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pantryphoto10 8 14Submitted photo -- American Legion Post 594 of Middletown donated $1,000 to the Middletown Interfaith Food Pantry in Royalton toward the purchase of a much-needed freezer for the pantry. Attending the presentation of a check are, from left, Dominic DiFrancesco, past national commander of the American Legion and past commander of Post 594; Barb Crone, team leader for the Middletown Interfaith Food Pantry; James “Butch’’ Douglass, past commander of Post 594; and Pastor Don Potter of the board of directors of the food pantry.

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Vintage Highspire Happenings with Tom Herald: 10/8/14


A Brief History of the 

Highspire Cemetery Association, excerpt from October 12, 1994 column


In March of 1867 the Highspire Cemetery Association was advertised, the charter was issued on May 9, 1867 and the act was officially recorded on May 15 of that year. Ceremonies of dedication were held on June 16 with Bishop J. L. Kephart of the United Brethren Church presiding. The original directors were: Jacob Roop Sr., Henry Roop, Martin Wetzel, Jacob Roop Jr., and Dr. E.J. Putt. Dr. Putt was chosen as superintendent, John Buser was elected treasurer, and one Henry Blyer was chosen as keeper. Early rules and regulations are of interest for their contrast to modern life and historical perspective.


We quote from early records: “Charges for interments shall be as follows:  digging and sodding a grave of a person over twelve years of age - three dollars; over six and under twelve years of age -  two dollars; six years and under - one dollar and fifty cents. Surplus earth to be removed free of charge. The gates are to be locked daily, both morning and evening, etc. Except in case of funerals, no carriage or person on horseback will be admitted on the grounds.”


This was recorded 127 years ago. Directors serving in 1994 are John Snyder, Bobby Gross and Wilbur Furman. 


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23 Years Ago - 10/8/14

10 8 1423 YEARS AGO - Grand Opening Say Ahhh! – The community welcomes Dr. Frank Pitek and his staff on the grand opening at 700 Spring Garden Drive, Middletown. Pictured from left are: receptionist Becky Holman, Mary Ann & Dr. Frank Pitek and in the chair, John, the youngest member of the Pitek family.

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Celebrating a great Night Out

volunteerphoto10 8 14Press and Journal Photo by Dan Miller -- Volunteers, sponsors and participants in Middletown Night Out gather for a group photo after they were honored by Middletown Borough Council and Mayor James H. Curry III.


Middletown Night Out has blossomed into a popular community event – and borough officials honored those who worked to make it a success on Monday, Oct.6.


Middletown Borough Council and Mayor James H. Curry III recognized volunteers, participants and sponsors who staged the Night Out event during a council meeting at the MCSO Building. Officer Gary Rux of the Middletown Police Department, who supervised the work to create the event, also was honored.


Middletown Night Out attracted a large crowd at two locations – Hoffer Park and Oak Hill Park, bringing neighbors together and allowing residents to meet the police officers, firefighters and ambulance personnel who serve them. 

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’Tis the season to be scary! There are plenty of Halloween celebrations to keep local ghouls and goblins busy. Here’s a list!


• MIDDLETOWN’S TRICK-OR-TREAT will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30. 




• A TRICK-OR-TREAT PARTY will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thusday, Oct. 30 at the Prince Edwin – Spring Creek Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, 131 W. Emaus St., Midddletown. Candy will be given to children, and hot dogs and sodas, as well as tours of the lodge, will be given to everyone.


• “THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW,’’ Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Elks Theatre.


• TRUNK-OR-TREAT at New Thing – A United Methodist Community, 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the church, 2285 W. Harrisburg Pike.


• TRUNK-OR-TREAT at Middletown First Church of God, 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the church, 245 W. High St., Middletown.


 • COSTUME 5K AND 1 MILE FUN RUN/WALK, 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 at Penn State Harrisburg. Fee is $15 to participate in the 5K and $5 to participate in the 1 mile fun run/walk. Children under the age of 10 can participate for free. Proceeds benefit clubs and teams at Penn State Harrisburg. For more information, visit


• HOWL-OWEEN, the season-ending celebration of the Middletown Public Library's free "Tales with TAILS'' reading program for children, 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the library, 20 N. Catherine St., Middletown. Dogs and cats from the American Red Cross service dogs and cats program will be dressed in costume – and kids and their family are encouraged to come in costume as well!


• HAUNTED CABIN, a spooky walk through rooms of a ghoulish cabin presented by Boy Scout Troop 97 of Londonderry Twp., 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Londonderry Scouting Complex, 1831 Felker Road, Londonderry Twp. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.



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