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Out & About: FACES OF PATRIOTISM: Veterans Day 2015

couple11 18 15Photo by Beth Graham -- Jessie McCurdy, left, Army, and husband Rene’ McCurdy, Army, Middletown, who met at a veterans’ function

If you wanted to thank a veteran for their service on Veterans Day, for defending our country, for preserving our freedoms, for their bravery and their burden, you could easily find one in the Middletown area – so many have answered the call to duty.

We found a group of them riding their Harley Davidson motorcycles through Elizabethtown, headed to a school assembly on the national observance on Wednesday, Nov. 11. We found more at the Middletown Home, including two survivors of World War II’s Battle of the Bulge. We even found a few shopping for groceries at the Giant Foods in Middletown. Young and old, male and female, black and white, retired from or active in the military.

Veterans Day became a federal holiday in 1938, beginning as Armistice Day and falling on Nov. 11 to note the armistice that was declared on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 between the Allies and Germany in World War I.

Congress renamed it “Veterans Day’’ in 1954.

Though it is the official day to honor those who have served our country, you could thank a veteran any day. Just look around – you’ll find one easily.

For more photos of veterans by Beth Graham, see our print edition or click here for our E-edition.

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FAMILY PLOT: A local cemetery and nearby road collide


The Stoner family settled on a farm in an area outside Middletown that is often called Jednota centuries ago, probably around the time that construction of a private turnpike, originally chartered by the Lancaster, Elizabethtown and Middletown Turnpike Company, began.

Soon after, the family had buried children Henry Stoner in 1814, and Mary Ann Stoner, in 1816, in a small plot on the family farm in Lower Swatara Twp. -- and family burials, including the remains of Civil War veterans, continued throughout the 1800s.

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Business association formed by ICDA

The on-again, off-again Middletown Business Association may be on again.

Or at least that is the hope of the Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority, which voted on Oct. 27 to appoint the association’s first board of directors.

The authority incorporated the association in December 2014 and provided a grant of $20,000 in seed money. The association launched a Web site and a membership drive. However, the momentum ran aground with the departure of Jonathan Hicks, a borough employee who chaired the association but who departed Middletown earlier this year to accept a position with the City of Harrisburg.

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Veterans Day 2015 at Middletown Area Middle School



Middletown Area Middle School was once again the place for veterans to be on Veterans Day 2015.

Each Veterans Day, students and staff of the school combine forces to roll out a tribute to area veterans that is second to none.

Students invite the veteran of their choice - it can be a family member or a friend. The event starts with breakfast served up in the cafeteria by middle school students and staff.

Then, the veterans file into the auditorium for an hour-presentation filled with pageantry and patriotism, stirring videos and the reading of award-winning student essays, and a short speech by the guest of honor.

Click here to see a video of the Veterans Day 2015 event that was held at Middletown Area Middle School on Wednesday, Nov. 11.


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23 Years Ago: 11/11/2015

From The Wednesday, November 11, 1992 Edition Of The
Press And Journal

11 11 1523 YEARS AGO - Heart Jumping – The old tickers were jumping for the students of the Feaser Middle School last Friday as the fifth annual Jump-Rope-For-Heart for the American Heart Association was in full swing. The decibel level in the school’s auditorium was near that of a U-2 concert as 630 students jumped throughout the day for pledges of over $2,000. The event was coordinated by physical education teacher Glenn Nissley, with assistants Beth Paules, Helen Weingartner and Erich Schlicher. The heart pounding music was provided by Tim Starliper of WMSS and Steve Smith. Pictured from left are seventh-grade students Heather White, Heather Hipple, Amy Berstler and Abby Smith.


New Grubb St. Bridge Opens Friday

 To some area residents, it may have seemed to take forever, but when the new Grubb St. Bridge is officially opened this Friday, Nov. 13, it will actually be less than 10 months since the old span was closed on Jan. 27.


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