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Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad gets boost from state grant

streetcarsidepix11 12 14Press and Journal Photo by Eric Wise -- Scott Seibert of the Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad uses body-filler putty to restore a 1946 street car operated by the Philadelphia Transportation Co. and its successor, the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. By next spring, Seibert hopes to restore and paint three streetcars.

 

state grant for $203,000 will help the Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad make a couple of upgrades on its line at a time when the railroad is still rebuilding from damage caused by Tropical Storm Lee and restoring a collection of rail history in Middletown.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:52

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Olmsted’s demise brought economic life to Middletown

fire deptA fire station at Olmsted Air Force Base in 1955; it’s now a service center for a car rental company.

 

Of course, there is another side to the Olmsted closing story – the one that residents and visitors see today when they drive along Route 230 wast of Middletown.

 

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Food Network’s Alton Brown hits Kuppy’s

altonandkupps11 19 14Submitted photo -- Alton Brown, left, poses for a photo with Kuppy’s Diner owners Carol Kupp and Greg Kupp.

 

He arrived at Kuppy’s Diner in Middletown wearing sunglasses and a fedora, and sat at the counter, where he struck up a conversation with a regular about auto racing.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:29

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Council suspends electric shutoffs for the winter

 

Middletown residents who are behind in paying their electric bill will not have their electricity shutoff over the winter.

Middletown Borough Council voted 9-0 on Monday, Nov. 17 to suspend electricity shutoffs from now until the end of March.

The time period for the suspension is consistent with the no shutoff period imposed upon utilities that are regulated by the Pennsylvania Utility Commission.

The borough had suspended electrical shutoffs in 2013. Last June, council voted to reinstate the shutoffs to try to collect an estimated $340,000 in unpaid electric bills.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:42

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Wild Blue Goner

reception center webThe Personnel Processing Administration Reception Center at Olmstead Air Force Base, 1955.

 

Fifty years ago today, on Nov. 19, 1964, Middletown changed forever.

On that day, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announced that the Pentagon would close the Olmsted Air Force Base in Middletown.

Unless you were alive then, it is difficult to comprehend the impact of that announcement.

Consider just a few facts.

Olmsted was the biggest military installation in all of Pennsylvania.

The base by far was the town’s largest employer. Nearly 11,000 civilians worked at Olmsted. That’s more people than live in all of Middletown today.

 



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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:34

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