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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 8/16/17

Hemmed in: Bridge work trims traffic to tailor shop

Paul Kello has sewn hems on a sturdy old Singer in the back of his tailor shop on South Union Street for 25 years.

Beneath a wall filled …

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, edition of the Press & Journal


Hemmed in: Bridge work trims traffic to tailor shop

Paul Kello has sewn hems on a sturdy old Singer in the back of his tailor shop on South Union Street for 25 years.
Beneath a wall filled with spools of colored thread, the machine thumps obediently as he guides the cuff of a pair of pea green pants through it.
True to its name, Kello’s shop has been My Tailor to local residents through economic recessions and good times, one of those cozy family businesses you find in a small town like Middletown. His parents’ marriage license from Europe, written in Slovakian, hangs on a wall near the counter, amid a gallery of faded and recent family photos.
You can practically drive up to his door: The parking spaces in front of his shop are free —there are no parking meters in Middletown. The convenience is good for business. Was good, until the fences went up.
Work crews blocked South Union Street, a main thoroughfare through Middletown’s downtown, near Kello’s shop about two weeks ago to prepare for the replacement of an Amtrak railroad bridge that passes over the street.
Drivers now encounter orange and white barricades announcing that the road and sidewalks are closed on both sides of the old bridge, then a chain link fence that surrounds the work area.
Business has dropped off substantially since the street was blocked, said Kello. Worse, the barricades and fences are expected to remain for another six weeks, until Amtrak shuts down the rail line on a weekend in early October to replace the bridge and another old span across Wood Street in the borough.
Borough Council is preparing a letter to Amtrak asking the railroad to reimburse local businesses like Kello’s tailor and dry cleaning shop for lost revenue during the long construction period, said Council President Diana McGlone.
It seems unlikely that Amtrak will compensate businesses around the construction site.
“I am unaware of the existence of any such program,’’ said Karina Romero, an Amtrak spokeswoman.

E’town Fair on notice to look for a new home

The Elizabethtown Fair has been held in the same place for 37 years, but nothing lasts forever.
Committee members are in search of a new home for the one-week event, which draws thousands of visitors.
The fair committee has leased 40 acres of land owned by the Elizabethtown Area School District for decades – the current lease is for 20 years.
But now, pressure to expand the school’s facilities, particularly for athletics, has prompted school officials to warn the fair that it may need to look for a new home.
The district is in the first phase of improving the sports facilities, said Troy Portser, the district spokesman.
Among the improvement; a better football stadium, tennis courts, and the addition of multi-purpose fields, which would replace the fair grounds, Portser said.
“It is really for convenience and safety,” he said. “Right now the fields are off campus. We would like to bring them on campus.”
The district will give the fair two years’ notice before they would have to move the fair, he said.
“We have a wonderful, positive relationship with them [Elizabethtown Fair organizers], and we plan to keep them informed throughout the expansion process,” Portser said.
The fair committee is taking the news in stride.
“We are researching locations, but nothing is lined up at this point,” said Sally Nolt, secretary and publicity chairman for the fair.

Dream job: MAHS grads Bloes and Pelletier find happiness as teammates for City Islanders

It’s the dream of every person to have a job they love. When that alarm clock goes off in the morning they are excited to get out of bed and head to work.
Two former Middletown Area High School teammates are doing just that. Geoff Bloes and Jason Pelletier, both 25, are pursuing their childhood dream of playing professional soccer. For the last three years they have played for the United Soccer League’s Harrisburg City Islanders.
“It’s fun to me,” said Pelletier, the Islanders midfielder. “You get on the field and you don’t think about anything else. It’s competitive – the drive to do well. Who wouldn’t want to play a professional sport as a career?”
Bloes agreed. “It’s fun just being able to play after college and getting paid for something I love,” said Bloes, a left back and forward.
Bloes struggled to make the team at first.
“My first try didn’t work out so well,” he said. “But (head coach Bill Becher) said I could come back and train (with the team).”
His luck started to change when a player was released from the team’s roster.
“My play was back to where it was and I got offered a spot on the team,” he said.
“We knew Geoff was a good player but he was just struggling throughout tryouts,” Becher said. “We couldn’t give him a spot but to his credit he stuck with us and trained with us. Partway through that season he earned a spot with us.”
Pelletier was playing soccer in Florida when he was invited to the Islanders camp and was quickly accepted to the team.

Headlines from the edition

• Electric fee, higher deposits proposed
• Middletown Brewers 2010 Twilight champs
• HACC begins search for new president

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