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THE LITTLE TRAIN STATION THAT COULD

First, the good news.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation remains committed to building a new train station along West Main Street in Middletown.

Now, the not-so-good news: The station probably won’t be done until sometime in 2017 – and that’s if things go smoothly . . .

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:39

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Fundraising effort for Labor Day fireworks falls short

Barring a last-minute miracle, there will be no Labor Day fireworks in Middletown this year.

Dawn Knull, a resident and one of the members of a volunteer committee raising money for the fireworks, told Middletown Borough Council on Monday, Aug. 18 that the fundraising effort has fallen far short of its goal . . .

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 19:52

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Elks Theatre may close for ceiling repairs

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Tentative plans call for closing the Elks Theatre for a period sometime this fall to make needed repairs, says the chairman of the Middletown authority that will soon become the theater’s new owner.

Matt Tunnell, chairman of the Middletown Borough Industrial and Commercial Development Authority, said on Tuesday, Aug. 12 that a codes inspector hired by the borough believes the repairs cannot be done while the theater remains open . . .

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 19:41

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A day for HEROES

Local Memorial Day events honor heroes

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On Memorial Day, we remembered the men and women who died serving our country in wartime. We honored their sacrifice with parades, laid flowers on their graves, hung flags from our porches to celebrate the freedoms for which they fought.

In Middletown, veterans’ organizations held a parade Monday, May 27, led by grand marshal Karl Krodel, an Army veteran of the Korean War, and a ceremony at Middletown Cemetery that featured student John Hursh’s reading of Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address,’’ prayers and speeches, and patriotic music by Middletown Area High School’s Blue Wave band.

It ended with a salute, a benediction and “Taps,’’ played by a high school bugler.

Hummelstown also hosted a parade, while Highspire hosted a Memorial Day ceremony at Memorial Park.

At Arlington National Cemetery, 220,000 flags were placed on the graves of fallen soldiers. Memorial Day began soon after the Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the conflict, but eventually was extended to honor all those in the military who died defending the U.S.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:57

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We won 7 Keystones!

The Press And Journal has won a record seven Keystone Press Awards for excellence in writing, reporting and page layout.

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 March 2013 01:50

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