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4 23 1423 YEARS AGO - Essay Winners – Tracy Lynn Erb and Benjamin Robert Olsen, eighth grade students at Feaser Middle School, were honored recently by the Middletown Sertoma Club for their entries in the National Heritage Essay Contest. Each was awarded a $50 Savings Bond. Pictured from left are: Rick Zalek, Sertoma Acting President; Erb; Middle School Principal, Russell Eppinger; and Olsen.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:56

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#outandabout: Penn State Harrisburg Latin Gala

Each semester, the Latino Student Union at Penn State Harrisburg offers free salsa dance lessons to students, faculty and community members – a way to promote the culture on campus.
Young and old, male and female, people of many different backgrounds, cultures and races come together to learn to dance. Some have never danced before. Others have learned steps, but want to learn more.

At the end of the year, the Student Union holds a Latin Gala, where beginners and experienced dancers celebrate with group dances, food and music. This year’s gala, held on Friday, April 18 at the Capital Union Building, attracted about 200 dancers and their supporters.

See who was there – and who danced.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:27

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Londonderry Scouts hold special church service


Geyers United Methodist Church of Londonderry Twp. hosted a Scout Sunday service with Boy Scouts from Pack 97 and Troop 97.


The service was designed and conducted by Scouts from Troop 97 under the guidance of Pastor Donald Walters. 


Star Scout Christopher Kiessling welcomed the congregation to the unusual and special service.


tinyfour4 23 14Submitted photo - Members of the Order of the Arrow Sasquesahanough Lodge at the service included, from left, Troop 97 Eagle Scout Zachary Pauley; Tyler Roman, the order’s dance chief; John Farrell, the order’s dance team adviser; and Ian Parks, a traditional Native American Indian dancer.The Scouts were joined by members of the Order of the Arrow Sasquesahanough Lodge, an honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. Members of the order’s drum and dance team delivered a lively children’s message, leading the kids and adults through a friendship dance that symbolized the importance of community.


John Farrell, the order’s adviser, shared the significance of religion to the Boy Scouts and Native Americans. 


The Scouts served as flag bearers, ushers and speakers, and demonstrated how  Scout Law is intertwined with the Bible through an interactive responsive reading conducted by Life Scout Matthew Pauley.


Life Scouts George Heberlig and Garrett Little delivered the morning Scriptures, while Scout Master Kevin Little discussed the importance of becoming one with God in nature during the morning’s sermon.


The Order of the Arrow performed a second time, with Tyler Roman, its dance chief, and Ian Parks, a traditional Native American performer, dancing while Eagle Scout Zach Pauley and Farrell performed on the drums.


Tyler Roman closed the service with an impressive performance of a spiritual song on a Native American flute.


 The Scouts provided refreshments during coffee fellowship as their way to say “thank you” to the Geyers congregation for being so supportive of Scouting in our community.


Upcoming events for Troop 97 include camping, touring and hiking at Penn’s Cave/Krislund Camp Ground; a Monty Python camp-out at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation; and a hiking/trail cooking trip. Pack 97 and Troop 97 are sponsored by Londonderry Fire Company.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:45

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RUB-A-DUB-DUB: Students in a bathtub? Yes, in this race


There were no butchers, bakers or candlestick makers, but a college undergraduate or two sitting in the tub in Penn State Harrisburg’s annual Bathtub Races on Friday, April 18 on the university’s campus.

Teams of four students competed to be the fastest to the finish line, with one sitting in the wheeled tub and the other three pushing.

The races began in the 1970s as a project by engineering students. After a hiatus, the races returned 12 years ago upon the urging of alumni who remembered them.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:10

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#outandabout: Steelton Borough Easter Egg Hunt


tinyeggs4 16 14Photo by Noelle BarrettAn Easter egg hunt is a particularly American game. Other countries celebrate Easter by tossing eggs, rolling eggs and dancing among eggs (in Germany, dancers lay them on the floor and dance among them, trying not to damage them). But in the U.S., a simple game of hide-and-seek is our idea of egg-citement.


Actually, the first Easter egg game on record in the U.S. was an egg roll at the Capital in Washington, D.C., in 1872.

Steelton celebrated the Easter holiday with a borough egg hunt on the grounds of Steelton-Highspire High School on Saturday, April 12. More than 8,000 plastic eggs were used, and eagle-eyed children found them all.


Here’s who was on the scene, hunting down those elusive eggs.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:23

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