Written by Dan Miller
If you’re not doing anything on Saturday, Nov. 29, come help decorate Middletown’s new “forever” Christmas tree.
The tree was planted on Monday, Nov. 24 at the Swatara Ferry House Landing property at Ann and South Union streets.
For the moment it looks a bit naked. But that should change soon.
The Middletown Area Historical Society is rounding up volunteers to decorate the tree at noon on Nov. 29. All are welcome, said Jenny Miller, a member of the society’s board of trustees.
The tree will be lit on Friday, Dec. 5, during the second annual Community Tree Lighting ceremony. Santa Claus will take time away from his busy preparations and arrive by fire truck at 7 p.m. There will be free hot chocolate and hot dogs for sale. Pets are welcome.
The money to buy the tree comes from a $500 donation to the society for holiday activities from Members 1st Federal Credit Union. Members 1st is also sponsoring the tree-lighting ceremony.
Douglas A. Shope Excavating of Middletown dug the hole and planted the tree for free.
Right now, the Douglas Fir stands close to 8 feet tall. That’s going to change, too.
Douglas Firs can grow to between 30 and 40 feet tall, although that will take about 25 years, said Marylin Gorka, landscape design manager at Stauffers of Kissel Hill in Hummelstown, from whom the society bought the tree. A Douglas Fir can grow a couple of feet each year, she added.
Stauffers will replace the tree at no charge if it dies within the first year, Miller said.
In addition to decorating the tree, volunteers are needed to help spruce up the town square for the holidays, Miller said.
If you want to help, show up around noon on Nov. 29 or call Jenny Miller at 717-574-6716 to learn more.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:02
From The Wednesday, November 27, 1991 Edition Of The Press And Journal
Council Likes Electric Boost To Help Budget
Middletown Council agreed unanimously last Tuesday night on a proposed 33 percent increase in the municipal electric rate to offset an anticipated $115,000 shortfall in revenues in its tentative $6.8 million spending plan for 1992.
If Council eventually approves the proposed rate increase, it would produce an estimated $750,000 in additional revenues each year and would add an average of about five or six dollars to the average Borough customer’s monthly electric bill.
Under its long-term contract with Metropolitan Edison, the Borough buys electric current from Met-Ed for one cent per kilowatt hour (KWH). The electricity is then distributed through the Borough’s electric system to its customers, who are billed an average of three cents per KWH for the current they use each month. If Council approves the proposed rate increase, Middletown electric customers will soon begin paying four cents per KWH.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:50
By Michael Osayi
For The Press And Journal
Powder Puff Volleyball Night
Everybody is hyped
Four high school classes
Entertaining the masses
Everybody wants to have
But you’re going to have to make big plays, keep it tight.
It all goes down at MAHS
Took the place by storm freshmen proved to be the best
Thursday, Nov. 13 is when it went down
Many people in town were a part of the crowd
The feeling was electric like
Happens once a year so it’s really exciting
Students prepare to make next year a blast
Then we’ll have more fun with the game, set, match.
Michael Osayi is a student at
Middletown Area High School.
He was a member of the junior team in the volleyball night, which pitted boys from each class against one another in a sport typically played
by girls on the varsity level at
Photos by Jodi Ocker
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:49
November 20, 1991 Edition Of The
Press And Journal
Area Proud Of Teacher Of Year
Area Proud Of
Teacher Of Year
It’s hard to say which Rudolph Sharpe loves more, working with young people, or with the English language. What’s not a toss up is the Lower Dauphin High School teacher is a gifted educator, as he was named the Pennsylvania Secondary School Teacher of the Year for 1992 at an awards ceremony held Wednesday, November 13, at the state Capitol.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:17
Written by Dan Miller
He arrived at Kuppy’s Diner in Middletown wearing sunglasses and a fedora, and sat at the counter, where he struck up a conversation with a regular about auto racing.
Co-owner Carol Kupp, working behind the counter, didn’t recognize him – and she’s a fan. When he removed his glasses and hat, she was surprised. She never expected to see him in her restaurant.
There, perched on a stool, was Food Network celebrity Alton Brown.
Brown, who hosts the network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,’’ was starring in a stage show, “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour,’’ which was stopping at the Hershey Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 11. He solicits dining recommendations from fans in each city where he’s performed.
Regulars at Kuppy’s had vowed to promote the diner to Brown via Twitter and Facebook. Kupp enjoyed their enthusiasm, all the while thinking to herself, “He’s not going to come to Middletown.’’
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:57