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23 Years Ago: 3/25/15


3 25 1423 YEARS AGO - Goin’ For The Gobbler – This Thanksgiving enthusiast has his mind or ax set on enjoying a delicious turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. Actually it’s Press And Journal Photographer Dennis Nye having a bit of fun with a mounted turkey and the magic of photography.



From The Wednesday, March 25, 1992 Edition Of The Press And Journal

Diamond Anniversary Of Middletown Red Cross Chapter Noted


 The Middletown Area Chapter of the American Red Cross recently observed 75 years of service and sacrifice to the local community, holding a special banquet and celebration for its dedicated volunteers on Monday, March 16.


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Out & About: “An Evening in Paris’’ with the Middletown Area High School choir


How would you spend an evening in Paris? At a cafe, sipping coffee, eating pastries and listening to music?


The Middletown Area High School choir took listeners on that adventure in a concert on Thursday, March 19 at the school cafeteria to raise money for its programs. Soloists, duos, trios and ensembles sang selections as the audience enjoyed coffee and desserts at the annual concert.


See who performed!



Photos by Kris Carson and Jodi Ocker 


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23 Years Ago: 3/18/15



3 18 1523 YEARS AGO - Miracle Child – Jason Mills, “Miracle Child” from Middletown, is pictured with Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed during a ceremony in which Saturday, November 23 was declared as “Day of the Miracle Child” in Harrisburg. This designation honors children who will benefit from the Children’s Miracle Ball at the Harrisburg Hilton and towers on that same day. Last year the gala raised more than $20,000 for children’s services at Penn State University Children’s Hospital in Hershey.



From The Wednesday, March 18, 1992 Edition Of The Press And Journal


LD Students’ 

Food Drive Challenge


 Members of the FFA of Lower Dauphin Junior-Senior High School are challenging their fellow students in the Lower Dauphin School District to “burst their bags” for the FFA’s third annual food drive.


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Out & About: Middletown Area High School’s spring musical, “Damn Yankees’’


Would you sell your soul to the devil if your favorite Major League baseball team could win the pennant and vanquish the dreaded New York Yankees just once?


The cast of Middletown Area High School’s spring musical, “Damn Yankees,’’ did just that, and rode the resulting comedy and song to (SPOILER ALERT!) a happy ending during the show’s run from March 6 through March 8 at the high school auditorium.


The Adler and Ross musical debuted on Broadway in 1955, and has become an American theater staple ever since.


Check out scenes from the musical – and the cast’s final bows, which appear on C8!


Photos by Jodi Ocker 




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Naming terminated public employees: public information or not?


The following is provided thanks to the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association:

Question: A local agency recently terminated several employees at a public meeting without disclosing their names. The board voted to terminate using employee numbers only and cited concerns about employee privacy to support its position. Isn’t the agency required to release the names of the employees being terminated?

Answer: Yes. The public comment provision and minutes-keeping requirements of the Sunshine Act require disclosure and recording of the names, and the Right to Know Law makes the employees’ name, salary, length of service and the agency’s final action regarding employee termination a public record.

Section 710.1 of the Sunshine Act requires a reasonable opportunity for meaningful public comment at each public meeting and prior to all official action. Without the names of employees being terminated, the public has no opportunity to give meaningful comment prior to the vote, and the plain terms of the Sunshine Act’s public comment provision are ignored. Furthermore, section 706 of the Sunshine Act requires meeting minutes to contain the substance of all official action. If the meeting minutes do not contain the names of the employees and the termination action taken by the board, they do not provide an accurate record of the meeting, raising Sunshine Act compliance issues.

Further, section 708(b)(6)(ii) of the Right to Know Law makes certain employee information public record, including name, salary, and length of service. These records would include the employees’ names, as well as beginning and termination dates. Moreover, section 708(b)(7)(viii) expressly makes the agency’s final action on employee discharge and demotion a public record. 



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