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My, oh Mayan: The world did not end on 12/21/12 By Jim Lewis

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If you are reading this, then the world did not end at 6:11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21. The Mayans were wrong, or misunderstood. The upside: You didn’t burn in hell-fire. The downside: You had to go to work Friday. The Last Moment in Middletown wasn’t marked by heavenly trumpeters or fiery damnation, but the crackling of eggs and bacon frying on the grill at Kuppy’s Diner, and a damp coldness from an arriving

storm. As you made your morning coffee or slipped on your bedroom slippers one more time, you realized: Life will indeed go on. That means you’ll see more snarky posts by friends on Facebook, more bad auditions on “American Idol,’’ more breathtaking sunsets and mortgage payments and vacations at the beach, more joy, more sadness, more of the feelings and predicaments, accomplishments and failures that make up human existence. Argue, if you’d like, over whether the Mayans truly expected the world to end on Dec. 21 – the Winter Solstice – or whether the last day of their 13th

144,000-day cycle of life was not intended to be seen as the end of the world. Whether you are a skeptic, a realist or a believer, you talked about The Last Day, joked about it, considered the bigger philosophical questions that the end of existence brings. Forget the silly fears of Y2K and Harold Camping and his crazy predictions of rapture last year: The Mayan doomsday, whether real or fabricated, was mystical enough to capture your imagination, even if it was in moments of whimsy. Please See END OF WORLD Page A6

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NEWS And now for something completely different . . . The Elks Theatre will host a Monty Python film festival in January that will feature midnight showings of the British comedy troupe’s hits. The “Python Fest’’ will begin with a showing of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail’’ at midnight Friday, Jan. 11, with additional showings at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. “Life of Brian’’ will follow, with a midnight showing on Friday, Jan. 18. “The Meaning of Life’’ will have a midnight showing on Friday, Jan. 25. The festival is brought by the Save the Elks! campaign of the Greater Middletown Economic Development Corp. to raise money for a digital projector and new marquee for the 101-year-old movie house. A series of cult classics is planned for future showings at the Elks, including “Clerks,’’ “The Evil Dead’’ and “Carrie’’ as well as Hollywood hits “Taxi Driver’’ and “Saving Private Ryan.’’

Steelton freezes real estate taxes After raising taxes last year, Steelton was able to avoid a tax increase for 2013. Borough Council balanced its $3.8 million budget and kept real estate taxes at 15.0 mills for both real estate classified as land and real estate classified as buildings on land. “Much of the credit goes to the borough staff and department heads who worked extremely hard to keep their spending at the minimum all year long,” said Councilwoman Maria Marcinko. “This is a testament to their dedication and loyalty to the borough.” Council members thanked borough manager Sara Gellatly and Councilman Raymond Spencer, among others, for working with council’s finance committee to keep tax rates fixed. “I want to thank all of the staff for holding the line,’’ said Councilman Stephen Shaver.

Bags with tags hold gifts donated by Toys for Tots for more than 300 children from Highspire, Middletown, Royalton, Steelton, and Hummelstown.

A toy drive by two local churches provides holiday spirit to needy families


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Music played while families wait for their turn to pick up toys for Christmas at Highspire UMC. “It’s either pay the bills and keep the electric or buy presents,” Belinda said. Families from Royalton, Highspire, Steelton, Middletown and Hummelstown flocked to the church for toys. Cookies, cakes, coffee and hot chocolate were warm and waiting as they received gifts. Those who were willing to speak would only give their first name. “I just wanted to make sure my daugh-

ters had a good Christmas,” said Erica, of Highspire, as she held her bag tightly. And as Amanda, of Middletown, grasped a bag with her name scribbled on the tag, relief poured over her. “I just got laid off of work. This helps a lot. It got my kids presents for Christmas,” she said. “I’m very excited, very Please See TOYLAND, Page A6

Highspire residents will continue to pay one of the highest tax rates in Dauphin County. After freezing taxes last year, Borough Council voted 6-1 to increase real estate taxes by 0.65 mills for 2013, setting the rate at 14.95 mills. The increase will cost the owner of a house assessed at $100,000 an additional $65 a year. Sewer rates also will go up in 2013 for the second year in a row. Residents will now pay $65 per month, an increase of $6 dollars per month. Councilman Charles Dengler was the dissenting vote. Dorothy Matsevac was absent. The jump in real estate taxes is modest, in comparison to 2010 when Council voted to raise taxes for 2011 from 12.35 mills to 14.30 mills. Jean McCathern, of the 300 block of High Street is unhappy with taxes increasing and sewer rates rising. “I’m on a fixed income . . . I want to remind you, you’re spending my money, and, of course, your Please See HIGHSPIRE, Page A6


Tweet leads to police patrols By Noelle Barrett and Jim Lewis Press And Journal Staff

Chatter rang through the halls of Middletown Area High School last week, but it wasn’t about the holiday season or vacation. Students spoke of rumors they heard about threats of violence in the school district, sparking administration to take extra security precautions. The district was tipped off when a parent of a high school student contacted Lower Swatara Twp. police on Wednesday, Dec. 19 to tell them their child had seen a threat of violence posted on Twitter. An investigation conducted by high school administration and the Lower Swatara police department’s school resource officer revealed that the person who tweeted was not a student of Middletown Area School District, but was referencing a place near CincinPlease See TWEET, Page A6

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s Danielle reached for one of the bulging, black bags of Christmas toys piled on the floor of the Highspire United Methodist Church, tears welled in her eyes. The bags meant more to her, as well as other parents at the church, than free stuffed bears and dolls, trinkets and race cars for needy kids – they meant smiles for her children. They meant hope. Volunteers from Toys for Tots stuffed the bags with free toys for 168 needy families. More than 30 members of two local churches, Highspire UMC and Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Royalton, spent Wednesday, Dec. 19 handing them out. Danielle, a Highspire mother of two young daughters, works at a convenience store. But fulltime hours stocking shelves and counting out change isn’t enough, even with her husband working full-time. “It’s a hard year this year,” she said. “Everybody’s hurting.” Belinda, of Middletown, just decorated her tree with her four children. But there would be no gifts under the tree if it wasn’t for Toys for Tots.

After a last-ditch effort to freeze taxes for 2013 – and months of discussion and crunching numbers – the Lower Swatara Twp. Commissioners voted 3-2 to raise their real estate and fire protection levies at In Middletown a meeting Wednesday, Borough Council Dec. 19. Property owners will cuts employees see the real estate tax and police costs increase by 0.75 mills for 2013, and the fire tax increase Page A6 by 0.22 mills. A homeowner whose house is assessed at $100,000, will pay $97 more a year in taxes. The vote came after commissioners Thomas Mehaffie and Jon Wilt proposed a budget that would freeze tax rates. The amendment to the advertised budget included additional budgeted revenues, something Mehaffie described as a judgement call. Instead of raising the fire tax, the commissioners could exempt the Lower Swatara Fire Department from its annual payment of $81,000 for

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Participants at a prayer service for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings hung stars on a tree in the Wesley United Methodist Church sanctuary to honor the dead, and relatives and friends they wanted to remember. This star reads, “God bless all the people who lost family members in Newtown.’’

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Looks like Christmas exploded all over the front of the Flashers’ house. The home, at 234 Water St., won Middletown Borough’s holiday home decorating contest with white, red and blue lights strung around windows, along the roof, on porch posts, around the chimney – just about everywhere. An inflatable Frosty the Snowman waves to passersby next to the glowing display. “My husband and his workers did that to spread some holiday cheer,’’ said resident Kim Flasher. Mission accomplished! The Flashers won tickets to “A Very Musical Holiday’’ at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and horse and carriage rides through decorated Hoffer Park. Houses at 123 Ann St. and 114 Ann St. tied for second place, while 205 North Union St. won third place.

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Gladys Lockard Gladys W. Lockard, 94, entered into rest on Wednesday, December 19, at Frey Village Nursing Center, Middletown. She was born in Middletown on February 19, 1918 and was the daughter of the late Charles and Ruth V. Attick Walmer. She was a retired clerk at the Dauphin County Treasurer’s Office; a faithful member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church; a former member of Women’s Club of Middletown and the Interfaith Housing Board; and was a volunteer of Frey Village Auxiliary and the Thrift Store, both of Middletown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Jacob E. Lockard. She is survived by her sons Barry L. Lockard of Wakefield, N.H., Jack E., husband of Karen Lockard of Mechanicsburg, and John E. Lockard

of Middletown; three grandchildren Michael J. (Karen) Lockard, Jack E. (Adrianne) Lockard, and Jason R. Lockard; and five great-grandchildren Jessica C. and Ashley E. Lockard; Justin A. Hoffman, Jacob Lockard and Taylor. A Memorial Tribute to her life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at her church, N. Union and Spring Sts., Middletown, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert officiating. Inurnment will be in Middletown Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services, in the narthex of the church. Arrangements by Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown. Condolences may be shared online at

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Florence M. Souders, 96, of Middletown, passed away on Sunday, December 16, at Middletown Home. She was the wife of the late Arthur H. Souders, who died in 1978. She was a homemaker, and a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown. She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Painter. She is survived by her son Ronald L. Bamberger and his wife Betty of Elizabethtown; two grandchildren Cindy Kerstetter of Mill Hall, and Craig Bamberger of Bedford, N.H.; four great-grandchildren Kayla, Kelsey, Crystal and Charlotte; and a great-great-grandson Ethan. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Florence’s Life Celebration Graveside Memorial Service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, at Middletown Cemetery, 675 N. Spring St., Middletown. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spring and Union Sts., Middletown, PA 17057. Arrangements by Coble-Reber Funeral Home, Middletown. To share your fondest memories of Florence, please visit

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Edna May Shifflet Parrell, 89, a resident of Middletown, died Wednesday, December 19, at her home. She was born September 24, 1923, in Beldor, Va., the daughter of the late Ambrose W. Shifflet and Laura Morris Shifflet. The family moved to a farm near Hanoverdale in 1937 and Edna graduated from Hershey High School. On August 14, 1945, “V.J. Day,” Edna was married to Nicholas F. Parrell, who preceded her in death on March 29, 2011. She worked at the Olmsted Air Force Base depot, and later as a tour guide for Capitol Trailways. She volunteered for the Middletown Historical Society and other local groups. Edna and her husband owned and managed several apartment buildings in Middletown. She attended the parish of Saint Andrew Episcopal Church, Harrisburg. In addition to her parents, Edna was preceded in death by five brothers Dewey, Lunzie, Edward, Carl, and Otto, and three sisters Pearl Coleman, Nettie Sullivan, and Beulah Herring. She is survived by one brother Kenneth E. Shifflet and his wife Anne of Harrisonburg, Va., as well as numerous nieces and nephews A funeral service was held on Saturday at Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., Hummelstown. Burial was in Hanoverdale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AK 72202. Online condolences may be shared at

Check presented for fire station expansion By Daniel Walmer Press And Journal Staff

It’s taken a lot of time and several funding sources to make the Middletown Volunteer Fire Department’s Adelia Street fire station expansion a reality. But with a combination of grant funding, county funding, borough funding and private donations, the project is well under way. Skip Memmi, executive director of the Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority, presented the fire department with $300,000 in casino gaming proceeds authorized by the Dauphin County Commissioners, giving department representatives a ceremonial check at the fire station on Wednesday, Dec. 19. “Without the hard work of the volunteers, nothing gets done,” Memmi said. “They’re willing to come out in 10 degrees or 100 degrees, at 12 o’clock at night or 12 o’clock at noon, to turn out to a fire and run into a place that the rest of us are running like hell to get out of.” Representatives from other entities funding the project were also present, including state Rep. John Payne, who helped to secure a $250,000 grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development for the project. “This is special for me, being a firefighter for 25 years,” Payne said. “I have a special place in my heart for firefighters.” The fire department “deserves a lot of credit” for merging the Liberty, Rescue and Union fire departments into one Middletown Volunteer Fire Department and combining resources, he said. “They’re all under one, doing what they should be doing, which is a great example of the people of Middletown,” Payne said. “This is certainly something they deserve, and I’m glad we can help out.” Payne also thanked Middletown Borough Council, which “kept its word” and provided $270,000 for the project – more than the required match for the state grant, he said. The department will also receive $40,000 for the building project from its auxiliary, which is dissolving and merging with the department, and has received $2,000 from the neighboring Borough of Royalton. Richard Seachrist, the department’s vice president and chairman of the building committee, is thankful for all the financial support.

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Participating in a ceremonial check presentation for the Middletown Volunteer Fire Department’s Adelia Street fire station expansion are, from left to right, fire department Captain Christopher Coble; department vice president Richard Seachrist; Middletown Borough Council President Christopher McNamara; Skip Memmi, executive director of the Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority; state Rep. John Payne; and Middletown Borough Councilor David Rhen. Memmi presented the department with a $300,000 check funded by casino gaming funds that are allocated by the Dauphin County Commissioners.

The walls are going up for the Middletown Volunteer Fire Department’s Adelia Street fire station expansion project. The project, which has been planned since 2007, is being funded through a combination of state grants, municipal funds and individual donations. “It’s awesome,” Seachrist said. “We couldn’t do [the project] without it.” Even with all the grant funds, the department had to take on $250,000 in debt to help finance the project, said Seachrist.

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I hope you are all enjoying this very festive holiday week. As we gear up to welcome in the New Year, I wonder how much thought you have given to any changes, expectations or resolutions for yourself. What are you resolving to do in 2013? I think I’m going to work on balance. Balance of work, play, hobbies – I guess that is play, right? Balance of diet, exercise time, quiet time, creative time, social time (more play!). Balance of giving back to the community, church, world. Balance! I would like to add something to this column – Quote for the Week. I started this week. I hope you like it. Best wishes to all of you for a wonderful rest of the week and a joyful and safe Happy New Year! Birthdays Here’s a loud and jolly shout out to MaryAnn Carpenter of Lower Swatara Twp. May 65 blessings bombard you on Thursday, Dec. 27. Carter Bryan of Middletown celebrates his sixth happy birthday on Thursday, Dec. 27, too. Best wishes for a fun-filled week, Carter! Heather Rosche of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Friday, Dec. 28. Happy 25th to you, Heather. Holly Carson (don’t you love her name?) will blow out six candles atop her frosty-filled cake on Friday, Dec. 28. Hoping it is your best birthday yet, Holly! If you see Doug Cleckner out and about on Saturday, Dec. 29, be sure to give him a happy and jolly birthday greeting. Courtney Fink, of Lower Swatara, celebrates her confetti-popping day on Saturday, Dec. 29. Best wishes for a merry and bright one. Karen Renn, formerly of Lower Swatara, marks her balloon-flying day on Sunday, Dec. 30. Enjoy and super day of smiles and sweet times. Happy 13th cake and ice cream day to Emily Lawyer of Middletown. Emily marks her brand-new-teen birthday on Sunday, Dec. 30. Enjoy! Morgan Olivia Clouser of Lower Swatara celebrates her ninth sparkles and glitter day on Sunday, Dec. 30. Happy birthday, Morgan! Happy 13th cake day to Alayna Thomas of Lower Swatara on Sunday, Dec. 30. Enjoy your first teener birthday. Owen Grogan of Lower Swatara turns 12 on Monday, Dec. 31. Best wishes for a fantastic popping birthday, Owen!

Liz Friedrichs of Elizabethtown celebrates her razzle-dazzle ninth birthday on New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31. Wishing you an awesome me-holiday time as you celebrate welcoming in 2013 with the entire world! Happy 13th brand-new-teener birthday to Ashu Gill of Middletown. He observes his birthday along with baby New Year on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Have a ball, Ashu.     Glad grads The following area residents were among the 505 students who graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania during the fall undergraduate commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 16 in Millersville’s Pucillo Gymnasium: Erikka Michelle Bishop of Elizabethtown graduated earning a bachelor’s degree in math education. Christine Marie Caloger of Elizabethtown, graduated earning a bachelor’s degree in math. Jeremy P. Eakman of Elizabethtown graduated earning a bachelor’s degree in art. Luis Antonio Jimenez of Hummelstown graduated earning a bachelor’s degree in English and German. Phillip Dean Kaschube of Middletown graduated earning a bachelo’rs degree in Earth science. Justin Ryan Lenker of Middletown graduated earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education. Kara Ann Nestico of Elizabethtown graduated earning a bachelor’s degree in English. Britany Danielle Nolan of Elizabethtown graduated Cum Laude earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Danielle Elaine Slatt of Middletown graduated earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education. Andrew Jud Walter of Elizabethtown graduated earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Family news Congrats to Andy Cargill, a 2008 graduate of Middletown Area High School, who recently graduated from Penn State Harrisburg along with his wife, Cassie Zimmerman Cargill with degrees in humanities. Andy and Cassie welcomed a pink bundle of joy on Oct. 19. AimeeLeigh Rose Cargill lives at Twelve Trees in Union Deposit with her parents. The proud grandparents are Jarrett and Deborah Roan of Lower Swatara and Valerie Zimmerman of Linglestown

Deborah’s exciting news is that she married Jarrett Roan in August. Congrats and best wishes to all of you! Anniversaries Happy 61st anniversary to Kenneth and Sue Lawyer of Middletown. Best wishes to you Wednesday, Dec. 26 as you observe this special day. Jack and Babette Rudick of Old Reliance Farms marks their fifth heart and flower and chocolate celebration day on Saturday, Dec. 29. Happy New Year and 34th wedding anniversary to Bill and Fawn Mencer of Lower Swatara. They observe this romantic holiday on Monday, Dec. 31. Ladies brunch All women are invited to attend “A New Year, A New You” brunch at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Spring Garden Conference Center on Spring Garden Drive in Lower Swatara. This is presented by Hershey Area Women’s Connection, affiliated with Christian Women’s Clubs of America. Sharon Wells, owner of “Yoga on Chocolate” in Hershey, will discuss the benefits of yoga for the body. Linda Parker of Vienna, Va., will speak on “How to Fine Tune Your Life.” For reservations, readers may call Edna at 717-652-0997 or Jean at 717-657-0006, or email hersheyawc@ The deadline for reservations is Jan. 4. Free childcare by reservation only. Quote for the Week “I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.” – Maya Angelou Question of the Week Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? “To continue to get rid of all extraneous items on the family calendar and spend more time with each other.” – Susan Wagner, Lower Swatara. “I don’t need one, but I’m happy we are here because we’re still standing after 12/21/12!”  – Steve Boyland, Lower Swatara. “I do. No coffee after 2 p.m. (I’m an addict).” – Jean Arroyo, Lower Swatara Twp. municipal building. “I would love to better organize my family time. I need to take advantage of the time the four of us have to share.” – Jennifer Friedrichs, Elizabethtown. “To lose weight.” – Daniel Ackerman, 20, Old Reliance Farms. Proverb for the Week A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray (12:26).

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Seven Sorrows School first- and fifth-grade students made Christmas cards and bookmarks in their classroom for residents of the Middletown Home. The students are members of Michelle Schopf and Deborah Faul’s class. At top, from left to right, students Averie Kalonick, Carter Nemshick, Marie Schopf and Kieran Sheehan grab paper, colored pencils and crayons to create their cards. At bottom, from left to right, students Elizabeth McKissick, Colin Nemshick, Ben Heckman and Bethany Keyser work on their cards.


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New Beginning youth present Christmas show Youths at New Beginnings Church presented a Christmas musical, “Walk of Love’’ on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Riverside Chapel in Middletown. The unique show is based on questions one might have asked those who had a part in the very first Christmas at the manger where Jesus Christ was born.

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PUBLIC NOTICES Auditors Report Middletown Area School District Year Ended June 30, 2012 The independent auditor’s report of Middletown Area School District dated November 28, 2012 has been filed and is available for public inspection at the School’s business office on regular business days. The auditors, appointed by the Board of Directors of the Middletown Area School District, have completed the audit of the Middletown Area School District for the school year ended June 30, 2012. In accordance with the provisions of Section 2432 of the Public School Code of 1949, as amended, said report was filed on or about December 21, 2012, in the Office of the Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County and that said report will be confirmed absolutely unless an appeal is taken therefrom within thirty days after the filing thereof. The Single Audit Report of Middletown Area School District dated November 28, 2012 is also available for public inspection at the School’s business office. 12/26-3T #245

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2013 AG LAND PRESERVATION BOARD MEETING DATES January 18, 2013 February 22, 2013 March 22, 2013 April 19, 2013 May 21, 2013 June 21, 2013

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2013 CONSERVATION DISTRICT AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE MEETING DATES January 28, 2013 2:00 p.m. February 25, 2013 2:00 p.m. March 25, 2013 2:00 p.m. April 22, 2013 2:00 p.m. May 29, 2013 2:00 p.m. (Wed) July 1, 2013 2:00 p.m.

July 22, 2013 2:00 p.m. August 26, 2013 2:00 p.m. September 23, 2013 2:00 p.m. October 28, 2013 2:00 p.m. November 25, 2013 2:00 p.m. December 18, 2013 2:00 p.m. (Wed)

All other Conservation District special committees may meet periodically, 1 to 1-½ hours prior to the start of the monthly Conservation District Board Meeting as listed above. Lisa A. Lauver Financial Coordinator

Londonderry Township 2013 Meeting Dates The Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Park and Recreation Board and the Zoning Hearing Board of Londonderry Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, will hold their 2013 meetings at the Londonderry Township Municipal Building, 783 S. Geyers Church Road, Middletown, Pennsylvania on the following dates: PLANNING COMMISSION 7:00 PM (Third Monday of each month, unless noted)

January 7th - Re-Organization/ Regular Meeting February 4th March 4th April 1st May 6th June 3rd July 1st August 5th September 3rd – Tues. due to holiday October 7th November 4th December 2nd

January 22nd - Tues., due to holiday February 19th - Tues., due to holiday March 18th April 15th May 20th June 17th July 15th August 19th September 16th October 21st November 18th December 16th

BOARD of SUPERVISORS – WORKSESSIONS 7:00 PM (Third Tuesday of each month, unless noted)

PARKS & RECREATION BOARD 7:00 PM (Second Thursday of each month, unless noted)

The Londonderry Township Zoning Hearing Board will hold a Public hearing on Monday, January 14, 2013 at the Municipal Building, 783 S. Geyers Church Road, Middletown, Pa. 17057, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at which time any interested parties may appear.

January 15th February 20th - Wed., due to holiday March 19th April 16th May 22nd - Wed., due to Election Day June 18th July 16th August 20th September 17th October 15th November 19th December 17th

January 10th February 14th March 14th April 11th May 9th June 13th July 11th August 8th September 12th October 10th November 14th December 12th

1. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc. is requesting relief in the form of a variance to the Sign Ordinance, Section 1809 - Multiple Tenant Facilities.

ZONING HEARING BOARD 7:00 PM (Second Monday of the month when hearing is scheduled)

ELECTED AUDITORS 7:00 PM January 8th – Wednesday

A. Paragraph 2 - Relief in total square feet of sign.

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B. Paragraph 7 – Relief in maximum height of pole sign.


Property is located at 3206 Schoolhouse Road, Middletown, Pa. 17057. Darrin Robinson Codes/Zoning Office 12/26-2T #242

ESTATE NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Letters of Testamentary have been granted in the Estate of Dorothy R. Stanley, late of Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, having been granted to the undersigned. All persons indebted to the said estate are requested to make immediate payments and those having claims will present them for settlement to:   Robert P. Stanley, Jr. 399 Jennifer Drive New Cumberland, PA 17070 12/12-3T #236

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2013 DAUPHIN COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT MEETING DATES 1st Thursday of Month January 3, 2013 11:00 a.m.* July 11, 2013 7:30 p.m. February 7, 2013 11:00 a.m.* August 1, 2013 7:30 p.m. March 7, 2013 11:00 a.m.* September 5, 2013 7:30 p.m. April 4, 2013 7:30 p.m. October 3, 2013 7:30 p.m. May 2, 2013 7:30 p.m. November 7, 2013 7:30 p.m. June 6, 2013 7:30 p.m. December 5, 2013 11:00 a.m.*

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PUBLIC NOTICE The meetings for the District Board of Directors, Agricultural Land Preservation Board, and Conservation District Agriculture Committee are held at the Dauphin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Center at 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin, PA 17018, and are held for the purpose of conducting official business.

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The Dauphin County Board of Commissioners has scheduled the following Workshop/Legislative Meetings for the year 2013. All meetings will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will be held in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Fourth Floor, Dauphin County Administration Building, 2 South Second St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, unless otherwise noted, for the purpose of conducting the official business of the County. The Dauphin County Salary Board and Dauphin County Board of Elections will conduct business in conjunction with the Commissioners’ Meetings. Notice of those meetings is hereby given by those Boards pursuant to Act No. 84 of 1986 (Sunshine Act). Wednesday, January 2, 2013 Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Wednesday, January 30, 2013

10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Workshop/Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Wednesday, February 27, 2013

10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Wednesday, March 27, 2013

10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:00 a.m.

Workshop Meeting Halifax Borough Building 201 Armstrong St. Halifax, PA 17032 Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 Wednesday, May 8, 2013 Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Wednesday, May 29, 2013

10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Wednesday, June 26, 2013

10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Wednesday, July 24, 2013 Wednesday, July 31, 2013

10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 Wednesday, August 14, 2013 Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Wednesday, August 28, 2013

10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Wednesday, September 25, 2013

10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2013 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2013 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2013 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:00 a.m.

Workshop Meeting South Hanover Twp. Bldg. 111 W. Third St. Hershey, PA 17033 Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Wednesday, November 27, 2013

10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2013 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2013 10:00 a.m.

Legislative Meeting Workshop Meeting Legislative Meeting

BY ORDER OF THE DAUPHIN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Laura E. Evans, Esq. Chief Clerk/Chief of Staff 12/26-1T #243DC


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23 Years Ago From The Middletown Journal Files From The Wednesday, December 27, 1989 Edition Of The Press And Journal Always A Warm Smile, And A Warm Meal Imagine being old and sick with no one to take care of you. It’s a frightening vision for some, but a fact that others live everyday. Thanks to a group of volunteers in Londonderry Township who run services for the elderly, that picture is made a little brighter. A kind smile, a caring remark, genuine friendship, transportation and a warm meal are all part of the popular and successful Meals-On-Wheels and VIP Van transportation programs in the Township. The Meals-On-Wheels program began in Londonderry in July 1988, with 11 clients. Meals are delivered to the Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging administrator of the program. The volunteers say most of the people who receive the meals are alone and can’t cook for themselves. “For some lady who is sitting at home and doesn’t get out, this is a very good, balanced meal, every day, five days a week,” said Roy Espenshade, a devoted volunteer. Espenshade is a 20-plushour-a-week volunteer. He’s one of only two drivers who operate the VIP (Very Important Person) Van, a free taxi service available to people 60 and over who need transportation. Council Poised To Extend Pact With Fire Companies Middletown Borough Council tentatively agreed last Tuesday night to extend the term of a proposed funding agreement with the Middletown Fire Department to 10 years in order to assist the fire companies in planning purchases of needed firefighting apparatus. With officials from all three Middletown fire com-


By virtue of certain writs of Execution issued out of the Court of Common Pleas and Orphans’ Court of Dauphin County, Pa., and to me directed, I will expose at Public Sale or Outcry, at the Dauphin County Administration Building in the City of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa., on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. the following real estate to wit:

SALE NO. 155 PATRICK J. WESNER Esquire JUDGMENT AMOUNT $62,179.54 ALL THAT CERTAIN lot, tract of land, parcel, piece of ground with the building and improvements thereon erected, situate in the City of Harrisburg, 9th Ward, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, bounded and described as follows, to wit: BEGINNING at a point on the north side of Market Street, said point being 127 feet west of the northwest corner of 18th and Market Streets; thence along Market Street, south 70 degrees west, 18 feet to a corner of premises known as 1724 Market Street; thence along said premises north 20 degrees west, 110 feet to a point on the south side of Ethel Street; thence along the same, north 70 degrees east, 18 feet to a corner of premises known as No. 1728 Market Street; thence along same and passing through the center of a partition wall, south 20 degrees east, 110 feet to the place of BEGINNING. HAVING THEREON ERECTED a 3 story brick dwelling known as No. 1726 Market Street. BEING the same premises which Tri-County HDC, Ltd., a Pennsylvania nonprofit Corporation by Deed dated April 6, 2005 and recorded April 8, 2005 in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds in and for the County of Dauphin in Land Record Book 5943, Page 144, granted and conveyed unto William L. Battle and Gladys R. Battle. Property Address: 1726 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103. Tax Parcel Number: 09-033-030. Seized and sold as the property of William L. Battle and Gladys R. Battle under Judgment Number: 2012-CV-844-MF. NOTICE is further given to all parties in interest and claimants. Schedule of proposed distributions will be filed by the Sheriff of Dauphin County, on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 and distributions will be made in accordance with the said schedule unless exceptions are filed thereto within ten (10) days thereafter.

SALE NO. 171 CRAIG OPPENHEIMER Esquire JUDGMENT AMOUNT $117,676.44 ALL THAT CERTAIN lot, tract or parcel of land and premises, situate, lying and being in the Township of Halifax, in the County of Dauphin and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, more particularly de-

panies in attendance, Council readily approved the request originally presented at its Nov. 21 meeting by Liberty Fire Chief Rich Leisey. “Basically, what we’d like is to have a 10-year agreement instead of a five-year setup,” Leisey explained. “We don’t want someone [one of the fire companies] to get stuck with a long-term purchase contract that can’t be completed within the five-year period that was proposed in the original version of this agreement.” Fire Department officers, who had stressed that point at Council’s Nov. 21 meeting, reiterated their contention that rising prices on new engines and pumpers would make it virtually impossible to complete the purchase of a major new piece of fire apparatus within the five-year term stipulated in the initial version of the pact. Middletown Resident Is New WGAL Series Host A Middletown resident as been named the new host of WGAL-TV8’s Susquehanna People.” Lori Burkholder will join “Susquehanna People” producer Susan Martis in writing and producing stories for the show. “I’ve always been interested in writing and journalism,” commented Burkholder, “and I think my work on ‘Susquehanna People’ will be a great blend of these elements. The magazine format of the program allows it to take on both serious and lighter topics within the half-hour. That creative mix is what makes the show interesting to produce, and interesting to watch.” The program selected in statewide competition by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters as the “Best Single Public Affairs Program” is seen each Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on WGAL-TV. Prices From 23 Years Ago Sunkist Lemons .......6/$1 Pimento Cheese Spread ..............$1.89/lb. scribed as follows: BEGINNING at a stone on the northern side of the public highway leading from Matamoras to Enterline, which point is the corner of land now or formerly of Duey Lebo; thence along said lands, North two degrees West one hundred sixty-one and thirty-three hundredths feet (N 02° W 161.33’) to a stone; thence along the line of land of which this was formerly a part, North eighty-eight degrees East two hundred seventy feet (N 88° E 270’) to a stone; thence along the same, South two degrees East one hundred sixty-one and thirty-three hundredths feet (S 02° E 161.33’) to a stone on the northern side of said public road; thence along the northern side of said road, South eighty-eight degrees West two hundred seventy feet (S 88° W 270’) to the place of beginning. CONTAINING one (1) acre. Known as 540 Powells Valley Road, Halifax, PA 17032. Parcel No:. 29-018-002. Being the same premises which Terry L. Graff, Jr. and Michelle M. Graff granted and conveyed unto Terry L. Graf, Jr. by Deed dated April 23, 2008 and recorded April 24, 2008 in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds for Dauphin County, Pennsylvania as Instrument No. 20080014712. Seized and sold as the property of Janet Graff and Terry L. Graff, Jr. under judgment # 2012-CV-00650. NOTICE is further given to all parties in interest and claimants. Schedule of proposed distributions will be filed by the Sheriff of Dauphin County, on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 and distributions will be made in accordance with the said schedule unless exceptions are filed thereto within ten (10) days thereafter.


The Highest and Best Bidder Shall Be The Buyer Terms - The purchaser will be required to pay the full amount of his bid by TWO O’CLOCK PM on the day of sale, and if complied with, a deed will be tendered by the Sheriff at the next Court of Common Pleas for Dauphin County, conveying to the purchaser all the right, title, interest and claim which the said defendant has in and to said property at the time of levying the same. ALTHOUGH NOT PART OF THE MINIMUM BID, PROPERTY SOLD FOR THE MINIMUM BID DOES NOT DISCHARGE DELINQUENT AND/ OR OUTSTANDING TAXES AND THE PURCHASER WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SAME. If above conditions be not complied with on the part of the Purchaser, the property will again be offered for sale by the Sheriff at THREE O’CLOCK PM on the same day. The said purchaser will be held liable for the deficiencies and additional cost of said sale. November 12, 2012 John R. Lotwick, Sheriff of Dauphin County


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January Community Calendar




January Is -Get Organized Month -National Financial Wellness Month -Radon Action Month -Volunteer Blood Donor Month -Poverty in America Awareness Month



-Sons of Am. Legion - 5 pm



New Year’s Day

-Lower Swatara Fire Co. - 7:30 pm -Red Rose Rebekah Lodge #586 - 1 pm -Londonderry Twp. Supervisors - 7 pm

-BINGO, Londonderry Fire Co. Doors Open - Noon; First Game - 2 pm



-Chicken/Waffle Dinner, Londonderry Fire Co - 11 am-2 pm -Block Shoot, M-town Anglers and Hunters - 1 pm











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


-Triune Odd Fellow #307 - 7:30 pm -Royalton Boro Planning Commission - 7 pm -Londonderry Twp. Supervisors - 7 pm



-Londonderry Senior Citizens - 1 pm


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






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

-Londonderry Fire Co. - 8 pm -Londonderry Senior Citizens - 1 pm -M-town Boro Authority - 7:30 pm

-Walk-In Immunization Clinic at Woodlayne Court, 149 Wilson St., M-town - 9:30-11:30 am -M-town Women’s Club - 6:30 pm -Lower Swatara Lions - 6:30 pm -M-town Chamber of Commerce - Noon -Londonderry Twp. Parks/Rec - 7 pm

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



Martin Luther King Jr. Day -Red Rose Rebekah Lodge #586 - 1 pm -M-town Fire Dept. Consolidation - 7 pm


-Royalton Boro Authority - 5 pm -MASD Board - 7 pm -Triune Odd Fellow #307 - 7:30 pm -Londonderry Lionettes - 7 pm -Londonderry Twp. Planning Commission - 7 pm





-Triune Odd Fellow #307 - 7:30 pm



-M-town Kiwanis - 6 pm -M-town Am. Legion - 7 pm -M-town Area Historical Society - 7 pm -Lower Swatara Twp. Municipal Auth. - 7 pm


-BINGO, Lower Swatara Fire Hall - 7 pm -M-town Am. Legion Aux. - 7 pm -Lower Swatara Twp. Commissioners - 7 pm -Dauphin County Commissioners - 10 am

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-BINGO, Lower Swatara Fire Hall - 7 pm -Lower Swatara Twp. Commissioners - 7 pm -Dauphin County Prison Board - 1:30 pm -Dauphin County Commissioners - 10 am

-BINGO, Lower Swatara Fire Hall - 7 pm -Dauphin County Commissioners - 10 am

-BINGO, Lower Swatara Fire Hall - 7 pm -Dauphin County Commissioners - 10 am

-Dauphin County Ag Land Preservation - 9 am


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It’s not the first time Middletowners were caught up in doomsday frenzy. In 1844, a group of town residents and citizens from Goldsboro, across the Susquehanna River, made their way to Hill Island in the middle of the river to await the end of the world. The doomsday prophecy was made by a Baptist preacher named William Miller, who owned a humble farm in Low Hampton, N.Y. He had studied the Bible and figured that the world would end – and God’s rapture for his true followers would begin – in 1843. When the year passed without incident, Miller’s followers – estimated between 50,000 and 500,000 nationally – insisted on a specific date, and Miller presented it: Oct. 22, 1844.

He preached his doomsday message at traveling tent shows and in pamphlets that became popular. His followers were called Millerites, who wailed uncontrollably during his appearances about the end of the world, but steadfastly believed his dogma. Tough economic times fueled his growing following. “All the females of the audience (a large number) passed in front of him, and shook hands with him and many kissed him,’’ according to an anonymous account in the New York Herald of one of Miller’s traveling tent revivals. “It was a truly affecting scene: The women wept bitterly, and as he left the church, a very lovely and lady-like woman hung on his arm, blessed him and wept as though her heart would break.’’

As Miller’s Last Day approached, many followers sold their possessions, donned robes and climbed a mountain or hill, awaiting the end of the world. A group from Middletown and Goldsboro met on Hill Island the night before, in a farmhouse that sat on the island, for speeches, prayers and singing. At midnight, they climbed to the top of the hill, according to an account in “Landmark History of the United Brethren Church,’’ by the reverends Daniel Eberly, Isaiah Albright and C.I.B. Brane. It grew so cold that they built a large bonfire to keep warm. One of the

followers, a burly woodchopper, had fallen asleep before the fire was lit. He suddenly awoke from his nap and saw the flames. “Waked up in limbo, just as I expected!’’ he exclaimed. But there was no hell-fire. No rapture. No doomsday. Afterward, “a cold, sullen indifference which followed the commotion seemed to pervade the community, and rendered Gospel work extremely difficult,’’ the three reverends wrote. Miller’s failed prophecy was known throughout the world as the Great Disappointment.

Doomsday predictions aren’t made every day, but they are made. Camping, an American radio host, announced his doomsday for Oct. 21, 2011, five months after select devotees would ascend to heaven in a global rapture. Neither event happened. An Austrian geoligist, Alexander Tollmann, sat in a bunker he built to ride out the end of the world in 1999, citing Nostradamus’ prophecy of a “king of terror’’ ascending from the heavens. It never happened. In 1954, a Chicago housewife, Dorothy Martin, claimed she had received a message from the planet Clarion that

the world would end in a great flood on Dec. 21, 1954. it never happened. Or did it? Who says the world must end in a raging flood or roaring hell-fire, anyway? Who says it must be a spectacular finish? “It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire and ice,’’ musician Frank Zappa once said. “There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.’’ Perhaps doomsday has already arrived. Jim Lewis: 717-944-4628, or

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the fire station. The proposal was rejected by other commissioners. “We tend to feel this particular change puts an $81,000 hole in the capital improvement fund, and only gives them half the relief for one year,” said Commissioner Michael Davies, head of the commissioners’ finance committee. The fire tax increase, which nearly doubles the fire tax rate from 0.27 mills to 0.49 mills, will bring the fire department about $130,000 more in revenue. In earlier budget discussions, commissioners nixed a request by the fire department for an additional $50,000. “It’s not like we’re taking anything away from them,” Wilt said. Commissioner William Leonard said he was concerned about the effect of cuts in public safety. “We’re talking about being below complement (in the police department), cutting funding from the fire department,” said Leonard. “So when does it stop?” Davies feared a move to freeze taxes

would result in a larger tax increase next year. Responded Mehaffie, “It doesn’t always have to fall on taxpayers’ pockets.” The township froze taxes at the 11th hour last year, and Davies described budget discussions last year as occurring behind closed doors. “Efforts this year were as open and transparent as possible,” he said. “I won’t get down to the process (last year), which wasn’t done in the public eye.” Davies said commissioners had the opportunity over four months to provide input to the budget. Mehaffie and Wilt voted against adopting the $5 million budget with a tax increase. Davies, Leonard and President Frank Linn voted for it. The 0.75-mill increase in the real estate tax will bring in an additional $438,000 to the township to cover the $322,404 deficit with a surplus for reserve fund, according to Davies. The move to raise taxes was only the second time in 22 years, he added. Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or


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nati, Ohio with the same name, said Superintendent Lori Suski. The district upped security at the high school as reassurance to parents and students. Additional staff was at the doors as students arrived at the high school, and additional security and police patrol cars were on campus, Suski said. The district and police found the rumors to be unfounded and baseless, but wanted to reassure students and parents the school was safe. “No student was able to identify any specifics regarding rumors of violence but assumed that “something bad” involved shooting people, based on the tragic shooting Friday, Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.,” Suski said. Some students also referred to threats they heard rumors about in other local school districts. “Another student mentioned the reference to the “end of the world” according to the Mayan calendar as reason why something bad could happen on Friday,” Suski said. “That student said he had heard about the rumors of threats in Central Dauphin earlier in the week and believed that something could happen in Middletown if it could happen there.” Police patrols also were beefed up at other central Pennsylvania school districts because of rumors of violence that were deemed to be only rumors. State troopers patrolled Central Dauphin High School and West Perry High School on Friday, Dec. 21. Rumors of violence at Central Dauphin were “rampant,’’ Superintendent Carol Johnson told the Patriot-News. In Lancaster, police said they will file charges against a student at McCaskey East High School who sent a prank text message that said a shooting had occurred at the school, WHTM-TV reported. Despite rumors, the day went smoothly at Middletown Area High School without incident, Suski said. “It was a good day in all Middletown schools,” Suski said. “There is a lot of excitement in the air. I think everyone is eager for the joy of the holiday season after such an emotionally draining week.” Meanwhile, about 30 people attended a prayer service at Wesley United Methodist Church for the 27 victims – 20 of them children enrolled in kindergarten – of the Newtown

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Participants at a prayer service at Wesley United Methodist Church on Friday, Dec. 21 hung stars honoring the victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting on a “tree of hope’’ in the church sanctuary. shooting. Participants hung a star on a tree in the sanctuary in honor of each victim and relatives and friends who recently passed, and lit candles to offer hope in what still seems a dark hour for humanity. “We let the light shine, and we look ahead, knowing God will be with us,’’ the Rev. Jim Dawes, Wesley’s pastor, told the crowd as participants lighted their candles. Maria Frisby, a Middletown resident,

attended, though she wasn’t a member of Wesley. She read two poems about the Newtown shootings she wrote after she saw TV news reports about the tragedy. “I just felt that was the least I could do,’’ said Frisby. One poem, a rewriting of Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas,’’ ended with these lines: “And I heard Him exclaim as He walked out of sight, ‘In the midst of darkness I am still the light.’ ‘’

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money, too,” she told council. “I’m asking you to please remember our pockets aren’t very deep anymore.” She offered suggestions to tighten the budget, including police regionalization or using state police services. Council President Kay Sutch said the increases were necessary to fund the $1,973,032 budget. “We did the best we could to give

the services [residents] expect,” said Sutch. “There’s no fat in it at all.” Dengler suggested using money from capital reserves to balance the budget instead of raising taxes. “It is too small an amount to even raise taxes,” he said. Sutch said using reserves could mean not having money in an emergency. Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or

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Penn State Harrisburg Lion Ambassadors gather around the Giving Tree, a tree with ornaments in the atrium of the Olmsted Building that represents the items that university students, faculty and staff donated to needy families at Christmas. Posing with the tree are, standing from left to right, Jordan Achenbach, Zerrick Santos, Brandon Sik, and Andy Dressel; kneeling, from left to right, Zac Morris, Jordan Simpkins, Evan Huckfeldt and Fay Johnson.

Giving to those who need our help By Daniel Walmer Press And Journal Staff 
As far as Christmas trees go, it’s not the biggest or the brightest. But the Giving Tree in the atrium of Penn State Harrisburg’s Olmsted Building provides more happiness than the average Douglas fir, because its ornaments list items that Penn State Harrisburg students, faculty and staff donated to spread Christmas joy to families in need. The college’s elves were busy this year, providing food, clothing and toys to four families, including two from Fink Elementary School. “They see the needs in our area,” said school councilor Kim Guyer, noting that many local families were affected by 2011 and 2012 floods. “Knowing that such young people are civic-minded and willing to give to others in need, especially to kids, because that’s what the season is all about – I think that’s representative of the university trying to mould a wellrounded student, not just in academics, but in the social arena as well.” Students like Andy Dressel, president of the Penn State Harrisburg chapter of the student alumni corps Lion Ambas-

sadors, which coordinated the event. “I think part of being a Lion Ambassador is giving back,” Dressel said. “It’s very important for us. Even a small impact helps people.” After the gifts were donated, the Lion Ambassadors played Santa, wrapping them and dropping them off at places like Fink on Dec. 14. “They’re presented very well,” Guyer said. “There’s lots of care, and for that, we’re grateful.” Guyer is thankful for the program’s partnership with Fink, and there are often “tears of joy” from the families that receive the gifts, she said. For Dressel, that joy hammers home the purpose of the project. “It really does kind of put everything in perspective and show how important the project is,” he said. “I definitely think it’s something we’re going to continue long into the future.” The Lion Ambassadors also collected 189 pounds of food for people in need during their holiday food drive, Dressel noted – just another way they spread holiday cheer. Daniel Walmer: 717-944-4628, or danielwalmer@pressandjournal. com

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Veterans’ bills that have become law V eterans who have served our nation proudly in the past reside here today as our family, friends and neighbors. They are not only veterans, but also serve as community volunteers, public servants and local leaders. They continue to give back. I am humbled by what our veterans have sacrificed for us. They all deserve our utmost respect and gratitude. This year I was proud to vote in support of several legislative initiatives that bring additional rights and benefits to veterans and their families. Here are details about some of the initiatives that have been signed into law: • Act 176 of 2012 offers a special designation on Pennsylvania driver’s licenses for veterans who served in any branch of the Armed Forces, including reserve units or the National Guard, and who were discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable. The cost of the regular renewal will remain the same, but there will be no additional cost to the veteran for the special designation mark. The state Department of Transportation has up to 18 months to implement this program and will announce when the driver’s license designations are available to veterans. • Act 181 of 2012 would bring the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) into compliance with the Federal Heroes Earning Assistance and Relief Act of 2008 and will conform Pennsylvania law regarding pension credit for military leave for state employees and SERS members with federal law. • Act 185 of 2012 encourages state agencies to contract with veteranowned small businesses. Under the new law, the state Department of General Services has an annual statewide goal of not less than 3 percent participation in statewide contracts entered into by the department with veteran-owned small businesses, and would provide training to help veteran-owned businesses learn how to apply for state contracts. • Act 189 of 2012 enacts the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act to simplify the process of absentee voting for military and overseas civilians in state elections conducted in Pennsylvania. • Act 192 of 2012 updates the Pennsylvania Code of Military Justice, which enforces order and discipline upon the Pennsylvania National Guardsmen who are not in active federal service under Title 10 of the United States Code. The code has not been extensively updated since 1975, and many of the current provisions date back to the Military Code of 1949. The bill also establishes a State Military Justice Fund to pay expenses incurred in the administration of military justice and is funded by fees and other monies paid to the Commonwealth under the Pennsylvania Code of Military Justice. • Act 194 of 2012 establishes guidelines and funding for the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund, which administers grants to the PA Veterans Foundation and other veterans and charitable organizations for the purposes of providing benefits to veterans and their families. Revenue for the fund will come from proceeds paid by PennDOT from sales of a special “Honor Our Veterans” license plate and from contributions from a voluntary $3 check-off from driver license and vehicle registration renewals. Our veterans from every era are the finest of citizens. They command the respect of the American people, and they have our lasting gratitude. By supporting legislative measures that have a positive impact on the lives of these brave men and women, we can begin to repay a small part of the great debt we owe to them.

online. Internet safety is becoming one of the toughest issues facing parents and schools today. Children are being targeted by online predators and cyber bullies at an alarming rate, so it’s important to help them learn how to protect themselves while still enjoying the benefits of the Internet. The Office of Attorney General has created a great resource to help educate kids, parents and schools about the importance of being safe online known as Operation Safe Surf. Operation Safe Surf provides parents and schools with resources and tools to aid in the protection of children online. The program is divided into three learning groups: elementary School; middle and high school; and parents/community groups. The website provides a vast array of Internet safety tools, including tips on how to talk to children about the dangers online, a glossary of internet-related terms, resources regarding cyber bullying and recommendations for obtaining tracking and filtering software. If you have a child who uses the Internet, I encourage you to review these free resources to ensure your children know how and why they should protect themselves online. To access these resources, visit my website,, and click on “PA-At Your Service.” There, in the “Children and Family” section, you will find a link to the Operation Safe Surf website. John Payne is a Republican member of the state House of Representatives. He represents the 106th district.

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K“My heart goes out to all the

families involved from the recent shooting in Connecticut. God bless you and may He give you strength to get through this difficult time.”

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ly? A Steelton police officer caught the fugitive in Highspire not more than one mile from the Highspire Borough building/police headquarters. He was assisted by the Lower Swatara police and Middletown police. Where was the Highspire police? Perhaps the Highspire Police Department should merge instead of Middletown.”

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L“Mr. McNamara and your

cronies, I believe you have not only worn out your welcome on council, but also have pretty much worn out your welcome in our once pleasant town.”

J“It was good to see capacity audiences at the high school, middle school and elementary school concerts this past week. To honor the quality of student performance and commitment of our town’s music teachers to invoke the best from our students, put a smiley-face on this posting!” (Editor’s note: You got it! Video of a highlight of the Middletown Area High School Christmas concert – Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus’’ by the choir, concert band, jazz band and audience members who joined them on stage – can be viewed on our website,

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico or Pennsylvania Auditor General would check into all actions made by the current Middletown Council and rule that they are illegal and put everything back to where it was a year ago. This would include rehiring all the people that were let go due to the negative effect it has had on borough services, re-opening the communications center in the concern for public safety of all Middletown residents, and funding to support the library for educational growth of our children and all residents. The 2013 budget that they have submitted should be considered invalid because it doesn’t

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nal bury the story about the Middletown principal getting a DUI? Are we that used to idiots getting DUIs that no one cares unless someone gets killed? The principal is in charge of our kids. The principal is supposed to set the example, in and out of school.”

L“My Christmas wish: That the

Holiday cheer-lessness The worst Christmas movies ever By

slasher film, Michael Keaton stars as a lead singer in a band who dies in a car accident and comes back to life as a snowman to spend more time with his family.

Movie site Fandango compiled the results from their user-generated poll, posing the question, “What is the worst Christmas movie of all time?” Here are the Top Ten, according to the poll: 1. “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” (1964) The top-voted worst Christmas movie is a B-film from the ’60s that cost $20,000 to make. This fantasy has become a cult favorite in past years after it was featured in an episode of the Syfy Channel’s “Mystery Science Theater 3000’’ and is still being screened in theaters in L.A. and New York in December.

5. “Santa With Muscles” (1996) Hulk Hogan dressed as Santa. Enough said.

2. “Silent Night, Deadly Night” (1984) You may think Christmas and horror don’t go together – and you’re right. This slasher film chronicles a young boy who turns into a serial killer after witnessing his parents’ murder by a man dressed in a Santa outfit.

8. “Deck the Halls” (2006) Danny DiVito and Matthew Broderick are neighbors who duke it out over the holidays to one-up each other in Christmas decorations on their houses.

3. “Jingle All the Way” (1996) Nothing says the spirit of Christmas like Arnold Schwarzenegger punching his way through a mall to score a TurboMan action figure for his son. 4. “Jack Frost” (1998) Not to be confused with the ’96

6. “Ernest Saves Christmas” (1988) The character Ernest P. Worrell, played by Jim Varney, is a classic, but his wild escapades in trying to find a replacement for Santa on Christmas goes down in history for all the wrong reasons. 7. “Home Alone 3” (1997) The third in the popular “Home Alone’’ series, it was the first without star Macaulay Culkin and director Chris Columbus.

9. “Surviving Christmas” (2004) This Christmas movie starring Ben Afflek was a major flop at the box office after its October release, and was out on DVD two months later. 10. “Christmas With the Kranks” (2004) Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis decide to bypass Christmas when their daughter leaves town and invest the money on taking a Caribbean cruise instead.

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The spirit of Christmas is alive in toy campaign


t’s heartbreaking to see so many families line up at the Highspire United Methodist Church for free toys from the Marine Corp.’s Toys for Tots campaign. The church, along with the Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Royalton, gave free toys to 168 needy families in our area. Who knows how many more needy families didn’t get help because pride stopped someone from asking for help, or because they hadn’t heard about the toy drive, or because they didn’t know where to apply. One parent, a Highspire woman named Danielle (she wouldn’t give her last name), works for a living, but doesn’t earn a living. Her job stocking shelves at a convenience store doesn’t bring in enough to provide a nice Christmas for her two daughters – even with her husband working time. So many are hurting – and, full “It’s hard this year,’’ she told Press perhaps, even in better And Journal reporter Noelle Barrett. economic times there would “Everybody’s hurting.’’ So many are hurting – and, perhaps, be a number of needy families even in better economic times there struggling to provide a joyous would be a number of needy famiChristmas for their kids. lies struggling to provide a joyous Christmas for their kids. For Belinda, of Middletown, the choice is either to pay the bills or buy gifts for her four children. "It's either pay the bills and keep the electric or buy presents,'' she said. Fortunately, there are generous people who give to the Marines’ toy campaign – and good people like the 30 volunteers from the Highspire and Royalton churches who handed out bags of free toys on Wednesday, Dec. 19. It’s heartwarming to see people help their fellow man. They are proof that the spirit of Christmas is indeed alive – that it is better to give than to receive.


A first step in a journey to a new Middletown

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” It is my most sincere hope that Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu’s words ring true in Middletown. Last Wednesday, a handful of town business owners took that first, tentative step in the hopes of finally establishing a mutually beneficial relationship between them and Middletown Borough. These businesses carved some precious time out of their frazzled schedules to attend a meeting to review and discuss the revitalization of a stretch of South Union Street in downtown Middletown. A representative from Dewberry, the consultant contracted by the borough to develop the revitalization strategy, sketched out a few details about the endeavor. While the consultant’s presentation was slight in details, I would like to believe the meeting was a sincere gesture worthy of note. I hope this will be the first of many meetings between the borough and its business community. Rebirth and revitalization of our town’s downtown community is a complex challenge and cannot be rushed. Sustained progress and success must involve endeavors that are methodical, comprehensive and inclusive. The establishment of a receptive relationship between government and small businesses is an absolutely essential first step. If indeed this meeting represents a true change in policy by the borough, then it behooves us, the business community and residents, to commit time and effort to attend the next meeting.

Facebook conversations . . . So what have your pets done to your Christmas tree? Andrea Layton: Our kitten pulled on the ribbons and brought the whole tree done, smashing ornaments as he went. Nicole Brittelli: My 17 year old, but very active cat Puffy has managed to de-rail the train around the tree every single day. He also has sat on wrapped packages to the extent I have had to re-wrap them. So much for trying to be ahead of the game. Tracy Schmidt Gipe: My cat has ours all misshapen, the lights all askew and is knocking ornaments off every day. We have the worst looking Christmas tree ever! Ann Augsburger Nagel: Zeke tried to get in the manger. I have a set with very large figures. Dave Llewellyn: Leroy the great dane pup knocked all the ornaments off below 4 feet with his tail.

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Cutting defense spending leaves us open to threats


ince the radar (AN/TPY-2 Radar), and the ComSpanishmand, Control, Battle Management and American Communications (C2BMC). War, the U.S. has These might seem like high-tech duhad a poor record plications, but each plays a vital role in of preparing against keeping the U.S. safe from a coordinated future threats. We attack from abroad. Sadly, many are on cut vital development needed to meet the chopping block. Cutting these profuture foes, losing lives and treasure grams ignores current threats, historical until we wake up from our self-inflicted precedent – and American safety. slumber. Just look at the AN/TPY-2 Radar – the We used to call it short-sightedness. most advanced mobile radar system in Today we call it “sequestration.” the world. This technology provides The biggest bullies on the planet stating extraordinarily precise tracking of baltheir aim to harm America are Iran, North listic missiles. It can even make nuanced Korea and trans-national, radical Musdeterminations – distinguishing between lim extremists. While those in the rogue an actual warhead and a decoy. states are launching their tirades, they Policy hacks have put a halt to the Misare also launching real missiles. Transsile Defense Agency’s purchase of seven national radicals become ready allies in more of them. One of the seven cut may this newest way to threaten America with survive in the restructured FY 2014 budlimited resources. get. Completing it will bring America’s These ballistic bullies should be the total stock of AN/TPY-2 radars to 12 – a focus of our limited funds. good start, but still far fewer than our When Nazi Germany embarked on a military commanders have deemed necesnew militarism in 1934, few could grasp sary. Congress should safeguard enough the threat from a country defeated 15 funding for the survival of this capability. years prior. Germany quietly developed This is not defense industry hyperbole. its airpower with hidden pilots and Consider that Iran has not hesitated to technicians. Most develop threatening of Europe ignored In the next few years, the technologies. Iran the threat when a paraded a missle threat will only grow. recently vibrant, dangerous new system deIran and North Korea are signed to combat air capability arose. Only Britain had pressing a capacity to deliver American fighter sense to commit a drones, helicopa nuclear weapon to the U.S. jets, reluctant sliver of ters and, of course, mainland. Intelligence cruise missiles. funds to nascent radar technology indicates their cooperation in Earlier this month, and superior fighter is likely that they this effort. itconducted aircraft design. a test Even prophets like against one of our Winston Churchill drones. Iraniancould not fathom costal radar stations and backed Hamas is launching deadly attacks Spitfires becoming the defense of the enagainst innocents in Tel Aviv and Jerutire free world when Britain stood alone salem, forcing retaliation strikes against in the summer of 1940. suspected missile sites in Gaza. The In 2009, President Barack Obama future threat is clear. declared that Iran possessed technology Ten years from now, we can only hope “capable of reaching Europe.” If our we can reflect how policy makers took intelligence experts are correct, Iran’s the risk, curbed the urge of wasteful enballistic missiles could follow by 2015. titlement spending and carved out a sliver If the President felt this threat was real for the missile defense programs that enough to declare, then policy makers saved thousands of American lives. have a moral imperative to correctly identify and back the technologies to Steve Russell, a retired Army lieutenant meet it. colonel, is an infantry veteran of Kosovo, In the next few years, the missile threat Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq and is a will only grow. Iran and North Korea are military analyst for Concerned Veterans pressing a capacity to deliver a nuclear for America. weapon to the U.S. mainland. Intelligence indicates their cooperation in this effort. Reports emerged in September that these two countries are now sharing scientists and nuclear and missile technology. If both countries acquire the capacity to reach the U.S. with missiles, we must have the technology needed to defend against a coordinated missile attack. Fortunately, a recent live-fire missile defense test demonstrated our ability to We want to hear from you. defend against these threats. The system Send your letters to: test – called FTI-01 – took place on Oct., or 26 and marked the most complex missile 20 S. Union Street defense flight test in history. Middletown, Pa. 17057 The test peppered our missile defense Letters may be edited for accuracy, capability by throwing five ballistic and clarity, and length. cruise missile attacks at it simultaneously. The test employed the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), the Patriot Weapon System, the Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance


The story about right-to-work


he “right-towork” issue is back. When a state passes a rightto-work law, as Michigan did this month, employers in that state can no longer agree to require workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment. Supporters of right-to-work see it as a way to protect workers from being forced to support unions against their will. Many opponents of right-to-work counter that the laws let workers free-ride off dues-paying colleagues and reap the benefits of union services. Thus, those opponents claim, the laws are intended to weaken unions. Right-to-work can’t be understood without first understanding the wider federal labor-law regime. In 1935, the National Labor Relations Act (or Wagner Act) became law under the New Deal. Among other things, it decreed that when a majority of workers in a company vote for a union, their employer must bargain with it “in good faith” and that all workers must support it financially, even those choosing not to join. This law violates free-market principles, including freedom of association, which includes the freedom to abstain from association. More than a decade later, Wagner was amended by the Taft-Hartley Act to ameliorate what many saw as union excesses. Provision 14(b) permits Why would big states to pass business want a right-to-work labor-relations laws, which ban agreements law that that make payinterfered with ing union fees the free market? a condition of employment. Thus, rightto-work is a creature of the Wagner Act. After World War II, a repeal or a major modification of Wagner might have been possible, but too-clever politicians instead chose to give states the option to enact right-to-work laws. Some Wagner opponents thought this was a serious mistake, because it took pressure off the intrusive national labor-relations regime. But maybe it wasn’t a mistake; maybe it was a calculated move to salvage Wagner, albeit with modification.That’s a reasonable inference, but to see it, a deeper analysis of Wagner is necessary. That law is typically considered a prolabor, anti-business law. But it’s not so simple. For one thing, radical labor activists, such as the Wobblies (the Industrial Workers of the World) opposed the act. On the other hand, important parts of the big-business elite had long lobbied for a labor law similar (but not identical) to Wagner through the American Association for Labor Legislation. The Wobblies might have had Adam Smith’s dictum in mind: “Whenever the legislature attempts to regulate the differences between masters and their workmen, its counsellors are always the masters.” Why would big business want a laborrelations law that interfered with the free market? Big business was no friend of the free market, and some of the business elite was willing to make concessions to labor for “industrial peace.” By that, they had in mind an end to unannounced walkouts (wildcat strikes), work showdowns, secondary strikes along the supply chain, and sympathy boycotts. These and similar tactics were favored by the Wobblies. The Wagner-Taft-Hartley regime outlawed those actions and imposed federal rules governing union certification through supervised elections, cooling-off periods before strikes, and federal mediation. Labor leaders, despite their hostile rhetoric toward employers, became the enforcers of union contracts — to the outrage of labor radicals. At the time Taft-Hartley was drafted, some advocates of the free market opposed it on principle, because forbidding a particular kind of agreement between an employer and a union violated freemarket principles. They argued that the remedy for compulsory unionism was to repeal offending laws like Wagner rather than to pass a new law interfering with freedom of contract. All government favors, which are rooted in force, should be ended, leaving labor and management to negotiate in peace in a competitive marketplace. Right-towork enlarges government’s role and affirms the mistaken philosophy that it has a place in labor relations. Sheldon Richman is vice president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, a Virginia-based think tank.; e-mail -

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Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown

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The Presbyterian Congregation is a body of Christian people who reach out to others by sharing God’s word, love and fellowship. Join us for worship starting at 10:30 a.m. on Sun., Dec. 30. Nursery is provided and for young ones remaining in the sanctuary there are Blue Listening bags that can be picked up as you enter. They have paper activities in them and may be left on the pew at the end of the service. This Sunday, there is no church school for children or teens and adults.

From the Parish nurse there is a news item from the “Prevention Magazine,” October 2012, pg. 83: Mints have been cherished since ancient times for their ability to settle an upset stomach, aid digestion, treat a cold, and ease a sore throat.       Wishing everyone a Happy New Year for 2013. For more information please see our website at www.; Facebook: PresbyterianCongregation; or call the church office at 717-944-4322.

Middletown “Do all things without grumbling or classes for all ages. Children from disputing, that you may be blameless ages 4 to second grade are welcome and innocent, children of God without to participate in Junior Church during blemish in the midst of a crooked and the morning worship service. We also twisted generation. Among whom you welcome you to join us at our 6:30 shine as lights in the world.” Philip- p.m. service. Childcare is provided for children under age 4 during all pians 2:14-15 services and classes. Open Door Bible Church, located Wed., Dec. 26: 7 p.m., Patch the at 200 Nissley Drive, Middletown, Pirate Clubs for ages 4 through grade invites you to worship Jesus Christ 6, and Prayer meeting. with us this week. For more information call the church Our Dec. 30 Sunday worship ser- office at 939-5180 or visit us online vice commences at 10:40 a.m. with at Better yet, come a 9:30 a.m. Sunday school hour with worship with us in person.

New Beginnings Church

Middletown New Beginnings Church invites Craft Group meets every Wednesday you to worship with us each Sunday at 6:30 p.m.; Youth Fellowship meets at 10:30 a.m. Nursery and children’s Sun., Dec. 30 at 5 p.m. for an early church provided. Our congregation New Year’s Eve party. Our Sunday worship service will meets at Riverside Chapel, 630 S. be broadcast on the MAHS radio Union St., Middletown, next to the station WMSS 91.1 FM at 3 p.m. Rescue Hose Company. Sunday school every Sunday afternoon. Listen on the for all ages is at 9 a.m. We are handicap radio or the school website at www. accessible via ramp at the back door. For additional church information call Acolyte for December is Ashlyn 944-9595. Kleinfelter. Children’s Church leader Nonperishable food items are col- is Michelle Strohecker. lected every Sunday for the MiddlePastor Britt’s parting words each town Food Bank. Sunday: “Nothing in this world is Woman of Faith Bible Study resumes more important than the love of Jesus in January; Intercessory Prayer Group Christ.” We invite you to come and is held every Thursday at 7 p.m.; The experience this love.


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First Church of God, 245 W. High Street, Middletown, invites you to join us for worship at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. Childcare is provided. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Classes for special education are also available. Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. classes are available for Youth (grades 6-12), FROG Pond (kindergarten through 5th grade), Nursery (infants-age 3), and Adult classes, which offer a variety of Bible studies and electives. Thursdays: 8 a.m., Breakfast Club Bible Study; 6 p.m., Pasta and Prayer Young Adult Bible Study at Pastor Kim’s house. Wednesdays: Wednesday Night Live: No classes on December 26 or January 2. Wednesdays beginning January 9: Come join us for supper at 5:30 p.m. (no charge, donations accepted). Wednesday Night Live classes for everyone, birth to 100, begin at 6:30 p.m. Winter class lineup. The Gospel of John: In this comprehensive (verse by verse) study of John’s gospel, we will take a close look at the life and teachings of Jesus Christ; The Essential Jesus Class: We will look at Jesus’ sermons, parables, miracles, crucifixion and resurrection. Spiritual Formation Class: Do you want a more intimate relationship with the Lord? Do you feel like you are spinning your wheels in your Christian walk? Where is the closeness you felt at


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Over 500 pieces of Pennsylvania had done Fraktur and printed house blessings, birth, baptismal, confirmation, and marriage certificates are included in the extensive and rich permanent collection of the Historical Society. For over 125 years Fraktur served as a “carry stream’ for preserving the typical designs and dialect of Pennsylvania German Folk art. The society’s collection is recorded on microfilm, making it available to anyone researching history and genealogy. These records are in the Society’s library. The word “Fraktur” refers to a type of German lettering or typeface used from the 15th century until World War II. Fraktur lettering is decorative and is often compared to our Old English Gothic. Americans use the word “Fraktur” to refer to decorated manuscripts made by and for Pennsylvania Germans and German-Americans. Most Fraktur are Geburts und Taufscheine, birth and baptismal certificates. They were made primarily for Lutheran and Reformed families, for whom baptism is a sacrament. Most Frakturs were made about 1745 to 1920 in Southeast Pennsylvania. Following the Revolution, the demand for Taufscheine soared. Many schoolmasters, artists, and scriveners turned to printed forms to expedite production. Berks County families preferred “personalized” forms. In this respect, Berks County held onto the Fraktur tradition longer than did neighboring counties. Not only does Berks County Fraktur represents a cornucopia because of sheer numbers of Fraktur that came from this region, it also represents a microcosm of the history of American Taufscheine made possible by a mutually beneficial trade among schoolmasters, printers. Berks County holds a special place in the field of American Fraktur. It’s geographically centralized location on Southeast Pennsylvania caused major Fraktur artists and itinerants to crisscross the county as they carried on a brisk trade in the Taufsclieine market . Reading printers created the printed source these artists and scriveners needed to expedite production. In all respects, variety of media, form, subject matter, and especially techniques and quality of printing and particularly the endless “angle” forms, this county was the center of it all.

Update On The Wenger Meetinghouse Preservation

The WMPA continues to move forward with the restoration of the 1871 Wenger Meetinghouse, located at Mill Street & Supervisor Drive, Jonestown, Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania. To date the slate late roof, brick chimney and cornice and soffit work have been replaced and are now completed (see photos on other side). Future work continues on replacing of the exterior east wall plaster; along masonry restoration, repairs to the windows and shutters. The interior work begins in the spring with plaster and painting. Thus far over $45,000 has been contributed to our goal of $125,000. At the worship service of the Wenger Reunion, held this past August, an offering was received from the 80 Wenger family members in attendance totaling just over $3,600. This offering was given in support of the ongoing restoration and preservation of the Wenger Meetinghouse. Note cards are available for purchase at $10/pack of 10 cards. These note cards feature an original pen and ink sketch by Jay V. Wenger. Each card is on ivory card stock with matching envelopes. The cost to produce these cards is a donation to the WMPA, which means that 100 percent of your card purchase will benefit the restoration and preservation of the Wenger Meetinghouse. New members to the board of the Wenger Meetinghouse Preservation Association are: Larry C. Wenger, Treasurer, and the Rev. Charles Brown, Jr. Charles Brown joins the Board representing the United Zion Church. Larry and Charles are welcomed by the other board members. Warren B. Wenger,Jr., President; Daniel J. Wenger, Vice-President; Carole L. Katzmann, Secretary and Jay V. Wenger. Carl I. Wenger continues to serve as an advisor to the board of directors. To purchase the note cards to help restore and preserve the Wenger Meetinghouse specify the number of note cards at $10/pack, please add postage and shipping $2.50/pack U.S. and $4.50 Canada. Make checks payable in U.S. Funds to: Wenger Meetinghouse Preservation Association. If you would like to make a contribution and is tax deductible please contact the Wenger Meetinghouse Preservation Assoc, P.O. Box 54, Jonestown, PA 17038.

What’s Up In 2013

March 16: Pennsylvania German Zammelaaf, New Covenant Christian School, 452 Ebenezer Road, (Route 72) Lebanon, PA 17046, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Pennsylvania Dutch food, history, music, language, traditional crafts, artist and children’s activities. More info: or 717865-6723. April 6: MAGS Spring Meeting, Holiday Inn, Luara, Md., featured speaker 205311A01 Kenneth Heger. More info: April 25-27: Ohio Genealogical Society Annual Conference, “Expanding Your Ancestry Through Technology,” Millennium Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio. More info: May 8-11: National Genealogical Society Conference, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev. Theme: “Building New Bridges.” More information available on the web at: May 10-11: Lancaster Family History Conference, Lancaster, Pa., keynote speaker John Paul Colleta. Info: 717-393-9745. August 21-24: Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Fort Wayne, Ind., includes Wednesday “Focus on Societies” session. More info: FGS, P.O. Box 200940, Austin, Texas 78720-0940, Phone 1-888-FGS-1500, website URL:

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conversion? We all feel these feelings at one time or another. The good news is that God wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him, so much so that he goes to great lengths to bring us into just that kind of relationship. The class will run 8 weeks from 6:15 until 7:30. Spiritual Formation is the process of being conformed into the image of Christ, drawing us into an intimate relationship with Christ. You will become his disciple in every sense of the word. You will learn to hear his voice, learn to worship and serve Him with new passion and learn to love Him with your whole being. We will learn how to die to self and to live for Him. We will also learn to seek His will and direction for every part of our lives. While the study is not difficult, sometimes learning to die to self can be difficult, so expect change! But don’t worry God loves you and will travel with you every step of the way as you draw close to Him! Please consider joining us; Contemporary Culture Class: This class will be discussing some contemporary issues. Come and be part of the conversation; Craft/ Quilting Class: A quilting instructor will be with us and will bring samples and ideas for the most novice quilter to the more experienced. Start with something small and see where it goes; Parenting Class: “Boundaries For Parents” is an excellent starting point to help us raise our children. Come as we learn, discuss, and grow, and in the process become better parents. Youth group (Grades 6 thru 12) will get back to the basics of Christianity and building community through discussion and games. Join us as we learn about God and each other. Children’s classes for Grades 4 and 5; Grades 1 to 3; Kindergarten, babysitting for wee ones 3 and younger. Thursdays: No Sunshiners on Dec. 27 or Jan. 3. They resume on Jan. 10. The Sunshiners meet from 6 to 8 p.m. for a time of Christian fellowship, teaching and worship. They are a group which exists to meet the spiritual needs of persons who are developmentally challenged. 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

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Inconsistent Raiders drop three of four games, fall below .500 A victory over West Perry takes some of the sting out of home-court losses to Bishop McDevitt, Northern and East Pennsboro. By Larry Etter Press And Journal Staff Middletown boys’ basketball coach Chris Sattele wanted to head into the Christmas break with a 5-3 record. Instead, his Blue Raider squad slipped to 3-5 following a tough four-game stretch that netted the team just one win, a 54-41 decision over Capital Division nemesis West Perry last Friday, Dec. 21. The losses came at the hands of Northern on Monday Dec. 17; East Pennsboro on Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Bishop McDevitt on Saturday, Dec. 22. “Really, we should have won the first two games and we would have been 5-3 before playing in the Susquehannock tournament after Christmas,” Sattele said following Saturday’s non-divisional loss to McDevitt, 69-59.

Middletown 54, West Perry 41

The Raiders’ third victory of the season came against visiting West Perry on Friday after the team rebounded from the two losses earlier in the week. And, while the Raiders did not play a great game, they did enough to get themselves back on the winning track. After scoring just 9 points in the game’s first half, Middletown senior Trent Zimmerman collected 15 after the break to lead all scorers with 24. Sheldon Deimler led West Perry with 13 points. Behind the scoring of Nick Drawbaugh and Mel Fager, the Raiders got off to a good 7-2 start in the first two minutes and never trailed on the scoreboard throughout the Capital Division clash. After the Mustangs cut the Middletown lead to 12-10 at the 3:20 mark of the opening period, the Raiders registered the final 3 points of the

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Middletown’s Jared Truesdale (2), above, takes a shot against Bishop McDevitt’s Dyllon Hudson-Emory (33). Middletown’s Trent Zimmerman (1), right, drives down the baseline to the basket against Bishop McDevitt’s HudsonEmory (33) in a 69-59 loss to the Crusaders. Zimmerman led the Blue Raiders with 15 points.

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Of the three losses last week, the one against Northern York was the most painful. After surging to an 11-point lead after three quarters, the Raiders saw the game unravel and the win slip away in the fourth. The offense appeared to run out of gas in the pivotal final six minutes of the division game, and the Middletown squad suffered through a crushing five-minute dry spell that allowed the visiting Polar Bears to wipe out the deficit and pull off a winning rally. Please See RAIDERS, Page B2

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segment to earn a 15-10 advantage. But both offenses struggled from the outset of the second stanza and neither team put any points up until West Perry’s Nate Sites made one of two foul shots with 5:15 left in the half. Deimler added a layup off a steal a minute and a half later to pull the Mustangs within two, 15-13. Zimmerman popped in a 3-pointer 14 seconds later to break the ice for the Raiders and then converted a West Perry miss and assist from Brandon Harper into another trey and a 21-13 lead for the home team. A 12-2 Middletown run that opened up the second half on the plus side pushed the Raiders’ advantage to 33-17 by the midway point of the third period. The two teams combined for 18 turnovers in the third as defenses controlled the action. Still, the Raiders were able to maintain control of the game and a late basket by Ladhellis Charleston gave the Middletown squad a 38-23 lead heading into the final 8 minutes. The Mustangs tried to mount a rally in the fourth quarter, but the Raiders were able to match their guests point-for-point down the stretch. After J. C. Cleckner’s triple pushed the Middletown advantage to 46-30 with 3:20 left on the clock, the Mustangs made 4 of 6 shots from the foul line to cut the spread to 12. But Zimmerman threw in a pair of treys and Jared Truesdale drained a pair of late free throws to lock up the win.


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Three of Middletown’s four victories came on the road. By Jim Lewis Press And Journal Staff The young Middletown Blue Raiders girls’ basketball team didn’t let a daunting four-game stretch of road contests get them down. The Raiders won three of them, before falling to West Perry, 50-40 on Friday, Dec. 21 in Elliottsburg. The loss halted Middletown’s four-game winning streak, which included a 53-50 overtime victory over Camp Hill on Dec. 11 in Middletown. Freshman Jalynn Burton-Jones has led a balanced scoring attack for the Raiders (4-3, 3-1 in the MidPenn Conference’s Capital Division) with help from sophomores Jeyy Rivera and Halle Marion and senior Sarah Crippen. A big test looms for Middletown in early 2013 – the Raiders host unbeaten Steelton-Highspire and prolific scorer Malia Tate-DeFreitas on Friday, Jan. 4.

West Perry 50, Middletown 40

Against West Perry, Crippen led the Raiders with 14 points, while sophomore Halle Marion added 10 and Burton-Jones 9. The Raiders led 19-16 at the half, but the strong Mustangs (7-1, 4-1) blitzed Middletown in the fourth quarter, outscoring their opponent 17-8 to claim the victory.

Middletown 43, East Pennsboro 32

Burton-Jones led the Raiders with 15 points, while Rivera added 11 and Crippen and Marion each scored 6 for Middletown in the win over the Panthers in Enola on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Jaelise Thommpson added 33 and Jordan Campbell added 2 for Middletown. Jackie Downey led East Pennsboro (4-3, 2-3) with 13 points. A strong second quarter lifted Middletown to victory. The Raiders outscored the Panthers 12-3 in the second to grab an 11-point lead, 22-11, at the half.

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Middletown’s Jeyy Rivera (3) shoots over an East Pennsboro defender. Middletown built a 16-point lead, 35-19, with a good third quarter.

Middletown 45, Northern 27

Burton-Jones and Rivera each scored 12 points to lead the Raiders, while Marion added 11 and Crippen and Jada Pettis each added 5 in Middletown’s victory over winless Northern (0-9, 0-6) in Dillsburg. Sara Yunez led the Polar Bears with 15 points. The Raiders broke open a close game with a strong second half, outscoring northern 26-10 in the third and fourth quarters to gain the victory.

Middletown 53, Camp Hill 50

Burton-Jones scored 14 points and Crippen added 13 as the Raiders bounced back against Camp Hill (4-3, 2-3) in the fourth quarter to tie the game, 49-49, at the end of regulation, then won it in overtime. Crippen scored 13, Marion scored 10 and Rivera scored 9 as Middletown launched a winning streak with the victory over the Lions on Dec. 11 in Middletown. Leah Springer led Camp Hill with 18 points. Jim Lewis: 717-944-4628, or

Middletown’s Jalynn Burton-Jones (2), a freshman, scores two of her team-high 15 points in a victory over East Pennsboro in Enola.

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In that game-changing span, the Raiders committed 8 costly turnovers that keyed the 10-0 run by the Bears and led to the disheartening loss for the home team. The Raiders came up on the short end of a 10-8 score at the end of the first quarter but turned in a better effort in the second as they fought their way to a 19-16 lead with two minutes left in the first half. Zimmerman scored 18 of his gamehigh 22 points in the second period to fuel the run. His driving layup with two ticks left gave the Raiders a 26-21 edge at the halftime break. But Northern’s change in defensive strategy limited Zimmerman to just 2 points in the entire second half. Charleston, Fager, Drawbaugh and Brandon Harper, a freshman, took up the slack, however, with a combined 15 points, while the defense held the Bears to 11 markers in the third quarter as the Raiders climbed to what appeared to be a solid 43-32 lead heading into the final frame. After Northern cut the lead to 8 points a minute and a half into the fourth quarter, Charleston converted a steal into a basket that gave the blue and gold a 45-35 lead with 6:03 left. But that turned out to be the only points the Middletown offense would generate until Truesdale broke the

ice and tied the game at 47-47 with 11.9 seconds left. Northern’s David Cuckovic, however, put back the game winner off an offensive rebound with 3 seconds left to complete the shocking rally.

East Pennsboro 56 Middletown 33

It appeared as if the Raiders were still in a state of shock on Wednesday when they hosted the visiting Panthers of East Pennsboro. The Raiders never seemed to get totally focused in the game and the visitors rolled to a surprisingly easy win. One of the biggest keys of the contest was directly attributed to the fact that East Pennsboro held Zimmerman to just 7 points and the frigid shooting of the rest of the offense had the Raiders in trouble throughout. Zimmerman scored 4 of his points in the first quarter and Harper added a pair of free throws late in the opening segment that tied the score at 10-10 prior to the start of the second stanza. But everything went south for the Raiders from that point as the Panthers opened up period two with a 7-0 run to take a 17-10 lead. J. C. Cleckner’s 3-pointer broke the string for Middletown, but East Pennsboro answered with a pair of treys from Ivan Idsakovic and a 3-point play from Ben Barley that pushed the

Raiders into a 25-13 hole with 1:56 left in the first half. Middletown never recovered after that. With the Raiders shooting mostly blanks from the floor, an 18-6 scoring advantage by the Panthers in the third led to a 47-23 lead that sealed Middletown’s fate. Although the Middletown squad earned a 10-9 scoring edge in the final frame, the big East Pennsboro lead proved to be too much to overcome.

Bishop McDevitt 69 Middletown 59

Sattele did not have any realistic delusions about pulling off a major upset against visiting Bishop McDevitt on Saturday afternoon, but he did hope that his team would be able to use the win over West Perry on Friday as a confidence builder as they faced the high-flying Crusaders. And, really, when the game ended he was pleased with the efforts of his players. “I’m proud of these kids,” he said. “They didn’t quit and kept playing hard right to the end. When we got down (29-2) early they could have just given up, but they didn’t do that.” The first five minutes of the game turned out to be a nightmarish start for the overmatched Middletown squad, as the Crusaders blew out to a 22-1 lead. One point off a foul shot by Drawbaugh was all the Raiders could muster during that dreadful start. Harper made one more foul shot with


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to an 8-point outing that also saw her collect six rebounds. The forward followed it up with her first double-double of her collegiate career. The Philadelphia native netted 10 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds in Penn State Harrisburg’s dramatic 6058 win over Lancaster Bible on Dec. 6. In Penn State Harrisburg 81-55 thrashing of Penn State Berks on Dec. 8, Snypse scored a careerhigh 15 points and pulled in seven rebounds in just 22 minutes of playing time. For the year, Snypse is averaging 10 points and 7.5 boards a game.


Middletown’s Ladhellis Charleston (3) goes for a shot against Bishop McDevitt’s Milik Gantz.


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2:25 left but when the buzzer sounded the Crusaders had busted out to a 29-2 advantage. With balanced scoring from Zimmerman, Truesdale, Charleston, Drawbaugh, Fager and Cleckner, the Middletown offense woke up in the second stanza to the tune of 18 points. McDevitt scored 20 in the period and led by a 49-20 count at the halftime intermission. Adjustments by Sattele at the break paid dividends in the second half, as Zimmerman collected 9 of his game-high 29 points in the first 4:30 of the third. His turnaround jumper at the 3:30 mark gave the Raiders a 9-6 scoring edge and a much-needed emotional lift. “I told the team during a timeout that I was not going to quit coaching in the game and they should not quit playing,” Sattele noted. Down by a 66-36 count heading into the fourth quarter, the Raiders kept working hard. Against McDevitt’s second team, the Raiders dominated play in the game’s final 8 minutes. Zimmerman again led the way with 15 points, and the Middletown defense, despite losing both Fager and Truesdale to fouls, forced 11 turnovers in the span. A pair of late goals by Middletown’s Cody Fox and Zimmerman that completed a 23-point scoring effort cut the final margin to 10, 69-59. Larry Etter can be reached at

Standings for 12-26-12 BOYS’ BASKETBALL Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division W L OVERALL Steelton-Highspire 5 0 6-2 Milton Hershey 5 1 5-4 East Pennsboro 3 2 3-2 Northern 3 3 4-5 Middletown 2 3 3-5 West Perry 2 3 2-5 Camp Hill 1 4 4-5 Susquenita 0 5 1-7 Last week’s games Bishop McDevitt 69, Middletown 59 Middletown 54, West Perry 41 East Pennsboro 56, Middletown 33 Northern 49, Middletown 47 Steelton-Highs;ire 53, Northeastern 32 Steelton-Highspire 66, Milton Hershey 62 Steelton-Highspire 66, Camp Hill 64 Steelton-Highspire 68, West Perry 38 This week’s games None Keystone Division W L OVERALL Susquehanna Twp. 5 0 7-0 Trinity 3 1 5-1 Lower Dauphin 3 2 4-3 Cedar Cliff 2 2 4-3 Palmyra 2 2 4-3 Mechanicsburg 2 2 3-3 Bishop McDevitt 2 3 5-3 Hershey 1 4 2-5 Red Land 0 4 0-6 Last week’s games Lower Dauphin 51, Hershey 35 Trinity 58, Lower Dauphin 46 Susquehanna Twp. 66, Lower Dauphin 44 Lower Dauphin 66, Bishop McDevitt 60 This week’s games Dec. 27 Lower Dauphin at Dover, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division W L OVERALL Steelton-Highspire 5 0 7-0 West Perry 4 1 7-1 Middletown 4 1 4-3 Susquenita 3 2 4-4 Camp Hill 2 3 5-3 East Pennsboro 2 3 4-3 Milton Hershey 1 5 1-8 Northern 0 6 0-9 Last week’s games West Perry 50, Middletown 40 Middletown 43, East Pennsboro 32 Middletown 45, Northern 27 Steelton-Highspire 36, Milton Hershey 21 Steelton-Highspire 77, Camp Hill 61 Steelton-Highspire 54, West Perry 51 This week’s games Dec. 27 Gettysburg at Middletown, 6 p.m. Northern Lebanon at Steelton-Highspire, 6 p.m. Keystone Division W L Hershey 5 0 Palmyra 4 0 Lower Dauphin 3 2 Trinity 2 2 Cedar Cliff 2 2 Mechanicsburg 2 2 Red Land 1 3 Bishop McDevitt 1 4 Susquehanna Twp. 0 5

OVERALL 6-1 7-0 4-3 3-3 2-4 2-4 3-3 2-4 0-5

Last week’s games Hershey 44, Lower Dauphin 34 Trinity 51, Lower Dauphin 40 Lower Dauphin 32, Susquehanna Twp. 27 Lower Dauphin 47, Red Land 42 Lower Dauphin 45, Bishop McDevitt 29

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This week’s games Dec. 27 Carlisle at Lower Dauphin, 7:30 p.m. WRESTLING Keystone Division W L Cedar Cliff 3 0 Hershey 2 0 Middletown 1 1 Lower Dauphin 1 1 Susquehanna Twp. 1 2 Mechanicsburg 0 1 Red Land 0 1 Palmyra 0 2

OVERALL 8-0 8-0 1-1 1-1 3-2 2-1 1-2 1-2

Last week’s matches Middletown 37, Mechanicsburg 33 Lower Dauphin 50, Susquehanna Twp. 22 This week’s matches None CPIHL Tier 1 W Cumberland Valley 9 Hershey 6 Wilson 5 Dallastown 5 Mechanicsburg 4 Central York 4 Elizabethtown 2 Lower Dauphin 2 Hempfield 1 Central Dauphin 1 Last week’s scores Hershey 4, Lower Dauphin 1 Wilson 6, Lower Dauphin 0

L 1 1 1 3 3 4 5 6 7 8

T 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0

PTS 18 13 11 11 10 8 5 4 2 2

L 1 3 3 4 4 9

T 1 0 1 0 0 0

PTS 15 10 9 8 8 0

This week’s games None Cedar Cliff Middletown/CDEast Susq.Twp./McDevitt Northern Sushnnk/K-Dale York Suburban/Irish

Tier 3 W 7 5 4 4 4 0

Last week’s games Middletown/CDEast 11, Northern 1 This week’s games None COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEAC MEN South Division W L OVERALL Penn State Harrisburg 2 0 4-6 Gallaudet 1 1 4-6 Penn State Berks 1 1 2-8 Penn State Abington 0 0 2-7 Lancaster Bible 0 2 0-9 Last week’s games None This week’s games Dec. 29 Penn State Harrisburg vs. St. Vincent at Hood College Rotary Holiday Classic, BB&T Arena, Frederick, Md., 6 p.m. Dec. 30 Penn State Harrisburg vs. either Hood College or Mt. Aloysius at Hood College Rotary Holiday Classic, BB&T Arena, Frederick, Md., TBA. WOMEN South Division W L Penn State Harrisburg 3 0 Penn State Abington 1 0 Lancaster Bible 2 1 St. Elizabeth 1 1 Penn State Berks 1 1 Gallaudet 0 2 Wilson 0 3

OVERALL 6-2 3-5 6-2 3-5 2-6 2-4 2-4

Last week’s games None This week’s games None COLLEGE HOCKEY MDCHA W L Dickinson 6 1 American 5 1 Johns Hopkins 3 5 Penn State Harrisburg 2 5 Mount St. Mary’s 2 5 Franklin & Marshall 0 2 Last week’s games None This week’s games None

PTS 12 10 6 4 4 0

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The Dec. 26 2012 edition of the Press And Journal newspaper

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