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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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Observations on Human Nature: Primary Day

Written by Tuesday, 14 May 2013 23:40
Finally, finally, it is almost here...primary day.  May 21st, the day so many of us have been waiting for and working towards...some of us to get elected, others to get out the vote. Some await this day in fear, some in trepidation, some with hope and many with gratitude...the politicking is over...at least for a little while. It has been a long and active primary season.  We have had town meetings, information meetings, candidate meetings, business meetings and a few protests. How truly proud as a town we should be.  I am not being sarcastic here, Middletown is a shining…
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I saw a baseball game in Kansas City about 12 years ago. Honestly, I wasn't that interested in the game itself, with Kansas City playing an interleague game with another non-contender. It was a nice day out with friends while I was traveling, and I always enjoy visiting the ballparks of Major League Baseball. Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium (previously "Royals Stadium") is especially nice, one of the best 1970s sports facilities. I don't remember a whole lot about the game, not even who won. Our group was seated along the first-base side with a fine view of the field. What…
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Help Us Save The Elks

Written by Monday, 13 May 2013 00:35
Friends: As you may or may not be aware, I sit on the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization called the Greater Middletown Economic Development Corporation. We are dedicated to the improvement of the Middletown Borough, especially in sustaining in the historical integrity and promotion of business in the downtown. Our Elks Theatre, the 469-seat movie-house on Emaus St., has been in continuous operation since 1911 and may very well be the second longest running cinema in the United States. It bears significant historical value and serves as a place for family and friends to come together for a…
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