Written by Noelle Barrett
It’s been nearly a year, but the Lower Swatara Twp. commissioners finally have hired a township manager.
The commissioners unanimously voted to hire Sam Monticello as their new manager effective Monday, Feb. 17.
Monticello, a consultant for a company in Scranton, will fill the position vacated by Harry Krot last year.
Monticello was one of four candidates interviewed after the township received numerous resumes. Some of Monticello’s experience, including time as a manager of the city of Hazleton, really stood out to the board, said Tom Mehaffie, president of the board of commissioners.
“I think we had a real good group of candidates,” Mehaffie said.
Monticello’s salary has not been determined, Mehaffie said. The township will sign a contract with Monticello once a background check is complete.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 20:54
Local Memorial Day events honor heroes
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.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:57
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Last Updated on Sunday, 31 March 2013 01:50
By Noelle Barrett and Jim Lewis
Press And Journal Staff
Chatter rang through the halls of Middletown Area High School last week, but it wasn’t about the holiday season or vacation. Students spoke of rumors they heard about threats of violence in the school district, sparking administration to take extra security precautions...
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Last Updated on Friday, 04 January 2013 19:53