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Londonderry approves budget

Despite the additional costs of complying with federal mandates for flood-prone properties and the removal of hundreds of trees at Sunset Golf Course, Londonderry Twp. has crafted a 2016 budget without a tax increase.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:51

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From hostess to soldier: She joined the military, despite war in the Middle East


Erin McCurdy was greeting diners at a restaurant, helping them to their seats in 2005, when her cousin started working on her.thumbsup11 11 15WEB

“My cousin just got into recruiting for the National Guard and was constantly asking me to join,” McCurdy said. “I knew I didn’t want to work as a hostess forever, and I really didn’t want to go to college.”

At the time, the U.S. was heavily involved in Iraq and Afghanistan, with more than 200,000 troops deployed in the region. Still, McCurdy enlisted on Feb. 15, 2006.

“I knew at the time there was a war going on and I knew I could deploy,” McCurdy said. “It didn’t bother me because I wanted to do whatever I could to serve my country.”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:32

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Lower Swatara freezes taxes in 2016 budget


The Lower Swatara Twp. commissioners unanimously approved a preliminary budget for 2016 on Wednesday, Nov. 4 that would freeze taxes at current levels.

The 2016 general fund budget plans for about $6.1 million in revenue and expenses, a 12 percent increase from 2015’s budget. But Commissioner Michael Davies said the 2016 budget includes several entries that are “pass-through” items.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:21

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Lower Swatara approves funds for storm drain on West Main Street


A new storm drain at West Main and Wood streets could help address an ongoing problem with storm water runoff that has sometimes flooded the intersection.

The Lower Swatara Twp. commissioners approved spending up to $5,000 for the drain, pipes and other materials from the township’s share of the state gas tax.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will see that the drain is in place before winter, according to township officials. The cost of the work, roughly twice the cost of materials, will be paid by PennDOT.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 15:26

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Retraction: She served on Halloween Queen court

Charmaine Moss was named to the 1949 Halloween Queen court, an annual fundraising competition for charity, in her senior year at Middletown High School. Because of information provided and an editing error, we erroneously reported that Moss was the school’s 1949 Homecoming queen and the first black member of the school’s Homecoming court. We regret the error.

The Halloween Queen competition was staged each fall by the Mothers Congress of Middletown, a local charity that provided well-baby clinics and health care courses to parents and children in the area, said Agnes Fuoti, a Middletown alumnus and former member of the alumni committee that organized Homecoming activities for Middletown Area High School.

Middletown’s first Homecoming was held in 1963, said Fuoti, who helped organize Middletown’s first Homecoming parade. That was confirmed by current members of the Alumni Association, which organizes the parade and other Homecoming festivities.

Each year, female students at Middletown were encouraged to participate in the Halloween Queen contest raise money for the Mothers Congress, though it was not a contest staged by the school, Fuoti said. Whoever collected the most votes – each vote cost the voter a penny – was crowned the queen, and the runners-up were her court, she said.

The Mothers Congress, formed as a nonprofit in 1924, provided a nurse in an office in the MCSO Building for years to dispatch health care to children. It also was instrumental in other causes in Middletown, including the installation of the borough’s Victorian-style clock that stood for decades at Union and Emaus streets. The clock currently has been removed for repair.





Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 15:24

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