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PRINCESS OF THE FIRE HALL

Her smile was contagious, her personality bubbly. Cheyenne Zeiders, who was lovingly known as “Peanut,” was a princess and the boss of Middletown Volunteer Fire Company.

“She had everybody wrapped around her finger within minutes of meeting her,” said her mother, Amanda Rimert. “She was just very loving.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:11

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23 Years Ago - 6/25/14

 

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23 YEARS AGO - Highspire Firemen’s Carnival – The Annual Firemen’s Carnival wrapped up its activities on Sunday after five days of rides, fun, food and games for all ages. Pictured are scenes along the packed midway: 2-1/2 year-old Jordon Krovic, the son of Pam and Bill Krovic of Steelton, driving a kiddie car in front of an impatient young woman driver; Highspire was viewed upside down by many kids who rode on the popular “Spinner” amusement ride.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:09

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Fun at the library

threekids6 25 14Middletown Public Library launched its summer youth programs on Saturday, June 14 with story readings, science workshops, a chili cooking contest and face painting.

More than 50 people attended the event and registration for the youth programs on the lawn outside the library.The library hosts several reading programs for youths every Tuesday through Aug. 5:

• Wee Readers, a story time for kids up to 24 months old and their caregivers from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
• Preschool Story Time, for children ages 2 to 6 and their caregivers, from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
• Science Workshop, for children who have completed kindergarten through Grade 2 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. and for children who have completed grades 3 through 5 at 2 p.m.
• Teen Night, for discussions on books, creation of art and crafts and playing board games and video games, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Registration is required for the Science Workshops.

The library will also host programs every Wednesday through Aug. 6 at 1 p.m., including “Bungee Jumpers,’’ a jump rope team, on July 2 at the MCSO Building; “Kooky Concoctions,’’ a science show, on July 9; musician Steven Courtney at 10:45 a.m. for toddlers and preschool age children and 1 p.m. for kids age 6 and up on July 16; “On the Road with Stuffee,’’ a science and health program presented by Whitaker Center’s Whitaker on Wheels, at 1 p.m. on July 23; Ryan Bridge’s show about insects at 1 p.m. July 30; and a summer slideshow at 1 p.m. on Aug. 6.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:07

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#outandabout: Middletown Home Car Show

We love cars. Not just because they get us from here to there. We love their style. Their shape. Their color. “Cars are the sculpture of our everyday lives,’’ Chris Bangle, former chief designer for BMW, once said. We remember our first one fondly, as though it were our first lover.

Beautiful antique cars, lovingly restored, lined the parking lot at The Middletown Home for the home’s annual Car Show on Friday, June 20. Residents and visitors could admire their sleekness, their sheen. They sparkled like gems in the sun-drenched afternoon. Check out who was there – and what they saw!

Photos by Dan Miller

 

 

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THE FANATIC IN TURN FOUR: He's attended every Indianapolis 500 since 1970

In the mid-1950s, Tim Noll eagerly listened to the Indianapolis 500 on his transistor radio, dreaming of what it would be like to be in the grandstands.

 

Then, in 1969, he moved to Indianapolis for work. He attended his first race in 1970 – and he’s attended every race since. goodracingpic6 25 14Tim Noll has attended every Indianapolis 500 since 1970 – and even drove six laps around the oval for his 66th birthday.

 

You can find Noll, of Middletown, and his wife, Ginny, sitting along turn four – “I sit in row ‘N’, for ‘Noll,’ seat No. 1,’’ he said –  where they’ve sat for 43 of the past 45 years that he has attended the race.

 

What draws him to the racing at Indianapolis 500? “I like to drive fast,’’ he simply responds.

 

He’s met famous race car drivers, including Mario Andretti. He was introduced to Andretti by a mutual friend in 1970, and the two are on a first-name basis. Ginny Noll has also run into some racing royalty, in the most literal sense of the word. She bumped into Paul Newman after a dinner with Indy 500 drivers. Caught up in the hustle and bustle of trying to leave the dinner, “She nearly knocked him over,’’ Noll chuckled.

 

 “As it turns out, many of the friends that we acquired had a connection with the race and I got to know owners and drivers and crew members,” said Noll.

 

While Noll enjoys being a spectator, he also enjoys being behind the wheel.  He has logged 110 miles in a stock car at the Pocono Raceway.

 

For his 66th birthday, he drove six laps around Indy in an Indy race car.

 

“I had just thought of all the races that I had seen from over all those decades,’’ he said, “and it was just a great feeling to be able to drive ’round that track and have that experience because it’s the greatest racetrack in the world.”

 

The Indy 500 is a way to come together. It’s a place where Tim Noll finds friends, adventure, and racing. And you can bet you will see him there in the years to come.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 18:36

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