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Retraction: She served on Halloween Queen court

Charmaine Moss was named to the 1949 Halloween Queen court, an annual fundraising competition for charity, in her senior year at Middletown High School. Because of information provided and an editing error, we erroneously reported that Moss was the school’s 1949 Homecoming queen and the first black member of the school’s Homecoming court. We regret the error.

The Halloween Queen competition was staged each fall by the Mothers Congress of Middletown, a local charity that provided well-baby clinics and health care courses to parents and children in the area, said Agnes Fuoti, a Middletown alumnus and former member of the alumni committee that organized Homecoming activities for Middletown Area High School.

Middletown’s first Homecoming was held in 1963, said Fuoti, who helped organize Middletown’s first Homecoming parade. That was confirmed by current members of the Alumni Association, which organizes the parade and other Homecoming festivities.

Each year, female students at Middletown were encouraged to participate in the Halloween Queen contest raise money for the Mothers Congress, though it was not a contest staged by the school, Fuoti said. Whoever collected the most votes – each vote cost the voter a penny – was crowned the queen, and the runners-up were her court, she said.

The Mothers Congress, formed as a nonprofit in 1924, provided a nurse in an office in the MCSO Building for years to dispatch health care to children. It also was instrumental in other causes in Middletown, including the installation of the borough’s Victorian-style clock that stood for decades at Union and Emaus streets. The clock currently has been removed for repair.