Written by Jim Lewis
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 FactMonster.com.
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
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 18:49
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.
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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 18:31
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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 20:57
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
COLLEGES AND OTHER
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
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 20:07
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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 19:44