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Ladies and gentlemen, START YOUR LEGISLATURE: Medical cannabis, pension reform among the issues that may be tackled by state Senate and House this session

 

folmerpic9 17 14State Sen. Mike Folmer, R-48th District, is shown during his visit to the Press And Journal offices in August.

 

If your image of a champion of legalized marijuana is the stereotypical scruffy, stoned pothead, you may be surprised to know that the leader of an effort to legalize medical cannabis in Pennsylvania is a buttoned-down Republican senator, a graduate of an evangelical Christian college in Indiana who represents a mostly-conservative district in the central part of the state.

 

Mike Folmer is not only a senator, but a cancer survivor, and he believes medical cannabis provides some relief to people suffering from cancer, HIV and extreme seizure disorders, among other things. Last spring, he co-sponsored a failed bill, which he called the “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act,’’ during the state Legislature’s previous session.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 21:38

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New Rutter’s opens on Vine Street

 

ribboncutting9 10 14Rutter’s Farm Stores CEO Scott Hartman, left, prepares to cut the ribbon to formally open the new Rutter’s convenience store on Vine Street in Londonderry Twp. on Thursday, Sept. 4 as Tim Rutter, president of M&G Realty, watches.

 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new Rutter’s convenience store on Vine Street in Londonderry Twp. on Thursday, Sept. 4.

 

Scott Hartman, CEO of Rutter’s Farm Stores, a chain of convenience stores, cut the ribbon in front of the new business.

 

The new store offers gas, a deli and free WiFi.

 

Rutter's donated money to three local causes as part of the store's debut ceremony.

 

The chain donated $1,000 to the Middletown Area Blue and Gold Club, $1,000 to the Lower Dauphin Falcon Foundation and $1,000 to the the Londonderry Fire Company. 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 21:28

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Council moves to abolish defunct Human Relations Commission

During the same meeting that a consultant said Middletown must do a better job of reaching out to Penn State Harrisburg students, Middletown Borough Council voted 5-3 to advertise an ordinance that would abolish the town’s dormant Human Relations Commission.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 21:19

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Borough seeks funds to draw up regulations on downtown property

New zoning regulations could be on the way for property owners in downtown Middletown – but borough officials are mum as to exactly what they would require.

 

Middletown Borough Council voted 6-2 during a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2 to apply for a grant that could lead to developing a Revitalization Zone Overlay for the downtown.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 20:32

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Council approves investigation involving police officer

Middletown Borough Council voted on Monday, Aug. 18 to launch an investigation into alleged violations of Middletown police department policy by Officer Andrew Crone.

 

The investigation will be done by Transparency Matters, a firm the borough has retained in the past. The firm is headed by retired Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. John R. “Rick” Brown.

 

Pending the outcome of the investigation, Crone has been placed on administrative leave with pay by Sgt. James Bennett, acting police chief, said Mayor James H. Curry III.

 

Crone has been a police officer since 1997. He was hired by Middletown as a part-time officer in 2007 and was made full-time in 2008.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 20:16

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