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O Christmas Tree: It’s planted and ready for ornaments

treephoto11 26 14Press and Journal Photo by Dan Miller -- Standing next to Middletown’s newly-planted Christmas tree at the Ferry House Landing are, from left, Barbara Arnold, Marlin Knull and Jenny 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.


Dan Miller: 717-944-4628, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Out & About: First Middletown Area High School Powder Puff Volleyball Night


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
   bragging rights

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 



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23 Years Ago: 11/5/2014

Tom Ridge

23 YEARS AGO - D.C. Appearance – U.S. Congressman Tom Ridge (PA-21), a Vietnam veteran and member of the Veterans Committee (right) welcomes Middletown’s Dominic DiFrancesco, National Commander of the American Legion to a joint House and Senate Veterans committee hearing. During the hearing DeFrancesco presented the American Legion’s legislative program to the group.




From The Wednesday, November 6, 1991, Edition 

Of The Press And Journal

Camp’s 40th Year Marks Special Need


 Although the swimming pool is still, the lodge is empty, and the last campers have said good-bye, preparations are well underway for the 40th anniversary season at Camp Harmony Hall in Lower Swatara Township.

 For the Pennsylvania Easter Seals Society, the eight-week summer camping session is merely the culmination of a full year’s effort in education, training and coordination.

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OUT AND ABOUT: Londonderry Fire Company's First Fish Fry

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Hundreds of local residents went fishing on Friday, March 21 – at Londonderry Fire Company’s first annual Fish Fry.

Lemon pepper haddock, crab cakes, breaded shrimp, steamed shrimp – fish filets with vegetables, fish on sandwich buns, fish and shellfish were abundant, a local treat for those observing Lent or those who just love fish.

The fire company, at 2655 Foxianna Road, will hold a fish fry every Friday during Lent, through April 18.

Here’s who was on the scene at the latest fish fry – at the table and in the kitchen!

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