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Zoning board approves events at Ferry House

The Middletown Area Historical Society got all it wanted – and then some – from the Middletown Borough Zoning Hearing Board on Tuesday, July 1.

The society had applied to the board for permission to hold various types of events and activities at the Swatara Ferry House Landing property at South Union and Ann streets. The society also wanted permission to put up temporary special event signs on the property for up to 30 days, whereas the borough zoning ordinance only allows these signs to be up for two weeks. Finally, the society sought permission to store items on the property . . .


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twocopsphoto7 16 14Press And Journal Photo by Dan Miller Lower Swatara Twp. police officer Randall “Randy’’ Richards, right, the longtime student resource officer for the Middletown Area School District, will return to street patrol, and will be replaced by fellow officer Jon Miller, left.

MASD’s first, and only, student resource officer is returning to a street beat

When Randall “Randy” Richards was in the seventh grade, he was on the Middletown Area School District rifle team.

He remembers the team practicing their shooting in the basement of the old Feaser Elementary School, a building that is now a parking lot.

Little did Richards know back then that as a grownup he’d be spending his days helping see to it that students don’t bring rifles – or any other gun – to school.

How things have changed, observed Richards, a Lower Swatara Twp. police officer who for six years has been the school resource officer assigned to Middletown Area School District . . .

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23 Years Ago - 7/9/14


From The Wednesday, 


July 10, 1991 Edition Of The Press And Journal



Span In Township Is Classic Example Of 

‘Orphan Bridge’


 It’s the bridge that nobody wants, what some call an ‘orphan bridge.’ The railroad that built it went bankrupt, the state denies responsibility, and Londonderry Township officials say it doesn’t belong to them.


 Meanwhile, the Epler family is literally stuck in the middle, unable to get equipment to and from their Londonderry Township farm, all because the Brinser Road railroad bridge is falling down.


 What to do with the bridge has been discussed for years. The Public Utilities Commission lists 33 actions that have been filed so far, beginning with an application from Londonderry Township for a cost allocation for the bridge in July 1989.


 More recently, the debate has been heating up almost as fast as the weight limit on the bridge has been going down.


 “The Township owns no bridges,” Joyce Lingle, Township Secretary, says. “I don’t know whose it is.”


 “It’s a bad situation,” Frank Epler, whose father owns 180 acres across the bridge, says. “I can understand the Township’s position, being stuck with this.”


 Epler adds that his father’s property is up for sale because the family needs money to keep his father, who suffered a stroke, in a nursing home. “I can’t sell it with the bridge this way,” he says. “You’ve gotta have access.


 Instead of paying to fix the bridge, Londonderry supervisors are looking into building an alternate route to the Eplers’ and other properties, such as a ¾-mile-long back road that would cut through the properties of Tom Eckerd and others.


Officials See No Need Yet To Impose Water Controls

 Recent rains have helped some regional areas, but the prolonged drought that has gripped the state continues to plague farmers and worry officials in many municipalities.


 Last week, for instance, Mount Joy Borough decided to ask its 2,500 customers to “voluntarily” restrict their use of water as a means of conserving the community’s water supply and Middletown Borough has done the same thing.


 But Mount Joy Borough Manager Dan Zimmerman said the imposition of voluntary restrictions wasn’t done because of any actual water shortage.


 “It’s basically just a precautionary measure, Zimmerman explained. “In view of the current drought situation, we thought it was prudent to begin some effort at conserving our water supplies.”


 Zimmerman said the voluntary restrictions urge residents to curtail the use of water to wash cars, porches and sidewalks and for watering gardens and lawns. Noting that peak demand in Mount Joy occasionally reaches nearly 1,500,000 gallons daily. Zimmerman said voluntary restrictions might be able to reduce water consumption by as much as 100,000 to 150,000 gallons a day.


 Elizabethtown officials are also concerned about the long dry spell, but here there aren’t any imminent plans to impose any type of restrictions on water use.


 “There’s no actual shortage here yet,” Borough Co-Manager Pete Whipple said early this week, “but the situation is becoming critical and we may have to limit consumption if we don’t get a good, soaking rain in the next few weeks.”


 Whipple said the Borough recently received a state advisory warning that underground water supplies are being seriously threatened in many areas of the state. The state advisory recommended that municipalities should “monitor their water supplies frequently.”

Town Wants State 

Monies To Fund Rough Wear Plan

 A developer’s plan to convert the former Rough Wear building into an apartment complex got another shot in the arm Monday night as Middletown Council voted to seek a larger grant from the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to help underwrite the project.


 After hearing John Rosenthal, founder and chairman of Penrose Properties, Philadelphia, explain his firm’s latest proposal to rehabilitate the former factory building at Wood and Wilson streets, Council unanimously approved a resolution to apply for a $423,496 DCA grant.


 Rosenthal, who personally presented his latest plan to Council for renovating the empty building, noted that DCA had tentatively approved an earlier Borough request for a $324,000 grant to help fund the project. He said he felt confidant DCA would approve the new, higher figure.


 Jerry Spangler, director of DCA’s Harrisburg office, said DCA will give Council’s latest request “prompt consideration,” but he declined to speculate on when DCA might make a decision on the Borough’s new application.


 “We were impressed with the plans for the project,” Spangler admitted, “and with some of the projects Penrose has already completed. They have an excellent past record, but I can’t predict what will happen.”


 In his presentation to Council, Rosenthal also indicated his firm will appear before the Pa. Housing Finance Board (PHFB) this Thursday morning to request a $1.2 million low-interest (1 percent) deferred loan from that agency to help finance the project. 


Prices From 23 

Years Ago

Heinz Sweet Relish 14.5 oz. btl. 99¢

Finast Fabric Softener Sheets 60-ct. box $1.58

Power Stick Deodorant 2.5 oz. $1.58

Keebler Townhouse Crackers 16 oz. box $1.99

Weaver Chicken Rondelets 12 oz. box $2.79

Mild Large Spanish Onions 39¢/lb.

Yellow Peaches 3 lb./$1

Jumbo Bagels 25¢/each

Merkt’s Cheese Spread 16 oz. $2.99

King’s Potato Chips 6.5 oz. 99¢

Santa Rosa Plums 89¢/lb.

Dole Frozen Fruit Juices 12 oz. $1.19

7 9 1423 YEARS AGO - Middletown Lumber Team – First row: Andy Drabick, Mark Costik, Bryan Young, Justin Wolfersberger, Ryan Colquhoun and Doug Hodges. Second row: Travis Knisley, Scott Sites, Jeff Martin, Brad Whiteman, Brad Cary, Phil Stover and T.J. Sides. Third row: Terri Sites, Ted Sites, Ed Colquhoun and Denny Stover.


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Seven Sorrows festival to be held this week

From perogies and pies to carnival games with prizes and rides, the 12th annual Seven Sorrows Community Festival has something for everyone.
This year, the festival will be held July 10-12 from 6 to 10 p.m. on the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church grounds on Race Street.
The church hopes the festival will bring together the entire community with games of fun, skill and chance for all ages. Bingo will be held during the evenings in the cafeteria, and there will be plenty of carnival rides.

You can also find some sweet rides from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 10 during the festival’s 4th annual car and bike show on East Water and Vine streets.

Even if  you opt out of the carnival games, you can still take home some treasures by stopping at the flea market in the gym, or the craft corner, or bidding at the silent auction and basket raffle.

To top off the night, there will be plenty of food, from carnival classics such as fresh cut french fries, burgers, hot dogs and funnel cakes, to ethnic foods including haluski, halupki, bigos, and perogies.

Festival-goers can also sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds of Dan Steele on Thursday, the Polka Quads on Friday and Fresh Ayre on Saturday.
Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Blue Star Memorial Marker unveiled at Highspire Plaza

 A Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker honoring military veterans was unveiled at the Highspire Plaza on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Tuesday, June 17 by turnpike officials and representatives of the Harrisburg Area Civic Garden Center.


The memorial highway program was started in 1945 after World War II to honor those who served in the armed forces. The blue star was used on service flags to denote a service member fighting in the war.


The marker was funded by the Harrisburg Area Civic Garden Center, an affiliate of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania District IV and National Garden Clubs Inc.


A welcoming speech was given by Linda Grudi, President, followed by the presentation of colors by the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard.


A history of the Blue Star Markers was presented by Corrine Babson, the Garden Club Federation’s state Blue Star chairwoman.  

Unveiling of the marker was completed by Patricia Powley, event coordinator and past president of the Harrisburg Garden Center and Jane Howe, chairwoman of the Sage and Roses Fund.


Barbara Brand, District IV director, and Mary Jo Schlomann, District I director, dedicated the marker, while Mark Compton, CEO of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, accepted the marker on behalf of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.


A presentation was made to Marine Sgt. John Peck by Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 542 and by the Turnpike Commission. Haley Hoffman of Halifax sang the “Star-Spangled Banner.’’


A touching Military Field Cross ceremony was given to honor all those who gave their life in wartime, followed by a 21-gun salute and “Taps’’ by the Lancaster County Vet 21 Honor Guard.bluestarpic7 9 14Dedicating a Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker at the Highspire Plaza of the Pennsylvania Turnpike are Harrisburg Area Civic Garden Center officers and directors, from left, Joan Yakel, Lou Ann Hoffman, Eileen Hoover, Natalie Smith, Debbie Knauss, Patricia Powley, Betty Lewis, Pat Colozzi and Linda Grudi, the group’s president.


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