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Out & About: Lift A Man Day at Wesley United Methodist Church


overview4 1 15Photo by Lawrence Smith -- A GOOD FIT: Rev. James Lyles (face to camera, yellow suit) helps a young man pick the right suit during Lift A Man Day.



When you look good, you feel good – and nothing makes a man look better than a new suit.


The Men’s Discipleship Group No. 33 held a suit giveaway event called Lift A Man Day on Saturday, March 21 at Wesley United Methodist Church on Ann Street in Middletown.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:32

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This was MADNESS


It was a basketball game like no other. Middletown’s current high school stars versus stars from the past, Middletown Area High School’s all-time scorers.


The Mayoral Madness basketball challenge, a creation of Mayor James H. Curry III to raise money toward the cost of Labor Day fireworks, brought a large crowd to the high school gym on Friday, March 27. Proceeds from ticket sales went toward fireworks, while proceeds from the sale of refreshments went to the Blue and Gold Club, the school’s booster club.


The game was fun, but it left a more profound impression: There is a tremendous spirit among Middletowners to make their town a nice place to live. 


The mayor’s team won the game, 67-61, but in reality the entire town was the winner.


Photos by John Diffenderfer, Jodi Ocker, Don Graham, and Jim Lewis.





Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:13

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Naming terminated public employees: public information or not?


The following is provided thanks to the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association:

Question: A local agency recently terminated several employees at a public meeting without disclosing their names. The board voted to terminate using employee numbers only and cited concerns about employee privacy to support its position. Isn’t the agency required to release the names of the employees being terminated?

Answer: Yes. The public comment provision and minutes-keeping requirements of the Sunshine Act require disclosure and recording of the names, and the Right to Know Law makes the employees’ name, salary, length of service and the agency’s final action regarding employee termination a public record.

Section 710.1 of the Sunshine Act requires a reasonable opportunity for meaningful public comment at each public meeting and prior to all official action. Without the names of employees being terminated, the public has no opportunity to give meaningful comment prior to the vote, and the plain terms of the Sunshine Act’s public comment provision are ignored. Furthermore, section 706 of the Sunshine Act requires meeting minutes to contain the substance of all official action. If the meeting minutes do not contain the names of the employees and the termination action taken by the board, they do not provide an accurate record of the meeting, raising Sunshine Act compliance issues.

Further, section 708(b)(6)(ii) of the Right to Know Law makes certain employee information public record, including name, salary, and length of service. These records would include the employees’ names, as well as beginning and termination dates. Moreover, section 708(b)(7)(viii) expressly makes the agency’s final action on employee discharge and demotion a public record. 



Last Updated on Saturday, 14 March 2015 12:56

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Model railroad show at Steelton hall

Model railroads will be displayed at the 28th annual. Railroad Show & Collectors Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at I.W. Abel Hall, 200 Gibson St., Steelton.

A donation will be sought at the door.

Jim Leonard, a director of the East Pennsboro Historical Society, will present a program on the Enola train yards at 11 a.m.

The event is sponsored by the Harrisburg Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:07

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Out & About: Londonderry Fire Company Fish Fry


With the beginning of Lent comes the Middletown area’s annual fish fry dinners – and the Londonderry Fire Company launched its second annual Fish Fry on Friday, Feb. 20 with a crowd that gathered at the Foxianna Road fire hall 30 minutes before volunteers began serving food.


The dinners continue every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. through April 3.


See who was there!


Press and Journal Photos by Eric Wise 




Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:09

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