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For these local women, tackle football is a rush - and a lot of fun


threepic7 2 14Photo by John Diffenderfer - Taking the field for the opening coin toss in a game against Philadelphia are Keystone Assault linebacker Tuffy Howard (34), lineman Christine Ross (77) and quarterback Rachel Fischer (13).

Sam Vereb had a dream to play football, but the recent Steelton-Highspire High School graduate never was given a chance to suit up in Roller blue and gray. The reason? Her gender.


But that didn’t stop her from playing football. 


This year, she played her first season with the Keystone Assault, a local women’s tackle football team.


The team has been in the Harrisburg area since 2008, and competes in the Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL). The Keystone Assault practices at East Pennsboro High School, but for the first time has played its home games at the Lower Dauphin Middle School field in Hummelstown.


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The Wheel-A-Thon by Youth 10X's Better at Wesley United Methodist Church


It’s hard to imagine a kid spending a summer without a bicycle, missing the joy of pedaling down the street, to a park or a baseball field or a friend’s house, riding their bike like a chariot on a glorious sun-drenched day.


Youth 10X’s Better made sure that dozens of kids experienced the thrill by giving away bicycles to youths in grades 3 through 12 during its annual Wheel-A-Thon on Saturday, June 28 at Wesley United Methodist Church.

The bikes were purchased by local politicians, churches, clergy, businesses and private citizens intent on providing that childhood thrill to every youth. Among the donors were Middletown Mayor James H. Curry III, Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick and Middletown Borough Council, who gave $300 for bicycles.

A bicycle repairman fixed broken bikes for free, while an artist drew caricatures of guests. Churches and the Pennsylvania State Police were among those who participated. The giveaway was organized by the Rev. James Lyles, who leads Youth 10X’s Better.

See who was there, and who got their summer bike!


Press And Journal photos by Jim Lewis




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OUT AND ABOUT: Londonderry Fire Company's First Fish Fry

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Hundreds of local residents went fishing on Friday, March 21 – at Londonderry Fire Company’s first annual Fish Fry.

Lemon pepper haddock, crab cakes, breaded shrimp, steamed shrimp – fish filets with vegetables, fish on sandwich buns, fish and shellfish were abundant, a local treat for those observing Lent or those who just love fish.

The fire company, at 2655 Foxianna Road, will hold a fish fry every Friday during Lent, through April 18.

Here’s who was on the scene at the latest fish fry – at the table and in the kitchen!

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Like carols? Kierch hosts sing-along

A community carol sing-along will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at historic Sant Peter’s Kierch, North Union and High streets Middletown.

Among the carols that will be sung by candlelight: “Joy to the World,’’ “We Three Kings’’ and “Silent Night.’’

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served afterward.

The Kierch, built in 1767, is on the National Register of Historic Structures. It is the oldest standing Lutheran church in Dauphin County.

If you go, you should dress warmly, for the Kierch has no heat.




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