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Karns customers, staff raise $30,000 for MDA

Eight Karns Quality Foods stores, including the one in Middletown, raised a total of $30,673 during a St. Patrick’s Day themed fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Customers and employees donated $1 or more at the grocery store chain’s checkout counters during the MDA Shamrocks between Feb. 17 and March 17 to fund research, support groups and clinics like the MDA Care Center at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Money raised also will help send more than 20 local kids to an MDA summer camp at Happiness is Camping, Hardwick, N.J., at no cost to their families.

“We can’t thank Karns enough for what they do to support our local families,’’ said Joe Alfano, executive director of MDA.

The eight local Karns locations averaged $3,834 per location, the highest average in the 34 years that the chain has held the fundraiser. Customers and employees who donated signed their name on green shamrock symbols that were displayed in the stores.

“We’re grateful to everyone who participated and we’re honored to do our part in support of MDA’s mission to help central Pennsylvania families affected by these muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger,” said Scott Karns, CEO of Karns Quality Foods.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 09:55

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23 Years Ago: 4/20/2016

4 20 16 bw23 YEARS AGO - Trustees Of History – Pictured at Middletown’s restored Ferry House are the six trustees of the Middletown Area Historical Society. From left: John Croll Jr., Pat Chubb, Edna Parrell, Bonnie Stazewski, Rich Hoffman and Leon Daily.

From the
April 21, 1993
Edition Of The
 Press And Journal

Preserve Our
Rich History

 When members of the Middletown Area Historical Society meet for an anniversary dinner next Monday, April 26, they should feel proud of an illustrious 20-year history of “preserving the historical awareness” of Middletown and Royalton boroughs and Londonderry and Lower Swatara townships.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 17:06

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Out & About: Student Art Show

joseph keating the transfiguration of Kennedy 12thSenior Joseph Keating poses with his work, "The Transfiguration of Kennedy."

It's what is inside, pouring out in unexpected colors, in self portraits
and inspired landscapes, in a variety of mediums.

Middletown Area School District students from kindergarten
to Grade 12 displayed their artwork during a one-day show on
Saturday, April 16 in the second-floor assembly room at the
Middletown Public Library.

The show, featuring a reception with students and their families,
marked the end of National Library Week (April 10-16) at the
Middletown library.

For more Press And Journal photos of the MASD Art Show by Tori Boegli, check out our print edition or click here for our E-edition.

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23 Years Ago: 4/13/2016

4 13 16 BW23 YEARS AGO - Applause, Applause – Christy Smith of Columbia, joins Press And Journal reporter Larry Portzline in a duet during karaoke night. Amateur singers of all styles and abilities have been converging on karaoke clubs throughout the region to show their skills, some of which were spotted at the Fieldhouse in Steelton recently.

From The Wednesday,
April 14, 1993 Edition Of The Press And Journal

Karaoke - Singers Wing It, Crowds Love It

 It’s called Karaoke. Loosely translated from Japanese, the term means “empty orchestra” and rhymes with “very hokey.” It’s neither though believe me.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 15:28

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Out & About: Penn State Harrisburg Business Management Club’s “Elevator Pitch 3.0’’

group4 13 16Press And Journal Photo by Jim Lewis -- Contestants, judges and club members pose for a photo after the competition.

Ever watch the TV show “Shark Tank?’’ Inventors and budding entrepreneurs pitch their products to a panel of five wealthy business people on the ABC-TV show, in an attempt to lure investors.

Penn State Harrisburg hosted a similar competition on Friday, April 8, when the university’s Business Management Club invited students to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges – including two professors – for a first-place prize of $200.

The competition, called “Elevator Pitch 3.0,’’ put five entrants before the judges – supply chain professor Greg Kraiser; marketing professor Ozge Aybat; Josh Benton, co-founder of Hatchback, a propriety technology that collects and analyzes mobile date to help find look-alike audiences; and Richard Heddleson of Ben Franklin Technology Partners, a Centre County agency that provides funding to tech-based start-ups.

Which would you have chosen:

• An app that pairs engineers with work projects, pitched by student Pranav Jain.
• A stationary bicycle that uses pedal power to charge your cell phone, pitched by students Mauricio Valverde, Garrett Moore and Tejas Sadarahalli.
• A robot that would do household chores.”If it’s successful, maybe we could put one on Mars – think of all the money NASA could save,’’ offered student Henry Wade to a skeptical panel of judges.
• A center offering Chinese massage and meditation to stressed students, pitched by China-born Calida Gao.
• A peanut butter and jelly roll that would eliminate messy spreading on bread. “Like a fruit roll-up with peanut butter and jelly,’’ student Veronica Johnson said in her pitch.

The winner: Gao, with Jain’s app taking second place and Johnson’s PB&J roll taking third.

The competition was sponsored by Phoenix Contact.

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