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Driveway repaving offer could be scam, police warn


Middletown police are warning local residents about two men who are believed to be operating a driveway paving and repair scam, the borough announced on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Two white males claiming to represent a company called “Premier Construction” have been soliciting Middletown residents to do driveway repairs or paving, according to the borough.

Police say the pair use high-pressure tactics and refuse to provide estimates of total costs for the proposed work. Instead they talk about “cost per square foot” while failing to provide measurements.

The two men, who appeared to be in their 40s, were operating two trucks with South Carolina license plates. One was a white Chevrolet utility truck with South Carolina license number 5259WH. The other was a white dump truck with South Carolina license number P503017, police said.

Neither truck bears any company name or identifying information on its sides. Both appear too clean to be work trucks, police said.

The men have told prospective customers that their company is registered with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office and suggest the customer look them up on the AG’s Web site. However, the only Premier Construction listed on the AG’s site with active registration is Premier Construction Group, a Dillsburg company that does commercial building projects, the borough said.

A spokeswoman with the Dillsburg firm confirmed they do not do residential driveway work and do not operate trucks meeting those described, the borough said.

Anyone who is contacted by the men is urged by the borough to call police to investigate before entering into any agreements or allowing any work to proceed.

Residents who could have information regarding the two men are asked to call your local police department.

Middletown police can be contacted by calling the Dauphin County non-emergency dispatch line at 717-558-6900.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 17:00

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A Storybook Job

librarianpic9 16 15SLIDEPress And Journal Photos by Dan Miller -- Aly Gray, the new children’s librarian at Middletown Public Library, says inspiring kids to read is “one of the great thrills’’ of her job.

Aly Gray looks like she’s having far too much fun at work.


Her office has colorful carpet suitable for crawling, big pillows so you can sit on the floor, and a miniature rocking chair perfect for reading Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat."

Gray is getting paid to do what she loves – reading to children and finding ways to open up young minds to the endless wonders and adventures of the written word.

Gray is the new children’s librarian at the Middletown Public Library. She replaces Beth Wagner, who was with the library for nearly five years before leaving recently to start her own business.


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 11:53

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Lower Swatara planners hear pitch to rezone North Union site


A proposal to rezone a tract of land near North Union Street and Route 283 in Lower Swatara Twp. would provide public water and sewer to an area that clearly needs it while providing a more appropriate use for the land, the owner said during a township planning commission meeting on Thursday, Aug. 27.

The land, whose size is in dispute from 19 to 30 acres, extends from North Union Street parallel to the eastbound ramp to Pennsylvania Route 283, ending about 100 yards before the path of the old Union Canal to the east. Owner Lee Dickerson applied to have it rezoned from suburban residential to commercial highway. 

The commission tabled the matter to continue the discussion at its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 24.

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Paving project will preserve streets through winter


Lower Swatara Twp. announced that its public works department will be paving several sections of streets from Monday, Sept. 14 to Friday, Sept. 18.

The commissioners approved the week of paving, which is expected to cost about $130,000. On a motion by Commissioner Dominic DiFrancesco, they voted to use up to $50,000 of the township’s liquid fuels, or gas tax, funds for the work – money provided to municipalities by the state Department of Transportation based on the mileage of local roads and population.

The paving will not be a “permanent fix’’ for the streets, but “will buy time until they can be done correctly,’’ said Daniel Wagner, public works superintendent.

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BLUER SKIES: For HIA, land deals offer dependable income amid changes in airline ridership


Business is booming at Harrisburg International Airport – even as fewer people are flying in the capital region.

The airport’s announcement on Monday, Aug. 31 that State College-based Shaner Hotel Holdings plans to build the first hotel at HIA is the latest in a string of deals that has made 2015 a very good year development-wise for the facility.

The authority that owns the airport also approved an agreement to lease most of 38.7 acres formerly owned by Bethlethem Steel on the west end of HIA to Woodmont, a company that wants to build warehouses on the site, said Scott Miller, a spokesman for HIA and the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority. 

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