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ho needs a reindeer and sleigh? When you’re Santa Claus, a ride on a fire truck sometimes is the perfect way to visit neighborhoods and talk to children eager to tell him what they want for Christmas. Santa visited Londonderry Twp. on Saturday, Dec. 21, riding on the front of Londonderry Fire Company’s Engine 54, an annual tradition he and the fire department have preserved for more than a decade. He delivered oranges and candy canes to excited children from Crestview Village to Londonderry Manor to other township neighborhoods. He even found time to give oranges and brighten the day of construction workers who were working on township roads. Santa seemed pleased with the welcome, which ranged from surprised kids running from their house in their pajamas Please See SANTA, Page A6

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for ways they could help, and Ashley Kane, manager of child life at the center, suggested a toy drive in 2012 to provide Christmas gifts to children, according to Barbara Carl, the club’s advisor and director of research and evaluation with the Capital Area Health and Human Development Institute. “I think being in the hospital is really stressful for the family, and it’s sad for the child at times, because they’re missing what would be happening at home,” Kane said. “So when the stocking is brought into the room, their faces really light up. I really think it brightens their day.” The stockings provide a bit of Christmas cheer to families who might otherwise struggle to find the time and money to provide Christmas gifts for their children while caring for them during their stay in the hospital, Alonso explained. “It’s kind of a struggle for families to do both,” she said. “It’s just a helping hand, just to know that everything will be fine and they don’t need to scrounge to find the time and money for toys when they should be focusing on spending time with their children.” Please See STOCKINGS, Page A6

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For patients at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Christmas Day used to be just another day away from home. But thanks to Penn State Harrisburg students, they will receive at least one pleasant surprise this holiday season: When they wake up on Christmas morning, they’ll find a hand-knit stocking crammed full of toys and trinkets for them to enjoy. It might not solve all their problems, but for one morning they can be kids at Christmas again. The credit for the gifts doesn’t belong to Santa Claus and his elves –it’s a labor of love by a student club, the Human Development and Family Studies Club at Penn State Harrisburg, which works with the hospital to make Christmas memorable. “It makes them forget, at the moment, what they’re going through,” said Marisol Alonso, president of the club. “I think it gives them a time just to have fun and be free and enjoy time with the family – a moment where they feel like everything’s OK.” The club had asked Hershey Medical Center

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The Middletown Area School Board unanimously agreed to advertise for bids for construction of a new $40.3 million high school on Thursday, Dec. 19. Groundwork for construction could begin as early as April, with the goal of completing the school by fall 2016, board member Michael Richards said. “We are on a very aggressive schedule to get this project done,” Richards said. “We look forward to getting through this quickly.” The board is moving quickly on the project because the current high school needs to be replaced, according to Richards. “We have to do something with the building,

and to renovate would be a lot more expensive than building a new building,” he said. In fact, everyone who has taken the school district’s tour of the current high school has agreed a new building is needed, he said. “You have to look at the alternatives,” board member Terry Gilman agreed. “It’s not a new high school or nothing; it’s a new high school or [more expensive] renovations.” Richards said he sympathizes with concerns raised during a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 18 that the current high school should have lasted longer than its 51 years. The district isn’t repeating those mistakes, as the new high school is designed with room for expansion and a longer lifespan, he said. Please See SCHOOL, Page A6

GOING UP Highspire raises property taxes in 2014 increase in pension costs and workers’ compensation and liability costs, borough manager John McHale said. “I will not be vetoing this because It’s official: Highspire property I think you did a great job with the owners will see their real estate taxes figures that you have,” Mayor John increase in 2014. Hoerner told council. “If this is what Highspire Borough Council voted we need for the services we provide, 6-1 to adopt a final budget that includes a 0.85-mill hike in the real estate tax this is what we’ve got to do.” millage next year. But Dengler disagreed, saying surCouncil member Charles Dengler John Hoerner rounding municipalities were able to Will not veto budget was the sole dissenting vote. hold the line on taxes. Property taxes will rise from 14.95 “I think it’s time not to put a burden mills to 15.80 mills in 2014. A resident on the taxpayers,” Dengler said. with a home assessed at $100,000 The increase is the sixth in seven would pay an additional $85. years. In 2007, the real estate tax The $2.1 million proposed genwas 9.35 mills. The largest increase eral fund budget for 2014 is about came in 2010, when council voted to $129,000 more than 2013’s $1.97 approve one of the largest hikes in million budget. real estate taxes in recent years – a Council members in favor of the 1.95-mill increase that raised the tax increase called the budget-balancing Charles Dengler from 12.35 to 14.30 mills. move unavoidable. The following year, 2011, was the Voted against budget “If we vote yes for these taxes, we only year since 2007 that the borough [council members] are paying them did not raise taxes. also,” said Councilwoman Dorothy Matesevac. “More people need to know and need to unNoelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or noellederstand all of the reasons [for raising taxes].” The two main reasons for the tax hike are an

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Highspire’s 200th birthday is coming up in 2014, and the borough will celebrate with two events to bring in the New Year. A sing-along to Handel’s “Messiah’’ will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Broad and Paxton streets. Residents are invited to join along in song. A New Year’s Eve celebration will be held from 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at Memorial Park. The celebration will include a bonfire, a performance by the SteeltonHighspire Marching Band and a surprise drop of a secret item at midnight. The first 200 people will get noisemakers.

Steelton freezes property taxes for 2014 Steelton Borough Council has approved a 2014 budget on Monday, Dec. 16 that will freeze real estate taxes at 15 mills. The $4 million budget is about $175,000 more than the 2013 budget. To avoid a tax increase, cuts were made, including the elimination of the police department parking enforcement officer, which saved $31,450.

Lower Swatara cuts spending for 2014 With municipalities facing increased expenses year after year, Lower Swatara Twp. managed to cut spending in 2014. Township commissioners unanimously approved a $5.1 million budget for 2014 that is $218,986 less than 2013’s budget on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The real estate tax will remain at 3.25 mills while the fire tax will stay at 0.49 mills, for a total tax of 3.74 mills. A homeowner with a property assessed at $100,000 will pay $374 in taxes.


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John E. Van Fossen, 92, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Monday, December 17, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Nanticoke on August 1, 1921 and was the son of the late Bert and Anastasia Wasiakowski Van Fossen. He joined the Army in 1944 and served in Germany with the 3rd chemical mortar battalion during World War II. Following his military duty John moved to Middletown and has resided here since. He spent 35 years working at Olmsted Air Base until it closed and finished his career retiring as an aircraft supervisor at New Cumberland Army Depot. He was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, and Knights of Columbus 3501, both of Middletown. John was an avid golfer and a charter member where he was instrumental in the development of Sunset Golf Course, Londonderry Township. Besides golf,

John loved to spend time at the shore with friends and family at his summer home on Fenwick Island, Del. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Mildred Fick Van Fossen; son Jack, husband of Lorraine Van Fossen of Ocean City, Md.; two daughters Janice M. Forney of Middletown, and Jill A. Van Fossen of Fenwick Island, Del.; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday at his church, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant. Burial with military honors was in Middletown Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, PA 17057. Arrangements by the Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown. Condolences may be sent online at


Honor Roll announced Steelton-Highspire Junior and Senior High School announces its Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll for the first quarter of the 2013-14 school year. The students who earned honors are:

Eleanor Hoffa

Eleanor Neidig Hoffa, 86, of Middletown, passed away on Sunday, December 8. Born on August 11, 1927 in Shamokin, she was the daughter of the late John Harvey and Nora Neidig Snyder. She was a member of Londonderry Quilters, Londonderry Seniors, and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Quilters of Elizabethtown. She loved making and giving away many things such as crocheted baby sets, quilts, wreaths and plants she had raised. She especially loved spending time with her granddaughter Madison Grace Hoffa. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Kenneth Hoffa; daughter Ellen (Daryl) Fenstad of Hatboro; son Keith Hoffa of Middletown; granddaughter Madison Grace Hoffa; stepbrothers James Snyder of Middletown, and Ronald Snyder of Eureka, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial service was held on Friday, December 13.

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Grade 7 – Lena M. Mahaffey, Auanise Nyree Keyoura Ray and Devin A. Rotharmel. Grade 8 – Nafi L. Coffee, Andrew M. Huyghue, Marissa H. Lopatic and Marielena E. Rodriguez. Grade 9 – Angel Luis Narvaez and Jaida Christine O’Neal-Sloane. Grade 10 – Bridget M. Coates, Dustin Michael Hoffman and Anesti M. Vanasco-Ceasar.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 398 N. Locust St., Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Arrangements by Auer Cremation Services of PA, Inc.

Ruth Keyser Ruth I. Keyser, 97, of Manor Care Nursing Center, Camp Hill, and formerly of Highspire, entered into rest on Thursday, December 19, in the Center. She was born on August 26, 1916 in Harrisburg and was the daughter of the late Earl and Ida Michaels Bryson. She attended St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Highspire, and she worked for the PA State Department of Education. In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Frank Keyser who passed away in 1949. She is survived by her son Frank A. and wife Sheryl Keyser of Middletown; daughter Ethel L. and husband Arthur Kendrew of Mount Holly


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LaVonne Ackerman • 1438 Old Reliance Road, 939-5584 • Hoping this Holy Day finds you healthy and well. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas all this week. Enjoy time with the special people in your life, and rest! Let me know if you want to share any news with your neighbors: birthdays, anniversaries, new baby, engagement, vacations, school news, recipes... you get the idea! Birthdays Happy 23rd Christmas birthday to Brooke Thompson and Brandi Thompson of Lower Swatara Twp. on Wednesday, Dec. 25. Hoping this special day is merry and bright for the both of you. Kim Kennedy of Lower Swatara marks her holly-jolly birthday on Wednesday, Dec. 25. May 50 wonderful things happen to you this week! MaryAnn Carpenter celebrates her happy birthday on Friday, Dec. 27. Best wishes to you for the rest of the year, MaryAnn. Happy 7-is-magic birthday to Carter Bryan of Middletown. He will celebrate on Friday, Dec. 27. Hope it is full of smiles and surprises. Happy First Cake Day to Emma Rose Etter of Middletown. She celebrates this landmark birthday on Friday, Dec. 27! Happy sparkles and  glitter day to Holly Carson of Lower Swatara as she turns 7 on Saturday, Dec. 28. May you have much joy, Holly. Tarajai Martin of Lower Swatara turns 14 on Saturday, Dec. 28. Hoping your birthday week has been sunny and bright, Tarajai. If you see Doug Cleckner out and about Lower Swatara on Sunday, Dec. 29 be sure to give him a loud and jolly happy birthday greeting. Enjoy, Doug! Here is a shout out to Courtney Fink of Lower Swatara. She celebrates her frosty-filled cake day on Sunday, Dec. 29. Make it the best one yet! Karen Renn, formerly of Shirley Drive, marks her cake and ice cream day on Monday, Dec. 30. Have a happy birthday holiday week, Karen. Emily Lawyer celebrates number 14 on Monday, Dec. 30. Hoping the day is filled with love, peace and joy. Best wishes for a fantastic 10th birthday to Morgan Clouser of Lower Swatara. She turns a decade old on Monday, Dec. 30. Yay, double digits! Wishing Alayna Thomas of Lower Swatara a super-duper-dazzling 14th birthday on Monday, Dec. 30. May all your dreams come true, Alayna. Owen Grogan of Lower Swatara celebrates his brand-new-teener birthday on the last day of the year, Tuesday, Dec. 31. Happy 13th, Owen! Here is a happy, joyful New Year’s Eve birthday greeting to Liz Friedrichs of Elizabethtown. Enjoy your party day on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Sing-along There’s nothing like belting out the “Hallelujah Chorus’’ from Handel’s “Messiah’’ during the holidays! Join the Highspire Bi-Centennial Chorus and community at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 240 Board St., Highspire, to sing the classic during this kick-off event of the borough’s Bi-Centennial year.

Under the direction of Stephen Strauss, director of the chorus, and accompanied by John Messick, it is the ultimate must-do for do-it-yourself fans. Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses of all levels – even those with absolutely no singing experience – are welcome to the free “Messiah’’ Sing-Along, in which the audience becomes the choir. There will be copies of Handel’s masterpiece available to use. A reception will follow the event in the church’s social hall of the church. Come and enjoy! A Christmas message This Christmas message is by Dr. David Jeremiah, an evangelical Christian author and televangelist: “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote – Jesus of Nazareth.” John 1:45 “Every aspect of our Lord’s birth, life, personality, character, ministry, arrest, trial, death, resurrection and ascension were predicted hundreds of years in advance. The entire Old Testament is simply a preview of the life of Christ. “We’re told He would be born of a woman (Genesis 3:15); to a virgin (Isaiah 7:14); of the seed of Abraham (Genesis 12:3); of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10); through the line of David (Isaiah 9:7); in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2); and that His name would be Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14). “The virgin birth and all the other aspects of our Lord’s life, having been accurately predicted, were wondrously fulfilled, proving His origin and identity. Jesus told His enemies to search the Old Testament Scriptures, for “these are thy which testify of Me.” (John 5:39). “The same Bible that pinpointed His first coming is brimming with references to His return. Let’s rejoice in His virgin birth today, and await His victorious return. “For lo! The days are hastening on, by prophet bards foretold, when with the ever circling years comes round the age of gold.” – Edmund H. Sears, pastor and author of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.” Glad grad Congratulations to Troy Yost, of Lower Swatara, who graduated from Shippensburg University on Saturday, Dec. 14 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. I know your mom and dad are very proud of you! Best wishes for a bright future. Robert Morris dean’s list The following local students were named to the dean’s list at Robert Morris University, Moon Twp., for the fall term: • Derek Rozanski, of Middletown, a marketing major • Aubree Ray, of Middletown, an applied psychology major • Andrew Lister, of Hummelstown, a management major Millersville grads The following local students graduated from Millersville University during a commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 15: • Elizabeth Root, of Middletown, who earned a bachelor’s degree in history

• Emily Zaiac, of Elizabethtown, who graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and special education • Katelynn Kulig, of Elizabethtown, who graduated magna laude with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and special education • Benjamin Buckwalter, of Elizabethtown, who graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration • Laura Ruhl, of Elizabethtown, who graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology • Adam Good, of Elizabethtown, who earned a bachelor’s degree in math • Walid Suliman, of Hummelstown, who earned a bachelor’s degree in economics • Samantha Wetmore, of Hummelstown, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work • Kelsey Zakutney, of Hummelstown, who graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education Savannah grad Brooks Hess, of Elizabethtown, has graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga., with a bachelor’s degree in advertising. Anniversaries Happy 62nd anniversary to Kenneth and Sue Lawyer of Middletown. They celebrate their heart day on Thursday, Dec. 26. Enjoy your special week together, and congrats to you both. Jack and Babette Rudick of Lower Swatara celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 29. Best wishes for a super romantic holiday. Happy 35th anniversary to Bill and Fawn Mencer of Lower Swatara. They mark their hearts and flowers day on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Enjoy! Quote of the Week “Christmas might not have all the same bells and whistles if we let some things go. But Christmas was NEVER meant to be about the bells and whistles.” – A friend. Question of the Week What is the best part of Christmas Day? “Being with family and friends.” – Drake Bahajak, 21, Lower Swatara. “Being with the entire extended family. It is the only time of the year we do that.” – Eric Breon, Lower Swatara. “When you’re little and you’re coming down the stairs and see the tree and presents! Now, being older, I enjoy giving gifts. Also, the food! My Italian family is wonderfully loud and it is great to spend time with them.” – Ethan Ganse, 23, Chambers Hill. “Waking up and knowing it is Christmas Day! It’s so special.” – Briana Woodring, East Hanover Twp. “Thinking of all the memories and playing the ‘Christmas Trivia’ game.” – LeeAnn Hocker, Linglestown. “The look on peoples’ faces when they open up that just-right gift. And knowing the Messiah is born.” – Debbie Livingston, Dauphin. Proverb for the Week An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up (12:25).



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Ten Steelton-Highspire High School juniors and seniors were recently inducted into the National Honor Society. They are: Seated, from left, seniors Kaila Garcia, Antiyana Hall, Isaac Hawkins, Justice Pendelton and Tiana Reid; standing, junior Bahilby Kidane, junior Raven Motes, senior Victoria Montijo, junior Kathryn Reed, junior Travis Kisler and advisor Tanya Sepela.

Elizabethtown names Students of the Month

Elizabethtown Area High School seniors Morgan Gizzi and Jay Bomgardner were named the Elizabethtown Rotary Club’s Students of the Month for December for their high academic achievement and extensive involvement in school and community service activities. Gizzi, daughter of Zane and Melissa Gizzi of Elizabethtown, is vice president of the National Honor Society; treasurer of student council; co-chair of the senior citizens’ ball planning team; class historian; co-captain of the cross country team; co-captain of the powder puff football team; and co-chair of miniTHON. She is a member of the winter track and spring track and field teams, and qualified for the District 3 championships in cross country in her junior and senior years. She also is a talented artist, earning the Congressional Art Award as an 11th-grader. In the community, she volunteers at the Elizabethtown Fair in the petting zoo and for Brittany’s Hope, the Elizabethtown Public Library and Youth of Elizabethtown Serving Together. She was selected to attend Rotary International’s Youth Leadership Conference her junior year. She plans to attend college and major in a science-related field.

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Highspire has a new voice on Borough Council. Steelton-Highspire senior Victoria Montijo was sworn in as Highspire’s new junior council member during a recent council meeting. Montijo, a Highspire resident for four years, said she wanted to join council because she’s interested in politics and government. “I wanted to get an inside look at how council meetings run, and I wanted to see how local government operates,” Montijo said. As a junior council member, Montijo can participate in all discussions, like other council members, but isn’t allowed to vote or participate in executive sessions. Montijo will also be a liaison between the borough and the SteeltonHighspire School District regarding activities and news. “We’re really happy to have her,” said council President A. Kay Sutch . “She seems really excited about it.” The junior council member program was started in 2009 after Mayor John Hoerner suggested getting students involved in local government. “It gives them the opportunity sit and

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Highspire Mayor John Hoerner, left, swears in Victoria Montijo, Borough Council’s new junior council member, during a recent meeting. discuss issues like our regular council members,” Hoerner said. “Local government is the one that directly affects you.” Montijo is also involved in several activities in school including the National Honor Society, Roller Pride Marching Band drum line, yearbook club and STEM club, and has volun-

teered at many local events in Steelton and Highspire. “I love how small [Highspire] is and that it’s such a close community,” Montijo said. “I just like doing stuff for that community and I wanted to give back.” Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or

Jay Bomgardner

Bomgardner, son of Jay Bomgardner of Lebanon and Wanda Mummau Bomgardner of Elizabethtown, serves on the principal’s student advisory cabinet and as the fundraising cocaptain for miniTHON. He is a member of the Olweus AntiBullying Committee, the Aevidum Club and the soccer team. He is active

in the school’s theater program, having held roles in “Grease’’ and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.’’ In the community, he volunteers for the Helping Hands program at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. He plans to attend college and major in marketing or advertising.

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Did you know that Christmas celebrants hide a pickle ornament in the Christmas tree in Germany? Did you know they make spider ornaments and retell the story of the Christmas Spider in the Ukraine? Did you know they put

food for the animals outside their house on Christmas Eve in Finland? The children at Middletown’s Fink Elementary School do, thanks to the annual school-wide “Holidays Around the World” event on Thursday, Dec. 19.

Students learned how the holidays are celebrated in France, the Philippines, Hawaii and other cultures at stations throughout the building, then completed a craft representing each culture.

The Royalton Borough Council has scheduled a special meeting to be held on Thursday, December 26, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. The meeting will be held at the Royalton Borough Building, 101 Northumberland Street, Royalton, Pa. Purpose will be to discuss a personnel matter and any and all business brought to the Borough Council. All interested parties are urged to attend. Amy Burrell Sec./Treas. Borough of Royalton

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By virtue of certain writ 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 9, 2014 at 10:00 A.M., the following real estate, to wit: SALE NO. 133 JENI S. MADDEN Esquire JUDGMENT AMOUNT $184,031.13

plus all amounts advanced by Plaintiff in collection of the debt pursuant to the terms of the Notes and loan documents, along with all reasonable attorneys’ fees, monthly late charges, and interest as authorized by the loan documents from April 24, 2013.

ALL THAT CERTAIN piece or parcel of land situate in the Borough of Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, more particularly bounded and described as follows, to wit: BEGINNING at an iron pin on the West side of Church Street at the dividing line of Lots No. 1 and 2 of the hereinafter mentioned subdivision plan, thence along said dividing line, South eightyeight degrees and zero minutes zero seconds West, two hundred feet (S 88° 00’ 00’ W, 200.00”) to an iron pin at Jericho Alley; thence along said alley, North seven degrees zero minutes zero seconds West twenty feet (N 07’ 00’ 00” W, 20.00’) to an iron pin at lands now or formerly of Ann Marie Bonawitz; thence, along the same, North eighty-eight degrees zero minutes zero seconds East two hundred feet (N 88° 00’ 00” E 200.00’) to a concrete monument on the western side of Church Street; thence along same, South seven degrees zero minutes zero seconds East, twenty feet (S 07° 00’ 00” E, 20.00) to an iron pin at the point and place of BEGINNING. BEING TAX PARCEL NO. 46006-042. PREMISES BEING: 765 Church Street, Millersburg Borough, Millersburg, PA 17061. UNDER AND SUBJECT to and together with easements, exceptions, reservations, restrictions, rights of way, covenants and conditions as contained in prior instruments of record. SEIZED AND TAKEN in execution as the property of 765 Church Trust, owner, under Judgment No. 2013-CV-5469 entered against Yaacov Yisrael and Jill E. Yisrael, defendants. 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 Wednesday, February 5, 2014, and distributions will be made in accordance with the said schedule unless exceptions are filed thereto within ten (10) days thereafter. SALE NO. 203 SALVATORE CAROLLO ESquire JUDGMENT AMOUNT $132,149.08

ALL THAT CERTAIN piece parcel or tract of land together with all buildings or structures erected thereon being situate in Susquehanna Township, County of Dauphin, State of Pennsylvania, being more fully bounded and described as follows, to wit: BEGINNING at a point on the Northern right of way line of Rose Hill Road, being sixty and zero hundredths (60) feet, measured on a radius, from the center of the right of way of the cul-de-sac section of said road, said center point being nine hundred twentyone (921) feet, more or less North of the center of the Intersection of Rose Hill Road and Paxton Church Road; thence along said right of way line on a curve to the left having a radius of sixty (60.00) feet and an arc length of sixtysix and sixty-seven hundredths (66.67) feet to a point at the eastern corner of Lot No. 4 as shown on the final Minor Subdivision Plan prepared for Timothy N. and Eileen M. Holtzman and Joseph F. Stynchula recorded in the Dauphin County Recorder of Deeds Office in Plan Book "C", volume 5, at Page 16; thence along Lot No. 4 the following two (2) courses; (1) North fortysix degrees fifty-eight minutes twenty-six seconds West (N 46 degrees 58' 26" W), a distance of thirty and zero hundredths (30.00) feet to a point; (2) North ten degrees four minutes thirtynine seconds West (N 10 degrees 04' 39" W), a distance of three hundred eighty-two and sixtyfive hundredths (382.65) feet to a concrete monument being the common corner of lands now or formerly of Doyle and Summit House Associates a plan of which is recorded in the Dauphin County Recorder of Deeds Office in Plan Book "K", Volume 4, at Page 3; thence along said lands of Summit House Associates, North eighty-six degrees forty-three minutes forty-six seconds East (N 86 degrees 43' 46" E) a distance of three hundred twelve and forty-two hundredths (312.42) feet to a point at the Northwest corner of Lot No. 2; thence along Lot No. 2 the following two (2) courses; (1) South twenty-two degrees thirtyone minutes fourteen seconds West (S 22 degrees 31' 14" W), a distance of four hundred and twenty-nine hundredths (400.29) feet to a point; thence South sixteen degrees forty-one minutes

eighteen seconds West (S 16 degrees 41' 18" W), a distance of thirty and zero hundredths (30.00) feet to a point on the Northern right of way line of the Rose Hill Road cul-de-sac, the Place of BEGINNING. THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PARCEL contains 76,022.96 +/square feet of land, more or less. BEING KNOWN AS: 3025 A ROSE HILL ROAD A/K/A 3025 ROSE HILL ROAD, HARRISBURG, PA 17110. PROPERTY ID NO.: 62-019013. TITLE TO SAID PREMISES IS VESTED IN STEPHEN GEOFFREY HEBERT AND EMILY ELIZABETH HEBERT, HUSBAND AND WIFE BY DEED FROM TIMOTHY N. HOLTZMAN AND EILEEN M. HOLTZMAN, HIS WIFE AND STEPHEN GEOFFREY HEBERT, JOINED BY EMILY ELIZABETH HEBERT, HIS WIFE DATED 10/06/2003 RECORDED 10/10/2003 IN DEED BOOK 5199 PAGE 171. Seized and sold as the property of S. Geoffrey Hebert a/k/a Stephen Geoffrey Hebert under judgment # 2012-CV-04340. 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 Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 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 P.M. 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 the 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 P.M., on the same day. The said purchaser will be held liable for the deficiencies and additional cost of said sale. November 14, 2013 J.R. LOTWICK, Sheriff of Dauphin County

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. 2014 DAUPHIN COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT MEETING DATES 1st Thursday of Month January 2, 2014 11:00 a.m.* July 3, 2014 7:30 p.m. February 6, 2014 11:00 a.m.* August 7, 2014 7:30 p.m. March 6, 2014 11:00 a.m.* September 4, 2014 7:30 p.m. April 3, 2014 7:30 p.m. October 2, 2014 7:30 p.m. May 1, 2014 7:30 p.m. November 6, 2014 7:30 p.m. June 5, 2014 7:30 p.m. December 4, 2014 11:00 a.m.* * Note times for January, February, March and December Meetings 2014 AG LAND PRESERVATION BOARD MEETING DATES January 24, 2014 February 21, 2014 March 21, 2014 April 11, 2014 May 16, 2014 June 20, 2014

9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.

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MIDDLETOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT 2014 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING CALENDAR Note: Unless otherwise indicated, all dates listed are the 4th Monday. Exceptions are for holidays and legislative requirements. JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER

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Fink Elementary School students make bird feeders to put outside their house on Christmas Eve, a Christmas tradition in Finland.

Rec. board charges admission to youth basketball games By Daniel Walmer Press And Journal staff When fans of the Olmsted Regional Recreation Board’s youth basketball program go to Middletown’s Main Street Gym to cheer on teams this season, they’ll have to bring more than just their voices – they’ll have to bring their wallets. The board is charging admission to basketball games for the first time this season - $2 for individuals and $5 for families, board President Barbara Layne confirmed. “Every other Rec League is charging, and people don’t understand that there are expenses in addition to [the fees] they pay for the kids to come and play,” Layne said. The move angered many supporters of the youth basketball league, especially since no one knew of the change until they arrived for the first game, according to Tina Kennedy, a member of the Main Street Gym Rescue Project, which

voluntarily provides maintenance of the gym. “There were some angry people there,” Kennedy said. “People wouldn’t even go in; they just stood and watched it from the lobby.” Kennedy doesn’t necessarily mind the $2 charge, but she thinks parents should have been made aware of the change when they paid the $50 fee to the board so their kids could join the league. “I think half the people were upset because they didn’t know,’’ she said. “Everybody is so frustrated, because we signed up for this program months ago. It’s just all wrong as far as I’m concerned, the way it was handled.” Kennedy said she is also unclear on precisely where the additional revenue is going. Layne said the board had more expenses than usual for the basketball program this year; for example, every basketball needed to be replaced and new uniforms

were purchased. The board’s revenue is also limited, as its four contributing municipalities – Middletown and Royalton boroughs, Lower Swatara Twp, and the Middletown Area School District – agreed to not make their annual financial contribution to the board in 2013 to temporarily resolve a dispute over how the board should be financed. Still, Layne promised, “We’re going to put [the additional revenue from admission fees] into investments for the kids.” The board is revamping youth basketball as a “feeder program” for Middletown Area High School this year, and Chris Satelle, coach of the boy’s varsity team at the high school, has agreed to provide oversight of the rec board program. Layne said she was pleased with the amount of participants in this year’s program, enough for seven boys’ teams, five girls’ teams and two traveling teams.

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From The Wednesday, December 26, 1990 Edition Of The Press And Journal New Club Forming To Serve Greater M-town Community There’s a new club in town, It’s brand-spankin’ new, in fact. The Sertoma Club of Middletown began forming about three weeks ago kindled by members of the Blue Mountain Sertoma Club of Linglestown. “We had one objective this year and that was to form a club in Middletown,” said Rick Zalek, president of the 52-member Linglestown Club. “I live in Middletown and I thought we could use a club here.” The number of members has gradually increased over the few weeks the club has been in existence. As of last week, there were 13, according to Zalek. To be recognized by the national headquarters of the Sertoma Club, however, the organization must instate at least 25 members. At that time, the international director comes to town and swears in officers, a constitution, and by-laws. Sertoma, which stands for Service to Mankind, is a service-oriented organization that devotes much of its energy to making the community a better place to live. Sertomans work

with people who have speech and hearing disorders. They also help communicate the anti-drug message to youth and raise the political consciences of youngsters through the National Heritage program. There are 900 branches across the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Middletown club’s first goodwill gesture started with helping a family of four and another individual with food and clothing around the holidays. “We want to try and help those who are less fortunate than we are,” explained Ken Fletcher, the Build A New Club (BANC) chairman. Fletcher continued, “We must find a special group of people in that they have the desire to help people less fortunate.” Dilcy’s Dolls Delight Dilcy Duncan has been making dolls for decades. And at age 75, she doesn’t plan on giving it up until everything gives out. “Everything hurts me but my fingers and my eyes,” she says, wiggling 10 strong-looking fingers. “As long as these keep working, I’ll be making my dolls for quilts or whatever.” Duncan, a resident of Genesis Court, Middletown, was chosen recently as a model tenant by the Dauphin County Housing Authority for her

many years of service work to the Red Cross’s Capital City Late Start program, Catholic women’s charities and senior arts festivals. Her most renowned work, however, is her doll making for children. Duncan donates her homemade professional looking Raggedy Ann and other stuffed varieties to pediatric patients at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, as well as to the St. Joseph (Sioux) Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota. Many local children have also benefited from her incredible handiwork and always for free. “Every stitch is a stitch of love,” she says, smiling. “Every thought that goes into my dolls is ‘I love you and I care.’ ” Christmas is Dilcy Duncan’s favorite time of year. You might call her a Santa Claus in disguise, for she’s always giving to someone and not expecting anything in return. “All I’m doing is handing out what I love to do,” Duncan explained. Despite a sometimes shortage of funds being on Social Security and government pension, Duncan says she always finds a little extra to buy supplies to make her dolls, even if that means going without something at home. Last week it was light bulbs. “I know I could make a lot of money off my dolls, but to me caring and lov-

Lower Swatara Twp. Police News Following is a compilation of reports from the Lower Swatara Twp. Police Department. Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law.

DUI charge Phillip G. Evans, 31, of the 1000 block of Powderhorn Rd., Middletown, has been charged with DUI-high rate of alcohol, DUI and speeding, police report. The charges were filed following Evans’ arrest at 12:25 a.m. on Nov. 28. The arresting officer said the accused was driving a Toyota Tacoma truck that was clocked traveling 57 mph in posted 45 mph zone in the 900 block of W. Harrisburg Pike. A breath sample from the accused showed the presence of alcohol, police said. After failing sobriety tests, Evans was taken to Harrisburg Hospital for blood tests, police said. Results of the tests were not reported by police. Ryan S. O’Donnell, 18, of the 500 block of Geyers Church Rd., Middletown, has been charged with DUI-controlled substance (three counts), possession of marijuana and

possession of drug paraphernalia, police report. Police said they had received a report of an individual driving a Mazda sedan in an erratic manner at 9:57 p.m. on Nov. 25. Police stopped a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle on Harrisburg Pike at Whitehouse Lane. The arresting officer said he smelled an odor burnt marijuana in the vehicle and the accused allegedly admitted smoking marijuana while driving, police said. Police said they found marijuana in the car following a consensual search of the vehicle. O’Donnell was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial center for blood tests, results of which were not reported by police. Two treated in crash Two people suffered minor injuries when their vehicle veered off the road and struck a ditch at 3:57 p.m. on Dec.

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14 in the area of North Union Street and Longview Drive. Eddie Russell Sr., 38, of the 500 block of East Park St., Elizabethtown, and Emerald Ross, 23, of the 100 block of North Third St., Columbia, were treated by emergency medical service personnel after Russell’s Jeep Cherokee crashed, police said. Both were wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, police said. The vehicle sustained damage that required towing from the scene. Items stolen from gravesite An ornamental tree and a solar light were stolen from a gravesite in the Highspire Cemetery, police report. The theft is believed to have taken place some time between Nov. 30 and Dec. 10. Police said the complainant in the case told investigators the items were at his wife’s grave. He told police the tree had been ripped out of the ground. Loss was estimated at $15 for the light and $30 for the tree. The cemetery is located in the 100 block of Richards Rd. Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Following is a compilation of action in cases filed before District Magistrate David H. Judy. Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law. Dismissed A citation for disorderly conduct was dismissed against Jason Dupert, 40, of Middletown. The citation was filed following an incident on June 15. Guilty plea Brent Beckwith, 25, of Middletown, pleaded guilty to a citation for disorderly conduct. Beckwith had been charged with endangering the welfare of children but that charge was lowered to the non-traffic disorderly conduct citation. Also, a charge of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle was withdrawn. The charges stemmed from an incident on Aug. 2. Held for court Charges of simple assault, harassment, burglary and criminal trespass were held for action in Dauphin County Court against Darryl Williams, 28, of Middletown. The charges stemmed from an incident on June 16. Waived Lisa Hoppman, 50, of Middletown, waived charges of DUI-controlled substance and careless driving to Dauphin County Court. The charges stemmed from an incident on Aug. 28. Mikel Andrade, 35, of Harrisburg, waived charges of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person to Dauphin County Court. A charge of endangering the welfare of children was withdrawn. The charges stemmed from an incident on Sept. 30 . David Rice, 39, of Middletown, waived charges of endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, recklessly endangering another person and selling or furnishing liquor to a minor to Dauphin County Court. The charges stemmed from an incident on Nov. 2.

Kevin Livingston, 19, of Middletown, waived charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment and purchase of alcohol by a minor to Dauphin County Court. The charges stemmed from an incident on Nov. 8.

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A Day’s Pay – For every sprained back, dislocated joint and just general chiropractic adjustment made December 12 at the Smith Clinic in Middletown, the fee was a toy. That’s right, a toy donated to local needy children made you feel good in more than one way. This is the fourth successful year for the project. Pictured is Dr. Samuel R. Smith, (right) and Vernon Tritch, Middletown Red Cross, preparing the toys for delivery.

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Council Trims Budget By $40,000, Cuts Property Tax Hike To 3 Mills Elizabethtown Borough Council voted, 5-1, last Thursday night to trim its proposed general fund budget for 1991 by just over $40,000. Although the reductions allowed Council to cut one mill from its proposed four-mill property tax increase, Councilman Roger Killian voted against the new budget and the proposed property tax increase. The revised budget of $1,545,046 trims about $10,000 from anticipated administrative expenses and nearly the same amount from the allocation for the police department, reducing it to $597,596. That will still allow the department to hire a 13th patrolman during 1991, but it won’t provide enough funding to pay the new officer’s salary for the full year. However, the new budget allocates an additional $18,000 for code enforcement expenses plus a $5,600 increase in funds for the street department. As a result, the bulk of the estimated savings will come from a $34,000 reduction in the fund’s anticipated balance at the end of next year. Near the close of Thursday night’s meeting, Killian explained that he voted against the tax increase because he regarded it as “bad timing.” “We have a lot of people living on fixed incomes and this will really hurt them,” Killian asserted. Noting that $69,000 in the Borough’s Capital Reserve Fund has been earmarked to help finance a proposal to develop a Borough-owned municipal golf course, Killian asserted he is opposed to using tax money “to finance a project favoring the few.” But Vince O’Connor and other members of Council were quick to remind Killian that no tax money has been diverted from the general fund to the Capital Reserve Fund. The current balance in the Reserve Fund, $232,000, has been accumulated from unused grants and unappropriated year-end balances in other accounts, Killian’s opponents explained.

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Ryan Long, 21, of Middletown, waived a charge of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered to Dauphin County Court. A charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was withdrawn. The charges stemmed from an incident on Oct. 31.


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In observance of the New Year’s holiday, the Press And Journal office and plant will be closing at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and will remain closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Here are the early deadlines for the Jan. 1 edition of the Press And Journal: Classified Ads are due by 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 27; and Public Notices are due by 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27. •••••

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The gifts were a hit with the children in 2012, Alonso said, so the club decided to play Santa Claus again in 2013 – and the hospital was happy to have them back. “We were so thrilled last year when we received stockings for the first time. The stockings were stuffed – literally coming out of the top,” Kane said. The project originates each year with the work of 81-year-old Dolly Carl, Barbara’s mother, who crochets each of the 100 uniquely patterned stockings by hand. The work combines two of Dolly Carl’s interests – volunteering and crocheting, Barbara Carl said. She’s retired, and it’s just her community service thing,” she said. “She just really enjoys doing it.” Dolly Carl is dedicated to the cause:

Each stocking requires two to three hours of work. In addition to the 100 stockings for the Children’s Hospital, she hand-knits 200 more for other organizations, Barbara Carl said. But if the project was the brainchild of Kane and Barbara Carl and was made possible by Dolly Carl’s crocheting, the students deserve the credit for providing the gifts for the children, Barbara Carl emphasized. Students pay for the gifts – books and music for teenagers, rattles and teething toys for infants, and items for every age in between – through their own money or by raising money through donations, she said. “I love the fact that the students have taken the lead on it. They really roll up their sleeves to do something for someone else,” Barbara Carl said. “I think so many times people think of 20-somethings as being so selfish and self-indulgent, and that’s not my

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Superintendent Lori Suski and several board members also firmly denied rumors that the district is considering merging with an unspecified neighboring school district. “We are moving down the road very aggressively to building a new high school that we very much need, and it wouldn’t make sense to build a new

high school if [we were considering a merger], so I think it’s time to squelch that rumor once and for all,” Gilman said. Board member Newton Davis agreed. “I usually don’t like to address rumors because it gives them validity, but there are times in life where you have to stand up and say, ‘This is absolutely ridiculous,’” Davis said. Bidding on the new high school proj-

experience all. There’s a lot of really good young people out there.” Kane is impressed with both Dolly Carl for taking the time to make the “beautiful” stockings and the students for giving their time and money to fill them. “They really exceeded our expectations,” Kane said. “It’s really wonderful that they do this.” Penn State Harrisburg’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies is designed to study the entire life span of a person from birth to death, and Barbara Carl thinks this project is a perfect example of different age groups working together: Dolly Carl serves as a role model for the students, who then teach kindness to children through their gifts. “If someone hasn’t done a random act of kindness for you, it’s hard to think you want to do that, so I just like the idea of modeling it,” Barbara Carl said.

In fact, the project has changed her perspective on Christmas, she said. Now, when she wakes up on Christmas morning, she can’t help but think about the joy of kids waking up to learn they have unexpected Christmas gifts. “It’s really one of those truly meaningful things, because you know it’s going right to a child in need,” she said. Alonso likes being part of the project because she loves children – and she loves knowing that she helped to make their Christmas just a little better. “Just the smile on their face makes me happy,” she said. Any leftover stockings are given to Ronald McDonald House Charities and Hershey Medical Center’s emergency room, Barbara Carl said.

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Also at the Dec. 19 meeting, the board approved the submission of PlanCon Part D, which deals with estimated project costs, to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Districts are required to complete the multi-stage PlanCon process to receive state funding reimbursement for construction projects. Daniel Walmer: 717-944-4628, or danielwalmer@pressandjournal.

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According to the affidavit, Song, driving a white Nissan Z, and Ouyang, driving a black Porsche Cayenne, agreed to race from Route 283 to Pineford. Witnesses saw both vehicles driving at a high rate of speed before Song tried to pass Ouyang on the left side, the affidavit states. As Song was passing Ouyang, Song’s Nissan collided head-on with a Isuzu Rodeo, causing extensive damage, the affidavit charged. Ouyang then rearended a dark blue Mercury that was

slowing down to enter the Mid-Town Plaza, police said. One witness told police he thought the racing vehicles were traveling around 80 mph, and when police informed Ouyang of the witness’ statement, Ouyang responded, “Yeah, like 90,” according to the affidavit. The Izuzu Rodeo, Porsche, and Nissan were towed from the scene. Lower Swatara police, Middletown and Londonderry fire companies, and several EMS vehicles assisted at the scene. Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or





Raiders salvage rough week with 64-32 rout of Northern

By Larry Etter

Press And Journal Staff

Middletown’s losses at East Pennsboro and Bishop McDevitt were really no major surprises last week. After all, both teams were unbeaten when the Blue Raiders faced them on their home courts. A loss to Northern York, however, was a real disappointment to the team and Coach Chris Sattele. That game went into overtime, and the visiting Polar Bears won it on a last-second 3-point shot, even though the Raiders should not have let it come down to that final play. Middletown (3-5, 2-3 in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division) failed to secure a victory in the worst way, making just 13 of 27 foul shots in the game in the heartbreaking setback. But a big win at West Perry saved the week from being a disaster for the victorious Middletown squad. The Raiders broke a stretch of bad luck on the Mustangs’ home court, routing their hosts, 64-32.

Middletown 64 West Perry 32

The Raiders have struggled in games at West Perry the past couple of seasons and needed to break that unsuccessful stretch on Friday, Dec. 20 to get back into the winning column. Sophomore Brandon Harper’s breakaway, two-handed slam dunk 45 seconds into the game lit up the scoreboard and kicked off a 10-point run to open the game and get the Raiders started off on the right foot. The opening sprint, highlighted by a pair of 3-point bombs by Dylan Danilowicz and Mel Fager, and capped by a Nick Drawbaugh layup off a West Perry turnover, gave Middletown a lead it would never relinquish. The Mustangs finally got on the board with a trey by Tregg Leibel at the 2:50 mark, but the Raiders scored the next 5 points to stay out in front.

Carrying a 15-5 lead to start the second stanza, the Raiders outscored the Mustangs 12-10 in the period and took a 27-15 lead into the halftime break. Drawbaugh and Cody Fox scored 11 of the points to lead the way. Middletown teams have struggled in the beginning of the second half during the past few seasons, so Middletown fans were waiting to see how this one would go. But there were no troubles this time as the gold-clad Raiders came roaring out of the break in fine style. Drawbaugh’s short jumper in the paint off a Fox pass kicked off a crushing 15-0 run that buried the Mustangs in a 42-15 hole with 3:31 left in the third quarter. Drawbaugh scored 7 of his game-high 20 points in the streak. West Perry scored just 4 points thanks to Middletown’s suffocating defense, and the Mustangs never really recovered. Sattele even had the luxury of going deep into his bench because of the huge lead. Levi Varner registered a pair of baskets and Bobby Harper added another to help push the Raiders and take a commanding 49-19 lead entering the final frame. The Mustangs did gain some ground in the first half of the fourth quarter, outscoring the Raiders 9-4, but Bobby Harper, Osman Kamara and Bradley Phillips bunched together 8 straight points to push the Raiders to a 61-28 lead with 1:30 left. A late drive by Dagen Hughes and foul shot by Phillips closed out the Middletown scoring, as the Raiders cruised to the victory. Fox recorded 13 points for the winners, while no West Perry player reached double figures.

Northern York 53 Middletown 50

The overtime loss to Northern York (3-5, 3-2) at home on Monday, Dec. 16 was tough to swallow for Sattele’s squad, expecially since the Raiders could have won the contest in regula-

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tion. But continuing problems at the free throw line really hurt their chances and allowed the Polar Bears to hang around long enough to eventually pull out the win in the extra session. Dillon Heatwole’s 28-foot desperation heave as the overtime clock wound down to zero somehow found its mark and gave the Bears the upset victory. The Raiders got off to a good start and used a late basket by Kamara and a 3-pointer by Fox with one tick left to build up a 15-9 lead at the end of the first period. The Raiders turned that into a 21-9 lead with 3:22 left in the second stanza as the Bears suffered through a rash of turnovers and missed shots. But Middletown failed to make it an even bigger scoring gap by connecting on just 2 of 9 free throws in the span. Northern collected 12 points in the last three minutes of the half and the Bears closed the gap to 25-21 by the halftime break. Fox and Brandon Harper scored the first 4 points of the second half, but Northern answered with 4 of their own to keep it close. With Brandon Harper on the bench after collecting his fourth personal foul at the 2:54 mark, and the Raiders struggling on offense, the Bears closed out the period with an 8-0 run to take over the lead at 34-33 entering the final frame. The Raiders scored 5 unanswered points to regain the lead, 38-34, in the fourth quarter. But with the Middletown side hanging onto a 41-37 lead, the Bears used a 3-pointer by Heatwole and a score off a Middletown turnover to go ahead, 42-41. Brandon Harper’s goal was answered by the Bears, who went back on top 44-43 with 1:31 left. Fox made two foul shots to shift the lead back to the Middletown side, 45-44, with 58 seconds on the clock. Following a Northern miss with 33 seconds left, the Raiders missed two more free throws that could have put the game away. Instead, the Bears made one of two charity tosses with 22 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Two foul shots by Fager and a layup by Danilowicz off a steal by Kamara gave the Raiders a 49-46 advantage with under 2:00 left in the extra session. But the Bears scored a pair of goals around a foul shot by Ladhellis Charleston to knot the score at 50-50 with 26 seconds left. The Raiders had another chance to pull out the win following a Northern miss, but a costly turnover with 17 seconds left set the stage for the game winner for the Bears. Despite good defense by the Raiders that temporarily held the Bears at bay, Heatwole launched his long-distance bomb as time ran out that turned into the game winner for the guests. Drawbaugh scored a game high 18 points while Charleston and Fox combined for 20 in the loss.

East Pennsboro 53 Middletown 52

The Raiders gave the host Panthers (6-0, 5-0) everything they could handle on Thursday, Dec. 19 in Enola – the game went right down to the end before East Pennsboro prevailed in the tense win. Down by just 1 point, 49-48, with 2:08 left in the game, the Raiders came up empty on their next offensive possession. The Panthers scored with 53 seconds left to make it a 4-point game, 52-48. With 34 ticks on the clock, Fox made one of two foul shots for Middletown to cut the Panther lead to 3. East PennsPlease See RAIDERS, Page B2



Raiders hold off West Perry, 33-32 to keep early-season record perfect Campbell’s free throw with 9 seconds left lifts Middletown to a 7-0 record By Jim Lewis

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Middletown’s Jordan Campbell focuses before sinking a game-winning free throw that gave the Blue Raiders a 33-32 victory over West Perry.

Patience is a virtue – and the most patient team won a showdown between Middletown’s up-and-coming girls’ basketball team and league favorite West Perry. Jordan Campbell hit a free throw with 9 seconds left to give the Blue Raiders a 33-32 victory over West Perry on Friday, Dec. 20, preserving Middletown’s unbeaten record and handing the Mustangs their first league loss. The Raiders (7-0, 5-0 in the MidPenn Conference Capital Division), used a tenacious defense to hold West Perry (5-2, 4-1) to 23 points below its team average, and deny Mustang standout Megan Smith the chance to reach the 1,000-point milestone in her high school career. Smith needed 29 points; she got 9. Middletown’s defense kept West Perry away from the basket in a hectic final 5 seconds, as the Mustangs futilely sought the winning shot. Caitlyn Lavenberg’s desperation bank shot from the left of the key bounced wildly off the backboard, and the Please See UNBEATEN, Page B3


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Steelton-Highspire’s ShaQuin McNeil (23) steals the ball from Milton Hershey. The Rollers held the Spartans to just 9 points in the fourth quarter.

Rollers serve notice on Spartans, division By Noelle Barrett

Press And Journal Staff

It was a long week for the SteeltonHighspire boys’ basketball team – taking on Milton Hershey, West Perry, Camp Hill and Northeastern would seem tiring, but the Rollers didn’t lose steam, winning each game. Early in Steel-High’s match-up against Milton Hershey on Thursday, Dec. 19 it was hard to tell if the Steam-

rollers could pull out a win in Hershey. Last year, a loss on the Spartans’ court meant the Rollers had to share the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division crown. And while the road to redemption Thursday night was a bit rocky early on, the Rollers intensity and focus helped lift them to an 82-58 win over the Spartans. Anthony Wright led the Rollers (62, 5-0 in the division) with 18 points.



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Rameik James added 12 points, hitting four of the Rollers’ seven 3-point baskets. James Warren also scored 12 points, and Broderick Simmons-Settles, Anthony Ferguson and ShaQuin McNeil each posted 9. Milton Hershey (4-4, 3-2) off to a good start in the first quarter, while the Rollers’ game was a bit slow and unsteady. The Spartans took a 20-14 lead after the opening quarter. “They threw the first punch. It rattled us a little bit,” Steel-High Coach Tramayne Hawthorne said. “We didn’t raise our level of intensity to match their level of intensity. As the game went on, we kind of calmed down a little bit and relaxed and handled our business.” It didn’t take long for the Rollers to turn it up a notch in the second quarter. McNeil scored a free throw, then a quick steal by Wright at Steel-High’s basket led to a 3-pointer by James. Wright and McNeil each added a basket, giving the Rollers a 22-20 lead with 5:34 left in the half. Milton Hershey tied the game with a basket, but James responded with another 3-pointer. Both teams continued to rally for points, but the Rollers held a 34-27 lead in the first half. Steel-High’s lead would hold steady in the third quarter, with the Rollers scoring 24 points to the Spartans’ 22 . Going into the final quarter, the Rollers led, 58-49. Not only did they hold on in the fourth quarter, they made a statement. Please See ROLLERS, Page B2

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How slush ice and stray decoys restored my faith in mankind W ater fowling on the frigid Susquehanna River in the winter definitely has its ups and downs – literarily speaking. The river depth is like a roller coaster. For weeks it can remain as stable and calm as a beautiful July day. Then, suddenly, a wintry cold front appears to our north and the river shows its force and ugly face by raising its height to several feet – not to mention the dreaded slush ice that forms on it. Slush ice and decoys do not mix well. Decoys, with their anchor lines attached to small weights, are no match to floating ice and raising river levels. Recently, my string of decoys was no match against the December slush ice.

Hunting about every day, morning and evening, you tend to let your guard down when it comes to setting out and bringing in decoys. It is easy and convenient to leave them out overnight for the next day’s hunt. Keeping the lines clean of debris, such as grass and small twigs, still must be done, but it is a minor task compared to re-setting each day. Picking up in frigid, freezing conditions and a strong wind can make it difficult and dangerous. So I recently left my decoys in their place overnight. It was the wrong decision. The air temperature dipped into the teens, while the night’s high temperature never rose above the 30-degree mark. The next day was about the same, and the river went

into its slush mode overnight. As my hunting buddy, Skip, and I arrived for the morning hunt we were greeted by the gleaming shine of slush ice from bank to bank. We decided to venture out to our blind to see if our decoys remained or were victims of the slush ice. We took our time navigating down river to our blind, but things didn’t look good. Only two decoys were seen in the vicinity and they looked more like a fishing bobber going up and down. As ice would pass over them, the decoys would submerge and then suddenly as the ice floated past them they would shoot up and reappear on the surface just long enough for us to gather them into the boat. We had recovered two decoys, and as we checked further downstream

several more were doing the same thing. We found six more out of the 17 that had succumbed to the slush ice. As we boated in with our recovery of decoys, we both remarked that maybe someone downstream would find them and do the right thing by calling the phone number written on the bottom of the decoy indicating its owner. We both wished that would happen, but nowadays that behavior doesn’t seem the norm, but quite the contrary. Unfortunately, the mentality today is “finders, keepers.” Several days had passed when I received a phone call from Randy Crawford of Hummelstown. He told me that his son, Trevor, was recently hunting on the Susquehanna near Red Hill when he discovered a float-


Wright scored 19 points and Jaki Bowman added 13, including three 3-point baskets, to lead the Rollers over Northeastern (3-5) on Saturday, Dec. 21 in Steelton. James added 12, including four 3-pointers. Derrick Hoffman led Northeastern with 19 points, including 9-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. Down 27-25 at halftime, the Rollers seized the lead with an impressive third quarter, outscoring Northeastern 25-14. Steelton-Highspire 62, Camp Hill 40 The Rollers rushed to a 23-4 lead in the first quarter and never looked back against the Lions (2-6) on Wednesday, Dec. 18 in Steelton. Wright lead Steel-High with 14 points, while Simmons-Settles added 9. Robbie Thompson led Camp Hill (2-6, 1-4) with 9 points. Steelton-Highspire 76, West Perry 44 Wright and James led the Rollers with 18 points apiece as Steel-High used a 24-9 blitz in the third quarter to beat the Mustangs on Monday, Dec. 16 in Elliotttsburg. Jaron Grayer added 9 for the Rollers, while Greg Husic scored 8. Brent Miller led West Perry (1-6, 1-4) with 15, points, including four 3-point baskets, while Nate Sites added 13. Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or

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a 45-35 lead. But Doyle made two straight 3-pointers to pull Penn State Harrisburg to within 46-41. Southern Vermont went on what could have been the decisive run of the game when a Jermaine Campbell layup gave them their biggest lead of the game, 57-43. But Penn State Harrisburg refused to roll over. First, Doyle made a layup and then a free throw. Then Winton Lyle chipped in with a couple free throws to pull the Lions within 9 points. While all five guys contributed on the defensive end, Doyle took control of the game offensively. He went on a personal 8-0 run to pull the Lions within 1 point, 57-56. After Southern Vermont hit two free throws to take a 59-56 lead, Doyle was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer with less than a second left. As he has all season, he coolly came through in crunch time and made all three free throws, sending the game into overtime. With Southern Vermont up 72-69 in the first overtime, Doyle struck again, making a tough 3-pointer right in front of the Penn State Harrisburg bench to tie the game at 72. In the second overtime, Southern Vermont scored the first 4 points, and the Lions never recovered. Vermont outscored the Lions 16-12 in the session.

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The Rollers churned out points with Steelton-Highspire 74 ease, and held the Spartans to just 9 Northeastern 64 total points on defense. Milton Hershey scored 5 of those points early on, tightening the game 60-54 left. That’s when Steel-High battled, scoring 15 unanswered points on baskets by Ferguson, Wright and Simmons-Settles to take a 75-54 lead with less than three minutes left. “Defensively, I felt we were executing everything right,’’ James said. “Everybody was in their spots and everybody was ready to go. This was a big win for us to let everybody in our conference know we were ready.” Wright and Warren played roles as leaders during the game, Hawthorne said. “Wright came out and set the tone, and made sure the guys were in the right spot,” Hawthorne said. “Warren came out and was rattled in the beginning, but when he calmed down everyone followed suit.” And the fight and spirit of another player on the court helped the Rollers to the win. “Our heart and soul of the team has always been Anthony Ferguson for four years. He did the exact same thing today,” Hawthorne said. “He got everyone going and took all the dirty plays and made sure rebounds were secure and played hard.” Hawthorne said the team was prepared for challenges and continues to improve every week. “We knew coming in here it’s a hostile environment and that they were going to make runs. We just had to weather the storm,” he said. “I’m proud of my

and equipment. When I told my hunting buddies about what happened, many shook their heads and remarked that maybe the river etiquette that we were used to in the past still exists out there, and doing the right thing can still happen. Thank you again, Crawfords, for doing the right thing.


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ing decoy. As he examined the decoy he noticed the name and phone number written on it, so he made the call to return it. What a pleasant surprise and kind gesture from one river water fowler to another. The “ol’ day” hunters who did their hunting in the 1960s and 1970s would take it upon themselves, when mishaps occurred during unexpected high water, to make every effort to return lost decoys

op McDevitt (7-0) on Saturday, Dec. 21 in the Crusaders’ brand new gym. Despite the loss, the Middletown side played well and never backed down from the talented McDevitt squad. “They were by far the best team we played this year,” Sattele said after the game. “They are very athletic, quick and shoot well.” McDevitt got off to a good start and led by a 24-16 count at the end of the first quarter. After stretching their lead to 41-29 at halftime it appeared as if the Crusaders were on their way to a rout. But the Raiders used a 10-8 scoring edge in the first half of the third period to pull to within 10, 49-39. With 3:06 left in the quarter, a drive to the basket by Danilowicz narrowed the gap to 9. But, just that quickly, the Crusaders took advantage of a Middletown turnover, a missed shot and two blocked shots and closed out the period with an 11-0 run to push the Raiders into a 62-42 hole. “We cut the lead to 9 in the third but it just got away from us,” Sattele noted. The Raiders gave it all they had in the fourth quarter and matched their hosts point-for-point but simply could not overtake the running Crusaders on the scoreboard. Middletown got as close as 7 in the late going following a pair of baskets by Varner and a foul shot by Bobby Harper with 57 seconds left, but the Crusaders iced the win with a late 3by Reggie Hopkins. Brandon Harper led the Raiders with 16 points. Larry Etter can be reached at

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Raiders were victorious. The game was an intriguing match of Mustang height against Raider quickness. On offense, Middletown kicked the ball back outside time and again when shooters couldn’t find an open shot. Afterwards, West Perry Coach Scott Moyer was dismayed that Middletown’s young players – two juniors, a sophomore and a freshman are among their starting five – showed more patience than his more experienced Mustangs. “We had some seniors and juniors who didn’t play like seniors and juniors, and their young kids seemed to handle the pressure,’’ said Moyer. He admitted, perhaps a bit begrudgingly, that the Raiders’ defense bothered his team enough to be a factor in the outcome. “We’re not used to that kind of pressure day in and day out,’’ he said. The Mustang defense seemed to rattle the Raiders, as Middletown’s small players rushed shots at times to avoid their taller defenders. Though it was an important victory against a league favorite, it wasn’t perfect, said Coach Chris Hunter. “We made some mistakes, but we rebounded,’’ Hunter said. “With the young team we have, we did a lot of simple things wrong. They got out there and dug in their heels on defense.’’ Middletown jumped to a 12-3 lead late in the first quarter, but West Perry closed the gap in the second quarter. A steal and layup by Madison Urich cut the Raiders’ lead to 14-13 with about 5:00 left before two free throws by Halle Marion upped Middletown’s advantage to 16-13 about a minute later. Jey Rivera and Jalynn Burton-Jones, Middletown’s high scorers with 12 points apiece, keyed a Raider run in the third quarter, combining to score 10 of Middletown’s 14 points during a blitz that staked the Raiders to a 30-21 lead with 15 seconds left in the period. But the Raiders suffered a scoring drought through the first 5:24 of the fourth quarter, and West Perry grabbed a 32-30 lead on a put-back after an offensive rebound and a free throw with 2:36 left in the game.

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Middletown’s Jalynn Burton-Jones (11) drives to the basket against East Pennsboro. Rivera’s basket from underneath tied the game at 32 with 2:15 left, and that basket and some staunch Middletown defense set up Campbell’s heroics. With the game tied and the Middletown crowd pounding the bleachers with their feet, the Mustangs bounced a pass on the perimeter off a teammate’s legs with about 1:20 left, and the Raiders grabbed the turnover. Middletown then wound down the clock for one last shot, and when the countdown reached 10 seconds Rivera threw a pass underneath to Campbell for a game-winning shot. Campbell was fouled, sending her to the foul line – which was a wondrous site to Hunter, since Campbell is the team’s best free throw shooter and only senior. She hadn’t missed a free throw this season. She missed the first shot. She swished the second. West Perry struggled to get the ball anywhere close to the Middletown basket in the final 9 seconds.

“I thought our quickness gave them a little trouble,’’ Hunter said afterwards. Now the Raiders are one of only four unbeaten girls’ teams in the Mid-Penn Conference – along with Palmyra (7-0), Greencastle-Antrim (6-0) and State College (5-0). “With a young team like this, to jump out like that feels good,’’ said Hunter.

At top, the Raiders gather before their match against the Wildcats. At center, Middletown’s Abel Botterbusch pins his opponent at 138 pounds. At bottom, Middletown’s Gage Radabaugh is in control of his opponent during a victory – a 12-6 decision – at 110 pounds. Other results were not available at press time.

Middletown 42 East Pennsboro 29

Burton-Jones scored 18 points and Marion added 9 as Middletown topped East Pennsboro on Tuesday, Dec. 17 in Middletown. Rivera scored 8 and Bianca Jasper, a freshman, added 7 for the Raiders. Kailee Yoder led the Panthers (3-4, 2-3) with 12 points while Sam Marino added 11, including three 3-point baskets.

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Middletown’s youth wrestling team topped the Cedar Cliff Colts 60-29 on Thursday, Dec. 12 in its first team competition of the season. The young Raiders returned nine sixth-graders to their team, led by captains Luke Fegley, Camdyn Allen and Mason Stoltzfus. The action started quickly at 45 pounds with Middletown’s Kiley Stoltzfus granby rolling out with 10 seconds remaining to win 1-0. The young Raiders never looked back. With Geno Corradi receiving a forfeit, Ben Engle’s pin and Tillman Artell’s decision, the Raiders went up 18-0. The Colts won the next two weights and pulled within 8 points before running the gauntlet of Middletown’s sixth-graders, starting Fegley. Fegley and teammate Max Trexler both recorded falls which bumped the

Standings for 12-25-13 BOYS’ BASKETBALL MID-PENN CONFERENCE Capital Division W L OVERALL East Pennsboro 5 0 6-0 Steelton-Highspire 5 0 6-2 Milton Hershey 3 2 4-4 Northern York 3 2 3-5 Middletown 2 3 3-5 Camp Hill 1 4 2-6 West Perry 1 4 1-6 Susquenita 0 5 1-7 Last week’s games Bishop McDevitt 78, Middletown 58 Middletown 64, West Perry 32 East Pennsboro 53, Middletown 52 Northern York 53, Middletown 50 Steelton-Highspire 74, Northeastern 64 Steelton-Highspire 82, Milton Hershey 58 Steelton-Highspire 62, Camp Hill 40 Steelton-Highspire 76, West Perry 44 This week’s games Friday, Dec. 27 Steelton-Highspire vs. Lincoln Park Performing Arts, 8:30 p.m., Beaver County Community College, Monaca, Beaver County Monday, Dec. 30 Steelton-Highspire at Trinity, 7:30 p.m. Keystone Division W L OVERALL Bishop McDevitt 4 0 7-0 Mechanicsburg 4 0 6-0 Lower Dauphin 4 1 5-2 Cedar Cliff 2 2 5-2 Susquehanna Twp. 2 2 4-2 Hershey 2 3 3-4 Palmyra 1 3 2-4 Red Land 0 4 1-5 Trinity 0 4 1-5 Last week’s games Lower Dauphin 47, Hershey 43 Lower Dauphin 48, Trinity 47 Lower Dauphin 65, Susquehanna Twp. 57 (OT) This week’s games Friday, Dec. 27 Dover at Lower Dauphin, 1:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL MID-PENN CONFERENCE Capital Division W L OVERALL Middletown 5 0 7-0 Susquenita 4 1 7-1 West Perry 4 1 5-2 Camp Hill 3 2 5-3 Steelton-Highspire 2 3 3-4 East Pennsboro 2 3 3-4 Northern York 0 5 1-7 Milton Hershey 0 5 0-6 Last week’s games Middletown 33, West Perry 32 Middletown 42, East Pennsboro 29 Middletown 56, Northern York 33 Middletown 47, Milton Hershey 28 Steelton-Highspire 46, Milton Hershey 38 Camp Hill 57, Steelton-Highspire 52 West Perry 61, Steelton-Highspire 33 Susquenita 62, Steelton-Highspire 45

This week’s games Friday, Dec. 27 Middletown at Hershey Tournament, 6 p.m. Steelton-Highspire vs. Halifax at Annville Tournament, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 Middletown at Hershey Tournament, 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30 Steelton-Highspire at Harrisburg, 7:30 p.m. Keystone Division W L OVERALL Palmyra 4 0 7-0 Lower Dauphin 4 1 5-2 Mechanicsburg 3 1 4-2 Susquehanna Twp. 3 2 4-3 Trinity 2 2 3-4 Red Land 2 2 2-3 Bishop McDevitt 2 3 2-3 Cedar Cliff 0 4 1-5 Hershey 0 5 1-6 Last week’s games Lower Dauphin 33, Hershey 25 Lower Dauphin 30, Trinity 27 Lower Dauphin 48, Susquehanna Twp. 37 This week’s games Friday, Dec. 27 Greencastle-Antrim at Lower Dauphin, 7:30 p.m. WRESTLING MID-PENN CONFERENCE Keystone Division W L OVERALL Lower Dauphin 2 0 2-0 Cedar Cliff 1 0 6-1 Red Land 1 1 2-1 Hershey 1 1 2-1 Mechanicsburg 1 1 1-2 Susquehanna Twp. 1 1 1-4 Middletown 0 1 0-2 Palmyra 0 2 1-2 Last week’s matches Mechanicsburg 60, Middletown 12 Lower Dauphin 62, Susquehanna Twp. 9 Lower Dauphin 41, Hershey 29 This week’s matches Friday, Dec. 27 Lower Dauphin at Manheim Holiday Tournament, 9 a.m. COLLEGE BASKETBALL CAPITAL ATHLETIC CONFERENCE MEN W L OVERALL Mary Washington 3 0 9-1 Christopher Newport 2 0 8-1 Wesley 2 1 7-1 St. Mary’s 2 1 7-3 Penn State Harrisburg 2 1 5-5 Marymount 1 1 7-2 Salisbury 0 2 2-4 York 0 3 1-7 Frostburg St. 0 3 0-8 Southern Virginia 0 0 2-4 Last week’s games Penn State Harrisburg 80, Bryn Athyn 62 Southern Vermont 88, Penn State Harrisburg 84


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score to 30-10. Next up was Allen, who turned in by far the most exciting match of the night. Trailing 4-0 late in the third period, Allen reversed his opponent to his back for a 5-point move and the win. The Colts again won two more weights, one by forfeit and one by decision, before Mason Trexler’s 2-1 decision to put the Raiders up 36-19. The young grapplers continued their winning streak with three consecutive pins by Joey Spear, Nick Bonner and captain Mason Stoltzfus, sealing the victory.

The Colts weren’t throwing in the towel quite yet, recording a fall and a major decision to close the gap to 54-29. Middletown heavyweight Mason Seeyle recorded a fall in 1:59 to complete the scoring. “The team showed a lot of heart and fought tooth and nail,’’ said Coach Don Stoltzfus. “We won the questionable matches and didn’t give away many bonus points. The Colts were division champions last year and we knew they were a well-coached and talented team.’’



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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

Truly, an American family tradition, we will celebrate the holidays with the fragrance and beauty of a real Christmas tree. The tree, used as a symbol of life, is a tradition older than Christianity and is not exclusive to any one religion. A part of the holiday custom that entices our sense of sight, touch, and smell, the Christmas tree also kindles a sense of tradition, hope, and goodwill. Evergreens convey a message of renewal and suggest life everlasting. The origin of the Christmas tree can be traced back thousands of years. Shamans used branches and swatches of evergreens in their winter lodges and in various rituals. Druid priests and priestesses decorated oak trees with golden apples in celebration of the winter solstice. The Egyptians brought palm branches into their homes in December to mark the shortest day of the year and to celebrate life’s triumph over death. Star-topped trees are thought to have originated with the Romans, who decorated trees with various ornaments and crowned them with icons of their sun god in celebration of Saturnus, the god of agriculture. The custom of hanging branches of evergreens and wreaths on the windows and doorways is thought to have something to do with barring the entrance of illness and evil. In the Middle Ages, “Paradise” trees, fir trees decorated with red apples, were used to celebrate the feast of Adam and Eve on December 24. In the 1500s, the Germans began celebrating Christmas at the winter solstice with the use of fir trees. In Strasbourg, Germany, (now part of France), families decorated fir trees with colored paper, fruits and sweets. The tradition of the Christmas tree traveled throughout Europe, and by the late 1700s Hessian mercenaries introduced the custom to the United States. In 1804 U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Dearborn, now Chicago, hauled trees from the surrounding woods to celebrate the season in their barracks. The Germans are also credited with introducing Christmas trees in Canada. In 1781 a German immigrant, Baron Von Riedesel, put up a balsam fir tree in Sorel, Quebec. In 1842, another German immigrant, Charles Minnegerode, introduced the custom of decorating trees in Williamsburg, Va. The first documented retailing of Christmas trees occurred in 1851 when Mark Carr, a Pennsylvanian, hauled two ox sleds loaded with trees down from the Catskill Mountains to the streets of New York City, opening the first Christmas tree lot in the United States. Franklin Pierce, the 14th president, was the first to place a tree in the White House, but it was Calvin Coolidge, who began the tradition of the National Christmas tree in 1923. The annual tree lighting ceremony ushers in the American holiday season. Since 1966, members of the National Christmas Tree Association have presented a beautiful fresh Christmas tree to the President and first family. This tree is displayed each year in the Blue Room of the White House.

“Twelve Days Of Christmas”

I have no idea who wrote what seems to be a nonsensical song, but it’s recorded as being written during the period time when Roman Catholics in England were not allowed to practice their faith without punishment. The song was to help children to remember the tenets of their faith. Some dispute this though, because everything in the song goes along with both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. The true love was God Himself. The me was any baptized person. The partridge in a pear tree was Christ and may have referred to Matthew, 23:37 and Luke 3:34. The two turtledoves were the old and New Testaments. Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love (1 Cor.13), the Theological Virtues. The four calling birds were the four gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, the FourEvangelists. The five golden rings recalled the Torah or law; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. The six geese a laying were the six days of creation. The seven swans a swimming were the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 7:30), the seven Sacraments. The eight maids a milking were the eight Beatitudes, (Mathew.5-6). The nine ladies dancing were the nine truths of the Hold Spirit, (Gal.5). The ten lords a leaping were the Ten Commandments. The 11 pipers piping were the 11 faithful apostles The 12 drummers drumming symbolized the 12 points of belief in the Apostle Creed. Note: In the original version the first five gifts were all birds, 1st day = Partridge, 2nd day = two Turtle Doves, 3rd day = 3 French Hens, 4th day = four Colly Birds (Blackbirds) not Calling Birds, and on the 5th day = 5 golden Rings (referred to ring-necked pheasants) not Jewelry. Copyright 1999 HFCWillcox - Thank you for your permission to reprint the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” No matter what Christmas traditions we observe, the central fact remains: Christmas is the day when we celebrate Christ’s birth. The King of Heaven loved us enough to be born as one of us. Reality has been changes forever, for god is no longer a far-off distant Concept. Because of Jesus, he shares all the facets of our human experience. Regardless of whether we decorate our homes with evergreen and candles, tinsel and holly, each day of the year. He is with us.

Geyers United Methodist Church, Londonderry Township, invites you to worship with us every Sunday at 9 a.m. We offer a Nursery and Children’s Church at 9 a.m. every Sunday. Coffee Fellowship begins at 10 a.m. followed by Adult and Children’s Bible Study at 10:30 a.m.  Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month.  Prayer meetings are held every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. Nonperishable food items are collected for the Middletown Food Bank each Sunday.  Campbell Soup labels, education box tops, printer ink cartridges and soda tabs are also collected weekly. The youth group, D.A.W.G.S. (Dynamic and Wiggly God Seekers), is open to children ages 3-12 from 6:30-8 p.m. They meet Wednesdays through April. Children will be treated to Christ-centered stories, crafts, games, singing and snacks. Families may attend a free dinner each week prior to the D.A.W.G.S. Club at 6


p.m. in the lower level of the church. The D.A.W.G.S. Club will perform on Sun., Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. during the regular church service. All are welcome. D.A.W.G.S. Club is open to the public. For more information contact Kathy Menear at 930-4454 or Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8) meet every Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. The Daisey Troop (grades 1-3) meet every Monday 6-7:30 p.m. Contact Lynn Goodling for Girl Scout information at 439-7932. Cub Scouts meet Thursday nights for first, second and fifth grade dens. Please contact Chris Coleman for Boy Scout information at 648-6036. Welcome Packets are available in the Narthex.  Feel free to pick up a packet to learn more about Geyers United Methodist Church and our activities. Geyers is located 1605 South Geyers Church Road, Middletown in Londonderry Township.  Pastor Donald Walters and the church office can be reached at 944-6426 or

New Beginnings Church Middletown

New Beginnings Church invites you to worship with us each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Nursery and children’s church provided. Our congregation meets at Riverside Chapel, 630 S. Union St., Middletown, next to the Rescue Hose Company. Sunday school for all ages is at 9 a.m. We are handicap accessible via ramp at the back door. For additional church information call 944-9595. Food is collected every Sunday for the Middletown Food Bank. Pastor Britt’s Bible Study is held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Bring your own issues and concerns to discuss how the Bible helps in everyday living; Followers of Faith Bible Study will resume later in the year after Pastor Britt’s Bible Study is finished. Craft Group is held Wednesdays at 6 p.m.; Intercessory Prayer group is held Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Youth Fellowship is held on Sundays from 5 to 7 p.m. Choir rehearsal will be held Sundays after worship. Our Sunday worship service is broadcast on the MAHS radio station WMSS 91.1 FM at 3 p.m. every Sunday afternoon. Listen on the radio or the Internet at

wmss/audio. Check us out on our website at Anyone interested in Scrapbooking? If interested in being part of a group at New Beginnings call Barb Bogardus at 350-2746. White roses on the altar last Sunday were presented to the Glory of God and in memory of Bill Mencer by his family. The mitten tree is up until the end of December to contribute mittens, hats and scarves for children in our elementary schools. Homemade Christmas clear toys are available for sale. Acolyte for December: Colin Graham. Children’s Church leader for December: Michelle Strohecker. The members and friends of New Beginnings Church wish everyone a Blessed Christmas. May the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ give you peace and joy in your hearts and lives. Pastor Britt’s parting words each Sunday: “Nothing in this world is more important than the love of Jesus Christ.” We invite you to come and experience this love.

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Middletown

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at Spring and Union Streets, Middletown. This is Christ’s Church, there is a place for you here. We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person, questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world. We are a church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. You are invited to join us for worship on Wednesday morning, Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Please note: We are renovating our sanctuary. Please enter the church through the parking lot doors. Worship times are: No Wednesday service on Christmas or New Years day. Jan. 6, 10 a.m. and 6:30 Epiphany Service in Good Shepard Chapel. Wednesday morning service, 10 a.m. in Chapel, Saturday, 5 p.m. in Chapel. Saturday service is a casual traditional service and is 45 minutes in length. Sunday at 8:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday Church school is at 9:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Classes for children, youth and adults. Our 11 a.m. worship service is broadcast on WMSS 91.1 at 11 a.m. each Sunday. The 1st Sunday of each month is Food

Evangelical United Methodist Church

Middletown We have come to praise God and to seek refuge in the love of God. We are the children of God, and as brothers and sisters, we rejoice before our heavenly Father. Reach out to God and to one another for all are welcomed in our Father’s house. Evangelical Church meets on the corner of Spruce and Water streets at 157 E. Water St., Middletown, south of Main St. behind the Turkey Hill convenience store. The ministries scheduled at Evangelical United Methodist Church from December 25-29 are always open to everyone. Sun., Dec. 29: 9 a.m., Sunday Church school, with classes for all ages. Adult Sunday school devotional leader for December: Donna Keller; 10:15 a.m., worship service. Service of Lessons and Carols. The worship center is handicap and wheelchair accessible. Greeters: Ethel Angeloff, Joey Underdonk, Bonnie Strohecker. Nursery Helpers: Deb Lidle, Joyce Moyer. The altar flowers are given in honor of Kelly Martin’s birthday presented by her parents June and Ted.

Pantry Sunday. Bring a nonperishable item for our local food bank. The Food Pantry is located at 201 Wyoming St., Royalton. Jan. 13: Community dinner here at St. Peter’s. Menu is baked spaghetti. Visit our website at Scripture readings for the week: Jer. 31:7-14; Ps. 147:12-20; Eph. 1:3-14; John 1:1-18.

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. Sunday evenings: A Collective - Dinner is at 5:15 p.m. and the gathering begins at 6 p.m. Come and share with us. You are not alone in your faith, your doubts and your desires. No Wednesday Night Live Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Resumes Jan. 8.

Thursdays: 8 a.m., Breakfast Club Bible Study; 6 p.m., Pasta and Prayer Young Adult Bible Study; 6-8 p.m., The Sunshiners meet weekly for a time of Christian fellowship, teaching and worship. They are a group which exists to meet the spiritual needs of persons who are developmentally challenged. No Sunshiners Dec. 26 or Jan. 2. Resumes Jan. 9. 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

Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown Middletown

Merry Christmas to you! We welcome you to Church school at 9:15 a.m. for all ages. The Adult Forum group will be hearing from Mark White on December 29 as he shares his experience of his eighth trip with Lend-A-Hand. Please plan to join us for Worship at 10:30 a.m. in our sanctuary as we celebrate the first Sunday after Christmas. We welcome you within our doors, so please feel free to join us. Nursery is available during the service, and there are also hearing devices for anyone wanting to use one, as well as Bible Listening bags for children to utilize

during the service. We are collecting unused/unwanted eyeglasses for distribution to needy individuals by the Londonderry Lionettes; as well as new gloves, hats, and scarves for children, teens, and adults through the Food Pantry. Please contact the church office for more information. The Parish Nurse is available by calling the church office at 717-9444322. For further information, see our website, visit our Facebook page (www.facebook. com/Presbyterian Congregation), or call the office.

Wesley United Methodist Church Middletown

A variety of special worship services are being held at Wesley to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Christmas is a time to ponder the meaning of life and be inspired by the greatest gift of all. Come experience a place where you can find hope, love, joy and peace. We worship on Sunday morning at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Our early service is informal and features a Praise Band. Our later service follows a traditional pattern and includes all types of music. We encourage people to “come as you are.” On Sun., Dec. 29, our Praise Team will be featured at both worship

Open Door Bible Church

Middletown “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder.” Isaiah 9:6 Open Door Bible Church, located at 200 Nissley Drive, Middletown, invites you to worship Jesus Christ with us this week. We will be having our Christmas Program on Sunday morning on December 29, following a Christmas Breakfast Fellowship beginning at 9 a.m. We also welcome you to join us at our 6:30 p.m. service. Childcare is provided for children under age 4.

services as we continue celebrating Christmas. “From Hope to Joy” is our theme for the day. The First Sunday of the New Year is also Epiphany Sunday, Jan. 5. This is a very special time for the people called United Methodists. We will share Holy Communion, pray the Covenant Prayer and celebrate the Visit of the Magi to Jesus. All are welcome to come and join us in this experience of spiritual renewal. Pastor Dawes’ sermon is “Keeping Covenant” based on Matthew 2:1-12 Upper Rooms for January and February are now available in the gathering area. Visit our website at Contact us by e-mail at Call us at 944-6242. Wesley is located at the corner of Ann and Catherine sts., Middletown. “Follow Jesus, Change the World. Seek. Serve. Send.”

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CHURCH DIRECTORY Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church 10 Spruce Street • 944-5835

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

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

890 Ebenezer Road, Middletown (Corner of 441 & Ebenezer Road)

Phone 939-0766 Sunday Worship: Traditional - 8:45 am • Contemporary - 10:45 am Christian Education (All Ages) - 10 am Christian Child Care - 985-1650


New Beginnings Church at the Riverside Chapel

630 South Union St., Middletown

Sunday School - 9 am • Worship Service - 10:30 am

Pastor Britt Strohecker Everyone Is Welcome!

Open Door Bible Church

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

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

Evangelical United Methodist Church

Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown


Church School - 9:15 am • Worship - 10:30 am

Spruce & Water Sts., Middletown Sunday School (all ages) - 9 am Sunday Worship - 10:15 am

First Church of God

235 W. High St., Middletown


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

Union & Water Sts., Middletown • 944-4322

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Spring & Union Sts., Middletown Church Office 944-4651


Saturday Worship With Spoken Liturgy - 5 pm Sunday Worship - 8:15 am & 11 am Sunday Church School - 9:45 am Worship Broadcast on 91.1 fm - 11 am

Geyers United Methodist Church

Wesley United Methodist Church



1605 South Geyers Church Road, Middletown PASTOR DON WALTERS

Worship - 9 am - Followed by Coffee Fellowship Sunday School - 10:30 am

64 Ann Street, Middletown

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





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e at the Press And Journal have a December ritual: A few days before Christmas, we gather in front of our office on South Union Street – reporters, designers, press operators, ad salespeople, computer geeks, circulation staff, delivery drivers, everyone who is responsible for getting our printed edition and e-Edition to you – to take a holiday photo. We huddle together in front of the office as photographer Beth Graham dashes across the street to snap a picture, directing good-natured motorists who slow down, unsure if they’re interrupting. Some of us are dressed in holiday splendor – those red sweaters, and blouses we bought on a whim It may seem like a little thing, shirts are put to good use. wishing people a merry Christ- You can find our latest effort on the mas, or a happy holiday, but front page of this edition. It takes only a few minutes, but proit's amazing how little things vides us with joy. It may seem like a can make you feel good. little thing, wishing people a merry Christmas, or a happy holiday, but it’s amazing how little things can make you feel good. In the bustle of shopping, wrapping and traveling, we’re sometimes too frazzled by the pace and focused on the task of preparing for the holidays to do little things like that. Do yourself a favor: Take the time to commit an act of human kindness – spread a little joy to friends, or neighbors, or a stranger, whether it’s a heart-felt wish for a happy holiday, or a gift to a deserving charity. The gift of giving is not only a warm expression of kindness to others, but also a much-needed gift to ourselves, reaffirming our compassion for our fellow human beings.


Borough's electric "profits'' are a tax, pure and simple


n editorial published in the Press And Journal espousing the practice of Middletown Borough keeping electric rates higher than actual electric department costs in lieu of raising taxes to pay for general expenses (“New council faces tough decision on town budget,’’ Dec. 11) is fundamentally flawed. Words do matter when discussing subjects if the discussion is to be productive in generating a true understanding of the issue. Look at what is happening on the state level. On a continuing basis, there is some type of news report criticizing the Pennsylvania Turnpike for operating with a large deficit. The only problem is, it is a lie. The turnpike does not operate with a true deficit. Turnpike user fees easily cover turnpike expenses and future improvements. The only reason why the so-called turnpike monetary deficit exists is the state takes hundreds of millions of dollars from the turnpike coffers every year to fund non-turnpike highway improvements. This is the reason why this so-called deficit exists – central Pennsylvania residents who use and pay higher than required turnpike fees subsidize both in-state and out-of-state non-toll highway users, who essentially get a free ride. Excess revenue generated from public utility bills that exceed actual utility expenses is a tax, pure and simple. There is no such thing as “profit” being generated in governmentowned utilities – government entities are supposed to be operated, as much as possible, with assessed fees to only cover applicable direct expenses, not to generate excess monies for other purposes not directly related to the goods and services provided. This is the reason for state Senate Bill 902 of 2013, which prohibits the use of municipal authority monies for items not related to the authority’s direct entity. In Middletown, the imprudent practice of raising electric rates to cover miscellaneous borough expenses was instituted back in the day when purchased power was only 1 cent a kilowatt/hour. Small but continuous increases in electric rates above actual expenses were deceptively hidden in a rate structure that produced electric bills that were still less than neighboring municipalities. This way elected officials did not have to take the political heat for having to justify raising taxes, which is always a high profile activity. The finances and organizational structure of Middletown Borough is like an octopus with its tentacles tied up in knots. However, there have been some improvements to date, where close scrutiny of various organizations have shown that Middletown residents have been unfairly subsidizing activity and resource users from other municipalities. These types of periodic, institutional reviews were advocated and documented in the April 2010 council meeting minutes, where a short outline describing a process was made part of the meeting minutes. As much as practicable, the user of resources and services should be the one paying for those resources and services. This is the only way one can assess the efficiency of a given department or entity. The editorial’s advocacy for electric users to continue to subsidize other activities and resources is inherently unfair. And for the record: My family in Middletown is not a heavy electricity user, since electricity is not used for winter heating. If additional monies are needed to fund other borough endeavors, their funding must be properly justified before property taxes or other direct fees to pay the cost of same are assessed. Besides, if resident property owners are considered the bedrock of a community, justifiably higher property taxes used for prudent expenditures would at least be deductible on federal income taxes. Dishonest stealth cost-shifting benefits no one. Jeffrey B. Miller is a self-described pragmatic libertarian who has lived in Middletown for the past 25 years.

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Winter: Nature's way of telling us to slow down


the sense that a season (or nature itself) has any inherent order, or that we should follow it. Humans no longer get our living instructions firsthand from nature. Instead, we get our information third-hand and Here in our lon3-millionth-hand from mass media, spegest nights of the year, within the most slanted, abbreviated cialists and marketers. This is why our ill-guided land-use sunlight, I thought I’d pull a plug for (pavement, lawns, deforestation, 24/7 some winter stillness and rest.
After all, lights, chemical-overload) ignores and nature does. deadens the deeper, perennial order of Each December in the northern heminature. sphere, the day descending early into We’re likewise untuned to any natuprofound darkness, there’s a gravitational ral order in ourselves, being composed pull downward into quiet. Particularly in of and dependent upon the larger biothe woods or along riverbanks. sphere.
This disconnect would seem itself The trees comply with this urge to a disorder to sages of old who considered subterranean stillness. Deep leaves blannature the handiest instruction book for ket the ground. Sap waits in the roots. reality, sanity and health. Insect life has gone into white cocoon or “Whoever wishes to investigate mediegg mode under rocks and logs. Some animals hibernate; others increase time in cine properly,” Hippocrates figured, “Should…consider the seasons of the lairs, listening and practicing the ancient year, and what effects each of them proart of “enough.”
And the humans? duces.”
 Well, nature’s darkest, quietest month is This carries us back around to winter just when we Americans pick up the pace stillness and darkness, which nature to get more, do more, be more places we doesn’t consider paaren’t – faster. thologies to extermiThe night sky but medicine and buildings Nature's darkest, quietest nate, with a purpose. are lit 24/7 with month is just when we This medicine is commerce, traffic, entertainment, Americans pick up the pace what draws people Robert Frost’s buzz. 
And this we to get more, do more, be more to verses on “stopcall “the holidays.” places we aren't – faster. ping by woods on The root of that a snowy evening,” word, paradoxi“the darkest evening cally, denotes “wellof the year.” Somebeing,” “health,” thing in us craves such a moment.
When various individuals ing en route home, in the winter dusk, feel run down by all this hectic wholeyou can feel this tonic in some wayside ness, and sink into winter depression, we trees or along a copper creek, flanked by consider them dysfunctional, rather than sycamores and ushering up cold vapors of our society. rocks, leaves and roots. A retiree wrote me recently of her past Here, the fight-or-flight mode of condiagnosis of Seasonal Affective Disorsumerism relaxes. Here, you can listen, der (SAD). She’d been living in a metro absorbing some ancient wisdom.
Had suburb where she rushed to work in the the members of any such ecosystem winter dark and battled the traffic homenot learned, themselves, to pause from ward in the dark. Never a winter moment pursuit-mode and be content with what to stop, be still and think. they had, they could not have survived – At home, computer screens remained one winter or millions. bright until late, everyone busy with This one instruction alone could change homework, social media, news. Then our world – human psychology, health, there were those nighttime “shopping economy and our besieged environment. season” trips to the mall.
Now she’s If we understood it, a strange happiness parked her life among some trees in the could bloom in winter. In pause-mode, Appalachians. we might better perceive how to order our “I no longer wear a watch and I take time, resources and land use, year round, a walk every day in the woods,” she abandoning excess and attending actual said. “And I have not had a single SAD needs. episode.” After all, “Everything in excess is opHer theory? “Maybe SAD isn’t caused posed to nature,” said Hippocrates. by declining hours of daylight. Maybe Restoring this order would require my chosen social and career paths caused nothing we don’t already have – except a me to fight against the natural order of quiet moment to realize that. seasons.” What is the “natural order of seasons?” Liza Field teaches and writes in VirNo medical resource lists any symptoms ginia. of Seasonal Affective Order. We’ve lost o do nothing is sometimes a good remedy. – Hippocrates

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ormer Republican President Benjamin Harrison once said, “I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man who produces the cloth must starve in the process.” It is in this context that it is so disappointing to hear that Gov. Tom Corbett has said he won’t support raising the minimum wage. The persistent inability of Congress to address important national problems has resulted in only one bill raising the federal minimum wage passing in the past 17 years. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. That means a fulltime minimum wage worker earns only $14,500 a year. This is significantly and shamefully below the federal poverty income level of $23,511 a year for a family of four. Even for a two-person family, the poverty level is $15,471. What this means is that under the federal minimum wage, someone working full time cannot meet their most basic needs for adequate nutrition, shelter, heat, clothing, etc. As a boy, I spent several years living in severe poverty. Even now it is difficult to describe how awful it was for my single mother not to be able to provide for the most primitive needs of her child. Some argue that raising the minimum wage would result in low-income workers losing jobs. This argument assumes that employers hire workers they don’t need out of the goodness of their hearts. The actual empirical evidence suggests that the minimum wage significantly helps those in poverty. The University of ChiUnder the federal cago recently minimum wage, surveyed someone working economists across the full time cannot political spectrum and meet their most basic needs for found that 80 percent of adequate them believed nutrition, shelter, the employment benefits heat, clothing, of the minietc. mum wage far outweighed any possible job losses. Further, the argument that we can’t raise the minimum wage because some small percentage of people will lose their job is an argument for never doing anything at all that isn’t absolutely cost-free. Meanwhile, the minimum wage continues to atrophy and people continue to sink further into poverty. Because Congress has shown itself to be so woefully inadequate at addressing poverty, states have been forced to pick up the slack. Already, 19 states and the District of Columbia have raised the minimum wage. Seven more states are actively considering such a proposal. Despite this, Corbett continues to insist that hundreds of thousands of hardworking Americans live in poverty. This means people without reasonable places to live. It means children going hungry. It means that a family can’t even afford to replace a pair of shoes that no longer keep the rain out. It is important to look at Corbett’s position on this issue in the broader context of his policies as whole. His position on the minimum wage hurts Pennsylvanians who are struggling the most. But so does his elimination of AdultBasic, his cuts to SNAP, his dramatic budget cuts for poor school districts and his elimination of all cash assistance to our poorest fellow citizens. Taken together, these policies create an almost Dickensian economic hellscape for poor people in our Commonwealth. There is a growing underclass of folks who work very hard, but cannot participate in our society in even the most rudimentary way. They are trapped in hopelessness and despair. And Corbett, if judged by his policies rather than by his pro-forma expressions of “compassion,” seems indifferent to it all. It is time for Pennsylvania to raise the minimum wage to what it would be if it had kept pace with inflation from the time of its original enactment in 1938, which would be $12 per hour, and to index it to inflation so that we never again have to watch our wages fall so low that our citizens sink into deep poverty at the hands of a cruel political system. Daylin Leach is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania Senate. He represents the 17th District, which includes Delaware and Montgomery counties.; e-mail -


Bill would create tourism commission to market PA’s sites


he House of Representatives approved two proposals to enhance tourism in Pennsylvania to boost state revenue and create additional jobs. As a member of the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee and lifelong resident of a region that relies heavily on tourists, I have seen firsthand the enormous economic impact the industry has on our state. Pennsylvania tourism generates $36 billion annually for our state, supports more than 450,000 jobs and generates $3.6 billion in state and local taxes. House Bill 1215 would create an 11-member independent Pennsylvania Tourism Commission that would serve as the state’s official tourism marketing agency. The commission would

be comprised of marketing professionals and those with a stake in the tourism industry. This would be a drastic shift from the current establishment of tourism being handled by a few government bureaucrats within the state Department of Community and Economic Development. House Bill 1216 would complement the tourism commission through establishing a $15 million tax credit to fund the state’s marketing and promotion efforts. Taxpayers could receive a tax credit against the full value of contributions they make to the Pennsylvania Tourism Commission. At least 17 other states have been successful at having a dedicated tax to help fund tourism programs. Both bills await consideration by the Senate.

House citations available

As a service to the citizens of the 106 Legislative District, my office can provide citations from the state House to commemorate a special milestone within an individual’s or a couple’s life. A citation is a unique way for members of the House to recognize the life or achievements of a fellow Pennsylvanian. Citations can be awarded to:

• Individuals attaining 75 years of age and then every five years thereafter • An athletic team or individual winning a state championship • Individuals entering retirement with more than 25 years of service with a single employer • Boy Scout Eagle Award or Girl Scout Gold Award recipients

• Couples celebrating 25 or 50 years of marriage, then every five years after their 50 anniversary. Residents are reminded that for a citation to be obtained, requests must be submitted to my district office at least one month in advance. For additional information or to request a citation, readers may contact my Hershey office at 717-534-1323. John D. Payne is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He represents the 106th District, which includes most of Middletown, part of Swatara Twp. and all of Royalton, Lower Swatara Twp., Derry Twp., Conewago Twp. and Hummelstown.

SOUNDOFF Submissions to Sound Off appear as written. The Press And Journal edits only for clarity and punctuation. Additional comments and audio versions of some Sound Off comments are available at “Yes, this is utterly ridiculous with Highspire Borough…” (Listen online at “To the gentleman who harmed the dog…” (Listen online at www. “Yeah, I’d like to take the time and wish…” (Listen online at www.

:| “The Confederate flags are flown because my husband is from the South and it is his right. Why do people keep associating “Race” Street with anything racial? Race Street has an interesting history, as does the Confederate flag, but one does have to educate themselves. Merry Christmas.”

:| “End of Days is coming.” :| “If you can’t beat them, join

them. Why doesn’t the Middletown Area School District just let Lower Dauphin take them over? Middletown would be in a AAAA school district, our taxes would be lower and we’d have much better sports programs all around.”

:( “I hope Middletown people and

present council members saw what happened in Mechanicsburg – how present leaders were voted out. I hope it happens here.”

:) “Yes! I have already been given

my Christmas presents this year. They are just inside my front door – my wonderful wife, my awesome stepdaughter, a great family and a warm home. Even a crazy little dog that brings joy to our house. I could never have a better Christmas than this. Thank you, God, for my bless-


House moves to reduce size of state Legislature T

he Pennsylvania House of Representatives successfully passed two bills last week that would reduce the size of the General Assembly. House Bill 1234, of which I am a co-sponsor, would cut the size of the House from the current 203 to 153 members. House Bill 1716 would also reduce the size of the Senate from 50 to 38 members. Article XI, Section 1 of the state Constitution declares such amendments must pass two consecutive session of the General Assembly, and then be placed on the ballot for questions to be approved or disapproved by the Commonwealth voters. If the amendments are approved, they would take effect with the first session of the General Assembly that begins after the 2020 census and ensuing reapportionment. The bills have been sent to the Senate for consideration.

Farm Show approaching

The 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show will be held Saturday, Jan. 4 to Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free, but there is a $10 charge for parking and shuttle service.

The theme for this year’s show is “Pennsylvania Farms: Growing For You.” New attractions to the show this year include a free concert by Pennsylvania native and country music artist Ben Gallaher, an appearance by celebrity chef Nadia G., and a “Christmas in January” tree display highlighting the nearly 1,600 tree farms throughout the Commonwealth. Interactive online tools can help visitors navigate the show’s more than 24 acres and nearly 250 events and activities. A mobile app can also be used on any mobile device or smart phone.

The Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural exhibition in the country. The eight-day show features 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. For more information on the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show, readers may visit Ron Marsico is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He represents the 150th District, which includes South Hanover, East Hanover, West Hanover and Lower Paxton townships.

Season’s Greetings May you enjoy the true gifts of friends and family throughout the holidays and the new year.

Happy Holidays Dauphin County Commissioners

Jeff Haste Mike Pries George P. Hartwick, III

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ings, and for sending your son on Christmas Day.”

:) “The Middletown Holiday Home

of their players. So don’t bash the Lower Dauphin team for their welldeserved successes.”

Tour was wonderful this year, as it :| “Mr. Morris in Highspire, God is every year. I would like to thank bless you! I enjoyed listening Carole Shanaman and the Home to you talk about the problems Tour committee for working so hard there. I was also surprised. I live to make this fesin Middletown tive event a sucand I thought our “Superb job by the cess. I would also police department Middletown Area Middle like to thank the was the highest School chorus and band families who so members! A huge thanks to paid in the area, graciously opened Mr. Schlicher and Mrs. Kelly as well as the their homes for for such a great show. I was highest taxes in the tour. All of the area. Thanks so impressed with the the homes were for letting me talent of those young so beautiful, and know.” students. Already looking it was a pleasure forward to the next show.” having the op:( “So why portunity to tour hasn’t the codes them and to talk with the residents. officer in Middletown been out to This event is a special part of the cite people who didn’t shovel their area’s holiday celebration and just sidewalks? I saw elderly people one of the many things that make walking down the middle of Race Middletown a wonderful place to Street because sidewalks were call home.” snow- and ice-covered. I ask again, where was code enforcement?” :) “Love them Raiders on the basketball court – boys and girls. You :( “This is in regards to the kids make me so proud.” sidewalks that the Middletown Cemetery is responsible for: Please :( “This is directed to the person explain why you are not clearing who told Lower Dauphin field the snow from the entire width of hockey to move up due to their sucthe sidewalk. You have a snow cess. Please get your facts straight blower, for God’s sake. One pass – AAA is the highest level of field up, one pass back, the entire sidehockey there is in high school, so walk is done. You actually have to there is nowhere for them to move. LD field hockey is where they should be. I agree that it is a disgrace that Middletown has to play such tough teams. But I also know that the members of Lower Dauphin’s hockey team work extremely hard. The girls train and lift all year long to be strong and well-skilled. It’s unfortunate that the Middletown team doesn’t have the same level of dedication from the vast majority

make an effort to only clear a path, as opposed to clearing the whole thing. What are you doing all day that you don’t have the extra 10 minutes it would take to do the entire sidewalk? All that money for that land that they sold for student housing, you would think they could afford to clear the sidewalk properly. I guess you’re safe, since code enforcement’s only concern is harassing the theater.”

:) “Superb job by the Middletown Area Middle School chorus and band members! A huge thanks to Mr. Schlicher and Mrs. Kelly for such a great show. I was so impressed with the talent of those young students. Already looking forward to the next show.” :) “I would like to applaud the ef-

fort of Mitchell Lee in his attempt to raise money for the Middletown Area Middle School Band’s new drums and marching equipment. Best of luck with your Eagle Scout project!”

:| “Is it true there are no commit-

tees in Middletown that one could volunteer for?”

:( “I know a lot of people re-

member the jewelry store that was downtown – Klahr’s Jewelry Store. It’s gone, and its loss can be blamed squarely on the shoulders of council, led by McNamara. You, sir, have no respect for the past and no regard for the future. So you plan to turn it into a walkway. What a lasting tribute to the history of a once-proud town.”

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BRIAN WAGNER Palmyra 13 pt., 18.5” spread Taken in Dauphin County Total Score: 40.5


LEE BROWN Middletown 10 pt., 16.5” spread Taken in Dauphin County Total Score: 34.5

BENJAMIN DEMKO Middletown 10 pt., 15” spread Taken in Dauphin County Total Score: 35.25

Congratulations to all our contestants

LUKE SZEKERES Hershey 10 pt., 17.5” spread Taken in Dauphin County Total Score: 35

BRANDON SLATT Bressler 10 pt., 20” spread Taken in Dauphin County Total Score: 40


GREGORY S. WILSBACH Middletown 14 pt., 13” spread Taken in Dauphin County Total Score: 35.25


CLAIRE DANIELS Hershey 9 pt., 12” spread Taken in Lebanon County Total Score: 27


NATE RADIC Steelton 11 pt., 10.5” spread Taken in Dauphin County Total Score: 39.5

DENNIS DANIELS JR. Palmyra 8 pt., 18” spread Taken in Lebanon County Total Score: 36.5

DAVID J. COONEY Hummelstown 9 pt., 16.75” spread Taken in Dauphin County Total Score: 34.25


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