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23 Years Ago: 08/13/2014

8 13 1423 YEARS AGO - A Talk With Santa – Christmas in July is always a special treat for the campers at the Easter Seals Society’s Camp Harmony Hall in Lower Swatara Township. Santa arrived at the local camp Sunday thanks to the folks from the Lower Swatara Township Volunteer Fire Co. Santa was atop a tanker with its sirens blaring. He greeted all of the children with hugs and kisses, joined in the singing of Christmas carols and of course presented special gifts to each camper. Pictured is 12-year-old Kelly Ring at a “Light Talker” communicating with Santa (Frank Linn). The machine is activated by a light from a device on Kelly’s head allowing her to select phrases from a board that Santa is pointing to.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 21:12

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Out & About: Middletown Night Out


It featured everything from face painting to free train rides to a fierce-looking falcon (an intriguing attraction brought by ZooAmerica). Middletown Night Out was a fun festival at two locations – Hoffer Park and Oak Hills Park – on Tuesday, Aug. 5, and, incredibly, it was free.


Games, cupcake decorating, music – so many things to see. 


Of course, it also featured the men and women who keep us safe – police officers, firefighters and ambulance crews.


Its purpose was to introduce the community to those who protect it, and vice versa, as a way to join everyone together in the fight against crime.


See who was there!



Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:33

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THE LIFE AQUATIC: Scouts sail, study Chesapeake at nautical summer camp


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Located on the Chesapeake Bay with over a mile of shoreline, Camp Rodney, North End, Md., boasts one of the top aquatic programs in the country for Boy Scouts.

Londonderry Twp.’s Troop 97 can attest to that: The Scouts recently returned from a weeklong adventure that included high-adventure sailing, swimming and other activities at the bay.. .. 


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 20:44

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THE STORY OF TEAM SPICY: In Highspire, a rugby tournament honors the memory of a departed teammate


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L.J. Miller played out many moments on the rugby pitch barefoot. He may not have worn cleats, but he always wore a smile – the same way he lived his life.

It’s how the dozens of his brothers and sisters – his teammates on the the Harrisburg Rugby Club – remember him. Goofy and giving, full of happiness and heart.

“He was outgoing, always having fun, the butt of jokes most of the time, but he loved it,” said Mike Crockett, a friend and teammate.

James “L.J.” Clipp Miller was killed in a car accident in February 2013 on Interstate 83. The loss of Miller tore everyone apart, but also brought everyone together . . .


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 19:59

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23 Years Ago: 08/06/14

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23 YEARS AGO - All Stars – Pictured from left are familiar faces to the Middletown Area High School’s girls’ softball scene: Audrey Koncar, catcher; Jennifer Vajda, outfielder; and Heather Judy, pitcher. The three have the distinction of being selected by coaches from the Mid-Penn Conference as “1991 All-Stars.” The girls were among 18 outstanding athletes chosen from over 120 players in the conference.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 19:29

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