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23 Years Ago - 10/8/14

10 8 1423 YEARS AGO - Grand Opening Say Ahhh! – The community welcomes Dr. Frank Pitek and his staff on the grand opening at 700 Spring Garden Drive, Middletown. Pictured from left are: receptionist Becky Holman, Mary Ann & Dr. Frank Pitek and in the chair, John, the youngest member of the Pitek family.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 21:32

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Celebrating a great Night Out

volunteerphoto10 8 14Press and Journal Photo by Dan Miller -- Volunteers, sponsors and participants in Middletown Night Out gather for a group photo after they were honored by Middletown Borough Council and Mayor James H. Curry III.


Middletown Night Out has blossomed into a popular community event – and borough officials honored those who worked to make it a success on Monday, Oct.6.


Middletown Borough Council and Mayor James H. Curry III recognized volunteers, participants and sponsors who staged the Night Out event during a council meeting at the MCSO Building. Officer Gary Rux of the Middletown Police Department, who supervised the work to create the event, also was honored.


Middletown Night Out attracted a large crowd at two locations – Hoffer Park and Oak Hill Park, bringing neighbors together and allowing residents to meet the police officers, firefighters and ambulance personnel who serve them. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 20:54

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’Tis the season to be scary! There are plenty of Halloween celebrations to keep local ghouls and goblins busy. Here’s a list!


• MIDDLETOWN’S TRICK-OR-TREAT will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30. 




• The MIDDLETOWN KIWANIS HALLOWEEN PARADE will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, with a rain date of Tuesday, Oct. 21. The parade will begin at Race and Conewago streets and proceeds north of Race, left on Water Street, left on Pine Street, right on East Emaus Street, left on South Union Street and ends just beyond Karns Quality Foods. Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13. To register, or for more information, visit


• SHADOWS IN THE STREETS, a walking tour of Middletown haunts, 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.18 beginning at the Middletown Borough parking lot, 60 W. Emaus St. Bring comfortable shoes and a jacket if needed! Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for kids ages 6-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds benefit the Middletown Area Historical Society. For tickets or more information, visit


• TRUNK-OR-TREAT at Geyers United Methodist Church, 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the church, 1605 S. Geyers Church Road, Londonderry Twp. Bring a bag for goodies! (NOTE: The event was originally scheduled for Oct. 15 but moved back a week because of bad weather.)


• “THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW,’’ Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Elks Theatre.


• TRUNK-OR-TREAT at New Thing – A United Methodist Community, 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the church, 2285 W. Harrisburg Pike.


• TRUNK-OR-TREAT at Middletown First Church of God, 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the church, 245 W. High St., Middletown.


 • COSTUME 5K AND 1 MILE FUN RUN/WALK, 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 at Penn State Harrisburg. Fee is $15 to participate in the 5K and $5 to participate in the 1 mile fun run/walk. Children under the age of 10 can participate for free. Proceeds benefit clubs and teams at Penn State Harrisburg. For more information, visit


• HOWL-OWEEN, the season-ending celebration of the Middletown Public Library's free "Tales with TAILS'' reading program for children, 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the library, 20 N. Catherine St., Middletown. Dogs and cats from the American Red Cross service dogs and cats program will be dressed in costume – and kids and their family are encouraged to come in costume as well!


• HAUNTED CABIN, a spooky walk through rooms of a ghoulish cabin presented by Boy Scout Troop 97 of Londonderry Twp., 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Londonderry Scouting Complex, 1831 Felker Road, Londonderry Twp. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.



Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:44

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Out & About: Music on the Deck at Sunset Grill


The Sunset Bar & Grill is appropriately named. First, it’s located at the Sunset Golf Course, the municipal course in Sunset Park owned by Londonderry Twp. Second, the sunsets you can admire while listening to music outdoors on its deck are spectacular.


But outdoor music is about to run its course for the season, as fall and its cooler temperatures take hold.

A crowd of regulars enjoyed one of the last of the outdoor concerts – this time featuring Sunset Grill favorite Jeffrey J. Walker on guitar – on the deck on Thursday, Oct. 2.


See who was there!


Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 19:14

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TAKE A HIKE? SURE! Troop 97 camp out and hike reveal fascinating sights

hiking10 1 14Garrett Little, left, leads the way across a small stream on the Appalachian Trail, followed by, from left, Colby Stiffler, Jake O’Donnell and Jason O’Donnell.


What plant did Native Americans use for medicinal purposes and to ward off evil spirits?


What ghost town ruins can be found in Lebanon County?


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:01

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