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Out & About: Elizabethtown Fair


The 2016 Elizabethtown Fair held its 43rd edition Aug. 22-27, with some new musical attractions but also the return of old favorites such as the Baby Photo Contest, Pet Photo Contest, Baby-Toddler Parade and Senior Citizens Day, as well as the petting zoo. There were plenty of rides and food as well. Total, there were more than 3,000 competitive exhibits, 40 food stands, around 150 commercial exhibitors and over 800 livestock.

To see more Press And Journals photos of the Elizabethtown Fair, check out our print edition or click here for our E-edition.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 14:12

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Seiders, gas station owner, was cornerstone in the community

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By Dan Miller

Press And Journal Staff


Elwood Seiders was generous. But he also knew early on how to get the most out of a buck.

Whenever Seiders took his then-girlfriend (and later wife) Frances out for a milkshake, he would just buy one but ask for two straws. That way he and Frances could drink from the same glass at the same time.

Robert Reid, Middletown’s long-time former mayor, can’t tell the story without laughing. 

“Elwood was very, very thrifty,” Reid says. 

Far more common are the stories of the many ways Seiders gave to his community over the almost 60 years that he owned the Elwood’s Sunoco station at West Main and North Catherine streets in Middletown.

“Generous to a fault” was how his daughter, Debbie Bryan, described how her father would give away a tank of gasoline for free, especially to people new to the area who had no money.

Sometimes those on the receiving end would come back and pay Seiders the money, sometimes they wouldn’t. To Seiders it didn’t seem to matter, said Debbie, who for years has managed the financial end of things at the station.

Seiders passed away at his home in Middletown at age 87 on Saturday, Aug. 13. He was surrounded by members of his family, including Frances, who was Seiders’ wife for 64 years.

Seiders in a 2007 article in the Press And Journal talked of how he would sometimes walk the two and a half miles to the station in the winter if the snow was too deep for his car. He wanted to make sure that emergency vehicles and snowmobiles had somewhere to go to get gas.

Reid knows first-hand about that. One time during a blizzard Reid’s snowblower ran out of gas. A kid in the neighborhood was going around collecting empty gasoline cans from people. A while later the boy came back with all the cans full of gasoline.

“I wondered where in the world did he find gas on a day like today?” Reid remembers. The boy had gotten it from Seiders.

Seiders bought the station in 1957. He loved to whistle while he was working. He was also a big Hershey Bears fan — a season ticket holder for at least 40 years.

He liked to garden and work out in the yard, even mowing the grass. He didn’t hunt, but he liked to go deer-spotting and enjoyed watching birds and other wildlife.

But mostly, Seiders’ life was inseparable from his work. 

Long after most other stations had opted out of full service, you could still pull into Elwood’s and get your tank filled, your windows cleaned, and your oil checked — all without getting out of your car.

That’s how Seiders insisted on doing things, until 2009 when the business decided to take the pumps out.

Selling gasoline no longer made sense economically, said Bill Landis, Seiders’ grandson, who started working at the station as the in-house mechanic at age 13. Keeping the pumps cost more than what the station made from selling gasoline. That had to have been a tough decision, given how much gasoline Seiders had given away over the years to those in need.

“Say somebody needed gas because they were trying to get home. He would just be like, ‘Here you go, send me a check later.’” Landis said. “He worked hard and tried to be honest and trustworthy with everybody. That’s what kept him here so long. You don’t really see that much, anymore.”

To daughter-in-law Edie Seiders, Elwood Seiders lived out the simple command that Jesus Christ gave to one of his disciples in John 21:17 — “Feed my sheep.”

She talked of grown men “bawling” during Seiders’ funeral, trying to tell stories of how Seiders had come to their aid while they were little boys. 

In one case, two boys goofing around stuck hair on their face with adhesive as a disguise, but then couldn’t get it off. Their parents weren’t around, so they ended up at the station. Seiders found some way to remove to stuff, and everything was all right.

That was the type of simple act of kindness for which Seiders was known, the type people never forgot.

“That’s what he was to the community — a cornerstone,” Edie said.

There are no plans to close the station, Debbie Bryan told the Press And Journal. The business will stay in the family and the station will keep the Elwood’s name, she said.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 15:55

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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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Dauphin Co.’s vital human services will remain available during the winter storm



Co Commissioners warn citizens of treacherous travel, power outages with weekend snowstorm

Dauphin Co. Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III and the county’s Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) are warning residents of the potential for slippery roads, downed trees and power outages with heavy snowfall that is expected to hit the area over the weekend. 

“Up to 18 inches of snow, with strong winds and white-out conditions, will make travel this weekend very treacherous,” said Pries, who oversees DEMA. “We’re closely monitoring conditions and are ready to respond and provide assistance to municipalities in need.”

According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest snow is expected Friday overnight into Saturday, with periods of 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulation an hour.

“Power outages are a big concern,” said Haste.  “Wet and heavy snow combined with powerful winds may cause downed trees and power lines. If you see a downed line, do not attempt to move or drive over it. Instead, report it to the power provider.”

Dauphin County’s vital human services will remain open and available throughout the weekend.


“We are ready to respond and provide support to senior citizens and anyone in need during the winter storm,” said Hartwick, who oversees the county’s Human Services. “Our Agency on Aging caseworkers are calling all elderly and at-risk clients to ensure they have adequate heat and food and to remind them to call us if they need help.”

Senior citizens who need assistance are encouraged to call Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging, which is staffed around the clock, at 717-780-6130. 

The county’s 24-hour emergency mental service health service Crisis Intervention will also be available to anyone who is suffering a mental health or addiction crisis and needs immediate assistance or counseling.  To reach Crisis Intervention, call 717-232-7511 or 1-888-596-4447.

The commissioners also recommend the following safety tips:

•Use safe home-heating practices,

•Have an emergency supply kit, with flashlights, batteries, blankets and other items,

•Remove cars parked on roadways, especially the Snow Emergency Routes, and stay off the roads so the crews can do their work,

•Keep a safe distance between vehicles, and

•Dig out fire hydrants in the event of a fire emergency.

Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 only in an emergency. For non-emergency calls in Dauphin County, call 717-558-6900.


Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2016 12:43

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