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Good history and bad history

Written by Friday, 24 May 2013 18:01
Pennsylvania has a rich and storied history, and yet a true understanding of it is out of reach for many people. I have always enjoyed learning about history, finding stories from the past and trying to get a better understanding of the people who influenced events for centuries up until today.Unfortunately, I see far too little of what I call good history. It's not about what's bright, uplifting and shiny. I do not need anyone to blow sunshine up my pants to tell me our predecessors were wonderful. They were as complex and bewildering as people of today. Good history…
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How To Drive Away Volunteers

Written by Wednesday, 22 May 2013 16:11
What can communities like Middletown, Highspire and Steelton do to try to remain vital to their residents? It’s a daunting challenge, one that many in our area have attempted to overcome with varying degrees of success.  In my mind, the Middletown Area Historical Society’s Crafts Fair, Greg and Carol Kupp’s Cruise-in, Paul Bear’s revitalized Swatara Creek Powwow and the Greater Middletown Economic Development Corp.’s (GMEDC) facade program, fall festivals, Elks Theatre building (which houses five businesses) and Holiday Home and ghost tours are all “wins” for the Middletown area. But seems these days in Middletown, the very people who spearhead…
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Pulling in voters for polling

Written by Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:03
This Tuesday, some of us got to decide whether who we wanted to hire and fire for our local leaders. In Pennsylvania's primary Election Day this year, most of us got to vote for at least some members of the local school board and municipal government (township supervisor, borough council, mayor and other posts). For many local elections in Pennsylvania, the story is largely told with the spring election, rather than the fall election. Individual towns lean so heavily to one party that the winner in the dominant party's primary often win by a large margin in the general election.…
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Observations on Human Nature: Me

Written by Wednesday, 22 May 2013 02:59
This has been a very strange day.  First of all, I saw my name in a voting booth for the very first time...weird.  Then I saw my sons arriving to vote, knowing (hoping) they were  voting for me, their mother...crazy.  Then I  stood/sat at the Polls for most of the day and I have to say, it was a great experience!  We sat, Republicans and Democrats alike; incumbents and challengers side by side, seeking shade and company for the long hot day....wow...it can be done.  We can be opponents and still laugh, talk, and share stories together.  We can hand…
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High Tech

Written by Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:52
In the 911 attack two policemen were trapped under the rubble. They had phones but all the lines were tied up. One officer calls his sister in California and tells her to call Pennsylvania PEMA knowing they could help his situation. A worker at PEMA (Middletown graduate) takes and connects to appropriate agency and the policemen get rescued. After seeing the destruction in Oklahoma a solution hit me. Blow a whistle. If everyone just had a whistle they could blow it and they would get rescued a lot sooner and maybe, even, save a life. In that area people have…
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The Smiles of a Kid

Written by Tuesday, 21 May 2013 02:56
  I recently had the plesure to travel to Potter County for a kids trout derby. The look on the face of a 6 year old after she just landed her first trout. Now that is a wow moment. The Friends of Lyman Run, outside of Galeton put on a kids trout derby every year and this year was a winner, again. The weather was perfect and the fish were bitting and almost 100 kids were having the time of their life. My job, photographing them and I did not have to ask anyone to smile. They all were grinning…
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Have we lost our town?

Written by Friday, 17 May 2013 12:46
Now is the time for downtown revitalization! Agreed. Everybody is primed to do something! Check. Let’s move from the potential to the reality! Um ... well, there we have a problem. There’s a 500-pound gorilla camped in Middletown Borough Council chambers, and his name is Negative Perception. Our town’s reality is the negative perception that has destroyed the confidence – and support – of our community, leading to the inevitable notion that Middletown is a lost cause. A joke. We recently asked residents and visitors on our Facebook page what first comes to mind about Middletown. Far too many of…
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Looking for someone to 'light up' Middletown

Written by Friday, 17 May 2013 00:20
Middletowners have choices to make to shape the future of the borough. Voters will choose candidates for the fall election on Primary Election Day, May 21. Officials taking office in 2014 will have plenty of hard work ahead. I am sure Press And Journal readers need no reminder of serious issues facing the local government. Some people have even suggested that at this point, some of the tools for good government are starting to rust, and current officials continue to leave them out in the rain. Bickering, blaming past officeholders and bemoaning the situation have not actually solved anything, regardless…
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I need your help!

Written by Wednesday, 15 May 2013 12:33
I need your help!  I am working on compiling a list of local volunteer organizations and non-profits that people can get involved with. I would like to make sure i get all of them.  I am looking for those in Middletown mostly however i would be happy to add others from outside of town.  Please comment on this page if you know of any volunteer organizations or non-profits that can utilize volunteers.  I hope to have the full list developed by the end of May.     Thank you for your help! 
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The Arts are all around us

Written by Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:48
Over the course of the last few weeks I have worked with a friend in his videotaping business. I help him by freelancing when he needs me and usually will end up videotaping graduations, dance recitals, school plays and other events at this time of year. One thing I often note is the amazing number of talented kids we have growing up in our area. I videotaped an elementary school talent show and witnessed a number of renditions of popular songs of today; I think people would have recognized most of them. What really sticks out is the creative ways…
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