Written by Dan Miller
The Air Force was Scott Colley's ticket out of Middletown.
He enlisted while still in high school in 1978, to escape a home life where Colley says that he, his brother and his mother had a very rough time.
Colley never moved back to Middletown. But that's not to say he never looked back.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 15:34
There was plenty of food, carnival games, and classic cars on hand for the 14th annual Seven Sorrows Community Festival that was held at the church at Race and Conewago streets in Middletown from July 7-9.
The community festival was started in 1993 by the Seven Sorrows youth ministry, and the church has not missed a year since. The youth ministry remains heavily involved in putting together the community festival every summer.
For more Press And Journal photos of the Seven Sorrows Community Festival, see our print edition or click here for our E-edition.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 15:17
Crowds turned out for food, rides, games and bingo from June 20 to 25 at the Hummelstown Fire Company Carnival at Herbert A. Schaffner Memorial Park.
There were bands each night during the carnival, as well as rides by Penn Valley Shows.
For more Press And Journal photos of the Hummelstown carnival by Gabe Mink, see our print edition or click here for our E-edition
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 12:13
Written by Dan Miller
Matt Mazur wants to be "the Bruce Springsteen of early childhood music."
He's off to a good start. He's from New Jersey, gives a high-energy show, and is booked through June 2017.
Mazur, 28, said his young fans call him "the turtle man." The name comes from his goal of using music as a way to get kids to come out of their shell.
Mazur brought his show to Middletown on Wednesday, June 29, as part of the Middletown Public Library's Wow! Wednesday series of free programs that the library is holding all summer.
Mazur gives a one-hour show in which he barely comes up for air. He plays a variety of instruments - including guitars, banjos, a hammered dulcimer known as a "khim" and a long-tube like contraption called a didgeridoo that is made from a tree branch hollowed out by termites.
For good measure, he throws in some ping-pong, leading kids around in a circle as if he was the Pied Piper, and applying bubble wigs, beards and goatees.
Mazur graduated from New York University with a degree in music and theater, but in 2008, he couldn't find a job in the field.
Then on the side he started doing arts programs and early childhood music classes in schools, and it took off. Parents and principals loved the shows because Mazur had a unique of using music to engage all kids, but especially those with autism and similar intellectual challenges.
So he went back to school, this time to get a master's degree in autism intervention and early childhood development. Now he has the academic sheepskin to go with the street credibility.
"I can take a big crowd of kids of different age ranges, different developmental abilities and different socio-economic statuses and I can create a collective that is engaged for a whole 60 minutes," Mazur said.
Based on the reaction of the kids who attended Mazur's show, it works.
You can learn more about Mazur and what he does by going to TurtleDanceMusic.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 16:43
Londonderry Township's Boy Scout Troop 97 has been spotted all over town during the last couple of weeks doing community service projects.
They were first spotted at Londonderry Elementary School's May Fair. The Scouts put up a gaga pit, which is an Israeli version of dodge ball in a a pen. Gaga means hit, which is what you are to do to the ball while not getting hit by the ball. The Scouts also built a monkey bridge for the fairgoers to enjoy. In addition, they helped Cub Pack 97 run its backyard fishing and rocket launching stands.
The next sighting took place at Geyers United Methodist's Vacation Bible School. The Scouts ran the game portion of VBS for five evenings. Due to the heat, a lot of water activities took place along with good ol' fashioned potato sack races, three man tug-of-war and tightrope walking. The popular gaga pit made an encore appearance at VBS. The Scouts worked with 60 children each night to make sure they all had a good time.
While taking a 10-mile hike through Londonderry Township, the Scouts found a service project that was constructed back in 1996. The Scouts stumbled onto an area of benches that were erected on the highest point of Round Top. The benches were part of an Eagle Scout project that was done for area residents by Troop 97's Scott Stine. The project has held up well over the last two decades.
Area residents honked their horns and yelled out expressions of gratitude as the Scouts cleared trash off of a 2-mile stretch of Route 230. More than 15 large bags of garbage and debris were removed from the road. Shull's Tree Service expressed its appreciation by giving them a nice donation and words of encouragement. A resident came out of their home and made a second donation and asked the leaders to treat the boys to a cold treat as it was hot as blazes on the black pavement.
Troop 97's upcoming events include Sea Base high adventure sailing in the Florida Keys, summer camp at Bashore Scout Reservation in Jonestown, Middletown National Night Out, mystery trail hiking/campout, Harrisburg International Open House, Appalachian Trail hike/campout and Harrisburg International Airport’s Disaster Drill. For more information, please contact Kevin Little at 944-1957 or Ted Pauley at 944-2766. Boy Scout Troop 97 is sponsored by Londonderry Fire Company.
Guide and Life Scout Cole Carlson helped fill 15 trash bags with garbage and debris along Route 230 in Londonderry Township. The troop was encouraged by honking car horns, cheerful yells and even a couple of unexpected donations to the troop for doing a good deed.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 16:29