrew Luck signed to quarterback the Indianapolis Colts for $22 million prior to throwing a single NFL pass. And now Yasiel Puig has parlayed eight undeniably great weeks into eight figures. The veteran players may or may not begrudge Puig the money; they definitely resented his potential All-Star status. That’s because they come from a world where what you do over a long period of time defines who you are. Puig, baseball’s flavor of the month, leaves a sour taste in their mouths. In baseball, hitters and pitchers “solve” one another.  Meaning that tendencies are analyzed, and baseball experts do everything they can to drag outliers back to the mean. In the sport’s language, the goal is to create a “book” on a player: identify his weaknesses and capitalize on them. The fastball hitter may have trouble with a slider; a particular pitcher may struggle to keep the ball down. Once word gets out, it’s much harder for a phenom to keep up that initial momentum. This may or may not happen with Puig. He could be the next Henry Aaron. Or not.   He could also run into serious trouble. If you listened to sports talk radio the week before the Dodgers elevated Puig to the majors, the topic was the fact that he had enormous trouble coping with authority. Not quite “cancer in the clubhouse” material, but the verdict among baseball men was that he was too immature to handle the pressures of the big leagues. So now they nearly put him front and center at the All-Star Game. He lost the National League’s final roster spot to Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman in public voting. There’s something to be said for

the old way of doing things, where you had to earn your stripes, pay your dues, work your way to the top. That way allows Michael Levin people to make their mistakes in private, before all eyes are upon them. Those of us who are a little older and come from that world are grateful that YouTube didn’t exist when we were in our 20s or Facebook when we were in our teens. We’re very happy, thank you, that the mistakes we made in our callow years aren’t on our permanent technological record. I had no problem with Puig playing in the All-Star Game, if he had won the final roster spot; he’s definitely a star, and baseball is the world’s worst sport at marketing itself. We’ve just seen what happens to people, especially those in the public eye, who receive too much too soon. From Aaron Hernandez (New England Patriot accused of homicide) to Lindsey Lohan (actress accused of everything), it often turns out that sudden success is no gift from the gods. I wish Puig the greatest of success, personally and professionally – not that he’s ever heard of me or cares about receiving my blessing. I want him to stay on the baseball diamond and not the police blotter and enjoy his newfound celebrity. It used to be that it took 10 years to become an overnight success. In today’s world, it can take 10 years to get over having been one. Michael Levin is a New York Times best-selling author who has written with Baseball Hall of Fame member Dave Winfield, football broadcasting legend Pat Summerall and FBI undercover agent Joaquin Garcia.

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Benjamin Bonawitz (1791-1875) Of Pine Grove Twp., Berks Co., Pa

Benjamin Bonawitz, born 17 December 1791, died 24 May 1875, son of Johannes (1758-1828) and Katherine Laubinger (1763-1843) Bonawitz. Benjamin married Sarah Weiser. She’s the daughter of Henry Weiser and Dinah Rester, both are buried at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, Pa. Schuylkill County history speaks of Benjamin as a tall, thick-set man of commanding presence. He was a 1st Lieutenant in the War of 1812 at the defense of Baltimore and later became a Major in the Militia. He became a Deacon of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on October 4, 1818 on the Lutheran side. He was one of 17 men, undersigned members of both congregations elected for three years. He was listed as a saddler in the 1850 census and was a partner in a real estate venture at Pine Grove. Information about the children was obtained from a local history, tombstone records, church records, census records, and from war records. Their children: (1) Elenora Bonawitz, born 24 May 1816 - May 1843, buried at Pine Grove. (2) Elisa Bonawitz, born October 25, 1817, baptized 25 January 1818, sponsor Catherine Weiser. She married Henry Hartman on 24 June 1835 at Tulpehocken, Berks Co., Pa. They lived in Reading, Berks Co., Pa. (3) Caroline Bonawitz, born 15 April 1819, baptized on 15 May 1819, sponsor Margaret Bonawitz. She married Anthony Kline. They lived in Pottsville, Schuylkill Co., Pa. (4) Amos Bonawitz, born 7 May 1823, died 6 June 1839, buried in Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co., Pa. (5) Barbara Bonawitz, born 1825, per census records, married Jacob L. Snyder. They were living in Pine Grove in 1850. (6) Rosamende Bonawitz, born 7 October 1825, died16 December 1840, buried at Pine Grove (7) John H. Bonawitz, born 1828, died at a Soldier’s Home in Ohio in 1909. He married Fredericka Phleger after 1850. She died in 1857 and he remarried Mary Ann Clymer who lived at Reading. John was a blacksmith when he became a private in Co. G, 123rd Regt. Infantry in the Civil War. He declared no children living in 1898. (8) Sarah Bonawitz, born 6 May 1830, died 17 April 1855. She married John Thomas after the 1850 census was taken. (9) Frederick A. Bonawitz, is buried at Pine Grove. He married May Nagle in 1856 at Pottsville. He was a blacksmith and was a 1st Sergeant in Co. D. 6th Regt. Pa. Infantry in the Civil War. (10) Benjamin F. Bonawitz (1834-1857), buried in Pine Grove. (11) Jacob Adam Bonawitz, born 1837, became a 1st Lieutenant Co. K. 35th Regt. Infantry in the Civil War. He married Alice Laniores, she died at York, Pa. and he remarried to Sarah Holliday at Allegheny City and they lived near Pittsburgh. He had a daughter Minnie.

Clare “Nubby” Zimmerman Of Swopes Valley, Schuylkill Co., Pa. • 1929-2011

I had met Clare by chance back in the early ’90s when I came to look for my third great-grandfather Peter Zimmerman’s (1798-1883) land and farm, which he split up his land to give to his children: Martin (my 2-great-grandfather), Adam, Isaac, Elias, Anna Maria, married to Daniel Lehman. Adam Zimmerman’s house looks from the outside in the now time, but inside one of the dining room walls is exposed showing the original hewn logs, which was a log house. Clare’s property was adjoined to Adam Zimmerman’s land, Isaac and Elias’s log house were at the edge of the farm also a log house. Clare knew where the Peter Zimmerman farm was which is now on private land, had to go by tractor to get up to his farm, which I never got to see. I’m hoping someone has a picture on the Zimmerman farm. I heard that the valley once was called “Zimmerman Valley.” Clare’s nickname was “Nubby” and he died at age of 81 on June 8, 2011 in Pottsville at Schuylkill Medical Center. Clare was born on July 29, 1929 and he was the son of the late Thomas Sr. and Helen Sherman Zimmerman. In 1942 his parents moved to the east end of Swopes Valley with their three children. At that time Swopes Valley was still just a dirt road. It wasn’t until the 1950s that Swopes Valley Road received its first layer of macadam. Nubby still lived in the same farmhouse until he died. He did mention an 1875 map of Pine Grove Township listing Gaubey and Fegley Power Mill as being located on the northeast corner of the Zimmerman property. All that remains today of the mill are a few burn pits where charcoal was made, which was the main ingredient for gunpowder. A deep trench also survived the years. This trench runs parallel to Swopes Valley Creek and is believed to have supplied water to a waterwheel that operated the mill. This trench would have led back to a dam which covered approximately six acres of the field which is located along Route 645. In 1960s Nubby and his wife Joan started a Christmas tree business. Zimmerman Tree Farm has been selling quality Christmas trees ever since. Clare and my common ancestor is Peter Zimmerman (1798-1883), son of Johannes/John Zimmerman (1771-1849) was son to 1st Lieutenant Bernhardt Zimmerman (Revolutionary war). Clare’s side was through firstborn son, John Edward Zimmerman (b.1819) and his sibling Martin Zimmerman was my 2xgreat-grandfather) (b. 1823) to Peter and Christina Kuntz Zimmerman of Pine Grove Twp., Schuylkill County. Would like to know were Clare is buried.


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Middletown We worship on Sunday morning at A Red Cross Blood Drive will be 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. This Sunday our held at Wesley on Wednesday, July Praise Band leads music at both ser- 31 from 1-6 p.m. Help spread the vices. We encourage people to “come word. Encourage family, friends and as you are” and join us in the Praise of neighbors who are able to stop by and God from whom all blessings flow. give a pint of blood. There is no more Ken Slippey, Wesley’s Lay Servant, practical way to help save a life. will be leading worship at both services A Mission Gift for Community and bringing the morning message Outreach has been received from the on Sunday at both services while the estate of Jay and Constance Myers. pastor is on vacation. Wesley gratefully acknowledges Lay Servants are members of United the generosity and blessing this gift Methodist congregations who are represents as we dedicate it to the ready and willing to inspire deeper purposes intended. commitment to Christ and to extend A BFF (Bible, Food, and Fun) expethe work of Christ into the commu- rience at Wesley will be held August nity. Ken Slippey demonstrates the 12-15 from 6 to 8 p.m. This outreach gifts and skills for such a calling. Lay ministry is designed for young people Servants receive special training and ages 4 to 12 years. certification to assist pastors wherever Visit our website at middletownwesneeded and to take initiative in giving leyumc.org. Find us on Facebook at leadership, assistance and support to New Life at Wesley. Contact us by the ministry emphasis of the congre- e-mail at wesleyumc@comcast.net, gation. We are pleased to recognize or call us at 944-6242. Ken for his Lay Servant Ministries “Follow Jesus, Change the World. at Wesley. Seek. Serve. Send.”

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First Church of God, 245 W. High Street, Middletown, invites you to join us for worship at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. Childcare is provided. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Classes for special education are also available. Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. classes are available for Youth (grades 6-12), FROG Pond (kindergarten through 5th grade), Nursery (infants-age 3), and Adult classes, which offer a variety of Bible studies and electives. MiKiWoGo (Middletown Kids Worship God) Join us Sunday mornings during the summer as we explore Colossal Coaster World, learning to face our fears and trust in God. Beginning Sunday, June 9 from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. in the pavilion (weather permitting) for students finishing kindergarten through grade 5. Adult Sunday school: The Christian Education commission is coordinating the combining of the adult Sunday school classes over the summer months. The combined class runs now through Sept. 1 at 9:15 a.m. in the Triple Room. The topics and teachers change each week. Sundays: A Collective - Dinner is

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

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

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at 5:15 p.m. and the party begins at 6 p.m. Come and share with us. You are not alone in your faith, your doubts and your desires. Wednesdays through August 21: Open Garage Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The church will provide hot dogs and hamburgers or some other main dish each week and you are invited to bring a side dish to go with this. Everyone is welcome. Thursdays: 8 a.m., Breakfast Club Bible Study; the Sunshiners will meet monthly over the summer: July 18 and Aug. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. for a time of Christian fellowship, teaching and worship. They are a group which exists to meet the spiritual needs of persons who are developmentally challenged; 7 p.m., Pasta and Prayer Young Adult Bible Study. Latino Congregation: Betesda Casa de Misericordia, CGGC, 245 W. High St., Middletown. Estudios Biblicos Domingos, noon; Servicio Evangelistico: Domingos 1:30 p.m.; Contactos: Ricardo and Jeanette Perez (717) 333-2184. For additional information call the church office at 944-9608 or e-mail us at mdtcog@comcast.net.

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Middletown “Count it all joy, my brothers, when p.m. service. Childcare is provided you meet trials of various kinds, for for children under age 4 during all you know that the testing of your services and classes. faith produces steadfastness.” James Wed., July 24: 7 p.m., Patch the Pirate 1:2-3 Clubs for ages 4 through grade 6, and Open Door Bible Church, located Prayer meeting. at 200 Nissley Drive, Middletown, Sat., July 27: 8:30 a.m., Men’s Bible invites you to worship Jesus Christ Study. We invite all young ones ages 5 and with us this week. Our July 28 Sunday worship ser- up to come to Wednesday night Bible vice commences at 10:40 a.m. with Club with Miss Jess and Miss Chris for a 9:30 a.m. Sunday school hour with a mini, 1-hour and 15-minute DVBS classes for all ages. Children from every Wednesday this summer, beginages 4 to second grade are welcome ning at 7 p.m. For more information call the church to participate in Junior Church during the morning worship service. We also office at 939-5180 or visit us online welcome you to join us at our 6:30 at www.odbcpa.org. Better yet, come worship with us in person.

New Beginnings Church

Middletown New Beginnings Church invites will be every Wednesday through you to worship with us each Sunday August 14. Children, elementary at 10:30 a.m. Nursery and children’s school having completed kindergarten church provided. Our congregation through 5th grade will be held from meets at Riverside Chapel, 630 S. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and teens, grade 6 Union St., Middletown, next to the through 12th grade will be held from Rescue Hose Company. Sunday school 6 to 8 p.m. Call Bobby Bright at 944for all ages is at 9 a.m. We are handicap 5454 to register your child/youth or accessible via ramp at the back door. just come. For additional church information call Sun., July 28: 3 p.m., Youth Fel944-9595. lowship swimming party/cookout at Nonperishable food items are col- Waples house. lected every Sunday for the MiddleAnyone wishing to receive the town Food Bank. weekly news e-mail from Dave Judy Followers of Faith Bible Study re- please contact Dave at djudy54836@ sumes in the fall; Intercessory Prayer aol.com. Group is held every Thursday at 7 The main bulletin board highlights p.m.; The Craft Group meets every summer vacations. Share a photo of Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.; Youth Fel- your travels this summer, near or far, lowship will have special events over to be included on the picture board. the summer and will resume every Plans continue for creating a prayer week in Sept. garden on the back lawn near the Our Sunday worship service is broad- Swatara Creek. cast on the MAHS radio station WMSS Acolyte for July is Nikki Wise. Chil91.1 FM at 3 p.m. every Sunday after- dren’s church leaders are Pam Eberly noon. Listen on the radio or the Internet and Bobby Bright. at www.pennlive.com/wmss/audio. Pastor Britt’s parting words each Check us out on our website at www. Sunday: “Nothing in this world is newbeginningschurchmiddletown. more important than the love of Jesus weebly.com. Christ.” We invite you to come and Wacky Wednesday and Teen Night experience this love.

Historical Society of Schuylkill County - Pottsville - several years ago the Society discovered that they have not had a biographical book written on Schuylkill County men or women since the 1930s. We discussed the possibility of taking on the task of playing catch-up in an attempt to fill the gap from near the beginning of the 20th century. We are now nearing the completion of the first book, Schuylkill County’s “Twentieth Century Personalities.” Our hopes are that we will have it published prior to this Christmas. Local author Attorney Jay R. Zane and his committee composed of Karen Gibson, Pine Grove; Jean Dellock, Frackville; Dale Freudenberger, Tamaqua; and Annabelle Coleman, Hegins have been very busy over the past few months doing research and talking with family members to come up with short biographies on a hundred or so people for the first book. We can see that this will be a series of books until it is all over. If you have information on some local person of interest, please let the society know who that may be. Our New Web Site – In April we were told by our Webmaster that we would have to find another host for our website as they were discontinuing the service. Mary Ann Lubinsky, our society secretary, came to our rescue. Within a few weeks she redesigned our entire website, improving and expanding the content that we had. We will continue to update the site as we can. Our thanks to Mary Ann for her efforts and persistence in staying with the project until completion. Here is the new website: www.schuylkillhistory.org also Sch.hist@comcast.net. Historical Society of Schuylkill County address, 305 North Centre Street, Pottsville, Pa.; Phone 1-570-622-7540. Society hours Wednesday, 1:30-6 p.m; Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m; Friday,10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. I’m a life member since the death of my mother in 1995 and I’m so pleased that the Historical Society has new blood and is striving in leaps and bounds. Anyone from Schuylkill County and living elsewhere, I would like hearing from you.

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The Middletown Story? It's worth showing, telling

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sed to be you’d have to call and make an appointment to see the collection of Middletown artifacts owned by the Middletown Area Historical Society. There was a lot of intriguing stuff stored in the second floor above the Middletown Public Library, from period clothing to wooden MICKY Mouse toys. MICKY was manufactured – and patented – by a Middletown toy maker, Performo-Toy Co., in the 1920s and, local legend has it, was stolen by Walt Disney, who used his likeness to create Mickey Mouse, a story that the Disney empire denies. Believe what you want, but it’s the kind of folklore that makes Middletown’s history even richer. Middletown is Dauphin County’s oldest town, and seeing it progress from one era to another, through its collection of historical items, is fascinating. So the news that the Historical Society plans to display its collection to the public at its new headquarters is exciting. The society is still remodeling the space, in the Downtown Plaza on Brown Street, and it’s not yet decided how many days per week Middletown’s museum of artifacts will be open. Even one day would be an improvement over the previous arrangement at the library. Kudos to the society for working toward the public display of its collection. More Middletowners – and out-of-towners, we suspect – will see it, enjoy it, learn from it. Not only will it instill some hometown pride, but also will boost the borough’s efforts to become a place for people to visit. The result could be more dynamic than the society’s humble goal.

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Don Foreman: a cop with incredible integrity

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t was a privilege for me to attend a Life Celebration for Don Foreman, a former detective for the Middletown Police Department who passed away on Tuesday, July 2. Years ago, Don took me under his wing – back when the Press And Journal was permitted to gather police news from the cops who walked the beat. His expertise and guidance helped me to provide Press And Journal readers with an insight into the complicated proceedings of our local police force. The news we published ranged from stolen bicycles to murders, and everything in between. Along the way, Don and I forged a relationship of trust and respect. There were no hidden agendas, and while Don was a by-the-book man of incredible integrity, he realized life involved a great deal of give and take. He will be sorely missed. The tribute to Don, held at the Coble-Reber Funeral Home in town, also provided the occasion for a gathering of Who’s Who in the recent history of MPD. Mayor Bob Reid, former Chief George Miller, former sergeants Dick Brandt and Pete Ranck, former officers Ken Neidinger and Bob Schortemeyer, former detective Bill Layton and former police secretary Susie Burns all gathered to salute Don one last time. I was privileged to be involved in that informal assembly of ex-officers and staff. It’s sad and unfortunate for the good people of Middletown that the relationship Don helped build between the Middletown police and the Press And Journal no longer exists. ••••• We were happy to report the Middletown Area Historical Society is hard at work at realizing the possibility of securing a new and permanent home in the Downtown Plaza on Brown Street. The society has a mountain of incredible historical artifacts that chronicle the rich and diverse history of the Middletown area. A dedicated and stable headquarters for a museum and storage of the irreplaceable treasures is a dream come true for the folks of the society. Their diligence and dedication to our area’s past deserves our support and admiration. Remember the words of Bob Marley: “In this bright future you can’t forget your past.” ••••• What Am I Missing? (Part 1): The boroughs of Highspire and Royalton have taken substantive action to share their codes enforcement services. Sharing services builds trust and camaraderie and – in this case, certainly – will save taxpayers a great deal of money. Middletown Borough Council last week voted to “execute a memorandum of understanding with Highspire for sharing building codes enforcement upon the concurrence of Highspire.” But John McHale, Highspire’s borough manager, told our reporters he has not discussed the issue with Middletown because Highspire Borough Council already decided not to pursue an agreement with Middletown. Wouldn’t it make sense for Middletown to have asked Highspire before they took a vote on it? ••••• What Am I Missing? (Part 2): On one side of the fence, we have the leadership of Middletown Borough Council all but saying the borough will be pulling the plug on its involvement with the Olmsted Regional Recreation Board. Council President Chris McNamara said he’s frustrated with a lack of communication from the board and is “in favor of withdrawing totally.” But on the other side, we have rec board President Barbara Layne, who went on record saying, “As of today, no phone call, no e-mail or letter has been received [from borough council] for the rec board to respond to ... '' If council has concerns, why didn’t Councilor David Rhen, the borough’s serving appointee, bring those concerns before the rec board? Apparently deciding three are more effective than one, council has appointed Rhen and fellow councilors Donald Brooks and Scott Sites to address its concerns to the rec board. 

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uch of the preserve and bolster accountability measures. The districts need to feel pressure debate to improve. And if they don’t, parents about need to be empowered to send their chilAmerican educadren elsewhere. tion reform centers That was the insight behind No Child on the inner city. Left Behind (NCLB), President George It’s widely underW. Bush’s landmark education bill. It stood that astonishingly few students installed serious consequences for schools from low-income urban schools are that repeatedly failed to reach specific graduating equipped with the skills they goals.
NCLB created clear achievement need to succeed in the 21st Century benchmarks that schools must meet and economy.
What is less understood is that required regular evaluations. Student America’s education problems aren’t achievement data has to be reported confined to poor, urban areas. Students in the wealthiest parts of the country are suf- publicly and in a form parents can easily understand.
This formula can help suburfering from lagging achievement as well. ban schools improve. Parents often believe that all they Unfortunately, there’s a major effort to need to do to give their children a great weaken NCLB. The federal Department education is move to an affluent suburb. of Education has actually waived some of They’re wrong. the law’s requirements for 34 states plus This is the hidden crisis in American the District of Columbia, and another 10 education. Schools in affluent areas look good com- states have requests under review. Under NCLB, schools that underperform pared to the worst-achieving schools in for two years in a row suffer consequencthe country. But that’s a limited picture. es. These waivers eliminate those conseWith globalization and current trends quences for most schools. Only those in in immigration, students from affluent the bottom 15 percent would still be held schools will be competing for highaccountable to NCLB standards. quality jobs against the best and brightest Of course, it’s good that these waivfrom all over the world. 
That’s why the ers still keep some schools honest. But George W. Bush exempting the vast Institute put together majority means that a “Global Report low-performCard.” We compiled The best way for public many ing schools can a data set on math policymakers to address the continue to operate and reading skills suburban school crisis is to consequence-free. for almost every the very worst school district in the preserve and bolster Only are still under the country and comaccountability measures. The microscope. Plenty pared it with student districts need to feel pressure of students will achievement in 25 stuck in subother developed to improve. remain par institutions. nations, including NCLB is not perCanada, the United fect. There is cerKingdom, Germany, tainly room for reform. But the heart of Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Singathe bill is still precisely the right method pore.
The results are not good. for improving schools in this country – Of the 50 wealthiest school districts in including those in affluent suburbs. the nation, nearly a third ranked below Educators need to establish and protect the international average in math skills. clear achievement benchmarks. Schools Take Richmond County, Ga., home to should be regularly evaluated. Parents the prestigious Augusta Country Club, need to be given achievement data. And which just hosted the Masters Golf students stuck in bad schools shouldn't Tournament. Richmond County students have their futures snatched away from rank in the bottom fourth internationally in math achievement, and near the bottom them – they need to be empowered to switch to a better environment. third in reading. Our international friends and allies are Or look at Yorba Linda, Calif. The training their children to compete in a birthplace of Richard Nixon, Yorba Linda global economy. We have to do likewise. is the ninth-wealthiest school district in And that means keeping all schools – the country, with a median household suburban and urban – accountable. income of nearly $90,000. These students have ample advantages that those in poor, Kerri Briggs is director of education inner-city schools do not. Yet math scores reform at the George W. Bush Institute, show that the average Yorba Linda stuDallas, Texas. dent only outperforms 43 percent of stu dents in the average developed economy. Sunnyvale and San Jose are the heart of Silicon Valley. But these wealthy enclaves aren’t educating their children to inherit their prosperity. Two-thirds of international students do better in math than the average Sunnyvale and San Jose student. Sugar Land, Texas is one of the counWe want to hear from you. try’s fastest growing cities. It’s also the Send your letters to: 19th-richest. Energy, engineering and letters@pressandjournal.com, or high-tech firms have flocked there. But 20 S. Union Street Sugar Land’s students are also below the Middletown, Pa. 17057 international average in math achieveLetters may be edited for accuracy, ment. clarity, and length. The best way for public policymakers to address the suburban school crisis is to

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rom the beginning, people who would ban all private guns if they could have used the George Zimmerman case to push their agenda. They push on two fronts: First, they argue that Zimmerman’s 2012 fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, who had no gun, demonstrates that guns are an unmitigated evil. Second, the antigun lobby is using the case to agitate for the repeal of “stand your ground” laws, which are on the books in many states. It is hard to see how this case, in which Zimmerman was acquitted of murder and manslaughter, condemns gun ownership or concealed carry. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense. The prosecution was unable to impeach that claim. It’s true that Martin had no gun and Zimmerman did. For many people, this in itself proves that Zimmerman used his gun unjustifiably, hence demonstrating that guns are bad per se. But that makes no sense. Are we to believe that a gun is the only means of threatening a person with death or serious injury? People were killed by a variety of means before guns existed, including fists. So there is no prima facie case that a gun was used improperly merely because the person shot had no firearm. (In the murder case, the jurors apparently believed Zimmerman’s account that Martin knocked him down with a sucker punch to the face, then sat on his chest, banging his head against the pavement.) Thus the Zimmerman case furnishes no ammunition – pun intended – for gun controllers. How could a justifiable homicide – the jury’s finding – provide evidence for banning or restricting guns? We may go further and note that even a guilty verdict would have been no grounds for gun control. No matter what gun laws are on the books, bad guys will always get firearms. There is no Gunrunning is prima facie case as old as guns themselves. that a gun was It is only the used improperly innocent who merely would be without guns, because the and that means person shot had more murders, no firearm. more rapes, more assaults. The answer to gun violence is not to deprive the innocent of guns. Let’s move on to “stand your ground” laws. Many states have passed these laws to clarify the law of self-defense. It is an old principle that one may use deadly force to defend one’s life (or other innocent life) in one’s own home. In other words, one has no “duty to retreat.’’ Elsewhere, however, there is a general duty to retreat. If you are threatened but can get away safely, the law requires you to do so rather than confronting the threat. This rule presumably evolved to prevent escalation of violence and to preserve the peace. The “stand your ground” principle clarifies things by holding that if one cannot retreat safely from a deadly or other serious threat when away from home, one may use deadly force to counter the threat. That’s all it does. It does not permit one to shoot someone else casually with impunity. You may be asking what this has to do with George Zimmerman. The answer is: nothing. Zimmerman did not invoke “stand your ground” after the shooting last year. He could have asked for a hearing on the matter, but he did not. (Had he prevailed in that hearing, there would have been no murder trial.) The reason Zimmerman did not invoke the principle is obvious: His account of events rules out “stand your ground.” Remember, he claims that Martin knocked him down with a blow and then sat on his chest, beating him. If you’re on the ground, you can’t stand your ground. Ironically, Martin’s actions look more like a case of “stand your ground.” The prosecution’s account is that Martin saw Zimmerman following him. The residence to which Martin was walking was a short distance away, but instead of retreating for protection, he ended up in the deadly altercation. Why? If he felt he could not retreat safely, then he was standing his ground when he confronted Zimmerman. “Stand your ground” is reasonable law. The Zimmerman case provides no reason to repeal it.   Sheldon Richman is vice president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, a libertarian think tank in Fairfax, Va.


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n tandem with the adoption of the 2013-14 state budget, which contained funding for safe school initiatives, the General Assembly recently approved an amendment expanding targeted grants for school safety that would give school districts priority funding if they hire retired law enforcement officers. School districts and municipalities that apply for grants with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for school police and resource officers will receive priority funding if they use personnel who have completed specialized training dealing with interaction with children and adolescents in an educational setting. The overall legislation uses the Office of Safe Schools within the Department of Education to include programs that target school violence through emergency preparedness and all-hazard plans, drills and related activities with emergency responders. In addition to approving this measure, the House Select Committee on School Safety and Security held its fourth and final hearing in Harrisburg recently to conclude its examination of best practices and recommendations to keep students, faculty, employees and others safe while balancing a quality environment for learning. A final report is due Sept. 30.

Capitol tours Starting Thursday, Aug. 1, the Capitol Tour Office will begin accepting tour and lunch table reservations for spring 2014. By December, most of the primetime opportunities for tours the following spring are booked, so early scheduling is encouraged. The state Capitol offers tours that explore Pennsylvania government at work and present information on the history of the state. The Capitol building, the Visitor’s Welcome Center and the State Museum of Pennsylvania are all open to the public and are great educational activities for school groups, families and individuals. The Capitol features guided 30-minute tours that highlight architectural and artistic aspects of the building. Tours are available, free of charge, every half hour Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On weekends and most holidays, tours are offered at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The welcome center is located inside the Capitol and is open to the public. The center features 18 interactive exhibits that explain the legislative process. The welcome center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free of charge. It is located in the East Wing of the Capitol. Both the Capitol guided tours and the welcome center are accessible for individuals with special needs. Group tours can be scheduled by calling the Capitol Tour Office at 1-800-868-7672. On the day of your tour, please allow adequate time for your group to be processed through security. You must allow a minimum of 45 minutes to 1 hour for your visit to the Capitol. If you schedule a 10 a.m. tour and you finish going through security at 10:15 a.m., you will only receive a 15-minute tour. Due to budget cuts, extra tour guides are not available to take groups who arrive late on the fulllength tour of the Capitol. Readers can find more information at PACapitol.com. The Pennsylvania State Museum is adjacent to the Capitol building and offers exhibits about all aspects of the state’s history and its connection to the nation. The State Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. There is an admission fee. However, the museum offers free admission on the third Saturday of every month. Readers can find more information at StateMuseumPA.org. John D. Payne is a Republican member of the state House of Representatives. He represents the 106th District.

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L“OK, so now the gang on

Middletown council has set its sites on the rec board. I admit there are issues with every organization, but if you read council dictator McNamara’s comments that the town is getting short-changed you can understand the pathetic egotistic and egocentric mindset of the leaders of our town. It is pathetic.”

K“Parents of the children on

Market Street in Highspire need to teach their kids to NOT play in the middle of the road, pick up their trash, not let bikes or scooters lay in the road, and be respectful of other people’s property!”

K“For the person asking about

gas prices: Could one possible reason be the difference of electricity rates? But also even though the two towns are close, about a mile or so, that is still a chance for price difference. But the biggest reason is Sunoco charges less for cash purchases of gasoline. I do not know the exact figures. But they take at least 10 or more cents off from their regular price. This would be the reason they’re much cheaper. Their credit/debit card price might be $3.399 but with the cash discount it comes to $3.299. I hope this answers your question.”

L“Mark my words: There will be no library and no swimming pool for the people of Middletown. It will go away, but our electric costs will be down. THAT’S a wonderful tradeoff, isn’t it? Isn’t it? Decide at the voting booths in November. Here’s your sign, Middletown.”

J“Congrats to Lower Swatara/

Middletown 13-year-old boys baseball: perfect season, 17-0.”

L“Is it legal to have blacktop for

sidewalks instead of cement? I’ve seen it in Middletown, Highspire and Steelton. It may be cheap, but it looks disgusting.”

J“On Monday, July 22, 2013,

Fred Buss, the Barber on the Square, will celebrate his 50th year of being in business as a barber. He started in 1963 as a 19-year-old. Now, do the math – 50 years later, he is still cutting hair, in the same shop, with some of the same customers who sat in his chair as kids. Under other circumstances, looking at the length in time he has spent at one location, one might presume he had no ambition to move on. Quite the contrary, Fred has had no need to move on. A steady flow of customers needing his services have always filtered into his front door and sat in his chair. Other barbers in this town have come and gone – some after normal retirement, some because there was a perceived lack of business and others because they really didn’t know how to cut hair other than ‘off.’ It was presumed that Fred’s business would lag when

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K“I really hope the hot weather

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the state took away all the parking in the square. While it was true there was an initial drop in business, after only a few weeks, the loyal customers overcame any parking issues and hiked up the hill to continue their patronage with Fred – and complain about the parking issues. As July 15 is Fred’s 69th birthday, and July 22 is his 50th anniversary as a licensed barber, stop in and wish him a happy birthday and congratulate his success in business, and then get a haircut – whether you think you need one or not. After all, you wouldn’t want to be accused of defying that old maxim, ‘Beautify America – Get A Haircut,’ would you? I didn’t think so. Happy birthday, Fred! And, by the way, you can’t stop being a barber until I go bald and don’t need a barber anymore.”

M“Zimmerman is not guilty. I

didn’t see these black people protest when OJ was acquitted. The evidence spoke – now get over it.”

M“There is no parking problem in Middletown. There’s a people problem.”

K“Have you seen the prices of

clothes these days? And with school right around the corner I don’t know how I’m going to afford to get things for my kids. Why, oh why, can’t schools have uniforms? That would be simpler and cheaper. I believe it would also cut down on bullying because you know how girls are when they make fun of others over clothes. And don’t tell me your little darlings don’t make fun of others because of their clothes!”

L“I still cannot believe there isn’t an apartment inspection law in Middletown. It would help raise money for our bankrupt town, wouldn’t it? It would also get rid of these landlords who could give a flying frig about our once nice town.”

L“Have you looked at the fronts

of the student apartments coming into town – weeds, muddy water, piles of dirt? Classy. Real classy. And this is how a college town is supposed to look? I’m sorry – the homes that were there, maybe they weren’t in the best shape but they looked nice from the street. Now it looks like a rundown section of Allison Hill in the great ‘Burg.”

goes away before band camp and football camp starts in town.”

K“In response to last week’s

comment about finding food after 9 at night: The Blue Room’s kitchen is open late most nights.”

time they have a blood drive. I love my community.”

J“Took my kids to the Elks. It

M“If the Florida Panthers

was great. Can we have a beginning school special or an end of summer special?

hockey club all carried 9mm’s under their jerseys the league would be losing a lot of players. Stand your ice law. Do you get it?”

M“Who is the liberal on the

J“Chief Wheeler is the right guy

Press And Journal’s staff who puts them questions on it every day? You should be ashamed at some of them. I won’t look at that page ever again.”

for Middletown Borough police. At this time there is a new police system being installed at the new police station. This requires strong administration skills that Police Chief Wheeler has. A good police officer may not make a good police chief. There is more legal and administration issues that a police chief must deal with that a good police officer may not be able to handle.”

M“Dear ex-husband: If you are

so wonderful, then why is it in all the years I’ve been gone you have not had a girlfriend? If you are so wonderful, why weren’t women lined up to date you? I imagine you had dates (that you met in a bar). They just didn’t want to stick around. I completely expect you to buy a little red sports car any day now. That’s what all the other middle-aged men do who can’t get attention.”

K“Of course other districts get

more sports offers. Have you seen enrollment numbers? If you can do the math then maybe you could answer your own point.”

J“My yard sale was a great success. Thanks to everyone who was there. I can take my kids on a trip down the shore.”

L“Where are the crosswalks? I

always have people almost hitting me. The borough has to realize it’s their job to maintain those lines! This is NOT PennDOT’s job, but YOURS, Middletown. You say you have all this money to spend on things.”

K“I love the Brownstone, but

that black and white hanging sign out front is an eyesore for the downtown! The borough should also make an ordinance that out-ofbusiness places, like Bunky Burger, have to remove their sign.”

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L“Coaches should be held

responsible for hazing if they don’t stress that anyone will be cut if caught. Expel the ones doing it and fire staff responsible if they dismiss it. No more a rite of passage. Liable and will be sued. On school grounds, bus or away events. All who watched or turned a blind eye will be held accountable!”

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K“I’d like to convince the Kupps to have a fall car show in Middletown. It doesn’t have to be a large event – something small. Maybe you could even get the borough to help you this time – maybe. Consider it, please.”

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L“Deibler is not coaching in

Middletown because he could not get the AD job? But yet he is going to help coach at McDevitt? Something does not fit.”

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L“What’s the big deal with this

voter ID law? You should show proof of who you are. You got to show it for everything else like cigarettes, some cough medicine, etc. It takes five seconds to show it. Let’s be honest here: The only people who don’t want this law are the Democrats. This country needs to put the people first instead of politics. The country is going downhill fast. Just like the Supreme Court – they should always vote for what’s right. They have their job for life, so what do they have to lose? But even they put politics ahead of everything. I have no faith in them anymore, either.”

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L“How is it that Middletown

can say my grass needs cut and just come and cut my grass and send me a bill for $80 plus fines a day after I cut my grass? And there are properties where the grass is four foot on average! I am told I have to get ahold of the borough code officer, but Middletown doesn’t have one – Ed no longer works there. So how is it that due process is not followed by this third-party vendor, employed and empowered by the Middletown Borough Council? Middletown is stealing from the hard-working man again, and no one is returning any phone calls. So how am I to resolve this?”

J“I went to donate blood at the

Middletown VFW. Those people are so super nice. I will return every

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I hope by the time you are reading this the heat wave has passed. Relentless. And I love the heat. Can anyone relate? It has been 20 years this month that my family moved to our house. So much happens in 20 years – so much accumulates. So much changes. It went by so quickly. Too quickly. This is a beautiful area and a wonderful place to raise a family. So what do you like best about central Pennsylvania? Look to see how others answered this question later in this column. Have a cool week – I hope – and give me a call with your news to share! Birthdays Mark Fulton marks his cake day on Thursday, July 25. Best wishes to you, Mark, on your day. May it be full of peace and smiles. Zvjezdan Blazevic of Lower Swatara Twp. turns 24 on Thursday, July 25. Hope it is the happiest birthday yet! Best wishes for a thrilling Thursday, July 25 birthday to Elizabeth Chavey of Lower Swatara. Enjoy your cake day. Happy 12th cake and ice cream day to Nathan Witmer of Lower Swatara. He celebrates on Friday, July 26. Here is a shout out to Lise Wilkinson of Middletown. Happy birthday to you on Friday, July 26. Have an awesome weekend. Hey, Kelsey Cleckner of Lower Swatara, hope your frosty-filled day is full of joy and laughs. She is 23 on Friday, July 26. Happy birthday smiles and surprises are sent to Rob Rineer of Lower Swatara on his cake day, Friday, July 26. Happy Birthday wishes go to Drake Bahajak of Lower Swatara, who celebrates his very special 21st birthday on Saturday, July 27. Plans are made for lots of birthday fun. Enjoy your day, Drake! Ed Arnold of Lower Swatara celebrates his balloon-flying day on Saturday, July 27. Have too much fun, Ed.

Happy 23rd cake day to Melanie Kline on her special Sunday, July 28 me-holiday. Hoping you are having a mini-celebration every day, Melanie. Troy Yost of Lower Swatara marks his 23rd confetti-popping day on Sunday, July 28. Hope it is terrific, Troy. Hayley Kern of Lower Swatara celebrates her razzle-dazzle 14th sunshiny birthday on Sunday, July 28. Have a ball, Hayley. Mike Hoose of Lower Swatara hits number 28 on Monday, July 29. Have a blast on your day. Michelle Sabol of Middletown will be having on ball on her party day Monday, July 29. Have a wonderful birthday week, Michelle. Best wishes for a wonderful sweet 16 birthday to Brianna Jones of Middletown. Her beep-honk-beep day is Tuesday, July 30. Be safe, Brianna! Happy 19th last teener birthday to Joe Klock of Lower Swatara. Joe, I just know your day will be extraspecial and you will have a superduper week. Frank Linn of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Tuesday, July 30. Happy birthday to you, Frank! Happy 7-is-magic birthday to Torin Bayhart of Lower Swatara. He celebrates on Tuesday, July 30. Hope you get loads of treats, Torin. God’s Clothes Closet The Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 East Water St., Middletown, will be offering free clothing again for men, women, teens and children from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 3. Come for sweaters, slacks, jeans, dresses, coats, shirts, shoes, belts, hats, linens and blankets. There will be free refreshments. For more information, readers may call 717-944-6181. All are welcome. Township meeting The Lower Swatara Twp. Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 25 at the municipal

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A 92-year-old small, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by 8 a.m. – his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind – moved into a nursing home today.
His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.
As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window. “I love it,” he stated with the enthusiasm of an 8-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. “Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room. Just wait.”
“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” he replied.
He continued, “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged ... it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice: I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away. Just for this time in my life.”
Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in. My advice to all of us who are aging would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories.
Thank you for your part in filling my Memory Bank. I am still depositing.
Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
 • Free your heart from hatred.
 • Free your mind from worries.• Live simply. • Give more. • Expect less. Quote of the Week “Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.” – René Descartes, mathematician and philosopher Question of the Week What do you like about central Pennsylvania? “Everyone is a little bit nicer than where I used to live.” – Brianna Jones, 15, Middletown. “Proximity to major cities, like Philadelphia. I go there to visit family, and I also enjoy the flower show.” – Rita Fulton, Lower Swatara. “I like that you can be close to anything you want/need, but there are so many beautiful get-away places, too.” – Maria Little, Harrisburg. “Hersheypark. I like to ride roller coasters at Hersheypark – especially the Storm Runner.” – Elliot Demko, 13, Middletown. “It’s always hot in the summer, and there are a lot of small towns with closely-knit families.” – Colton Stone, 15, Middletown. “The people. They are friendly!” – William Kramer, Harrisburg. Proverb for the Week A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth (7:24).

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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. Withdrawn A charge of hindering apprehension was withdrawn against Charles Ramer, 22, of Middletown. The charge was filed following an incident on April 10. Charges of simple assault, unlawful restraint/involuntary servitude and two counts of harassment/stalking were withdrawn against Timothy Ross, 28, address unknown. The charges were filed following an incident on April 30. A charge of loitering and prowling at night was withdrawn against Gregory Polito, 29, of Harrisburg. The charge was filed following an incident on April 30. Charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana and tampering with/fabricating physical evidence were withdrawn against Kristi Teeter, 27, of Middletown. The charges were filed following an incident on May 7. ARD Jason McElwee,19, of Middletown, was placed in the Advanced Rehabilitative Disposition program (ARD) in relation to a citation for underage drinking filed following an incident on June 30. Holly Paul, 30, of Middletown, is in the Advanced Rehabilitative Disposition program (ARD) in relation to a citation for disorderly conduct. A charge of hindering apprehension was lowered to a non-traffic citation. The charges were filed following an incident on March 22. Mary Makinde, 67, of Harrisburg, is in the Advanced Rehabilitative Disposition program (ARD) in relation to a citation for disorderly conduct. A charge of disorderly conduct was lowered to a non-traffic citation. Charges of defiant trespass and an additional charge of disorderly conduct were dismissed. The case was filed following an incident on April 6. Dismissed Charges of simple assault, harassment and possession of a controlled substance-contraband were dismissed against Brian Herrington, 55, of Middletown. The charges were filed following an incident on June 21. Charges of disorderly conduct and harassment were dismissed against Roger Nice, 47, of Middletown. The charges were filed following an incident on March 29. A charge of harassment was dismissed against Jesse Shindledecker, 35, of Elizabethtown. The charge was filed following an incident on March 26. A burglary charge was dismissed against William Barilla, 38, of Middletown. The charge was filed following an incident on Sept. 20. Waived Colin Burger, 19, of Shamokin,

waived charges of rape of a child, three counts of aggravated indecent assault of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor to Dauphin County Court. Zachary Witmer, 28, unknown address, waived a charge of flight to avoid apprehension to Dauphin County Court. The charge was filed following an incident on April 10. Zachary Witmer, 28, unknown address, waived charges of burglary and intentional possession of a controlled substance by person not registered to Dauphin County Court. A charge of criminal trespass was withdrawn. The charges were filed following an incident on March 22. Jeffrey Yohn, 54, of Middletown, waived charges of DUI, DUI-high level of alcohol and careless driving to Dauphin County Court. Yohn was arrested on Dec. 31. Matthew Hardy, 21, of Middletown, waived charges of DUI, DUI-controlled substance, alcohol/drugs first offense and driving at an unsafe speed to Dauphin County Court. The charges were filed following an incident on May 14. Sandra Baumbach, 52, of Middletown, waived charges of DUI, DUIhigh rate of alcohol and backing up a vehicle improperly to Dauphin County Court. Baumbach was arrested on May 17. Anton Benkowitsch, 27, of Highspire, waived charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana and tampering with/fabricating physical evidence to Dauphin County Court. The charges were filed following an incident on May 7. Juanita Muniz, 19, of Middletown, waived charges of simple assault and harassment to Dauphin County Court. The charges were filed following an incident on May 21. Scott Weidner, 51, of Middletown, waived charges of DUI and DUIhighest rate of alcohol to Dauphin County Court. Charges of driving a vehicle with no rear lights and driving a vehicle with no headlights were withdrawn. Weidner was arrested on May 7. Joshua Nicholas, 25, of York, waived charges of DUI-controlled substance (two counts), careless driving, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia to Dauphin County Court, The charges were filed following an incident on March 25. Julie Wiestling, 44, of Middletown, waived charges of DUI, DUI-highest level of alcohol and careless driving to Dauphin County Court. A charge of reckless driving was withdrawn. Wiestling was arrested on April 11. Nathanael Fisher, 27, of Middletown,

waived charges of selling or furnishing liquor to minors and corruption of minors to Dauphin County Court. The charges were filed following an incident on April 14. Avery Schweitzer, 19, of Middletown, waived charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and intentional possession of a controlled substance to Dauphin County Court. Two counts theft by unlawful taking were withdrawn. The charges were filed following an incident on March 28. Kirillos Gobrial, 18, of Brooklyn, N.Y., waived charges of theft of lost property (three counts), theft by unlawful taking (three counts) and theft by deception (two counts) to Dauphin County Court. The charges were filed following an incident on April 3. Cheyenne Arnold, 20, of Steelton, waived charges of resisting arrest, public drunkenness and providing false identification to a law enforcement officer to Dauphin County Court. Charges of the purchase of alcohol by a minor and restrictions on alcoholic beverages were withdrawn. The charges were filed following an incident on March 29. Guilty plea Earl Snyder, 29, of West Fairview, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. A charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana was withdrawn. The charges were filed following an incident on May 3. Shane Meyer, 35, of Middletown, pleaded guilty to a charge of providing false identification to a law enforcement officer. A charge of unsworn falsification to authorities was withdrawn. The charges were filed following an incident on May 10. Raymond Crone, 39, of Middletown, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. A charge of public drunkenness was withdrawn. The charges were filed following an incident on April 6. Sasha Colon, 23, of Middletown, pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct citation filed following an incident on March 24. Holly Paul, 30, of Middletown, pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct citation after a charge of hindering apprehension was lowered to the nontraffic citation. The charge was filed following an incident on March 22. Devon Raynes, 21, of Rexmont, pleaded guilty to a citation for violating Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission rules/regulations protecting fish near dams. The citation was filed following an incident on Aug. 4. Robert Heisey, 25, of Middletown, pleaded guilty to a public drunkenness citation filed following an incident on May 25. Darryll Hickey, 31, of Middletown, pleaded guilt to a charge of possession

of drug paraphernalia. A charge of recklessly endangering another person was withdrawn. The charges were filed following an incident on May 28. Steven Sellers Jr., 60, of Middletown, pleaded guilty to a public drunkenness citation filed following an incident on June 10. Held for court Charges of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving an unregistered vehicle, failure to keep right and disregarding traffic lanes against Anthony Stumpo, 38, of Middletown were held for action in Dauphin County Court. The charges were filed following an incident on May 20. Charges of DUI-controlled substance, disregarding traffic lanes and failure to use a safety belt against Brian Orris, 48, of Middletown were held for action in Dauphin County Court. The charges were filed following an incident on Feb. 23. Charges of terroristic threats, aggravated assault, simple assault, false imprisonment and harassment against Bradley Ross, 34, of Harrisburg were held for action in Dauphin County Court. The charges were filed following an incident on Oct. 23.

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Colby Stiffler, a member of Londonderry Twp.’s Boy Scout Troop 97, has earned the rank of Life Scout, completing the requirements – merit badges, community service and leading fellow Scouts – in less than three years. Stiffler, son of Erika and Donald Stiffler of Londonderry Twp., will be an eighth-grader this fall at Lower Dauphin Middle School, where he is enrolled in the honors math program and consistently is named to the Honor Roll. He has won the “Do the Right Thing’’ award from Communities That Care for demonstrating integrity at school. He is a member of the chorus, the Lower Dauphin High School men’s a cappella group, and Boyz Noise, a central Pennsylvania invitation-only a cappella group. He plays the violin in the middle school orchestra and bass guitar for the Worship Team at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. He also plays the piano, and enjoys hunting and fishing. He hopes to attend college to study architectural engineering. Stiffler demonstrated Life Scout role model and leadership qualities by holding the positions of historian and patrol leader for Troop 97. He currently serves as the troop scribe, keeping meeting minutes and organizing records. He completed more than 50 hours of community service, volunteering for the Epilepsy Foundation, Adopt-AHighway, Fountain of Life Food Bank, Geyers United Methodist Church and the Londonderry Fire Company, which sponsors the troop. He also performed

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Colby Stiffler, a member of Boy Scout Troop 97 in Londonderry Twp., has earned the rank of Life Scout. Next up: He plans to refurbish the foot bridges at Middletown Reservoir to complete his requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout maintenance on the Appalachian Trail, helped victims of the 2011 flood in Londonderry Twp., cleared trails at Sunset Park and portrayed a disaster “victim’’ in an emergency drill for an area hospital. Stiffler serves as a member of the Ender Dragon Patrol for Troop C203.

He has only a few remaining merit badges to complete in order to fulfill the requirements for Eagle Scout. He is planning his Eagle Scout project. Because he enjoys the outdoors, his goal is to refurbish the foot bridges at the Middletown Reservoir so people can enjoy the reservoir in a safe environment.

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Contractor wins award from peers An Elizabehtown electrical contractor won an award for its work on a local college’s auditorium and recital hall during the Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Awards Gala on Tuesday, July 16 at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Camp Hill.

John E. Fullerton Inc. won the Specialty Contractor Project of the Year award for its electrical work on the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts at Messiah College, Grantham. The award was given by the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and

Contractors. Fullerton now will enter a national competition against honorees from 73 other chapters in the country. Another Elizabethtown contractor, Leo Kob Co., won awards for its green energy and HVAC work on Broad Park Manor, an apartment complex in York.

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