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Carpet salesmen burglarize homes near Steelton Three men claiming to be selling carpeting door-to-door burglarized two homes in the Oberlin, Bressler and Enhaut area on Wednesday, July 24, Swatara Twp. police said. One man showed the carpeting to the victims while the other two allegedly took items from the homes, police said. The three men are described as white and ages 30, 45 and 55. They were driving a white four-door station wagon or SUV, police said. Anyone with information should contact the Swatara Twp. police at 717-564-2550 or

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Deibler lands job as assistant at McDevitt By Daniel Walmer

Rob Deibler, the former Middletown Area High School head football coach, has accepted the position of wide receiver coach at Bishop McDevitt High School for this fall, the Catholic school’s athletic director has confirmed. Deibler is a former assistant coach at McDevitt and his son attends the school, so hiring Deibler just made sense, said athletic director Tommy Mealy. “It was just a logical thing to do, and we’re excited and happy to have him,” Mealy said. Rob Deibler Many Blue Raider fans had expected Deibler, who led Steelton-Highspire to two state titles, to return Middletown’s football program to glory when he was hired in 2011. However, Deibler won just three games in two seasons before unexpectedly resigning for personal reasons in June, district officials said. Middletown has hired local product Brett Myers to replace Deibler at the helm of the Blue Raider squad. Deibler will be joining a Bishop McDevitt program that has enjoyed far more recent success than Middletown: The Crusaders have won district championships in each of the last three seasons.

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Turnpike hikes tolls for 2014 The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission approved a toll rate increase of 2 percent for E-ZPass customers and 12 percent for cash customers for 2014 during a meeting on Monday, July 15. The increase is largely needed to allow the commission to meet its funding obligation to the Commonwealth under a 2007 state law known as Act 44. New revenues from the increase will also help fund the Turnpike’s capital improvement plan, which is focused mostly on completely rebuilding the 73-year-old toll road and widening it from four to six lanes. The increase will take effect Jan. 5. It is the 11th rate hike in the history of the commission.

The secret to reaching 100? “Overall, I enjoyed my life,’’ he says By Noelle Barrett Press And Journal Staff


very Saturday, Charles Selcher can be found sitting at the counter in Kuppy’s Diner, greeting those around him with smiles as he spoons chicken corn soup from a small bowl. It’s a ritual that’s been a part of his life since Kuppy’s first opened in 1933 – about 80 years ago. The scenery around him is nostalgic. “Not much has changed in here,” he said, looking around. But outside of those walls, Selcher has seen a lot change throughout his life – 100 years and 31 days, and counting. Selcher, of Lower Swatara Twp., celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday, June 30. He stood at the pulpit of Swatara Church of God, his church, and told the audience – nearly 200 people, including friends, family, acquaintances and strangers – about his life and its turning points. Its interventions, he calls them, things that led him to where he is today. The first intervention occurred before he was even born. His mother was 44 and his father 46 when they found out they were having him, their eighth child. “They were concerned,” Selcher said. Life expectancy back then was

50, he said. His parents were advised by others to have an abortion. They decided against that, though. Selcher was born in 1913, and was barely a year old when the first shots were fired signaling the start of World War I. Selcher spent most of his youth living on a farm in Lower Swatara Twp. Life was simple back then. He has fond memories of his youth. As a child, he recalls making a trek to the top of a hill, and from that sweet spot he would spend time looking down on his family’s farm. It wasn’t until he was 10 years old that his home on the farm had electricity. It was a mile walk to get to the streetcar, and a trolley ride was the main way to Harrisburg. “The main travel was – the expression we used was ‘the shoe sole express,’ “ he said. “Most people didn’t have cars then.” There were few phones, and most communication was through letters and personal interaction, not texts or emails.

Potassium iodide tablets available The Pennsylvania Department of Health will be distributing free potassium iodide tablets on Thursday, Aug. 8 to residents living within 10 miles of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. The tablets are designed to protect the thyroid gland from the potentially harmful effects of radioactive iodine in the event of a nuclear incident, according to the department. Tablets may be picked up at the Hummelstown Fire Hall and the Londonderry Twp. municipal building between 2 and 7 p.m.

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He’s two degrees of the Boss By Jim Lewis

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David Craig has sold his video services on the Internet to budding newlyweds eager to capture their wedding vows on film, but this phone call was unusual: An Elvis impersonator from Philadelphia wanted to record his remembrances of the night he sang “Blue Suede Shoes’’ and “All Shook Up’’ with Bruce Springsteen. The guy drove to Middletown, and brought money. Craig put it in a drawer, announced, “Let’s do it,’’ and they drove to a public park in Philadelphia to fulfill the guy’s wish. Nick Ferraro and his wife, Dorothy, were friendly, warm. Fun. They sat in the park, talking about the day he went to a Springsteen concert in Philly in 2009, dressed in his white Elvis jumpsuit, holding a sign imploring the Boss to sing a song with him. Sure enough, Springsteen saw him in the audience, called him up to the stage and sang with him. “The Philly Elvis!’’ Springsteen shouted to the crowd after the duet. “I have no idea where he came from!’’ The Philly Elvis posted the video on YouTube. And that seemed to be the end of that. Until last November. A film company in England launched an odd project: It was seeking video about Springsteen from fans for an upcoming documentary it was making. Craig and Ferraro sent the company their video. And wouldn’t you know it: It was selected from about 3,000 submissions to be included in the documentary. A good deal of Craig’s video of the Philly Elvis was included in the film, “Springsteen and I,’’ which was shown at theaters around the world on two separate dates this month. Please See THE BOSS, Page A6





Borough meets with rec board to air concerns

Officials from Middletown and the Olmsted Regional Recreation Board met on Thursday, July 25 to discuss the borough’s concerns about the board’s operations and the financial contribution Middletown makes to the board’s recreation programs. Borough Council President Christopher McNamara and councilors David Rhen and Scott Sites met with board Chairwoman Barbara Layne to discuss borough concerns about the board’s operation of recreational activities, particularly the operation of the Middletown Community Pool. During the meeting, McNamara emphasized that council has made no decisions to leave the board, a joint recreational effort between Middletown, Lower Swatara Twp., Royalton and the Middletown Area School District. Council approved a motion at a July 15 meeting to communicate the borough’s desire to withdraw from the rec board if its concerns were not addressed. In the subsequent face-toface meeting on Thursday, however, McNamara



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Ralph H. Brubaker, 71, of Hummelstown, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg. He was born March 23, 1942 in Harrisburg. He retired from Brownstone Real Estate Company, Hershey; attended The Bridge Church, Hummelstown; and was an avid car and racing enthusiast. He was preceded in death by a son Ralph H. Brubaker Jr. He is survived by his son Curtis, husband of Lacy Brubaker of Middletown; daughter Katherine E. Brubaker of Grantville; siblings Joann M. Snyder of Dauphin, Robert Mitchell of Marysville, Harry Stoak of Manchester, and Gail Cameron of Ocala, Fla.; and granddaughter Alexa (Saul) Brubaker.   A Memorial service was held on Friday at Buse Funeral Home, Hummelstown.  Memorial contributions may be made to The Bridge Church, 200 South Hanover St., Hummelstown, PA 17036. Condolences may be shared at

Kenneth Dale Tarr, 60, died on Tuesday, July 23, at his home on Young Women’s Creek in North Bend, Pa. He is survived by his wife Alice, who he married on March 17, 1990. He was born on March 4, 1953 in Renovo and was the son of the late Kenneth G. Tarr and Patricia J. Scrimshaw Wagner. He was president of his 1971 graduating class from Bucktail Area High School and was a 1976 graduate of Lock Haven University with a cum laude in physics. After graduation Ken was employed by the Hope Creek Nuclear Power Plant in New Jersey. He returned to Renovo and worked in Quality Control for the Berwick Forge and Fabricating Plant and then ChemCon. He then went to Harrisburg and worked as a computer contractor for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Revenue. Most recently Ken was a full-time employee with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue as an Applications Developer in Harrisburg. Ken was a member of Elks Lodge 334 and is a Past Exalted Ruler. He was a former Renovo Borough Councilman and a representative on the Keystone Central School Board. Whether he was playing cards, horseshoes, shooting pool, hunting or hanging out at Camp Little Late, sharing his musical talents with Whiskey Springs or traveling with his college orchestra, Ken was loved by all who knew him.

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He liked puzzles and finding the best way to solve them. Ken’s life was full of music, books and complicated calculations, big words, trivial facts and a wicked joyful sense of humor. He had a big shoulder to lean on, a smile with a twinkle in his eye, and a unique ability to make each encounter memorable, simply because he was there. He truly enjoyed the time he spent with his family and many friends. Our lives are infinitely enriched because he shared his with us. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Karen and Bob Sonntag of Williamsport; brother Kevin Tarr of Middletown; stepchildren Richard Davenport of Renovo, Robbin (Lynn) Davenport of Minot, N.D., Roland (Robin) Davenport of North Bend, and Jann Morton of Johnstown; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; numerous cousins; and his uncle John Scrimshaw of New Mexico. Burial will be in North Bend Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Renovo Public Library, Western Clinton Sportsman’s Association, and Elk Lodge #334. Arrangements by the Dean K. Wetzler Jr. Funeral Home, 320 Main St., Mill Hall, Pa. Online condolences may be sent to

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Elmer M. Versari, Jr., 69, formerly of Middletown, entered into rest at Grayson View Assisted Living, Harrisburg, on July 27, after a valiant battle with leukemia. He was born on April 23, 1944 in Harrisburg and was the son of the late Elmer M. Sr. and Madeline M. Padgorski Versari. He was a faithful and retired employee of the State Department of Labor & Industry, Harrisburg; was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #3501, social member of the American Legion Post #594, and VFW Post #1620, all of Middletown; and he enjoyed going to the beach for family vacations and being with his family. He will be missed especially by his family and friends. He is survived by his sister Linda J. Noel of Boiling Springs; two brothers Michael J. Versari of Harrisburg and Joseph S. Versari of Middletown; two nieces Stacy and husband Christopher Heineman of Harrisburg, and Susan M. Noel of York; great-nieces and greatnephew Keil and Rachel Heineman and Naimah Ryelle Noel. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, August 2, at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant. Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, at the Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown. The family wishes to thank the staff of Grayson View and Central PA Hospice for their loving care. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations in Elmer Jr.’s name be made to his church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, PA 17057, or to Hospice of Central PA, 1701 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110. Arrangements by Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown. Condolences may be sent to www. matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome. com.

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By Noelle Barrett Press And Journal Staff Brenda Hicks’ 93-year-old mother is a lifelong resident of Steelton, but fears losing her home as a result of codes violations. She owns her house and pays her bills, but it’s a struggle to get by on a retiree’s income. Taxes and utilities are a burden for many, and on top of that, codes violations from chipping paint, spouting, and grass cutting have left her with fines she can’t afford. Councilwoman Maria Marcinko is working on a solution to aid the elderly and others who can’t afford to bring their homes up to code. During a recent council meeting, Marcinko requested support from her fellow council members to develop a program that would use prisoners from Dauphin County’s work release program to perform labor and complete the necessary repairs to homes in the borough. The borough currently uses Dauphin County work release to help public works cut grass on borough properties, borough manager Sara Gellatly said. A lot of research and coordination is needed to start the program, but it wouldn’t cost taxpayers any money, Marcinko said. “A lot of discussion has to happen to determine the criteria,” she said. Work release would provide the labor, with the homeowner contributing the supplies.

Have a cute kid? How about a cute pet? The Elizabethtown Fair is accepting entries in its Baby Photo Contest and Pet Photo Contest until Saturday, Aug. 17. In the Baby Photo Contest, photos of children age 2 and younger are eligible. Photos may be dropped off at the Elizabethtown Fire Department firehall between 5 and 9 p.m. daily from Monday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 16. Photos also will be accepted at the fair office between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Aug. 17. Any 5-by-7 or 8-by-10 photo is accepaible, though 8-by-10 photos are recommended. Photocopies will also be accepted. The parent’s and child’s name, address and phone number should appear on the back of the photo. The photos will be displayed during the week of the fair, which runs from Sunday, Aug. 18 to Saturday, Aug. 24. The photo that receives the most votes from the public will win $100; second place, $50; and third place, $50. Winners will be announced at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. For more information, readers may call Marc Hershey at 717-367-4808.

The Elizabethtown Fair will host a Baby-Toddler Parade for children age 4 and younger at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. The theme of the parade is “An American Tradition.’’ Judging will be based on costumes and creativity. First, second and third place winners will be announced after the parade.

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Marcinko came up with the idea after hearing the fears and concerns of residents. “I just thought to myself, there’s got to be a way to help these people who have put their lives into this borough,” said Marcinko. “They have done their due diligence … we need something to help them.” Some residents and council members spoke up in support of the program. “The elderly are afraid of being fined out of the homes they lived in all their lives,” said Hicks. “I’d like to see something like a grassroots program here.” Councilman Ray Spencer said it’s also beneficial to those on work release. Rev. Beverly Taylor expressed concerns about seniors being able to afford supplies. Once the program is developed, there might be opportunities to receive funding through grants and other sources, said Marcinko. Marcinko found similar success using people on probation and parole completing their community service hours to help Steelton Community Cats, a nonprofit trap, neuter, return organization for feral cats Marcinko started. “They are very successful if you do the lay work to make sure all of your I’s are dotted and all the T’s are crossed,” she said.

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Your BFF (Bible, food and fun) Wesley United Methodist Church will host “Find Your BFF (Bible, food, fun)’’ for children ages 4 to 12 on Monday, Aug. 12 through Thursday, Aug. 15 at the church. The free program will include supper, Bible lessons, games, music and dancing. A pool party will be held for participants on Thursday at the Middletown Community Pool.

Fagan, MAAC Band to perform at playhouse Harrisburg to New York, including NYC’s Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Harrisburg’s City Island and the Penn State Harrisburg campus. Fagan provides lead vocals and guitar for his band. Other members include Ralph Martinez, congas; Drew Washington, bass guitar; Tim Griesemer, drums; Denny Danner, percussion; Barbara Vajda, electric guitar; and Gary Smith, percussion and background vocals. For more information, readers may call 717-533-8525 or visit

Scott Fagan and the MAAC Island Band will perform at the Hershey Area Playhouse at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3. The playhouse is located at the Country Meadows Campus, 830 Cherry Drive, Hershey. An admission fee will be charged. Fagan, a composer and performer, left his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands to sign a record deal with Columbia Records in 1964. He now lives in Middletown and the Virgin Islands, performing his music at venues from

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News Following is a compilation of reports from the Lower Swatara Twp. Police Department. Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law. Forgery charge Nafis T. Cobb, 21, of the 100 block of South Second St., Steelton, has been charged with forgery and theft by deception for allegedly trying to use a bogus $20 bill to pay for food at the McDonald’s restaurant in the 2000 block of West Harrisburg Pike at 10:38 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Police said Cobb attempted to purchase a hamburger for $1 and pay for it with a $20 bill that the restaurant’s manager discovered was counterfeit. When Cobb was informed of the bogus bill he asked that it be returned, but the McDonald’s manager refused and told Cobb he would be contacting police, police said. Cobb left the scene in a taxi. Cobb told police he had been given the bill by a taxi driver and that it was not his $20 bill. Car window smashed An employee of Phoenix Contact told police a passenger’s side window on her car was smashed between 10 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 15 while it was in the company’s parking lot in the 500 block of Fulling Mill Road. No estimate of the damage was noted. Vehicles targeted in thefts Five vehicles parked in the 300 block of Lumber Street were targeted by thieves on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13. Items reported stolen included a pair of Nikon Dielectric binoculars valued at $325, several packs of Yankee Candle air fresheners, a PennDOT handicapped placard and an unknown make of GPS. Police said several of the vehicles were unlocked at the time. Car keyed The passenger’s side of a car parked in the 1000 block of Farmhouse Lane was scratched by unknown persons some time between Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13. No estimate of the damage was noted. DUI charge Christine T. McCoy, 39, of the 2000 block of Walnut St., Harrisburg, was charged with DUI, DUI-highest rate of alcohol and driving while license is revoked/suspended after she was arrested at 1:19 p.m. Friday, June 28 during a traffic stop at North Union Street and Longview Drive, police said. Alcohol was found in a breath sample analyzed with a portable breathalyzer, police said. McCoy was taken to Harrisburg Hospital for blood tests. The results were not noted in a preliminary police report. Anvis Lockett, 53, of the 1000 block of Rolleston St., Harrisburg, was arrested at 2:27 a.m. Thursday, July 11 and charged with DUI, careless driving, failure to have insurance and failure to use turn signals after her car was stopped in the 800 block of Eisenhower Boulevard, police said.

Lockett was stopped after she failed to use a turn signal, police said. Based on her actions in coordination tests, Lockett was taken to Harrisburg Hospital for blood tests but refused to submit blood samples, police said. Jewelry stolen Earrings, rings and a necklace were stolen from two residents of the Middletown Home between Monday, July 1 and Friday, July 12, police said. The value of the jewelry was not noted. A silver necklace, three diamond rings and a ruby ring were stolen from a residence in the 1000 block of Heritage Square between Friday, July 5 and Tuesday, July 9, police said. Police could not find any sign of a break-in at the home.

said. An investigation continues. Mailbox destroyed The mailbox at the Avis vehicle rental, 1000 block of W. Harrisburg Pike, was destroyed by a vehicle sometime between Saturday, July 20 and Monday, July 22. Police believe the vehicle that struck the mailbox probably sustained some damage as well. No estimate of the damage was noted. Dirt bike stolen Police said a 17-year-old’s Honda 80 dirt bike was stolen from the back

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An early 1900s hand-crank movie projector, designed by Thomas Edison and once used in Middletown’s old Majestic Theatre, is displayed at the Elks Theatre. Posing with the projector are, left to right, Middletown Area Historical Society members Ed Sunbury and Nancy Avolese, Save the Elks! Campaign director of development Max Einhorn, and society member Robin Pellegrini.

Society scraps Brown Street museum, plans to restore Liberty Band Hall By Daniel Walmer Press And Journal Staff The Middletown Area Historical Society for now has scrapped designs to turn a Brown Street storefront into a publicly accessible museum – but its plans to make Middletown’s fascinating past more available to the public are definitely not history. The society now plans to restore one of Middletown’s most fondly remembered buildings – the Liberty Band Hall, home of the Middletown Liberty Band for 50 years – and use it as a center for society presentations and other activities. “After speaking with the

[Brown Street storefront] owner’s representatives and talking among ourselves as board members, we decided that we would be wiser to put our time, elbow grease, and money into buildings that we already owned,” said Nancy Avolese, a society spokeswoman. The society also hopes to restore the nearby historic Ferry House, a log house built in the 1800s and used as a trading post, and maintain it as a “living museum,” Avolese said. “Hopefully the Ferry House, Liberty Band Hall and grounds will become an educational site that the schools and area community organizations can

use and be proud of for generations to come,” she said. The society owns both the Ferry House and Liberty Band Hall, which are located at the corner of South Union and Ann Streets. It isn’t yet known how long it will take to turn the plans into reality, although the society is hoping to solicit bids for the Liberty Band Hall renovations by the end of the year. In the meantime, they’ll still be using the Brown Street location for storage, and the location will be available to community members for research purposes. But Middletown residents don’t need to visit the new

location to see pieces of town history, because the society is also planning to display historical artifacts around town. Exhibit A: an early 1900s carbon hand-crank movie projector owned by the society that was recently installed in a display case at Middletown’s Elks Theatre. The projector, an ornate, black machine that was designed by Thomas Edison and is the size of a piece of furniture, was originally used in Middletown’s old Majestic Theatre. It’s an example of the type of community outreach society members said they’re dedicated to maintaining as they preserve the past in an uncertain future.

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From The Wednesday, August 1, 1990 Edition Of The Press And Journal Voluntary Conservation Sought Borough Calls On Residents To Cut Down On Water Use Even though the Middletown Authority will probably award a contract this Thursday evening to add a new well to the community’s water system, Borough officials are urging residents to voluntarily reduce their water consumption. Prompted by the strain placed on the municipal water system by the continuing dry, hot weather, Borough Council voted at its July 17 meeting to impose Stage I of the municipal Water Conservation Ordinance in an effort to reduce the demand on community water supplies. Stage I of the Borough’s water conservation plan, which was adopted about five years ago, calls for a “voluntary” effort by Middletown residents and businesses to reduce their daily demands on the municipal water system. The plan’s initial phase imposes no harsh restrictions on water use, but it urges customers to “make a conscientious effort” to reduce their use of municipal water supplies by limiting the use of water for washing cars, for watering lawns and gardens and for washing sidewalks and other exterior portions of their properties. Those voluntary conservation measures could reduce water consumption by as much as 10 percent, officials estimate. That would “dramatically improve” the current deficit in the department’s critical struggle to maintain a full level of service to its customers, they stated. The Middletown Borough Authority is expected to award a contract at its meeting Thursday for construction of a pumping station and related equipment that will permit the addition of the Borough’s new No. 5 well to the municipality’s water system. Stationed On Okinawa On Duty In The South Pacific The old man totters up the same path his ancestors once walked, pulling a cart filled with sugarcane behind him. A straw hat and loose-fitting robe protect him from the broiling sun, which makes the humid air shimmer. Hearing a strange noise, he looks up in time to see an F-15 fighter scream its way into the sky. For American airmen stationed at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa is a strange mixture of old Oriental ways and modern Western conveniences. Just ask Air Force Airman 1st Class John H. Rehrer. “To adjust to the culture shock, I found things to do. I took up scuba diving, go to school and play sports,” said the son of John H. Rehrer of Middletown, and Linda Lowe of Houser Road, also of Middletown. Rehrer, 20, is a pneudraulic repairman for the 18th Component Repair Squadron. “I repair and overhaul

hydraulic and pneumatic components on the F-15 Eagle tactical fighter. I make sure there are quality parts whenever they are needed.” Said the 1988 graduate of Lower Dauphin High School. Okinawa is a small island approximately 1,000 miles south of Tokyo. It’s quite removed from mainland Japan, much the same way Hawaii is removed from the continental United States. It’s also the site of World War II’s bloodiest struggle, the Battle of Okinawa, where 12,000 Americans and 110,000 Japanese died in the final major Pacific campaign. Rehrer find Okinawans a source of amazement. He adds the Japanese culture is a very polite one, and it sometimes surprises Americans. Prices From 23 Years Ago Jumbo Baked Potatoes..... 69¢/each Verdelli Spinach 10 oz. bag . ....99¢ Seeded Rye Bread 16 oz.........$1.09 Coast Bath Size Soap 3-pk. 5 oz. bars....................$1.89 Ivory Dish Detergent 22 oz.......99¢ Family Pack Grilling Pork Chops.................... $2.89/lb. 80% Lean Burger Patties.. $1.88/lb. Kraft Touch Of Butter 16 oz. box...............................87¢ Aluminum Foil 25 sq. ft............52¢ Sugar Sno-Peas.................... 99¢/lb. Top Frost Ice Cream Bars 12-ct. box.............................$1.98 J & J Super Pretzels 14 oz. box............................$1.29 Great Northern Furman’s Beans 40 oz............89¢ Mount Joy Township Police Destroy Rabid Fox That Attacked Township Girl Mount Joy Township Police report that an 11-year-old Township girl who was attacked by a rabid fox last Tuesday evening, July 24, is undergoing a regimen of anti-rabies injections. Police Chief Casey Kraus said he and Officer Ken Henry were called to the Lakeview Court trailer Park off Mill Road after the girl was reportedly bitten by the fox at about 8:30 p.m. Kraus said the fox had gone into a nearby wooded area by the time he arrived on the scene. After maintaining a vigil for about half an hour, Kraus said he and Henry were preparing to leave the scene when the fox reappeared and attacked a man who beat the animal off with a garbage can. The fox then leaped onto the porch of another home and began chewing at some lawn furniture. Henry tried repeatedly to draw a bead on the animal and did manage to get off a shot, but he said its “wild and erratic behavior” made it a difficult target and Henry’s shot missed the mark. The animal again fled into the woods but re-emerged about 30 minutes later and began attacking a planter at a nearby mobile home, Kraus added. This time Henry was able to shoot the animal in the side, but the wounded beast fled again into the woods. Henry and Kraus tracked it and found the dead animal a short time later.


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Firms Contribute Over $40,000 To E-town Fire Dept. Fund Drive Fleetwood Homes joined other Conewago Industrial Park companies last week in contributing to Elizabethtown Friendship Fire Company’s “Future Fund” drive as it turned over a check for $10,000 to the chairman of the Fire Company’s special committee Friday afternoon. Fleetwood plant manager Ray Lee, pledging his company’s “continued support” for the Fire Company, handed Fleetwood’s $10,000 check to Greg Gobrecht, veteran Friendship Fire Company official now chairing the Company’s fundraising drive. In appreciation of Fleetwood’s generous contribution, Gobrecht in turn presented Lee with a handsome plaque to commemorate Fleetwood’s gift and its support of the local fire company. Irvin Jordie, manager of Agway Distribution Center who was in charge of Industrial Park solicitations for the Fire Company, said Fleetwood’s donation just about concluded his work in the campaign. Jordie noted that industrial park tenants have contributed more than $40,000 to Friendship’s fund drive. In addition to the $10,000 donated by Fleetwood, he said Philips Industries and Agway also contributed $10,000 each to the drive and other firms added over $10,000 more to the total pledged by industrial park tenants. Commenting on those donations, Gobrecht said Friendship undertook the present fund drive to finance the cost of upgrading its emergency equipment and facilities to meet the need of the growing community served by the Fire Company. Number Of Farms Dwindles As Farmers Labor To Keep Pace In the last 50 years, farming has grown from a family business into big business. To operate smartly and competitively, farmers have had to take advantage of the progress in technology to survive. “Farming can not longer be a way of life like 50 or 75 years ago,” said Lou Moore, Professor of Agricultural Economics at Penn State, State College. “Farmers are increasing their business knowledge. They’re working on being good managers, and they are also employing all the things they can to keep up their efficiency. As these things are incorporated, they will remain family farms, but they will be different from today. They’ll be bigger, better managed and more efficient.” Paul Lytle Jr. runs a 495-acre dairy farm in Londonderry Township that is completely computerized. “It really stumps some people that computers are used in farming,” Lytle says, referring to the computer system that handles his accounting records and the other one that feeds his cows. “When the cows are hungry they just walk into one of these stalls,” Lytle says, pointing to four partitioned stalls to the left of an open-air barnyard. A sensor around the cows’ necks triggers the computer to release the amount and mixture of food that has been programmed into the computer for each cow. Because of the new technologies, many farmers have been able to in-

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hood at a trying time for America – the

onset of the Great Depression. “There were no jobs no where, no place,” he recalled. Selcher spent time working on a small farm for little income, but found work at a sand and gravel pit. The work was difficult and strenuous, and his workweek was long, averaging around 90 hours. “There is no easy work in a sand and gravel pit,” he said. When he was 23, Selcher decided to further his education, and earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Millersville University. After graduation, he worked with the Steelton-Highspire railroad, before getting an opportunity to be a mechanic’s helper in Middletown. “That was the beginning of my career,” he said. His job training led to 39 months of active duty in the Naval Reserves during World War II, where he spent time in Florida and Maine. In 1946, he returned to a job at Olmsted Air Force Base. He eventually took an office job at the state Civil Service Commission, where he retired in 1978.


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He smiles as he describes Sylvia, his “lovely lady.” It wasn’t about fancy things for him and Sylvia, but rather just spending time together. “We just enjoyed one another’s company,” he said. They married in 1947, and he adopted her son, Wayne. Together they had four more sons, twins Charlie and Jack, Sam and Jim. In 1950, Selcher made a permanent return to that spot on the hill with Sylvia. They built their home there. Not long after, Selcher experienced another intervention. He found the Lord. It was a life-changing time for Selcher. “I became Christian in a unique way when I was 39 years old,” he said. “It was about changing my attitude towards spiritual matters.” And his faith would help him through some of the most difficult times. About a year after Jim was born, Sylvia died, in 1956. His sister, Elizabeth, helped raise the children. His five boys grew into men, and all received educations and obtained jobs in professional fields. Selcher is proud of them. They started families, helping the

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family tree grow. Selcher has dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the youngest addition to his family only a couple of months old. “My grandchildren call me PopPop, and my great-grandchildren call me Pop-Pop-Pop – triple pop,” he said, laughing. His family is what he describes as his biggest accomplishment, his prized possession, out of everything in all 100 years of his life. “I wouldn’t trade the relationships for all the money in the world,” Selcher said. “It makes you feel good, when these kids come from California from Albuquerque, from Wyoming for [my birthday].” He enjoys spending time with his family – from Sunday dinners to holiday gatherings.

Keeping busy

Selcher is the first to admit his pace is a bit slower now, but he certainly hasn’t stopped. “Pretty much I do all that I always enjoyed. I will not run a 100-yard dash, but I’ll walk,” he said. “I feel good, very good. If I’m tired, I’ll rest – I might take an after-lunch nap.” While parts of his life seem rather routine, those stable factors allow him to create new memories. “The real me is the same me as when I was a kid,” he said, laughing. “Because you have experiences and education and all that, and you see things, but the real person is the same.” Sundays are spent teaching Bible study in his church to other seniors. It’s something Selcher enjoys, though it takes a lot of time to write his lessons. He’s been teaching for nearly 60 years. He enjoys the outdoors, and spends time out on a boat fishing with his son. “They say you can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy,” Selcher said. Selcher still mows his lawn at his Lower Swatara home, using a riding mower. He drives often to his orchard and garden – located on the farm where he grew up. He has apple, peach, nectarine, plum and pear trees there; grapes, green beans, peas and cabbage. Selcher tends the garden himself, sprays his orchard, picks the fruits and vegetables. “I enjoy seeing things grow,” he said. Watching things grow is something he has a lot of experience with in his

At 100, Charles Selcher still is an avid fisherman. 100 years. “I do it for myself,’’ he said.

Looking back

How does one live to be a century old? “I don’t think I know,” Selcher said honestly. Maybe it’s genetics – his mother lived to 103 – or advancements in health care. Maybe it’s because of his faith. “I owe where I am and how I feel to my faith,” he said. “Overall, I enjoyed my life. There were pitfalls in it. It wasn’t perfect, but you have to cope. Looking back, the time went very fast.”

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Selcher has kept a positive outlook, even in the toughest times. He dealt with loss and struggles, as well as health issues. When he was 85, Selcher had cancer, but you couldn’t tell by looking at him. “Life is changing all the time, so you have to change with it,” he said. “It was a long haul, but basically positive all the way through.” Did he ever imagine he would reach 100? He shook his head. “I never gave it too much thought, and I still don’t,” he said “I take every day as it comes.” Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or

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The second and final showing was held on Tuesday, July 30. The documentary, which includes concert footage and videos from fans who say they’ve been touched by the Boss’ music, was produced by Ridley Scott Associates to celebrate Springsteen’s 40th year in rock-’n-roll. Craig and the Ferraros, who now live in Harrisburg, attended one of the screenings at the Regal Cinemas in Susquehanna Twp. Watching his video on the movie screen, and seeing his name in the credits at the end, thrilled Craig. It brought tears to the eyes of the Ferraros, and “the same was for me, too,’’ admitted Craig. “It was a thrill.’’ After it ended, the three gave each other high-fives. As the crowd filed out of the theater, Craig couldn’t resist. “Ladies and gentlemen, we have a special person in the audience!’’ he yelled. “Dave. No. No,’’ Nick Ferraro said quietly. “Dude, your time is now,’’ replied Craig. “The Philly Elvis is in the house!’’ he announced. Movie-goers surrounded Ferraro, to shake his hand, to meet a celebrity. Not Elvis. Nick Ferraro. The guy in the movie. The other guy in the movie, Craig, will never forget the experience, immortalized in the film. Jim Lewis: 717-944-4628, or

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said, “There was no vote or anything taken by [council] to withdraw from the rec board,” though council has concerns about the amount of funding it contributes to maintain the facilities in Middletown. Expenses the borough has incurred in the past, such as paying employees to open the pool, are no longer feasible, said McNamara. To find “more economical means” to provide services, McNamara said the board should be “sitting down and reviewing everything.” “My interest is from an economical standpoint,” McNamara said. “We need to go forward and figure out how we’re going to do this smarter.” Both sides said after Thursday’s meeting that progress was made to work out the issues. While Layne said “a miscommunication created the need for the meeting,” she said frank discussions were necessary, resulting in the meeting being a success. “I am pleased with the outcome of the meeting, and that we are moving forward in a positive fashion,’’ Layne said. “I feel that is best for everyone. My goal is to move forward and provide the services that we provided in the past and enhance the services in the future.” Chris Courogen, Middletown’s borough secretary and director of communications, said the borough “wants to make sure its residents are being properly served.”

“I think the people who were here (at the meeting), left with a consensus and a plan to move forward,” Courogen said. In December 2012, Middletown reached a tentative agreement with the other municipalities on the board to allow the borough to remain a member in 2013 without a cash contribution, because it provides the pool and other recreation facilities. The arrangement has not been made permanent in the board’s bylaws, and as of Thursday, Middletown Area School Board was the only participant to pay its annual cash contribution. In moving forward, the delegation and board members present at the meeting agreed that each municipality would create a list of its expenses, assets, and liabilities to determine how much each participating municipality contributes to the rec board. Layne expressed concerns about the lack of attendance at meetings. Since March, the board has not had a quorum of municipal representatives in attendance at meetings. During the meeting on Thursday, no representatives from Lower Swatara Twp. or Royalton were present. In an attempt to have more participation and a quorum, meetings will start at 7 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. every fourth Thursday, said Layne. “I believe after the meeting, we will be able to work out our issues,” she said. Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or

The Summer at the Tabernacle Mount Gretna Bible Festival’s Handbell Festival will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3. On Sunday, Aug. 4, a communion service will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Mount Gretna UMC; a Historical Worship Service with the Rev. Joe DiPaolo preaching will be held in the Tabernacle at 10 a.m.; and Pennsylvania Flute Choir will perform at 7 p.m. For a complete schedule, readers may visit or call 717-813-5319 or 717-3711725. •••••

Music in the Vineyards

Nissley Vineyards, 140 Vintage Dr., Bainbridge, will host a lawn concert featuring Blue Moon Big Band (Big Band swing) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3. For more information, readers may call 717-426-3514 or visit •••••

Middletown Library programs

The Middletown Public Library, 20 N. Catherine St., is sponsoring the following program for teens grades 6-12: Hobbit Night, 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 .Join the discussion of the J.R.R. Tolkein’s Hobbit book and the movie it inspired, and explore other related activities. For more information, readers may call 717-944-6412. •••••

Fuzzy Few Carnival

The 50 tth Annual Fuzzy Few Carnival will be held in Hummelstown’s Boro Park on Monday, Aug. 5 through Saturday, Aug. 10 beginning at 6 p.m. •••••

Football registration

R eg i s t r a t i o n f o r t h e 2013 Hummelstown Bulldogs Football team will be held at Shope’s Field, West Main Street, Hummelstown, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 and Friday, Aug. 9. For more information, readers may contact head coach Michael Souders at 717-6295155 or





State’s Wrestling Act taxes pro wrestling, but fails to protect the wrestlers who perform main event after a doctor found elevated levels of testosterone in his blood. But why is the commission concerned about staged wrestling matches? “Most things the commissions do are because of money,” said Rickey Shane Page, a 12-year veteran of professional wrestling. The Athletic Commission says there are about 350 pro wrestling events each year in the state, more than anywhere else in the country. The publicly traded World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly the World Wrestling Federation) is by far the largest promoter of wrestling, but it’s not the only one. The show in Pittsburgh was promoted by Vicious Outcast Wrestling, one of dozens of small wrestling promoters in the state. No matter the size of the company, they are all governed by the state’s Wrestling Act. The Wrestling Act portion of the state athletic code is a three-page document – and very little of it actually concerns wrestler safety. The portion of the code governing boxing is more than six times as long. The key provision of the Wrestling Act is the imposition of a 5 percent tax on the face value of all tickets sold to a wrestling performance, which is turned over to the Athletic Commission. The commission boasts on its website that it is financially self-sufficient, a fact made possible by the state’s strong pro wrestling culture. Prior to the 1980s, the Athletic Commis-

By Gary Joseph Wilson Of On a hot July night inside the sweaty Irish Center of Pittsburgh, professional wrestler Peyton Graham comes to the ring wearing a gas mask and carrying a noose. Graham promises destruction to all who cross his path, and performs his wrestling craft in front of a few hundred fans gathered in the heat to watch the spectacle. By the end of his segment, wrestler Chest Flexor is hanging in Graham’s noose until two fellow wrestlers enter the ring wielding steel chairs to fend off the attack. Graham has just committed a felony assault on Flexor in front of more than 100 witnesses, but everyone is quick to forgive and forget things that happen in a wrestling ring. That is, as long as the promoters pay their ticket tax to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission. Although pro wrestling is a form of entertainment featuring predetermined outcomes, the pain, and often the blood, is very, very real. Perhaps it is for this reason the state feels a need to regulate it. The Athletic Commission oversees boxing and mixed-martial arts bouts out of safety concerns, placing fighter health over financial gain. Two years ago, the commission pulled MMA fighter Nate Marquardt out of a scheduled Ultimate Fighting Championship










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sion played a much more active role in overseeing wrestling and had more power to protect the health of wrestlers. But Vince McMahon, owner of World Wrestling Entertainment, staged a multistate campaign to get the government out of the professional wrestling ring. Irv Muchnick, a journalist who frequently covers professional wrestling, said that Pennsylvania was “ground zero” in the 1980s legal battle to deregulate pro wrestling. Muchnick, in a 1988 Washington Monthly article, said a lobbying effort led by Rick Santorum – before Santorum entered politics and rose to become a two-term U.S. senator and presidential hopeful – successfully convinced the General Assembly to strip the Athletic Commission of most of its power to regulate professional wrestling. After all, Santorum had argued, professional wrestling is not a sport and should not be treated as such. The General Assembly agreed and granted his wish. Lawmakers eliminated most of the health restrictions on wrestling, but kept the ticket tax, maintaining a healthy stream of tax revenue. Many other states followed suit and eliminated regulation. This has left wrestling in a weird legal gray area, where it’s regulated – but not really. Greg Sirb, executive director of the Athletic Please See WRESTLING, Page B2

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Pro wrestlers from the Susquehanna Wrestling Organization compete during a show at the Bikers and Belly Dancers Ride Against Cancer fundraiser in June at Highspire’s Memorial Park.

Fly fishermen never die – they get lured back to the stream


t’s been awhile since I threw an artificial fly at a trout. My fly rod, and all that goes with it, has been collecting dust in my shed at camp. Years ago, I was into it, I admit. I tied my own flies and even sold the woven body stone fly that was taught to me by Elsie and Donald Klopp of Fontana, Lebanon County. That critter with a little weight and a bottom-bouncing presentation brought many a brown and rainbow to the net. George Hinkle, who owned the Pennsylvania Outdoor Shop once located in downtown Middletown, sold my hand-tied stone fly and couldn’t keep them on his shelves. My favorite streams to fly fish were Clarks Creek, the Yellow Breeches, and Big Pine Creek near the village of Slate Run, Lycoming County. This past spring, while I was spending a lot of time upstate at my camp in Lycoming County, I decided to wet my fly line again after so many years. My good friend, Skip Myers of Middletown, accompanied me. Skip is a fly fisherman. He has all the bells and whistles that are standard equipment. His rod and reel are enclosed in special cases. Orvis is the brand name of the game for Skip. His numerous fly boxes are adorned with every artifical fly imaginable.

I was just the opposite. I had to wipe the dust off of my stored equipment. My fly line, after cleaning it, came to a brilliant green color instead of dark brown. The fly boxes on the shelf had several flys and two 5x leaders in 9-foot length. My fly reel even squeaked when I reeled it. Looking over my equipment, I was ready to go. We decided to fish Big Pine Creek – specifically, on the special regulated area of Big Pine Creek. It is big water. Rules of the Pennsylvania Fish Commission allow only fly fishing and certain lures. No bait fishing. All trout caught during our trip had to be released back into the water. That wasn’t going to affect me, since I didn’t expect any results. I began wading downstream to get away from Skip. My boots leaked and my fly casts lacked the professional presentation you see on television. My casting did improve to the point where I could present a fly for a short time before it sunk under the surface of the water. My float-

ing, outdated fly line was supposed to float, but didn’t. But the more I fished, the better I got. I changed to a wooly-bugger that was supposed to sink. Using this new technique allowed me to fish more efficiently and present my fly correctly. After two hours of not hooking a fish, I changed back to a dry fly. Trout began to erupt on the surface in a feeding frenzy. I had to go back to my fly box and look for a fly that resembled the ones flying around me. I picked a dark-colored blue-olive in a size 14 and began to fish it. Well, I thought it was, and it looked good, so I tried it. My casts continued to get better. If I could cast near a feeding fish, I had time for the fly to drift correctly and not sink. My window of opportunity was short, but I continued to make the attempt. Skip caught several trout. I made a cast upstream of my location. The fly hit the water and immediately there was an explosion on the surface. I lifted my arm slightly and the bend of my rod showed I had indeed

made a hook-up. The battle was on. The fish fought hard, stripping line on several runs. I never thought I would hook a fish with my equipment, so to actually land one was amazing. Certainly my line would break, or something would happen. The fish came to the surface and rolled, and I then realized the size of it. It was a brown trout, and a big one. I continued to work the fish closer and closer. Finally, I had him. I cradled him into my hands, since I had no net, and marked his length on my fishing rod. I removed the fly from his mouth. I admired his bright orange color and his girth, like that of a football. He was about 20 inches in length. He was carefully returned to the riffle from which he came, to fight another day. That fish hooked me on fly fishing again. I loved the feeling of the fight, but most of all it was everything that went with it. Skip and I finished that evening with seven trout landed ranging from 14 inches to my lunker, a 20-inch trophy. As I look back on that trip, I realize that it had been long overdue. Taking up the fly rod again will indeed be in my future plans. Tom Shank can be reached at


Tryouts set for Lady Revs softball team Young women in south central Pennsylvania who want to play elite softball now have an unprecedented opportunity to do so. The elite not-for-profit baseball organization, the York Young Revolution (YRR), has formed an exclu-

sive partnership with South Central Pennsylvania Softball (SCPAS) to bring tournament-level softball to the region. Players can join a newly-formed team called the Lady Revs. Tryouts for the new teams will be held Saturday,

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requirements for participation in college athletics,” said David Pridgen, president of the board of the York Young Revolution. Eric Menzer, president and general manager of the York Revolution, York’s minor league baseball team, and a YRR Board member, said, “The Lady Revs will provide a structured, affordable, and enjoyable opportunity for high performing women athletes to learn personal and professional skills that will help them excel both on and off the field.” Players interested in trying out, or seeking more information, can visit or contacting Eckman at david.eckman@

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The PA Classics Premier Blue U-16 Girls Soccer Team, which includes defender Emma Longenecker of Elizabethtown, won the Mid-Atlantic Cup held Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 in Manheim. The team, coached by Joe Longenecker, ended a stellar season that saw the squad make the semifinals of the Presidents Cup after taking first place in the Eastern PA Regional held in the spring in Allentown.

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BASEBALL East Shore Twilight League W L T Lawnton 15 2 2 Palmyra 11 4 1 Middletown 9 9 1 Linglestown 8 12 0 Hummelstown 6 11 1 Dauphin 5 10 2 Steelton 5 12 1





PA Midstate Baseball League W L T Mifflinburg 14 3 1 Shippensburg 13 4 1 Dauphin 13 5 0 Roxbury 12 5 0 Enola 12 6 0 East Hanover 8 10 0 Hummelstown 6 12 0 Mechanicsburg 5 12 0 Minersville 5 13 0 Harrisburg 0 18 0

West Shore Twilight League W L T Mechanicsburg 26 6 0 Cumberland 25 7 0 Central Penn 20 12 0 Dillsburg 18 14 0 Enola 15 17 0 Fayetteville 13 18 1 New Cumberland 11 20 1 Shippensburg 8 23 1 Mount Holly 6 25 1

Last week’s scores Dauphin 5, Hummelstown 3 Hummelstown 6, Dauphin 2

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Commission, said one of commission’s main functions at wrestling events is to ensure all the wrestlers are at least 18 years old. Unlike MMA and boxing, the commission does not license wrestlers, require physicals, or perform drug testing. And while the commission can stop a fighter for having another bout for at least a month after a knockout loss, or from fighting for up to two months for suffering a cut in a fight, it has no such power over wrestlers. Yet fighters, boxers and wrestlers all risk concussions, strained ligaments and broken bones. And all are at risk for abusing steroids and painkillers. Page, the wrestler, said he had received numerous concussions while wrestling and once broke his foot. For wrestler Rob Strauss, who performs as Robbie E. for TNA Wrestling, the second-largest wrestling promoter in the nation, the worst injury was a broken ankle. Dave Meltzer, publisher of The Wrestling Observer and a sports journalist covering MMA, said although MMA is more dangerous for someone in the short-term, wrestling has greater longterm effects on a person’s body. “Most guys that have done both say wrestling is more difficult,” Meltzer said, adding that wrestlers “always get really hurt” at some point in their career. But even though the state treats pro wrestling as though it is not a sport, it taxes it as if it were. As a result, the wrestling industry is left holding the bill for implementing safety measures that apply to everyone but them. So a wrestler is free to shrug off a concussion, glue his lacerated eyebrow closed and hobble on his broken foot back into the ring to earn more tax revenue for the Athletic Commission. And, according to Muchnick, that’s a scary thing. “There are more Chris Benoits,” Muchnick said, referring to the former WWE wrestler who killed his family and himself.

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A referee watches the action during a pro wrestling match staged by the Susquehanna Wrestling Organization in June. Inside the ring, the 47-year-old Rockin’ Rebel stands 6 feet tall, weighs in at “1,000 pounds, including his ego” and has no remorse about delivering a running leg drop to a young rookie. Outside the ropes, the Rebel is known to his family as Chuck Williams, and is a master at handling paperwork to gain governmental approval for wrestling matches around the state. At one time, he was the second largest promoter of wrestling in the state behind the WWE. Despite Williams’ expertise in navigating bureaucratic red tape, his theme song “Keep Away” would be an apt description for the historic feelings of most in the wrestling industry about the state stepping in, which led to wide deregulation of the sport in the 1980s. At a time when the Athletic Commission appears to be re-entering the ring of regulation, most everyone in the wrestling industry wants a different outcome. The state wants more money, independent promoters want protection, outside observers want more regulation and wrestlers are torn. In January, state Sen. Robert D. Robbins, R-Butler County, introduced a bill that could bring significant changes to the state’s athletic code. Currently, violators of certain provisions of the Wrestling Act can be charged with a third-degree misdemeanor. Robbins’ bill would allow the Athletic Commission to administer an additional civil penalty fine to promoters, and possibly wrestlers themselves, up to $5,000 for violating the Wrestling Act. Robbins’ office would only say that the Athletic Commission requested the penalty-specific language; requests for comment from the senator went unanswered. Sirb, the Athletic Commission’s executive director, said the bill was intended to give the Wrestling Act “more teeth” to go after promoters who failed to pay their talent or deliver their advertised product to the fans. Williams says that’s a good thing. “I’d rather they crack down on some of these crappy promoters,” he said. According to Williams, the Athletic Commission has “busted down on a lot of guys, because they have had a lot of fraudulent promoters in the last few years.” The bill would also allow the commission to administer a fine for any violation of the Wrestling Act, such as blading (intentionally cutting oneself with a razor blade for theatrical effect), destroying ticket stubs or using a performer under the age of 18. That part is troubling for promoters, as it would allow the commission to fine a promoter for a wrestler’s actions. “I can’t physically stop” a wrestler from blading, Williams said. Although he could prevent the wrestler from working for him again, he has little control once they’re in the ring. The bill represents the largest potential increase in the commission’s

regulatory power in recent years, but for many it doesn’t go nearly far enough. Benoit, a former WWE heavyweight champion, killed his family and himself in 2007. Wrestling observers, such as Muchnick, blamed the outburst of anger on wrestling and drug-incurred brain damage. “It’s just a matter of time before there’s another Chris Benoit,” argued Muchnick, nephew of a wrestling promoter and author of a book on the Benoit murders. In boxing or mixed martial arts, a failed drug test will prevent the fighter from competing. Wrestling has no such restrictions, and many performers, including Richard “Reid Flair’’ Fliehr and Matt “Doink the Clown’’ Bourne, have died drug-related deaths. But there are numerous clean wrestlers as well. Page, a 12-year wrestling veteran, does not smoke, drink or use drugs. “I had a half a wine cooler once when I was 16. It was Y2K and I thought the world was ending,” Page joked. Many are not as convinced additional state regulation is needed or will be beneficial. Meltzer, the publisher of The Wrestling Observer, said it’s a hard question whether pro wrestling warrants more regulation than it currently has. The WWE is “safe as you can be” through a self-regulated wellness program and there’s probably not anything the Athletic Commission could do above what the WWE already does, he said. Muchnick disagrees, saying the WWE’s wellness program is “something of a joke” because there’s “no oversight” with WWE controlling the drug testing. Meltzer said he wonders if new regulation would be “cost-effective” or “does it put these shows out of business?” Amid the debate over regulation, there’s little evidence the state does any better with the powers they currently have. Strauss, the TNA wrestler who performs as Robbie E, said he hasn’t seen an Athletic Commission official at a Pennsylvania wrestling show in years. The commission is not required to have an official present at any show, but taxes the wrestling promotion regardless. Sirb said he tries to get an official to a promoter’s show about once a month for an inspection. PA Independent is awaiting a response to a Right-toKnow request regarding how many shows officials have attended in the last three years. Page said he wasn’t “against commissions getting involved” but wishes “they were more informed about pro wrestling.” Gary Joseph Wilson is a writer for, a Harrisburg news service that first published this story.


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MISL adds team in Reading The Major Indoor Soccer League has awarded a franchise to Reading that will begin play in the 2013-14 season. Full details regarding the expansion team, including the club’s ownership, team name and more, will be announced later. The team will play its home games at the Sovereign Center. “We are very pleased to welcome Reading as a member of the MISL,” said Chris Economides, the league’s senior director. “As we grow the MISL into new cities, an addition such as Reading, which will be an excellent regional rival for the Baltimore Blast, strengthens the league’s structure and will bring great entertainment to

eastern Pennsylvania.” Baltimore won the league championship last season. Reading is the second new franchise set to join the MISL in the 2013-14 season. The club will join the St. Louis Ambush, which was announced in June as a new addition to the league this November. The region also hosts another indoor soccer team, the Harrisburg Heat, which will return in November as one of 19 teams in the Professional Area Soccer League. The Heat play at the Farm Show complex. The PASL has added two expansion teams, in Tulsa, Okla., and Laredo, Texas, this fall.

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Letter From Canada On Jacob & Daniel Zimmerman Of Northumberland County, Pa.

Jennifer Clarkson from Napanee, ON, Canada, writes searching for information on Jacob and Daniel Zimmerman of Northumberland County, Pa. The connection of Jacob and Daniel to my ancestors is through the Reppards/ Repard/Reppert/Kippard/Reapaid, etc. Peter Sr. lived and died in Montgomery/Bucks County. In 1740 he was a passenger on the Alice & Robert along with a Johann Jacob Zimmerman. Usually they knew each other if on the same ship. Peter was married to Margaret Rudi. The two are buried in Hilltown Lutheran Cemetery. Peter and Margaret had Peter Jr. who married Barbara Gerling, Frederick who married Magdalena, Jacob, Mary who never married, Margaret who married Jacob Swartz (spelling varies), Molly who married Conrad Shamel, who is connected to Peter Jr.’s wife Barbara, and Christiana who married Henry Salivary/Sallade. Peter Sr. made his will in 1803 in Bucks County, Pa. For some reason, which I have yet to determine, Peter and Barbara and his sister Mary moved to Northumberland County, Pa. I think it may have been church related. Also, Peter Sr., Peter Jr. and Frederick are listed as members of Bucks Militia under Captain Darrah - listed as Kippard. Peter Jr. may have been given a land grant but still haven’t found the record. In Peter Jr. Letters of Administration granted February 19, 1816 for his estate Jacob Zimmerman of Northumberland Co., is listed as owing money to Peter and Jacob is listed as being ad appraiser of the outstanding accounts of this estate along with a Jacob Reaker/Raber who is connected to Peter Jr. son Joseph. I believe Joseph married a Raber. Joseph’s lineage is well documented. Daniel Zimmerman is connected to Barbara Gerling Regard’s will as the accountant. On the cover of Barbara’s registered will it states that Daniel was the executor of Jacob Zimmerman, dec’d., who was executor of Barbara’s will. This date is noted as August 30 1834, but Barbara died previously as her will is filed in Northumberland Co., Pa., on September 13, 1823. A later date 1834 is because one of Barbara’s grandchildren named in her will was not of legal age to inherit money left to her. I believe it was a female but not sure which one. Barbara names four grandchildren in her will. I believe that Mary A. More, the one grandchild was my great-great-grandmother. Mary married Levi Reppard, the son of Peter Repard. Their one son was George Washington S. Reppard my mother’s maternal grandfather. George was a Civil War veteran from Pa., who came to Canada, North of Kingston, Ontario to work. I believe he came to this particular area because there were relatives - Snyder’s and Swartz’s. I believe that Levi, George’s father, may have been the illegitimate grandson of Jacob, Peter Jr’s, brother. There are not nice comments made concerning his (Jacob’s) behavior in Peter Sr.’s will and no record/report can be found on were Jacob got his inheritance. Levi’s father married Elizabeth Dewitt. I have that family lineage. Is it possible that Levi and Mary were cousins? Mary was the daughter of either Elizabeth or Maria, the daughter of Peter and Barbara. These two are not documented as their brother Joseph is. This is where I need help. My mother and sister searched for years for information. Byron Reppert assisted in many ways but he has since passed away (2012). I can’t find anyone to ask where his research is housed. No replies from family members via post or e-mails. I know he attended Leigh University so I may try their archives. One of the reasons I wish to complete, with documents, the lineage of this family is to prove the two Peters as Supplements Patriots on my DAR file. On Peter Jr. these names are also listed but again can’t find anyone to assist. I don’t know if from Bucks/ Montgomery/Northumberland Counties - old or new debts. Not Militia buddies! Peter Clemens, Peter Bortchar, Edward Dorson, John Beaver, Michael, Hollaback, George & Casper Tabias. Were the Blooms related to the Zimmerman? E-mail address: Home address: 180 County RD 8, Napanee, Ontario, Canada K7R3C8 Regards, Mrs. Jennifer K. Clarkson, DAR#902283

Letter From Lester Batdorf Zimmerman Daughter May 24, 1997 – Music Mountain, Bethel, VT

Dear Sharman, Because your letter of March 11, 1994 has been awaiting my attention all these many years and I enjoyed your recent phone call, especially since you understand the tedious work involved, I will begin by thanking you for your generous information which someday will become part of the completed puzzle. Meanwhile, the working notebook you are receiving at last may be of help to you. The pages include every bit of date, correct or incorrect, I found as I searched for the locations of “The Lost Boys” (pg. 83-86) and Jeremiah Zimmerman, in particular (pg. 151). Therefore, this album is entitled “An Introduction to the Zimmerman Family” and is not presented in the proper genealogists’ way. While you are looking in the book, Pg. 128 contains the most important proof in our line - with the photo stated copies of Jacobs’s matching signatures in New York and Pennsylvania, and were lucky finds early on. Happily, my father, (1898-1950) born in Schuylkill Haven where he often accompanied his nursing mother and elder sister school teacher, an expert on “ the relatives,” was able to recall with increasing detail visiting relations in Bethel, Pine Grove, and Montgomery County. For instance, as Charles Batdorf’s cousin, his name being Lester Batdorf Zimmerman, he still was a [?] question mark in the Batdorf published genealogy but the books listed more, “Seranus Miller,” helped him recall his sister printing out the way to “Seranus, your cousins place,” on our drive long ago. You were right to find “Samuel” misplaced as a son of your Johanne on old pg. 140. Your completely correct list of Bernard/Bernhardt and Eva’s children inspired me to look up Frederick (b. 1719) m. (Margaret Lutz) whose brother Johanne (1727 m. Elizabeth (pg. 143-146) also had a son named Bernard (m. Salome in 1770) who were buried with a large family (including Johanne 1782 m. Catherine? In Orwigsburg [?] still a puzzle or error. There are Pine Grove Deeds from 1755-1787, listed for this family with deeds for John 10/7/1771 and brother Jacob named in the will 187. The father (one of the last boys in N.Y.) John m. Elizabeth, may have traveled early on with Conrad Weiser from Schohaire, N.Y. to Pa. Johns’ support of the Pine Grove relatives was one of my first reasons for considering his brother, Frederick (not as well documented as another brother Jacob as being the grandfather of your Bernard’s first born. Johannes 1727, names as the “Father of the Pine Grove Church” in an available document, had a son, Johanne 1761 (pg. 146), you will see where I found Catherine Buchler and her father listed with the Manheim, St. Paul’s Lutheran group in Orwigsburg, Schuylkill Co., Pa. Perhaps the cemetery list is easily available in Pa. You will notice three Martins on this page with a reference roll given on the bottom line and even a Martindale place name? You also wondered about Bernard being born (perhaps “circa” or “after”) 1745, whereas Frederick and Margaret Lutz, according to Pastor Stover’s traveling day book, were not married until 10/23/1750 (pg. 16). Most of the men were away fighting the Indian Wars until 1750 and according to Rev. Daniel Schumacher made reference to five men settling on the Little Schuylkill River in 1742 as well. (pg. 16). There were many misreadings of penmanship and German in all the references. If the N.Y. author of the Zimmerman in the Mohawk Valley had not told me over the phone that the New England Genealogical Society in Boston had the only correct record in their Index to census 1800 – the first place I could actually see our ancestor Jeremiah’s names or I would still be looking for him. As one of the N.Y. Zimmerman’s “Lost Boys,” his name was copied as Jemimah on the regular census 1800 list. (Before she died, my Aunt Anna Weinick had told my father the N.Y. line was (Joh. Jacob) John Jacob, Jeremiah, Jacob, Jacob, Jacob, etc.). The happiest deal for you is that Martin Zimmerman b. 1823, is listed in the Pine Grove Township census 1860 (see pg. 269). Letter Continues Column #704.

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Evangelical United Methodist Church

Middletown Welcome all. May God’s light shine may be dropped off for God’s Clothes upon us as we gather to worship. May Closet. the brilliance of his light and his wisSat., Aug. 3: 8 a.m.-noon, Shop for dom fill us. May it be a lamp to our free at God’s Clothes Closet, 157 feet and a light to our path. E. Water St., Middletown. Clothing Evangelical Church meets on the for men, women, teens and children corner of Spruce and Water streets at (sweaters, slacks, jeans, dresses, coats, 157 E. Water St., Middletown, south shirts), shoes, belts, hats, linens and of Main St. behind the Turkey Hill blankets. Call 944-6181 for more inconvenience store. formation. Everyone welcome. The ministries scheduled at EvanSun., Aug. 4: 9 a.m., Sunday Church gelical United Methodist Church from school, with classes for all ages. Adult July 31-August 5 are always open to Sunday school devotional leader for everyone. August: June Martin; 10:15 a.m., Wed., July 31: 9 a.m. to noon and worship service. The worship center 6 to 8:30 p.m., Donations of clothing is handicap and wheelchair accessible. (clean, not torn or missing buttons) Nursery Helpers: Gloria Clouser, may be dropped for God’s Clothes Vickie Hubbard. The altar flowers are Closet; 6 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous given in memory of Gladys Lehman Book Study Group. presented by the Stoops family. Thurs., Aug. 1: 9 a.m. to noon and Mon., Aug. 5: 1:30 p.m., Frey Village 6 to 8:30 p.m., Donations of clothing Communion.

Open Door Bible Church

Middletown “Count it all joy, my brothers, when welcome you to join us at our 6:30 you meet trials of various kinds, for p.m. service. Childcare is provided you know that the testing of your for children under age 4 during all faith produces steadfastness.” James services and classes. Wed., July 31: 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, We invite all young ones ages 5 and invites you to worship Jesus Christ up to come to Wednesday night Bible with us this week. Club with Miss Jess and Miss Chris for Our August 4 Sunday worship ser- a mini, 1-hour and 15-minute DVBS vice commences at 10:40 a.m. with every Wednesday this summer, begina 9:30 a.m. Sunday school hour with ning at 7 p.m. classes for all ages. Children from For more information call the church ages 4 to second grade are welcome office at 939-5180 or visit us online to participate in Junior Church during at Better yet, come the morning worship service. We also worship with us in person.

New Beginnings Church

Middletown New Beginnings Church invites school having completed kindergarten you to worship with us each Sunday through 5th grade will be held from at 10:30 a.m. Nursery and children’s 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and teens, grade 6 church provided. Our congregation through 12th grade will be held from meets at Riverside Chapel, 630 S. 6 to 8 p.m. Call Bobby Bright at 944Union St., Middletown, next to the 5454 to register your child/youth or Rescue Hose Company. Sunday school just come. for all ages is at 9 a.m. We are handicap Sun., July 28: 3 p.m., Youth Felaccessible via ramp at the back door. lowship swimming party/cookout at For additional church information call Waples house. 944-9595. Anyone wishing to receive the Nonperishable food items are col- weekly news e-mail from Dave Judy lected every Sunday for the Middle- please contact Dave at djudy54836@ town Food Bank. Followers of Faith Bible Study reThe main bulletin board highlights sumes in the fall; Intercessory Prayer summer vacations. Share a photo of Group is held every Thursday at 7 your travels this summer, near or far, p.m.; The Craft Group meets every to be included on the picture board. Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.; Youth FelPlans continue for creating a prayer lowship will have special events over garden on the back lawn near the the summer and will resume every Swatara Creek. week in Sept. We will be participating in MiddleOur Sunday worship service is broad- town’s National Night Out on Aug. 6. cast on the MAHS radio station WMSS Stop by for volleyball, games, popcorn 91.1 FM at 3 p.m. every Sunday after- and bottled water. noon. Listen on the radio or the Internet Acolytes for August: Faith and Larae at Rhine. Children’s church leader is Check us out on our website at www. Michelle Strohecker. newbeginningschurchmiddletown. Pastor Britt’s parting words each Sunday: “Nothing in this world is Wacky Wednesday and Teen Night more important than the love of Jesus will be every Wednesday through Christ.” We invite you to come and August 14. Children, elementary experience this love.

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Middletown St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran a.m. we will worship in Luther Hall Church is located at Spring and Union due to sanctuary renovations. Streets, Middletown. Sun., Aug. 4 is Food Pantry Sunday. You are invited to join us for worship The pantry is in need of personal care on Sunday and Wednesday morning, items. and Saturday evening. Tues., Aug. 6: 5 to 9 p.m., National Wednesday service at 10 a.m., Sat- Night Out. Call Debbie Fuller at 215urday at 5 p.m., and Sunday at 9 a.m. 9030 if you can help with this event. Saturday service is a casual traditional Mon., Aug. 12: Community at St. Peservice and is 45 minutes in length. ter’s featuring ham and green beans. Please enter the church through the Visit our website at www.stpeparking lot door. Our 9 a.m. worship service is broadcast on WMSS 91.1 Scripture readings for the week: at 11 a.m. each Sunday. Eccles 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23; Ps. 49:1Beginning Sunday, August 4 at 9 12; Col. 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21.

First Church of God Middletown

First Church of God, 245 W. High Street, Middletown, invites you to join us for worship at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. Childcare is provided. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Classes for special education are also available. Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. classes are available for Youth (grades 6-12), FROG Pond (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. 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. Please support them with your attendance. We look forward to seeing you in class. Sundays: A Collective - Dinner is

Wesley United Methodist Church

Middletown We worship on Sunday morning at 12, to “Find Your BFF (Bible, Food, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Our early ser- Fun) at Wesley.” This original Vacavice is informal and features a Praise tion Bible School program will be held Band.  Our later service follows a Monday through Thursday, Aug. 12 traditional pattern and includes all to15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church. types of music. We encourage people The program will include supper, Bible to “come as you are.” lessons, games, music and dancing We share Holy Communion this and additional activities designed to coming Sunday. Our table is open to develop creativity. On Thurs., Aug. all who love Jesus and desire to walk 15, the children will be treated to a in his ways. Ken Slippey, Wesley’s Lay pool party at the Middletown ComServant, will be bringing the morning munity Pool.  There is no cost for message on Sunday at both services. the program and pre-registration is Pastor Jim will be leading us in the encouraged. For additional informaCommunion service. tion or to pre-register, readers should Wesley is participating in the Na- call Paige Pavlishin at 717-939-4648. tional Night Out event planned for Come for the fun and stay for the Son. Middletown on August 6. We will Visit our website at middletownweshave a hospitality table as a way to Find us on Facebook at get to know our neighbors. We are New Life at Wesley. Contact us by offering the use of our parking lot email at for community groups and displays Call us at 944-6242. We are located in need of space for their part in the at 64 Ann Street. community festivities. “Follow Jesus, Change the World. Wesley invites all children, ages 4 to Seek. Serve. Send.”

Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown

Middletown We are a body of Christian people who reach out to others by sharing God’s Word, love, and fellowship. Join us this Sunday, August 4 at 10:30 a.m. for summertime Worship. Visitors are welcome, so please feel free to join us. Nursery is available during the service, and there are also hearing devices for anyone wanting to use one, as well as Bible Listening bags for children to utilize during the service. Copies of the July-September 2013 “These Days” devotional booklets are in the literature rack. Pick up a copy today. Looking ahead our next Community Dinner at the church is August 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and we will be serving barbecue chicken. Hope to see you there. Our Parish Nurse is available by calling the church office. You can leave a message and she will return your call and help you in person or via phone. For further information, see our website, visit our Facebook page ( Presbyterian Congregation), or call the church office 717-944-4322.



Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church

New Beginnings Church

Sunday School - 9 am • Morning Worship 10:15 am Evening Worship - 6 pm

630 South Union St., Middletown

10 Spruce Street • 944-5835

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at the Riverside Chapel Sunday School - 9 am • Worship Service - 10:30 am

Pastor Britt Strohecker Everyone Is Welcome!

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

890 Ebenezer Road, Middletown (Corner of 441 & Ebenezer Road) Phone 939-0766 Sunday Worship - 9 am Education and Spiritual Nurture - 10:15 am (Children, Youth, Adults) Christian Child Care - 985-1650

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

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


Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown Union & Water Sts., Middletown • 944-4322 Church School - 9:15 am • Worship - 10:30 am

Evangelical United Methodist Church


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: 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

Spruce & Water Sts., Middletown

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Sunday School (all ages) - 9 am Sunday Worship - 10:15 am



First Church of God

235 W. High St., Middletown


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

Spring & Union Sts., Middletown Church Office 944-4651

Saturday Worship With Spoken Liturgy - 5 pm Sunday Worship - 9 am Worship Broadcast on 91.1 FM - 11 am

Wesley United Methodist Church 64 Ann Street, Middletown

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



Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Demey School was more than just a building


n the outside, the Alice Demey Elementary School wasn’t particularly outstanding – flat, streamlined, scaled-down Modernism, typical of the post-war 1950s. It’s what was inside that Middletown residents remember most. It was a warm, caring place with dedicated teachers. In the 50 years it welcomed Middletown’s children, it provided wonderful memories, friendships and, of course, reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. It was public education performing at its finest level. Those were the memories that poured from readers upon reading our story in the July 24 edition about Penn State Harrisburg’s plan to demolish Demey School. Demey closed in 2003, and was bought by the university in 2005. Penn State Harrisburg had planned to turn it into dormitories, but has decided it would be best to demolish it rather than let it sit empty for an undetermined time until it can develop the property. The school is in disrepair, and renovating it isn't economically feasible. Many who read the story, in our weekly edition, our e-Edition or on our website, had fond memories of the school. A number of readers went further with their reminiscing: Their bittersweet In the 50 years Alice Demey memories of the school, of their of the fun and learning Elementary School welcomed teachers, and compassion that marked its Middletown's children, it daily performance revealed their provided wonderful love for the school, even decades they attended it. memories, friendships and, of after This was a school where the course, reading, writing and students marched to the Frey Vil'rithmetic. lage retirement community every Halloween to delight the residents there. This was a school where staff even painted the halls themselves, to make the environment as pleasant as possible. This is a school where everyone cared. “The world needs schools like this,’’ wrote one resident’s post on our Facebook page. School districts are still trying to provide them. Residents seem to agree they certainly succeeded at Demey. It is, perhaps, because of the school’s reputation – it is named for the late Alice Demey, a longtime district teacher beloved by students and fellow teachers – that Penn State Harrisburg intends to preserve an area of trees on the property that were planted in Alice Demey’s honor. “We want to be sensitive to [her legacy], said Don Holtzman, the university’s senior director of student services. The demolition of Demey School will, no doubt, be a sad vision. Demolition is expected to begin within a year. But it was never about the bricks and mortar. Its success was more human than that. Its legacy will live long after it is gone.


Don't just blame schools for public education crisis Editor, I wish to take issue with Kerri Briggs’ article about the suburban school crisis that was printed in the July 24 issue of the Press And Journal (“What we can do to solve our suburban school crisis,’’ Viewpoints). Public education is, and always has been, a partnership between the schools, the parents and the students. Even the best schools cannot succeed in cases where the students are unmotivated and the parents fail to do their job in making students toe the line with regular attendance, classroom participation, preparation for tests and regular completion of homework.  One of the major reasons why even the best U.S. school districts compare so poorly to those in other countries in overall academic achievement is that, unlike those in our country, parents and students in other countries recognize the value of education and of working hard to attain a good one. Too many students in this country see school as nothing more than something to be endured; and too many parents in this country don’t want to be bothered with shouldering their basic parental responsibilities where their children’s educations are concerned. I don’t doubt that there are school districts in this country where improvement is needed, but that’s probably true in other countries as well. We keep throwing more and more money at education in this country with no real improvement in outcomes. Why is that? It’s very easy to blame the schools for the problems, but that’s simplistic. The schools are only one-third of the equation and the problem goes much deeper than that. Students who don’t want to learn and parents who don’t want to be parents are at least two-thirds of the problem. Both of those entities must be held accountable to basic educational standards just as the schools must. That’s the only hope of fixing what’s wrong with our educational system. Larry Smith Middletown

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his summer, policy makers and pundits alike remain distracted by a host of scandals in Washington. The alleged targeting of conservative political groups by IRS officials, while relegated to Congressional hearings and calls for additional investigations (for now), will be red meat for candidates running in next year’s midterm elections. Recent revelations that the National Security Agency has been monitoring phone calls only adds to the narrative that we’ll likely see play out in the coming months: Government, regardless of its reach, is increasingly misguided. However, it would be political malpractice to assume that fundamental issues – Medicare, the economy, trade, etc. – will take a backseat to today’s scandals. As incumbent policy makers know well, taking one’s eye off these fundamental issues (often at the expense of entire voting blocs) is often a recipe for failure. This is especially relevant for voters over 65, who are increasingly drifting to the Republican Party. Taking into account that nearly six in 10 seniors voted for Mitt Romney (up from half who voted for John McCain in 2008), it’s critical that Democrats right the ship before 2014. By all accounts, 2012 marked a period in which Democrats were inspired by a larger turnout of young and non-white voters. However, two years earlier, seniors comprised 23 percent of the vote (an increase from 16 percent in 2008). The youth vote in 2010 A fired-up senior was only 11 percent, electorate can down from easily sway a 18 percent close election in in 2008. A fired-up 2014. senior electorate can easily sway a close election. With this idea in mind, a key issue for Republicans and Democrats will be establishing a permanent trust on Medicare. Every American over 65 relies on the program in some way, and a large swath of Medicare participants have to deal with a chronic medical condition. Seniors are often afraid of losing their benefits and having programs they rely on cost more money or get cut altogether. Case in point is Medicare Part D, the popular prescription drug benefit. This is a program that has been a sterling success, in a time when confidence in government is reaching all-time lows. Part D is a rare example of a government program that has consistently cost less year after year than originally budgeted. To be specific, it has cost $348 billion less than original estimates. The Congressional Budget Office found every 1 percent increase in prescriptions filled results in a 0.20 percent decrease in spending on other Medicare services. Key take-away for seniors: What works in heath care is likely to be well-received heading into next year’s election. While Obamacare continues to experience stagnant approval ratings (the latest polls continue to trend downward), it’s clear that seniors will gravitate toward public policies that meet their needs and help to address health care spending. For both Democrats and Republicans, the good news is that the senior vote is still gettable. However, a good portion of voters over 65 pay close attention to policy specifics, making it more important to ensure that both parties recognize this. Preserving programs that work, while prioritizing seniors’ long-term interests, will yield significant political dividends in 2014 and beyond. Neither side can afford losing them.

tion prior to the Civil War. We should be he Agricareful of extremists. cultural The sugar industry with its complex Reform, system of subsidies, loan programs and Food and Jobs insurance is particularly stupid and costly Act of 2013, also and should be seriously questioned in known as the farm public debate. In effect, the Department bill, exemplifies of Agriculture runs a sugar cartel where the money-go-round that is destroying bureaucrats determine how much sugar American politics – probably more than cane and sugar beets each of 5000 farms any other single issue. will produce. All admit that this doubles The public discourse on the farm bill or triples the retail price and adds $3.5 focuses narrowly on the war between billion to the cost of sugar at the superconservative Republicans who want market. to cut food stamp spending and liberal In addition, every job created by this Democrats who oppose those cuts. Little program costs three jobs in food manuhonest discourse is heard about the biparfacturing because it forces candy firms tisan balancing that tied food output and like Fannie Mae, Brach’s and Hershey to pricing to supplemental nutrition promove manufacturing to where sugar is grams. The traditional system of political cheaper. Adding the words “Job Act’’ to trade-offs has broken; and that is where the title of the bill has to be somebody’s we are out of balance. joke. The farm bill is the vehicle that farm and It is hard to imagine Republicans fightfood special interests use to steal from the ing for such a “socialist” program – and, rest of us. But note that while agriculture in fact, the academics in the Club for exemplifies the ripoff, it is but one exGrowth, the Competitive Enterprise ample of a pervasive national problem of Institute and Americans for Tax Reform government being sold to the privileged. object strongly. The money-go-round is Department of Defense contracting the only reason the program continues to may look to cost us the most – almost exist. certainly, the finance, insurance and real On the other side, estate sector has that there is the Suppledishonor. Actually, The public good is controlled mental Nutritional every sector, from by private, privileged Assistance Program foreign trade to food patents to religion, interests for their benefit at (SNAP)– stamps in the plays the game. We the expense of the people vernacular. The are all on a carnival who have no means to buy conservatives in the ride going nowhere. stripped the The money-gotheir way in. House food stamp proround is a con game gram from the bill that operates under because, they said, cover of law. The cutting only 20 percent of the $79 billion lobbyists set it up. They take the induscost was not enough. try’s money and donate it to election The conservatives also want to add campaigns or political action committees. work and job training requirements. The mark, when elected, knows who paid But 60 percent of the able-bodied who for the election and therefore bought him/ receive food stamps are already workher. The industry drafts a subsidy, moing and 70 percent of all recipients are nopoly or deregulation bill as the means children, seniors or disabled. by which the politicians are able to deSNAP is one of our most successful liver taxpayer money to the industry. The programs to assist the poor. It feeds 46 industry then is able to donate even more million people – one in six of all Amerito their bought politician’s next election. cans – with an average grant of $133 a The con is now in a self-sustaining spiral month. For an individual to qualify, they of billions of dollars that will continue to must have a monthly net income of $931 go to virtually all our politicians. or less, which is the poverty threshold. At the moment, very disparate farm bills No one is going after crop insurance. passed the House and Senate. The poor The money-go-round rewards the rich, and hungry can’t afford lobbyists or buy the lobbyists and the politicians out of politicians with their food stamps, so the our common wealth. Their privilege and House bill strips the nutrition program subsidies have become entitlements. but continues all the subsidies. This is So I guess it is time for entitlement symptomatic of a dangerously broken reform. system. The public good is controlled by private, privileged interests for their Douglas Schoen is a political stratePaul Heise, of Mount Gretna, is a probenefit at the expense of the people who gist and author of “Hopelessly Divided: fessor emeritus of economics at Lebanon have no means to buy their way in. The New Crisis in American Politics and Valley College, Annville, and a former So, let’s use the farm bill as an example. What it Means for 2012 and Beyond.’’ economist for the federal government. First, we are talking about our food supply – its cost, nutrition and availability, though that is seldom mentioned. There are actually some good reasons for some farm support programs. Beyond that, there are also good reasons for the farm programs to be tied to food stamps. It is normal politics, rural and farm interests get their subsidies and urban poor get food stamps. We want to hear from you. Farm programs, like all political acts, Send your letters to: were a result of negotiation that balanced the costs and benefits to various political, or groups. All of government was that way. 20 S. Union Street But not anymore. Middletown, Pa. 17057 Now that balance has been lost as extremists move further and further out tryLetters may be edited for accuracy, clarity, and length. ing to leverage their weight. The situation is not unlike the breakdown of negotia-



House passes bill banning fake profiles


he state House of Representatives voted to send to the Senate a measure to help prevent individuals from creating fake profiles online with the intent to maliciously harm another person. House Bill 764 would make it a crime to use the name or identifying information of another person to create a Web page; post messages or open an account/profile on a social networking site; send an e-mail or text; or open an e-mail account while engaging in any of the following underlying offenses: harassment, terroristic threats, stalking and witness or victim intimidation or retaliation.

Impersonating someone online not only causes embarrassment to a victim but also results in long-lasting personal, financial or career-oriented consequences. The offense would be graded as a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000, or as one grade higher than the underlying offense, whichever is greater. In addition, the bill would allow a court to award actual civil damages (such as loss of money, reputation or property) or $500, whichever is greater, as well as attorney fees, court costs and restitution. This measure is not designed to curtail any person’s right to free speech or right to create parodies, satires or commentaries. It is solely a means to prevent the type of cyber bullying that maliciously destroys someone’s reputation. Impersonating someone online not only causes embarrassment to a victim but also results in long-

lasting personal, financial or careeroriented consequences.

Unclaimed property Area residents are encouraged to check with the Pennsylvania Treasury Department’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property for any financial asset that has been left inactive for a period of about five years. Millions of dollars in unclaimed property come into the bureau each year, according to the Treasury Department. The most common types of unclaimed property are dormant bank accounts, stocks and dividends, uncashed payroll checks, uncollected utility deposits, unredeemed gift certificates and items in safe deposit boxes. In an effort to return the property to those who rightfully own it, an online database was created in 2000 to make information more easily accessible. The Treasury is only required to advertise the names of people, businesses, or organizations owed property valued in excess of $250. Treasury Department officials are also cautioning individuals to be wary of services or “finders” who charge fees to help locate unclaimed property. Finders often charge the maximum amount allowed by law, up to 15 percent of the property’s value, for making use of the same online databases that individuals can use free of charge. For additional information on unclaimed property, visit www., and click on “PA-At Your Service,” or call the Bureau of Unclaimed Property toll-free at 1-800-222-2046. John D. Payne is a Republican member of the state House of Representatives. He represents the 106th District.

Bill would extend tax credits to short line railroads


spun off to be the on- and off-ramps to the railroad network. There are 10 Short Line Railroad carriers operating in Pennsylvania that save the government millions of dollars in highway costs. The tax credit act originated with the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 and expired in January 2008, but was retroactively applied to extend through January 2012. This bill will extend the Section 45G Short Line Railroad tax credit that is expected to expire in Dec. 31. It will extend through 2016 allowing new Short Line railroads to be included into the tax incentive that were constructed after 2004. The new cutoff date of Jan. 1 will be imposed to future line sales and the credit allowed will not exceed $3,500 or the sum of the number of miles of railroad track owned or leased by Class II or Class III.   Bob Casey is a Democratic member of the federal House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania.

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K“I received the Middletown

Volunteer Fire Department donation letter, and like always I planned on donating $20 or $25, but this letter requested $50 and gave no indication that they would accept a different amount. Well, like a lot of people I didn’t have $50 to spare, so I didn’t donate anything. People can only give what they can. I would think anything would be better than nothing.”

L“McNamara, those assets you

wish to turn over to your newlycreated authority belong to the residents of Middletown, and should not be given to an authority where we have no control of how they are handled. This seems to be another distrustful action of a council that wishes to control things long after the majority is voted out after November’s election. I am tired of the back-door deals – and for this council to put mostly non-residents on this new authority makes me sick. There were plenty of competent residents who were qualified. Another stab in the back by an incompetent council!”

M“Why don’t we make Trayvon Martin a saint while the media’s at it? Give me a break. Let’s end this charade.”

K“Whatever happened to the lady who used to run the town library? I miss her a lot. I know some of the people there but not many.”

L“Please explain to me how the

Borough of Middletown can blow hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers and can’t come up with a measly $3,000 to take care of stray dogs? You are NOT my leaders. You are a bunch of clowns and witch doctors. And you know your official spin doctor is part of your gang of thugs.”

K“Has anyone thought of having

RobertCasey am co-sponsoring a bill called the Short Line Railroad Rehabilitation and Investment Act of 2013, which would improve infrastructure at railroads across Pennsylvania. The bipartisan bill would impact Short Line railroads like the Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad, and others in places like Luzerne, Lycoming, Philadelphia and Allegheny counties, among others. It would allow these Short Line railroads to deduct up to 50 percent of investments made in track repair. With the tax credit expiring in December, I am pushing for Congress to pass the bill this year. Short Line railroads help businesses across Pennsylvania move their goods. Renewing this tax credit will allow railroad companies to upgrade their infrastructure so that rail continues to have a role in boosting the Commonwealth’s economy.   Short line railroads are branches of lines of larger railroads that were


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a Zombie Fest in Middletown? Maybe the Elks Theatre could sponsor it. We could start the event by attending a borough council meeting and then go to a sewer authority meeting. No, seriously – why not have a parade, a zombie walk and maybe a pub crawl? Maybe the tattoo parlors would consider sponsoring it, too? Just saying.”

K“I was told today that the foot-

ball camp that I paid for when the kids were in school is not the same as the one the Youth Club is having. So what happened to my money, and how do I get it back if they are not having a camp?”

K“Why aren’t there any police

reports from the Middletown police in the Journal? I see things about Lower Swatara, even Highspire, but not our town. Gee, I guess the new police chief is really doing a great job.” (Editor’s note: We publish some Middletown police news –

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charges filed by Middletown police officers – from information we get from District Judge David Judy’s office. We run it under a column heading that features Judy’s name, since his office is the source. We have requested a police blotter from Middletown, which is a public document under Pennsylvania law, since last year: We received nothing until this year, after the borough closed its communications center and provided an occasional, and brief, blotter by e-mail from information from Dauphin County 911. And while other police departments provide us a list of incidents under investigation in which charges have yet to be filed – such as vandalism, thefts, and attempted break-ins, information that can help residents be vigilant when crime happens in their neighborhood – Middletown has refused. Our reporters used to meet with the Middletown police chief about once a week to get that information, but the borough ended that arrangement in 2012.)

K“Who do I call if I have a

problem with my neighbor’s weeds being too tall? Is there a codes officer in Middletown anymore?”

L“I think it’s time for the bor-

ough to talk to the trash hauler. My containers are all over the street. Come on - you can do a better job for us people.”

M“Just saw a school bus on the street. Get ready kids - the end of days is coming!”

L“Another week, and still lines

at intersections in town ain’t been painted. This is pathetic – AGAIN!”

L“Yes, Middletown, send one

student on to college for soccer. Middletown just has no athletes anymore. Paper did not even give the hometown athlete props.” (Editor’s note: A story on the recruitment of Kyle Shields, a Middletown Area High School soccer player, by Hood College, of Frederick, Md., appeared in the June 19 edition of the Press And Journal.)

L“I can’t stand it. Don’t tell me

things are better in Middletown. Have you EVER tried to call someone to get an answer? And have you EVER gotten through to someone? And have you EVER gotten the information you needed? I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts you didn’t. Oh, I’m so glad my electric is a couple of bucks cheaper but, oh, what we’ve lost.”

J“My kids enjoyed the movies

at the Elks. We can’t afford going to places like Hersheypark. My husband was laid off, and times are tough. But we can afford going to the movies in our town. That’s great! Thanks.”

K“I support Stand Your Ground laws. Well, punk, do you feel lucky? Well do ya, punk?”

M“Two colleagues and I were

L“Pay your Humane Society bill!

looking at opening an engineering firm in Middletown, but since no one at the borough office would answer the phone or return phone calls, we have decided to open it in Highspire. I thought the residents of Middletown would be glad to know they lost out on some serious tax revenue.”

J“It’s great to see the new faces

You got tons of money to spend on frivolous things like new uniforms, a new police station and truck decals, just to name a few. If I find out you’re euthanizing animals after two days, or that the dogs are not being properly cared for, I’ll have animal activists all over you council people. Pay your bill. Quit trying to find ways to screw everyone.”

L“I can’t seem to get any an-

in the Lower Swatara Police Department. Those core guys finally got the extra help they’ve needed for that past couple of years. I would just like to wish the five new guys the best of luck and congratulate them on getting their position. You guys have a great crew already established, and they will train you right. Our citizens deserve quality police protection, and Lower Swatara police always stand up to the task. Our department has to be one of the best in the area. Notice you never quite see the bad press like Middletown? Our officers go out of the way to help everyone out no matter who they are. They take the time to talk with the residents and always wave at them when they’re cruising through the neighborhoods. They do small things that aren’t required without any thanks. They don’t forget who they are or what their job is. Keep up the good work, guys!”

swers. I punch in Caravan Court and Harborton Place and there is nothing online about the mobile home park. That’s weird because before the flood they had both names online. Now nothing. The park never has any news for the people living there. Something is going on there, and they’re not talking.”

M“Same sex marriages disgust

me. Being gay is wrong. If the world were gay the human race would die off. There are no morals in this country no more. Everything is done because of politics no matter how wrong it is. If it isn’t the blacks complaining then it’s the gays complaining. If you don’t like this country, get out.”

J“Take some time to drive down

L“I hate the way you have the

Water Street in lower Royalton. Some beautiful houses there, and the view – it’s KILLER! You people are very lucky to have such a wonderful slice of heaven.”

Press And Journal online. I won’t read it again until you change it. It was a lot better the old way. Ever hear the saying, ‘If it works, don’t fix it?’ ”

L“Hey, McNamara and the other

L“Ever notice how there are no

seven council members, typical mismanagement again. If the downtown is going to be from taxpayers’ dollars and used by the taxpayers of Middletown, then why don’t we get a say in its design? And for you to waste our money buying a potential taxable business just to knock it down so your friend has more parking is sickening.”

restaurants north of Main Street in Middletown? Penn State Harrisburg’s food court is the only thing, if you count that. I need more choices!”

L“I’ve submitted this comment

L“I said it before and I will say

before but the Press And Journal refused to post it: The GMEDC took the Elks Theatre away from a local family to run old movies to raise money for the digital projector. The digital projector could’ve been paid for had the GMEDC applied for a grant. I’m here all summer because I’ve made Middletown my home while attending Penn State Harrisburg. The college students enjoyed the up-to-date movies before the GMEDC took over the theater. Now the movies are ones that can

it again: As long as this council caters to their slumlord friends and soon to be daddy-in-laws, the town will continue to look horrible. Look at all the weeds and condition of their properties. Look at the class of people they rent to. What this council should be doing is rental inspections, and stronger enforcement of code violations. Then, and only then, will these Section 8 slummies go back to where they came from. I have had it!”


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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Loser

Anniversary celebrated Bruce and Linda Loser of Hummelstown, formerly of Lebanon and Camp Hill, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on August 4, 2013. The couple were married on August 4, 1973 at Salem Lutheran Church, Lebanon. The Rev. Warner officiated at the ceremony. The couple are the parents of Kevin Bruce of Herndon, Va. and Amy Lynn of Ephrata. They have a grandson Charles Cole Loser. Bruce is retired from Tyco Electronics. Linda is employed by Phillips Office Solutions and will retire in December 2013. They are planning a trip to Hilton Head, S.C.

Forty Years A Letter To My Husband August 4, 1973 The First Day Our first year brought unexpected changes to our marriage, The birth of our first joy, our son, Already outgrowing our little one bedroom apartment, Searching desperately for that affordable home. Blending of families for birthdays and holidays, We learned how to work through the challenges, to compromise. Two years later, our second joy, our daughter, joined and completed our family. We were blessed with more joy than we imagined possible. A healthy son, a healthy daughter, our duty to keep them that way. We were happy, and scared, financially stretched, and in love. I couldn’t have been happier with the direction my life had taken. I thought I had it all, the perfect fairy tale. Husband, son, daughter, a home with an honest to goodness picket fence. All I ever wanted, hoped for, dreamed of. As years went by, I learned what I had instead was reality. As years went by, I learned what I had was a marriage. We have had a life filled with the

abundant joys, And the sporadic worries of parenthood. We have together endured the pain of loved ones lost - yours, mine, and ours. We have been blessed with seeing our love continue into a new generation through the birth of a picture-perfect grandson. We have overcome disenchantments in each other. We have traveled to places that, as a child, I didn’t know existed. We have supported each other through difficult times. We have nurtured each other through illnesses. We have survived the “lean years” of financial challenges. We have seen the best in each other and loved devotedly. We have seen the worst in each other and loved unconditionally. Yes, 40 years ago I thought I had the perfect fairy tale. Today, I realize I have instead A marriage that built a friendship through the many years of happy times, A marriage that builds a more resilient love through the unavoidable bad times. A marriage that allows us to see the failings of each other and still love. A marriage that has traveled the hills and the valleys of life, And has not only survived the winding journey, But leaves me willingly anticipating the road ahead. The Good Times. The Bad Times. The Hills. The Valleys. The Joys. The Sorrows. The Love. I’ll take it all and hope life allows me to share more of the same with you. Today, I thank fate that my destiny was not a fairy tale. Today, I am blessed with a marriage, a family, and I know I am loved. There is no greater joy. My cup runneth over.

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The last day of July. Soon we have to start the back-to-school countdown. The stores were selling school supplies weeks ago. A retail rush! I don’t want this summertime to go any faster than it has to. I am very glad that the grass didn’t burn to a crisp when we had temperatures in the high 90s. I do enjoy the break in having to mow the lawn so frequently. This is a beautiful time of the year, with lots of veggies ready to be harvested. Don’t you love fresh vegetables? I hope you are enjoying the season. Let me know if you have any news to share. A vacation story, maybe? A favorite summer recipe? Shoot me an e-mail. Have a wonderful week! Birthdays Happy belated birthday to Nathan Witmer of Lower Swatara Twp. He turned 12 on Friday, July 26. I hope your day was wonderful. Best wishes to Jessica Arnold of Lower Swatara. She is 20 on Wednesday, July 31. Hope it is a happy one, Jessica. Hey there, Sue Lawruk of Lower Swatara! Hoping your Thursday, Aug. 1 birthday is the best so far – and you will not have any cake day emergency room visits! David Alcock is a brand-new teener on Friday, Aug. 2. Enjoy your very special first teen birthday, David. Here’s a shout out to Karen Guenther of Lower Swatara. Her party day is Friday, Aug. 2. Give her a sweet greeting if you see her. Happy 12th birthday to Ben Knisely of Lower Swatara. He celebrates on Saturday, Aug. 3. Enjoy! Tom Harvey of Lower Swatara marks another confetti-popping day on Sunday, Aug. 4. God bless, and keep enjoying your ice cream, Tom. Jared Schiefer of Middletown marks his holding-onto-the-20s birthday on Sunday, Aug. 4. Hope your day is super-special. Christopher Shonk of Londonderry Twp. will be having a ball on Sunday, Aug. 4 as he turns 14. High-fives to you! Kali Marie Cleckner celebrates her

Elizabethtown picks Wallett to manage campus facilities Elizabethtown College has named Robert M. Wallett vice president for administration, placing him in charge of campus dining services, the campus store and other campus facilities as of Monday, July 15. Wallet has previously served in administrative positions at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission; Bucknell University, Lewisburg; and Prince George’s Community College, Largo, Md. He had served as director of facilities at Loyola University, Baltimore, Md., before starting his job at Elizabethtown. Wallett replaces interim vice president Ronald Reck, who took a position as vice president for administration and finance at Wesley College, Dover, Del. “The college is extremely pleased to

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ences education. • Jordan Seth Hughes, of Middletown, who earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. • Laurin DeChae Jefferson, of Middletown, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English education. • Elizabeth Moses Tilahun, of Middletown, who earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. • Jordon Rondell Carter, of Steelton, who earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology. • Ashley Joy-Tomlin Clark, of Steelton, who earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology/pre-law. • Michael David Becker, of Hummelstown, who earned a Ph.D. in administration and leadership studies. • Jillian Carol Ferri, of Hummelstown, who earned a bachelor’s degree in music. • Katie Lynn Keller, of Hummelstown, who earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. • Aimee Elizabeth Robison, of Hummelstown, who earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design. • Patrick John Vargo, of Hummelstown, who earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and sport/sport administration. UMass-Lowell grad Melanie Cicuto, of Hummelstown, graduated from UMass-Lowell, Lowell, Mass., during a commencement ceremony in May. Ithaca grad Benjamin Dows, of Elizabethtown, earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Ithaca College’s School of Music during a commencement ceremony in May. Quote of the Week “Life is a short-term missions trip.” – Anonymous Question of the Week What is your least favorite chore, and why? “Doing dishes. I hate how the water makes my hands rough and dry.” – Anna Collins, 18, Middletown. “Mowing. It is hot and sweaty and never-ending. As soon as I’m done I have to do it again.” – Ken House, Mechanicsburg. “Any kind of cleaning!” – Tristan Holley, 20, East Hanover Twp. “I don’t like any chores at all.” – Janelle Dukes, 18, Lower Swatara. “Making my bed.” – Rebekah White, 21, Lower Swatara. “Cleaning out the cat pans.” – Tristan Berry, 20, Dauphin. Proverb for the Week Give her (a good wife) the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate (31:31).

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have an experienced, highly capable individual such as Bob Wallett assuming the position of vice president for administration,” said Carl J. Strikwerda, Elizabethtown College president. “Bob’s resolute integrity and insightful management skills make him an impressive administrative leader.” Wallett served for 20 years as a career officer in the Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. In his previous positions, Wallett developed and utilized a wide range of skills in financial analysis, personnel relations, resource management and environmental sustainability. A civil engineering graduate of the Air Force Academy, Wallett earned a master’s degree in facilities management from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Boston University.

Central Penn dean’s list The following local students were named to dean’s list at Central Penn College, Summerdale, for the spring term: • Robbi-Ann Cook, of Middletown, a business administration major. • Janelle Mrakovich, of Middletown, an information technology major. • Tammy Pierce, of Middletown, a business administration major. • Kaila Farrow, of Elizabethtown, a criminal justice administration major. • Jessica Sabo-Sayeg, of Elizabethtown, a business administration major. • Saralynn Black, of Hummelstown, an occupational therapy assistant major. • Megan Coble, of Hummelstown, a business administration major. • Paul Debor, of Hummelstown, a criminal justice administration major. • Deborah Eckert, of Hummelstown, a business administration major. • Shelley Moore, of Hummelstown, a business administration major. • Samantha Robison, of Hummelstown, a physical therapist assistant major. • Daniel Sassani, of Hummelstown, a business administration major. Loyola dean’s list Ganan Keck, of Elizabethtown, was named to the dean’s list at Loyola University, Baltimore, Md., for the spring term. Ithaca dean’s list The following local students were named to the dean’s list at Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y., for the spring semester: • Meredith Clarke, of Elizabethtown, an English major. • Alexander Wolf, of Elizabethtown, a cinema and photography major. • Micaela Metz, of Hummelstown, an integrated marketing communications major. Vermont dean’s list The following local students were named to the dean’s list at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt., for the spring semester: • Stacia N. Betley, of Hummelstown, a junior majority in business administration. • Jessica L. Fuller, of Hummelstown, a junior majority in history. IUP grads The following local students received degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania during a commencement ceremony in May: • Brooke Leanne Higgins, of Middletown, who earned a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sci-

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sparkles and glitter day on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Happy 22nd, Kali. Happy 17th balloon-flying day to John Carberry of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Lexi Hulstine of Middletown has her me-holiday on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Happy 12th cake day! Anniversaries Best wishes to Gregg and Donna Hughes of Lower Swatara as they celebrate 39 years of wedded bliss on Saturday, Aug. 3. Hope you have a romantic weekend. Wes and Sheryl Cyphert of Lower Swatara mark their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 4. Congrats to you both. Wow! Happy 35th anniversary to Harry and Diane Myers of Lower Swatara on Monday, Aug. 5. Celebrate with chocolate and flowers. Enjoy! God’s Clothes Closet Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 East Water St., Middletown, will be offering free clothing 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! Ladies’ luncheon All ladies are cordially invited to attend the “Light Up Your Life” brunch buffet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the Spring Garden Conference Center on Spring Garden Drive in Lower Swatara. Ann Sudduth, of Watertown, N.Y., will talk about her experience in suddenly losing her faith at age 15. Nichole S. Wildes, MA, owner of Wishful Living Counseling Services of York, will present “The Life That You Wish For Is Now.’’ The event is presented by Hershey Area Women’s Connection, which is affiliated with Christian Women’s Clubs of America. For reservations, readers may call  Edna at 717-652-0997 or Jean at 717-657-0006, or e-mail Deadline for reservations is Friday, Aug. 9.

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-Walk-In Immunization Clinic at Woodlayne Court - 9:30-11:30 am -M-town Women’s Club - 6:30 pm -Lower Swatara Lions - 6:30 pm -M-town Chamber of Commerce - Noon -Londonderry Twp. Parks/Rec - 7 pm -M-town Library Summer Reading Program, Wee Readers (Ages to 24 months) - 10 am Preschool Story Time (Ages 2-6) - 11 am -Fuzzy Few Carnival, Hummelstown Boro Park - 6 pm -Royalton Boro Hydrant Flushing - 9am-3 pm -Hummelstown Bulldogs Football Registration, Shope's Field - 6-8 pm



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-Mt. Gretna Bible Festival, Handbell Festival - 7 pm For more info call 717-653-8588 or

-Lawn Concert, Blue Moon Big Band, Nissley Vineyards, Bainbridge - 7:30 pm For more info call 426-3514

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-Royalton Boro Fire Hydrant Flushing - 9am-3 pm

-Teen Night (Grades 6-12) at M-town Library - 6 pm Hobbit Night

-Fuzzy Few Carnival, Hummelstown Boro Park - 6 pm

-Fuzzy Few Carnival, Hummelstown Boro Park - 6 pm

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-BINGO, Lower Swatara Fire Hall - 7 pm -M-town Youth Club Board - 7 pm; General Mtg. - 8 pm -M-town Am. Legion Aux. - 7 pm -Lower Swatara Twp. Commissioners - 7 pm -Dauphin County Commissioners - 10 am -M-town Library Summer Reading Program, Flow Circus - 1 pm -Fuzzy Few Carnival, Hummelstown Boro Park - 6 pm -Royalton Boro Fire Hydrant Flushing - 9am-3 pm


-M-town Kiwanis - 6 pm -M-town Am. Legion Board - 7 pm -Lower Swatara Fire Co. Aux. - 7:30 pm


-M-town Alumni Assoc. - 8 pm -ABWA, Olmsted Chapter - 6 pm -Triune Odd Fellow #307 - 7:30 pm

-Mt. Gretna Bible Festival, Worship Service - 10 am Concert: Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster - 7 pm For more info call 717-653-8588


-BINGO, Lower Swatara Fire Hall - 7 pm -Wesley Gold - 11 am-1 pm -M-town Elks Lodge at Am. Legion - 7 pm -Dauphin County Commissioners - 10 am -Dauphin County Prison Board - 1:30 pm


-Live Music, featuring Jeffrey J. Walker at Sunset Bar & Grill, Londonderry Twp. - 7 pm -Fuzzy Few Carnival, Hummelstown Boro Park - 6 pm


-Mt. Gretna Bible Festival, Children’s Program: Puppet and Story Works - 10 am For more info call 717-653-8588

-Lawn Concert, Third Stream Plus One, Nissley Vineyards, Bainbridge - 7:30 pm For more info call 426-3514

-Hummelstown Bulldogs Football Registration, Shope's Field - 6-8 pm

-Fuzzy Few Carnival, Hummelstown Boro Park - 6 pm


-Londonderry Senior Citizens - 1 pm -Highspire Boro Authority - 7:30 pm -Hummelstown Fire Co. Ham/Green Bean dinner - 4-7 pm


-Live Music, featuring Stu Huggins at Sunset Bar & Grill, Londonderry Twp. - 7 pm



-Lower Swatara Lions - 6:30 pm -Lower Swatara Twp. Planning Commission - 7 pm -Olmsted Rec Board - 6 pm


-Dauphin County Ag Land Preservation - 9 am


-Lawn Concert, Fabulous Cheeze Brothers & Sisters, Nissley Vineyards, Bainbridge - 7:30 pm For more info call 426-3514

-M-town Library Summer Reading Program, End of Summer Picnic in Hoffer Park - 5-8 pm -Mt. Gretna Bible Festival, Speaker: Tony Campolo - 7 pm For more info call 717-653-8588


-Mt. Gretna Bible Festival, Concert: Susquehanna Chorale - 7 pm For more info call 717-653-8588



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-Mt. Gretna Bible Festival, Concert: QuintEssentially Brass - 7 pm For more info call 717-653-8588 -Motorcycle Breakfast, Lower Swatara Fire Co. - 7-11 am


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-Triune Odd Fellow #307 - 7:30 pm -Royalton Boro Authority - 5 pm


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-Lawn Concert, Uptown Band, Nissley Vineyards, Bainbridge - 7:30 pm For more info call 426-3514


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JUST PLANE FUN A military EC-130J Commando Solo plane, operated by the Middletownbased Air Force Special Operations Command’s 193rd Special Operations Wing, is displayed at the open house. The aircraft is used for information and psychological operations, as well as radio and TV broadcasts for civil affairs and military communications. “We are the only ones in the world that fly that particular airplane,’’ said Senior Master Sgt. David Hawkins.

Photos by Daniel Walmer

Visitors explore aircraft at HIA open house public learn “what you’re seeing around you on a regular basis.” The event appeared to have taken Catch our video of t’s a bird! It’s a plane! Actualoff, with lines of attendees stretchHarrisburg International Airport’s ly, in Middletown, it’s usually ing across the runway, waiting for Open House on our website, a plane. Living near Harristheir chance to board everything burg International Airport, from a United Postal Service cargo town residents are used to seeing plane to tiny Capital City Comairplanes take off and land, even if posite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, they don’t know much about the planes overhead. search and rescue planes. That’s why the airport created a free open house for Of course, there’s more to flying than just the planes, the public on its runway on Saturday, July 27, comso the event also featured demonstrations from the plete with commercial aircraft, military planes and airport fire department, pilot training schools and even emergency equipment for attendees to explore. The a pre-flight massage service. goal: Give the public a chance to learn what the fuss is “These are the people behind what’s going on,” Miller all about. said. “You never get to see the airplanes up close,” said Daniel Walmer: 717-944-4628, or danielwalmer@presHIA spokesman Scott Miller, so the open house lets the By Daniel Walmer Press And Journal Staff

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Members of the Capital City Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, demonstrate their search and rescue craft to the crowd.

Visitors tour a United Postal Service cargo plane.

Caden Prisbe tries his hand at operating pilot’s controls.

Visitors wait to board a FedEx cargo plane.

Abigail Dawe sits in the cockpit of an airplane used for training pilots.

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The July 31, 2013 edition of the Press And Journal newspaper

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