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Producer of ‘Titanic,’ ‘Avatar’ to speak April 6 at PSU Harrisburg

Jon Landau, executive vice president at Twentieth Century Fox, will speak at Penn State Harrisburg from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6. His topic will be “Dream It, Do It: Innovation and …

Blues Traveler, Lee Greenwood, three other national acts to play at Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey

  The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey announced Wednesday that, in celebration of its fifth year in business, it will host five national recording artists over two concerts. On July 22, the …

Hypnotist part of show at Lower Dauphin

Jason Christopher Comedy and Hypnotist Special will appear at the Lower Dauphin High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. April 19. The evening will consist of an hour of entertainment by Jason …

Mid Penn Bank to merge with Scottsdale Bank & Trust

Mid Penn Bancorp Inc., which has locations in Middletown and Steelton, has agreed to merge with The Scottdale Bank & Trust Co., headquartered in Scottdale, Pennsylvania. Mid Penn will purchase the …

Take it easy on the roads: Police to target aggressive drivers Friday

On Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, The Center for Traffic Safety, and local law enforcement and state police will participate in a regionwide day of aggressive driving …

Seven Sorrows part of Chorus Festival

3 Lower Dauphin students part of PMEA band festival

Three Lower Dauphin High School musicians performed in the  Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 7 Band festival Feb. 10-11 at Big Spring High School. Juniors Ryan Pumo, string bass, …

Hamer leaving borough finance director position

Middletown Director of Finance and Administration Bruce Hamer says he is retiring, this time for good. Hamer has told the borough he will stay on in the position until June 30, by which time …

Borough council plans to discuss zoning overlay at next meeting April 4

Property owners and business owners in Middletown are being encouraged to attend the next meeting of borough council on Tuesday, April 4, to hear a presentation regarding the proposed downtown …

Imagine that: Let’s Pretend is aimed at getting youngsters active

The seats are for a make-believe theater, but for Kerri Meyer, the memories these seats contain are very real. Meyer is co-owner of Let’s Pretend, a business on Brown Street in Middletown …
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Blue Raiders softball loses to Hershey

The Hershey Trojans beat the Middle Blue Raiders softball team on Friday, 11-6. Hayli Akakpo-Martin had three hits, including a double and a triple, as well as an RBI in the loss. Kayla Warhola added …

Blue Raiders boys tennis team gets off to 0-2 start

Despite the less-than-hospitable weather, the Middletown Blue Raiders boys tennis team has managed to squeeze in two matches, losing both last week. Against Trinity on Thursday, March 23 in a home …

Blue Raiders drop baseball opener to Hershey, 6-2

The 2017 baseball season got off to a late start because of the March snowstorm. However, thanks to the hard work of the Middletown Area School District grounds crew, the Blue Raiders were able …

Quakers put up a fight, knock out Blue Raiders from PIAA state playoffs

Middletown fans will talk about this game for a long time, discussing what could have been had fortunes gone better for the Blue Raiders. Middletown fell to Quaker Valley, 77-66, on Saturday …

Soccer Shots grows, wants to build Lower Swatara headquarters

Press And Journal Staff Jason Webb grew up playing soccer for Cedar Cliff High School in Cumberland County, and he played well enough to continue competing as an adult, first with the team at …
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‘Ping’ man to discuss World War II sonar experiences

When Kenneth Fidler was born in 1925, sonar technology was still in its infancy. By the time Fidler was drafted in March 1943, it had become an indispensable tool for the U.S. Navy. Fidler, a …

Lower Dauphin students, staff to present technology fair

To showcase the use of technology in Lower Dauphin’s curriculum, students and staff will present a technology fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 1, at the high school. The event is free …

Cuban Embassy first secretary visiting Penn State Harrisburg on April 5

Miguel Fraga — the first secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., since diplomatic relations were re-established between Cuba and the United States — will visit Penn State Harrisburg …

Charges filed in River House shooting, which police say started after man with gun was asked to leave

Police on Friday afternoon charged Tanner Allen Stark, 21, of Mount Joy, with a long list of charges related to the shooting at the River House early Friday.

Press & Journal wins 6 Keystone journalism awards

The Press & Journal won six 2017 Keystone Press Awards, including three first-place honors, in results announced Thursday by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. “We certainly don’t do what …

Three shot at River House Bar and Grill in Londonderry Township

Three people were shot at the River House Bar and Grill on East Harrisburg Pike in Londonderry Township early Friday. Two are in critical condition, according to the Pennsylvania State …
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Turnover is norm for borough, and it’s a challenge: Editorial

There is something to be said for turnover in any endeavor. From time to time, new viewpoints can help refocus a business or organization. Some elected bodies have term limits to help speed that …
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Some lists Pennsylvania doesn’t want to be on: Ed O'Connor

As Longfellow wrote, “Into each life, some rain must fall.” Well, it has been falling here, on and off (mostly on) for seven weeks. In the four-plus years we have been here, I have never …

Numbers add up for property tax elimination: Mike Folmer

During my travels throughout the 48th Senate District, I hear a persistent drumbeat: “Eliminate school property taxes.” Not partial elimination or reduced school property taxes — total …

It’s time to end special-interest loophole: Jessica Barnett

Public resources and political activity are like oil and water — they don’t mix.That’s what we’re told, but the truth might surprise you.Because of a legal carveout for …
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