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Middletown Girl Scouts donate comfort kits to Red Cross


girlscoutsphoto6 24 15Submitted photo -- Members of MIddletown Girl Scout Troop 10368 get a tour of the Harrisburg Red Cross’ emergency response vehicles from Chris Doty, the organization’s disaster program specialist.



Inspired by the help that the Red Cross gave to Middletown after flooding by Tropical Storm Lee, Girl Scout Troop 10368 in Middletown donated 200 post-disaster comfort kits they had assembled to the Harrisburg Red Cross on Saturday, June 20.


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23 Years Ago - 6/24/15

6 24 15BW23 YEARS AGO - FFA’s Food Drive – Lower Dauphin High School’s chapter of the FFA is sponsoring its third annual Food Drive for the South Central Food Bank. Donations may be dropped off at the high school’s office or the District offices. Pictured from left are: Kristie Hofsass, Brian Graham, Marc Kennedy, and Kevin Lawrence.

From The Wednesday, June 24 Edition of The Press And Journal

Taxes Jump With New LD Budget

Lower Dauphin School Board at its June meeting unanimously approved a $22,006,336 spending plan for the 1992-93 school year. The budget calls for a 1.6 mill increase in real estate taxes jumping the rate to 19.45 mills. Additionally, the Board approved a $5 per capita tax.

While local revenues are forecast to be $13,366,164 for the coming school year, the anticipated cost of instruction was pegged at $13, 179,224.

The budget process was markedly different from that of a year ago. Last year, the administration had asked the Board for a 3.25 mill increase in real estate taxes to balance the budget while the Board refused and drew the line on a tax increase of 2.5 mills.

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Local garden tour to raise money for historical society


The Middletown Area Garden Tour will return from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 and feature eight of the Middletown area’s most beautiful and interesting gardens.

Seven of the gardens are located in the borough, with the eighth at the Lower Swatara Twp. of master gardener Joseph Mateer.
Local artists and musicians will present their work at each garden. Proceeds from the sale of tickets for the event will go to the Middletown Area Historical Society, which is organizing the tour.

Tickets include a map of the tour, information about each garden and a free wine tasting session at The Vineyards at Hershey during tour hours. Tickets are available at the Grosh House, 29 E. Main St., Middletown, and the Press And Journal office, 20 S. Union St., Middletown.


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Kiwanis Club gives check to library for reading program


checkphoto6 24 15Press and Journal Photo by Jim Lewis -- Sandra Robbins, chairwoman of the Middletown Public Library’s board of directors, accepts a check for the library’s summer reading program from Marlon Wilson, president of the Kiwanis Club of Middletown.



The Kiwanis Club of Middletown presented a $500 to the Middletown Public Library on Monday, June 15 for the library’s summer reading program for children.


The donation was presented to Sandra Robbins, chairwoman of the library’s board of directors, at the Royalton Senior Center.


“The Kiwanis have always stepped up to the plate,’’ Robbins said. “Everything they do, they do with a smile on their face.’’



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Out & About: Kiwanis Club of Middletown's Inter-Club Strawberry Festival


It’s nearly 80 years old, and has dwindled to only a handful of active members, but the Kiwanis Club of Middletown has survived as other local social service clubs have disappeared – and it still is struggling to make life better in the community.


That annual Halloween parade through Middletown? The Kiwanis Club organizes it. That summer reading program for children at the Middletown Public Library? The club helps fund it. The Kiwanis award scholarships to students at Middletown Area High School – and even plant flowers each spring at Kiwanis Park in Royalton.


For more than 30 years, the club has hosted a Strawberry Festival for fellow clubs in the area – including this year. About 35 people attended the event on Monday, June 15 at the Royalton Senior Citizens Center, including Kiawnis members from Harrisburg, Hummelstown-Hershey, Elizabethtown, Rheems, Lititz and Dillsburg.


The club presented a scholarship check to 2015 MAHS graduate Kaitlyn Kellogg, who attended the festival with her mother, Babette. Kellogg, a member of the school’s Key Club – a student-run social service club sponsored by the local Kiwanis – shared the scholarship with fellow students Margarge Schopf, Mikala Dworchak and Julia Trout. Schopf also received the club’s Ted Essex Memorial Honor Award, named for Essex, a former local club president and governor for the Pennsylvania District of Kiwanis International.


The club also presented a check to Sandra Robbins, chairwoman of the library’s board of trustees.


Colleen Harkins, a 2015 graduate of MAHS who will attend Kutztown University for fine arts in the fall, played the piano for the crowd.


Said Robbins of the small, but dedicated, Middletown Kiwanis, “Everything they do, they do with a smile on their face.’’


Press and Journal Photos by Jim Lewis




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