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Borough seeks grant, loan for $4.1 million revitalization project By Daniel Walmer and Jim Lewis Press And Journal Staff

Middletown officials offered a glimpse into downtown redevelopment plans that could cost an estimated $4.1 million – and how the borough will pay for the improvements – during a pitch for a share of slot machine revenue that will be handed out this winter by Dauphin County officials. The borough made its presentation to the Dauphin County Gaming Advisory Board on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Harrisburg, hoping the board will recommend that county commissioners give Middletown $350,000 from a $6 million pot of slot revenue from Hollywood Casino at Penn National. The borough also sought a $1.5 million loan from the Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank, a new program in which the county lends state liquid fuels money to municipalities for projects. An advisory board for the infrastructure bank also attended the presentation. Commissioners are expected to award grants in February. Londonderry Twp., Highspire, Steelton and the Lower Dauphin School District were also among the local municipalities that recently pitched projects to the board. Middletown, in particular, has ambitious development goals it hopes can be jump-started by the gaming grant and a low-interest loan from the infrastructure bank. The money would help the borough pay for infrastructure and streetscape improvements on South Union Street, which the borough sees as just the first phase of a downtown revitalization plan that could spur both economic development and a relationship with Penn State Harrisburg. The borough got off to a bad start with its pitch for money, however. A presentation scheduled before the advisory board on Wednesday, Nov. 13 was

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Property tax may increase to fund town’s 2014 budget By Noelle Barrett

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Highspire residents: Open your wallets. The borough could be raising taxes for the sixth time in seven years. Borough Council approved to advertise a proposed budget that includes a 0.85 hike in the real estate tax millage for 2014. If approved, the increase would raise the property tax from 14.95 mills to 15.80 mills. That means for each $1,000 at which a house is valued, the homeowner would pay an additional 85 cents in taxes. A resident with a house valued at $100,000 would pay an additional $85. The $2.1 million proposed general fund budget for 2014 is about $129,000 more than last year’s $1.97 million budget. Borough manager John McHale said the biggest hits to the budget are pension costs and liability insurances. “The cost of things is going up,’’ McHale said. “We spent a lot of hours trying to figure out how we can avoid this. To maintain services, this is what we had to do.” Increasing taxes has become a trend in Highspire. In 2007, the real estate tax was 9.35 mills. That year, and in the next two years, council voted to raise taxes by 1 mill. Then, in 2010, Highspire saw one of the largest hikes in real estate taxes in recent years – a 1.95-mill increase that raised the tax from 12.35 to 14.30 mills. The big jump spared residents from seeing an increase in 2011, but not 2012. That year, taxes went up from 14.3 mills to 14.95 mills. The 2014 proposed budget is available for public inspection at the Highspire borough building. Council is expected to adopt a final budget at a meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

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t began in the spring. Corn seeds tucked in soft, crumbly earth. Tiny roots reaching into the soil. Stalks reaching heavenward. Ears sprouting, wearing delicate silks like fancy hats. Planting, growing, pollination. Farmers know the cycle. It played out on a farm in Londonderry Twp. About 60 acres of field corn, tall and bushy. With the arrival of fall, around Thanksgiving, came the final stage of the cycle: harvest. Big machines moved into the field as a crew from Haldeman Farms, the Hummelstown farm that grows corn and beans on the site, prepared to reap what they had sewn. Across Pennsylvania, where farms command 7.7 million acres of land – about a quarter of the state – harvest comes, the end result of hard work, whether it’s picking field corn, plucking apples from orchard trees, milking dairy cows or taking beef cattle to auction. It’s the time when the money is made, but also a time when the purpose of it all truly sinks in: feeding a society, sustaining a nation. It put the season’s Thanksgiving dinner on the table; it fed cattle and hogs led to slaughter for their meat. The harvest machinery rolled through the field, collecting the ears, and for Marce Graybill, a member of the combine crew, it’s the culmination of seasons – planting corn in the spring, mowing hay in the summer, picking crops in late fall. “I love it. I really like the variety of jobs,’’ she said. “You learn how crops grow. And you’re outside a lot, which is nice.’’ In Lower Swatara Twp., Jon Strite, 34, and his family farm the land, just as their ancestors did. Strite, who sells produce like lettuce, cherries and apples at his farm, Strites Orchard, has carried on the tradition of farming that his family began almost 100 years ago. He fears that younger generations will

Lodge to serve Thanksgiving meal Middletown’s Moose Lodge 410 will host a free Thanksgiving Day meal from 12 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. Anyone from the community is welcome to attend. Donations will be accepted but are not required, a lodge representative confirmed. The lodge and Middletown’s American Legion Post #594 host the meal on alternating years.

College to donate game proceeds to Radabaugh family Penn State Harrisburg will donate the proceeds from its men’s and women’s basketball double-header on Sunday, Dec. 1 to a relief fund for the Radabaugh family, whose Middletown home was destroyed by fire on Oct. 26. Parents George and Heather Radabaugh were hospitalized for burns from the blaze. Their four children were treated for injuries. The Lion women will host Penn State-Altoona at 1 p.m. at the Capital Union Building on campus, while the Lion men will host Lebanon Valley at 3 p.m.

Turnpike to open all lanes for holiday The Pennsylvania Turnpike will modify construction zones to open all lanes to traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday. All lanes will be open from Thanksgiving Day through 6 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced. More than 2.6 million drivers are expected on the Turnpike during the holiday, the heaviest traffic on the toll road during the year.

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Haldeman Farms of Hummelstown made the most of last week’s weather to harvest corn at Foxianna Farms in Londonderry Twp. Haldeman’s is a family owned and operated farming and hauling company that is well known through southcentral Pennsylvania. Gern Haldeman

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Middletown Borough Council has agreed to spend more than $500,000 on several building maintenance projects, including the demolition of the former borough electric building. Council voted 8-0 at a Tuesday, Nov. 19 meeting to authorize the spending of $558,000 for the projects, including the removal of holding cells from the old police department headquarters in borough hall. The projects will be funded through borough capital improvement funds and proceeds from the anticipated sale of the old highway building to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which plans to build a new train station nearby, according to council President Christopher McNamara. The old electric building sits between the MCSO building and the municipal parking lot. Also included in the expenditure is $207,000 to replace the roof on a portion of Borough Hall and the MCSO building and $117,000 to replace the roof of the borough-owned Main Street Gym. “They’re both in really aged condition,” said Councilor Robert Louer. “They’re rubber roofs, and after a period of time they dry out and crack, and they’re really tough to repair.” A final project involves renovating an unspecified building for $114,000 to

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Carolers and a live nativity scene are planned at the Middletown Area Historical Society’s Christmas display at the Ferry House. The New Beginnings Youth Group will present a live nativity scene from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. Grace and Mercy Church and the society will present caroling and a visit from Santa Claus at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20.

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Lenda S. Fischer, 78, of Middletown, entered into rest on Tuesday, November 19, at Community General Osteopathic Hospital. She was born on September 3, 1935 in Somerset and was the daughter of the late Leonard and Ethel Saylor Long. She was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Middletown; was a retired computer operator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and she was a member of the Women of the Moose, Cape Coral Chapter. Lenda enjoyed boating on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband, but her greatest joy came from her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Thomas J. Fischer; two sons Michael J. Fischer, and Patrick W., husband of Tammy Leher Fischer, all of Middletown; five grandchildren Ashley J. and husband Chris Collins of Harrisburg, Jilian M. Fischer, Michael J. Fischer Jr., Emma J. Fischer, and Samantha J. Fischer, all of Middletown; and one great-granddaughter Savannah Collins of Harrisburg. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday at her church, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant. Inurnment was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Arrangements by Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown. Condolences may be sent to www. matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome. com.


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Fay E. Dickerson, 85, of Middletown, entered into rest peacefully on Wednesday, November 20, at her home. She was born on March 26, 1928 in Middletown and was the daughter of the late Landis M. and Ruth Walker Hoffer. She was a former employee at Verdelli Farms, Hummelstown; was the first crossing guard hired by the Middletown School District; and she enjoyed gardening, baking, cooking and canning. She is survived by her son Fritz Lee Dickerson III of Middletown; daughter Cheryl D., wife of Lewis Whittle of Middletown; two grandsons Fritz Lee Dickerson IV, husband of Melinda Logan of Middletown, and Ashton C. Dickerson of Middletown; and granddog Rosie. Graveside services will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be sent to Crossings Hospice of the VNA, 3315 Derry St., Harrisburg, PA 17111. Arrangements by Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown. Condolences may be sent to www. matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome. com.

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Tana Ray Witmer, 56, of Middletown, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family and friends on Wednesday, November 20, at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Born in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of Gene A. Goodhart (Susan) of Middletown and Dolly Hoerner Goodhart of Middletown, She was a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School, class of 1974. A lover of animals, especially dogs, she worked as a dog groomer at several area veterinarians’ offices. She also enjoyed horseback riding, skating and skiing. She was preceded in death by her brother Gary G. Goodhart. Surviving in addition to her parents and stepmother are two children Athena Witmer of Middletown and Zack Witmer; and a granddaughter Alyssa Martz. Tana’s Life Celebration service was held on Tuesday at Coble-Reber Funeral Home, Middletown, with the Rev. Harold S. Fox officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Harrisburg, 7790 Grayson Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17111. To share your fondest memories of Tana, please visit

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Stephen F. Gambino, 88, of Middletown, entered into eternal life suddenly on Sunday, November 24, at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Steve was born on August 4, 1925 in Brooklyn, N.Y. and was the son of the late Frank and Mary Valente Gambino. He was a retired supply clerk at the former New Cumberland Army Depot; was a faithful usher, bingo and parish fair committee volunteer at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Middletown; and he was a Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and NARFE. Steve was a faithful fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers and later became a fan of the New York Mets baseball teams. He also played the trumpet as a young man participating in neighborhood jazz bands. His favorite trumpet player was Harry James. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife Maria C. DeVita Gambino in December 2005. Steve is survived by his loving son Frank B., husband of Margaret A. Gambino of Harrisburg; three grandchildren Stephen R., husband of Jamie Holland Gambino of Harrisburg, Gina A., wife of Gary Wingert of Clarksville, Tenn., and Julie A., wife of Joshua Wise of Harrisburg; and seven great-grandchidlren Greta, Emma, Hannah and Gwenyth Wingert and Zachary, Bria, and Riley Wise. Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 2, at Seven Sorrows Church, Race & Conewago sts., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted R. Keating, his pastor, as celebrant. Burial with military honors will be on Monday in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, at Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown, and from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service on Monday in the narthex of the church. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 8 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent online at

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Dance Prof. Keeps In Step In Her World Of Education Judy Williams-Henry’s dance background is unmistakable by her posture and stance, even under a bulky, long dress. The 40-year-old has taken classes next to some of the ballet world’s greatest dancers, including Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev. And she’s known internationally as a dance choreographer and teacher, taking her students across several continents to dance in front of discerning audiences. “I never thought Baryshnikov was the dancer that Nureyev was,” Williams said during a recent interview on the Elizabethtown College Campus. “Nureyev has tremendous talent. When he worked he was grand. It was like watching a Nijinsky.” As she talked, sitting crouched on the floor in her dance studio in Steinman Hall, her face glowed with excitement like that of a teenager. Maybe working with so many youths has rubbed off on her. Or maybe it’s all that exercise. Williams is a professor of dance at Elizabethtown College and has recently taken on dance movement classes at Elizabethtown Area recreation Center. These classes are among the 33 lessons she teaches each week in the Elizabethtown, Lancaster and Lebanon areas. One can also find her teaching classes at Lebanon Valley College and the Lancaster Public School System. “All you really want to reach are those people who need you,” Williams says in response to why her credentials haven’t taken her to a larger university. “I always feel that if you live in a community, you must be part of a community. Those who can, have a responsibility to be a role model. Lower Swatara Unveils Spending Plan Tightening The Budget Belt Intent on maintaining a promise to Township residents, the Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners at a special meeting last Wednesday gave tentative approval to a proposed 1991 budget which features no tax increases. “We based this budget on tightening our belts,” said Janet Wells, president of the Board. Added Warren “Skip” Guenther, vice president of the Board, “We discussed the budget seriously for 4½ hours. I am satisfied with it. I would have liked a little more money for the police department.” Commissioner Dolores Kelly added she believes the commissioners did their very best “to be fair to the taxpayers.” Reading from a prepared statement, Ron Kain, chairman of the budget and finance committee, said the proposed 1991 General Fund budget projects total revenues and fund balance of $1,573,550, and expenditures in the like amount. “The budget document reflects a 2.3 percent increase over the 1990 budget and maintains current tax levels to support the proposed spending plan. There are no reductions in existing service levels proposed,” he said. Kain continued, noting proposed revenues for 1991 for the Township are anticipated to decrease by 1.2 percent over 1990 levels. Likewise, building permit and related fees are projected to decrease by 10 percent due to the general turndown in the economy. “Major revenue accounts that will reflect moderate growth are real estate and earned income taxes.

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The remaining funding needed to balance the budget will be drawn from the year ending fund balance in the amount of $54,780. Department Of Education Gives Enrollment Projections For Elizabethtown School District Updated enrollment projections from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) were reported to the Elizabethtown Area Board of School Directors last week. Dr. Dale Williams, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, said although the new projections indicate grades 6-12 can expect an average of 293 less students per year than was previously indicated in a Sept. 88 PDE projection, those projections fail to accurately reflect the District’s enrollment data. “You can look at actual enrollment data over the past 20 years and that data shows there isn’t a constant decline. It fluctuates up and down,” Dr. Williams said. Williams explained that the state’s formula has a glitch in it. When all the grade enrollments were averaged for a five-year period from 1986 go 1990, grades 5-6, 7-8 and 8-9 were not averaged because of a computer command that makes the program use the lowest of all numbers if all continue to decline in a given period. “It’s not that the formula is wrong,” said Williams. “It’s just an idiosyncrasy of the formula. It doesn’t truly fit our District in those particular grades.” He said the discrepancy accounts for a 20 percent drop in student enrollment that if added on, matches the September 88 projections. “What the Board has to do now,” Dr. Williams continued, “ is look at all of the data. There’s not a single projection that says enrollment is decreasing in our District. Every single technique shows us growing. I think the Board has made a commitment to use the PDE projections. They can use those numbers with the understanding of how they came out that way. The Basco enrollment projections were conducted in support of the PDE data.” State To GPU Nuclear: Full Steam Ahead To Evaporate Water Nearly three months into a delay requested by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (DER), officials at the Three Mile Island (TMI) nuclear power plant have received final approval to evaporate 2.3 million gallons of slightly radioactive water left over from the 1979 accident at Unit II. DER Secretary Arthur Davis informed TMI operator GPU Nuclear Corporation last week tat the state would lift its delay request as of Nov. 21. Davis had originally asked GPU to stall its planned evaporation process so his Department could review the Columbia University’s health report, released Aug. 31 during a series of public seminars at Penn State’s Middletown campus. Despite the fact that the utility saw no apparent connection between the University’s study and the processing of the water, GPU decided to voluntarily comply with the state’s request and set aside its early September evaporation start-up. The $450,000 study, conducted by University scientists and funded by the TMI Public Health Fund, found “no conclusive proof” that the TMI-II accident caused an increase in cancer deaths in the region. Although the researchers found a trend for leukemia and other cancers in area children, they maintained their results were “not statistically significant” and speculated the increase may have been caused by natural background gamma radiation. However, they concluded, “further investigation of cancer in children in this study area may be warranted.” Critics of Columbia’s work point to such contradictions as evidence that an additional, more complete study of possible health risks around TMI is warranted. Others have charged that GPU officials may have exerted corporate influence on the findings of the study. Prices From 23 Years Ago Petite Kaiser Rolls doz.............$1.19 Imported Chopped Ham..... $1.99/lb. Barq’s Crème Soda 2 Liter.......$1.19 Kellogg’s Rice Krispies 13 oz......................................$1.99 Fees For Obituaries: 31¢ per word. $5 for photo. Fees For Card of Thanks or In Memoriam: $10 / 45 words or less; $10 each additional 45 words or less. Paid In Advance - Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard. Deadline - Monday Noon. Contact Press And Journal at 717-944-4628, e-mail: or Your Funeral Director



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LaVonne Ackerman • 1438 Old Reliance Road, 939-5584 • Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who will be celebrating this wonderful holiday tradition. Don’t you just love the smells of Thanksgiving? A turkey cooking in the oven, fresh pumpkin pie cooling on the counter next to the apple pie, bread baking, stuffing simmering – I can’t stand it! Feels like I just gained five pounds. I wish for all of you to have a day full of thanks and time to think about our many blessings. I am thankful for this opportunity to ask God’s blessing on all of our readers. Have a truly wonderful week, and don’t forget to share your news. Birthdays Best wishes to Patty Kuharic of Lower Swatara Twp. She will hear the birthday song on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Hoping your holiday week is as special as you, Patty! Happy birthday wishes go to Drue Bahajak of Lower Swatara. The birthday girl is celebrating her very special 24th birthday Wednesday, Nov. 27. Happy birthday, Drue! Wishing you many more. Happy birthday wishes are sent to Ed Schoen of Lower Swatara. He will hear the birthday song on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Enjoy this special day. Hey, more cake for Ed Schoen: Best wishes to Kim Schoen of Lower Swatara as she celebrates her frostyfilled day on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 28. Hoping this holiday will be extra special for you, Kim. Happy Thanksgiving birthday to Todd Houser Sr. on Thursday, Nov. 28. May your day be full of happiness and plenty of stuffing, too. Lots of cake and ice cream for Lori Dukes on Friday, Nov. 29. I hope you don’t have to go out shopping on Black Friday, Lori! Enjoy your special fun-filled day. Wishing Brittney DiVittore a day of smiles and surprises as she turns 24 on Saturday, Nov. 30. Hope your weekend is sweet. Happy 24th cake day to Cameron Bendgen of Lower Swatara as he celebrates his birthday on Sunday, Dec. 1. Enjoy your cake day, Cameron. Happy confetti-popping birthday to Shannon Myers of Lower Swatara. Her sunshiny day is Monday, Dec. 2. Enjoy! Happy landmark 21st birthday to Megan Williams of Lower Swatara. Best wishes to you on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and the entire week. Sarah Cameron of Lower Swatara adds another candle to her birthday

cake on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Hoping 27 wonderful things happen to you on your bling-and-sparkles day. Here is a shout out to Chris Hughes of Lower Swatara! Happy balloon-flying day to you Tuesday, Dec. 3. Hope it is the best yet. Anniversaries Happy 21st wedded bliss anniversary to Shawn and Rosanna Tully of Lower Swatara. They celebrate this happy time together on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 28. Hope it is an extra-special holiday for you both. State facts Thanks so much to Dorothea Novak for these fun facts: SOUTH DAKOTA: The only state that has never had an earthquake. TENNESSEE: Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry is the longest-running live radio show in the world. TEXAS: Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885, while the hamburger was invented in Arlington in 1906. UTAH: The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant opened here in 1952. VERMONT: Montpelier is the only state capital without a McDonald’s. VIRGINIA: Home of the world’s largest office building – the Pentagon. WASHINGTON: - Seattle has twice as many college graduates as any other city. WASHINGTON, D.C.: The first planned capital in the world. WEST VIRGINIA: Had the world’s first brick paved street – Summers Street, laid in Charleston in 1870. WISCONSIN: The ice cream sundae was invented here in 1881 to get around Blue Laws prohibiting ice cream from being sold on Sundays. WYOMING: The first state to allow women to vote. Brunch buffet All ladies are invited to attend “A Chocolate Christmas” brunch at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Spring Garden Conference Center on Spring Garden Drive, Lower Swatara. The brunch will be presented by the Hershey Area Women’s Connection, affiliated with Christian Women’s Clubs of America. Sharon Welsch and Mary Moyer from Dove Chocolate Discoveries in Willow Street will be featured. Lisa Shaver of Lower Swatara will be the vocalist. May Ogsbury, of Delanson, N.Y. will speak on “Life Isn’t Tied with a Bow, But It Is Still a Gift.” For reservations, readers may call

Edna at 717-652-0997 or Jean 717657-0006, or e-mail hershey awc@ The deadline for registration is Friday, Nov. 29. Stevenson soccer team Daniel McGlone, of Middletown, was a member of the men’s soccer team at Stevenson University, Owings Mills, Md., that compiled a record of 8-9-1 during the fall. Sciences dean’s list Scott Hershey, of Elizabethtown, a pharmacy student, was named to the dean’s list at the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, for the summer semester. LVC resident assistants McKenna Snyder, of Elizabethtown; Amanda Ringenbach, of Hummelstown; and Karly Siffin, of Hummelstown were named resident assistants for the 2013-14 academic year at Lebanon Valley College. Resident assistants help first-year students in the college’s residence halls. LVC Student Government Erin Rider, of Elizabethtown; McKenna Snyder, of Elizabethtown; Gavin Kolaric, of Elizabethtown; and Gregory Seiders, of Hummelstown, were elected by fellow students to Student Government positions at Lebanon Valley College for the 201314 academic year. Quote of the Week “Truth provides an opportunity for growth that can be embraced or ignored.” – Anonymous Question of the Week What are you thankful for? “For a good life!” – Briana Woodring, East Hanover Twp. “Daddy and Mommy, and Prini, too (my dog).” – Olivia Snell, 3, Hummelstown. “For so much – the beauty of the earth this time of year, food to eat, a house to live in, a job, freedom. But particularly this year: a new healthy granddaughter and a future son-in-law.” – Patty Kuharic, Lower Swatara. “My family, my house I live in, the food I eat and the clothes I wear.” – Megan Danilowicz, 16, Lower Swatara. “Our new puppy that we are getting right after Thanksgiving.” – Matt Wagner, 10, and Tim Wagner, 11, Lower Swatara. “My family, especially my sister and brother. Life wouldn’t be the same without them.” – Drice Bahajak, 18, Lower Swatara. Proverb for the Week He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it (11:27).

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Caitlin Pflaum, center, an eighth-grade communications arts teacher, helps students Valerie Ferrarelli, left, and Madison Burkman, right, prepare Thanksgiving food baskets for needy families.

E-town students buy Thanksgiving dinner for 31 needy families Students, faculty and staff at Elizabethtown Area Middle School collected enough money to buy Thanksgiving dinner baskets for 31 needy families this fall - including frozen turkey, stuffing, yams and gravy. The money was raised by the school’s Feathers for Families program - the school’s eighth-grade community service project – where students sold giant paper feathers for a quarter or $1 that were used to construct a giant turkey in the school lunchroom. The effort raised $3,338.39, the most

Red Cross holds blood drive The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 64 Ann St. The drive is sponsored by Wesley UMC; St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church; Presbyterian Church; Grace and Mercy Church; City of Refuge; and Valley Baptist Church. To make an appointment or get more information, readers may contact any of the sponsoring churches or call the American Red Cross at 717-234-3101, ext. 1223.

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Get college students to tee off at Sunset By Daniel Walmer Press And Journal Staff

If you see young foursomes sporting Elizabethtown College attire mixed among the groups of seasoned veterans at Londonderry Twp.’s Sunset Golf Course in the coming months, don’t be surprised. It’s part of the master plan of Mandy Sheckard, a communications major

at the college, to bring students to the course, a plan jumpstarted by Elizabethtown College Golf Day on Friday, Nov. 8. Sheckard’s plan to forge a relationship between the college and golf course was sparked by a conversation with township officials that took place last spring when she tried to convince them to purchase advertising with the college.

The township told her there was a problem: They didn’t mind advertising if it worked, but they hadn’t been receiving much business from college students. “We have advertised with them, but nothing every came out of it – nobody ever came here,” said Beth Graham, the township’s office manager. Both Graham and Sheckard recognized the potential for a partnership between the course and the college. “We’re trying to create a relationship with college students,” Graham said. “We think it’s a good alternative for the college kids to the local bars. It’s a good place for college kids to come and hang out.” So Sheckard – who was drawn to the course by its great views, outdoor deck with music, and “the best burgers I’ve had in a long time” – decided to devote her college capstone project to promoting the course. “Although it is a golf course, there’s so much here to do,” she said. After conducting focus groups and talking to students around campus, she realized that many students simply did not know much about the course. “A lot of people didn’t know where it was, and what it has to offer,” she said. So she created a Facebook page to promote the course to college students

and began placing fliers around campus to advertise for Elizabethtown College Golf Day. In the end, the weather didn’t cooperate – not even discounted rounds and food prices were enough to lure more than a few golfers to play in cold and windy conditions – but more than 30 students had initially contacted her about playing, she said, and 17 told her they would come on a less windy day. “That’s a really good response, at the end of the season like this,” Graham said. For Sheckard, it’s more than just a fall semester school project – she plans to continue her promotion of the course in the winter and spring. Sheckard and Graham hope to find ways of enticing students to use the clubhouse facility during the course’s winter off-season, and plan to undertake additional student golf promotions when the weather warms next spring in hopes of solidifying a long-term relationship between the college and course. “It’s just about getting the name out there,” Sheckard said.

since the drive was begun in 1995. In addition to the holiday food items, the baskets contained other products like peanut butter, pasta, tomato sauce and soup. In the first year, the school raised $750, enough to provide Thanksgiving dinner to eight families. Prior to the Thanksgiving break,

about a dozen students gathered after school to pack the items into food baskets for delivery to the families. In addition to the after-school packers, eighth graders served in various other capacities as part of the project including feather sellers and hangers, money counters, shoppers and food basket distributors.

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The Lower Dauphin School Board hereby gives notice that the Board Reorganization Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 2, 2013. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the Lower Dauphin District Administration Center located at 291 East Main Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036.

BE IT HEREBY ORDAINED AND ENACTED, by the Borough Council of the Borough of Highspire, and it is hereby ordained and enacted by the authority of the same as follows, to wit: Section One Chapter 15, Part 3, Section §305 of the Codified Ordinances of the Borough of Highspire is hereby amended by adding the following location where parking shall be limited to vehicles displaying a handicapped driver or passenger permit:

The purpose of the meeting is for the annual reorganization of the Board and such other matters requiring action. A Work Session will follow the Reorganization Meeting.

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Section Two Any ordinance or part thereof in conflict with the provisions hereof is hereby repealed except that nothing in this ordinance shall affect any act done or liability incurred, or any suit or prosecution pending or to be instituted under any repealed or superseded ordinance.

Regular Meeting January 21, 2014 February 18, 2014 March 18, 2014 April 15, 2014 May 21, 2014, Wednesday* June 17, 2014 July 15, 2014 August 19, 2014 September 16, 2014 October 21, 2014 November 18, 2014 December 16, 2014

The Highspire Borough Council will hold meetings of standing and/or appointed committees of the Borough Council on the Second and Third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. prior to their regularly scheduled Council Meetings for the year, 2014. The Highspire Civil Service Commission will meet on the following dates in 2014 at 6:00 p.m.* Monday Thursday Thursday January 6, 2014 May 8, 2014 October 2, 2014 (*Reorganization 6:45 p.m.) The Highspire Borough Environmental Advisory Board will meet on the following date at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Highspire Planning Commission has announced that they will meet on the first Tuesday of every month in 2014, at 7:00 p.m. according to the following schedule. September 2, 2014 October 7, 2014 November 4, 2014 December 2, 2014

The meetings will commence at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted and be held in the Council Chambers of the Highspire Borough Municipal Building, 640 Eshelman Street, Highspire, PA 17034, unless otherwise specified. All interested parties are invited to attend. The Highspire Borough Municipal Building is handicapped accessible. Anyone needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in a meeting should contact the Borough office at (717) 939-3303 at least three days in advance of the meeting.

Attest: Borough Secretary APPROVED this 17th day of December, 2013, by the Mayor of the Borough of Highspire, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. By: Mayor





SECTION 1. That a tax be and the same is hereby levied on all property and occupations within Lower Swatara Township subject to taxation for Township purposes for the fiscal year 2014 as follows:

Tax rate for general purposes, the sum of 15.80 mills on each dollar of assessed valuation.

The tax rate for the purpose of Capital Improvements, the rate of .50 mills on each dollar of assessed valuation, or the sum of .050 cents on each one hundred dollar ($100) of assessed valuation.

Section Two Any ordinance or part thereof in conflict herewith is hereby repealed.

The tax rate for Fire Protection purposes, the rate of .49 mills on each dollar of assessed valuation, or the sum of .049 cents on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation.

ORDAINED AND ENACTED, this 17th Day of December, 2013.

The tax rate for Fire Hydrant purposes, the rate of .136 mills on each dollar of assessed valuation, or the sum of .0136 cents on each one hundred ($100) dollars of assessed valuation.

The tax rate for General Township purposes, the sum of 3.25 mills on each dollar of assessed valuation, or the sum of thirty two and one half (.325) cents on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation.

The sum being summarized in tabular form as follows:

President ATTEST:

Mills on Each Dollar of Assessed Valuation

Cents on Each One Hundred Dollars of Assessed Valuation



Borough Secretary

Tax Rate for General Township purposes

APPROVED this 17th Day of December, 2013, by the Mayor of the Borough of Highspire, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Tax Rate for Capital Improvements



Tax Rate for Fire Protection Purposes







The Proposed Ordinance will be considered for adoption at the regular meeting of the Highspire Borough Council on December 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Highspire Borough Municipal Building. All interested residents are encouraged to attend. 11/27-1T #212

Construction Home Improvement

Tax Rate for Fire Hydrant Purposes TOTAL

SECTION 2. The assessment rate for Street Light purposes shall be one dollar and seventy-five cents ($1.75) per lineal front footage. SECTION 3. That any ordinance, of part of any ordinance, conflicting with this Ordinance be and the same is hereby repealed insofar as the same affects this Ordinance. ENACTED this 18th day of December 2013. LOWER SWATARA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS BY: ________________________ President ATTEST: __________________ Secretary Copies of the proposed ordinance and budget are available for copying at the Township building during regular business hours for a fee not greater than the cost thereof.


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Beginning Balance:



$ $ $ $ $ $

361,000 220,214 46,000 44,000 105,977 47,816

Revenues: Real Estate Taxes Local Enabling Taxes Ash/Garbage Fees Licenses and Permits Fines and Forfeits State Shared Revenue Other Revenues and Reimbursements

$ 1,277,090

SECTION 1. That for the expenses for the fiscal year 2014, the following amounts are hereby appropriated from the revenue available for the current year for the specific purposes set forth below, which amounts are more fully itemized in the Budget Form:

$ 2,252,097


GENERAL FUND SUMMARY OF ESTIMATED RECEIPTS 300 320 330 340 350 360 380 390

Taxes (from Schedule C) Licenses & Permits Fines & Forfeits Interest & Rents Intergovernmental Revenue Charges for Service Miscellaneous Revenues Other Financing Sources

$ 3,820,770 314,125 54,000 3,025 110,525 187,130 6,000 200,000


$ 4,695,575 $ 450,000

420 426 430 446 450 470 480 490

General Government $ Public Safety (Protection to persons & property) Health & Welfare Sanitation Public Works NPDES MS4 Culture – Recreation Debt Service Miscellaneous Other Operation Uses TOTAL (ALL FUNCTIONS) TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS FROM GENERAL FUND

$ 5,145,575




589,528 $ - 0 - $ 589,528 2,711,020 115,400 2,826,420 22,707 3,954 1,123,881 46,312 124,223 -01,000 299,743 4,922,368

-0-07,000 -06,000 94,807 -0-0$ 223,207

22,707 3,954 1,130,881 46,312 130,223 94,807 1,000 299,743

HIGHWAY AID FUND Total Estimated Receipts & Cash Total Expenditures Cash and Investments, Ending

Administration Tax Collection Municipal Building Police Protection Emergency Services Fire Protection Ambulance Emergency Management Fire Police Code Enforcement Highways Sanitation Recreation Other Services Miscellaneous Expenditures Capital Reserve Fire Relief Distribution Pension Distribution Debt Service

$ $ $

148,360 54,000 94,360

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS FUND Total Estimated Receipts & Cash Total Expenditures Cash and Investments, Ending

1,724,148 423,538 1,300,610

CAPITAL RESERVE FUND Total Estimated Receipts & Cash Total Expenditures Cash and Investments, Ending

814,607 -0814,607

HYDRANT FUND Total Estimated Receipts & Cash Total Expenditures Cash and Investments, Ending

291,380 58,800 232,580

$ $ $ $ $ $

29,640 254,492 211,502 25,800 34,459 223,294



85,159 11,515 3,070 600

15,000 13,651 194,643 $ 2,102,097 $




SEWER DEPARTMENT BUDGET Sewer Administration Fund Beginning Fund Balance Revenues: Sewer Rentals Other Revenues

$ 1,166,643 $ 200

Total Available for Appropriation:

$ 1,366,843

Administration Collection System Maintenance Treatment Plant Operations and Maintenance Capital Reserve Authority Lease Payments Administration Debt Service

224,250 200,000 24,250

193,110 12,971 28,850 891,254 100,344

Balance as of December 31, 2014

$ 5,145,575


$ $ $ $ $

Total Expenditures:

$ 5,145,575

STREET LIGHT FUND Total Estimated Receipts & Cash Total Expenditures Cash and Investments, Ending

$ $ $ $ $ $ $

145,652 25,000 413,967 100,000 390,950

20,000 370,950

Total Expenditures:

$ 1,075,569

Balance as of December 31, 2014:





Highspire Sewer Rentals Lower Swatara Sewer Rentals Other Revenues

$ $ $

413,967 735,942 20

Total Available for Appropriation:

$ 1,149,929

Sewer Operations and Maintenance Fund Beginning Fund Balance: Revenues:

Expenditures: Personnel and Benefits Operations and Maintenance Total Expenditures:

$ 551,379 $ 598,550 $ 1,149,929

Balance as of December 31, 2014



Beginning Fund Balance:






Total Available for Appropriation






Balance as of December 31, 2012:




POLICE PENSION FUND Total Estimated Receipts & Cash Total Expenditures Cash and Investments, Ending

194,119 193,144 975

NON-UNIFORM PENSION PLAN Total Estimated Receipts & Cash Total Expenditures Cash and Investments, Ending

219,122 214,277 4,845

RECREATION DEVELOPMENT FUND Total Estimated Receipts & Cash Total Expenditures Cash and Investments, Ending


419,330 150,000 269,330

TAX RATE 2014 Real Estate Tax Rate

15.80 mills

The Borough intends to adopt Ordinance No. 599 of 2013 reflecting this Rate.

SECTION 2. An estimate of the specific items comprising the amounts appropriated to the respective departments is on file in the Municipal Building of the Township of Lower Swatara, 1499 Spring Garden Drive, Middletown, Pennsylvania.


SECTION 3. That any ordinance, or part of any ordinance, conflicting with this Ordinance is and the same is hereby repealed insofar as the same affects this Ordinance.


2014 Ash and Garbage Fee

2014 Sewer Rentals

ENACTED this 18th day of December 2013. LOWER SWATARA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS By: ___________ President ATTEST: __________Secretary Copies of the proposed ordinance and budget are available for copying at the Township building during regular business hours for a fee not greater than the cost thereof. Marylou M. Rittner Financial Administrator Lower Swatara Township 11/27-1T #209

$ $ $ $


The Ordinance further provides a listing of Estimated Receipts and Appropriations for specialized areas as follows:


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$ 2,102,097

IT IS HEREBY ORDAINED AND ENACTED by the Board of Commissioners of Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania as follows:

Section One That a tax be and the same is hereby levied on all real property within the Borough of Highspire, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, subject to taxation for the year 2014 as follows:


Total Available for Appropriation:

400 410

BE IT ORDAINED AND ENACTED, by the Borough Council of the Borough of Highspire, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and it is hereby ordained and enacted by the authority of the same as follows:


Total Revenues:


Notice is hereby given that the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Lower Swatara, Dauphin County, intends to consider at their regular meeting to be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Township building located at 1499 Spring Garden Drive, Middletown, PA 17057, the following ordinance:

photography, watercolor, collage and other media in a variety of styles. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, readers may visit the Arts on Union website at or the Mixed Media Art Group website at

BE IT ORDAINED AND ENACTED, and it is hereby ordained and enacted by the Board of Commissioners of Lower Swatara Township, County of Dauphin, Pennsylvania:



Works by artists from central Pennsylvania’s Mixed Media Art Group will be shown at Arts on Union, 203 N. Union St., from Saturday, Dec. 7 through Sunday, Jan. 26. A free reception, where the public can meet the artists, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 7. Mixed Media Art Group features artists working in oil, acrylic, encaustic,


Notice is hereby given that the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Lower Swatara, Dauphin County, intends to consider at their regular meeting to be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Township building located at 1499 Spring Garden Drive, Middletown, PA 17057, the following ordinance:

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Mixed media, styles shown at Arts on Union

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John McHale Borough Secretary

ORDINANCE NO. 599 of 2013

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Artwork in a variety of media and styles will be featured at a show at Arts on Union beginning Saturday, Dec. 7.

The Proposed Ordinance will be considered for adoption at the regular meeting of the Highspire Borough Council on December 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Highspire Borough Municipal Building. All interested residents are encouraged to attend.


One Standard Parking Space

Said handicap only parking space shall be valid for up to a period of five (5) years provided the applicant is residing at this residence, and may be renewed upon application for additional periods of time by resolution of Borough Council.

Council President

The Highspire Borough Council has announced that they will meet during the year 2014 on the second and third Tuesday of each month according to the following schedule; exceptions*:

May 6, 2014 June 3, 2014 July 1, 2014 August 5, 2014



The Highspire Borough Council shall hold a meeting for the purpose of reorganization on Monday, January 6, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.

Workshop Meeting January 14, 2014 February 11, 2014 March 11, 2014 April 8, 2014 May 13, 2014 June 10, 2014 July 8, 2014 August 12, 2014 September 9, 2014 October 14, 2014 November 12, 2014, Wednesday* December 9, 2014


ORDAINED AND ENACTED this 17th day of December, 2013.

Public Notice Highspire Borough Council 2014 Meeting Dates

January 7, 2014 February 4, 2014 March 4, 2014 April 1, 2014



Sharon K. Hagy Board Secretary

Tuesday, March 18, 2014




$208 per annum per dwelling unit

Residential - $65.00 per month, per unit Non-Residential - $90.85 per month, per unit Plus $5.31 per thousand gallons over one equivalent domestic unit (EDU)

The Proposed Budgets and Tax Rate Ordinance are available for public inspection at the Highspire Borough Municipal Building, 640 Eshelman Street, Highspire, PA 17034. From 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The final budgets and tax rate will be adopted at the regular meeting of the Highspire Borough Council on December 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Highspire Borough Municipal Building. All interested residents are encouraged to attend. A. Kay Sutch Borough Council President John McHale Borough Manager/Secretary

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Once nearly disbanded, booster club Pennsylvania provides money for sports and arts Family Roots

By Daniel Walmer Press And Journal Staff

What do new Middletown Area School District football practice jerseys, a basketball gun for shooting drills, soccer goals and chorus risers have in common? They’ve all been obtained this fall through Blue and Gold Club funds, part of over $7,200 the club – formed in the 1990s to supplement the needs of Middletown sports – has donated to the district since September. Not bad for a club that thought about dissolving last winter because of an unusual problem: It seemed that nobody wanted their money. Enter Jeremy King, Middletown’s new athletic director, who provided the club with a wish list of “luxury items” that the district athletic budget couldn’t support. King quickly found his wish list granted – two ball carts for the volleyball team, the money to fund a winter cross-country program and high-definition video cameras for all sports. “This couldn’t have made my life any easier – it’s unbelievable,” King said. Now the club is even expanding beyond its sports boundaries to provide risers for the increasing number of students in the Middletown Area High School chorus. “This is not just a football organization, and now it’s not just a sports organization,” King said. “The [perception] of it is, ‘It’s just football,’ but it’s not. It’s for everybody.” King can’t stop bragging about Middletown students: Fall sports participation has increased since last year; the district has 25 Mid-Penn Conference all-stars, and all 25 are honor roll or distinguished honor roll students, he said. “These are true student-athletes,” he said. To King, the increased involvement of the Blue and Gold Club during the same time period isn’t a coincidence. “If you have more equipment, it makes your athletics better,” he said. “It allows them to compete with everyone.” As for academics, tools like the volleyball carts, which allow coaches to

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Jeremy King, left, athletic director for the Middletown Area School District and Larry Etter, president of the Blue and Gold Club, display some of the items purchased with club funds, including a basketball shooting gun, soccer nets, a volleyball ball cart and football practice jerseys. put new balls in play more quickly during practice drills, create more efficient and shorter practices, thus giving students more time to focus on homework, King said. The carts also help with transporting balls between the Middletown Area Middle School practice facility and the high school, where the varsity Blue Raiders hold their home matches, said Coach Lisa Huber. “I took over the women’s volleyball team this year and was very grateful to hear that the Blue and Gold Club was willing to help out, as in years past,” Huber said. “Thank you so much for this generous gift – it was greatly appreciated, and will be put to good use.” Choral director Steve Smith was similarly thankful for the three additional sets of risers.

“We had a large increase in enrollment in choir this year and the students would not all fit on the [old] risers,” Smith explained. “This is going to be a tremendous benefit to us at the concert – the students will now all be able to fit on the risers. The chorus is extremely grateful to the Blue and Gold Club for their generosity.” Larry Etter, president of the Blue and Gold Club and a sports reporter for the Press And Journal, credits new blood in both the school administration and the club’s leadership for the turnaround. “We got stagnant, to be honest with you. We ourselves were not getting the word out like we should have,” Etter said. “Then, all of a sudden, it changed…[We learned that] there really was a need that was out there.” The club is going to need more money

to continue providing equipment to the school, so it’s actively looking for new members, corporate sponsors and grant funds, he said. Anyone interested in becoming a member for a small fee can contact Etter or other club members to join. King also thanked the community in general for its strong support of its students, evidenced by unusually large turnouts at extracurricular events this fall. “The community is ready to go,” he said. “For all of this to work, there needs to be support. The community support is what allows the students to compete.” Daniel Walmer: 717-944-4628, or danielwalmer@pressandjournal. com

News From District Judge David H. Judy Following is a compilation of action in cases filed before District Magistrate David H. Judy. Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law. Daniel Jenakovich, 49, of Middletown, was charged by state police at Harrisburg with criminal mischief by damaging property stemming from an incident in Londonderry Twp. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on Oct. 25. David Rice, 39, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with public drunkenness stemming from an incident on Oct. 6. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on Oct. 25. Michael Martin, 33, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with disorderly conduct. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on Oct. 25. Julie Hurley, 30, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with harassment stemming from an incident on Oct. 25. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on Oct. 25. Harry Shriner Jr., 59, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with harassment stemming from an incident on Oct. 24. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on Oct. 25. Brett Evans, 25, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with harassment stemming from an incident on Oct. 25. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on Oct. 25. Charlette Eutzy, 28, of Harrisburg, was charged by Middletown police with harassment and retaliation against a witness or victim stemming from an incident on Oct. 15. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on Oct. 25. Rasheeka Talley, 34, of Middletown, and Tamika Lovette, 32, no address listed, were charged by Middletown police with simple assault and public drunkenness and similar misconduct stemming from an incident on Oct. 27. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on Oct. 27. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 21. Mark Lingle, 25, of Middletown, was charged by state police at Harrisburg with DUI, DUI-high rate of alcohol, failure to notify police of accidental damage to a vehicle and two summary offenses stemming from an incident on Sept. 6 in Londonderry Twp.. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on Oct. 29. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 12 before Judy.

Crystal Reed, 25, of Harrisburg, was charged by Middletown police with disorderly conduct stemming from an incident on Oct. 30. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on Oct. 30. Daniel Hanson, 20, of Harrisburg, was charged by Middletown police with burglary, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, criminal trespass and conspiracy stemming from an incident on Sept. 6. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on Oct. 30. Ronnie Brooks, 60, of Middletown, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness stemming from an incident in Middletown on Oct. 26. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on Nov. 1. Rebecca Wesner, 31, of Elizabethtown, was charged by state police in Harrisburg with five counts each of identity theft and theft by deception stemming from an incident in Londonderry Twp. on Oct. 1. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on Nov. 3. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 12 before Judy. Kevin Foltz, 44, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with simple assault and harassment stemming from an incident on Nov. 2. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on Nov. 2. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 21 before Judy. David Rice, 39, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, recklessly endangering another person and selling or furnishing liquor to a minor stemming from an incident on Nov. 2. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on Nov. 3. Rice was confined to Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5 before Judy. Ryan Long, 21, of Middletown, was charged by state police at Harrisburg with intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered and use/possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from an incident in Royalton on Oct. 31. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on Nov. 3. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 12 before Judy. Yi Wang, 40, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with

simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident on Nov. 1. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on Nov. 5. Siamphone Sok, 26, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with endangering the welfare of children stemming from an incident on Nov. 5, 2010. The charge was filed on Nov. 4. Jessica Smeal, 21, and Amanda Mroz, 18, both of Middletown, were charged by state police at Harrisburg with harassment stemming from an incident in Royalton. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on Nov. 3. Brandon Drye, 22, of Palmyra, was charged by Dauphin County detectives with manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver stemming from an incident on May 3, 2012. The charge was filed with Judy’s office on Nov. 7. Kevin Livingston, 19, of Middletown, was charged by state police at Harrisburg with making terroristic threats with the intent to terrorize another, simple assault, harassment and purchase of alcohol by a minor stemming from an incident on Nov. 8. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on Nov. 8. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 21 before Judy. Louis Miller, 42, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with failure to comply with registration of sexual offender requirements. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on Nov. 8. Miller is awaiting a preliminary hearing. Otheaus Martin, 29, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with four counts of simple assault,

four counts of harassment, resisting arrest, public drunkenness, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct for engaging in fighting stemming from an incident on Nov. 10. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on Nov. 10. Christopher Mink, 38, of Elizabethtown, was charged by state police at Harrisburg with harassment and simple assault stemming from an incident in Londonderry Twp. on Nov. 11. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on Nov. 12. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5 before Judy. Lamont Harris, 37, of Middletown, was charged by Middletown police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from an incident on Nov. 9. The charges were filed with Judy’s office on Nov. 13. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22 before Judy.

The first page in the Bible is the Certificate of Marriage, which was written by the Justice of the Peace, Mr. Wm. H. Fenton: United in Marriage, Columbus Cook of Pine Grove Township, Pennsylvania and Emily Newton of Ellicott, Chantanque County, and New York, in the town of Ellicott on 12th day May in the year of our Lord 1850. Witnesses were Amelia Newton and Eveline Cook. Looking at the marriage record page, there were 10 marriages listed starting in Newfane, Vt., which is not far from Massachusetts. Here are the names and dates that are recorded in the Bible starting with the marriage records. (1) Asa Cook and Fanny Elmer, married on Jan. 12, 1818 in Newfane, Vt. by Rev. Jonathan Nye; (2) Lucinda Cook and Alden Marsh, married on Oct. 1, 1855 in Pine Grove, Pa., by Rev. S.S. Burton; (3) Robert E. Cool and Lana J. French, married on Feb. 12, 1851 in Pomfret, N.Y. by Rev. F.M. Blood; (4) Eveline Gale Cook and Jacob M. French, married on Jan.27, 1858 in Pine Grove, Pa. by Rev. O.B. Clark. The next group of names was of Columbus and Fanny’s children. (5) Frank Elmer Cook and Ida A. Cando, married on Aug. 3,1855 in the village of Westfield by Wm. P. Hill; (6) Jay Asa Cook and Miss Kate Welch, married on Oct. 14, 1891 in Howard S.D. by Rev. G.W. Shaw; (7) Nettie Eliza Cook and James Chapel, married on Aug. 6, 1893 in Oxford, Wis. by Rev. James S. Wilson. The Family record of births starts with Asa Cook in Worcester, Mass., born Dec. 25, 1790. His wife Fanny Elmer in Newfane, Vt., born Nov. 17, 1797. They must have been moving Westerly for their first two children, a daughter, Lucinda Cook was born on May 2, 1820 and son Robert Elmer, born on March 22, 1822 in Ellicott, N.Y. Their third child, Almira was born on March 8, 1824 back in Newfane, Vt. The next entry shows that the Cooks were living in Pine Grove, Warren County, Pa., fourth son; Columbus Cook was born April 15, 1826 in Pine Grove. There was a 13-year gap before the five children were born, Eveline Gale Cook on March 6, 1839 in Pine Grove and the last child Emery Cook was born July 6, 1842 in Pine Grove. Columbus and Emily’s children, Frank Elmer was born on July 18,1854 in Pine Grove and son Jay Asa was born on Nov 18, 1857 in Packwankee, Wis. and Nettie Elizabeth was born April 22, 1861 in Packwankee, Wis. The continuation of the births was on Columbus’s sons Frank and Jay’s children. Frank and Ida must have moved to Packwankee, Wis. Their children, Elmer Jay Cook was born on April 21,1889 Packwankee, Wis.; Allie May was born Sept 11, 1891 at North Crandon, Wis.; and Amy Cook was born April 29,1897. Jay and Kate Cook’s children: Mollie was born on Sept. 8, 1882 in Carthage, S.D.; Mable E. was born on June 18, 1886; and Pearl was born May 19, 1886 at the same place. Death Record Entries: (1) Asa Cook, died Feb. 6, 1860 in Pine Grove, Pa., age 69 yrs.; (2) Fanny Elmira Cook, died May 9, 1874 in Youngsville, Warren Co., Pa., age 76 yrs.; (3) Almira Cook, died Aug. 24, 1827 in Pine Grove, age 3yrs.; (4) Emery Cook, died March 22,1844, age 1 yr., 8mo., 16 days; (5) Robert E. Cook, died April 10,1900 in Newton, Colo., age 78 yrs., 4 days; (6) Laura Cook, died July 26, 1896 in Newton, Colo., 64 yrs., 5 mo., 14 days; (7) Eveline Gale French, died July 24, 1902 in Youngsville, Pa., 63 yrs., 4 mo., 8 days; (8) Frank Elmer Cook, died on March 5, 1902 at St Mary’s Hospital, Marquette, Mich., 47 yrs., 7 mo., 8 days; (9) Lucinda Cook March, died on Jan. 4, 1905 at Youngsville, Pa., 84 yrs., 8 mo., 2 days; Columbus Cook, died on Nov. 15, 1914 in Packwankee, Wis., age 88 yrs., 7 mo.

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Emily Newton Cook had written her family’s vital records starting with her parents: Births: John Newton, born Jan. 19, 1786 in Lichsfield, Mass; Eliza W. Bidwell, born Dec. 31, 1805 at Fairfax, Vt.; John William Newton, born April 28,1827; Emily Huldah Newton, born Dec. 25,1828; Armelia Almira Newton, born Aug. 21,1833; Emmy Theresa Newton, born April 21, 1835; Charles Walbridge Newton, born Dec. 12, 1838; and Lelia Adalade Newton, born April 2,1843. Marriages: John Newtown and Eliza Williams Bidwell, married May 24, 1826; Amos H. Tenant and Armelia A. Newton, married April 15, 1852; John W. Newton and Regina Ely, married July 12, 1857; C.W. Newton and Eliza Holmes, married Nov. 19, 1860; Robert R. Brady and Lelia A. Newton, married Jan. 2, 1862. Deaths: Armelia A. Tenant, died Feb. 29, 1864. Bible records are considered a primary source. In this case with names and dates, it has been shown where Columbus and Emily’s parents were born and were they were at the time of their children’s births; showing their children on where they have settled and seeing where Columbus was living at the time of his death. I hope there are descendants of the Cook/Newton/Bidwell families still looking.

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Workers at TMI donate pies to food pantry The Middletown Interfaith Food Pantry knew it was going to be giving stuffing, gravy and other Thanksgiving essentials to families in need for the upcoming holiday. Now those families will be able to finish the meal off with pumpkin pie thanks to the generosity of Three Mile Island employees and

contractors. During TMI’s recent refueling outage, district chef Gregg Pearson of food contractor Eurest Dining Services decided he wanted to share a piece of the economic pie –so he sought donations from TMI employees and others working at the nuclear power plant to

purchase pies. He raised enough money to donate 240 pies filled with pumpkin-y goodness –120 to the pantry in Royalton and 120 to Harrisburg’s Bethesda Mission. “It all happened because of the people at TMI,” Pearson said. “They’re very generous people.”

Middletown motorist dies in Highspire crash By Noelle Barrett

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A Middletown woman died after a one-car accident in Highspire on Friday, Nov. 15, police said. Lora Brown, 60, was traveling eastbound on Second Street near Burd Run Bridge around 2:30 p.m. when, for unknown reasons, her car veered right, striking the bridge on the driver’s side. Brown’s car then slide off the bridge abutment, hit the creek bed below and flipped onto its roof, according to a police report on the accident. The creek was only a couple inches deep at the time, but water was running into the inside of the car, according to Highspire police sergeant Mark Stonbraker. Emergency personnel were on scene extricating Brown, who was pinned between the passenger seat and the roof of the vehicle, the report stated. Brown was transported to South Central EMS to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Police have not confirmed what may have caused Brown to lose control of her car, but it is suspected she was experiencing a medical emergency, Stonbraker said.

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There will be Christmas lights in Hoffer Park after all. Middletown Borough and the the union that represents the borough’s non-uniform employees have settled a grievance that borough officials said had forced them to suspend the decorating of Hoffer Park, an annual holiday tradition. The settlement, announced on Thursday, Nov. 21, allows for volunteers to decorate the park and Middletown’s square, the borough said. The borough quickly sought volunteers to help decorate the park on Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24. Among those who showed up: the Penn State Harrisburg men’s volleyball team, the borough said. Hundreds of people visit the park to see the Christmas display each year, and Santa Claus holds court amid the lights and bulbs. Councilor Barbara Arnold announced earlier this year that the borough would not decorate the park because of a grievance filed by the union, Teamsters Local 776, that sought compensation for work that volunteers did last year. The borough solicitor advised against using volunteers to decorate the park until the matter was resolved. According to the settlement agreement, Teamsters Local 776, recognizes the borough’s right to use volunteers so long as volunteer work does not result in layoffs of borough employees, the borough said. “We appreciate the union leadership’s efforts to resolve this matter in time for Christmas,’’ said Tim Konek, borough

ing accounting manager Cindy Hendershott, who had offered to donate all her unused sick leave to Radabaugh upon her retirement, Suski said. The program has been approved by the district’s employee associations. District employees and students have contributed financially to the Radabaughs as well. Nearly $4,000

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not be interested in farming, and the number of farms will decrease. “This is all I ever did, all I ever wanted to do – you just have to hope that somebody in the next generation will want to do it, too,’’ Strite said. “I just look at it as, this is my job – to keep this going long enough for my kids to make a decision on whether to keep it going or not.’’ Nationally, interest in farming has decreased dramatically during the last 30 years. The number of U.S. farms fell to a six-year low in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with the number of farm operations dropping to 2.17 million acres in 2012, down from 2.18 million acres in 2011. But Mark O’Neill, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, holds out hope that the dramatic The American Farm Bureau decline may be over. Federation’s 28th annual A USDA survey of farminformal price survey of land, conducted every classic items found on the five years, is due to be Thanksgiving Day dinner table released next year, and he believes the numbers will indicates the average cost of not be so bleak, O’Neill this year’s feast for 10 is $49.04, predicted. State and a 44-cent price decrease from county farm preservation last year’s average of $49.48. programs, like Dauphin County’s Clean and Green program, have preserved farmland since they were instituted in 1988. “I think it will be a loss, but not as dramatic as it was 20 years ago,’’ said O’Neill. “I think it’s pretty steady now.’’ The Internet has provided farmers with a bevy of information on new farming and irrigation techniques, as well as current prices for what they produce. “I’ve changed a lot of the way we farm in the last five or 10 years because I saw something on YouTube,’’ Strite said. “We’re all, I think, getting better as farmers because we’re able to work off each other.’’ Farming will always be a challenge, from coaxing as many crops out of the land as possible to getting tractors and other farm equipment to the fields. Motorists in a hurry have forced It’s always growing season at Strites Orchards in Chambers Hill, Lower Swatara Twp. Even though winter’s cold, icy grip will hold central Pennsylvania for several Haldeman Farm’s tractors and other equipment off local roads. One motorist brusquely told Graybill: I don’t care what months, fresh and local lettuce and an array of other vegetables will soon become you’re farming – when I want food, I go to the grocery store.’’ available to area residents. Well, who supplies grocery stores with food? like a never-ending process, I think.’’ “Ninety-five percent of the people are wonderful,’’ said For Graybill, the cycle ended with November harvest at the Londonderry Graybill, but some “don’t have any kind of sense as why we are there.’’ farm. The process – the life of a farmer – does not end, however. After a Perhaps the biggest challenge for farmers: Increase the amount of fruit or brief winter hiatus, the cycle begins anew: Corn seeds are planted in midcorn or milk or beef produced in less time and space, to feed a nation as April, and fallow fields come alive. effectively and efficiently as possible in the face of dwindling fields lost to commercial development, the rising cost of supplies, the weather. Jim Lewis: 717-944-4628, or “That’s been going on since my grandfather planted the first tree,’’ Strite Daniel Walmer: 717-944-4628, or said. “We’re always working on improving what we get out of stuff. It’s

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accommodate a lift currently stored in the old borough highway department building across from Penn State Harrisburg. McNamara emphasized that the money will not be all spent at once and the projects will be prioritized at the discretion of borough manager Tim Konek. Demolishing the old electrical building is the first priority, McNamara said. The borough plans to level the area and turn it into additional parking for downtown businesses. Louer said the roof replacement and electrical building demolition had been discussed at a public works committee meeting – a meeting that apparently was never publicly advertised. As the Press And Journal previously

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halted by board members who said the borough did not have answers to their questions about financing the project and discrepancies in project costs. An earlier estimate of the cost made by the borough was $1 million less. Chris Courogen, borough secretary and director of communications, was the lone presenter for the borough, explaining that Middletown’s finance and engineering professionals had “conflicts’’ that prevented them from attending. His promises to get back to board members whose questions he could not answer went unheeded. “This is fruitless,’’ complained Justin Warren, chairman of the gaming advisory board. “I find it a little frustrating you don’t have the people here’’ to answer questions, he told Courogen. The gaming advisory board then voted to postpone Middletown’s presentation until Nov. 19. The professionals did attend the second meeting. Mark Morgan, the borough’s financial consultant, said Middletown had a variety of funds to commit as collateral for the $1.5 million loan, including its annual $150,000 allotment of state liquid fuels tax money and $750,000 in “stockpiled” unused liquid fuel funds from previous years. “We’re going to have more than adequate resources to collateralize the loan,” he told the advisory boards. In all, the borough has about $2.5 million in to spend on development

reported, Councilor Barbara Arnold admitted to holding an unadvertised committee meeting in October – something Melissa Melewsky, media law counsel for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, said was a violation of the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, which governs public meetings. Although previous borough solicitor Anna Marie Sossong agreed that such meetings must be advertised, current borough solicitor Adam Santucci told council that he believes the Sunshine Act does not require committee meetings to be advertised, said Councilor Scott Sites. The borough also held an unadvertised planning committee meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20. The borough website, which has a page dedicated to publicizing council and committee meetings, has not mentioned any such

projects, including $750,000 that was recently repaid to the borough by Woodlayne Court Apartments, about $1 million in unspent bond money, liquid fuels funds and unspecified capital improvement funds, according to Morgan. After the first phase, the borough hopes to embark on the second phase, which would include an extension of Emaus Street to Route 230. Dan Anderton, a borough planning consultant from the engineering firm Dewberry, presented preliminary plans for the second phase to Middletown Borough Council at a council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Anderton told councilors that he is talking to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which has agreed to pay for the Emaus Street extension, about giving the extension and a proposed Amtrak train station at Route 230 and Ann Street a 1910-era feel. “We want to make this a main entrance to get into town,” Anderton said. His plans also preliminarily call for building a park and a museum near the station. Other requests for county money include: • $400,000 sought by the Lower Dauphin School District to complete a field house at its field at the middle school. • $250,000 sought by Londonderry Twp. for a tanker truck for the Londonderry Fire Company. • $250,000 sought by Highspire for street improvements and almost $13,000 for the Highspire Historical

meetings since Aug. 19. Lobar Associates will perform the $558,000 in repairs at rates procured through the Keystone Purchasing Network. Members of the Keystone Purchasing Network, such as the borough, can legally satisfy bidding requirements by using Keystone’s already-bid and awarded “indefinite quantity” contracts for parts and labor. The electric building and highway building ceased to be used for day-to-day operations after council consolidated the borough’s highway, electric and water departments into a department of public works. Councilor Sue Sullivan was absent from the meeting. Daniel Walmer: 717-944-4628, or danielwalmer@pressandjournal. com

Society to maintain the historic Wilson House on Second Street. • $140,000 sought by the Lower Swatara Volunteer Fire Department to replace a rescue boat and trailer and buy other equipment. • $42,750 sought by the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority to improve directional signs at Harrisburg International Airport. • $350,000 sought by Steelton for two projects and for paying off a loan on the Steelton Volunteer Fire Department’s tower ladder truck, which would allow the borough to purchase another vehicle for the department, according to borough manager Sara Gellatly. Steelton also is seeking $100,000 to put toward the $140,000 cost of fixing storm water problems on Adams Street, improving the chances of attractive developers to the area, Gellatly said. The third proposal for $75,000 would supplement grant money the borough has already received to revamp Mohn Street Park. In total, 102 municipalities, fire departments, charities and other organizations are seeking a total of $20 million from the $6 million pot, according to Skip Memmi, director of the Dauphin County Department of Community and Economic Development. Daniel Walmer: 717-944-4628, or danielwalmer@pressandjournal. com Jim Lewis: 717-944-4628, or

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Steelton-Highspire players hoist the District 3 Class A trophy over their heads after beating York Catholic, 26-7, for the district title.

Rollers top York Catholic, 26-7 for district title By Noelle Barrett

Press And Journal Staff

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Lower Dauphin kicker Joe Julius launches a game-winning 46-yard field goal attempt through the uprights with 16 seconds left to give the Falcons a 17-14 victory over top-seeded Wilson in a District 3 Class AAAA semifinal playoff game.

Last-minute field goal lifts Falcons over Wilson, 17-14 Julius’ 46-yard kick sends LD to the District 3 title game for first time in nearly 20 years By Tom Klemick

For The Press And Journal

Overcome with emotion, Lower Dauphin kicker Joe Julius wiped tears of joy from his eyes as he stood on the football field with his teammates, listening to the marching band play the alma mater after one of the biggest games in school history. Just moments earlier, Julius, the Southern IllinoisEdwardsville-bound soccer star, lined up for the biggest kick of his life with a chance to cement his LD legacy – not by coming up clutch on the soccer pitch, but on the gridiron. Just 16 seconds remained on the game clock. The

Falcons were tied with Wilson, the defending District 3 Class AAAA champion, at 14 in a semifinal district tournament game. A light rain fell from the heavens. The snap was high, but holder Jason Shellenberger got it down. Julius struck the bottom of the ball, sending it high into the night. It was on target. And by the length of just a few footballs, it had the distance, sneaking over the crossbar from 46 yards out. Ten seconds and two failed Wilson pass attempts later, the Falcons (12-1) had beaten Wilson 17-14 on Friday, Nov. 22. They stormed the field at John Gurski Stadium in West Lawn having just earned a berth in the District 3 championship game for the first time in nearly 20 years. “Nothing was going through my mind. I just kicked it,” said Julius after being swarmed by reporters Please See FALCONS, Page B3

The Rollers have done it again. Steelton-Highspire clinched its ninth District 3 Class A title, defeating York Catholic, 26-7 in the district championship game on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Hersheypark Stadium. For this batch of Rollers, the district championship was a first – the most recent title was in 2008. It was also redemption: One year ago, SteelHigh battled in the same stadium, on the same day, but was defeated by Delone Catholic, 28-13. Not this time. As Steel-High Coach Tom Hailey said, the team is “getting back to Roller football.” The start of the game was just that. It took the Rollers only three plays to score on their first possession. Quarterback James Warren ran the ball 37 yards down the left sideline for a 7-0 lead with 7:29 left in the first quarter. The Rollers then forced a threeand-out, regaining possession at their own 24-yard-line. But that’s when things got a bit unstable. As the Rollers approached Fighting Irish territory, they fumbled, turning the ball over to York Catholic with 2:55 left in the quarter. An encroachment penalty by the Rollers handed the Irish a first down – but three plays later, the ball was back in Steel-High’s hands.

Unfortunately, it didn’t stay there. Warren’s first pass in the second quarter to Jorge Caraballo was intercepted by York Catholic quarterback-and-defender Hakeem Kinard. The mistake gave the Irish the ball on the Rollers’ 3-yard line, and the Irish scored two plays later, tying the game, 7-7 with 11:19 left in the first half. To call Steel-High’s performance

on Saturday flawless would be a stretch – they committed 10 penalties for 71 yards, fumbled twice and threw two interceptions. But the Rollers have something special – the ability to recover. “We won’t let many mistakes phase us,’’ Warren said. “We just move on to the next play.” Please See ROLLERS, Page B3

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Steelton-Highspire quarterback James Warren (3) fights off a York Catholic defender during a run.


Doyle scores 28 as Lions fall to Messiah

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Seniors on the Middletown football team, honored during a year-end banquet that celebrated the Blue Raiders’ winning season, are: back row, from left, Melvin Fager III, Steven Cain, Colton Smith and Nick Drawbaugh; middle row, Levi Varner, Aaron Gray and Seth Babil; front row, Josh Matinchek, Cody Lutz, Chris Holloman, Andrew Rowe and Jeremy Shaver.

Raiders celebrate a winning season Middletown Area High School’s running back Josh Matinchek and defender Nick Drawbaugh won awards during the Raider Club’s annual season-ending banquet on Sunday, Nov. 17 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown. Matinchek won the David H. Degler Memorial Award, given to a senior player who showed leadership, character, desire and heart. The award is

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Larry Etter, left, of the Raider Club and sports writer for the Press And Journal, presents the David H. Degler Memorial Award to player Josh Matinchek.

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coach, and is given on a vote by the coaches. Diane Rowe won the Raider Club Volunteer Award, given to a volunteer who donates their time and abilities to the football program. Middletown’s seniors were honored for their success this season. The Raiders finished the season with a 6-4 record, and highlights of their campaign were shown in a video produced by the club.

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Eight players on the Middletown Youth Club’s Blue Raiders midget football team were named to the CFA Football League’s all-star team. They are: back row, from left, Malik Noon (62), Brady Fox (34), Blake Jacoby (48) and Tre Leach (1); front row, Kyle Truesdale (21), Ryan Hughes (18), Devin Agramonte (26) and Joey Gusler (64). The Raiders advanced to the semifinals in the CFA’s midget division playoffs.

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Penn State Harrisburg’s Will Doyle (34) drives for two of his career-high 28 points in a loss to Messiah.


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Kenny Stone drew the Lions (1-2) to within four at 20-16 with 9:45 left in the first half. From there, Messiah used a 9-2 run to pad its lead and give itself a cushion that would prove crucial when the Blue & White made pushes in the second half. The run culminated with a Brad Bolen 3-pointer that upped the Falcons’ advantage to 29-18 at the 6:21 mark. Trailing 40-27 at the break, the Lions came out rejuvenated in the second half and put together an 11-5 run that got them back into the game. During that stretch, Doyle came to life and scored seven-straight points, bookended by layups by Stone and freshman Winton Lyle. But just when it looked as though the Lions were on the verge of making a game-changing push, the three-ball proved to be the Falcons’ best friend. Messiah’s Scott Bolen netted a trifecta that quieted the electric hometown faithful and pushed the Falcons’ advantage back to double digits with 12 minutes left to play. Penn State Harrisburg cut the deficit to 7 points on two more occasions, once following a Stone free throw at the 11:04 mark and again following a Doyle 3-pointer with 9:08 remaining, but the Lions couldn’t piece together enough defensive stops and bunches of scoring to draw any closer. Friday was pleased with his team’s offensive output – despite his players running this system for barely more than a month, they are off to a promising start. Now it’s just a matter of sustaining the good over the course of an entire outing. “It’s all about consistency moving forward,” he said.; e-mail -


y five weeks in North Carolina hunting whitetails and guiding hunters have shown me how ill-prepared some hunters can be. When folks go through a hunting outfitter, not everything under the sun is listed on the equipment checklist. The most important things are the most obvious. Hunters are constantly reminded to include clothing that would cover weather changes from mild to severe cold. The old saying, “If you have it, you can always take it off” is good advice. Layering your clothing does work.

Rubber boots may not seem important. For many, leather ones are brought into camp to be worn exclusively. Let it rain, and the conditions become like a tropical rain forest. Rubber boots are a must – they are scent-free, and keep human scent to a minimum coming and going to stand locations. Wearing your hunting boots into the lodge atmosphere is a big “No.’’ Contamination of all the smells associated to human activity should be eliminated. There are many so-called scent-free sprays that can be used to cut down on human scent. Spraying

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Good advice for hunters: Be prepared yourself down can only help. Rain gear may never be needed but there is always an outside chance that the weather just might decide to rain on your hunt. Not all stands may be fully enclosed with a roof, and the outfitter might not be able to accommodate all hunters under a roof. Rain gear must and should be included on all hunts. No rain gear? Be prepared to get wet. Some stands might include shooting towers with enclosed walls and shooting windows, while others might be a single ladder stand attached to a tree. A simple cloth bag filled with kitty litter, or a sand bag, can be easily laid upon a shooting rail or ledge to steady a shot. A telescopic shooting stick has


Lion women hold off Wilkes, 69-6 By Tom Klemick and Adam Clay

For The Press And Journal

Miranda Zeanchock scored a season-high 21 points and Penn State Harrisburg held of a late charge by Wilkes to beat the Lady Colonels, 69-64 on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Middletown. Freshman Kaitlyn Carmo tallied a double-double to help the Lions (2-2) down Wilkes (1-3) and earn their first home victory of the young season. Penn State Harrisburg lost its home opener to Messiah on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 77-45. Against Wilkes, the Blue & White got off to a hot start from beyond the arc, with Zeanchock knocking down a three-ball to begin the scoring and Carmo following it up with back-toback triples of her own. Jasmine Yanich got into the longrange scoring act when she connected from downtown with 11:37 left in the first half, giving the Lions a 16-10 lead. The Colonels used an 11-4 run over a nearly six minute period to take their first lead of game, 21-20, at the 5:51 mark. Wilkes took its largest lead of the half, 24-20, about two and a half minutes later. But Penn State Harrisburg regrouped on baskets by Rachel Moyer and Hannah Jorich, a Middletown Area High School graduate, as well as free throws by Kiara Carter to

reclaim the lead. Zeanchock capped the first-half scoring by knocking down another 3-pointer off a pretty Jorich driveand-dish with 6 seconds left in the half to give the Blue & White a 29-26 lead heading into the break. The Lions opened the second half with an 11-5 run over the first 3:46 that included a Moyer 3-pointer and two layups by freshman Rebecca Bailey. Bailey converted two free throws to give the Lions their largest advantage of the contest at 65-54 with 2:19 remaining, and Penn State Harrisburg held off Wilkes’ late surge for the victory.

Messiah 77, Lions 45

Penn State Harrisburg’s young team showed character in a tough match up against Messiah. The Lions kept things tight for the first part of the game and held an early 4-3 lead that, unfortunately, would be their last of the night. They opened the game with intense pressure on the Falcons from the tip-off, but Messiah regrouped to take the lead, 17-12. Jorich’s layup at the mid-point of the first half put the Lions back within striking distance, 17-14. But the Falcon’s answered with a 13-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 30-14 lead with 6:49 to go. The run helped Messiah take a 37-22

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The Rollers did move on, and quickly regained the lead. With 10:40 left in the first half, Shaheim Moody-Williams ran the ball 41 yards through the Irish defense, then scored a touchdown on a 2-yard run with 3:59 left, giving Steel-High a 19-7 lead. But York Catholic didn’t give up. A key moment for the Irish came when Scott Bartkowiak intercepted a pass thrown by Warren late in the second quarter. However, Steel-High’s defense was one step ahead, and two plays later, Twynique Chisholm-Wilkerson intercepted a pass by Kinard, and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown with under a minute in the half. The Rollers held onto the 26-7 lead through the end of the game. “To jump out like we did in the first half was nice because we could rely

on that cushion in the second half,” Hailey said. “The wind caused us some problems offensively…and in an ugly game like this, sometimes it’s going to be that way.” Steel-High’s defensive line only allowed York Catholic three first downs and 66 yards on offense – 41 rushing yards and 25 passing yards. “We told the kids, ‘Play hard for four quarters,’ and that’s what we preach, and that’s what they did,” Hailey said. It’s been a bumpy road this season, but the team worked hard all year to reach this point, Warren said. “Since January, we’ve been in the weight room pounding the weights and working hard in the off-season just for this, just for this right here,” Warren said, clutching his district championship medal. Added player Anthony Ferguson: “We all had a hunger and we all just wanted to get the gold – and now since

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P e n n S t a t e H a r r i s b u rg ’s Jasmine Yanich (23) scores a basket in the Lions’ 77-45 loss in their home opener. halftime lead. The second half started out similar to the first for the Lions. Carmo made a layup to cut into the lead, but the Falcons answered with an 11-0 run to put the game out of reach. The young Lions had as many as four freshmen on the floor during the game. They made their share of rookie mistakes, but also had shining moments of skill and poise.

we got it, it’s given us more of an edge to get in the state arena.” The Rollers now are in that arena, hosting District 6 champ HomerCenter, from Indiana County, in a PIAA Class A quarterfinal playoff game at noon on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Hersheypark Stadium. HomerCenter (11-1) beat Altoona’s Bishop Guilfoyle (10-2) to qualify for the state playoffs. The Rollers have watched SteeltonHighspire football teams before them reach this arena, a win, and this team hopes to live up to that legacy. “When you’re on a team like (this), you know you have a lot of pressure so you know you have to live up to the expectations,” said player Logan Davis. “We are doing that right now, but we have to keep it going.” Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or

proven itself many times on stands with shooting rails that are too low. By placing the shooting stick under the shooting rail, you can adjust the rail to fit your shooting height. For stands that have no shooting rail, the shooting stick is the answer to give you the added gun support to make an accurate shot. Some adaptive hunters use their backpack or seat cushion to support their gun on stands. This allows them to elevate their gun to a more shootable position. Shooting off-hand is not recommended, and more times than not results in a crippled deer or a miss. A seat cushion can be a butt saver. Sit on a wire mesh seat for four hours and you can conclude that a seat cush-

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following his game-winner. “I was so nervous. I’ve been waiting for that for four years, so I’m so happy that happened. I love these guys more than anything. We’ve been through the worst times and now we’re going through the best. It’s awesome.” Coach Rob Klock called Julius “an unbelievable weapon.’’ “He really is a great kicker, but Friday night he showed he is also a pretty cool customer,” Klock said. That cool customer’s clutch kick was the culmination of the entire team’s hard-fought effort that lifted the fourth-seeded Falcons over the top-seeded Bulldogs (12-1). The Falcons set the tone offensively on their opening possession. After the defense forced the Bulldogs to punt, LD took over at its own 19-yard line with 8:34 remaining in the first quarter. The Falcons ran right at Wilson, and 18 plays and 10:24 later quarterback Troy Spencer ran the zone-read option to perfection when he faked an inside give and ran 7 yards off right end for a touchdown. Julius’ extrapoint gave Lower Dauphin the early 7-0 advantage with 10:10 left in the second quarter. “That first drive gave our offense some confidence,” said Klock about his team’s dominant opening march. “Going 18 plays and finishing with a touchdown was huge.” After their first two drives ended in punts, the Bulldogs showed why they had yet to lose a game when, on their third possession, they responded by driving 75 yards in nine plays for a touchdown. Running back Shane Dantzler gashed LD’s strong defensive front for 13 yards and a score that tied the game with 1:06 left in the first half. Lower Dauphin got a spark to begin the third quarter when Nate Dorwart returned the second half kickoff to Wilson’s 45-yard line. The Falcons broke out a trusted trick play for the third time this season when Dorwart took an end around from Spencer and hit tight end Trey Klock downfield for a 25-yard gain. Spencer took matters into his own hands for the second time, punctuating the seven-play drive by keeping the ball and scampering off left end before lowering his shoulder, laying out a Bulldog defender, and crossing the goal line. Julius converted the PAT to put LD up 14-7 with 7:53 remaining in the third quarter. The Falcon defense put an end to Wilson’s ensuing drive when defensive back Spencer Snyder made an impressive interception of Bulldog


ion should have been included on the hunter’s equipment check list. My good friend, Carl from New Jersey, hunted South Carolina for more than 20 years, and he used one piece of equipment that you will never find on any equipment checklist – and he was never without it: a simple piece of board that measured 5 inches wide and 48 inches long. He places it across a shooting window or shooting rail to support his gun. Carl then rolls up a towel and places the towel under his gun, supported by the board. This allows his set-up to be as close as shooting from a bench as possible. Carl’s numerous white-tail deer harvests were a result of that deadly setup. Adapting is his trademark.

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quarterback Matt Timochenko’s pass across the middle. Snyder went up and snared the ball at its highest point, taking it away from the intended Bulldog receiver at LD’s 33-yard line. Late in the third quarter, Lower Dauphin avoided calamity when punter Adam Domovich gathered a bad snap that sailed over his head, kept his cool and got his kick off without turning the ball over. It was another in a long line of crucial special teams’ plays that helped propel LD to victory. “I think our special teams unit exemplifies this team; everyone contributes,” said Rob Klock. “Jason Shellenberger is our holder on extra points and field goals. If a snap is slightly off, he gets it down. Nate Dorwart and Adam Zeiders have been consistent all year getting us great field position as returners. Adam Domovich has done a great job punting and pinning opponents deep in their own territory, but the way he handled the ball he had snapped over his head was amazing. He didn’t panic. He just got to the ball, turned and kicked. That was huge.” With the offense scoring two touchdowns against a Wilson defense that had allowed just 6 points in its first two District 3 tournament games, and a special teams unit that produced two big, timely plays, it was the defense’s turn to flex some muscle: On a thirdand-4, Trey Klock sacked Timochenko for a 10-yard loss. Later, Domovich came through again when his third punt of the night pinned Wilson deep in its own territory at the 9-yard line with 8:39 remaining in the fourth quarter. But, after struggling to move the ball against Lower Dauphin’s defense for much of the game, the Bulldogs put together a season-saving drive that saw them march 91 yards and punch the ball into the end zone thanks to a shifty, tackle-breaking, 13-yard run by Dantzler. With 4:38 left to play and momentum now firmly in the corner of the Bull-

You see why hunters must adapt their hunting environment. Use whatever is necessary to improve your accuracy. I could go on and on about equipment. Hunters must heed the advice of others and should seek out advice from hunters who booked with the same outfitter they’ve chosen. References are a good start. Ask questions. Don’t think questions are irrelevant. Seek and you will find the answers to adapting to the various hunting environments in which you find yourself. Good luck, and have a safe hunting season in Pennsylvania – or any state in which you find yourself. Tom Shank can be reached at

dogs, the Falcons were faced with a first-and-10 from their own 25-yard line. All that stood in the way of a place in the district championship game was 75 yards, a stingy defense, a light rain and a suddenly loud, rejuvenated contingent of Wilson fans. Lower Dauphin stuck with the game plan that got it there. The Falcons kept the ball on the ground and converted a key thirdand-2 from their own 44-yard line. A 15-yard face mask penalty against Wilson helped, too. LD’s offense, now on the Bulldogs’ side of the 50-yard line, continued to run the ball, milking the clock over the course of nine plays and inching the pigskin further into Wilson territory, doing all it could to give Julius a chance to win the game. “At the end of the game when it was 14-14, our offense had the same attitude (as it did on our first possession of the game) – we are going to drive the field,” Rob Klock said about his team’s final march. “This time we knew we only needed to get into field goal range, and Joey (Julius) would do the rest.” The field goal unit took the field. As his coach predicted, Julius did the rest. Now only second-seeded Cumberland Valley (11-2) stands between Lower Dauphin and a District 3 championship. The Falcons will face the Eagles at the friendly confines of Hersheypark Stadium, where Lower Dauphin plays its regular-season home games, for all the marbles at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30. “We are so proud of this group of young men and the success they are experiencing,” said Rob Klock. “They deserve this. The amount of work they have put into this is overwhelming. “I think it teaches everyone that eventually hard work does pay off,’’ the coach said. “I hope everyone involved in this program truly believes this, and if they ever doubt it, all they have to do is think of the 2013 Falcons.”

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Cooperation has brought Christmas to Hoffer Park


iddletown Borough and the Teamsters have recently reached a settlement on a labor grievance that allows volunteers to decorate Hoffer Park and the square with Christmas lights, wreaths, garlands, bulbs and other holiday finery. It’s an early present for our town, as the dispute over the use of volunteers between the union and borough had appeared to cancel the annual tradition. But the settlement, announced last week by the borough, saves the tradition, a joyous and quaint holiday celebration that makes Middletown a better place to live. Borough Council member Barbara Arnold had announced that the borough would cancel the park decorations because of a grievance The settlement between filed by Teamster Local 776, the union Middletown Borough and that represents non-uniform borough that sought compensation Teamsters Local 776 saves a employees, for work that volunteers did last year. Christmas tradition, the The borough solicitor advised against joyous and quaint holiday using volunteers until the matter was celebration in Hoffer Park that resolved. Fortunately, the matter was resolved. makes Middletown a better According to the settlement agreeplace to live. ment, the Teamsters recognize the borough’s right to use volunteers so long as volunteer work does not result in layoffs of borough employees, the borough said. With Thanksgiving already upon us, the borough quickly sought volunteers last weekend – short notice, but who cares? Christmas was back at Hoffer Park, and the call for help brought a number of people ready to pitch in. Among the volunteers: the Penn State Harrisburg men’s basketball team, according to the borough. Such a neighborly offer of aid is a refreshing example of Christmas spirit. Already it feels like the holidays in Middletown. We thank the borough and union for resolving the matter reasonably. Not only did it preserve a holiday tradition, it also proved that differences can be resolved in a town where local politics too often squelch common goals and sincere attempts to preserve the quality of life in Middletown – to make Middletown a nice town. And thank you, volunteers, for giving your time to bring Christmas joy to the borough. This year, the decorations may seem to sparkle a little brighter.


It's time for our lawmakers to fix the COLA mistake


he automatic pay raise or Cost of Living Adjustment (“COLA”) for Pennsylvania’s elite class of public servants – the executive and judicial branches of state government – will be announced on Sunday, Dec 1.  The cost of living adjustment is set by the Consumer Price Index for Urban  Consumers in the Mid-Atlantic states. Lawmakers get a COLA on Dec. 1. The executive and judiciary branches receive

a COLA on Jan. 1. The COLA also drives per diems – the daily expense allowance for legislators. The legislative per diem varies based on the time of the year and destination. If a per diem is taken on a session day or for a committee meeting, taxes are not taken out or paid pursuant to IRS rules. Two of our neighbors – New Jersey and Ohio – do not allow lawmakers to claim per diems. Act 51 of 1995 was supposed to be the pay raise to end all pay raises. Since the “unvouchered expenses” debacle of July 7, 2005, our leaders have received the following annual and automatic raise seven out of the last eight years, including a 3.6 percent raise in 2005; a 3.46 percent raise in 2007; a 3 percent raise in 2011 and a 2.2 percent raise last year. Gov. Tom Corbett is the nation’s highest paid chief executive with a salary  of $187,256. Corbett will decline the COLA on paper, but accept the pension bounce when he retires. He is pension eligible.  Last September, Corbett gave four of his senior aides a 7.4 percent raise, or a $10,000 pay spike. His deputy chiefs of staff, secretary of policy and planning and the secretary of legislative affairs now make $145,018. You can see why legislators are jealous.  The minimum wage for a backbench lawmaker is only $83,801.88 – but they do receive health care, per diems, perks, pensions and state-leased vehicles.  At a press conference in 2011, Corbett publicly criticized the automatic cost of living increase: “I thought it was mistake then.  I think it is a mistake now.” It’s time to fix the mistake. Repealing Act 51 is an opportunity for the governor and legislature to do the right thing, and put the interests of taxpayers ahead of their wallet.  The newly-minted bipartisan reform caucus should be leading the charge.  If few legislators will go on the record as supporting the COLA, there should be no reason why we don’t have 253 cosponsors attached to legislation eliminating the automatic pay raise. If not now, when? Eric Epstein is the coordinator of, chairman of Three Mile Island Alert and a member-elect of the Central Dauphin School Board.

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he minimum percent raise in 2012 to $15.1 million. They make more in a couple hours than wage has full-time minimum wage workers do in a put a floor year – about $15,080. under workers’ Bloomberg News spotlighted the growwages since taking ing pay gap between workers and CEOs effect 75 years ago in the fast-food industry. “The disparon Oct. 24, 1938. ity has doubled at McDonald’s Corp. in But at $7.25 an hour, today’s federal the last 10 years,” Bloomberg reported. minimum wage is the same as it was in “At the same time, the company helped 1950, after adjusting for inflation. pay for lobbying against minimum wage Too little, too late minimum wage raises increases.” are the next best things to eliminating it U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce for minimum wage opponents. CEO Margot Dorfman says, “Big corpo“If we would have had our druthers,” rations that pay poverty wages count on said Murray Weidenbaum, chairman of small businesses and taxpayers to subsiPresident Ronald Reagan’s Council of dize them by providing food stamps and Economic Advisers, “We would have other public assistance to workers and eliminated it.” But, as the Wall Street their families who can’t make ends meet. Journal reported, “Because that would Raising the minimum wage will help have been such ‘a painful political level the playing field for businesses like process,’ Mr. Weidenbaum says that he my members who treat their employees and other officials were content to let fairly and invest in the communities in inflation turn the minimum wage into ‘an which they are rooted.” effective dead letter.’ ” Nearly half of America’s 50 million The two longest periods without a minipublic school children have family inmum wage increase have both occurred since 1981. We’re on that road again with comes so low they are eligible for free or reduced lunch. The share of low-income a $7.25 minimum wage since 2009. students jumped The minimum from 38 percent of wage has lost nearly When a growing share of all students in 2001 a third of its value workers make too little to buy to 48 percent in since its 1968 high according to point of $10.75 in necessities – much less 2011, a new report by the today’s dollars. afford a middle-class Southern Education As the wage floor standard of living – it hurts Foundation. has sunk below Walmart pays poverty levels, Main Street businesses and workers less now millions of workers our communities. than when Sam find themselves with Walton started the paychecks above the company in 1962. minimum, but still The average wage for Walmart sales earning poverty wages. associates – $8.81 an hour according to Workers and consumers are not two IBIS World industry research – is lower different species. When a growing share than the 1962 minimum wage of $8.91, of workers make too little to buy necesadjusted for inflation. sities – much less afford a middle-class The Walton heirs on the Forbes 400 list standard of living – it hurts Main Street of richest Americans have a combined net businesses and our communities. worth of $136 billion. Walmart workers Workers’ share of national income has top the state lists of employees depending been driven down to record lows while on the public safety net. corporate profits’ share has risen to In enacting the minimum wage during record highs. As JPMorgan’s “Eye on the the Great Depression, our government Market” newsletter said in 2011, “Reunderstood we couldn’t revitalize the ductions in wages and benefits explain economy when workers couldn’t afford the majority of the net improvement in even the basic products that businesses (profit) margins.” had to sell. Boosting workers’ wages was Between 1968 and 2012, as the minikey to long-term recovery. mum wage eroded, the top 1 percent of The Fair Minimum Wage Act would households doubled their share of our gradually raise the minimum wage to nation’s income from 11 percent to 22 $10.10 in three steps and then adjust it anpercent. nually to keep up with the cost of living. The top 1 percent took 95 percent of all That’s the least we can do to restore the the income growth from 2009 to 2012. fallen wage floor under our economy. That’s terrible for our economy and our   democracy. Holly Sklar is director of Business for a Today’s big business CEOs make more Fair Minimum Wage, a national network in a year than most small business ownof business owners who support an iners make in their lifetimes. crease in the minimum wage. The typical big business CEO got a 16

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We've failed Lincoln's Address


he Gettysburg Address is a cultural icon. Everyone immediately recognizes the opening “Four score and seven years ago,” especially when someone like Martin Luther King or John F. Kennedy uses it. And we cherish the closing “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” especially when it turns up in the French Constitution. The meaning of the Gettysburg Address is another thing. The task Abraham Lincoln set for us, the accomplishment of “the unfinished work” is not done, and we are failing more seriously all the time. The great task Lincoln set us is the full application of the Declaration of Independence to the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Constitution is normally conceived rather narrowly as those six Articles and 25 Amendments that establish our form of government and specify some of our legal rights. In a broader sense, the Declaration of Independence is a prologue to the U.S. Constitution, the part that goes in front and gives meaning to what comes after. Indeed, the U.S. Constitution has meaning only because of the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence. That second sentence reads: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Nothing states better what we believe, who and what we are and what we would like to become. The test of what it originally meant to be an American focused on “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The patriot of the Revolutionary War period supported lib- The task Abraham erty – that is, Lincoln set for us freedom from in the Gettysburg the monarchy Address is not and self-government. The done, and we are indispensable failing more note “that all seriously all the men are created equal” time. was not on the agenda. Abraham Lincoln put it there. That is what he meant by “a new birth of freedom.” With this simple three-minute speech, Lincoln put the U.S. on a new course. The “unfinished work”…”the great task remaining before us” was “a new birth of freedom.” That can only come if the country is willing to violate the great compromise on slavery that was contained in the U.S. Constitution. Inequality has to be addressed if the Declaration of Independence is to have any meaning. In the Address, the first sentence calls us to rededicate ourselves to the proposition that all men are created equal. He did not make a call to finish the war or reestablish the union, but he called the people to equality. He called them to abolish slavery and inequality in all of its manifestations. And so America embarked on a mission. In the post-Civil War period, the agenda of America as a nation was the drive to recognize that “all men are created equal.” The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments were the legal results of that mission. It was not a simple task, and it is not done. The effort was undermined by Reconstruction, Jim Crow laws and the de facto segregation that deliberately denied equality of rights. In fact, it was not until the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act of the 1960s that equality of treatment was legally recognized as a right. Still today, people commemorate the Gettysburg Address at the same time they are undermining the task that Lincoln set for us. Voter suppression laws are the most obvious crime against the Gettysburg Address. But the most serious violation of equality is embodied in the ever-worsening economic inequality that is crippling our political goals. Now, more than ever, we must take seriously the charge that Lincoln assigned us. Now, more than ever, we are failing to recognize that legal rights must be granted and must be matched by economic rights if America is to live up to the dream of the Declaration of Independence. Paul A. Heise, of Mount Gretna, is a professor emeritus of economics at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, and a former economist for the federal government.

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over to our corrupt council? I knew you were not totally truthful to us as far as your alignment with them! I no longer have respect for local politics.”

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of an athlete wanted to be able to sit in on anyone being interviewed to be coach. It’s these parents that make it ugly, and think they know more than the coaches and referees. These are the kind of parents who think their kid is the best on the team, and most likely they aren’t. Just be happy they have a team to play on. Stop living through your kid and let it go.”

:( “To the person who says that Fox News is “fair and balanced”: You need to quit smoking crack.”

:) “Congratulations to the 13-yearold Middletown Teener baseball team with a 16-0 season.”

:( “I don’t think you get too many deals at Walmart anymore. Their prices on a lot of things are going way up.” :( “If a new high school is built, I

surely hope they don’t start naming parts of it or the building itself after some teachers or coaches who wouldn’t deserve their name or any recognition other than their name attached to an arrest warrant. Nepotism, bullying and no fair play from many – not all mind you, but many. But I do have a few suggestions for the spaces above the bathroom urinals.”

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Jim. If you got your information from the borough administration, then it’s no wonder. If I recall, the borough employees set up lights in Hoffer Park during working hours with one non-employee. His name was Richard Plott (Yuk Yuk). The highway department always looked out for him. And when it came time for Santa to visit, those union employees volunteered their time. There was no overtime. As for the particulars to the grievances, unless you read them, I wouldn’t put much faith into rumors. I wonder what Richard would think now. God rest his soul.” :( “You always hear about how


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makes a poor decision every year by allowing the wrestling program to move up to AAA, and not stay in AA where they belong. That’s arrogance on the part of the coach. There’s nothing wrong with staying in AA, and finally winning some championships instead of losing to schools the size of Central Dauphin and Spring Grove every year. Stay AA and compete against schools our size!”

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estimated the systems’ unfunded liability would be reduced by $15 billion over the next 30 years. The Commonwealth would take responsibility for the debt service. The current combined unfunded liability of SERS and PSERS exceeds $45 billion. The last part of the plan would offer current members an opt-in incentive of a lower employee contribution rate, which is presently 6.25 percent for SERS members and 7.5 percent for PSERS members.

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provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 500 traffic cameras. Regional Twitter alerts are also available on the 511PA website. John D. Payne is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He represents the 106th District.


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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 wmss/audio. Check us out on our website at 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. 25-29 are Rochelle Still, Harriet Chappell, Mary K. Lemon, and Pam Eberly. Our prayers and sympathy go to Hope and Brian Woodson on the death of Brian’s grandfather. The Angel Tree, with names of children from Interfaith Food Bank for Christmas gifts, is in the hallway. Join us Sun., Dec. 1, the 1st Sunday in Advent, as we prepare for the coming birth of Jesus. We will begin each Sunday’s worship with a medley of carols leading into worship and celebrate a different ministry of the church each Sunday as the Advent candles are lit every week. Mon., Dec. 2: Pay It Forward will be held at the 230 Café in Highspire to benefit our Youth Fellowship. We invite everyone to eat there and our youth receive 20 percent of the profits from all sales that day to help finance their winter retreat and service projects. Congratulations to two of our youth on receiving the recognition of “Student of the Month” in their high schools. Mark Berkihiser of Dauphin County Vo-Tech and John Carberry at Middletown Area High School. Acolyte for December: Colin Graham. 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.


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“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 Open Door Bible Church, located at 200 Nissley Drive, Middletown, invites you to worship Jesus Christ with us this week. Our December 1 Sunday worship service commences at 10:40 a.m. with a 9:30 a.m. Sunday school hour with classes for all ages. Children from ages 4 to second grade are welcome

to participate in Junior Church during the morning worship service. We also welcome you to join us at our 6:30 p.m. service. Childcare is provided for children under age 4 during all services and classes. Wed., Nov. 27: 7 p.m., Praise service. Sat., Dec. 14: 9 a.m., Ladies breakfast. Call church for more information. For more information call the church office at 939-5180 or visit us online at Better yet, come worship with us in person.

Wesley United Methodist Church Middletown

Advent is the season when we remember the Coming of God into the world in the most unexpected ways. It is a holy season of preparation. In this sacred time, we prepare ourselves to make room for Jesus whose Way of Love is a blessing for the world. Everyone is invited to join us in discovering the true meaning of Christmas. We worship on Sunday morning at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. The early service is informal and features a Praise Band. The later service follows a traditional pattern and includes all types of music. We encourage people to “come as you are.” Holy Communion will be shared this Sunday. This is a wonderful way to begin the Advent season and prepare for Christmas. Anyone who loves Jesus and desires to follow in his Way is welcome to receive this joyful feast of God’s grace. A Community Blood Drive is being held at Wesley on Wed., Dec. 4 from

1 to 6 p.m. It is co-sponsored by the Red Cross and six area churches. Here is an opportunity to give a holiday gift that keeps on giving. Give blood and you could help save up to three lives. Santa’s Workshop is coming to Wesley. Gently used toys will be available to families who need them. Watch for further details. On Dec. 1 we will light the First Candle of Advent as a symbol of Christ our Hope. We believe Jesus can bring hope to every heart. Pastor Dawes’ sermon this Sunday is “Majesty in a Manger” based on Isaiah 6:1-4, 8-11. Visit our website at Contact us by e-mail at Call us at 944-6242. Wesley is located at the corner of Ann and Catherine streets in Middletown. Come experience a place where you can find hope, love, joy and peace. “Follow Jesus, Change the World.

First Church of God Middletown

First Church of God, 245 W. High Street, Middletown, invites you to join us for worship at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. Childcare is provided. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Classes for special education are also available. Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. classes are available for Youth (grades 6-12), FROG Pond (kindergarten through 5th grade), Nursery (infants-age 3), and Adult classes, which offer a variety of Bible studies and electives. Sundays: A Collective - Dinner is at 5:15 p.m. and the gathering begins at 6 p.m. Come and share with us. You are not alone in your faith, your doubts and your desires. No Wednesday Night Live on Nov. 27, resumes on Dec. 3 with supper at 5:30 p.m. and classes at 6:30 p.m. Adult classes are: Adult Bible Study, Continuation of the Gospel of John; Bible Study, Book of Romans; Contemporary Culture Class; Craft Class, “The Inklings” Book Club and “Relationship Sinkholes.” There are classes for Youth, 4th and 5th Grade, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade, Kindergarten, (4- and 5-year-olds) babysitting for infants

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6 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous Book Study Group; 7:30 p.m., Thanksgiving Eve Service at Seven Sorrows. Prelude music will begin at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 1: 9 a.m., Sunday Church school, with classes for all ages. Adult Sunday school devotional leader for December: Donna Keller; 10:15 a.m., worship service with Communion. The worship center is handicap and wheelchair accessible. Nursery Helpers: Gloria Clouser, Vickie Hubbard. The altar flowers are given in memory of husband and father John Yohn presented by wife Audrey and family. Mon., Dec. 2: 1:30 p.m., Frey Village Communion.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

through 3 years old. Come join us. Thursdays: 8 a.m., Breakfast Club Bible Study; 6 p.m., Pasta and Prayer Young Adult Bible Study; 6 to 8 p.m., The Sunshiners meet weekly for a time of Christian fellowship, teaching and worship. They are a group which exists to meet the spiritual needs of persons who are developmentally challenged. Wed., Nov. 27: 7 p.m., Community Thanksgiving Service at Seven Sorrows Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N., Race St., Middletown. Sun., Dec. 1: Hanging of the Greens during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Latino Congregation: Betesda Casa de Misericordia, CGGC, 245 W. High St., Middletown. Estudios Biblicos Domingos, noon; Servicio Evangelistico: Domingos 1:30 p.m.; Contactos: Ricardo and Jeanette Perez (717) 333-2184. For additional information call the church office at 944-9608 or e-mail us at  

The Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown extends warm wishes to all for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We welcome you to Church school at 9:15 a.m. for all ages. The Adult Forum group will begin an insightful study of Advent based on the 48-page Patricia Farris book “Shine! Light for All People.” Each week a different member of the congregation will lead our discussion. Dec. 1, Brian Yeich will introduce the book and lead a discussion on when it’s night inside our own hearts and explore places where we long for light to shine. Please plan to join us for Worship on December 1 at 10:30 a.m. in our sanctuary as we celebrate the beginning of the Advent season and partake of Communion – all are most welcome. 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. 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. Our next community dinner is Mon., Dec. 2 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu includes chicken potpie, coleslaw and applesauce. There is a cost. The Parish Nurse is available by calling the church office at 717-9444322. For further information, see our website, visit our Facebook page (www.facebook. com/Presbyterian Congregation), or call the office.

Geyers United Methodist Church Londonderry Township

Geyers United Methodist Church, Londonderry Township, invites you to worship with us each Sunday at 9 a.m. We offer Nursery and Children’s Church at 9 a.m. each Sunday.  Coffee Fellowship begins at 10 a.m. followed by Adult and Children’s Bible Study at 10:30 a.m.  Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month. Prayer meetings are held every Wednesday 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. (Dynamic and Wiggly God Seekers), is open to children ages 3 to 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. They meet most Wednesdays. Children will be treated to Christ-centered stories, crafts, games, singing and snacks. Enjoy a free dinner each week prior to the D.A.W.G.S. Club at 6 p.m. in the lower level of the church. The club will not meet on Wed., Nov. 27 during Thanksgiving week. The public is welcome to get into the holiday spirit with us by coming to see our live musical production of “Christmas in Bethlehem Gulch” on Sat., Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. A dinner by donation will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The club will be caroling at Christmas Candylane in Hershey on Sun., Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. The club will perform on Sun., Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. during the regular church service and all are welcome to attend.  D.A.W.G.S. Club is open to the public. For more information, contact Kathy Menear at 930-4454 or

Pastor Don will be leading a fiveweek course based on the book “A Different Kind of Christmas,” by Mike Slaughter. The weekly one-hour study will by held through Sun., Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. The same study will be held on Monday mornings at 10 a.m. Please contact the church office to make reservations.  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-type 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. The Christmas Giving Tree located in the narthex has names of local children in need of holiday gifts. Please consider selecting a child’s name and return the wrapped gift by Dec. 15 to Chris White. Contact Chris or Jodi White for more 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

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New Beginnings Church at the Riverside Chapel

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

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Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown


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Developer donates $5,000 to Lower Swatara police, volunteer fire department By Noelle Barrett

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Representatives of the developer that built the Campus Heights housing complex on West Main Street for students at nearby Penn State Harrisburg presented $2,500 checks to both the Lower Swatara Fire Department and

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