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Highspire United Methodist Church’s Joyful Workers Dinner



When you break bread at a church supper, you can bet the food will be homemade – and delicious. The Joyful Workers Dinner at Highspire United Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 19 was no different.

The stuffed chicken breast, homemade mashed potatoes, green beans   and pepper cabbage drew a crowd. Here’s who was on the scene - both at the table and in the kitchen!


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 20:24

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How eating pickles made her an author

Middletown resident Samantha Jo Moore has yearned to make it big as an author ever since she was able to write. She’s

tinysamantha jo mooreSubmitted photo - Samantha Jo Moore ate pickles so often as a child that her mother told her she’d turn into one. That childhood memory became her first children’s book, “The Girl That Turned Into A Pickle.worked as a freelance writer for local blogs and magazines, but Moore has always wanted to write books.


Now her ambition has come to fruition as her first book, “The Girl That Turned Into A Pickle,” was published by AuthorHouse Publishing Co. two weeks ago.


“I’ve been wanting to write this book for a while now,” said Moore. “And I finally said, ‘I’m going to write it. I’m going to publish it. I’m going to be a writer. This is what I want to do, so this is what I’m doing.’”


And from that determination came “The Girl That Turned Into A Pickle,” a children’s book inspired by one of Moore’s childhood memories.


“When I was a little girl, I used to eat nothing but pickles and my mom told me that I would turn into a pickle and she actually wrote the book and drew it up,” said Moore. “Needless to say, it scared the crap out of me and I haven’t had a pickle since I was about 6.”


But Moore has no intention of frightening children. On the contrary, she hopes to encourage children with a valuable lesson in nutrition.


“[In the book,] her mom tells her you are what you eat,” said Moore. “If you eat a well-balanced meal, then you’ll be a growing girl. But if you eat bad stuff, you’re going to turn into this bad stuff.”




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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 17:24

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ONE LESS DEATH: A crowd marches through Steelton to end gun violence and achieve “one less child dead, one less parent grieving’’

Moved by tragic deaths from gun violence, a crowd of people marched from a cemetery on Lincoln Street to the Steelton Borough Building on Saturday, March 15, many of them carrying signs that read, “demand action to end gun violence” and “background checks save lives,” and homemade posters with drawings of guns with red lines through them.

tinymarchers3 19 14Photo by Noelle Barrett - More than 100 people marched from William Howard Day Cemetery on Lincoln Street to the Steelton Borough building during the March Against Gun Violence.


Chants of “No more violence” echoed through the crowd. Marchers from the Steelton Elks Steppers pounded their drums like a beating heart. Speakers spoke, and songs were sung.


But what happened in the silence spoke loudest.


Tears streaming down the faces of men, women and children carrying signs and wearing shirts plastered with different faces  – many young – of those who were taken too soon. The crowd of more than 100 linking hands in prayer with friends, family and strangers, all connected by the murders of their loved ones. A flurry of hands jetted into the air as Terry Slade asked who has lost a child to gun violence.


Slade understood because he joined the heart-wrenching club of parents who lost their children five months ago. His son, Teddy Slade, died five months ago after accidentally shooting himself in the leg, according to authorities. The gun he harbored was illegal, and that night placed a dismal cloud over Terry Slade’s life forever.


And yet on Saturday the sky was as blue as a sky could be, filling the somber morning with hope. The march against gun violence started where the journey began for many who lost a loved one – at a cemetery.


Standing at William Howard Day Cemetery, Terry Slade found the setting very fitting.


“This is where they all end up,” Slade said. “I started this because of my son, Teddy, but it’s about everybody … We have to do better.”


And part of doing better is advocating for sensible legislation and education, Slade said.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 21:59

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OUT AND ABOUT: The Middletown Area Historical Society's Wine Tasting

Glasses in hand, guests at the Middletown Area Historical Society tasted a selection of wines at the fund-raising event on Saturday, March 15 at The Event Place in Middletown.

Music from an acoustic guitarist provided the proper atmosphere. And cheese, the popular compliment to wine, was served, of course.

Here’s who was on the scene!


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