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Power grid to Exelon’s TMI: we don’t need your electricity

For the second time in less than a year, Exelon Corp, owner of Three Mile Island, was told electricity generated by the local nuclear power plant is not needed to provide adequate energy to the national power grid in 2018 or 2019.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 15:58

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A grateful council says thanks to the heroes of Pineford fire

Pineford2Press And Journal Photo by Dan Miller -- Some of the heroes of the April 3, 2016 Pineford Fire are pictured with certificates of appreciation presented to them by the Middletown Borough Council on June 7.

Heroes of the fire in the Village of Pineford in Middletown come in all shapes and sizes. They are men and women, many wearing the uniform of a police officer, firefighter or first responder; others in the everyday garb of that guy or lady who lives down the street.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 15:50

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PUTTING DOWN ROOTS -- Living Hope Church to call Londonderry Twp. home

LivingHopeChurchSubmitted Graphic -- An artist’s rendering shows the new Living Hope Church on Schoolhouse Road in Londonderry Twp.

Living Hope Church will soon have its first permanent home along Route 283 in Londonderry Twp.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 15:39

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Barn to be “star” of heritage site: Piece by piece - dismantling the Star Barn

StarBarnRendering 20160607WEBThe Star Barn will be relocated to West Donegal Twp. near Elizabethtown.


The restart of dismantling the Star Barn in Lower Swatara Twp. has reminded residents that the well known and popular landmark will soon be gone from the area.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 15:10

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Time to come home

“Does anybody really know what time it is?

“Does anybody really care?”

We all know what time it is, all the time. Most of us spend our days staring at devices that, among about a million other things, tell us what time it is.CLOCK4 15 15web

So why all this fuss over a town clock? Does anybody need a town clock to know what time it is?

No, but that’s not what it’s about. Middletown’s town clock had stood at the corner of South Union and West Emaus streets for almost a 100 years - since 1923 when it was first dedicated as a memorial to those from town who served in World War I. Over the years, the clock has become the town’s unofficial symbol.

Now, after being gone over a year - since April 2015 - Middletown’s iconic town clock is coming home to where it belongs.

The clock is to arrive by about noon on Wednesday, June 15, says Borough Manager Ken Klinepeter. It will take five to six hours to restore the clock to its rightful place, weather permitting. Borough crews will work with a contractor to hoist sections of the clock for installation, and for the wiring to power the timepiece.

The clock was dismantled 14 months ago as part of the downtown streetscape project.

The borough’s Industrial and Commercial Development Authority set aside $75,000 of the project’s budget to have the clock restored by Chuck Roeser of Lockport, N.Y. - the same man who fixed the clock in Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Middletown’s” clock” will be put back about 10 feet away from where it used to be. Officials hope the new location makes it less likely that it will be damaged by an accident. A truck ran into the clock sometime in the late 1980s.

Rich history The town clock has a rich history. It was proposed as a memorial to Middletown’s veterans of World War I by the Mothers Congress Circle, a local charitable group founded in 1906.

In 1916 the group formed a committee that raised $1,500 for a timepiece. The clock was presented to borough council on April 24, 1923, by a Mrs. D.P. Detrick, according to documents provided by the Middletown Area Historical Society.

The clock was then first placed at Emaus and Union on the property of what then was The Farmers Bank - now the Brownstone. “

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” written and sung by Robert Lamm while in the rock band The Chicago Transit Authority (later shortened to “Chicago”) and recorded in 1969. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 14:43

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