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Milk Bar 'was like second home’; it closed more than 40 years ago, but memories flow at reunion

Business has been gone for more than 40 years, but memories are fresh The 34 people who gathered for a reunion at Hoffer Park in Middletown on Aug. 8 didn’t all know each other, but they …

Handicap parking likely to change; Middletown hasn’t taken requests for new spaces since 2015

Middletown residents haven’t been able to request a new on-street handicapped parking space in more than three years, but that could change soon. Borough council during its Aug. 8 meeting …

Ex-Lower Swatara police officer to be sentenced over drug theft from evidence locker

Former Lower Swatara Township police Officer Scott M. Flowers is to be sentenced in Dauphin County Court on Sept. 28, after pleading guilty July 27 to charges that he stole drugs from the …

Council establishes fee for restaurants to make outdoor seating requests

Middletown Borough Council continues to make progress toward permitting restaurants to offer outdoor seating on public sidewalks. During its Aug. 8 meeting, it approved a resolution setting the …

Plans for rugby at Sunset Park take big step forward

The Londonderry Township Board of Supervisors granted conditional approval for a plan for a rugby field at Sunset Park. The plan, which was submitted by the Harrisburg Rugby Football Club, was …

Boy Scouts stay extra busy with June trips

Londonderry Boy Scout Troop 97 did its best to jam as much as it could into June.   Paddling, fishing, camping, hiking and fellowship filled the calendar. The month started with a six-mile …

State urges: Call 8-1-1 before you dig

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Chairwoman Gladys M. Brown on Friday joined with utilities and agencies from across the state to stress the importance of safe digging – at job sites and …

Lower Swatara commissioners discuss concerns over traffic on Route 441

Some members of the Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners expressed concerns about traffic and repairs on Route 441 during their meeting Aug. 1. Commissioner Ron Paul said there have been concerns …
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Local sports

Middletown football has key talent to replace on heels of two state title appearances, 14-1 seasons

The 2018 high school football season will bring about some real challenges to this year’s Middletown Area High School team and coaches. Following back-to-back 14-1 seasons, which included a …

Bradford takes over Blue Raiders boys basketball program

When Chris Bradford graduated college, he called Chris Sattele and said he was interested in joining his basketball coaching staff. Bradford was an assistant basketball coach for six seasons. …

Pelletier takes over Blue Raider girls basketball program

A 1983 Middletown Area High School graduate with more than 25 years of experience coaching high school basketball will lead the Blue Raider girls team this winter. Robert Pelletier is the head …

Ortiz to lead Middletown Area High School track and field teams

The new track and field coach for Middletown Area High School is a familiar face to the program. J.J. Ortiz is a 2001 MAHS graduate and threw the javelin and shot put and ran sprints for the Blue …

Having a ball with bocce at Sunset Park; Londonderry township league has been around for 15 years

Every Tuesday morning for almost 15 years, a group of 20 people have gathered at the bocce ball courts in Sunset Park in Londonderry Township. The teams take turns rolling their bocce balls toward …

Ringers and leaners: Londonderry Horseshoe Pitching Association fun for all

It was still sprinkling at 6:30 p.m. Monday, but there were four men at the horseshoe pit in Sunset Park in Londonderry Township anyway. After awhile, the rain stopped and three more men showed …

Middletown Swim Team has three excel at event

This has been a good season for the 63 swimmers who are members of the Middletown Swim Team, known as the “Dolphins.” The swimmers range from ages 5 to 18 and come from the Middletown, …

Wilsbach tracked nutrition of MAHS athletes, earns gold at FCCLA national conference in Atlanta

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‘Celebrate Nate’ helps those battling addictions; haircut fundraiser will be held Saturday

You can get a haircut and donate to a good cause from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 18, at Bridget’s Beauty Biz, 296 Second St., Highspire. All haircuts are for a $15 donation, and all …

Insurance fraud alleged; man held on assault charge: Police and Courts Roundup

The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office has charged a former Middletown man with insurance fraud, after he allegedly lied regarding the date of an accident in order to be covered by auto …

Kindle stolen after delivery; Shope Gardens shed vandalized: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

A township resident told police a new Amazon Kindle computer was stolen within a span of 30 minutes after being delivered to his home. Police said U.S. Postal Service records showed the black Fire …

Swatara Creek Road bridge work in Londonderry Township set to start soon

Replacement of a bridge on Swatara Creek Road in Londonderry Township might start in late August or early September. In June, township engineer Andrew Kenworthy told the Press & Journal that a …

Dixon, who has office in Middletown, gets regional leader promotion from Edward Jones

Chris Dixon of the financial services firm Edward Jones recently received a promotion to the position of regional leader for the Central Pennsylvania region. Dixon, whose office is at 29 S. Union …

More than a dozen teachers hired as seven retire from Middletown Area School District

Middletown Area School District has a number of new teachers this year, many because of the new MATES program. MATES  is short for the Middletown Area Therapeutic Elementary Support. The …

Rain didn't dampen National Night Out

People braved the rain and ventured to Hoffer Park for National Night Out on Aug. 7. Although attendees donned ponchos and broke out the umbrellas early in the event, the sky cleared, and …
Editorials

Newspapers are not fake news: Editorial

Editor’s note: The Press & Journal is running the following editorial, provided by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, to address attacks on journalists as the “enemy of the …
Columnists

It’s time to take advantage of Penn State offerings: Susannah Gal

I saw with joy the sign across Main Street at North Union — “Welcome Back Students.” What a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of the new term at Penn State Harrisburg …

Learning from the past on the free market: Mike Folmer

Irish-born political thinker and British statesman Edmund Burke said: “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” King George III should have listened to Mr. Burke, …

Don’t gamble the planet’s future on unproven technologies: Hugh Sealy

A group of senators recently introduced a bill that aims to combat climate change by funding research into “negative emission technologies,” which take greenhouse gases out of the …
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