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9.28.1623 years ago - More Room In The Wrestling Room – The Middletown Area School District wrestling room has grown. And it was all made possible through the commitment of the Pin ‘N Win Club, the Blue & Gold Club and the Middletown Area School District. Pictured from left at the renovated facility are: MASD Athletic Director Irv Strohecker; Bobbie and Earl Bright, president and treasurer of the Pin ‘N Win Club; Gerry Sprecher, vice president of the Pin ‘N Win Club; Vince Tritch, president of the Blue & Gold Club; Sheryl Strite, secretary of the Pin ‘N Win Club; and wrestling coach Kevin Little.

From The
September 29, 1993 Edition Of The Press And Journal

Organizations Assist Renovation Work At MASD
Wrestling Room

 Late this past summer, the Pin ‘N Win Booster Club realized the completion of a $14,000 renovation project at the wrestling room in the Feaser Middle School building. Citing the long overdue need to improve the practice facilities for the varsity, junior varsity and junior high wrestling programs, the Booster Club put the plan in motion earlier this year after securing the funds necessary to complete the project.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:10

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PSU soccer teams lend a hand by helping mom move

Pennstatesoccer2WEBPress And Journal Staff Photo by Dan Miller -- The Penn State Harrisburg women's soccer team loads Dixie Hoover's things in the moving truck on Sept. 16.


HIGHSPIRE — A bunch of Penn State Harrisburg students were caught in the act of doing good on Friday, Sept. 16.

Members of both the men’s and women’s soccer teams descended upon the house of Jennifer Miller in the 400 block of Eshelman Street in Highspire, to help Jennifer’s mother Dixie Hoover move into an apartment at the Village of Pineford in Middletown.

Hoover is disabled, and no one from her family was available to help her and her sister, Linda Walker, who is also disabled, move into their apartment in Hemlock Hall. 

Jennifer contacted a number of sports teams from Middletown Area School District and Penn State Harrisburg. The first response she got was from Adam Clay, head coach of the women’s soccer team at Penn State Harrisburg. Clay is also the sports information director of Penn State Harrisburg.

Clay got the men’s soccer team on board. Jennifer handed things off to her mom, and Dixie made the arrangements with Clay.

Dixie said she had no previous connection with the women or men’s soccer teams. The students were a huge help, she said.

“It’s just not easy for us to do a lot,” Dixie said. “We’re very thankful. If they didn’t help us we’d have to hire professionals and you know how much that would have been.”

The women’s soccer players had been looking for opportunities like this to do community service as a team, but no one had reached out to them until now, said Alyssa Crowley, a senior and one of three co-captains on the team this year. She is from Sunbury and majoring in elementary education.

The team is available to give a helping hand to other folks in need.

“Any opportunity we can get to get out and do some good is a great opportunity that we would like to take advantage of,” Crowley said. 

To learn more, contact Adam Clay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 15:21

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Sharon Hoover shows one person can make a difference

SharonHooverWEBPress And Journal Staff Photo by Dan Miller -- Sharon Hoover engages in her daily ritual caring for the flower beds at the Middletown Police Station at Race and East Emaus streets.


Making a whole town look better can start with just one person. Someone like Sharon Hoover.

Every morning Sharon loads up her wheelbarrow and walks down Race Street to the Middletown Police Station. 

She arrives between 9 and 10 a.m., sometimes earlier if the weatherman is calling for a scorcher.

She spends 20 minutes to half an hour watering and looking after the flower beds in front of the station.

It’s improper to ask women of a certain age how old they are. But Sharon met her future husband Ron Hoover in 1959 when both of them were in the seventh grade. You can do the math.

The garden hose at the police station doesn’t work as it should, so Sharon brings her own water. Besides a shovel and some small garden tools, the wheelbarrow is loaded down with a half dozen or so plastic gallon jugs filled to the brim with water.

Sharon has been doing this seven days a week since May, throughout one of the hottest summers in memory. The weather doesn’t take a day off, so neither does Sharon.

“The plants still need water, whether it is Saturday or Sunday,” she said.


Heeding the call

Sharon adopted the police station in May, after reading in the Press And Journal about borough Councilor Diana McGlone looking for volunteers to clean up and maintain certain public areas throughout Middletown.

For Sharon the police station instantly came to mind — a place she had had her eyes on for awhile.

“I walk a lot and I pass that spot,” she said. “For about two years there’s been cigarettes and garbage and weeds, and I kept thinking, ‘Somebody ought to do something with this. It looks terrible for our police station to have that kind of entrance.’”

“And then when this came I up in the paper and my husband saw that they were looking for volunteers, I called and said, ‘Can I have that little spot out front there?’ Even if I just pull the weeds it would make it better, clean the trash. But in my mind I kept thinking for two years, I could do this and this and this … .”

How has it worked out? Let’s just say Sharon has brought her A game. If you didn’t know better, you’d think the borough had hired a professional landscaping company.

She put a new face on the shrubbery and flowers closest to the street. But Sharon didn’t stop there. The entrance to the station welcomes visitors with a seasonal display that includes a small bale of hay and a pumpkin.


Other help

Sharon has had some help with all this. The borough provided some much, and Sharon has a willing accomplice in Pearl Sweger, who works for the borough as the part-time secretary at the police station.

Sharon has inspired Sweger. Now the two of them are in this together, plotting and hatching schemes for how to make the station look even nicer.

Sharon is pondering putting up a little fence in front of the flower bed closest to the street. She’s adding decorations, and already thinking of what to do for the fast-approaching holiday season.

She was only supposed to do this through September, but Sharon isn’t quitting anytime soon. She’s just getting started.

“As long as God gives me the strength I guess,” Sharon said. “I’m thinking already for the fall we can take out the annual and put in some real pretty tulip bulbs.”


Taking notice

Officers at the department have recognized her efforts, including Chief John Bey.

“All summer long she has toiled in the hot 90-plus degree heat and spent her own money to plant and maintain the beautiful landscaped flower bed in front of the police department,” Bey said.

Others are noticing too. People give Sharon a thumbs up as they drive pass, or they stop by and tell her how nice the station looks.

What she is doing seems to be contagious, spreading like a positive virus. One of the neighbors seems to be taking better care of his property, Sharon said. She notices him mowing when she is out tending to the flowers at the station.

McGlone calls Hoover “a guiding light for volunteerism” in the borough.

“She has gone above and beyond what I even envisioned,” McGlone said. “I have received nothing but compliments about how lovely the police station looks and how dedicated she is in maintaining that property.”

“Look what one person can do,” McGlone added of Hoover. “It only takes one person to light the spark, and she is it.”

McGlone and the rest of council was to recognize Hoover and other borough residents who have signed up as volunteers for the Make Middletown Beautiful campaign during council’s Sept. 20 meeting.  

In addition to Hoover, McGlone noted the efforts of Doug and Nancy Beard, who live at the square and have been taking care of the flower beds there. The Hetrick Center planted the flowers on the square, McGlone added.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 14:44

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Beer delivery by your local bars and restaurants?


deliveryBy Melissa Melewsky, Media Law Counsel PA NewsMedia Assoc.

Q:  Several local bars and restaurants that deliver food want to run ads that tell readers they can now deliver beer along with a food order.  The ads note things like “now delivering beer,” or “beer delivery/up to two six packs.” Can they do that, and can newspapers publish that kind of ad?  

A: Yes. Businesses licensed to sell alcohol can deliver a limited amount of beer as long as they have obtained the proper permit, and ads promoting the service are acceptable.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB)’s policy on beer delivery notes licensees can obtain a permit to allow the transport of a limited amount of beer as long as certain conditions are met. The “Transport for Hire” permit allows those holding the permit, such as retail licensees like bars and restaurants, to deliver up to 192 ounces of beer (two six packs) per sale if the sale is completed on the licensed premises, the delivery vehicle is owned/leased by the licensee and operated by licensee employees.  

The PLCB’s advisory opinion does not specifically address advertising, but the law generally allows licensees to advertise prices and availability of products in newspapers.  If a licensee obtains a “Transport for Hire” permit and can legally deliver beer, the law allows them to advertise the service and prices, as long as the advertising otherwise complies with the advertising requirements imposed by the Liquor Code and PLCB regulations.

The general rules regarding alcoholic beverage ads are as follows:

Any advertisements of price may not contain any of the following:

• False, deceptive or misleading statements;

• Statements disparaging of the products of competitors; or

• Monetary comparisons of brands.

Bars and Restaurants may:

• Offer one drink special per day (drink of the day), which must end by midnight; and

• Offer one four-hour happy hour each day, which must end by midnight.

• Happy hour notice must be posted at the licensed premises seven days prior to happy hour.

Bars and Restaurants may not:

• Offer 2 drinks for the price of one;

• Sell an unlimited amount of alcohol for a set price (EXCEPT at catered events arranged at least 24 hours in advance);

• Discriminate on the basis of sex, race, national origin, or disability (No "Ladies Nights" with specials exclusively for women); or

• Offer any discount pricing (happy hour, drink of the day) after midnight.

The following restrictions apply to all advertisements for alcoholic or malt beverages:

• The advertiser must be clearly identified in the ad.

• No printed advertisements are permitted within 300 feet of a church, school or public playground.

• No advertisements may be directed at minors to promote the illegal consumption of alcoholic beverages.

• Obscene advertisements are prohibited.

• Advertisements may not contradict the ideals of safety or safe driving programs.

• Licensees may not advertise any alcoholic beverages if they do not actually have a sufficient supply of the beverages on hand to meet the normally expected demands.

• Advertisements may not refer to the alcoholic strength of a malt beverage in any manner in order to induce consumers to buy the product. Terms such as "full strength," "extra strength," "high proof," etc. are prohibited.


Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 08:01

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Middletown Boro's Snow emergency Routes

Following is a list of Middletown Borough's snow emergency routes. 

  1. Adelia St. East from Emaus St. to East Main St.
  2. Ann St. North from Swatara Creek west to Grant St.
  3. Catherine St. East from Emaus St. north to Main St.
  4. Emaus St. North from Adelia St. west to Wood St.
  5. Grant St. East from Ann St. to Wilson St.
  6. Main St. Both from Swatara Creek to Apple Avenue
  7. Roosevelt St. North from Vine St. west to Union St.
  8. Union St. Both from Ann St. to Park Circle Road
  9. Union St. East from Ann St. to its southern limits
  10. Vine St. East from Water St. to Aspen St.
  11. Water St. North from Vine St. to Catherine St.
  12. Wilson St. North from Grant St. to and over the overhead bridge to Main St.
  13. Wood St. East from Susquehanna St. north to Emaus St.

During a snow emergency, it shall be unlawful for any person to park, or to permit to remain parked, on any street named below any type of motor vehicle, boat, boat trailer, camper, recreational vehicles or any trailer used for the purpose of hauling motor vehicles or other items, with respect to the north side of east-west streets or with respect to the east side of north-south streets, unless otherwise indicated. However, upon complete removal of all snow from the total parking area, on such side of the street in front of any property, parking will at once become again permissible, so long as there is no interference with the snow removal program of the Borough and no interference with traffic during the remainder of such emergency.


Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016 13:32

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