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23 Years Ago: From the Middletown Press And Journal files

Posted 12/4/12

From The Wednesday, December 6, 1989 Edition Of The Press And Journal

Teacher Of Year  Judith L. Murray was named Secondary Business Education Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania Business Education Association (PBEA).

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23 Years Ago: From the Middletown Press And Journal files


 The announcement was made at the Association’s annual conference Nov. 18 at the Harrisburg Marriott.
 Murray is chairwoman of the business education department at Steelton-Highspire High School. She has been a business education teacher at Steel-High for the past 15 years.

 She was recently re-elected to her second term as a school director for the Middletown Area School District. She is married to John Murray, principal at Steelton-Highspire High School and has two sons, Christopher, 19 and Jonathan, 16.

 Listed among her accomplishments were her coordination efforts in updating Steelton-Highspire’s three vocational business education programs: accounting, secretarial and general office, which earned these programs the Exemplary Programs Award by the PA Department of Education in 1985. The programs have served as exemplary vocational business education models for the past five years. Murray also serves as chairwoman of PBEA’s Hotline for Intermediate Units 15 and 16.

 Murray is a 1965 graduate of Boyertown Area High School and earned her B.S. in Education at Bloomsburg University in 1969. She is currently working on her master’s degree in teaching and curriculum at Penn State University at Harrisburg.

Council Okays $3.8 M. Budget; Holds Line On Taxes, Fees

 Middletown Borough Council voted unanimously Monday night to adopt a 1990 budget that calls for expenditures of $3,853,450. It also proposes no increases in Borough tax rates or municipal service fees.

 Although Councilman Terry Seiders, who introduced the final version of the budge, said “some minor adjustments” had been made in the original version introduced at Council’s Nov. 6 meeting, there was no change in total expenditures.

 As originally indicated at the Nov. 6 meeting, the 1990 financial plan proposes no increases in real estate, earned income, occupation or per capita taxes.

 At Monday night’s meeting, Seiders noted that property taxes would remain at 2.07 mills. He reiterated that the budget calls for no boost in fees for municipal services.

 Anticipated expenditures are up slightly from 1989’s total of $3,770,175, but revenues and interfund transfers are expected to be sufficient to handle the increase. Officials say taxes will produce revenues of about $714,000 during 1990, but the bulk of the proposed $3.8 million in expenditures will be funded by anticipated revenues of about $2,309,000 from the Borough Electric Department.

 Council also voted unanimously to adopt a water/sewer fund budget of $2,569,550 as presented by Seiders. Although utility rates will not be increased during the coming year, Seiders said those departments would receive enough funds to maintain service at current levels and to make some slight improvements in the utility systems.

 Commenting on adoption of the budget, Council President Barbara Layne expressed her own and Council’s appreciation to Councilman Seiders, Richard Swartz, and Barry Goodling, members of the Finance Committee, and to Borough Manager Bruce Hamer and his staff for their excellent work in preparing the 1990 budget.

Township Approves Amended Comprehensive Plan For Area
 A consulting engineer praised West Donegal Township officials Monday night for taking “a more definitive look” at the proposed Elizabethtown Area Comprehensive Plan and for making meaningful recommendations to amend the original version of the plan.

 Addressing the Board at its regular December meeting, George Dilillio, representing PSC Huth Engineers & Consultants, said the Township’s action had contributed substantially to the drafting of “a good comprehensive plan” that designates specific areas in West Donegal and Mt. Joy townships and Elizabethtown Borough for industrial, agricultural and residential growth.

 “A fair amount of compromise has produced a good document that provides a regional framework for future growth,” Dilillio declared. “That’s what this plan is all about. It sets up guidelines on which other elements such as zoning ordinances and land-use controls that have legality can be based.”

 Dilillio used a detailed map indicating areas within the three municipalities designated for specific uses. He pointed out that one Township area, not included in the original comprehensive plan presented last summer, is now classified for “office/professional” or non-manufacturing use.

 West Donegal was the last of the three area municipalities to adopt the Area Comprehensive Plan. Mt. Joy Township and the Borough had approved the plan earlier, but have also agreed to the amendments requested by West Donegal.

Carol Sing At Old Kierch Marks 10th Anniversary

 Sunday, December 10, in historic Saint Peter’s Kierch, Middletown, will be the setting for an old-fashioned community carol sing beginning at 7 p.m.

 This is the 10th carol sing hosted by St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Middletown. The historic Kierch was built in 1767. Each year for the carol sing the congregation decorates with colonial decorations, and members wear colonial outfits.

 For the first time in its history, the carol sing will broadcast live over WMSS 91 FM.

 The program is composed of four parts and will feature many favorite lessons and carols set into a seasonal structure. The service closes in candlelight, prayer and with the singing of “Silent Night.”

 As noted, 1989 marks the 10th year for the carol sing at the Kierch. In the fall of 1980 less than a year after his arrival at St. Peter’s in Middletown, Rev. David C. Newhart began to make extensive use of the Old Kierch for a variety of services. He had a dream to hold a service of Advent vespers similar to ones he had participate in at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia as a member of the choir.

Prices From 23 Years Ago

Tide Powder  39 oz    $1.99

Bounty 3-Roll Paper Towels    $2.29

Quaker Oats   18 oz    $1.19

Aunt Jemima French Toast 9 oz.    $1.30

Diamond Brand Walnuts 1 lb.    $1.29

Berk’s Creamy Liverwurst    99¢/lb.

Cope’s Frozen White Corn 16 oz.    $1.29

Mueller’s Egg Noodles 1 lb.    89¢

Snyder’s Stix Pretzels  9 oz.    89¢

Chicken Croquette    39¢