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‘Partners’ announce new facility for UCP’s Middletown center

United Cerebral Palsy of Central PA will move from its home in the shopping plaza on Brown Street to the former Traffic Bureau building at 50 E. Emaus St., announced Emaus Street Partners, the building’s new owner.

“We just finished remodeling the building for United Cerebral Palsy,” said Patrick Noone, who controls Emaus Street Partners along with William Collins. “The interior has been totally rehabbed.”

In addition to the interior remodel, the firm added a new ramp on the side of the building and plans to spruce up the exterior, Noone said.

Having received the certificate of occupancy recently, Noone said UCP officials are moving forward in getting permission from the state to move the adult training center. If the process goes smoothly, UCP will be operating out of the Emaus Street building Aug. 1.

“We’re excited because there is so much going on in downtown Middletown,” Noone said.

The partners also bought the Brown Street property that includes the former office of Smith Chiropractic Center for UCP staff parking, Noone said.

The property includes two buildings that are rented and the M&T Bank drive-through. He said they intend to continue the residential rentals at the property and the bank. “We will probably be converting the chiropractic office to a small, one-bedroom apartment,” he said.

Noone said he and Collins lease another building in Dauphin County to United Cerebral Palsy, and he was pleased to be able to move forward with this project, which will enable the UCP to serve its clients better with additional space. The group’s other investment properties are located in Lower Paxton and Susquehanna townships.

The partnership did not purchase the 40 E. Emaus St. property, which is slated to become the new home of Tony’s Beverage, which is now located at the plaza on Brown Street, too.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 16:24

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Maddux joins Press And Journal staff as editor

Longtime journalist Jason Maddux started June 27 as the editor of the Press And Journal, and he is excited to get to know the Middletown community.JasonMaddux

Maddux has worked for more than 20 years in the newspaper and communications industry, including recent stints at The Sentinel in Carlisle and at PennLive/The Patriot-News.

“There are many good things happening in the community — the streetscape project, the new high school, the downtown brewery, the new train station, the discussions regarding the Elks Theatre,” he said. “The next few years set up very nicely for this area.”

Maddux said he is excited to help lead the Press And Journal through some upcoming changes to the look of both the newspaper and the website.

Maddux is originally from Lancaster, Ohio, where it’s pronounced “LANK-a-stir” just like in Pennsylvania, he said. In fact, Lancaster, Ohio, was started by settlers from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and originally was called New Lancaster. He worked for multiple papers in Ohio, including the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, Mansfield News Journal and Zanesville Times-Recorder. He then spent eight years in Wisconsin as the editor of the Portage Daily Register and a twice-a-week paper, the Reedsburg Times-Press. He has served on the boards of newspaper groups in several states.

“I have already had a lot of fun walking around the community and getting to know more about it,” he said of Middletown. “Becoming the editor of a newspaper in a new town can be a crash course. You have to get up to speed quickly.”

“We welcome Jason to our family of employees,” said Joe Sukle, publisher of the Press And Journal. “We are confident his experience will enable our staff to meet the needs and expectations of our readers and advertisers. We encourage folks to reach out to Jason.”

A graduate of Boston University, Maddux lives in Cumberland County with his wife and two daughters. He is an avid golfer and fan of Ohio State athletics, Boston Red Sox baseball and New England Patriots football. He serves on the board of Leadership Cumberland.

He said he has been impressed with the staff at the Press And Journal, and the coverage it provides for the community.

“A strong newspaper and website is still essential in any community,” he said. “We provide vital information as well as serve a watchdog role. Those are things I feel very strongly about.”

Despite his many years in the newspaper business, he said he feels he has never stopped learning.

“Learning is what life is all about, not just the journalism business,” he said. “It helps you stay stimulated and growing.”


Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 15:55

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There’s a new deadline to get your property tax discount

Middletown Area School District taxpayers will now have slightly less time to pay their property tax at a discounted rate, under a change the school board approved June 20.

The deadline to pay at a discount now will be Aug. 31 instead of Sept. 30. Also, taxpayers will have until Oct. 31 to pay their property tax bill at face value, instead of Nov. 30.

The change brings Middletown in line with all other school districts in Dauphin County, none of which have an extended discount period beyond the two months required by law, said David Franklin, district assistant superintendent for finance and operations.

The district extended the dates in 2002-03 because the state budget had not been adopted in time, causing bills to be mailed after July 1. The dates were never changed back. However this year members of the board’s finance committee brought up concerns that the district was losing interest money because of the extended dates remaining in place, Franklin said.

The school district will still allow taxpayers to pay their property tax bill in installments. The due dates for these installments remain unchanged, Franklin said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 15:47

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Police candidate total for Middletown force: 1

TylerZehring SLIDEPress and Journal Photo by Dan Miller -- Middletown Police Chief John Bey (right) pins the badge on new part-time patrol officer Tyler Zehring (left) when Zehring was hired in July 2015.


As Middletown debates adding more police, the real problem might not be the number of positions but whether the borough can attract the officers it needs to fill them.

Just one qualified person applied for the new full-time position on the force that borough council approved for 2016.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 15:42

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He's looking down on us

 SnyderPixWEBPhoto Courtesy of Tricia Snyder -- Michael Snyder is pictured on his new motorcycle in this summer 2007 photo.


Michael Snyder has the content look of a guy who just got the motorcycle of his dreams. This treasured photo is how Tricia Snyder of Palmyra likes to remember her father.

“I remember when he brought that bike home and he was so happy about it,” she said. “That was like the best thing in the world to him. His face is something I will never forget, him being so happy about it.”

Michael Snyder had a passion for his motorcycle, but there’s no question he also had a passion for his family.

Once when Tricia was in the third grade, she fell off the monkey bars and hit her head. Her dad rolled up on his motorcycle to take her to the doctor’s office. The school nurse said “Are you going to put her on the back of a motorcycle?” Tricia remembers. Sure, her dad said, they were only going down the street, and it was alright, he had a helmet for Tricia to wear.

And everything was alright, until four years ago when Tricia’s dad was taken away from her by a murderer. Snyder was shot to death by Adam Homer, a 31-year-old drifter, at a campground along Swatara Park Road. He was 48 at the time.

Father’s Day is a tough day for Tricia Snyder now as it always will be. “For the first year or so I didn’t try to think about it all,” Tricia said of Father’s Day. “That day couldn’t exist for me.”

But Tricia admits time has helped and healed. On Father’s Day, Tricia, her two sisters and the rest of Michael Snyder’s family go to the campsite that Michael loved so much. They plant flowers and light candles at a memorial site that Michael’s brother, Allan, had made.

For Tricia, the campground remains a place full of wonderful memories of all that happened before that terrible day in 2012. “He had huge family get-togethers” at the campground, especially on the big summer holidays - Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Tricia said. “We had some of the best times with my dad. I picture him walking around, talking to everybody.”

Michael would hang out by the creek with his granddaughter, Tricia’s oldest daughter. “He’d say ‘let’s feed the fish’” and he and the little girl would stand on the bank of the Swatara Creek and throw rocks into the water. It didn’t matter what kind of a day Michael Snyder had, good or bad. “He loved being a pappy,” Tricia said.

Tricia admits she feels her dad’s presence in other ways. Not long ago Tricia and her kids were driving home along Hersheypark Drive when the car broke down. Tricia said she felt her dad’s spirit coaxing the car along just enough to get Tricia and the kids a block away from home, so everything would be all right. “He was probably yelling at me about my car,” Tricia said, but she knew he had confidence in her. “’You’re a strong woman, you can do it’” he always told her.

These are the memories and other things about her dad that get Tricia through the devastating pain of sorrow and loss. “He’s proud of me,” said Tricia, now 30. “He’s looking down on us and making sure we are all ok, all the time. He always helps me pull through everything. One way or another, I pull through everything.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 14:24

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