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Winter comes to Middletown

AccuWeather is calling for anywhere from 4-8 inches of snow from Thursday to Friday.

Boy Scout Troop 97 connects with friends around the world during Jamboree-on-the-Air

Londonderry Township Boy Scout Troop 97 hosted a weekend on the air with Bainbridge Troop 162 the weekend of Oct. 19-21. The two troops got together to participate in the international Boy Scout …

Pennsylvania Turnpike limits speed due to snow, white-out conditions

Due to worsening weather conditions and white-out conditions in central and western regions, the Pennsylvania Turnpike has lowered the speed limit on much of its system. Speeds are reduced to 45 …

Snow closes Middletown schools and library

Middletown Area School District schools let out early today, and the Middletown Public Library is closing at 2 p.m. because of the snow. The SchoolMessenger Communication System that MASD uses to …

Police report rash of tire slashings in the borough, and they need your help

Somebody is going throughout Middletown using a knife or some other kind of sharp object to flatten vehicle tires all over the borough, police say. The incidents started last weekend and about six …

Middletown Area Middle School honors those who served for Veterans Day

Middletown Area Middle School honored veterans at its annual Veterans Appreciation Ceremony on Nov. 9. During the event, the band and color guard performed. Three students read essays on why they …

Gov. Wolf, Sen. Casey win, but not in some local areas

Here is a rundown of several other races of Nov. 6 that affect the area. Governor Democrat Tom Wolf easily kept the governor’s seat for a second term, defeating Republican Scott Wagner, …

No tax increase planned for Lower Swatara Township residents in 2019

Lower Swatara Township is proposing a balanced budget for 2019 with no tax increases, although township expenses and incoming revenue are projected to increase. Proposed new expenses include two …
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Local sports

Blue Raiders' district championship game delayed until Saturday

The Middletown Blue Raiders football team will have to wait an extra day to try to win their third straight District III 3A championship. Weather has delayed their game against No. 5 seed …

Keep a journal and enjoy outdoors for years: Tom Shank's Woods & Waters

Keeping and maintaining an outdoor journal is a way to look back at your Woods and Waters experiences. Reading entries that range from many years ago to the present allows the reader to …

Three Seven Sorrows teams to play for youth football titles

Three Seven Sorrows Eagles teams will play for their conference championship on Saturday in CFA Youth Football League action on Super Bowl weekend. The three games are at the Lower Dauphin Middle …

Blue Raiders shut down Wyomissing, will play for district title on Friday

Neither rain, nor mud, nor gloom of night could keep the Blue Raiders from completing their mission. As it turned out, neither could Wyomissing. In weather not suited for common man, Jose Lopez …

Middletown football says goodbye to a successful senior class: Photo Gallery

Sixteen Blue Raider football players were honored at final regular-season home game Oct. 26.

Raiders to face Wyomissing at home Friday in playoffs

The Blue Raiders football team will face a familiar foe as it starts its drive toward a state title. No. 2 seed Middletown had a bye in the first round of the PIAA District III 3A championship and …

MAHS volleyball ends season with its first trip to districts

Blue Raider volleyball coach Lisa Huber says she has seen a change in her program during the last several years. “Middletown volleyball used to be a hobby sport, where it was something for …

Three Seven Sorrows teams set for CFA semifinals

The Seven Sorrows Peewee football team won its first-round CFA Youth Football League playoff game Saturday to advance to the semifinals, joining the Pony and Midget squads. Both Middletown teams …
Local news

D&H application for Jednota heads to planning commissions

D&H Distributing’s application to rezone part of the Jednota property was forwarded to planning commissions by the Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners on Nov. 7. The company is asking …

Community Thanksgiving Service no longer will be held

After 30 years, the Community Thanksgiving Service is not being held this year, Middletown Area Interfaith Council has announced. The council sees the move not as an end, but as a beginning toward …

Director of MARA, which replaced Olmsted Rec Board, is on the job; youth basketball signup is now

By Phyllis Zimmerman Special to the Press & Journal and Laura Hayes laurahayes@pressandjournal.com The newly established Middletown Area Recreation Alliance now has a leader. On …

Former MP selected as new police officer in Middletown

A former military policeman in the U.S. Marine Corps has been hired as Middletown Police Department’s newest full-time officer. Robert Schmidt, 27, of Enola, has been a police officer for …

Thanksgiving dinners to be provided via RaiderPacks

Middletown’s Human Relations Commission and Communities That Care are partnering to provide Thanksgiving dinners through RaiderPacks. The commission, a body appointed by borough council, on …

MAHS announces honor roll for first quarter

Middletown Area High School recently announced its distinguished honor roll and honor roll for the first period. Distinguished Honor Roll requires all “A’s” or perfect marks. For …

Hassan’s new child care center has roots in necessity, tragedy

Jennifer Hassan says she started a new child care center out of necessity, because she couldn’t find a before- and after-school day care program for her three children. Patchwork Kids also …
Editorials

Keep up great work, local students: Editorial

The Middletown football team continued its amazing success this year, and we wish it the best as it tries to grab the one thing that’s eluded it in the previous two seasons — a state …
Columnists

A month to be thankful for community assets: Susannah Gal

This is a month of giving thanks — to our veterans for their service to our country on Nov. 11 and to the abundance of our harvest on Thanksgiving Day. I would like to echo those sentiments …

Looking forward to 2019 — we need discussions, not more confrontations: Mike Folmer

Thank you to the voters of the 48th Senate District for re-electing me! I’m honored to have received your overwhelming support, and I look forward to again representing you in the Pennsylvania …

A message to the media: Give us not our daily Trump ...: Steve Klinger

The media seem to be impaled on the horns of a dilemma: Cover Donald Trump and, if they do so with a shred of integrity and concern for the truth, their reportage will inevitably be negative. …
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