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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013
VOLUME 123 - NO. 47
NEW SCHOOL, NO NEW TAXES?
NEWS Fund-raiser scheduled for fire victims The Lamp Post Inn on East Main Street in Middletown will host vendors for a fund-raising event for the Radabaugh family, who were injured in a fire at their Spring Street home in October. The money-raising rally will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 and feature shopping and food. Vendors will donate items for a raffle, and the restaurant will donate a portion of its proceeds to the family as well as a fee charged to each vendor.
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Write-in votes fill seats in Royalton, Steelton-Highspire By Noelle Barrett
Press And Journal Staff
Three seats on Royalton Borough Council and a seat on the Steelton-Highspire School Board appear to be filled by write-in votes cast in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. In Royalton, council member Joyce Vigilante and newcomer Steven Sell received enough write-ins to fill two vacancies in the Second Ward, according to unofficial results from the Dauphin County Bureau of Elections and Voter Registration. Vigilante received eight votes, while Sell received 6. If one of them refuses to serve, the seat could be taken by council member Carl Hrescak, who received four write-in votes. Sell said he decided to try to get write-in votes after no one else emerged as a candidate.
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Celebrating their second consecutive state title in field hockey are Lower Dauphin players Taylor Lister (2), Delani Higgins (8), Devyn Barry (16) and Maggie Mostoller (42).
LD wins back-to-back titles in field hockey, sets record
ower Dauphin won its second consecutive state title in field hockey, beating Emmaus 2-1 on Saturday, Nov. 16 to claim the crown and set a school record with its back-to-back Class AAA championships. The Falcons capped a 25-1 season with the championship, the sixth title under Coach Linda Kreiser. Lower Dauphin led throughout the game, taking a 2-0 lead in the first half, then holding off the Green Hornets, who scored with less than a minute left in the game. Read more about Lower Dauphin’s landmark victory on B1.
Lower Dauphin players hold the state title banner after the game.
Suspect leads police on high-speed chase through town
“Office’’ star now asks Big Questions about life By Jim Lewis
The pursuit began at East Main and Pine streets and ended in Steelton.
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After nine seasons on the hit TV show, “The Office,’’ actor Rainn Wilson is going on tour to ask people Big Questions about their journey through life. It would seem just the opposite of what his “Office’’character, egotistical paper salesman Dwight Schrute, would do, posing weighty questions about spirituality, love and our existence – or, in Wilson’s words, “what it is to be a human being’’ – to college students Rainn Wilson at campus appearances and visitors to his website, SoulPancake.com. But Wilson is not Dwight Schrute. He appeared at Penn State Harrisburg on Friday, Nov. 15, sporting a beard and dressed casually in jeans and a blue sports coat – “Now I get recognized as Mandy Patinkin,’’ he joked – and pacing a makeshift stage in the campus gymnasium for a discussion on life that, he admits, sometimes freaks out fans of the TV show. “It’s kind of the culmination of who I am as a person and my life’s journey,’’ he told a large crowd of students and faculty. He led a discussion intended “to re-explore the concept of spirituality – I think it gets a bum rap,’’ using his own experience bouncing from one religion to another and struggling in his career as an actor, as one journey to find spiritual satisfaction and happiness in life. It was a discussion peppered with jokes, particularly about the venue. The gymnasium at the Capital Union Building features block walls painted beige, and metal bleachers, and marked the first time Wilson had appeared in a gymnasium, he said. “It’s like 1968 threw up and formed a gymnasium,’’ he said jokingly. “It’s nice. Love what you’ve done with the place.’’ Before “The Office,’’ which ended its popular run after its ninth season, Wilson appeared in the popular HBO series “Six Feet Under,’’ and has appeared in a variety of movies ranging from the 2007 hit “Juno,’’ where he played a drugstore clerk, to Rob Zombie’s “House of 1,000 Corpses.’’ He studied acting in New York, where he met his wife – but
The Black Friday shopping frenzy will hit Amish country. Lancaster’s Tanger Outlets will open at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving night – Thursday, Nov. 28 – and remain open until 9 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 29. The outlets will even run a shuttle from the parking lot of nearby Dutch Wonderland to accommodate the crush of shoppers it is anticipating.
State House approves Payne’s bill to allow 50/50 drawings
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New Middletown Area High School can be built without a property tax hike, experts say About 40 people attended a Middletown Area School Board public hearing on Monday, Nov. 18 to advocate for and against a proposed new $40.3 million high school, construction of which may begin next spring. The hearing, held in an auditorium at the current Middletown Area High School, was required as part of a process that districts must complete if they desire state funding for a major construction project. After the hearing and a period for submittal of written public comments that lasts until Dec. 18, the board can submit PlanCon Part D, which deals with estimated project costs, to the state. “This is, give or take, the 60 percent mark [of planning],” said Jeffrey Straub of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates, the district’s engineer.
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Rainn Wilson shakes hands with Penn State Harrisburg students as he leaves the gymnasium.
A Harrisburg man wanted on unspecified charges led Middletown police on a high-speed chase on Tuesday, Nov. 12 that began at East Main and Pine streets and ended in Steelton, reaching a speed of 125 miles an hour, according to a source in the police department. The fleeing vehicle nearly struck workers in a construction zone in Middletown, and the pursuit reached 125 mph on Interstate 283, the source said. Michael Evans-Turner, 30, was arrested in Steelton after authorities placed spike strips on Front Street in Steelton. It was not clear what charges Evans-Turner faced before the chase began. MIddletown police knew where Evans-Turner would be in town, and he was spotted driving in the borough by officers around noon on Tuesday afternoon. A fellow police officer had a plan of action to stop him, but one officer turned on his cruiser’s flashing lights and alerted the suspect, who fled, the source said. Video of the pursuit was taken, the source said. A Middletown cruiser was damaged when it rammed Evans-Turner’s vehicle, the source said. One tire was punctured by a spike strip in Steelton, the source said. A bystander’s vehicle was sideswiped during the chase, Dauphin County officials told television station WHTM. Neither Police Chief Steven Wheeler nor Chris Courogen, borough secretary and director of communications, returned calls by the Press And Journal for information about the chase.
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The state House of Representatives approved a bill introduced by Rep. John Payne, R-106th District, to legalize 50/50 drawings at minor league home games and expand small games of chance. The House approved the bill by a vote of 102-96 on Thursday, Nov. 14. It now goes to the Senate for a concurrence vote. Payne’s bill began as a five-page proposal, but was amended into a 33-page proposal that also would allow restaurants and taverns to apply for a license to operate pull-tab games, daily drawings and raffles. It would require 60 percent of proceeds from those games to be distributed to the state’s General Fund. Five percent of the proceeds would be distributed to local governments to be used for various purposes, such as enforcement.
Bound pit bull found in creek Lower Swatara Twp police are investigating an incident of animal cruelty after a pit bull whose front legs were bound was discovered in the Swatara Creek near the Vine Street bridge on Monday, Nov. 11. A construction worker discovered the dog, which was taken to an animal hospital and survived the incident, according to Police Chief Richard Brandt. “Pit bulls are tough, and this one came through with flying colors,” Brandt said. Police have an unnamed suspect in the case and will likely arrest the suspect on animal cruelty charges, he said.
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Obituaries Lora Brown
Lora I. Brown, 60, of Essex House, Middletown, entered into rest on Friday, November 15, at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, from injuries received in a one-car accident in Highspire. She was born on May 31, 1953 in Harrisburg, and was the daughter of Miriam R. Olbeter Motovich of Middletown and the late Nicholas Motovich. She was of the Protestant faith and would do anything for anybody, she loved everyone. She also enjoyed crafts and reading. In addition to her mother, Lora is survived by her sister Ruth A., wife of Ronald L. Helwig of Dillsburg; Aunt
Kimberly, wife of Brian Boal of York Springs; and Uncle Ronald, husband of Veronica Helwig of Middletown. A Tribute to her life will be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, at the Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Kimberly Shifler officiating. Inurnment will be at the convenience of the family. Viewing will be from 6 p.m. until time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent at www. matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome. com.
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Diane Marano, 67, of Harrisburg, entered into rest on Tuesday, November 18, in Harrisburg Hospital. She was born on January 19, 1946 in Coatesville and was the daughter of the late Edward Sr. and Olive Thompson Bell. She was a retired secretary of Rehoboth Shores, Delaware. She enjoyed cooking and fishing, but her greatest joy came from being with her grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Robert Marano and son Neal R. Blyler. She is survived by her daughter Tracy Blyler Moore and husband Jason of Harrisburg; grandchildren Ashley Anderson Blyler, Robert Flourence Blyler, Nathaniel Flourence Blyler, and Chase Moore; two brothers; one stepbrother; and four sisters. Graveside services for Diane will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, at Middletown Cemetery, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert officiating. 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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LD, other districts exploring new athletic conference
A smaller league could be launched in 2016; Middletown, Steelton-Highspire are not considering membership
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The Lower Dauphin Falcons are looking to spread their wings and start a new athletic conference. Dave Bitting, the school district’s athletic director, presented a preliminary proposal to the Lower Dauphin School Board on Monday, Nov. 18 to leave the Mid-Penn Conference and start another conference with other schools beginning in 2016. Bitting cited several reasons for wanting to explore a new conference, including a desire to maintain local rivalries, have a smaller conference and stabilize schedules. There are 32 schools in the Mid-Penn Conference, making it the largest athletic conference in the state. “It’s difficult to have a voice in the conference,” Bitting said. Superintendent Sherri Smith initially made the announcement about the possibility of forming a new athletic conference during a school board meeting on Monday, Nov. 4. Since then, the Palmyra Area School District and West Shore School District, which includes Red Land and Cedar Cliff high schools, have stepped forward to explore a new conference, Smith said. The Northern York County School Board planned to discuss the new conference on Tuesday, Nov. 19, according to Tuesday evening at its board
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budget and decided it could hold the line on taxes. The last time Royalton saw a tax hike was in 2007, when council voted to raise the real estate millage from 2.6 to 3.0 mills. The 3-mill tax rate included a 0.175-mill fire tax, said borough secretary Amy Burrell. Council members spent part of the workshop crunching numbers, hoping to find funds they could budget for a generator in the borough building. The borough has applied for grants to purchase a generator, but has been unsuccessful in securing funds for the project.
A 44-year-old man was beaten with a baseball bat by an unknown assailant at MoviE-town Cinema on North Hanover Street in Elizabethtown when he arranged to meet someone who was selling a television on Craigslist, police said. The victim was treated at a local hospital for injuries to his head and arm, police said.
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A generator would cost around $45,000 and site preparations would cost about $20,000, Burrell said. “We should budget for that [the site preparations] now, budget for the future,” said council member Carl Hrescak. Council decided to reallocate $2,000 – $1,000 each from park renovations and tree trimming – for site preparations for the generator. The proposed general fund budget is available for public inspection at the borough building until Tuesday, Dec. 3. Council is scheduled to adopt the 2014 budget that night.
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offer a suggestion or idea.” Bishop McDevitt, Trinity, Derry Twp., Susquehanna Twp., Camp Hill, Harrisburg and Central Dauphin are also not leaving the Mid-Penn Conference at this time. “We’re a proud member of the MidPenn (Conference),” Bishop McDevitt athletic director Tommy Mealy said. “The travel is perfect for us. We have a lot of good local rivals in the divisions (the school competes in).” Derry Twp. School District hasn’t ruled out the option to leave the Mid-Penn Conference, but the district has yet to be approached, said Dan Tredinnick, director of school and community information. But a discussion about leaving the Mid-Penn Conference could be brought up during the school board’s Athletics and Activities Committee meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 11, Tredinnick said. Smith said further discussions will occur through the remainder of the year. There will also be discussions about other issues Lower Dauphin is considering. School boards will vote on a commitment to leave the conference in January and will notify the Mid-Penn Conference of their decision in February, Bitting said.
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meeting, according to board secretary Melissa Barber. Nine districts with 10 schools were initially involved in talks of forming a new conference, Bitting said. Those schools are primarily Class AAA and AAAA, Bitting said. Lower Dauphin coaches are supportive of exploring other options, Bitting said. “We’re here for the kids first, and we have to look at what’s best for them,” he said. Other districts involved in talks will likely be coming forward in the next few weeks, Smith added. However, several districts say they are staying put, among them Middletown Area and Steelton-Highspire school districts. Middletown Area Superintendent Lori Suski said the district was initially involved in discussions, but will not be leaving the conference at this time. “After internal discussions among our administration, coaches and the Athletics Committee of the board, a decision was made to remain with the Mid-Penn Conference,” Suski said. Steel-High hasn’t been involved in any discussions, and has not been approached, Superintendent Ellen Castagneto said in an e-mail. “The district is pleased with the MidPenn conference,’’ she wrote. “There is little information at this point in which to form any opinion to even
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The victim, who was not identified by police, arranged to meet the television’s owner at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, police said. A young woman who called herself “Amanda’’ met him in the parking lot and asked if he had brought cash for the TV, police said. She led the victim to the side of the movie theater, where a silver sedan was parked, to complete the transaction. As the pair turned a corner of the building, an unknown male approached them with a bat and struck the victim in the head, knocking him to the ground, police said. The victim was able to get back on his feet and flee, police said. The woman is described as white, in her early to mid-20s, about 5-feet-5 and 110 to 120 pounds with long, dark hair and a stud nose piercing. The man wielding the bat is described as 5-feet-6 to 5-feet-7 and 150 pounds, race not yet known. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, police said. An investigation into the incident continues, police said.
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First Church of God
Middletown First Church of God, 245 W. High Bible Study; 6 p.m., Pasta and Prayer Street, Middletown, invites you to join Young Adult Bible Study; 6 to 8 p.m., us for worship at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Sunshiners meet weekly for a time this Sunday. Childcare is provided. of Christian fellowship, teaching and Sunday school for all ages begins at worship. They are a group which exists 9:15 a.m. Classes for special education to meet the spiritual needs of persons are also available. who are developmentally challenged. Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. classes Sun., Nov. 24: Harvest Home. We are available for Youth (grades 6-12), will collect nonperishable food items FROG Pond (kindergarten through 5th and paper products for the Middletown grade), Nursery (infants-age 3), and Food Pantry. Adult classes, which offer a variety Pies, pies, pies. Get your Thanksgivof Bible studies and electives. ing pies and support the Youth Winter Sundays: A Collective - Dinner is at Retreat at Doubling Gap. Pies will 5:15 p.m. and the gathering begins at be made the week of Thanksgiving, 6 p.m. Come and share with us. You and will be available for pickup in are not alone in your faith, your doubts Fellowship Hall on Wed., Nov. 27 and your desires. from noon to 6 p.m. Pies available are Wednesday Night Live: Supper at apple, pumpkin, and pecan. Sign up 5:30 p.m. and classes at 6:30 p.m. in the narthex/lobby or call the church Adult classes are: Adult Bible Study, office to order your pies. Thank you. Continuation of the Gospel of John; Latino Congregation: Betesda Bible Study, Book of Romans; Con- Casa de Misericordia, CGGC, 245 temporary Culture Class; Craft Class, W. High St., Middletown. Estudios “The Inklings” Book Club and “Rela- Biblicos Domingos, noon; Servicio tionship Sinkholes.” There are classes Evangelistico: Domingos, 1:30 p.m.; for Youth, 4th and 5th Grade, 1st, 2nd, Contactos: Ricardo and Jeanette Perez and 3rd Grade, Kindergarten, (4- and (717) 333-2184. 5-year-olds) babysitting for infants For additional information call the through 3 years old. Come join us. church office at 944-9608 or e-mail Thursdays: 8 a.m., Breakfast Club us at email@example.com.
Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown Middletown
We welcome you to Church School at 9:15 a.m. for all ages. On Nov. 24, the Adult Forum group provides you with a chance to ask our pastor, Don Potter, your questions on everything from theology to the hardest/easiest part of his job. Please join us with your questions prepared. Join us for Worship at 10:30 a.m. in our sanctuary when our children’s choir will be singing. We welcome you within our doors, so please feel free to join us. Nursery is available during the service, and there are also hearing devices for anyone wanting to use one, as well as Bible Listening Bags for children to utilize during the service. Plan to join others from the community as we offer our thanks to God for our blessings at a Thanksgiving worship service on Wed., Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at Seven Sorrows Catholic Church, 280 Race St., Middletown. A choir of area singers will present special music. Fr. Ted Keating, host
pastor, will preach and other area clergy will participate as well as lay leaders of B’nai Jacob Synagogue. A cash offering will be received for the Interfaith Human Needs Fund which helps those in need with rent and utility payment. And canned goods, paper products, and hygiene items will be received for the Interfaith Food Pantry. Our congregation is involved with helping the community. Opportunities are available to help provide holiday dinner for the needy through the Central PA Food Bank, as well as to provide Christmas gifts for local needy families. Please contact the church office if you are interested in partnering with us. The Parish Nurse is available by calling the church office at 717-9444322. For further information, see our website www.pcmdt.org, visit our Facebook page (www.facebook. com/Presbyterian Congregation), or call the office.
New Beginnings Church
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Nicole Altland, Macy Appleby, Dylan Bakaric, Austin Barnes, Madison Baumgardner, Dalton Brannen, Paige Burger, Megan Burghdorf, Austin DiPofi, Jordyn Dupes, Dane Ebersole, Chloe Erb, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Leilani Fulmer, Cayla Garman, Destiney Gutshall, Alexis Habbershon, Hailey Hockenberry, Benjamin Hursh, Jace Imler, Laura Lakey, Connor Leiby, Madalyne McGovern, Garrett Miller, Haven Miller, Jaden Miller, Vidhi Patel, Andrea Rivas, Camryn Russ, Marie Schopf, Anna Shank, Joseph Spear, Sara Starliper, Angelina Torres, Mason Trexler, Raymond Truntz, Deja Washington, Justin Wright, Justin Yohn and Noelle Zimmerman
Hayli Akakpo-Martin, Brian Carrera, Mason Garza, Kaitlyn Knaub, Benjamin Knisely, Aayushi Patel, Cole Senior, Aiden Sessa, Clayton Wagner, Valerie Wilmath, Lynnsey Woodley and Lexi Zimmer
David Alcock, Donovan Brady, Georgie Britcher, Aja Edwards, Kayla Finsterbush, Sarah Fluke, Madison Garber, Adrienne German, Jordina Hughes, Blake Jacoby, Morgan Kennedy, Alexcia Kolish, Zachary Kylor, Thomas Lee, Keely Lombardi, Shelby Luther, Ivianna Martnishn, Morgen Miller, Steven Mosher, Lauren Rastovac, Marissa Redline, Zachary Souders, Jacob Spear, Alayna Thomas, Kyle Truesdale and Gabriel Wisniewski
New Beginnings Church invites you to worship with us each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Nursery and children’s church provided. Our congregation meets at Riverside Chapel, 630 S. Union St., Middletown, next to the Rescue Hose Company. Sunday school for all ages is at 9 a.m. We are handicap accessible via ramp at the back door. For additional church information call 944-9595. Food is collected every Sunday for the Middletown Food Bank. Pastor Britt’s Bible Study is held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Bring your own issues and concerns to discuss how the Bible helps in everyday living; Followers of Faith Bible Study will resume later in the year after Pastor Britt’s Bible Study is finished. Craft Group is held Wednesdays at 6 p.m.; Intercessory Prayer group is held Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Youth Fellowship is held on Sundays from 5 to 7 p.m. Choir rehearsal will be held Sundays after worship. Our Sunday worship service is broadcast on the MAHS radio station WMSS 91.1 FM at 3 p.m. every Sunday afternoon. Listen on the radio or the Internet at www.pennlive.com/ wmss/audio. Check us out on our
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Iffat Ahmed. Cassidy Anderson, Johnicia Badgett, Halsey Batten, Ashlyn Beddow, Donald Bell, Ean Benner, Gillian Bias, Kaylee Bloom, Daniel Brenner, Taujanea Brewton, Courtney Brown, Cody Brunner, Jacob Buffington, Kira Cheatham, William Cleland, Nashawn Collier Jones, Zackery Dunlap, Cassandra Ebersole, Casandra Eckert, Luke Fegley, Caroline Gill, Madison Gipe, Conner Golden, Cole Grabuloff, Kiera Guckavan, Kayla Gutshall, Marissa Halterman, Collin Heffner, Jeremy Hippensteel, Camden Kell, Jaelynn Keller, Dylan Kelly, Timothy Kleinfelter, Jose Lopez-Quinones, Daniel Lugo, Zachary Malay, Natasha Manfred, Jaleena Marrero, Hunter Marshbank,
website at www.newbeginningschurchmiddletown.weebly.com. Anyone interested in Scrapbooking? If interested in being part of a group at New Beginnings call Barb Bogardus at 350-2746. Meals on Wheels volunteers for the week of Nov. 18-22 are Dana, Larae, Faith and Lizzie Rhine, Sharon and Sherm Edwards. Sat., Nov. 23: 2 p.m., Everyone is invited to an Advent Make and Take Day where you will make an Advent wreath to take home. Bring a dessert to share and enjoy the afternoon. Harvest Home Sunday is Nov. 24. Canned goods and turkeys from this collection will be given for Thanksgiving to help families in the Middletown area. The Angel Tree with names of children from the Interfaith Food Bank will be available starting Sun., Nov. 24. Acolytes for November: Faith and Larae Rhine. Church leader: Michelle Strohecker. Pastor Britt’s parting words each Sunday: “Nothing in this world is more important than the love of Jesus Christ.” We invite you to come and experience this love.
Geyers United Methodist Church Middletown
Geyers United Methodist Church, Londonderry Township invites you to worship with us each Sunday at 9 a.m. We offer a Nursery and Children’s Church at 9 a.m. each Sunday. Coffee Fellowship begins at 10 a.m. followed by Adult and Children’s Bible Study at 10:30 a.m. Sun., Nov. 24: 9 a.m., Worship service at Londonderry Fire Company instead of at the church. This special service will include a covenant prayer to bless emergency responders and their equipment. The public is welcome to join the congregation at the firehouse as we celebrate our community’s emergency responders. Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month. Prayer meetings are held every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. Nonperishable food items are collected for the Middletown Food Bank each Sunday. Campbell Soup labels, education box tops, printer ink cartridges and soda tabs are also collected weekly. The youth group, D.A.W.G.S. Alyssa Martz, Arionne Metzler, Han- (Dynamic and Wiggly God Seeknah Meyers, Lindsey Miles, Branden ers), is open to children ages 3 to 12 Miller-Rhoads, Miranda Molander, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. They meet most Alyssa ONeal, Alyssa Olson, Szekery Wednesdays. Children will be treated Panza, Tilak Patel, Jarrod Pugh, Leah to Christ-centered stories, crafts, Radic, Makenna Redline, Quincy games, singing and snacks. Families Reinnagel, Blake Remsburg, Aalyah may attend a free dinner each week Rodrigues-Aponte, Devin Rohrbaugh, prior to the D.A.W.G.S. Club at 6 p.m. Talia Scott, Courtney Shaffer, Jaelin in the lower level of the church. The Shephed-Fisher, Dalajsha Shickley, club will not meet on Wed., Nov. 27 Emma Skrinak, Robert Southard, during Thanksgiving week. The public Matthew Spangler, Caleb Springer, is welcome to get into the holiday spirit Angel Steckman, Jordyn Stewart, with us by coming to see our live Kendall Stiffler, Mason Stoltzfus, musical production of “Christmas in Autumn Stouffer, Kordell Thomson, Bethlehem Gulch” on Sat., Dec. 7. A Maxx Trexler, China Williams, Case dinner by donation will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by the play Woodley and Matthew Wynkoop at 7 p.m. The club will also be showing off their musical talents while caroling Grade 7 Tamia Abreu, Scott Ash, Ryan Ber- at Christmas Candylane in Hershey on stler, Nathan Brady, Kenneth Britcher Sun., Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. The D.A.W.G.S. III, Kashea Brown, Hunter205311A01 Buck, Club will perform on Sun., Dec. 15 Anna Buffington, Joshuah Burrows, at 9 a.m. during the regular church Marie Chambers, Nathan Check, Torin service and all are welcome to atDworchak, Edward Evans, Devon tend. D.A.W.G.S. Club is open to Finsterbush, Stephanie Finsterbush, the public. For more information, Alexis Fischer, Alexandria Fish, contact Kathy Menear at 930-4454 or Adriene Funck, Joseph Gusler, Alexis KarenKathy@comcast.net. Pastor Don will be leading a fiveHarmon, Ivan Henderson, Angela week course based on the book “A Hernandez, Terrance Jefferson, Sierra Kamara, Alexandria Kennedy, Morgan Different Kind of Christmas,” by Killen, Jocilyn Koser, Vincent Lackey, Mike Slaughter. This Advent season, Anthony LaVia, Ceajay Lawrence, the author challenges us to celebrate Edgar Lopez, Sherybeth Maldonado, a Christmas without commercialism, Alexis Manfred, Hunter Martnishn, hype, expense and exhaustion. The Ethan Miller, Shelby Miller, Aaliyah weekly one-hour study will begin Morales, Timothy Nevil, Adrianna Sun., Nov. 24 through Sun., Dec. 22 Ordaz, Ian Pirkey, Deron Ranck, at 3 p.m. The same study will be held Heaven Rivera, Michael Robinson, Collin Rullo, William Schroll, Jade Senior, Jaxson Senior, Carl Stevenson, William Stone, Quinten Szekeres, Jesse Van Eik, Re’Naye Waklatsi, Avery Williams, Hannah Wilsbach, Abigail Wisniewski, Noah Yeich and Sophia York
Lauren Bankes, Zoey Bright, Tyler Bryan, Douglass Carpenter, Khasai Cornish, Nicholas Cowan, Zachery Dailey, RayShawn Dickey, Brendan Douglass, Breanna Ebersole, Isabella Fegley, Shirley Freeman, Christopher Furlong, Deborah Gantz, Caitlyn Gingrich, Luke Golden, Owen Haederer, Autumn Helsel, Alexandra Hernandez, Ryan Hughes, Julia Johns, Amanda Kemler, Maryssa Kemmerling, Jared Knaub, Tre’Leach, Mitchell Lee, Lindsay Long, Elise Marroquin, Brittany McGlone, Daniel Mercado, Grayson Meyer, Tyler Miller, Jerrod Myers, Nathaniel Nelson, Makaila Nester, Jaydin Nies, Natanael Olivencia, Desia Perry, Matthew Schopf, Justin Shaffer, Kyle Shatto, Amir Simmons, Alasia Stevenson, Madison Sweigert, Myles Trexler and Zachary Zimmerman
Evangelical United Methodist Church
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on Monday mornings beginning Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. Please contact the church office to make reservations. Consider volunteering at Mission Central the fourth Tuesday of each month. Our next trip will be Tues., Nov. 26. We leave Geyers at 8:15 a.m. and return about noon. Please wear closed toe shoes. Contact Kathy Espenshade for more information. Make reservations to attend by calling the church office. Geyers annual “Cookies for Truckers and Travelers” project will take place on Sun., Dec. 8. Please place six to eight homemade cookies in a sandwich sized Ziplock bag and bring them to church with you. The cookies will be distributed at area rest stops by local ministries. Contact Kathy Espenshade for additional information. Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8) meet every Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Daisey Troop (grades 1-3) meet every Monday 6 to 7:30 p.m. Contact Lynn Goodling for Girl Scout information at 439-7932. Cub Scouts meet Thursday nights for first, second and fifth grade dens. Please contact Chris Coleman for Boy Scout information at 648-6036. Welcome Packets are available in the Narthex. Feel free to pick up a packet to learn more about Geyers United Methodist Church and our activities. Geyers is located 1605 S. Geyers Church Road, Middletown in Londonderry Township. Pastor Donald Walters and the church office can be reached at 944-6426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have come to praise God and to seek refuge in the love of God. We are the children of God, and as brothers and sisters, we rejoice before our heavenly Father. Reach out to God and to one another for all are welcomed in our Father’s house. Evangelical Church meets on the corner of Spruce and Water streets at 157 E. Water St., Middletown, south of Main St. behind the Turkey Hill convenience store. The ministries scheduled at Evangelical United Methodist Church from November 20-26 are always open to everyone. Wed., Nov. 20: 10 a.m., Bible Study; 6 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous Book Study Group; 6:30 p.m., Senior Choir rehearsal. Thurs., Nov. 21: 10:15 a.m., Senior Fellowship trip to Rainbow Dinner
Wesley United Methodist Church Middletown
November is “Count Your Blessings” month at Wesley. Blessing Boards are located in the Gathering Place and Sanctuary for people to post written testimonies of God’s Goodness and prayers of thanks for blessings received. We worship on Sunday morning at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Our Praise Band leads music at both services this Sunday. Their music is contemporary and upbeat. We encourage people to “come as you are” and join us in the Praise of God from whom all blessings flow. Thank Offering Sunday is Nov. 24. In celebration of God’s Blessings, we will be sharing mission stories associated with the life and ministry of Wesley Church. “Go and Tell” is our theme based on Matthew 28:16-20. Darlene Dawes will share a story about a Bolivian blessing during her mission trip to Cochambamba. She will also display a variety of items for sale that were made by the churchwomen of Bolivia. In addition, Ken Slippey will be recounting blessings shared while participating in a work camp
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Ebenezer United Methodist Church "Love God, Love People, Make Disciples"
890 Ebenezer Road, Middletown (Corner of 441 & Ebenezer Road)
Phone 939-0766 Sunday Worship: Traditional - 8:45 am • Contemporary - 10:45 am Christian Education (All Ages) - 10 am Christian Child Care - 985-1650
Pastor S. DAVID SIMON
New Beginnings Church at the Riverside Chapel
630 South Union St., Middletown
Sunday School - 9 am • Worship Service - 10:30 am
Pastor Britt Strohecker Everyone Is Welcome!
Open Door Bible Church
200 Nissley Drive, Middletown, PA (Located In Lower Swatara Township) Pastor JONATHAN E. TILLMAN
Phone 939-5180 Sunday School - 9:30 am • Morning Worship - 10:40 am Evening Worship - 6:30 pm
Evangelical United Methodist Church
Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown
REV. ROBERT GRAYBILL, Pastor
Church School - 9:15 am • Worship - 10:30 am
235 W. High St., Middletown
REV. KIMBERLY SHIFLER, Pastor
944-9608 Sunday School - 9:15 am • Worship Services - 8 & 10:30 am Classes for Special Education (Sunday Morning & Thursday Evening)
Union & Water Sts., Middletown • 944-4322
St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Spring & Union Sts., Middletown Church Office 944-4651
REV. DR. J. RICHARD ECKERT, Pastor
Saturday Worship With Spoken Liturgy - 5 pm Sunday Worship - 8:15 am & 11 am Sunday Church School - 9:45 am Worship Broadcast on 91.1 fm - 11 am
Geyers United Methodist Church
Wesley United Methodist Church
REV. JIM DAWES, Pastor
1605 South Geyers Church Road, Middletown
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rebuilding homes devastated by Hurricane Sandy in Maryland. And Pastor Dawes will highlight local mission stories from the Wesley Vision and Vitality Report. Our Threads of Hope Clothing Bank is open Nov. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. Free clothing in all sizes from infant to adult are available. Wesley has partnered with the Londonderry Lionettes to support their mission of helping individuals who are unable to afford eyeglasses. A container to receive donations of unused or unwanted eyeglasses has been placed in our Gathering Place. The Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service is on Wed., Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at Seven Sorrows Church, Middletown. Visit our website at middletownwesleyumc.org, contact us by e-mail at email@example.com, or call us at 944-6242. Wesley is located at the corner of Ann and Catherine Street in Middletown. Come and worship with us on Sunday mornings. “Follow Jesus, Change the World. Seek. Serve. Send.”
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Theatre; 5:30 p.m., Girl Scout Troop #10067 meeting; 7 p.m., Bible Study. Sun., Nov. 23: 9 a.m., Sunday Church school, with classes for all ages. Adult Sunday school devotional leader for November: June Martin; 10:15 a.m., worship service, 50+ year Member Recognition will be held. The worship center is handicap and wheelchair accessible. Greeters: Deb Weaver, Mary Ann Rowland, Nancy Heaton. Nursery Helpers: Deb Lidle, Joyce Moyer. The altar flowers are given in memory of all of our loved ones presented by Bob and Pearl Hoch. This week’s bulletins are sponsored in honor of the 50+ year members of our church. Tues., Nov. 26: 2 p.m., Prayer Shawl Ministry; 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Men’s dinner followed by decorating of the church for the Advent Season.
PASTOR DON WALTERS
Worship - 9 am - Followed by Coffee Fellowship Sunday School - 10:30 am
64 Ann Street, Middletown
Phone 944-6242 Sunday Worship - 8:30 and 10:30 am • Come as you are! Follow Jesus, Change the World.
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CORPORATE NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Articles of Incorporation were filed on October 23, 2013 with the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for the purpose of obtaining a Certificate of Incorporation of a proposed business corporation to be organized under the 1988 Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The name of the corporation is Latin Enterprises, Inc. The registered office is at 4418 Oakhurst Blvd., Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania 17110. The purpose of the corporation is: To conduct a licensed beer distributor business and all other lawful business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and elsewhere for which corporations may be incorporated under the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law. Steve C. Nicholas, Esquire Nicholas Law Offices, P.C. 2215 Forest Hills Drive, Suite 37 Harrisburg, PA 17112-1099 (717) 540-7746 11/20-1T #205 www.publicnoticepa.com
PUBLIC NOTICE The Highspire Borough Zoning Hearing Board will hold a public hearing at the Highspire Borough Municipal Building, located at 640 Eshelman Street on November 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Review of an application for a Zoning Variance submitted by Nicolas DiSanto regarding the property located in the 220 block of Lumber Street, also known as TXID #30032-003, Highspire, PA 17034. 1. The applicant is requesting relief from Chapter 27, Part 1503 (Flood Plain Areas) C 2 A; In SFAs and FAs, no new construction or development shall be located within the area measured fifty (50) feet landward from the top-of-bank of any watercourse. And any other relief that is requested related to the proposed use. Any interested parties are invited to attend or to contact the Borough Offices at 717-939-3303 for further information. Any person(s) requiring a special accommodation(s) that wish to attend or participate in the hearing should call the Borough Office, not less than three (3) working days prior to the meeting. The Borough will make every effort to provide a reasonable accommodation. Terence Watts Codes/Zoning Officer 11/13-2T #200 www.publicnoticepa.com
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NOTICE OF AUDIT LOWER SWATARA TOWNSHIP In accordance with section 1003 of the First Class Township Code, the following concise financial statements present the financial position of Lower Swatara Township at December 31, 2012 and the results of its operations for the year then ended. LOWER SWATARA TOWNSHIP CONCISE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR PUBLICATION CONCISE BALANCE SHEET - COMBINED FUNDS DECEMBER 31, 2012 ASSETS Cash Investments - at market value Accounts receivable: Taxes receivable Other Due from other funds Due from other governments Prepaid expenses Restricted assets: Cash Property and equipment - net-at cost Unamortized bond issuance costs Total assets LIABILITIES AND FUND EQUITY LIABILITIES Payables Accrued expenses Current portion of long term debt Due to other funds Due to other governments Due to Municipal Authority of Lower Swatara Township Funds held in trust Escrow funds payable General obligation bond payable Accumulated compensated absences Payroll deductions and withholdings Deferred revenue Total liabilities FUND BALANCES Invested in capital assets - net of related debt Reserve for pension and employee benefits Restricted Appropriated Unappropriated Total fund equity Total liabilities and fund equity
473,745 518,798 11,659 455,255 105,878 233,312 14,146,109 825,591 $ 33,130,957
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LOWER SWATARA TOWNSHIP CONCISE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR PUBLICATION CONCISE STATEMENT OF REVENUE, EXPENDITURES ¢ANDINDUSTRIAL CHANGES IN FUND EQUITY - COMBINED FUNDS YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2012
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529,700 108,887 235,000 11,659 5,418 342,217 17,571 115,029 7,221,818 21,745 12,334 165,862 8,787,240
7,513,095 11,188,812 2,512,074 420,000 2,709,736 24,343,717 $ 33,130,957
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Eluded from the above is the following related to the Township's general fixed assets and net debt as of December 31, 2012. General fixed assets, net, at cost G.O. bond/note payable Capitalized leases payable Accumulated compensated absences and vacation payable
EXPENDITURES General government Police protection Fire protection Building, regulation and planning Emergency management General health services Sanitation and sewer Highways, roads and streets Business technology Parks and recreation Debt service Other Depreciation and amortization Pension benefits paid Total expenditures Excess revenues over expenditures before other financing sources (uses) OTHER FINANCING SOURCES Excess revenues over expenditures FUND EQUITY, BEGINNING OF YEAR FUND EQUITY, END OF YEAR
2,239,777 1,701,083 628,583 51,667 9,648 1,291,109 1,661,146 2,173,522 401,373 10,157,908 571,382 1,810,993 371,913 362,491 2,253 18,543 1,814,128 1,409,950 51,559 144,510 736,060 17,952 -543,986 7,855,720 2,302,188
11,951 2,314,139 22,029,578 24,343,717
The complete financial statements, together with the audit opinion of the independent certified public accountant, have been filed with the Prothonotary of the Court of Dauphin County and are on file at the Township’s office. 11/20-1T #207 www.publicnoticepa.com
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Officials from Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church perform an act of devotion, kneeling before the International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
Devotees flock to Seven Sorrows to glimpse world-famous statue By Daniel Walmer Press And Journal Staff
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Hundreds of Catholic devotees packed the large sanctuary of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Middletown on Saturday, Nov. 16 for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the chance to glimpse a world-famous statue that allegedly works miracles. Officers from the Diocese of Harrisburg’s chapter of the Catholic fraternal organization Knights of Columbus stood out among the crowd, leading the procession of the International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima with tuxedos, bright purple and red robes, distinctive feathery hats and glistening swords. “We’re standing guard throughout the night, praying for the message of Fatima,” said Jeff Lupinacci of the Seven Sorrows parish chapter of the Knights of Columbus, whose members carried the statue into the sanctuary in its wooden display box. Worshipers from surrounding communities flocked to Middletown to see the 40-pound, painted mahogany statue, crafted
by Portuguese artist José Thedim in 1947 and based on eyewitness reports of a reappearing apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Lee Ulrich of Harrisburg decided to take the trip to Middletown because her sister Karen had a feeling they should attend. “It’s something drawing us here – we don’t know what,” Ulrich said. “We always pray to Our Lady of Fatima.” After parishioners carried the statue down the sanctuary’s center aisle and ceremonially crowned it, the church held a Mass highlighted by statue ambassador Carl Malburg’s exposition of the Fatima message, which emphasizes the importance of peace, repentance from sin and acts of religious devotion. The church held two additional celebrations of Mass and a recitation of the Holy Rosary on Sunday, Nov. 17. Seven Sorrows school students were given a time of devotion with the statue on Monday, Nov. 18, conclud-
Members of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish chapter of the Knights of Columbus carry the International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima into the church’s sanctuary. ing its stay in Middletown. At the services, attendees could obtain pictures of the statue and books and pamphlets about the Fatima message. “At each visit, in dioceses and parishes, that statue is the occasion for a renewal of consecration to Her Immaculate Heart as the statue is crowned in recognition
of Her Queenship,” one pamphlet explains. A push by the Seven Sorrows Council of Catholic Women was the catalyst to bring the statue to the Harrisburg diocese, and Malburg felt the enthusiasm in Middletown. “This parish has kind of gone all out, done it all and more besides,” Malburg said. “We’re very happy here.”
PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given, the Borough Council of the Borough of Royalton, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania will, at its regularly scheduled meeting to be held December 3, 2013 beginning at 7 p.m., prevailing time, or at such rescheduled or subsequent meeting as may be necessary, not fewer than seven, nor more than sixty days from publication hereof, consider and take action upon the proposed ordinance following this notice. The meeting will be held at the Royalton Borough Hall, 101 Northumberland Street, Royalton, PA. BOROUGH OF ROYALTON DAUPHIN COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA ORDINANCE NO. 226 AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF ROYALTON, DAUPHIN COUNTY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, FIXING THE TAX RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR, 2014. BE IT ORDAINED AND ENACTED AND IT IS HEREBY ORDAINED AND ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF ROYALTON, COUNTY OF DAUPHIN, PENNSYLVANIA: THAT A TAX BE AND THE SAME IS HEREBY LEVIED ON ALL PROPERTY WITHIN THE SAID MUNICIPALITY SUBJECT TO TAXATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR, 2014, AS FOLLOWS: TAX RATE FOR GENERAL PURPOSES, THE SUM OF 2.825 MILS ON EACH DOLLAR OF ASSESSED VALUATION TAX RATE FOR PARTIAL FUNDING OF FIRE APPARATUS, THE SUM OF 0.175 MIL ON EACH DOLLAR OF ASSESSED VALUATION. THE SAME BEING SUMMARIZED AS FOLLOWS: TOTAL TAX RATE FOR ALL BOROUGH PURPOSES - 3.000 MILS. THAT ANY ORDINANCE OR PART OF AN ORDINANCE CONFLICTING WITH THIS ORDINANCE BE AND THE SAME IS HEREBY REPEALED INSOFAR AS THE SAME AFFECTS THIS ORDINANCE. 11/20-1T #206 www.publicnoticepa.com
Members of the Harrisburg Diocese chapter of the Knights of Columbus join church officials in leading the International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima into the church.
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From The Wednesday, November 21, 1990 Edition Of The Press And Journal M-town School Board Braves Complaints From Taxpayers Although budget talks were over a few months ago, Middletown Area School Board members heard complaints from area residents recently that centered on the issue of the real estate tax. Deanna Messimer, a recent first-time homeowner, expressed concern about the possibility of the millage rate continually increasing every year. She claimed, like many others who have addressed this issue before her, that she is on an income that is not rising as fast as expenses. “People told me to buy a house because you won’t have your rent raised every year, but my taxes keep going up,” said Messimer. “I’m not winning. Isn’t there any way we can win?” “If the funding stays the same from the state, Local taxes will have to increase,” replied Director Dr. Samuel Selcher. “Hopefully the governor will start taking a good look at education and support it the way it should be.” Lower Swatara resident Carmen Barletta suggested that School Board members take a closer look at what can be cut from the budget and only spend money on what is needed. “Maybe that pencil isn’t sharp enough,” he said. “Maybe we ought to look closer and live within that balance.” Barletta suggested that some of the programs, such as K-4, be paid by the people who use them, instead of making all taxpayers support a program that is not mandated by the state. State Awards Funding For Nuclear Mishap Planning Lieutenant Governor Mark S. Singel announced recently that Dauphin and Lancaster counties are among 27 counties slated to receive funding for the development and upgrading of plans and procedures for nuclear power plant
accidents within the Commonwealth. The checks, totaling $425,000, were issued October 24. Under the arrangement, Dauphin County will receive $36,565 for the 1990-91 fiscal year and Lancaster County will receive $28,628. Accroding to Singel, the funds represent an annual allocation authorized under the Radiation Protection Act and approved by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council. Singel is chairman of the Council. “The law provides for supplemental funding from the four nuclear based utilities to assist counties, municipalities and local emergency service agencies involved in radiological emergency response activities,” Singel said. “The purpose of these funds is to provide financial assistance to local governments and agencies which have additional expenses due to regulatory requirements based on their proximity to nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania. These are public safety funds, which go to the heart of local preparedness. The release of these checks is very important.” Singel explained that the funds may be used to help offset the costs of federally required emergency preparedness measures, including communications, evacuation planning, traffic control, and other emergency response related measures. Funds are assessed from the nuclear utilities and distributed annually in two separate payments. The distribution of funds is based on an eligibility formula approved in 1985 by the Independent Regualtory Review Commission and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Sparse Crowd Offers Insight On District’s Building Plan The first of two public meetings on the Elizabethtown Area School District’s proposed $27.6 million construction/renovation plan drew scant attention from residents in the District. Only about 30 area taxpayers attended Monday night’s public
meeting. In fact, school officials in attendance almost outnumbered area residents in the 1,103-seat auditorium at the high school. The District is considering renovations of or additions to the high school, middle school and elementary schools. Board members contend this project is badly needed in order to meet the changing needs of education in the ’90s and to allow room for the influx of new students to the area. Elizabethtown School Board members voted for the public meetings to give area residents a chance to ask questions and vent their feelings about the plans outlined in the District’s Nov. 9 community newsletter. In the newsletter, two plans for the middle school/high school complex were outlined. Plan A calls for renovations of the existing complex for an estimated total cost between $22 million and $24.6 million. Plan B encompasses construction of a new middle school and renovations to the existing complex into one continuous high school campus for $28 million to $29.9 million. The estimated tax increase on area residents if the Board chooses Plan A is 10.5 to 11.8 mills over the next five years. Plan B would add another 13.5 to 14.2 mills to the current 50.5 real estate tax rate in the same period. Prices From 23 Years Ago In-Shell Walnuts................. $1.39/lb. Cape Cod Popcorn 4 oz. bag.......99¢ Kraft Spreadery 10.5 oz. cont.....99¢ Keebler Ripplins 6.5 oz. bag....$1.09 Round Hill Honey Cured Turkey Ham.................... $2.49/lb. Eagle Peanuts 12 oz. can..........$1.99 Farm Rich Egg Nog 32 oz......................$1.47 Red Emperor Grapes............. 66¢/lb. Finast Flour 5-lb. bag..................75¢ Royal Prince Yams 15 oz............76¢ Pepperidge Farms Snack Sticks 7 oz..................$1.19 King Syrup 32 oz.....................$1.79 Alpine Lace American Cheese............ $2.99/lb.
Rep. Kim to introduce bill to increase minimum wage
By Jim Lewis
Press And Journal Staff
State Rep. Patty Kim said she will introduce a bill in the state Legislature next year that would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 in two years. Kim, a freshman Democrat who represents Highspire, Steelton, Harrisburg and a part of Swatara Twp., announced her bill at a news conference on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the YWCA in Harrisburg. The current minimum wage “simply does not provide a livable wage,’’ particularly to single mothers trying to make a living, Kim said. A single mother with two children who works 40 hours a week earns $15,080 a year – $4,500 below the poverty line, which is $19,530 for a household of three, Kim said. Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would boost the earnings of a full-time worker by more than $5,900 to $21,008, which would be enough to move a family of three out of poverty. “As the economy continues to sputter, many people, especially single mothers, are struggling to pay bills, put food on their tables and provide for their families,” she said. “Salaries are stagnant while inflation has driven up the cost of just about everything we buy. The time has come to give workers a raise.” One opponent of Kim’s proposed bill, the Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, said some workers would lose their jobs if the state raises the minimum wage now, during a time when the economy still is struggling and ObamaCare is about to be implemented. A majority of businesses that would pay the increased wage would be small businesses. “While minimum wage proponents are correct in their assertion that increasing the minimum wage will mean
Mayor Tom Acri Wins re-election
Three incumbents, one newcomer win elections By Noelle Barrett
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Two incumbents and one newcomer will take seats on Steelton Borough Council in 2014, according to unofficial results of the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Council members Jeffery Wright and Maria Marcinko will remain on council, while Brian Proctor will replace Raymond Spencer, who did not seek re-election. Incumbent Mayor Tom Acri was also re-elected, defeating challenger Jason Bryant. Acri received 550 votes, nearly 200 more votes than Bryant, who received 367 votes. Acri had overwhelming support from First Ward voters, securing 173 votes to Bryant’s 33 votes. He also received the most votes in both Second Ward precincts and the Third Ward’s first precinct. Bryant had a slight edge over Acri in the Fourth Ward and Third Ward’s second precinct. “I’m happy with the results,” Acri said. “Now we can continue on, and put away all of the bad times we’ve had in the last couple of months and move forward with business.” While Acri doesn’t have a vote in what council decides, he said he still has a say in what happens and will continue to voice his opinion. In the council race, Marcinko, who appeared on both the Democratic and Republican ballots, received the most votes – 737. Wright received 443 votes and firsttime candidate Proctor received 544 votes. They defeated two other candidates: Former council member Dennis Heefner received 326 votes, while William Jones received 375. The winning candidates said the results of the election speak for themselves. “I think it’s obvious that the people
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wage and make working families a priority,” Dermody said. “It’s a sound government policy that a number of other states already have done, including five other states in 2013 alone. We want to see Pennsylvania join their ranks in 2014.” Hanna condemned corporate tax breaks allowed to continue under Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration, contending that raising the minimum wage would actually create jobs. “Raising the minimum wage puts more money in the pockets of working families when they need it most, boosting their spending power and our economy,” Hanna said. Jim Lewis: 717-944-4628, or email@example.com
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of Steelton liked the ‘diversity team,’” which is how the winners billed themself, Marcinko said. Marcinko, who was re-elected for a second term, believes the residents are happy with the current council’s performance. “My philosophy is the people of Steelton have spoken,” she said. “They like what we are doing. They are allowing us to continue the work that we are doing.” Wright, who has served on council 16 years, said he was proud of the campaign he ran. “I’m very excited with the results,” he said. “I think the team that won was an honest and fair team, that is devoted to the Borough of Steelton and very committed to keeping the dream of revitalization and development going.”
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Proctor agrees that the constituents want the incumbents to continue representing Steelton. “I just think they [the voters] believed in the incumbents,” Proctor said. “I think they understand that their job isn’t finished.” For Proctor, running for political office for the first time left him “excited and a little nervous to serve the people of Steelton,’’ he said. “I’m glad I get to share this with family and friends. It was a tough five or six months.” Like the others who were elected, Proctor vowed to be open with the residents. “I don’t want to promise anything that I can’t give them,” he said. Bryant and Heefner did not return calls requesting comment. Jones declined to comment on the election results.
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State Rep. Patty Kim, D-103rd District, announces that she will introduce a bill in the state House of Representatives that would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 as House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, to her left, and women who support the proposed bill listen during a press conference at the YWCA of Harrisburg. that some people receive a raise, the reality is that others will lose their job or see their hours reduced, and some low-skilled workers will lose out on the opportunity to get their foot in the door,’’ said Gene Barr, president of the chamber, in a statement released by the chamber. The last time the minimum wage was increased, from $5.15 to $7.15 an hour in 2008, a number of small businesses froze hiring, laid off employees and raised prices, Barr said. Kim was joined at her press conference state House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, and House Democratic Whip Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre counties, who both defended a proposed increase. “We need to increase the minimum
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The new school would be built on the current campus in Lower Swatara Twp. between the current high school and Reid Elementary School in an area currently occupied by football and soccer fields, according to plans. The district authorized the construction of replacement fields in March. The old school would be demolished and the space used for athletic fields and separated bus and parent drop-off loops with parking, according to plans. The goal is to begin construction next spring and open the new school in fall of 2016, according to Straub. First, there will be a three- or fourmonth period of finalizing details of the project. The district has set a maximum overall project cost of $40.3 million and a maximum building construction cost of $34.8 million. The project would likely be funded through a general
obligation bond issue, according to financial advisor Ken Phillips of RBC Capital Markets. The school board’s goal is to build the school with no impact on real-estate taxes, which could be accomplished – assuming interest rates remain low – by delaying payment on the debt principal until the district’s current debt is fully repaid in 2023, Phillips said. Some doubted that a new school could be built without a tax increase. “I know you’re saying there’s not going to be a tax increase, but I’m skeptical,” said resident Jack Still, who believes it is “the wrong time” to build a new high school. Even if property taxes aren’t raised, the current rate of 21.81 mills –or $2,181 in taxes for a property owner with a home assessed at $100,000 – is difficult for current and future generations to pay, Still said. “The typical cry of the school district is, ‘It’s for the kids,’” he said. “I don’t
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Catch our video of the meeting on our website at www.pressandjournal.com think the school kids are going to be able to pay for this.” Resident Mike Bowman agreed, advocating for renovating the current school building instead. District representatives, however, said it would be costlier to renovate the current structure than to build a new facility. “Literally, the building is decaying… it’s just the age of the building,” said William Meiser, the district’s director of operations. “We did look at many options, but in the end the new building was more cost-effective.” Other residents advocated for a new school, arguing that the current school does not satisfy requirements of a professional work environment and provide adequately for children with special needs. District resident Spencer Bevins raised the example of the current building’s lack of air conditioning. “I’m tired of hearing about kids and professionals operating in areas that private industry would not tolerate,” Bevins said. “Classroom temperatures over 100 degrees are not tolerable in this day and age.” Both Bevins and Middletown mayorelect James Curry expressed concern that the current school, now 51 years old, already has to be demolished, and hoped the district is constructing the new building for maximum durability. “If we need a new one now, that’s understandable,” Curry said. “[But] I just don’t think we should have a timetable where every 40 years we’re tearing down – especially in a small community like this.” District representatives said longrange planning is their goal – they plan for quality construction, room for expansion and operational cost-saving measures like energy-efficient heating and low-flow toilets. Designs for the proposed school also include a variety of security measures, including a secure entrance area, a meeting room separate from the main building and the ability to lock down portions of the school, such as classroom wings, while other parts of the building are being used by the public, according to Straub. Resident Lori Yeich, who has three children who attend district schools, thanked the district for focusing on security. “With all the shootings that are going on, it’s a parent’s nightmare,” Yeich said.
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A committee of the Middletown Area Historical Society has decorated this donated hemlock at the corner of South Union and Ann streets.
Comittee brings Christmas, Santa Claus to Middletown
Santa Claus is coming to Middletown – even though his visits will look a little different than previous years. The Middletown Area Historical Society has announced plans to host Christmas events at the Ferry House grounds at the corner of Ann and Union streets, and will hold a tree lighting ceremony on the grounds on Saturday, Nov. 30. Santa will also be visiting the Elks Theatre at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, preceding a viewing of the Jim Carrey movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.’’ The borough won’t be displaying its decorations at Hoffer Park this year due to an ongoing labor dispute, but the Society has found a way to bring the sights of Christmas to Middletown thanks to a donation of lights from Lowe’s that mayorelect James Curry obtained. “We have worked very hard, including our newly elected mayor, to get donations, including lights and so forth, because we had nothing when we started,” said society representative Jenny Miller. ’The centerpiece of the decorations – a hemlock Christmas tree from Potter County – was donated by Shull’s Tree Service. “It should light up the area,”
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despite acting work and a life partner, he was “really, really unhappy,’’ he said. “It was an odd thing,’’ he told the crowd. “I was deeply, deeply unsatisfied, and I couldn’t figure out why.’’ It wasn’t until he focused on “what’s important’’ to him that Wilson has found happiness, he said – and he urged the crowd to do the same. “It’s a really important thing to look at because life is so precious,’’ Wilson said. “Trust me – material wealth does not bring happiness.’’
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Miller said. “Our committee can’t say thank you enough to everyone who did support our efforts with a donation.”
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Investigating a crime scene is a tedious process, but for Highspire police officers, just trying to get essential equipment to a crime scene poses its own set of challenges. But not anymore for the borough’s police force, thanks to Lakeside Auto Sales on West Harrisburg Pike. The local business donated a 1999 Ford Expedition to the department’s fleet of vehicles. The SUV will be used as a crime scene vehicle, as well as for traffic and commercial control, said Highspire police Sgt. Mark Stonbraker. Stonbraker said the vehicle is larger than the department’s cruisers and will make it easier to transport all of the necessary investigative equipment as well as allowing officers to arrive at a crime scene sooner. The used vehicle has a new transmission and four-wheel drive, which will be beneficial in the winter, said Stonbraker. While the vehicle is donated, the borough will incur minimal costs,
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Wilson fielded questions about his 2010 movie “Super,’’ in which he played a man with a superhero alterego, though not the superhero skills. The movie “has a really beautiful heart,’’ he told the crowd. “I love my acting in it and I love the film itself. I think it’s perfect.’’ He urged students and staff to find a way to share the goodness of life with others. “Ultimately, it’s got to get down to action in your community,’’ he told the crowd. “Making that a better place is what it is all about.’’ Jim Lewis: 717-944-4628, or email@example.com
Donations to aid Highspire cops and fire police By Noelle Barrett
“I just want to go in and get the feel for how things are and then go from there,’’ he said. In the First Ward, council member Randy Cain, who was chosen by council to fill the unexpired term of Teddy Biesecker after Biesecker’s death in August, appears to have won a two-year term. Cain, who received 14 votes, said he will accept the seat on council once the results are made official. Dauphin County will validate election results on Wednesday, Nov. 27, according to Jerry Feaser, director of the county’s elections bureau. “I’m liking it [on council],’’ Cain said. “My priorities are to learn as much as I can and to know where the money is being spent.’’ In the Steelton-Highspire School District, former school board president and athletic director Sam Petrovich won a seat on the board, according to unofficial results. Petrovich received 106 write-in votes, enough for the fourth open seat on the board. “It makes you feel good that you get votes like that on a late decision,’’ Petrovich said. Petrovich served as athletic director in 2011 before retiring in June. He previously had served on the school board. “I just thought I needed to get involved again,’’ he said. “I felt I could be an asset.’’ One of Petrovich’s goals: Get more parents involved. He also wants to contribute to forging the district’s budget and controlling spending. In Middletown, Democrat Victoria Malone appears to have won a seat on Borough Council representing the Third Ward by three votes over Republican Marcia Cleland. Malone received an additional vote from a provisional ballot cast in the election, according to unofficial results.
including insuring the vehicle and adding decals, said John McHale, borough manager and police chief. Police installed a spare light board, radio and other equipment the department already had on hand, McHale said. Another act of good will toward the borough will add to public safety in Highspire. Steelton recently donated a 1982 Ford Ambulance to the Highspire Fire Company to use as a crime scene vehicle for the fire police. The fire company will incur the maintenance costs for the vehicle, McHale said. “It was our police department’s crime van, which has generators and lights for anything big that would happen,” Steelton borough manager Sara Gellatly said. “We knew Highspire needed one.” Steelton will be receiving another ambulance donated by the borough’s emergency services provider, Life Team, Gellatly said. Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, all regular Penn Waste trash and recycling collections will be delayed one day. Thursday customers will be collected on Friday. Friday customers will be collected on Saturday. All collections on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be picked up on the regularly-scheduled day. For specific information by municipality, readers may www.pennwaste.com. •••••
Memorial tree service
Coble-Reber Funeral Home, 208 N. Union St., Middletown, invites you to participate in a Memorial Tree Service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 29 to 717-944-7413. •••••
Hummelstown Fire Company 249 E. Main St., will hold a turkey smoker on Friday, Nov. 22. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; food and entertainment is scheduled from 8 p.m. to midnight. Participants must be 21 years old and have photo ID. •••••
Holiday Magic Craft Show
A Holiday Magic Craft Show will be held at Central Dauphin East High School, 626 Rutherford Rd., Harrisburg, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.
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The Lower Dauphin field hockey team has had its share of success over the years. Last season, LD won its fifth state title. But going into the PIAA Class AAA state championship game again this season, the Falcons wanted to make history – and they did. Lower Dauphin defeated Emmaus, 2-1, on Saturday, Nov. 16 in Whitehall to claim back-to-back state titles for the first time in school history. “It’s still so surreal,’’ LD senior Maggie Mostoller said after the victory. “I think this time last year we all called out to each other and we were like, ‘This is one of the best moments of our lives’ and ‘We’re going to remember this forever.’ “To do it again, and have it happen twice, is just the coolest thing.” Emmaus had 10 state championships under its belt, and won its 25th con-
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Lower Dauphin defenders Kalob Ware, (36) and Ryan Lilliock squash Exeter Twp. quarterback Chase Yocum for a sack. The Falcon defense recorded its sixth shutout of the season in LD’s 28-0 win over the Eagles in the District 3 Class AAAA quarterfinal game.
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“Like a machine.” That phrase was first uttered by Lower Dauphin’s seniors when the group met at the team’s goal-building retreat last May. They wanted the 2013 version of their football team to execute like a machine; to be precise, consistent and dominant. It summed up the Falcons’ performance in their District 3 Class AAAA playoff game against Exeter Twp. on Friday, Nov. 15. Lower Dauphin blanked Exeter 28-0 in the quarterfinal matchup, propelling the Falcons (11-1) into a semifinal showdown with defending District 3 champion Wilson (12-0) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22 in West Lawn. Lower Dauphin Coach Rob Klock said he expects “an old-fashioned smash-mouth football game.’’ “We are very excited to be here,” said Lower Dauphin Coach Rob Klock. “Wilson is a physical football team. They vary their defensive fronts on almost every play and we will need to prepare for several different looks.’’
Against Exeter, Lower Dauphin, the tournament’s No. 4 seed, racked up 390 yards on offense, scored touchdowns on its first four possessions and punted just once. On the game’s final drive, everyone in attendance at Milton Hershey’s Henry Hershey Field knew the Falcons were going to run the football. They did it anyway, overpowering Exeter’s defense and erasing the final 10:01. “Our offense really stepped up and ran our scheme very methodically,” said Klock. “The kids executed the game plan and did not commit any penalties or turn the ball over. I think it’s frustrating for defenses to know what we are doing and not be able to stop it. “The fact that we were able to throw the ball with success also helped because their defensive backs had to honor the possibility that we were going to throw a play action pass,” he said. As has become the norm this season, the Falcon defense set the tone early by forcing Exeter to go three-and-out on the game’s opening possession. When LD’s offense took over, it needed just seven plays to reach pay dirt. Please See FALCONS, Page B3
Lower Dauphin wide receiver Jake Shellenberger, above, hauls in a long pass behind the Exeter secondary. Shellenberger caught two passes for 100 yards, including a grab for a touchdown.
“We want to win this game’’
Rollers rally to rout Fairfield, 53-6, after halftime pep talk By Daniel Walmer Press And Journal Staff
Boos rained down from SteeltonHighspire fans as their top-seeded Rollers took just a 7-6 lead over Fairfield into halftime of a PIAA Class A District 3 playoff game at Cottage Hill on Friday, Nov. 15. The players felt the same frustration, and took it out on each other in the locker room during the intermission. “At halftime, we came in and we were arguing among ourselves, but we just brought it together, saying, ‘We want to win this game,’ ” said quarterback James Warren. Boy, did they ever bring it together. Sparked by an early third quarter 79-yard touchdown run by Warren and four Fairfield fumbles, the Rollers outscored the Knights 46-0 in the second half to secure the 53-6 victory in the district semifinal. Steelton-Highspire (10-1) faces York Catholic (8-3) in the district championship at noon on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Hersheypark Stadium. York Catholic eliminated Upper Dauphin, 35-14 to reach the finals. Given the way his team had responded to challenges all season, Roller Coach Tom Hailey wasn’t surprised by the Rollers’ second-half eruption. “When they’re faced with adversity, they hang together and they don’t give up,” Hailey said. A series of first-half Roller mishaps began on Steel-High’s first offensive play of the game. A snap flew over the head of quarterback Keegan Shay, who started because Warren was limited to defense and special teams in the
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Steelton-Highspire players celebrate their 53-6 victory over Fairfield in a District 3 semifinal game at Cottage Hill. first half for an unspecified team rules violation. The Rollers recovered the fumble but lost 11 yards on the play, and were forced to punt after a three-and-out. The Steel-High defense went to work, forcing a Fairfield punt, and Warren quickly found a way to contribute on special teams. After catching the punt at the Steel-High 49-yard line, Warren weaved back and forth across the field, breaking tackles en route to a 51-yard
touchdown return. A Jorge Caraballo extra point gave the Rollers a 7-0 lead with 6:31 remaining in the first quarter. The Knights (6-5) responded with an effective drive, moving the ball from their own 27-yard line to the Steel-High 39-yard line, but Caraballo picked off a pass by Fairfield quarterback Dalton Carbaugh to end the threat. The Rollers marched down the field and appeared poised to increase their
lead early in the second quarter, but the Knights staged a goal line stand that ended in a missed field goal by Caraballo. The Steel-High defense, which dominated the Knights throughout the game, quickly forced a three-and-out, but Shay fumbled a snap on the ensuing possession, and this time the fumble was recovered by Fairfield. Please See ROLLERS, Page B3
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secutive district title this year. “They have an amazing tradition,” Kreiser observed. But that didn’t phase the Falcons. Lower Dauphin led the championship game throughout the entire contest. “I couldn’t picture us losing. I just felt so confident,” said LD senior Taylor Lister. “Our team has the most heart out of any team I’ve ever been on, and I think that just helped us so much.” The Falcons first scored on a goal from Lister on a breakaway on the right side of the circle. The ball hit the goalpost and landed in the Emmaus cage with 10:55 left in the first half. From there, Lower Dauphin had six penalty corners in the next nine minutes, but was unable to connect
with the cage. But with 58 seconds left in the first half, LD’s Aliza Mizak scored a goal on a pass from junior Gini Bramley, giving the Falcons a 2-0 lead at halftime. The Falcons kept the momentum going, although they weren’t able to post any more points. The Green Hornets had few opportunities to score, or even to make moves. The Falcons out-shot Emmaus, 10-4, and dominated in penalty corners, 12. A glimmer of hope came for Emmaus with just 36 seconds left in the game: A goal in the upper corner of the net by Krissy Mikelson. But it was too late for the Hornets. The clock quickly wound down, as Falcon fans and players waited in anticipation. “It didn’t really sink in for me at first,”
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said Falcon player Madison O’Neill. “It was after, like, the final 10 seconds, and just watching everybody getting ready to storm the field – that’s when it really sank in.” In 2007, Emmaus defeated Lower Dauphin, 1-0 in the state semifinals, the closest the Falcons came to backto-back state titles before this season. Emmaus went on to win the state title that year. “I just have so much respect for Emmaus,’’ said Lower Dauphin Coach Linda Kreiser. “I know what a dominant team they are ... They’re very powerful and so quick on transitions. For me, it was really exciting to see this game. This was like a game of two outstanding programs.” The Falcons had their eye on the prize from the start of this season.
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“This was our goal from the beginning, that we were going to come out with the state championship twice,’’ said LD player Devyn Berry. “It was our hard work that paid off. It feels amazing.” Kreiser has coached all six Lower Dauphin teams that have won state titles. Falcon players credited her for their success this year. “Our coach (Kreiser) has the most impact on us,” said LD player Anna Smuda. “She has the most experience
out of any person I know, and she sees our talent and what will work and what won’t work.” For LD’s seniors, the championship also marked the final time they played for their school. More than the wins, the players said they are going to miss their Falcon family. “This is our family, our sisters,” Barry said. “We just had our banquet (Friday), and it was really emotional. This is it. It’s finally kicking in that it’s our last time playing for Lower
Dauphin field hockey.” Kreiser is already looking ahead to next season, but admits it’s hard to see the seniors leave the program. “They were outstanding players and leaders for our team,” Kreiser said. “When you played the very last day of the season, you’ve gone as far as you could. So you’re just really happy that you made it, and winning it is just icing on the cake.” Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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On second-and-5 from the Eagles’ 20-yard line, quarterback Troy Spencer rolled to his right and lobbed his pass over an Exeter defensive back and into the arms of a sliding Adam Zeiders for a touchdown. The throw was impressive, and the receiver made a great play, securing the ball and staying in bounds to put LD on the board first. Joe Julius’ extra point made it 7-0 with 7:26 left in the first quarter. The Falcons picked up right where they left off on their next drive. This time they burned 5:40 on 11 plays and put together a will-imposing 95-yard march that culminated with Spencer scampering off left end for 20 yards and a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. Before Exeter’s defense knew what hit it, Lower Dauphin had the ball back again in the second quarter. Spencer began the possession with a 20-yard run before taking to the air and finding wideout Jake Shellenberger for a 29yard gain a few plays later. Spencer finished off the eight-play drive by rushing off left end for 7 yards and his second touchdown of the night. Julius’ PAT made it 21-0 with 5:37 left before halftime. Even when the Eagles appeared to get something going late in the first half, the Falcon defense stiffened and turned them back. Exeter put together a nice 10-play drive of its own in the second quarter and moved into Lower Dauphin territory. But an offensive holding penalty stalled the possession and defensive end Trey Klock ended the threat when he sacked quarterback Chase Yocum just moments before
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Lower Dauphin running back Dalton Yentsch dives for yardage against the Exeter defense. halftime. Trailing by three scores and with no real momentum , Exeter looked for a spark by attempting an onside kick on the second half’s opening kickoff. The surprise play was executed well and actually hit Eagle receiver Ethan Lutz in the hands, but Lutz couldn’t corral it, and LD’s Justin Berrios recovered the loose ball at the Falcons’ 33-yard line. Following the Eagles’ trick play, Lower Dauphin broke out one of its own. On the first play of the third quarter, Spencer pitched the ball to wide out Nate Dorwart. Dorwart gathered
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the ball and proceeded to launch a pass down the right sideline to a wide open Shellenberger, who caught the ball and jaunted across the goal line. Julius put his fourth extra point of the night through the uprights and made it 28-0 with 11:47 left in the quarter. “They actually executed the onside kick very well, but Justin Berrios hustled back and recovered it for us,” said Rob Klock. “The ball was placed in the perfect position to run the play, so we ran it, and the offense executed to perfection. Jake Shellenberger did a great acting job of pretending to block before he ran his route and Nate Dorwart threw a beautiful pass – our longest touchdown pass of the year.” Lower Dauphin’s defense shined on the Eagles’ final two possessions. After Exeter used 14 plays to move the ball into Falcon territory – for just the second time – the Eagles faced a fourth down just outside red zone. Defensive end Ben Ross kept the Eagles from doing any damage when he sacked Yocum and forced a turnover on downs. Exeter’s next drive saw LD’s defense do more of the same. The Eagles gave up the ball when LD linebacker Ryan Lilliock recovered a Yocum fumble early in the fourth quarter. Then, with 10:01 left to play, the Falcons ran the ball. And ran it. And ran it. And ran it. Even on a fourth down late in the game. LD played “Keep Away’’ and ran out the clock, advancing to the District 3 round of four in the process. Spencer rushed 15 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns while running back Dalton Yentsch racked up 83 yards on 15 carries. Spencer also threw for 53 yards and Shellenberger caught two passes for 100 yards and a score. The Falcon defense allowed just 186 yards of total offense and pitched its sixth shutout of the year. Like a machine. “We have used that statement many times this year and Friday night our players executed like that machine,” said Rob Klock.
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The Knights then engineered their first and only successful offensive drive, getting on the board on a 27-yard touchdown run by Nick Mort. After a failed 2-point conversion attempt, however, the Rollers maintained a 7-6 lead with 3:19 remaining in the first half. The next Steel-High offensive possession was the most ineffective of the night. The Rollers received a penalty for having 12 men in the huddle on the first play. Then running back Shaheim Moody-Williams committed the Rollers’ third fumble of the half and the second recovered by Fairfield. The Knights were unable to take advantage of the turnover, but at halftime the crowd in Steelton booed. Hailey admitted he heard the boos as the half ended with Steel-High holding a 1-point lead. “It’s the first time I’ve heard that, but our fans are very passionate,” he said. The atmosphere inside the Rollers’ locker room was just as passionate. “We had some things we had to take care of,” Hailey said. Warren started the second half at quarterback, and he made his presence
felt immediately, running for a 79-yard touchdown on the first offensive play of the third quarter to give the Rollers a 14-6 lead. The tough Steel-High defense would force three-and-outs on the next two Fairfield possessions, but the Rollers squandered the opportunities with a missed field goal and another lost fumble. After a third Knights three-and-out, however, Steel-High’s Logan Davis returned a punt to the Fairfield 11-yard line, and this time, the Rollers took advantage. Davis reached the end zone on a reverse, and a Caraballo extra point gave the Rollers a 21-6 lead with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter. Another Fairfield punt lead to a quick, early fourth quarter scoring drive for Steel-High. Moody-Williams capped it off with a 4-yard touchdown run to expand the Steel-High lead to 27-6 with 10:39 remaining in the game. From then on, Fairfield caught a bad case of fumble-itis, the same malady that had plagued the Rollers earlier in the game. The Knights fumbled the ball on four straight possessions, all leading to Steel-High touchdowns that ballooned the final score to 53-6. The touchdowns
included a 10-yard reception by Jaki Heywood, an 18-yard reception by Caraballo, a 43-yard fumble return by Davis and a 20-yard run by Warren. It was an impressive two quarters for Warren, who had 210 total yards of offense and completed eight of 11 passes for 102 yards despite only playing quarterback in the second half. “We know how valuable he is to this ball club, and he has to know that,” Hailey said. Hailey particularly praised his defense for its dominant effort, forcing four three-and-outs and four fumbles in the second half and holding Carbaugh to just two completions for 12 yards in the entire game. “The guys get excited about playing defense,” he said. While Hailey was pleased with his team’s late-game effort, he knows they will have to play with that attitude and execution for four quarters to defeat York Catholic. “It’s going to take a team [effort] to get a district title, and the guys need to understand that,” he said.
“It’s going to take a team [effort] to get a district title, and the guys need to understand that.” -Tom Hailey, Head football coach Steelton-Highspire School District
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Late Lion run stops Gettysburg, 71-65 By Tom Klemick
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Three Penn State Harrisburg players reached the double-digit scoring mark and the Lions used an 11-5 run over the last 3:34 to best Gettysburg 71-65 on Saturday, Nov. 16 in the consolation game of Gettysburg’s Tip-Off Tournament. Freshman point guard Marquese Daniels was named to the all-tournament team for the Lions (1-1). The win over Gettysburg was Daniels’ coming out party, as the frosh netted a game-high 16 points, including two late free throws with 1:06 left in the game that gave the Lions a 1-point lead they wouldn’t relinquish. He also grabbed a team-best seven rebounds and dished out a game-high six assists. The Lions jumped out to an early 5-0 lead before Gettysburg fought back and tied the score at 8 with 16 minutes remaining in the first half. The Bullets took their first and only lead of the half when Kevin Gladstone went 1-2
from the foul line to make it 11-10 at the 14:30 mark. But a 3-point basket by the Lions’ Joey Farthing gave the Blue & White the lead again, and Penn State Harrisburg methodically kept Gettysburg at bay for the remainder of the first half. Penn State Harrisburg took its largest lead of the opening frame, 35-28, when senior captain Kenny Stone converted an old-fashioned 3-point play with 1:03 remaining before the break. The Bullets (0-2) started to get it together offensively in the second half. Gettysburg used a 10-4 run, ending with a Cody Kiefer trifecta, to take a 60-57 lead with 5:13 remaining in regulation. Over the course of the next two minutes, however, sophomore Jamaal Dubose converted a free throw and fellow sophomore Jared Deibler, a Middletown graduate, grabbed an offensive rebound and laid a follow-up shot off the glass to tie the score at 60 with 3:30 left. Then Penn State Harrisburg went on
Lion women halt Houghton for first win of the season By Adam Clay
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Penn State Harrisburg’s women’s basketball team got the first win of the season, beating Houghton, 68-49 in the consolation game of the Betty Abgott Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 16 in Buffalo, N.Y. The Lions (101) found themselves playing the early game after losing their season opener to host Buffalo State the previous night. With the loss to Buffalo still fresh in the heads, the Lions wasted no time against Houghton, taking a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes. Jasmine Yanich’s 3-point jumper gave the Lions a 14-point lead with 10:44 to go in the first half. The Blue & White were in control, but kept the pressure on the Highlanders (0-2) by utilizing a deep bench. In the second half, Penn State Harrisburg used their long-range shooting for 9 of their first 11 points. Kiara Carter took care of everything inside the paint for the Lions, scoring a team-high 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Penn State Harrisburg Coach Ross Patrick was excited about the win. “The entire preseason, we have been talking about different people stepping up at different times, and that our lineup would reflect who was playing well and would give us the best chance to win,’’ he said. “Today was just that. That type of teamwork mentality, others first thought process, is going to give us many opportunities to win games this year.’’
Buffalo State 75, Lions 52
The Lions kept it close for most of the first half, but the Bengals eventually
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wore down the young Lions. Sophomore Mercedes Copeland led Penn State Harrisburg with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Newcomer Rebecca Bailey scored 7 points in her collegiate debut. But Buffalo State (2-0) was ready to handle the early intensity that Penn State Harrisburg brought. The Bengals used a 14-5 run to take a 25-12 lead with just under eight minutes left in the half. Buffalo State led at the half, 37-24. In the second half, every small run the Blue & White made was equally matched by the Bengals. Junior Hannah Jorich, a Middletown graduate, played well at point guard, leading the Lions with four assists.
its decisive run. Kevin Icker made a pretty spin move in the lane and laid one in. Daniels sank his foul shots, then sharpshooter Joshua Johnson stuck the dagger in the Bullets’ comeback chances when he drained a 3-ball from the right corner with 41 seconds left. Stone and Daniels combined to net the Lions’ final four points. The win was Don Friday’s first as the head coach at Penn State Harrisburg. “Our win today was the result of our kids’ ability to make necessary adjustments,” said Friday. “We talked this morning about how we could better attack zone defenses after last night’s outcome. Give credit to our players. They did a nice job of attacking Gettysburg’s zone this afternoon.”
DeSales 72, Lions 47
Penn State Harrisburg was fast out of the gate, leading for much of the first half before the Bulldogs took advantage of some Blue & White foul trouble in the second half. Deibler was Penn State Harrisburg’s high-scorer with 9 points. He also added five rebounds. Farthing and Johnson added 6 points each. Four Lions finished the game with four fouls and two others were whistled for three, making it difficult for Penn State Harrisburg to find consistency within its lineup as the game wore on. The Bulldogs got to the charity stripe 41 times compared to just 18 times for the Blue & White. Penn State Harrisburg went five minutes without scoring a point in the first half and saw an 18-15 advantage evaporate and become a 25-18 deficit. The Lions were resilient, however, clawing back and drawing even at 28 apiece when Farthing connected from downtown at the 1:54 mark. Penn State Harrisburg regained the lead, 30-28, when Dubose converted a layup in the paint with 1:24 left in the first half. Trailing 33-30 at the break, Penn State Harrisburg kept it close after halftime, and Deibler’s old-fashioned 3-point play drew the Lions within 41-39 with 13:58 remaining in regulation. Unfortunately, that’s as close as the Blue & White would get the rest of the way. Over the next 5:32, DeSales went on a decisive 14-2 run.
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Standings for 11-20-13 FOOTBALL DISTRICT 3 PLAYOFFS Class AAAA Quarterfinals Lower Dauphin 28, Exeter Twp. 0
Susquehanna Twp. 2 1 0 4 Middletown 1 2 0 2 Northern York 1 2 0 2 West York 0 3 0 0 Susquehannock 0 3 0 0
Semifinals Lower Dauphin (11-1) at Wilson West Lawn (120), 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22
Last week’s games Middletown 4, Northern York 2 Carlisle 10, Middletown 0 Penn Manor 10, Middletown 5
Class A Semifinals Steelton-Highspire 53, Fairfield 6 Championship Steelton-Highspire (10-1) vs. York Catholic (8-3), noon Saturday, Nov. 23 at Hersheypark Stadium FIELD HOCKEY PIAA STATE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP Lower Dauphin 2, Emmaus 1 ICE HOCKEY CPIHL Tier 2 W L T PTS Hempfield 4 0 0 8 Red Land 3 1 0 6 Lower Dauphin 2 1 0 4 Lampeter-Strasburg 2 1 0 4 Warwick 2 2 0 4 Annville-Cleona 0 2 0 0 Central Dauphin 0 3 0 0 Manheim Central 0 3 0 0 Last week’s games Lower Dauphin 9, Red Land 1 Lower Dauphikn 7, Central Dauphin 3 Lampeter-Strasburg 3, Lower Dauphin 0 This week’s games Friday, Nov. 22 Lower Dauphin vs. Hempfield, 7 p.m., Lancaster Ice Rink Monday, Nov. 25 Lower Dauphin vs. Manheim Central, 8:15 p.m., Lancaster Ice Rink Penn Manor Carlisle
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This week’s games Wednesday, Nov. 20 Middletown vs. Susquehanna Twp., 7:45 p.m., Twin Ponds East Monday, Nov. 25 Middletown vs. Susquehannock, 7:30 p.m., Twin Ponds East COLLEGE BASKETBALL CAPITAL ATHLETIC CONFERENCE MEN W L OVERALL Mary Washington 0 0 2-0 Marymount 0 0 2-0 Wesley 0 0 2-0 Christopher Newport 0 0 1-0 Salisbury 0 0 1-0 Penn State Harrisburg 0 0 1-1 York 0 0 1-1 St. Mary’s 0 0 0-0 Frostburg St. 0 0 0-1 Southern Virginia 0 0 0-2 Last week’s games Penn State Harrisburg 71, Gettysburg 65 DeSales 72, Penn State Harrisburg 47 This week’s games Wednesday, Nov. 20 Messiah at Penn State Harrisburg, 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 Penn State Harrisburg at Susquehanna, 7 p.m. WOMEN W L OVERALL Mary Washington 0 0 2-0 York 0 0 2-0 Penn State Harrisburg 0 0 1-1 Christopher Newport 0 0 1-1 Marymount 0 0 1-1 Salisbury 0 0 1-1 Frostburg St. 0 0 0-2 Southern Virginia 0 0 0-2
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Last week’s games Penn State Harrisburg 68, Houghton 49 Buffalo State 75, Penn State Harrisburg 52 This week’s games Wednesday, Nov. 20 Messiah at Penn State Harrisburg, 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 Wilkes at Penn State Harrisburg, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 Penn State Harrisburg at Immaculata, 7 p.m. SOCCER PASL Eastern Division W L GB Chicago 3 0 Cleveland 2 1 1 Detroit 1 1 1.5 Harrisburg 1 2 2 Cincinnati 1 2 2 Illinois 1 2 2 Central Division W L GB Monterrey 4 0 Dallas 3 1 1 Hidalgo 2 1 1.5 Saltillo 1 2 2.5 Wichita 1 2 2.5 Texas 0 2 3 Tulsa 0 3 3.5 Pacific Division W L GB Las Vegas 4 0 Ontario 2 0 1 Turlock 2 0 1 Bay Area 1 2 2.5 San Diego 0 2 3 Mexico 0 2 3 Sacramento 0 4 4 Last week’s games Detroit 8, Harrisburg 5 This week’s games Saturday, Nov. 23 Cleveland at Harrisburg, 7:05 p.m., Farm Show Equine Arena
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013
A true Christmas story
he story of Middletown’s Christmas tradition, like many other Christmas stories, has a happy ending. It’s a story about generosity, and the goodness in the hearts of men and women, which blossomed through a morass of severe government budget cuts and union posturing – not unlike the Jimmy Stewart film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,’’ where, in the end, we appreciate what we have. Middletown had a sweet tradition of decorating Hoffer Park, a borough park, with lights and holiday decorations. Santa Claus held court in a shelter amid the sparkling lights and shiny bulbs, to the delight of countless children. It was a display that drew hundreds of visitors each December, a practice that made Middletown a little quainter, a little warmer, a little more special than other towns. But the borough cancelled the tradition this year, citing legal action by the union that represents some borough employees. Borough Council, it appears, was determined to cut borough expenses to the bone to reduce the price of electricity it sells to residents and businesses for revenue, and stopped the practice of paying employees to set up the display. The borough envisioned a group of volunteers doing the work instead to save money – and, indeed, volunteers had helped employees set up the display in the past. The union objected, filing an unresolved grievance that, according to borough officials, demands compensation to borough employees for every volunteer who hung Christmas lights, bulbs and wreathes last year. The town’s Christmas tradition became a tangled mess. You could search for someone to blame, if that is how you want to look at the problem. Was our frugal Borough Council so caught up in slicing government expenses to the bone that it couldn’t find money, or raise revenue, to fund such a wonderful Christmas tradition? It certainly would be a good idea to have borough employees, at the very least, supervise the decorations and make sure things were plugged in, or built, safely. How much could the overtime cost? And the Teamsters, the employees’ union, could have found a better way to protect their members than its unreasonable request for compensation. If the union is intent on protecting its members from uncompensated, forced overtime, that is a fine cause; but their grievance seems like a heavy-handed attempt to force the borough to negotiate the matter. Certainly there is a more reasonable path to take. Amid all this, something wonderful happened: A group of residents joined together to bring Christmas to Middletown. A committee of citizens, under the auspices of the Middletown Area Historical Society, collected decorations from residents, and convinced a local business, Shull’s Tree Service, to donate a hemlock tree. Mayor-elect James Curry obtained a donation of lights from Lowe’s, and a Christmas display will be set up at the Society’s Ferry House grounds at Ann and South Union streets. The tree is already decorated – a tree-lighting ceremony is set for Saturday, Nov. 30, and Santa Claus will appear that day among lights and bulbs. In another attempt to bring a Christmas tradition to town, the Press And Journal will sponsor a free showing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’’ starring Jim Carrey, at the Elks Theatre – and a visit by Santa, brought to the theater by the Middletown Volunteer Fire Department – on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Society’s Christmas display might not be as large as the one that transformed Hoffer Park into a Christmas wonderland. But its humble origins and its sincere desire to bring joy to the town magnify the compassion behind it. When you look upon the display, think of how it came to be. Appreciate it for the gift it is. We are lucky to have such neighbors who would give their time and effort to bring a little joy to our world.
Need a study buddy? Try a glass of cold milk
ays are getting chillier and leaves are turning color, which means that many of us are back in school. New books, professors and notebooks are well in use and habits are already formed. One habit that should be established is eating a healthy lunch that includes at least one serving of dairy. West Virginia University’s Health Research Center found that milk consumption for students declined 25 percent during the school year and that lunch participation declined from 75 percent to 66 percent on average. This means that only four out of six students are eating lunch – and even fewer students are drinking milk with their lunch. These statistics are staggering, as countless amounts of families do not realize the importance of having a nutritious meal during the school day and what that does for a student’s education. Milk has nine essential nutrients in every serving. One of those nutrients is riboflavin. Riboflavin is important because it helps convert food into energy. When students do not have a dairy product with their lunch, they lose not only the potential nutrients in other food groups, but also the ability to convert that into energy to make it through the last hours of their classes. Another nutrient in dairy, Niacin, plays an important role in maintaining the normal function of enzymes in the body. This means that it is a major part of the cycle where the body breaks down carbohydrates, fats and proteins and converts them into energy. Both riboflavin and niacin help give students the energy to focus, stay alert and, above all, learn. As you can see, dairy is needed in our diets. Fortunately, there are many ways to get that essential dairy in everyone’s diet. Many dairy products are now available in convenient, portable packaging, such as on-the-go plastic containers. For example, students can pack yogurt packages, cheese sticks, or even smoothie drinks. By including these easy-to-carry snacks in their day, students are able to get essential nutrients to help stay alert throughout the school day. Don’t forget that dairy comes in many varieties, including low-fat, fat-free and many delicious flavors that have all 9 nutrients. As a rule of thumb, everyone needs three servings of dairy every day. That means one serving with breakfast, one serving with lunch and one serving with dinner. It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Help yourselves by having a ready supply of the best study buddy: dairy. Madeline Daubert is the 2013 Schuylkill County Dairy Princess and a student at Penn State Harrisburg who is studying secondary math education.
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Our ernment will have the laws they inflict appointed leaders reflects an substituted higher on us. ever-increasing trend on the payments for less In a similar vein, and will President Barack part of politicians to lie, healthcare have created a twoObama has consisdeceive and distort reality. tier medical system tently maintained in this country as that under the new exists in Great Brithealthcare law ain and Canada. Only those with signifino Americans would lose their current cant personal assets will be able to get the coverage. Even as an estimated 2 miltype of treatment that they feel they need lion Americans are expected to receive because of this degradation of the system health insurance cancellation notices, the caused by the Affordable Care Act. president’s tone has merely shifted to a Fifth, Supreme Court Justice John “you will receive better coverage” comRoberts indicated that Congress has the mentary. right to tax people. The Affordable Care From the president, to the Secretary Act has been described as a tax. Yet the of Health and Human Services, to the Supreme Court conveniently ignored the White House press secretary, the lies and Origination Clause – Article 1, Section 7, misperceptions continue unabated and of the Constitution – in upholding the Afvirtually unchecked by the press. fordable Care Act as a tax since it was the The problems associated with not Senate that originated this onerous tax. holding an elected official to his or That tax will be paid by the very people her pledges for such a critical piece of who were deceived by this administration legislation as the Affordable Care Act are and the Supreme Court into supporting disgraceful. a bill that the administration knew was If a businessman or bank had engaged deceptively flawed from the outset. in such misrepresentation, they would be It is absolutely essential that politicians held accountable for fraud and imprisbe held to the same standards of fraud and oned for their duplicitous actions. We misrepresentation to which all citizens are should expect nothing less from those in held. The criminal nature of those misrepCongress and in the White House. resentations is just that: criminal. The president’s pledge that you could Every person who is in Congress and keep your current coverage when the bill in government should be immediately was debated very likely allowed this bill required to participate in the same exto pass in the first place. To attempt to changes that all of us have been forced to cover up his duplicitous actions by spinaccept. ning his commentary is irresponsible on Perhaps then meaningful legislation will those perpetuating and participating in be enacted to correct this mess created by the fraudulent spin of Washington, D. C. this administration. As someone who has been on the board of directors of a healthcare institution for Frank Ryan, of Lebanon, is a certified almost two decades, I must say that the public accountant who specializes in American people will soon find that how corporate restructuring and lectures on much their healthcare has deteriorated ethics for state CPA societies. He is a under this flawed legislation. retired Marine colonel who served in Iraq First, any attempt to spin that healthcare and Afghanistan. will be more affordable for the most
Farm Bill would stifle public info
amilies who live near or share waterways with large corporate farms or concentrated animal feeding operations have a critical need to know some basic facts about these operations. The public’s right to this information, however, could be stripped away by the Farm Bill currently under debate in Congress. Negotiators from the House and Senate are currently meeting to try to develop a compromise between the House-passed version of the Farm Bill and what was passed by the Senate. Among the differences between the bills: The House’s version includes language that unnecessarily cuts off public access to basic information on livestock and agricultural operations. We understand that the House’s intent in including the language is to make sure that the government does not release farmers’ personal information. But there are two major problems with the way that the House is approaching this: One, the language ignores that the law already includes strong protections for personal privacy; and two, the language is so broad that it wraps up information about corporate farms with small farm operations. Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency released the information of around 80,000 livestock operations across the country to environmental groups. After hearing from affected farmers and members of Congress, the EPA determined that it improperly released personal information. The EPA asked that the requesters return the informaThe House's tion and the requesters version of the complied, Farm Bill includes agreeing language that to return the original unnecessarily documents cuts off public and destroy access to basic all copies of the informainformation on tion in their livestock and possession. agricultural In other words, the operations. EPA determined that existing protections for personal privacy should have prevented them from releasing this information in the first place. Beyond being an over-reaction to the controversy surrounding the EPA’s actions, the House’s language sets a terrible precedent for extending the Freedom of Information Act’s personal privacy protections to corporations. The House’s failure to define “owners” or “operators” means that the EPA will be required to deny the public access not only to small family operations but also to large corporate operations as well. In a recent Supreme Court case, FEC vs. ATT, the court ruled that Congress never intended for corporations to enjoy such protections under the FOIA. To extend these rights to corporations would allow them to abuse personal privacy to escape public oversight and corporate responsibility. The Freedom of Information Act is built on the premise that the public has a right to government records, particularly if there is a public interest in the information.The House’s language eviscerates the law’s promise of transparency by completely cutting off access to information that people might need to protect the health and safety of their family and the broader community. House and Senate negotiators must not allow this harmful secrecy provision to become law. Patrice McDermott is executive director of OpenTheGovernment.org, based in Washington, D.C., and author of “Who Needs to Know? The State of Public Access to Federal Government Information.”
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JOHNPAYNE The Capitol REPORT
Governor signs debt reduction bill W hile the federal House and Senate spent weeks negotiating an increase in the nation’s debt limit, the Pennsylvania House and Senate worked to continue their commitment to fiscal responsibility by sending to the governor a measure to curtail the level of public debt in Pennsylvania for projects funded by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). RACP provides grants to local communities for the attainment and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects.
Decreasing the Commonwealth’s debt load and reforming RACP is an important step in bringing integrity and transparency to the way Pennsylvania does business. The funding may be used for the design and construction of economic development projects that generate substantial increases in employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity. House Bill 493 immediately reduces the RACP debt ceiling from the current $4.05 billion to $3.45 billion. The bill does not eliminate the economic development grant program, but redefines it to make it more financially viable. Decreasing the Commonwealth’s debt load and reforming RACP is an important step in bringing integrity and transparency to the way Pennsylvania does business. Gov. Tom Corbett recently signed
House Bill 493 into law, making it Act 77 of 2013.
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Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now accepting applications for cash grants. Eligible residents are encouraged to apply online to make the application review process faster and more efficient. LIHEAP is a grant program that offers home heating assistance to eligible low-income households or families in crisis. Grants are awarded based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. Each year, the LIHEAP program serves more than 300,000 Pennsylvania households. In most counties, assistance with home heating crisis situations is available 24 hours a day. For complete eligibility requirements or to apply online for LIHEAP, visit my website, Rep.Payne.com. Paper applications can be obtained by contacting the Dauphin County Assistance Office at 717-787-2324, or by contacting the state’s LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095. Applications are also available from local utility companies; community service agencies, such as Area Agencies on Aging or community action agencies; or my Hershey office. My office can be reached by phone at 717-534-1323. John D. Payne is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He represents the 106th District.
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“You can’t make this stuff up. Councilman Brubaker … ” (Listen online at www.pressandjournal. com) “Yeah, I was driving west on 230, and I was stopped … ” (Listen online at www.pressandjournal.com)
:( “It’s a shame to put anyone in
office that thinks Obama is doing anything good for America.”
:| “It would have been smart to put in office Givler, Louer, Handley, Arnold, Brooks, Cleland.”
:| “Did not realize how many rhinos we have in Middletown.”
:( “Democrats are ruining the federal government. Now you voted them in office to destroy Middletown.”
:| “I like the borough’s watered-
down version of the Penn State party this past Friday night!! Anyone who was there in the area would have been able to tell you it was crazy, and if it wasn’t for all the cops there it would have been worse!! They had a hard enough time just running people out of the streets, much less trying to make arrests. If it was so mild then why did I see a bunch of the cops with the big riot cans of pepper spray and the police dog?!?!”
:( “Dirty McNamara/Courogen
politics as usual. Had enough. I am moving!”
:) “Thank you for the kindness of Aayushi, who saved a muffin for
Bill proves we’re serious about limiting state’s debt L
ast week was a pretty productive one in Harrisburg, with fiscal responsibility topping the list. As we continue to face a sluggish national economy, the Commonwealth finds itself in the same situation many Pennsylvania households are in – making the difficult choices needed to live within our means. In this vein, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives last week approved House Bill 493, legislation I voted for, aimed at bringing debt accrued under the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) in line with the fiscal realities of today. Just as families must watch their spending as they pay off their credit cards, so too must the Commonwealth become serious about not incurring more debt just to make payments on that which we already owe. RACP provides grants to local communities for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects. The funding may be used for the design and construction of facilities that are economic development projects which generate substantial increases in employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity. There is no doubt that the RCAP program, over its 13-year existence, has been instrumental in helping spur economic development. But its rapid expansion in that time – the debt ceiling has more than tripled from $1.2 billion to $4.05 billion – has made the program unsustainable in today’s economic reality. House Bill 493 will immediately reduce the RACP debt ceiling from the current $4.05 billion to $3.45 billion. The bill does not eliminate the economic development grant program, but redefines it to make it more financially viable. Decreasing the Commonwealth’s debt load and reforming RACP is an important step in bringing integrity and transparency to the way Pennsylvania does business.
Also passed last week was a measure intended to protect the privacy of people who report suspicious and illegal activities to the police. In this online information age, the names of those who make a 911 phone call to the police – an act many of us once believed would be kept private – may be able to become known by criminals who may threaten honest citizens for sharing information with the authorities. House Bill 1041 gives an exemption from the state’s Rightto-Know law for records containing identifying information to an individual calling a 911 center unless a court rules it would be in the public’s interest to disclose the information. The measure, which now goes to the Senate for consideration, is designed to protect the identity of a caller to prevent cases of retribution against informants and to ensure
the public has a sense of safety and privacy when reporting a crime or other emergency. Also last week, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law a bill I strongly supported to extend the state’s Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2015. The re-authorization of this law contains a new provision that eliminates the current six-month waiting period before a child can enroll in the program. CHIP provides quality, comprehensive health insurance coverage for routine doctor visits, prescriptions, dental care, eye care and much more to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. The program, established in 1992, was set to expire on Dec. 31. State Rep. Dave Hickernell is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He represents the 98th District.
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me at the Middletown Area Middle School Veterans Day presentation. The school district should be proud of the middle school students who all made the veterans feel very special during Friday’s assembly. Thank you to the parking lot greeters; the students at the refreshment table; Mr. Cook, Mr. Little and Mr. Etter; to the band and flag front; to Kate, Katie and Mark for insightful essays; to the buglers who played ‘Taps’; to Anthony O’Donnell; and to all of the MAMS behind-thescenes staff who made the event possible. I am so thankful that students like these are the future of our community. And I am so thankful for the school district that instills such values.”
:| “Good football record this year. But some of these poor seniors ended up on the short end that should not have.”
:) “I am so proud of our young athletes. They’re an inspiration to the younger kids. I’m proud to be from Middletown.”
:| “Middle school iPads are great
– however, teachers who send modified due dates via e-mail over a weekend are not cool. Not every student checks their e-mail daily while not in school. Also, please don’t send the rubric the day before an assignment is due.”
that, and you can be the keystone to undo what has been done.”
donderry Twp. regarding the sewer inspection law. A lot of work - most of it thankless, but they have no choice. I found them to be respectful to the citizens – more than I can say about the officials and empoloyees in Middletown.”
:) “Great job to all those who par:| “I’ve got one word for soon-to-be Mayor Curry: VETO. Remember
:| “Anne Einhorn should not have
any voting priviledge when anything comes up concerning the Elks building or the Elks Theatre. Thank you.”
:| “To the baggers at Giant: I really
appreciate the service you provide. However, please know that although I have my own shopping bags, you don’t need to overfill them. I have plenty. They become too heavy if you fill them too full. On another note, please don’t put canned goods with fruit.”
:( “Saw the thing about the free
movie and Santa at the Elks on Dec 7. Will council be there to be the Grinches?”
:( “To the person who owns that
big black truck and does U-turns on Maple Street: You need to stop doing that. You’re going to get fined. First you were driving on the wrong side of the road, went over two curbs and did an illegal U-turn and went through a stop sign. I got your license plate number. If I see you do it again, it is going to cost you a lot of money.”
:( “Tell me: Why doesn’t our
town’s police chief ever come out to meet the people?”
:( “Lower Swatara Twp. is com-
pletely responsible for the hideous destruction of Eagle Heights. I still want to know how much GreenWorks, KGH, and Penn State paid
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LOWER DAUPHIN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Six honored for their contributions to LD legacy Pennsylvania The Lower Dauphin Alumni Association recently honored six individuals for their contributions to Lower Dauphin’s outstanding legacy. The honorees are: • George Emerich (Class of 1962) – Emerich attended Hummelstown High School for his freshman and sophomore years and Lower Dauphin High School for his junior and senior years. During this time, he was a star athlete and leader at both schools. He earned 1,200 points as a varsity basketball player in his four-year sports career at the two schools, the first LD graduate to accomplish this feat. Emerich attended West Chester University and entered the field of business. He has maintained a commitment to Lower Dauphin through contacts with fellow graduates and other members of the community. Emerich’s father, George, was the first supervising principal at Lower Dauphin. • Jean Deimler Seibert (Class of 1965) – Seibert was honored for her for her ongoing demonstration of scholarship through volunteer work with nonprofit organizations in the area. The co-valedictorian for the Class of 1965, she distinguished herself with academic honors at Gettysburg College, Syracuse University, and the Dickinson School of Law. She has lent her skills as an attorney and training in the field of economics to community service work in which she is engaged with nonprofit organizations that include the Hummelstown Area Historical Society, the Lower Dauphin Alumni Association, the Falcon Foundation, Gettysburg College, Bethany Village, Bethany Towers Corporation, the Manada Conservancy, the Hummelstown Community Foundation, the Hummelstown Business and Professional Association, Asbury
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The Morgan Diener Story - Part II
Receiving accolades from Lower Dauphin High School alumni and students during the Homecoming football game at Hersheypark Stadium in October are, from left to right, George Emerich, Jean Seibert, Sheila Miller, Nicholas Poppy, Ruth Goepfert and Marie Weber. Services, the LD Club Lacrosse, and the Hummelstown Rotary Club. She was nominated by her daughter, Dr. Sara Marian Lucking (LD 2002) and Chad Lister (LD 2001), president of the Hummelstown Area Historical Society. • Sheila Miller (Class of 1970) – Miller was honored for her leadership in the agricultural industry in Dauphin County, where her family farmed, and in Berks County, where she and her husband operate a farm. She is a graduate of Penn State. Her career includes working for a leading agricultural newspaper in
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Pennsylvania and as a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly from 1992 to 2006, where she served on the Agriculture Committee. Currently, she advocates for farmers and works to showcase their produce in local communities and cities. She is the founding president of Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of Pennsylvania. • Nicholas Poppy (Class of 1991) – Poppy was honored for his contributions to the arts, which have received praise by admirers of comedy in the popular media and by his peers. He has been nominated three times for an Emmy, and won an Emmy in 2011 in the category of Outstanding Short Format Live Action for an Entertainment Program for his work as a producer for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” He currently works as a senior producer overseeing original digital programming for ABC News – from “fake” news to “real” news, as he puts it. Until his retirement, Poppy’s father, Wendell Poppy, was a popular principal at elementary schools in the Lower Dauphin School District. • Ruth Goepfert – Goepfert was the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award. She was instrumental
in the founding of the Hummelstown Swim Club and has continued in the leadership of this organization for over 50 years She made a lasting contribution to the Hummelstown area for the betterment of all students and their families as well as teachers, administrators and other residents. She was a health and physical education instructor at Middletown High School. In 1960, she and her husband, Jack Goepfert (a former coach, teacher and Lower Dauphin athletic director) went door-to-door to solicit families to join the new swim club so that a loan to build the pool could be arranged. From those humble beginnings, Ruth Goepferts has employed countless young adults as lifeguards, taught hundreds of children to swim and provided recreation to generations of residents. • Marie Weber – Weber is the first recipient of a new alumni association award that honors a distinguished teacher, administrator or staff member in the school district who, in the opinion of alumni, has made significant contributions to the school. Weber was a teacher who always considered each student and tried to bring out the best in each one. She taught music at Lower Dauphin for 35 years as the string instructor and orchestra director in the middle school and high school in addition to also serving as music department coordinator. She has performed as a violist in the Harrisburg Symphony, the Hershey Symphony and the Central Pennsylvania Symphony. She also has served as a conductor of the Harrisburg Junior String Orchestra and string coach for the Harrisburg Youth Symphony. She is an active member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the Pennsylvania Delaware String Teachers Association. Even after retirement, Weber continues to serve as an orchestra director for the annual musical at Lower Dauphin and as a member of the board of the Lower Dauphin Falcon Foundation.
But where is Otto Draugut? No one had seen hide nor hair of him since that Saturday night in the hotel when he was seen arguing with Diener. Had Draugut and Diener decided to leave the valley together to find work somewhere else? Or had Diener had a change of heart and decided to return home to his wife and daughter in Langachwamm in Berks County? Maybe Draugut had finally taken Polgar’s advice and used his train ticket to travel to Kansas. The winter of 1892 proved to be especially harsh. The frigid temperatures kept the deep snow covering the fields from melting until well into the spring of 1893. On May 26, Ascension Day, the 9 a.m. train was weaving its way south through the mountains near New Ringgold. As the train approached the Knickerbockers Dam, it suddenly stopped and the passengers peering out of the windows could see several men working desperately to free something from the cold, dark water. As the object rose from the water, its shape was immediately recognizable; it was a man’s body. The man had a heavy build, rather on plump side, with his face trimmed by a big, bushy beard. His body was clothed in a colorful plaid shirt, red kerchief, and a pair of work coveralls. The discovery, made by John L. Eckert, Hecla, the man in charge of the dam, answered the question of where Diener had spent the long, cold winter - beneath the ice of the Knickerbockers Dam. That meant he had been killed in late fall before the dam froze in all probability on the night he had been last seen alive. Had he been chased the two miles from his cabin to the dam? Was the murderer the same man who had pursued Matthias Berger along the mountainside? And where was Otto Draugut? McKeansburg undertaker Washing Hettinger took charge of Diener’s body and prepared it for burial. After a time a sense of peace once again settled over the little valley. Eventually, the gossip about the mysterious deaths of Berger and Diener faded away and life returned to normal. But, every so often, the older men of the village who gathered on the steps of Marberger’s store to discuss local issues still talked about the unfortunate events of 1892. They wondered about the connection between Berger, Polgar, Draugut, and Diener and worried that Polgar and Draugut would return to the area to wreak havoc on other unsuspecting residents. The old-timers knew they would probably never get the answers to their questions because the mountains surrounding the village always kept their secrets shrouded in darkness. Morgan Diener’s body was buried in the Zion Red Church Cemetery near Orwigsburg with only a few people present as he was laid to his eternal rest. The inscription on the simple stone marking his resting place places the date of his death as October 8, 1892 - the day he disappeared. Notes on Morgan Diener/Deaner Who were the parents of Morgan Diener/Deaner? He came from Berks County. He did have a family. Who did he marry? He fought in the Civil War and applied for pension. Looking for his obit. On his tombstone died 1899? Anyone who has any information please contact me.
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LaVonne Ackerman • 1438 Old Reliance Road, 939-5584 • LaVonneAck@comcast.net Here we are a week away from Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for? We are rich in this country. When compared to the majority of the human beings who make up this planet, we are considered rich if we have a roof over our head, a change of clothes, food, running water and electricity. We are really doing well if we have a car. Then there is the gift of family and friends – loved ones, people who love you, people you can count on, people who really, truly care. These people are priceless, and are gold. Think about the people in your life who stand by you no matter what. Think about what a blessing they have been to you, and then do something nice for them – use words of affirmation or just spend time with them. I am sure it will be well-appreciated. It will put a smile on your face and theirs. So go ahead and spread the joy! Let me know if you have a funny story or a family event to share. Just send me an e-mail or call me. Your neighbors love it when you share! Have a wonderful week getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday. Birthdays Best wishes to Rebekah White of Lower Swatara Twp. as she turns 22 on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Hoping your day is perfect, Rebekah. Happy Sweet 16 honk-beep day to James Lake, of Middletown on Saturday, Nov. 23. Drive safely and have a super fun birthday weekend. Carol Fernback of Lower Swatara celebrates her smiley-and-flowers day on Saturday, Nov. 23. If you see her, tell her to have a happy, happy, happy one. Jessica Knisely of Lower Swatara marks her 15th cake and ice cream day on Saturday, Nov. 23. Hoping your day is truly special, Jessica. If you see Walter Balmer of Londonderry Twp. out and about on Saturday, Nov. 23 be sure to give him a loud and jolly happy birthday greeting. Jenna Abbott of Lower Swatara will turn Sweet 16 on Saturday, Nov. 23. Hopefully your beep-honk-beep day
will be sensational. Scott Lutzkanin of Lower Swatara celebrates his cake day on Sunday, Nov. 24. Best wishes to you on your 26th birthday. Happy brand-new-teener birthday to Valerie Wilmath of Middletown. She will have her razzle-dazzle day on Sunday, Nov. 24. Enjoy! Happy double-birthday greetings are sent to Aaron Lupia and Mike Lupia of Lower Swatara. The guys will turn 22 on Monday, Nov. 25. Enjoy your break from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and have a superduper week. If you see Jeff Witmer out and about Lower Swatara on Monday, Nov. 25 be sure to give him a kind and smiley happy birthday greeting. It’s the big four-oh for Gus Burghdorf of Lower Swatara on Monday, Nov. 25. Best wishes to you on this momentous occasion. Leah Rodic of Lower Swatara celebrates cake day No. 12 on Tuesday, Nov. 26. You get to share your birthday week with the turkey, Leah. Hope your day is super fun with lots of surprises! Anniversaries Happy 31st anniversary to John and Lori Abbott of Lower Swatara. They observe their romantic holiday on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Congrats, and best wishes to you both. Joe and Jeanne Spagnolo of Lower Swatara celebrate 53 years of wedded bliss on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Wow! Congratulations, and I hope you have a beautiful week together. State facts Thanks again to Dorothea Novak of Middletown, who sent in these state facts: • NEW MEXICO: Smokey the Bear was rescued from a 1950 forest fire here. • NEW YORK: Home to the nation’s oldest cattle ranch, started in 1747 in Montauk. • NORTH CAROLINA: Home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut. • NORTH DAKOTA: Rugby, N.D. is the exact geographic center of North
America. • OHIO: The hot dog was invented here in 1900. • OKLAHOMA: The grounds of the state capital are covered by operating oil wells. • OREGON: Has the most ghost towns in the country. • PENNSYLVANIA: The smiley symbol [ or “: )’’ ] was first used in 1980 by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. • RHODE ISLAND: The nation’s oldest bar, the White Horse Tavern, opened here in 1673. • SOUTH CAROLINA: Sumter County is home to the world’s largest gingko farm. Elizabethtown grads Scot E. Albert, of Middletown, and Christine M. Keyser, of Elizabethtown, have earned degrees from the Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional Studies. McDaniel gospel choir Daniel Seibert, a senior from Middletown, is a member of the gospel choir at McDaniel College, Westminster, Md. The choir will perform a concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the college’s WMC Alumni Hall. Lebanon Valley ambassadors Kyle Brockman, of Elizabethtown, a senior biology major, and Karly Siffin, of Hummelstown, a senior psychology major, were named Valley Ambassadors at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, for the fall semester. Ambassadors provide tours of the campus to prospective students and their families.
Garden Drive: • Board of Commissioners, 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 • Planning Commission, 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 • Municipal Authority, 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25. Quote of the Week “The true hero is precisely the one who doesn’t recognize his own face in the mirror but only appreciates the courage in those around him.” – Christine M. Flowers, columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Question of the Week How do you show your loved ones that they are special to you? “I talk to them and be nice.” – Alex Kelly, 4, Chambers Hill. “I bake them chocolate chip cookies.” – Nanette Barber, East Hanover Twp. “Do everything possible for them and support them in everything they desire to accomplish.” – Lisa Shaver, Lower Swatara. “By being there for them, no matter what!” – Dorothea Novak, Middletown. “I pay for all her (girlfriend) repairs to her car!” – Pat Roth, Newberry Twp. “By giving hugs and kisses and making cards for them on special occasions.” – Morgan Danilowicz, 16, Lower Swatara. Proverb for the Week The Lord detests men of perverse heart but He delights in those whose ways are blameless (11:20).
Megan Hauck was named Young Woman of the Month and Will Kuehnle was named Student of the Month for September at Lower Dauphin High School. Hauck, daughter of Annette and Randy Hauck, plans to attend Penn State Schreyer Honors College next fall and major in psychology and Spanish. A senior, Hauck is serving her second year as drum major in the marching band. She has been a member of the band for four years. She is a four-year member of the choral program, performing in several honor choirs; a four-year member of the BIG Club, where she serves as secretary and worship leader; a threeyear member of the Spanish National Honor Society, where she is treasurer; and a member of the National Honor Society and Math Honor Society. She has also been involved in the spring musical for the past two years. In the community, she participates in
the worship team at her church and is involved in the nursery. She also has taken part in three mission trips. Kuehnle, son of Bill Kuehnle and Sheri Kuehnle of Hummelstown, plans to attend Wheaton College of the University of Chicago and major in biblical and theological studies or early Christian literature. A senior, Kuehnle received Commended Student status in the National Merit Scholarship program. He is a four-year member of the BIG Club, where he serves as director; and a two-year member of the SADD Club. He also participated in band, drumline and chorus. In the community he is active in Bible study and a men’s fraternity. He has taken several mission trips. The Hummelstown Women’s Club presents the Young Woman of the Month honor, while the Hummelstown Rotary Club presents the Student of the Month honor.
Ithaca College honors Michaela Metz, of Hummelstown, was inducted into the Oracle Honor Society at Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y., on Monday, Nov. 4. Metz is majoring in integrated marketing communications. Township meetings The following Lower Swatara Twp. meetings will be held in the township’s municipal building on Spring
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Justin Lenker, left, a lieutenant instructor for the Lower Swatara Fire Department, gives tips on fire safety and fire prevention to second-graders in teacher Stephanie Kveragas’ class during a program at Seven Sorrows School. Representatives from the department also brought their Fire Safety Training House, a house on wheels, for students to tour.
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Joe Sukle, left, publisher of the Press And Journal, and other winners of Highspire’s Scarecrows in the Town contest are presented their prizes during a meeting of the contest’s sponsor, the Highspire Bicentennial committee, on Thursday, Nov. 14. The newspaper’s scarecrow display included a newsboy and a man reading a newspaper.
Londonderry Lionettes collect glasses, tabs The Londonderry Lionettes are collecting used eyeglasses for the Lions Club’s “Support the Vision’’ campaign to help children and adults who can’t afford glasses. The Lionettes also are collecting soda can tabs or tabs from the top of canned soups and other canned goods for the Susquehanna Service Dogs’ “Tabs for Labs’’ program, which trains and provides service dogs for those in need. The Lionettes have set collection boxes for glasses at the following Middletown area locations: Karns Quality Foods, Londonderry Elementary School, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Middletown Presbyterian Church, Geyers United Methodist Church and Wesley United Methodist Church. Collection boxes for glasses and tabs
can be found at the following Middletown area locations: Londonderry Twp. municipal building, Harrisburg Pike Rental and New Beginnings Church. Glasses and tabs should be placed in plastic Ziploc-style bags. For more information or to host a collection box, readers may call Anita Housman at 717-944-0341 or Louise Morgan at 717-944-6518.
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More than two dozen Boy Scouts from Londonderry Twp. Troop 97 clear vegetation from a fence and stone wall on the Gettysburg Battlefield in Gettysburg, part of a project supervised by the National Park Service.
Troop 97 Scouts visit Gettysburg Boy Scout Troop 97 from Londonderry Twp. joined more than 3,000 Scouts from around the U.S. to visit Gettysburg’s Battlefield to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg. The Scouts camped on the battlefield at Spangler’s Farm, which served as a temporary military hospital that treated wounded soldiers during 1863. Stations were set up throughout the
battlefield to illustrate different aspects of the war. Scouts learned about the soldier’s swearing-in process and military camp life. Scouts toured Cemetery Ridge, where the Union Army set up its defensive lines. Reenactors demonstrated what the soldiers wore in battle and reviewed their gear. Scouts also visited the Visitor’s Center and the Gettysburg Museum,
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where they viewed a movie and the Cyclorama. The troop hiked to the cemetery where Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. During their stay, the troop volunteered to do maintenance work that involved clearing vegetation from battlefield stone walls and fences between Cemetery Lot and Pleasanton Avenue. The project was done under the guidance of the National Park Service. Scouts prepared homemade croxignolles, a Creole-style doughnut, for an evening snack, and arose at dawn to prepare breakfast burritos with their own freshly-ground sausage that they prepared on site. The troop will camp out on Hill Island in the Susquehanna River for a weekend, among other activities. For more information about the troop, readers may call Kevin Little at 717-944-1957 or Ted Pauley at 717-944-2766. Troop 97 is sponsored by the Londonderry Fire Company. Posing with the monument of Union Maj. Gen. George Meade, riding his horse “Old Baldy,’’ at Cemetery Ridge are, front row from left to right, Dillon Keefer, Jason O’Donnell, Christopher Kiessling, Keagan Yocum and Cole Carlson; back row, left to right, Scout Master Kevin Little, Nate Kirman, Colby Stiffler, Matt Pauley, George Heberlig, Mitch Lee, Cameron Thompson, Zach Pauley, Ben Spangenberg, Alex Grab, Richie Varner, Brady Neithercoat, Garrett Little, Dakota Garner and Jake O’Donnell.
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Megha Patel and John Carberry have been named November’s Students of the Month at Middletown Area High School.
Patel, daughter of Anil and Sargila Patel, is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Link Crew and girls’ tennis team. She is a member of the BAPS Hindu Temple and works at Hershey Pharmacy. She plans to study pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh next fall. “This is such an honor and I am so grateful to be chosen,’’ she said of her Student of the Month honors.
Carberry, son of Jane and John Carberry, is a member of the National Honor Society, the Middletown Area High School Blue Wave Marching Band, the chorus and the track team.
He has been named to regional choir. He attends New Beginnings Church, Middletown, and works at Infinito’s Pizza Buffet. He plans to study biology at Temple
and attend medical school to pursue a career in surgery. His reaction to being named Student of the Month? “Complete and total surprise,’’ he said.
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