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More than 2.3 million cars expected on Pa. Turnpike this weekend: Here are the busiest times to travel

Almost 2.3 million vehicles will be on the Pennsylvania Turnpike over the course of the four-day holiday period, according to Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “Before you head out on your road …

Local company is mystery donor of more than $100,000 to MASD for safety improvements

After the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed at a school, the president of Phoenix Contact USA was driving to work in Lower Swatara Township when he decided …

Three Mile Island once again fails to sell energy in annual auction; closure of nuclear plant looms

Exelon Corp. announced today that its Three Mile Island nuclear facility once again “did not clear” in a key annual energy auction, meaning regional grid operator PJM did not purchase …

School board budget calls for tax hike; MASD wants to add nine new positions

A proposed 2018-19 budget approved by the school board May 15 calls for the first property tax increase in Middletown Area School District since 2014-15. The proposed 3.1 percent increase would …

Memorial Day parade ready to go on Monday

American Legion Post 594 is busy planning this year’s Memorial Day parade to be held Monday. According to post adjutant Skip Carnes, the parade starts at 9 a.m. will go down the same route …

Middletown Community Pool also cuts rates, gains memberships

The Middletown Swim Club is one of two swimming-pool options available to area residents. The other is the Middletown Community Pool on South Union Street, which is owned by the borough. As …

New Middletown Swim Club leadership touts changes: ‘We are trying to save the pool right now’

There’s an oft-repeated saying in the business world: “Change or die.” The all-new board of directors at Middletown Swim Club is taking that to heart. The board is putting in …
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Mrakovich races ARCA circuit in Toledo

Tony Mrakovich finished 13th on Sunday in the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway in Ohio. Mrakovich, whose family owns the Street Stores Hardware store in Middletown, …

Blue Raider baseball team closes season with banquet

The Middletown baseball team and booster club held a season-ending banquet Sunday, May 20 at the American Legion. The event was held in recognition of the players and coaches, with a focus on the …

14-year-old gets first turkey in Youth Day hunt

Middletown honors track seniors: PHOTO

Middletown softball team closes its season on a winning note

The Blue Raiders softball team posted an 8-5 victory over Susquehanna Township on Monday to close out the season. Middletown ended with a record of 5-14, 3-8 in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital …

Trinity loss hurts postseason chances for MAHS baseball team

The Middletown varsity baseball team beat Steelton-Highspire at home May 8 but suffered a tough loss to Trinity, putting a huge dent in their hopes for the postseason. The Blue Raiders stand at …

Give respect to the river; it can turn deadly: Woods & Waters by Tom Shank

Several years ago, I wrote about a horrifying situation I found myself in while on the Susquehanna River during frigid temperatures. I believe my story needs to be told again and again. Cold water …

Hall of Fame banquet is June 9 for Bright, Bitting, Martin, Umberger

Three people with strong ties to Lower Dauphin High School and Middletown wrestling legend Earl Bright III will be among the 10 inductees into the 52nd annual Hall of Fame class for the Capital Area …
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Lower Dauphin High School's Perry, Scholfield receive monthly honors

Two Lower Dauphin High School seniors recently were awarded monthly honors. Emily Scholfield was named young woman of the month by the Hummelstown Women’s Club. Emily is the daughter of …

97-year-old fighter pilot to speak at WWII roundtable

Bob Brocklehurst flew a host of fighter planes during his Air Corps service in World War II, including the P-40 Warhawk, P-47 Thunderbolt, and the P-51 Mustang. Yet, he says, he never fired a …

Democrat Jill Linta will face Rep. Tom Mehaffie for 106th House District seat

A Middletown Area High School graduate who lives in Lower Swatara Township will be the Democratic challenger to state Rep. Tom Mehaffie in the 106th Pennsylvania House District race. Jill Linta …

‘It’s nice to know there are some honest people walking around’: Man returns $100 to Kuppy’s

Middletown man returns lost $100 to Kuppy’s Diner When Carol Kupp realized she had lost $100 belonging to Kuppy’s Diner, she and her co-owner husband Greg figured “it’s …

Middletown Area High School Prom 2018: Inside the Dance Photo Gallery

The 2018 Middletown Area High School prom was held Saturday, May 19. It was at the high school for the first time since 1966.

Woodworth picked to be new Middletown Borough Council member, replacing Ben Kapenstein

Mike Woodworth was appointed by Middletown Borough Council on Wednesday to fill the vacancy created by the May 1 resignation of Ben Kapenstein. Woodworth, of the 600 block of Hoffer Street, will …

Historic Elks Theatre in Middletown put up for sale; Friends group wanted to buy it for $1

If you’d like to own one of the most historic downtown theaters in America, now is your chance.   The Elks Theatre in Middletown is up for sale, theater owners the Middletown …
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Council votes to hire law firms taken in private raise concerns: Editorial

On March 13, 2017, Middletown Borough Council went into executive session to “discuss potential litigation and no action was taken.” That is according to the official minutes of the …
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Corporate tax cuts not trickling down to workers: Frank Clemente

Working families are, as usual, getting the short end of the stick from the new Trump-GOP tax law. Huge tax cuts that mostly go to the wealthy and corporations are exploding the national debt and …

‘Feel the Bern’? That’s a road to catastrophe: Ed O'Connor

Hello, gang. How’s everything at your end? Things are going well here. Thanks for asking. Well, let me modify that a bit. There are now more people on the street here than ever before, …

A new low in the war on fracking: Robert Bradley

Rolling Stone just dropped a bombshell — or so it claims in its article, “The Harms of Fracking: New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer.” Dig into …
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