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6 29 1623 YEARS AGO - T-Ball Action In Londonderry – The Londonderry Athletic Association’s Anglers & Hunters T-ball team enjoyed a successful season this year. Coach Bob Gingrich reports his squad made steady progress throughout the season and came to realize that there’s more to baseball then winning and losing. Top photo left catches Adam Whitman attempting an out while on the pitcher’s mound. Top photo right has Jeremy Gingrich stretching for the out at first base. Middle photo finds Jessica Wreski taking a swing at a ball. Bottom photo has Jason Miller taking aim.

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June 30, 1993
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MASD Board Approves Budget, 1-Mill Tax Increase For 1993-94

 The Middletown Area School Board granted final approval Monday night to its 1993-94 budget, raising real estate taxes in the local District by one mill to a rate of 17.

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Resident grins and 'bears' visits by black bruin

Bear On Feeder

A recent arrival at Eileen Cooper’s bird feeders is a little bigger than the typical species. The home has been visited by white-tailed deer, but this is the first time Cooper has seen a bear. The black bear, estimated to be about two years old and at least 200 pounds, “can get real tall when he stands up,” she said. “I don’t want to go out and get cornered by him.”

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Helping hands for those in need

Posing in sunlight

Press And Journal columnist LaVonne Ackerman has been in New Orleans helping the city’s residents recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.WorkingOnWall

Ackerman said volunteers have been busy gutting a home - describing the work as “messy and full of surprises … cockroaches living in walls destroyed by termites.”

Ackerman is part of a missions group from Susquehanna Valley Evangelical Free Church, Harrisburg. “We partner with Reach Global, Covington, LA to help areas that have been hit with some sort of disaster. Eleven years after Hurricane Katrina NOLA is still in need of helping hands.”

Photos by LaVonne Ackerman


Wall cavity exposed

Looking at wall


Break outside

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Celebrate 4th of July with Stars and Stripes Salute



Londonderry Twp. will host its eighth annual Stars and Stripes Salute at Sunset Park and Sunset Bar & Grill on July 2.

The free event features two bands and plenty of food. It culminates in a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

The park will open at 5 p.m. for the event, which typically attracts 5,000 to 8,000 people, according to the township.

The township takes donations to put on the event. Any funds above and beyond the cost of the event go to the Lebanon VA Medical Center. Last year, the township donated about $3,500, along with about $2,500 from Three Mile Island.

The patriotic New Holland Band, a concert band, will perform in the park with plenty of patriotic music from 8 p.m. until the start of the fireworks.

At the deck of the Sunset Bar & Grill, drinks will be available to the sounds of the Whiskey Brothers Band, who will be playing a live set from 7 to 9:30 p.m., resuming after the fireworks at 10 p.m. for another hour.

Steve Letavic, township manager, puts together the annual event with the help of many community sponsors that contribute to the evening’s entertainment. All the township’s employees (and many of their spouses) spend the day helping put on the annual event.

Williams Food Trucks will provide food for the evening at both locations. They will serve barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken tenders, funnel cakes, french fries and drinks.

Attendees are encouraged to wear red, white and blue and to bring blankets or chairs. Do not bring grills or tents. In case of inclement weather or for more information call 944-1803 or go to


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DOG DAYS: Gone for weeks, Nadja found her way home with the help of friends

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As darkness fell on May 24, a German shepherd named Nadja bolted out of John Penica’s pick up truck and raced toward something in the night.

John and Wendy Penica will never know for certain what led Nadja, a dog they had had just three months, to leave the pleasant confines of their residence on Candlewycke Drive in Old Reliance in Lower Swatara Twp. They are just awfully glad to have her back.

For three weeks, Nadja embarked on a journey that would take her 15 miles away from her home, to a farm near Gravel Hill and Syner roads just outside Annville, where Nadja for several days survived on water and the food scraps that made their way from a kitchen table to a compost pile.


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