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Out & About: Stars & Stripes Salute at Sunset Park

It’s a mystery where the first fireworks show was staged – was it in China 1,200 years ago? Or India? Or the Middle East? – but the world has oooohed and aaaaahed over the sight of them during centuries’ worth of celebrations.

 French king Louis XV ordered extravagant fireworks shows at Versailles.

Russian czar Peter the Great staged a five-hour fireworks show to mark the birth of his son. At Anne Boleyn’s coronation parade in 1533, fireworks shot out of the mouth of a papier-mache dragon, according to

 Today it’s impossible to imagine an Independence Day celebration in the U.S. without fireworks. And Londonderry Twp.’s Stars & Stripes Salute fills the sky above Sunset Park with dazzling, sparkling explosions.

 A large crowd gathered at the park on Saturday, July 5 to watch the display, listen to patriotic music by The New Holland Band, eat, relax and celebrate our country’s independence.

 Proceeds from the sale of food at the concession stand and donations made during the celebration went to the Lebanon VA Hospital.
 See who was watching the bombs bursting in air!


Photos by Bill Darrah

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Vintage Highspire Happenings with Tom Herald: 7/9/14


Early Memories, excerpt from September 7, 1994 column


Every once in a while someone asks, “What’s your earliest memory?” It takes a minute or two to get your brain in gear, and then the thoughts start to flow. Of course, one must admit to being a certain age if you can recall … let’s say … Gerald Shaffner delivering ice to homes about town, the milk men from Parthermore’s Dairy rattling bottles on early morning deliveries, double header steam engines pulling long trains of camouflaged talks and jeeps through town, old glass domed gas pumps in front of McCauley’s Restaurant.

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Burgess Knight’s raspberry patch at Whitehouse Lane, the night the Twin Kiss opened, the incomparable smell of Zeller’s Superior Potato Chips floating up and down Eshelman Street, the monkey swing over the “steamy” pond back of Cow Town, solemn parades up “Cemetery Hill” on Decoration Day, the Highspire High School Band playing Sousa’s “Manhattan Beach” as they headed up the athletic field before school. 




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23 Years Ago - 7/2/14


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23 YEARS AGO - Middletown Loses 2 And Playoff Spot – Highland defeated Middletown, 5-2, at the Wormleysburg Tournament July 8. Scott Sites was one of four players to get a hit off of the opposing pitcher. He was one of Middletown’s players who had an RBI and had four put outs at first base, two of them unassisted.    



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Middletown Area awards seniors for their achievements


Middletown Area High School presented more than $50,000 in awards to outstanding students in the Class of 2014 and announced thousands more in scholarships from universities during its Honors Night on Thursday, May 29 at the school.

The award winners are:

American Legion Americanism Award: Mary Collins and Andrew Rowe

Billy and Betty Fox Scholarship ($10,000): Matthew Cowan

Class of 1948 Academic Scholarship: John Carberry

Class of 1958 Pathways to Pride Scholarship – Human Services: Ashley Royer

Class of 1949 Harold Hummel Memorial Award: Ryan Popp

Denise Frisbee Scholarship: Ivan Hernandez

Donald C. Conrad Memorial Scholarship: Alyssa Stone

E.E. Jerry Brooks Award: David Brinton, Megan Martz and Jeremy Shaver

Edward E. Brunner Memorial Scholarship: Victoria White

Edward Tennis Memorial Scholarship: Allison Shipkowski

Elizabeth G. Alesick Scholarship: David Brinton

Foundation for Enhancing Communities: Johnessa Mummert

G.W. Feaser Scholarship: Arlo Antle

George Lenker Football Award: Joshua Matinchek

H.K. Alwine Award: Callie Dozier

Hall Foundation Scholarship: Elizabeth Young

Hugh O’Brian Leadership Award: Ava Mrakovich

Ida Prouser Orstein/B’nai Jacob Synagogue Scholarship: Jessica Shipkowski

John C. Kunkel Elementary PTO Scholarship: Kirsten German and Courtney O’Hara

Karen R. Kasper Performing Arts Scholarship: Joshua Nieves-Hurley

Kiwanis Club Scholarship: Megan Cobaugh

Lower Swatara Lions Club Sophomore Award: Samantha Altland and Michael Osayi

Mel Fager Senior Award: Alexis Butler, Ashley Leister, Joshua Matinchek, Elizabeth McDevitt and Brynne Schlicher

Mid-Penn Bank Best Attendance Award: Cody Lutz

Middletown Alumni Association 2- to 4-year School Scholarship: Megan Martz, Janelle Sheaffer and Victoria White

Middletown Area education Association Scholarship: Emily Wilsbach

Middletown Cheerleading Booster Club: Mackenzie Keefer

Middletown Scholar Athlete: Megan Martz and Jeremy Shaver

Middletown Three Season Athletes: Seth Babil, Dylan Danilowicz, Nicholas Drawbaugh, Melvin
Fager III, Michaela Shaver and Levi Varner

Nutrition Inc.: Kelly Templeton

One for the Kids: Tiahara Adderley, Brooke Gates, Todd Houser and Alexander Mosher

Phoenix Contact Big 33: Ivan Hernandez and Jessica Shipkowski

PIAA District 3 Sportsmanship Award – Fackler/Hower: Brynne Schlicher and Jeremy Shaver

R. James Kleinfelter Chemistry Award: Tyler Hughes

Raider Club Honorary Football Scholarship: Nicholas Drawbaugh, Aaron Gray, Christopher Holloman, Cody Lutz, Jeremy Shaver and Levi Varner

Robert Reid Elementary School PTO Scholarship: Victoria White

Run for Joe – PRIDE Scholarship: Nathan Reese

Ruth Coble Scholarship: Drice Bahajak

Ruth L. Graham Award: John Carberry

Service Above Self Rotary Award: Jeremy Shaver

Steven Kunh Pin N Win: Zachari Ulerick

Ted Essex Memorial Award: Kirsten German

U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award: Melvin Fager III

U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award: Matthew Cowan

U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award: John Carberry

U.S. Navy Inspirational Leadership Certificate: Elizabeth Young

U.S. Navy Outstanding Athlete Certificate: Jeremy Shaver

U.S. Navy Outstanding Scholar Certificate: Tyler Hughes

Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets: Jeremy Shaver

William and Wyllis Leonard Scholarship: Megan Martz

Woodman of the World Award: John Ponnett

Work Experience Scholarship: Brendan Leahy and Megha Patel




Drexel University, AJ Drexel Scholarship, Drexel Endowed Scholarship and Drexel Dragon Scholarship: Hope Dehnert

Findlay University, Trustees’ Scholarship ($16,000): Megan Martz


Full Sail University, Creative Minds Scholarship ($22,000): Ivan Hernandez

Gettysburg College, 1832 Founders Scholar Annual Award ($7,000): Katelyn Carnes

Lycoming College, Lycoming Grant and Lycoming Third Century Scholar Award ($26,300): Victoria White

Messiah College, Provost’s Scholarship ($11,500/year): Aaron Gray

St. Michael’s College, Dean’s Scholarship ($23,200): Megan Cobaugh



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Summer is a time for swimming, baseball and softball – but for these young athletes, it was also time to hone their basketball skills.Young basketball players attended the Middletown Summer Basketball Camp from  Monday, June 23 to Friday, June 27 at Middletown Area Middle School. The camp was directed by Chris Sattelle, coach of the Middletown Area High School boys’ varsity basketball team. Above, participants of the Middletown Summer Basketball Camp gather for a photo in the Middletown Area Middle School gym.



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