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A BLOCK PARTY WITH A PURPOSE: In Steelton, three churches give school supplies to local families


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From pink ones with glitter to green ones with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – and everything in between – hundreds of backpacks were handed out during the fifth annual Back 2 School Block Party on Saturday, Aug. 17 in Steelton.

Second Street was crowded with people who came out for food and fun – and to spend time with their Steelton-Highspire School District family.

More than 500 backpacks, as well as school supplies and goodies, were handed out during the event, which is hosted and organized by Three Church Fellowship . . .


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 20:00

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REVIVAL: VFW Post 1620 earns prestigious national award

What a difference five years makes.

In 2009, Middletown VFW Post 1620 was such an embarrassment to the state VFW that it closed the post and placed it in trusteeship for not adhering to VFW bylaws and procedures.

The post reopened soon after, but the long journey to restore trust among veterans and the community had just begun.
It all seems like a distant bad memory now.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 19:47

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LD celebrates the final days of summer

In a last hoorah before the start of school on Monday Aug. 25, parents and children were all smiles during the first-ever Lower Dauphin Falcon Family Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Hummelstown’s Schaffner Park.

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“It’s been a vision through the foundation to have a celebration to the end of summer and welcome the students back,” said Sherri Smith, Superintendent of the Lower Dauphin School District. “It’s really just a day to celebrate being a part of Lower Dauphin.”

There were plenty of people on hand to celebrate – children and families, district staff, volunteers and community members, and even high school students.

A group of high school students helped elementary student Skyler Yinger and his brother Tristan lift a parachute over their heads, then watched the two boys run underneath. The boys’ smiles and giggles – the reaction from many children as they played with the older students – made the event worthwhile.

“That’s the best part. Honestly, our little ones really look up to the high schoolers,” Smith said. “What great role models they are to them.”
Many children spent the afternoon running to each activity – a giant ball game, football throwing, the parachute, and more.

Second-grader Ricky Verma took a break from the gym class games to create a piece of spin art.

“He’s really been enjoying the day and just running around,” said his father, Rakesh. “I think this is just really great for the kids.”

There were a lot of laughs as Magician Nick performed his show, and a lot of gasps as fire eater and breather Mark Schwentker, a Lower Dauphin graduate, demonstrated his skill. After eating a few flames, Schwentker created giant flame clouds by propelling fuel from his mouth while holding a flame inches away.

As children and parents stood behind a white rope, they could feel the heat on their faces.

Schwentker’s favorite part is the reaction from the crowd, and he was happy to bring a little joy to the students before the start of the year.

“The start of the school year is exciting, but also scary,” said Schwentker, member of Lower Dauphin’s Class of 1991. “It’s a good opportunity to get everyone together from all of the elementary schools.”

Noelle Barrett: 717-944-4628, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 19:44

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Out & About: Fuzzy Few Carnival


It began with a beard-growing contest. The committee organizing Hummelstown’s bicentennial celebration in 1962 raised money by selling shaving “permits’’ to the men in town. Soon bearded men were forming their own small fraternities, and one – the Fuzzy Few – stayed together to raise money for good causes.


The Fuzzy Few held its 51st annual carnival from Monday, Aug. 4 to Saturday, Aug. 9 at Hummelstown’s Boro Park.


Yet another generation of kids played carnival games, laughed on carnival rides, and ate carnival delicacies. Bands performed for teenagers and adults.


See who – and what – was there!


Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 17:51

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Out & About: National Night Out in Royalton, Highspire and Steelton


From dancers and drummers to duck races and painted faces, there was much to see and do during the region’s National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5.


Hundreds of children and adults attended events in Royalton, Highspire and Steelton. Police officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel were on hand in each borough for meet-and-greets with residents in an effort to improve community camaraderie and fight crime.


Each town offered food, vendors, games and fun, but each also had their unique touches.

In Royalton, children took turns participating in a bike rodeo and getting their photos taken on Officer Robert Givler’s motorcycle.


In Steelton, people lined Front Street to watch the Steelton Elk Steppers perform.


In Highspire, dozens of ducks drifted down Burd Run at Memorial Park during a Duck Race, with a crowd of children following their trek along the bank, hoping their duck crossed the finish line first.


See who joined in on the fun!


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 21:24

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