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demofortrain8 19 15WEBPress And Journal File Photo -- The A.C. Green warehouse on West Main Street is demolished to make way for the new Amtrak train station that will be built there.

Construction of the new Amtrak train station on West Main Street is expected to start in early 2016, PennDOT officials have told the borough.

The $32 million project includes building a pedestrian bridge from the private Penn State Harrisburg student housing over West Main Street so students can cross safely to the new train station.

Emaus Street is also to be extended to West Main Street as part of the train station project. The Emaus Street extension would be completed toward the end of the overall project.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Bridge Over Vine Street

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 17:36

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Get Your Omega-3s!


By now, you probably know that you “should” be getting enough Omega-3s in your diet, but do you know why?

The Omega-3 buzz got really strong in the last few years, and people have listened. In fact, according to WebMD, they are one of the most popular supplements in the U.S., but it seems that many of you aren’t sure why you are taking them. Was it something about blood pressure? Memory? Overall health?

Omega-3s are an essential fatty acid that your body needs to maintain health. The list of benefits associated with these fatty acids is long — very long, and the 3 following benefits should be enough to remind you that you are taking them for very good reason:

1. They lower inflammation 

The list could potentially stop right here. It turns out that the vast majority of the diseases that people have really boil down to inflammation. Heart disease? Inflammation. Diabetes? Inflammation. Autoimmune Disease? Inflammation. Migraines? Inflammation. Even premature aging, arthritis, cancer, and weight gain have been linked to this type of invisible and chronic inflammation. This is the very type of inflammation that Omega-3s can greatly reduce. Armed with even this limited bit of information, the question really seems to be “why wouldn’t you take Omega-3s?”

2. They help your heart

Yes, helping to lower levels of plaque in your arteries and lowering your triglyceride level is probably also really about reducing inflammation, but heart health is enough of a concern for the general population to warrant its own mention. There is evidence dating back as far as 1989 that even moderate increases of Omega-3 consumption, such as eating fish twice/week, regulates irregular heart rhythms that could lead to heart attack. “Similar, though even more profound, effects were suggested by a Harvard study showing that men who had higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids suffered an 80% lower likelihood of sudden cardiac death compared with men who had low omega-3 blood levels. If you are concerned about heart health, increase your Omega-3 intake.

3. They help your brain

Even in the brain, most issues come down to inflammation, yet again, this is an area worth pointing out more specific benefits. Research has shown that an increase in Omega-3 fatty acid intake can help decrease depression, bi-polar episodes, and there is even preliminary research that has shown a possible benefit to those suffering from schizophrenia. Beyond that, there is also evidence to suggest that a deficiency of Omega-3s can be a factor in age-related cognitive decline, dementia, and even Alzheimer’s. 

It turns out it is a good thing you have been taking those fish oils. Supplementation is a fine way to get them if you must (and make sure they are of very high quality or you risk high mercury consumption). You live in Oregon, however, and you are blessed with a bounty of delicious West Coast foods that are rich in Omega-3s: salmon, halibut, tuna, oysters, walnuts, flaxseeds, kale, spinach, and basil. I leave you with this Omega-3-rich (and tasty) recipe for Roasted Squash with Mint and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 July 2015 08:18

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HIGHSPIRE STRIKES BACK: Coalition refutes Middletown's concerns for taking Highspire students


The Highspire group behind the proposed transfer of 229 borough students from the Steelton-Highspire School District to the Middletown Area School District rebuked arguments against the transfer by both districts in a response it filed with the state Department of Education.

Quite simply, the Highspire Education Coalition, as the group is called, focused on the educational merits of a secession by Highspire to Middletown Area, claiming that it would provide Highspire children with a better education.

It refutes Middletown’s claims that the transfer would cause overcrowding in Middletown’s schools or a financial burden to the district, and asserts that Middletown’s fears that Highspire students are behind academically proves their point about the move’s educational merits.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 13:53

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Who wants Highspire?

Should the borough's 225 students leave Steelton-Highspire and attend Middletown Area? Both school districts say no.

The influx of 225 Highspire students who might be transferred to Middletown Area School District under a proposal by Highspire to leave Steelton-Highspire School District would strain Middletown’s resources and result in a great deal of costs to the district, according to documents filed by the Middletown district with the state Department of Education.

If students from Highspire attended Middletown schools, the district would have to hire 22 people at a cost of $1.6 million, the district said in its response to the state to Highspire’s secession request.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:06

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Snow emergency to begin Middletown Borough


The Press And Journal has been notified by Middletown Mayor James H. Curry III that he has declared a snow emergency in the Borough, effective at 11 a.m. Sat., Feb. 21.

“According to the National Weather Service, a significant snow storm is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, followed by a period of sleet into Sunday.=,” Curry noted in the announcement. “That being said, I will be declaring a snow emergency in the Borough.”

According to the announcement snow emergency restrictions will be “strictly enforced and tickets will issued for any and all vehicles in violation of those restrictions.”

The announcement also noted that during a declared snow emergency, parking restrictions go into effect to facilitate the removal of snow from Borough streets. “During such an emergency, it is unlawful to park on the north side of designated east-west streets or on the east side of designated north-south streets, unless otherwise indicated,” the announcement added.

The declaration also noted that once the snow stops and it has been removed from those parking areas, parking there becomes permissible as long there is no interference with the Borough snow removal crews and no interference with traffic during the remainder of the emergency.

Mayor Curry’s announcement also noted that residents needing an off street place to park can use the lot behind Borough hall.

Below is a list of designated snow emergency route streets.


Name of Street



Adelia Street 


From Emaus Street to East Main Street 

Ann Street 


From Swatara Creek west to Grant Street 

Catherine Street 


From Emaus Street north to Main Street 

Emaus Street 


From Adelia Street west to Wood Street 

Grant Street 


From Ann Street to Wilson Street 

Main Street 


From Swatara Creek to Apple Avenue 

Roosevelt Street 


From Vine Street west to Union Street 

Union Street 


From Ann Street to Park Circle Road 

Union Street 


From Ann Street to its southern limits 

Vine Street 


From Water Street to Aspen Street 

Water Street 


From Vine Street to Catherine Street 

Wilson Street 


From Grant Street to and over the overhead bridge to Main Street 

Wood Street 


From Susquehanna Street north to Emaus Street


Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 19:11

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