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Brighter, more efficient Middletown street light bulbs? That’s the idea

Better street lighting all over Middletown could be in place by the end of this year, if borough council moves forward with a plan to replace for existing street light bulbs with more energy efficient LED bulbs.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 15:37

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On Nov. 8, keep voting in the same place you always have

The location you have always voted before in Middletown is where you will vote again come Election Day, Nov. 8. Nothing has changed.

That’s the official word from Gerald Feaser Jr., Dauphin County director of Elections and Voter Registration.

In September, Middletown Borough Council passed an ordinance meaning that from now on, councilors will be elected on an at-large basis — by voters throughout all of Middletown — instead of by ward.

Council’s move might have led some voters to believe that the ward/precinct system had been done away with. But that is not the case. The matter of whether councilors are elected by ward or at large is wholly separate from the matter of where residents vote.

Council has no authority to alter election districts or polling places where people vote. This can only be done by Dauphin County commissioners acting as the county board of elections, Feaser said. 

Council’s action also does not change the fact that all three constables in Middletown are still elected by ward, one from each of the three wards that make up the town, Feaser said.

His office has not gotten too many calls from borough residents with questions about this. However, Feaser did send an email to all judges of elections in Middletown, just to further clarify that in terms of where people vote, everything is still as it was.

Here is a list of the six precincts where residents will be voting on Election Day:

• First Ward, First Precinct — Rescue Fire Hose Company, 600 S. Union St.

• First Ward, Second Precinct — MCSO next to the Municipal Building at 60 W. Emaus St.

• Second Ward, First Precinct — Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown, Water and Union streets (290 N. Union St.)

• Second Ward, Second Precinct — Lyall J. Fink Elementary School (rear lobby), 150 Race St.

• Third Ward, First Precinct — Frey Village, 1020 N. Union St.

• Third Ward, Second Precinct — Liberty Fire Company Number 1, Adelia and Emaus streets.

If you’re not sure where you are supposed to vote, go to and click on the “Find Your Polling Place” link. 

You also may call Dauphin County Elections and Voter Registration at 780-6360.

Now that you know where you are supposed to vote on Nov. 8, how many of you Middletown residents are registered to do so?

Here are the official registration figures for the borough of Middletown, as of right now, according to Feaser:

Total number of registered voters — 5,402

Republican — 2,310

Democrat — 2,217

No affiliation — 534

Independent — 116 

Libertarians — 55 

Green/Green Party — 10

Constitutional — 4

Miscellaneous —156, the rest (an assorted hodgepodge and other minor parties).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 15:25

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Lower Dauphin High School celebrating with events this week

Lower Dauphin High School has many activities planned to celebrate the school’s annual Homecoming festivities, and it recently announced its Homecoming court.

This year’s theme for homecoming is “Back to the ’80s.”

The week’s festivities will conclude on Saturday night, Oct. 15, with the homecoming dance at Lower Dauphin High School. 

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the dance will run from 7 to 10 p.m. The Homecoming king will be crowned at 9 p.m.

Football activities

Lower Dauphin’s football squad will play Susquehanna Township High School at Hersheypark Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.

The Homecoming queen will be crowned at halftime of the game. The Homecoming Court includes queen candidates Ava Bottiglia, Kasey Curtis, Emma Durantine, Kora Houser, Meghan Johnson, Elise Musser, Halle O’Neill, Allison Rissmiller, and Abigail Stumpf; and king candidates David DeNotaris, William Gremmel, Hunter Harnish, Vincent Homza, Misa Mkwayaya, Denver Rissinger, Nick Scipione, and Michael Yarrish.

Also on Friday night, the Alumni Band will perform with the high school marching band in the stands throughout the game. The Alumni Cheerleaders will perform during the third quarter. 

After the game, the Alumni Association and the Football Boosters will hold a post-game “Fifth Quarter” party in the high school cafeteria. This event is free and open to the public.

Distinguished alumni

Lower Dauphin High School Alumni will recognize the eight award recipients at the football game. They are Dr. Elizabeth Sandel (1967), academic scholarship; Dr. Carole Engle (1970), distinguished career in academics and research; Christian Manders (1993), leadership; Laurel Martin (1987), athletic and coaching; Russel Cassel (1965), service; Alan Sener (1973), art performance and professor; Cleon Cassel, distinguished LD school official; and Dr. Edward and Margaret Minmaugh, community service.

On Saturday, Oct. 15. the Alumni Association will host a reception in the high school library to honor the distinguished alumni recipients from 2 to 4 p.m.

Dress-up days

Students will have several dress-up days to show their school spirit. Starting on Tuesday, Oct. 11, the days include:

Oct. 11 – College Shirt Day

Oct. 12 – Dress to Impress/Dress Like a Teacher

Oct. 13 – Eighties Day

Oct. 14 – Falcon Friday/Blue and White Day

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 15:50

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That time of year: MAHS Homecoming is next week

HomecomingExhibit3Press And Journal Photo by Dan Miller — These old football programs are part of the exhibit devoted to Middletown Area School District history that will be on display throughout Homecoming Weekend at the Middletown Area Historical Society Museum.


Homecoming weekend is always a huge deal in Middletown Area School District, but the 2016 affair promises to be even bigger than usual.

This year’s Homecoming weekend marks the formal public unveiling of the new $41 million Middletown Area High School.

An open house with tours of the new high school will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, with a ribbon cutting ceremony slated for 7 p.m. 

The Friday night high school event also marks the official start of the new Middletown Area Blue Raider Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to provide financial support for school district programs and initiatives.

The foundation during the open house will be selling pieces of history related to the old high school. You can get a commemorative mug for $10, a piece of the wooden bleachers from the old high school gym for $25, and for $50 an engraved brick from the exterior of the old high school.

Here’s another first — a new exhibit devoted to the history of Middletown schools will be on display throughout Homecoming weekend at the Middletown Area Historical Society Museum at 29 E. Main St.

Titled “Evidence the Alumni Were Once Kids,” the exhibit will replicate a one-room school house and feature memorabilia from throughout school district history, such as old photos, sports programs, uniforms, records, and documents.

The exhibit will be open to the public on these dates and times throughout Homecoming weekend:

• 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. 

• 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. 

• Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.  

Admission to the museum and the exhibit are free. Donations will be accepted.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 15:45

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LIKE CLOCKWORK: Some gold-leaf touchup completed on Middletown landmark

clockpainterJeff Watkins, a sign painter from Lockport, N.Y., brushes away some cobwebs on the town clock as part of preparing the surface for gold-leaf paint.

The folks from Lockport, New York, who restored Middletown’s town clock were back in the borough on Thursday, Oct. 6, to apply the finishing touches.

Jeff Watkins, a sign painter, was applying a primer known in the clock restoration business as a “sizing.” 

The sizing goes on first to provide a “tacky” glue-like surface, said Chuck Roeser, whose company Essence of Time rebuilt and restored the town clock, which dates to 1923.

Later, after the sizing has a chance to dry, Watkins applies gold-leaf paint. The gold leaf is being put on to touch up areas of the clock surface that were scratched when Essence of Time re-installed the iconic time piece in front of the Brownstone Cafe back in June. 

He has been a sign painter for 30 years and frequently works under contract to Roeser, who has rebuilt and restored such clocks as the one in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and the oldest continuous running tower clock in the country at the Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

“I don’t know of anyone who has done more gold leaf than he has,” Roeser said of Watkins.

The touching up of Middletown’s took less than a day, Roeser said. He and Watkins wanted to wait until the weather got cooler — not because that has anything to do with the gold leaf. It’s just easier on the people doing the job.

Otherwise, Roeser is working on rebuilding and restoring the town clock for the city of Seattle. It has eight dials, compared to the Middletown clock, which has four.

A dial is the word clock-makers use for what we call a clock face.

“You have a face. I have a face. A clock has a dial,” Roeser said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 08:58

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