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OUT AND ABOUT: Valentine fun and buffet and dance

A Valentine’s dinner and dance was held Saturday, Feb. 11, at The Event Place, 11 S. Union St., Middletown. There was a buffet dinner followed by music and dancing. The event benefited the Middletown Public Library. 

Photos by Gabe Mink

Alan Williams Stacey Miller and Sandy Robbins enjoy one another s company at the event web

Alan Williams, Stacey Miller and Sandy Robbins enjoy one another’s company at the event.


Couples enjoy dancing to the music of Phil Bennett and the Steve Rudolph Trio web

Couples enjoy dancing.


Ed Ardnt selects cookies from the buffett during the dance web

Ed Arndt selects cookies from the buffet during the dance.


Gift baskets donated by local businesses such as the Tattered Flag and Kuppys 2 web

Gift baskets were donated by local businesses such as Tattered Flag and Kuppy’s.


Jenny Miller peruses the gift baskets donated by local businesses web

Jenny Miller peruses the gift baskets donated by local businesses.


Librarian John Ziats thanks the attendees of the charity for coming out to support the library web

John Ziats of the Middletown Library Board thanks the attendees of the charity event for coming out to support the library.


Mark and Peg Pugh enjoy dancing to the music of the vocalist Phil Bennet and the Steve Rudolph trio web

Mark and Peg Pugh enjoy dancing to the music of vocalist Phil Bennett and the Steve Rudolph Trio.


Phil Bennett sings with Steve Rudolph Trio 3 web

Phil Bennett sings with Steve Rudolph Trio.


Susannah Gal and Hilton Baxter dance to the music of Phil Bennett and the Steve Rudolph Trio 2 web

Susannah Gal and Hilton Baxter dance to the music of Phil Bennett and the Steve Rudolph Trio. 


The steve Rudolph Trio consists of Steve Rudolph on piano John Gingerich on bass and Larry Marshall on drums 2 web

The Steve Rudolph Trio consists of Steve Rudolph on piano, John Gingerich on bass and Larry Marshall on drums.


Vocalist Phil Bennetts son Jordan Bennett acted as greeter for the Valentines dance web

Vocalist Phil Bennett’s son Jordan Bennett acted as greeter for the dance. 



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23 Years Ago: Feb. 8, 2017

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Fasnacht’s Day – What are the odds that Angie Fasnacht would have her sixth birthday on Fasnacht Day? (Maybe one in six?) The daughter of Michael Fasnacht of Middletown, Angie will celebrate her coincidental birthday next Tuesday, Feb. 15.


From the Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1994 edition of the Press And Journal


Dog Wins Cancer Fight Due To ‘Miracle’ Cure

 Obviously, Kathy Burger is grateful that her family’s beloved dog, Bear, is still alive after being diagnosed with bone cancer last autumn, but she didn’t allow herself to consider the worst. “There was no doubt in our minds that the treatment was going to work,” she stressed.

The treatment that the Middletown resident has been using to combat Bear’s leg tumor is shark cartilage capsules, first used in humans. And the results have been nothing short of amazing. 

The massive, 110-pound Great Pyrenees, a friendly, familiar fixture to neighbors on Highland Avenue, is again bounding with life after being stricken with immobilizing pain only a few short months ago.

“Bear was in such pain that he couldn’t move and didn’t eat or drink,” Burger described. “To get him to drink, I had to drip water from my finger into his month. I couldn’t stand to see it. We were only a week or two from putting him to sleep.”

Burger first noticed that something was wrong with Bear last September, when he began limping during their daily two-mile walks. At first Bear’s veterinarian recommended aspirin for the pain, until X-rays revealed a tumor on the animal’s rear leg. An orthopedic surgeon diagnosed the mass as bone cancer.

A friend who runs a dog kennel recommended a veterinarian, Dr. Pat Whittacker, who runs a practice in Asper, Adams County. 

A certified acupuncturist, Dr. Whittacker also practices homeopathic medicine. It was she who prescribed the wondrous shark cartilage capsules for Bear, along with acupuncture and vitamins. 

Burger remembered Bear’s progress with the cartilage capsules and acupuncture: “We saw results in the first week when he walked up the deck steps. His mental attitude had changed. He was still limping badly but wanted to do things. The desire to live was there again.”

Township Leaders Talk Tough On Enforcing Snow Ordinance

 The Lower Swatara Township Commissioners at their February “workshop meeting” directed Police Chief Richard Malwitz to enforce the Township’s ordinance regarding snow emergencies.

 The snow emergency ordinance is one of the toughest I’ve ever seen,” said Chief Malwitz. He said that when a snow emergency is declared no vehicle may be parked on any road designated as a snow emergency route. Vehicles parked on those roads are subject to a parking ticket.

 “If the Board wants me to enforce it to the hilt, it’s fine with me,” Malwitz continued.

 Commissioner Ron McAlpine, budget and finance chairman, asked, “Do we need to take a look at snow emergency routes?” Malwitz said he along with Dr. David Clouser, Township Manager, and Ron Paul, planning and zoning officer, have discussed that possibility.

 “The feeling of the Board has changed over the years,” Malwitz said noting that previous Boards didn’t feel so strongly about enforcing the ordinance.


Study: HIA Brings Millions Into Region With Income, Jobs, And Taxes

The second part of an extensive study to determine the future of Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) has confirmed that the Lower Swatara Township facility is an integral piece of the region’s economy that would be sorely missed should it ever be taken away.

 A consultant for the Susquehanna Valley Regional Airport Authority (SVRAA) presented his financial analysis of HIA at the group’s most recent monthly meeting, held at PennDOT’s aviation headquarters at the airport. SVRAA, which is comprised of representatives from Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry and York counties, is studying the long-term air transportation needs of the region and how airport facilities could be used to maximize economic development.

 According to Dr. John Martin, of Lancaster consulting firm Martin O’Connell Associations, the primary ways HIA has an economic impact in Central, Pa. are through direct and indirect jobs created by the airport, personal income and spending as a result of those jobs, business revenue generated by the airport and its employees, and state, county and municipal taxes.

 SVRAA’s financial consultant also determined that HIA is the seventh largest employer in Central Pa. behind AMP, Hershey Foods, Penn State University, Pa. Blue Shield, Armstrong Industries and Weis Markets.

 Of the 1,539 direct, on-site jobs listed in Martin’s report, HIA’s airline employees make up 41 percent of that total, with government agency employees and freight transportation workers accounting for 18 percent and 12 percent, respectively. The majority of the airport’s employees — 61 percent — live in Dauphin County, with 12 percent residing in York County and 10 percent each living in Cumberland and Lancaster counties. 

 In 1993, 753,000 passengers boarded planes at HIA. Of those, 75 percent were traveling on business and 25 percent were pleasure travelers. Each passenger who flies out of HIA is believed to spend an average of $285 per visit, the consultant said.

 One of the best ways to enhance HIA’s marketability in the future, Martin said, will be to further develop its freight transportation capabilities. Because of Central Pa.’s excellent trucking and rail services, he noted, “intermodal freight” should be a big focus of economic development in the region, with HIA providing a crucial link in that chain. 


Prices From 23 Years Ago

Temple Oranges, 8/99¢

Fox’s Tapioca Pudding, $1.39/lb.

Lender’s Bagels 10-12 ct., 89¢

Thorofare Pot Pies 7 oz., 3/$1

Lean Imported Hams, $1.99/lb.

Fresh Celery, 58¢/stalk

Fasnacht Donuts, $2.79/each pkg.

Old El Paso Refried Beans, 16 oz. jar 69¢

Shark Bites Fruit Shapes, 5.4 oz. pkg., $1.88

Morton Honey Buns, 99¢

Oriental Salad Mix, 69¢/pkg.

Ore-Ida Crispers 2 lb., $1.99

Whitney’s Yogurt 6 oz., 39¢

Jumbo Muffins 4 ct., $2.49

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 09:50

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What, when and how you eat can help kick the winter blues

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Winter’s dreary and dark days can zap your mood and energy levels, and can result in a type of seasonal depression or “winter blues” affecting what, when and how you eat. 

While its cause remains unclear, diet plays a role in the prevention and treatment of depression.

Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets’ nutritionists offered their suggestions to combat the “winter blues” in a recent press release.

What we eat

Studies have shown that depressive symptoms are associated with overconsumption of sweets and fast food. Instead, reach for fruits and vegetables, fish, whole grains and olive oil, such as a Mediterranean diet pattern. Diets rich in these foods have been associated with a reduced risk of depression.

Omega-3 fatty acids have received a significant amount of attention because of their positive impact on depression. Depressed individuals have been found to have lower levels of omega-3 fats in their blood work. In order to get enough omega-3 fats in your diet, eat foods such as fatty fish, walnuts and flax seeds.

When we eat

Brains rely on a consistent fuel supply to function properly so, eating small, balanced meals every three to four hours may help to keep blood sugar levels consistent. Going long periods without eating can cause blood sugar levels to drop, which may contribute to feelings of irritability or depression.

How we eat

Recent studies have shown that negative and positive moods may lead to preferences for different types of food. 

A series of studies published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology finds that positive moods tend to increase our preference for healthy foods and negative moods increase our preference for indulgent foods. Taking a walk or meditating to boost mood may be effective strategies to improve mood and food choices.

 Studies have found that individuals with depression are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. 

With February being American Heart Month, making improvements in diet and lifestyle may not only benefit mood, but it could also decrease risk for developing cardiovascular disease, the nutritionists said.

They also pointed out that before making major changes to your diet, consult your doctor or a nutritionist/dietitian, especially if you are pregnant or have any other health conditions.

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Your migraine headache might be something else

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If you have ever missed work because of a severe headache you are certainly not alone. 

Migraine headaches are the third most common illness in the world, with an estimated 37 million Americans suffering migraines at least occasionally, costing the country billions of dollars in medical care and lost productivity each year, according to information provided by Lancaster Regional and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Centers.

Additionally, 1 in 10 school-aged children suffer from migraine headaches. 

One of the more challenging aspects of treating headache conditions is distinguishing between the types — most notably, the difference between a migraine and a sinus headache, Lancaster Regional and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Centers reported. Recent research revealed that headaches have been frequently misdiagnosed and mistreated. 

“We find that self-diagnosed sinus headaches are often migraines,” said James Pacelli, M.D., a neurologist with Regional Neurology and Pain Management Associates, located on the first floor of Lancaster Regional Medical Center at 250 College Ave., Lancaster. “A sinus headache is actually a migraine accompanied by sinus symptoms, which makes self-diagnosis difficult and inadvisable if you are a regular or chronic sufferer.” 

The confusion is not surprising, as the symptoms and causes have many similarities, and in both cases the pain occurs near and around the sinus cavity. 

A sinus headache — or sinusitis — is associated with a pus-like nasal discharge that represents a potential infection in the sinuses. Migraine may be associated with watery eyes and runny nose, but the fluid is clear and not the cause of the pain. Sinus headaches are not normally disabling, while migraine pain can be severe to disabling. 

The key distinguishing features of migraine are: 

• Nausea or vomiting. 

• Sensitivity to light or noise. 

• Moderate to severe pain in head and/or neck, usually located only on one side of the head. 

• Pulsing/throbbing pain. 

• Headache is worsened by activity or movement.

Experts advise patients to go beyond the location of the pain and pressure, and look for a headache associated with the inability to function normally at school or work, nausea and light sensitivity, and triggers such as weather change, menstrual cycle and physical or emotional stress. Most notably, it is commonly assumed that a headache associated with weather change is a sinus headache, when weather changes are actually a common trigger for migraines. Additionally, migraine may be hereditary. If other family members are migraine sufferers, it’s more likely that your headaches are migraine, as well. 

Ask yourself these questions, known as the ID Migraine Questionnaire developed by Dr. Richard Lipton: 

• In the past 90 days, have you experienced headaches that interfere with your ability to function normally? 

• Are your headaches ever accompanied by nausea? 

• When you have a headache, does bright light make the pain worse? 

If you answered “yes” to two of these three questions, migraine is the likely diagnosis 93 percent of the time. If all three are true, there is a 98 percent chance the diagnosis is migraine. 

Most patients included in the recent research studies who complained of “sinus headache” were taking a large amount of over-the-counter and prescription decongestants, antihistamines, nasal sprays, analgesics and NSAIDS, but expressed significant dissatisfaction with the results. 

“An effective method for diagnosing your headaches with certainty is to ask your doctor for a migraine-specific medication,” Pacelli said. Try the migraine medicine for your next three sinus headaches and evaluate the impact on symptom relief, compared to the sinus medicines you’ve used in the past, he said.

In some cases, your physician may recommend a more extensive evaluation, such as a CT scan of your sinuses to rule out sinus disease, or an MRI to rule out any issues associated with the brain. These diagnostics can help reassure you that your condition is truly a migraine, and that you are treating it appropriately.

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Personal care items needed for homeless veterans

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Totes of Hope Chairperson Lori Demchak with several donated items that will be used to fill backpacks.


The American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region is collecting personal care items for homeless veterans to fill backpacks for its Totes of Hope Program through the end of February. The backpacks will be distributed to local homeless veterans throughout central Pennsylvania.

“We’re aiming to nearly double our goal from last year and provide backpacks to 400 homeless veterans,” said Totes of Hope Chairperson Lori Demchak. “Many of these men and woman think the world’s forgotten about them. It means so much to receive these backpacks, especially when donors include personal notes of thanks.” 

Items needed include: socks (men’s size 9-11); rain ponchos; fleece lap blankets; flashlight/batteries; pocket mirror; decks of cards; puzzle books; pens/notepads; sewing kits; safety pins; adhesive bandages; triple antibiotic ointment; hydrocortisone cream; cotton swabs; lip balm; toothbrushes (toothbrush cover); toothpaste; dental floss; mouthwash (small bottle); deodorant; bars of soap; body wash; lotion (small bottle); disposable razors; shaving cream; combs/brushes; pocket tissues (no boxes); hand sanitizer (travel size); nail clippers; sturdy backpacks (at least 17 inches deep and dark color); and notes of thanks.

Only new items will be accepted.

Personal care items and monetary donations will be accepted at the Red Cross Office in Harrisburg (1804 N. Sixth St.), as well as all local Red Cross offices throughout central Pennsylvania. Each of Karns Foods eight supermarkets are also collecting donations. Contact your local Red Cross office for business hours or visit for more information.

All questions concerning the Totes of Hope Program should be directed to Lori Demchak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 717-257-1822, ext. 1251.

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