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We won 9 Keystones!

KeystonesOn left, Margie Smith won second place for page design with this page published on Dec. 9. On right, This front page was among three Press And Journal entries that won an honorable mention for Julianna Sukle, Margie Smith and Jim Lewis.


The Press And Journal won nine Keystone Press Awards for excellence in writing, reporting, design and photography in the annual journalism contest for state-circulated newspapers held by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation.

Staff members received their awards during a dinner for winners that was held on Saturday, May 21 at the Harrisburg Hilton.

“It is with great pride that we acknowledge the accolades gathered by the Press And Journal’s staff in the annual Keystone Press Awards Contest,’’ said Joe Sukle, publisher of the Press And Journal. “Our staff consistently labors with dedication and professionalism in service to our readers and advertisers.

“Receiving laurels from our peers helps ease the challenges of the job – covering seemingly endless municipal meetings, explaining complicated subjects, balancing multiple points of view and deadlines. I am humbled by the continuing efforts of our award winners, as well as everyone who play integral parts in producing every issue of the Press And Journal.’’

The Press And Journal competed in the contest’s Division VI, which includes weekly publications with a circulation of 5,000 to 9,999.

The newspaper’s winners:

• Photo Story or Essay, Dan Miller, first place for photographs of Harrisburg International Airport’s open house

• Page Design, Margie Smith, second place for a full-page design of a story on a former Press And Journal columnist’s newly-published memoir on life as a missionary in Africa

• Feature Story, Jim Lewis, first place, for a story about an alumni tour of soon-to-be-demolished Middletown Area High School

• News Feature Story, Dan Miller, second place for a story on a group of volunteers who care for Middletown’s Main Street Gym
• Front Page Design, Margie Smith, Julianna Sukle and Jim Lewis for a series of three front pages

• Graphic/Photo Illustration, Julianna Sukle second place for a graphic illustration for a story on an unusual farming program at Steelton-Highspire High School

• Ongoing News Coverage, Dan Miller and Eric Wise, honorable mention for their coverage of a Dauphin County police department merger report and efforts by local municipalities to investigate possible mergers

• Editorials, Jim Lewis, first place for three editorials on a proposed amendment to Middletown Borough’s lease with a private water company; a proposal to lease Middletown Borough’s electric system; and efforts by the Middletown Area School Board, Middletown Borough, Lower Swatara Twp. and Royalton to provide funding to and insure the future of the Olmsted Area Recreation Board

• Personality Profile, Jim Lewis, honorable mention

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 June 2016 14:31

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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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Dauphin Co. Sheriff warns of phone scam

NickChimienti2Dauphin Co. Sheriff Nicholas Chimienti Jr. has issued a warning about a phone scam targeting residents.    

Sheriff Chimienti has received numerous complaints over the past several weeks about scammers claiming to be from the county’s sheriff’s office (DCSO). “A former co-worker, a retired State Police Major, got a call on his cell phone from scammers stating they were from the DCSO and were investigating complaints by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and to turn himself in to his local police department or call the DCSO,” Chimienti said. “The callers also leave threatening phone messages.

 “These calls are bogus and do not originate from the Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office.  In various parts of the county, residents are being targeted and threatened with arrest by deputy sheriffs.  If you or someone you know receives a threatening call from someone claiming to be from the sheriff’s office, do not provide any sensitive information and report the call to law enforcement.”

Chimienti said the sheriff’s office does not require anyone to provide sensitive information in any telephone call, nor to purchase any kind of monetary device to avoid arrest.

Persons receiving a suspicious or threatening call or text message are recommended to immediately contact their local law enforcement agency and the DCSO at (717) 780-6590. “Anyone who has been a victim of this scam should try to record as much information as possible, such as a name, call-back number or email address, without giving any of their personal information away,” the sheriff added.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 May 2016 13:52

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DA wants your help in fire investigation

da logo 2Police detectives investigating the Sunday, April 3, fire in Middletown that seriously damaged the Holly Hall building in the Village of Pineford Apartment Complex are asking for the public's help with their investigation.  

“The police are especially interested in photographs of the early stages of the fire near the time when the fire was first discovered by residents or other members of the public passing by,” said Dauphin County’s District Attorney Ed Marsico. “If you have any of the information described above, please contact Det. Dennis Woodring of the Dauphin County District Attorney's Criminal Investigation Division at (717) 780-6220 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .” 

The fire, which began sometime before 11:30 a.m., seriously damaged the building and displaced dozens of residents. Police are seeking any information people may have about when the fire was first noticed and are asking for any photographs and/or video footage that members of the public may have that documents the fire.  

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 April 2016 05:56

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Council to seek replacement for Wilsbach

Middletown Borough Council voted to accept the resignation of Second Ward Councilor Greg Wilsbach on Tuesday, April 5.

Wilsbach, a Republican, was elected to a four-year term in November. He said in a resignation letter dated March 22 that he was leaving to apply for a job as the borough’s public works director.

The borough will now accept letters of interest and resumes from Second Ward residents who want to fill the council vacancy created by Wilsbach’s resignation.

Council plans to appoint a replacement at its May 3 meeting, said council President Ben Kapenstein.

The borough also is accepting applications from Middletown residents who are interested in serving on the town’s new five-member planning commission and the Olmsted Regional Recreation Board. One seat is open on the rec board. Applications will be accepted over the next 30 days.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 16:23

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