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In Middletown, a move to save a patriotic tradition goodflagsquare7 9 14

A lot of big American flags were flying on the sidewalks of Middletown on July 4. Maybe not quite as many as in previous years, but a lot just the same.

That’s due to the community’s response to a Press And Journal article on Wednesday, July 2 about Sam Bangert’s decision to retire from his tradition of putting up the flags throughout town.

Bangert, 70, had been doing that for nearly 25 years, not nonot just for Independence Day but during nine other patriotic holidays throughout the year. After doing it without any help for the past five years, Bangert decided he couldn’t do it alone anymore. . .


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 19:16

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Council moves to override mayor’s sewer rate veto

Middletown Borough Council took a step toward overriding Mayor James H. Curry III’s veto of sewer and water rate increases, voting on Monday, July 7 to advertise an ordinance that would validate the rate hikes and trump Curry’s action.

Council voted 8-1 to advertise an ordinance that would install a sewer rate increase and a small water rate increase but eliminate a hotly-contested 2,000-gallon minimum water charge on customers, requiring residents to pay for only what they use instead...

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 19:14

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 He used to visit a Middletown ice cream parlor with his kids. Now he owns it.


Sweet Creams Cafe, 503 E. Emaus St., Middletown, 

is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, 

and 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. It is closed on Mondays.

To learn more, check out Sweet Creams Cafe on Facebook 

or call 717-616-8730.


For Randy Brittelli, the old Cone-A-Cabana ice cream parlor in Middletown was a family tradition. He enjoyed taking his kids there almost every night.


“I used to go to football games every Friday night, and we’d come here after,” he said. “I just loved the place. It’s a quaint family setting. It was like a little cottage.”


He’d talk to the guy who ran the place, Bob, a man whose last name Brittelli can no longer remember. Brittelli would tell Bob that someday he hoped to buy the Cone-A-Cabana for his own ice cream stand.


Much chance of that happening seemed to disappear eight years ago, when Brittelli moved out of Middletown to a farm in Duncannon that he bought with his father. But Brittelli’s kids never forgot their dad’s dream.

cafeoutside7 2 14Photo by Dan Miller - Sweet Creams Cafe, 503 E. Emaus St., opened on Sunday, June 29 with free Wi-Fi and a menu anchored by ice cream.


A few years ago, after Brittelli and his wife divorced, Brittelli found himself back in Middletown a lot more often to stay in touch with his kids.


One day, while driving around, Brittelli and his two daughters saw a for-sale sign in front of the former Cone-A-Cabana, at Rupp and East Emaus streets.


His would-be real estate agents, Madalynn, 11, and 9-year-old Ashley, both came to the same conclusion – why not buy it? “I called – the price was right,” said Brittelli, now 37. “I figured we would give it a whirl.”


While he credits his two little girls with inspiring him to buy the business, Brittelli said the name for the new venture – Sweet Creams Cafe – was all his.


The business had gone through a few owners since the Cone-A-Cabana of Brittelli’s earlier days. By the time he bought the property, the business had been closed for almost two months.


“We cleaned it up a good bit” before reopening, Brittelli said. His goal is to bring the ice cream parlor “back to what it used to be – with lines out the door, everybody sitting on chairs eating ice cream enjoying the day, kids playing in the lawn.”


As a taste of things to come, Brittelli brought in a country band for a grand opening on Sunday, June 29. He hopes to bring in more bands, hold movie nights for the kids in the fall, and offer coffees and teas to get through the winter, when the days get as cold as an ice cream brain freeze. In addition, he offers free Wi-Fi and student discounts to help draw the Penn State Harrisburg crowd.


The Sweet Creams Cafe menu features traditional grill fare like hamburgers, hot dogs and cheesesteaks, with french fries and other assorted sides and soups. Brittelli has added wraps and salads to cater to today’s more health-conscious consumer. Ice cream, of course, remains the anchor.


Brittelli is also committed to the Middletown community. Sweet Creams Cafe donated all tips and 50 cents from the sale of each ice cream cone over a recent period to support the Cheyenne Zeiders fund. The cafe also raised $75 to support Sal Gambino, a young man with an incurable disease whose dying wish to see the fireworks at Walt Disney World has been publicized by the radio station WQXA-FM 105.7 “The X.’’




Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 20:42

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Steel-High approves new dress code

Students in the Steelton-Highspire School District will be required to adhere to a new dress code in the next school year.

The new policy was adopted by an 8-0 vote of the Steelton-Highspire School Board during a meeting on Monday, June 23. It will go into effect for the 2014-15 school year.

Under the previous dress code, which was adopted around 2007 or 2008, students were required to wear solid blue, gray or white shirts or polos with collars, according to Rachel Slade, school board vice president . . .


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 19:28

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Mega-CHAMPION Kreiser inducted into Hall of Fame


kreiserpic7 2 14Photo by John Diffenderfer- Lower Dauphin coach Linda Kreiser at her induction into the USA Field Hockey Hall of FameOne of Linda Kreiser’s first gifts as a child was a baseball glove from her father.


Growing up, she always knew she would be an athlete. But it wasn’t until her sophomore year at Lower Dauphin High School when she picked up a field hockey stick after being inspired by coach Bea Hallman.


“She made it look so much fun,” Kreiser recalled. “Once I tried it, I was just hooked on it.”


Kreiser has been creating a field hockey legacy ever since.

From her start at Lower Dauphin, she continued on to score 51 goals as a player for Millersville University, and was a member of the U.S. national team from 1972 to 1979, even participating in the 1975 World Cup in Scotland. She excelled – and then, just as Hallman inspired her, Kreiser returned to Lower Dauphin, where she has coached the sport and inspired students for 36 years.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 19:20

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