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Memorial Day Observances - Middletown, Highspire, Hummelstown


Middletown, Highspire and Hummelstown will hold Memorial Day ceremonies.

A list of events:


Middletown's annual Memorial Day Parade will kick off at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 30, with a slight altering of the parade route due to the ongoing downtown streetscape work.

The parade will start at the MCSO Building at West Emaus and Catherine streets, said Skip Carnes, adjutant of American Legion Post 594. It will head up Catherine, turn right on Water Street, then left on Union Street and proceed across the square to the Middletown Cemetery on North Union Street.

The parade Grand Marshal will be Joseph Alton. Alton in 1945 enlisted as a private first class in what was then the U.S. Army Air Force. The Air Force became a separate military service in 1947.

Immediately following the parade will be the annual Memorial Day observance at the cemetery.  Those looking to attend the event should be at the cemetery by 9:30 a.m., Carnes said.

Guest speaker at the ceremony will be Irv Strohecker, a veteran from Middletown and a former athletic director for Middletown Area School District.

The Middletown Area High School band will perform at the event.

Representatives of the Middletown American Legion Post 594 and Middletown VFW Post 1620 will attend a service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday May 29 at New Beginnings Church, 630 S. Union St., Carnes said.


A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30 at Memorial Park.


Hummelstown’s Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at West High Street and end at Hummelstown Ceremony, where a service will be held immediately after the parade.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 07:13

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Boro employees get first raise in three years

Non-management employees of the Borough of Middletown are getting their first raise in more than three years, thanks to a new contract between the borough and Teamsters Local 776.

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Commissioners vote to hire two new cops

A few faces and the organization of Lower Swatara Twp.’s police force will change over the coming months after actions taken by the township commissioners – even as the township continues to look into consolidating its police with another local department.


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No tax increase for 2016-17 in Middletown Area School District budget

Middletown Area School Board has approved a 2016-17 budget that contains some good news for district taxpayers.


For the second year in a row, there will be no increase in the school district property tax. The school district is also not laying off any teachers, as some other districts in the region have had to do, Middletown Superintendent Lori Suski said as the budget was being presented during the board’s May 16 meeting.


The school district was able to reduce by nearly $500,000 the amount of expenses for next year compared to an earlier version of the budget; through staff retirements, negotiations with health insurance providers over the school district’s health insurance premium, a reduction in legal costs, and lower than anticipated costs for books and supplies. The district also eliminated an administrator position that was to have been added.


The total amount of assessed value in the school district for property tax purposes is projected to increase by about $33 million in 2016-17 — the second straight year of significant growth in the district tax base after six years of being flat, said David Franklin, assistant superintendent for finance and operations.


The district will use its fund balance to close a $322,000 deficit that remains in the budget. 


The board by 8-0 vote approved putting the budget on public display, with a vote on final approval to come in June.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 May 2016 20:56

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Lower Swatara police chief retires

RichardBrandt 2012Richard Brandt announced this week that he intends to step down July 1 as police chief in Lower Swatara Twp., where he began as a patrolman in 1988.

Brandt served as a patrolman, detective and sergeant prior to taking over as acting chief in September 2012, a title that became official about a month later. He previously had served five years with the Middletown Police Department.

"I don't have any specific plans," Brandt said. "I will probably be working on my house." He said retirement will provide more time to to make the improvements he never seemed to have time for in the past few years at his home in Royalton. 

Last Updated on Monday, 16 May 2016 15:47

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