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Demey’s mystery box: A 61-year-old time capsule reveals a school’s history

boxphoto10 15 14Press and Journal Photo by Dan Miller -- This rough-hewn copper box was discovered by a crew while demolishing Alice Demey Elementary School

 

A funny thing happened when officials opened up the cornerstone of the former Demey Elementary School in Middletown to retrieve a time capsule stored inside.

 

There was no time capsule.

 

A ceremony was planned for Dec. 14 to unveil the contents of the time capsule to the public. But officials in the Middletown Area School District first wanted a sneak peek inside, to make sure that there would be no “Geraldo Rivera moment,” according to Earl Bright IV, principal of Reid Elementary School.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 20:20

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Middletown library director resigns for state post

mulliganphoto10 8 14Stacey Mulligan

 

The director of the Middletown Public Library has resigned to take a job with the state Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries seeking grants to help libraries.

 

Stacey Mulligan, who has directed the library since May 2013, will leave the $35,000-a-year post on Friday, Oct. 17. A farewell reception will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 at the library.

 

 

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 19:37

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FROM HIGHSPIRE TO HOLLYWOOD: Actor Don Keefer, veteran of stage and screen, dies

keeferatwedding10 1 14Submitted photo: Actor Don Keefer, second from left, is shown on his wedding day, with bride Catherine McLeod, second from right, actor Kevin McCarthy and author and critic Mary McCarthy.

 

Actor Don Keefer portrayed a man who was turned into a jack-in-the-box in an episode of TV’s “Twilight Zone’’ and a scientist who wakes up Woody Allen in Allen’s 1973 film, “Sleeper.”

 

He was a school janitor eaten by a monster in a crate in director George Romero’s screen adaptation of Stephen King’s 1982 anthology, “Creepshow,” and begged Jim Carrey for change in the 1997 comedy, “Liar, Liar.’’

 

He was a star.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:29

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HIA master plan seeks new ways to raise revenue

Finding new and alternative ways to raise revenue is the focus of a long-range master plan now being put together for Harrisburg International Airport.

 

A public meeting to gain citizen input and to update area residents on the progress of the plan was held Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the Capital Union Building on the Penn State Harrisburg campus by the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority, the airport’s owner.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:06

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Council to consider 25 percent fee hike

Middletown Borough Council is expected to discuss a proposed resolution at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 6 that would increase borough fees by 25 percent across the board.

 

The resolution would mostly affect permits and fees that are levied through code enforcement, including the application fee people pay for their case to go before the Middletown Zoning Hearing Board.

 

The increase would not impact fees that are charged through the police department. Council’s finance committee is also giving separate consideration to a fee structure regarding the Woody Waste program.

 

The 25 percent fee increase is among recommendations included in the Early Intervention Plan that was completed for the borough in March 2013 by Susquehanna Group Advisors, the firm currently acting as the borough’s financial consultant.

 

In the report, the consultants describe the 25 percent fee increase as a starting point toward bringing revenue coming into the codes department in line with the actual cost of providing services.

 

The study recommends that in addition to the fee increase, the borough have a study done to determine the actual costs of providing codes services. 

 

Additional fee increases might then be needed beyond the 25 percent, depending on the results of such a study.

 

Dan Miller: 717-944-4628, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:32

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